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New TV Shows To Watch: Midseason 2013

By  Justin Carreiro     10:30 AM    Labels:,,,,,,,,,, 
The holidays are over and the dust has settled for the first batch of cancellations. While the list has been surprisingly few, the greater number of pick-ups and renewals is a positive change to see that most new series are getting a full season. So far my selection from the Fall 2012 list has only lost one show (R.I.P. 666 Park Avenue), but now we can also judge the shows that will come in to replace those that have left.

Since it's the beginning of the new year, the networks will start to premiere a new line-up of TV shows. Midseason replacements are programs that didn't make it for the fall schedule and in most cases, these shows have a short number of first season episodes (pending renewal and script order). I've searched through the main five networks and came up with a shortlist of TV shows that I'd like to watch either the pilot episode or the first few episodes.

Hannibal (NBC)
Has anyone heard about or seen a trailer for this show?! Hannibal is the small screen adaptation of the novel series about cannibalistic psychopath Dr. Hannibal Lecter. NBC has only stated "coming soon" but is featuring a countdown where the show will premiere in March so I'm including it on the list. First off, Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal scared me as a child... I have yet to ever finish the latter. Though, the buzz surrounding this show is pegging it as a future hit for 2013. I would love to see how a primetime network tackles the issue of Hannibal for a non-Cable viewing audience.

Do No Harm (NBC)
Cards on the table: I've had the chance to watch the pilot episode. Do No Harm is a mainstream adaptation of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tale where a doctor deals with an uncontrolled and dangerous split-personality. I had yet to hear what the show was about but after watching the episode, I am quite impressed with the concept. The main lead did a good job and seeing where the season develops could be interesting change with the current shows that I follow. My only hope for the show is that in its first few episodes, it plays well to utilize the evil alter-ego and doesn't brush it off as a gimmick or a spur of the moment episode plotline.

The Goodwin Games (FOX)
Sad news to start off: the first season order was cut from 13 episodes to just 7. Apparently it's due to the overabundance of the FOX comedy line-up but... you never really know. The Goodwin Games is a family comedy between three siblings who must complete a series of games where only one will win their father's inheritance. The main reason I want to see the pilot episode is because of Becki Newton. I loved her on Ugly Betty and How I Met Your Mother so I want to give her new show a chance.

Deception (NBC)
Same with Do No Harm, I've already watched the pilot episode before the premiere. Deception is a drama that follows an undercover cop looking into the death of her childhood friend at her late friend's wealthy family estate. The pilot episode was alright, though it didn't do enough justice for the first episode. However, I absolutely love Revenge on ABC and Deception seems to have a not-so-but-somewhat-similar concept. I will give the series a shot and see how far I follow.

Cult (The CW)
Cult has been skewered by the critics. I've read the reviews, I've heard the podcasts and even had my own disposition after The Secret Circle (R.I.P) was cancelled. However, I really like The CW and I want to give the show a shot. Cult is a show-within-a-show where the police are investigating the strange mysteries and disappearances relating to a popular hit show, also called Cult. The show features many familiar faces and the concept is intriguing enough to check out the first few episodes.

The Following (FOX)
Has anyone noticed that there are a lot of horror and serial killer-type shows coming out between 2012-2013? The Following is an investigative drama where Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and his FBI team try to track down an escaped serial killer who plots to resume his work with the help from other killers and associates. It's the most buzzed about show for midseason and many are most likely checking it out to see how the pilot turns out. The trailer looks amazing and I'm crossing my fingers that the dynamic between the main leads keep me going for the rest of the season.

The Carrie Diaries (The CW)
I never watched Sex and the City when it aired. I was eight years old when the show came out and I was definitely too young to even know what it was about. The Carrie Diaries is the 80s prequel that follows Carrie Bradshaw starting off in New York City. Unbeknownst to most people, the show is an adaptation of the Young Adult novel series that is written by Candace Bushnell. I want to check it out the pilot episode because since Gossip Girl ended its run, I would like to have another New York/living life/guilty pleasure type show on television. There is an opening for another teen and 20-something program about gossip, growing up and frenemy tension. 

There were a lot of good shows to add to the list and it was a difficult choice. My expectations are open for all the shows I didn't highlight and I'm always open to watching a new program. Would love your suggestions! Though, now that midseason is starting, it means that more cancellations will begin in the next few weeks. Cross your fingers your show makes the renewal cut!

Already have your schedule set for the new year? Share your comments below and let me know what new TV shows you’ll be tuning into... and tuning out!

About Justin Carreiro

Justin is a longtime TV buff and gamer. He loves chatting about shows, playing video and board games, and his not-so-secret love for reality tv. He is also a fan of horror movies, music and a bookworm at heart. He spends his time in Toronto working in PR and Social Media.

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