January 09, 2013

Premiere Week 2012: Mid-season reminder

Although it's no longer 2012, we're right in the middle of the 2012-13 TV season, and I wanted to remind you of the promising (or already known to be good) shows that are starting up soon. (Reminder, the times below are CST.)

Sunday, Jan. 6:

Downton Abbey 8–10 p.m. (PBS)

Although this show actually premiered this past weekend, I wanted to include it (as I'm still on the Downton bandwagon.) I've yet to finish the second series, unfortunately, so it'll be a bit before I am able to watch the premiere, but I look forward to it. (I've thankfully not had too much spoiled for me about the end of series 2.)

Friday, Jan. 10:

1600 Penn 8:30–9 p.m. (NBC)

1600 Penn is a comedy series about a dysfunctional family living in the White House. (via)

As I wrote in my Beyond Premiere Week 2012 post: "Bill Pullman plays one of the best fictional presidents of all time in Independence Day, so I'm inclined to watch any show on which he plays a similar role." It honestly looks kind of awful, but I owe it to President Whitmore to give it a try.

Monday, Jan. 14:

Continuum 7–8 p.m. (SyFy)

When a group of rebels convicted as terrorists escape execution by fleeing from the year 2077 to 2012, Kiera Cameron, a future Vancouver law enforcement officer (called Protector), is involuntarily transported with them. In order to track the terrorists down and keep them from changing the past (and presumably future), Kiera joins the 2012 Vancouver Police Department and uses the skills of a young tech expert, Alec Sadler, to both track the Liber8 agents' pasts and provide her with the necessary information and contacts to operate in the present despite her lack of official credentials. (via)

Time travel shows can often be interesting, and this (from plot alone) sounds kind of like an updated Life on Mars, which I loved. (The British version, not the awful American attempt at a remake.)

Lost Girl 9–10 p.m. (SyFy)

I watched the two seasons of this show when they aired on SyFy last year and—although it's pretty ridiculous—I enjoy peering into the crazy lives of the Fae. I'm not a fan of what happened between Dyson and Bo, and I'm wary of where Bo's headed this season, but I hope to be pleasantly surprised.

Tuesday, Jan. 15:

Face Off 8–9:30 p.m. (SyFy)

This is pretty much the only reality show on TV (and there are a lot) that I can stand watching. (But, Mackenzie Westmore really needs a new stylist.) Colt and I both enjoy seeing the behind-the-scenes of special effect make-up creation, and the contestants can be extremely amusing. Last season was a bit lackluster, though—I hope this new season steps up it's game.

Thursday, Jan. 17:

Archer 9–9:30 p.m. (FX)

Yes, this show completely inappropriate. But it's also so, so funny. I can't wait for the new season.

Monday, Jan. 21:

The Following 8–9 p.m. (FOX)

The series follows an FBI agent who finds himself in the middle of a network of serial killers, [which] a diabolical serial killer [has used] special technology to create. (via)

There's something about dark, gritty crime shows (à la Criminal Minds) that fascinates me. And the idea that a serial killer could create, essentially, a cult from the "safety" of his jail cell, is such a scary idea that I need to know how he does it.

Tuesday, Jan. 22:

White Collar 9–10 p.m. (USA Network)

Neil and Peter are back! Will they kiss and make up, or are our favorite (white collar, ha) crime fighting duo kaput for good? Only time will tell.

Thursday, Jan. 31:

Do No Harm 9–10 p.m. (NBC)

The series will focus on Dr. Jason Cole, a successful neurosurgeon with a secret. At the same time every night, something inside of him alters him in almost unrecognizable ways, leading to a dangerous alternate personality named Ian Price. The show is a modern take on the classic Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story. (via)

Modern retellings of classic stories on TV have been all the rage recently (e.g. Sherlock, Elementary, even Once Upon a Time), and I'm a fan of pretty much all of them. (I'm a fan of this type of thing in general; I've probably definitely said that before.) I just hope this one doesn't get too Grey's Anatomy-ish. (No offense to those of you who still enjoy Grey's, but the show's jumped the shark one too many times for me.)

Tuesday, Feb. 5:

Body of Proof 9–10 p.m. (ABC)

This is one of those shows that I like to catch on the weekend when I'm caught up on everything else. It's entertaining, but not engrossing, and is good to take up the attention of half my brain while the other half is working on projects ... or folding laundry.

Thursday, Feb. 7:

Community 7–7:30 p.m. (NBC)

I was SO bummed when stupid NBC bumped the fourth season of one of the best shows ever to mid-season. The show's future is still totally up in the air (#sixseasonsandamovie), so when if NBC decides to bump it again, I will be sad—but not surprised. (I can't get my hopes up and get hurt yet again.)

Thursday, Feb. 14:

Zero Hour 7–8 p.m. (ABC)

As the publisher of a paranormal enthusiast magazine, Modern Skeptic, Hank Galliston has spent his career following clues, debunking myths and solving conspiracies. A confessed paranormal junkie, his motto is logic is the compass. But when his beautiful wife, Laila, is abducted from her antique clock shop, Hank gets pulled into one of the most compelling mysteries in human history, stretching around the world and back centuries. (via)

The DaVinci Code-esque plot of this series intrigues me. I just hope this isn't canceled before the mysteries are solved!

Wednesday, Feb. 27:

Psych 9–10 p.m. (USA Network)

It's been far too long since we got to enjoy Shawn and Gus' ridiculous antics and overabundance of pop culture references. AND—will Henry be OK?!

Also premiering "sometime" this spring (maybe?):

Hannibal (NBC)—Hugh Dancy stars in this new look at a familiar tale, which, in this version, will focus on the budding relationship between FBI criminal profiler Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Graham's most cunning enemy. (via) 

Defiance (SyFy)—This new series is a new hybrid of TV show and video game. I'm not sure exactly how it's going to work, but it could be very cool. The whole thing is "set in the near future, where aliens known collectively as Votans have come to Earth seeking a new home after their star system was destroyed." Of course, disagreements follow. (via)

Will you be watching any of these shows?

P.S.—A very happy birthday to my favorite Bill Murray (a.k.a. my papa)!


  1. oh, Continuum is one of my favourites. A second season in the works, too! I got hooked on it this summer; well worth watching. Reminds me of Defying Gravity in terms of tone and future tech!

    1. I'm glad to hear (from a somewhat reliable source, har!) that it's good. :)


  3. I'm a big psych fan - those guys make me laugh far more than I feel they really should!!

    1. Right? I giggle pretty much through entire episodes, even when I don't quite get all of the jokes.

  4. I tried watching 1600 Penn, and it could have been so good, but it was completely over the top and the dialogue was awkward at times. I'm so excited for most inappropriate show (Archer) to be back on the air. You can't help but watch it. And Psych? OMG! That ending. I'm excited to see how they are going to playout this next season.

    1. 1600 Penn looks so bad. We've got the first episode sitting on our DVR and I don't know that we'll ever watch it.

      And I know! I'm super excited to see what comes from the season finale of Psych. :D