New Midseason Shows To Check Out In 2013
December 25th, 2012 2:00pm EST
Are you looking for something new, exciting and different to watch in 2013? Never fear, we have the low-down on the new midseason shows. Check out new shows coming out this midseason and let us know which ones might interest you.
Deception - Monday, January 7 at 10 p.m. E.T. on NBC
When wealthy socialite and notorious party girl Vivian Bowers is found dead of an overdose, no one is really surprised. The heiress to the Bowers pharmaceutical empire has been tabloid fodder for years: wild, pretty, privileged… and now dead at the age of 32. But for FBI agent Will Moreno (Laz Alonso, "Avatar"), things don't add up with this suspicious dynasty. Convinced that the troubled girl's death was a homicide, he has a clever plan to get to the truth. Her name is Detective Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good, "Think Like a Man"). Twenty years ago she was Vivian's best friend and practically grew up inside the Bowers' home. And when she appears at Vivian's funeral, the family re-embraces her and no one is the wiser. Joanna quickly begins to uncover dark secrets and clues about why Vivian's life was very much in danger. At the same time, she rekindles an old romantic relationship and rediscovers the allure of the luxurious lifestyle she once knew. She's about to see once again just how the other half lives... and dies.
1600 Penn - Thursday, January 10 at 9:30 p.m. E.T. on NBC
The Gilchrists are just the average American family dealing with all the everyday issues – like a grown kid who's forced to move back home, children who are smarter than their teachers and a stepmom (Jenna Elfman, "Dharma and Greg") desperately trying to win over the kids. They're loving, fun and a little crazy. In other words, just like everybody else. With one exception: they live in a very special house. The White House!
Stars: Bill Pullman (Independence Day), Jenna Elfman (Accidentally on Purpose), Josh Gad (Book of Mormon).
The Carrie Diaries - Monday, January 14 at 8 p.m. E.T. on The CW
It’s 1984, and life isn’t easy for 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw. Since their mother passed away, Carrie’s younger sister Dorritt is more rebellious than ever, and their father Tom is overwhelmed with the responsibility of suddenly having to care for two teenage girls on his own. Carrie’s friends – sweet, geeky Mouse, sarcastic and self-assured Maggie and sensitive Walt – make life bearable, but a suburban life in Connecticut isn’t doing much to take her mind off her troubles. And even though the arrival of a sexy new transfer student named Sebastian brings some excitement to Carrie’s world, she is struggling to move on from her grief. So when Tom offers Carrie the chance to intern at a law firm in Manhattan, she leaps at the chance. Carrie’s eyes are opened wide at the glamour and grit of New York City – and when she meets Larissa, the style editor for Interview magazine, she’s inspired by the club culture and unique individuals that make up Larissa’s world. Carrie’s friends and family may have a big place in her heart, but she’s fallen in love for the first time with the most important man in her life – Manhattan.
Stars: AnnaSophia Robb (Soul Surfer), Austin Butler (Switched at Birth)
The Following - Monday, January 21 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX
"The Following" stars Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy. The spellbinding and intense drama follows an ex-FBI agent (Bacon) called out of retirement to track down a devious and diabolical serial killer (Purefoy), the mastermind behind a nationwide string of murders.
Stars: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy (Rome), Natalie Zea (Justified)
Do No Harm - Thursday, January 31 at 10 p.m. E.T. on NBC
Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale) is a highly respected neurosurgeon who has it all - a lucrative career, confident charm, the gift of compassion. But he also has a deep, dark secret. One morning when he wakes up disoriented in a wrecked hotel room amidst several near-naked women he's never seen before, he knows one thing: it's happening again. Every night at the same hour, something inside Jason changes, leaving him almost unrecognizable - seductive, devious, borderline sociopathic. This new man is his dangerous alternate personality who goes by the name of 'Ian Price.' For years he's battled Ian, keeping him in check with a powerful experimental sedative. But now his - their - body has developed a resistance to the serum, setting Ian free once again. And to make matters worse, after being suppressed for so long, Ian's hell-bent on taking revenge on his oppressor. With everyone Jason cares about at risk - patients, friends, coworkers and even the woman he loves - he's got to stop Ian once and for all. Will they find some common ground, or will they bring each other down? Hell hath no fury like an alter ego scorned.
Stars: Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me), Alana de la Garza (Law & Order), Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show)
Cult - February 19 at 9 p.m. EST on The CW
Investigative journalist Jeff Sefton has learned to laugh off his brother Nate’s relentless string of obsessions, especially his latest rant that a hit TV show intends to harm him. However, when his brother mysteriously disappears, Jeff takes Nate’s paranoia seriously, and in the process uncovers the dark underworld of the TV show “Cult” and its rabid fans. The only person who seems willing to help Jeff with his investigation is Skye, a young research assistant for “Cult,” who has also started to grow suspicious of the increasingly dark happenings surrounding the show.
Stars: Matt Davis (The Vampire Diaries), Jessica Lucas (Friends With Benefits), Robert Knepper (Prison Break)
The Family Tools - Wednesday, May 1 8:30-9:00 p.m.
Mixing family with business is never easy, and Jack Shea (Kyle Bornheimer) is about to learn that lesson the hard way. When Jack's father, Tony (J.K. Simmons), has a heart attack and is forced to hand over the keys to his beloved handyman business, Jack is eager to finally step up and make his father proud. Unfortunately Jack's past career efforts have been less than stellar, so everyone seems to be waiting for him to fail. His new job isn't made any easier by Tony's rebellious, troublemaking assistant, Darren (Edi Gathegi), and Darren's flirtatious sister, Liz (Danielle Nicolet), who works at the local hardware store. But with the support of his Aunt Terry (Leah Remini) and his oddball yet endearing cousin Mason (Johnny Pemberton), Jack Shea may just find his true calling right at home.
Stars: Kyle Bornheimer (Worst Week), J.K. Simmons (The Closer), Leah Remini (The King of Queens)
The Goodwin Games - Midseason TBD on FOX
Starring Scott Foley, Becki Newton and Jake Lacy, the family comedy tells the story of three estranged siblings who return home after the loss of their beloved father (guest star Beau Bridges), and unexpectedly find themselves poised to inherit more than $20 million – if, and only if, they can adhere to their late father’s trivial wishes.
Stars: Becki Newton (Ugly Betty), Scott Foley (Grey’s Anatomy, True Blood)
Hannibal - Premieres Mar 12, 2013 on NBC
One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies," "Heroes"), based on the characters from Thomas Harris' classic novels, we see where this incredible story began. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy, "The Big C") is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham's unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone – even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he's pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter, one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership and it seems there's no villain they can't catch. If Will only knew…
Stars: Hugh Dancy (Our Idiot Brother), Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale)
How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) Wednesday, April 3 9:30-10:00 p.m. on ABC
Polly (Sarah Chalke) is a single mom who’s been divorced for almost a year. The transition wasn’t easy for her, especially in this economy. So, like a lot of young people living in this new reality, she and her daughter, Natalie (Rachel Eggleston), have moved back home with her eccentric parents, Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins) and Max (Brad Garrett). But Polly and her parents look at life through two different lenses. Polly’s too uptight. Her parents are too laid back. Polly’s conservative when it comes to dating (no action, whatsoever), while her parents are still sexually adventurous. They think Polly turned out okay, so what’s the big deal? Well, they say it takes a village to raise a child…and in Polly’s case, this village is on fire. But with help from her best friend Gregg (Orlando Jones), her lovable yet irresponsible ex-husband Julian (Jon Dore) and her cool and fun assistant Jenn (Rebecca Delgado Smith) Polly takes her first steps toward getting a life, starting with a social one.
Stars: Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Orlando Jones (Rules of Engagement)
Mistresses - Premiere Date TBD on ABC
Based on the hit UK television series of the same name, "Mistresses" is a provocative and thrilling drama about the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends, each on her own path to self-discovery.
Stars: Alyssa Milano (Charmed), Yunjin Kim (Lost), Jes Macallan, Rochelle Aytes
Save Me - Time TBD, Midseason on NBC
Welcome to the Midwestern suburbs, where exciting things never happen. Well, almost never. After a near-death experience (choking on a hero sandwich), Beth (Anne Heche) is revived only to realize she now has a direct line to God. Of course, her husband Tom (Michael Landes) is skeptical and dismissive - and his mistress (Alexandra Breckenridge) is stunned to learn that her lover's wife is now a prophet! But when inexplicable things begin to happen, everyone's beliefs are tested. Beth starts to say and do things that shock her family and entrance her friends, but she isn't going to be your typical "fire and brimstone" prophet. Let's just say, if God had a desperate housewife as His mouthpiece, Beth would be it! She is the absolute last person on Earth who would be chosen. Then again, they say He works in mysterious ways. And this one is a real mystery!
Stars: Anne Heche (Men in Trees), Alex Breckenridge (American Horror Story)
Zero Hour - Thursday, Feb. 14 8:00-9:00 p.m. on 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 (Jacinda Barrett), 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.
Stars: Anthony Edwards (ER), Scott Michael Foster (Greek), Jacinda Barrett (The Last Kiss), Michael Nyqvist (Sweden’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy)
Golden Boy - Premieres on the CBS Television Network Midseason February 26, 2012
Golden Boy stars Theo James as a rising New York City detective and Chi McBride co-stars as his veteran partner. The show is a drama about the meteoric rise of an ambitious cop who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City, and the high personal and professional cost he pays to achieve it. As he’s interviewed for a story about his career, Walter William Clark, Jr. looks back on his hard-fought journey from street kid to the most powerful man in law enforcement.
Red Widow - Sunday, March 3 from 9:00-11:00pm
When Marta Walraven’s (Radha Mitchell) husband is brutally murdered, her first instinct is to protect her three young children. Her husband’s business partners – Irwin Petrova (Wil Traval), Marta’s scheming and untrustworthy brother, and Mike Tomlin (Lee Tergesen) — were involved in an illegal drug business deal with rival gangsters, and Marta’s husband paid the ultimate price. She already knows the violent world of organized crime; her father, Andrei Petrova (Rade Sherbedzija), and loyal bodyguard Luther (Luke Goss) are gangsters too. She and her sister Kat (Jaime Ray Newman) had always wished for a safer life without bloodshed and fear. For a while Marta lived happily as a stay at home housewife in San Marta’s cooperation, FBI Agent James Ramos (Mido Hamada) now promises justice.
Stars: Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill), Goran Višnjic' (ER)
The Taste - special two-hour premiere on Tuesday, January 22 from 8:00-10:00pm ET
ABC's cooking competition show "The Taste" puts 16 culinary competitors - pro chefs to home cooks - to the fire when four of the world's most notable masters of the food world judge their creations based on a blind taste test. "The Taste" features no-holds barred chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef/author Ludo Lefebvre and restaurateur Brian Malarkey.
Celebrity Diving - Premieres Tuesday, March 19 at 8PM ET/PT - on ABC
Celebrity Diving? Yes, you heard that right. The program will feature celebrities competing in a diving competition in front of a live audience. Each week, stars will perform dives that will increase in difficulty and heights as the season progresses.
A professional diving instructor will be assigned to each celebrity diver as a trainer and instructor. A three person judge panel will preside over the weekly completion; two have been names, four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis, and David Boudia, who won the gold medal for diving at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Related: 1600 Penn, Cult, Deception TV Series, Do No Harm, Hannibal TV Series, How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), Mistresses, Red Widow, Save Me, The Carrie Diaries, The Family Tools, The Following, The Goodwin Games, The Taste, Zero Hour TV Series
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