Our 10 Most Anticipated New Shows for Midseason 2013

Did you know that when the clock strikes January and 2012 calls it a year, the network TV season continues? It's true, and those in the know call it "the midseason." That's when the reinforcements arrive to take the place of their fallen brethren (R.I.P. Made in Jersey) and shows that just didn't fit into the fall lineup get their chance to shine with less promotion than the new fall series did. And to cable networks, the midseason is known as "just another time of the year because we don't play by stupid network rules because we're cooler than that." And to us it means that a bunch of brand-spankin'-new shows will be released into the wild.

But with so many new shows knocking on your DVR's front door, you might need to know which ones to let into your living room. Here's a list of the ones we're most looking forward to inviting in.


10. Africa (Discovery)

When it's on: Tuesdays starting January 8
Who's in it: Animals and things
What it's about: The creators of Planet Earth and Life could make a documentary series about the crisper drawer in a refrigerator and make it fascinating, but for their latest project, they took their HD cameras and patience to that giant continent in the middle of your world map. There, they stalked and filmed rhinos, cheetahs, chimps, lizards, giraffes, and other critters you've only seen in boxes of Animal Crackers. Fire up your viewing-enhancement goodies and learn a thing or two.

9. Out There (IFC)

When it's on: February 2013
Who's in it: Ummm.. we're not sure?
What it's about: This is a bit of a mystery project to us, but would you rather see ABC's Family Tools on this list? NO. IFC is making great original television, and this animated show from South Park lead animator Ryan Quincy looks like a trip. It's about young guys (or monster-beings, whatever they are) growing up in that awkward time between childhood and adolescence. This one is for indie animation fans.

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8. Zero Hour (ABC)

When it's on: Wednesdays starting February 13
Who's in it: Anthony Edwards, Scott Michael Foster, Addison Timlin, Jacinda Barrett
What it's about: Is it okay to anticipate a show that looks like it's going to be a complete disaster, simply to get your own sinister and perverse kicks? Yes. Possibly the next The Event, Zero Hour stars Anthony Edwards as one of those geeky conspiracy theorists with a way-too-hot wife who gets abducted over a very important clock that may have been built by Nazis and I'm just gonna take a shot and say aliens are involved, too.

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7. Legit (FX)

When it's on: Thursdays starting January 17
Who's in it: Jim Jeffries, DJ Qualls, Dan Bakkedahl
What it's about: Australian comedian Jim Jefferies stars as Australian comedian Jim Jefferies in this raunchy comedy about a guy trying to grow up and be "legit." Expect misadventures aplenty with his friend Steve and Steve's crippled brother (played by Qualls). There will be dick jokes.


6. The Carrie Diaries (The CW)

When it's on: Mondays starting January 14
Who's in it: AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Chloe Bridges, Brendan Dooling, Katie Findlay, Ellen Wong
What it's about: Do you, like, remember the '80s? Fluorescent sunglasses, asymmetrical hair, weird pants, popular music played by people pushing buttons on a keyboard... you know, kinda like the cool kids today who think they're original and ironic and hip because they're stomping on our childhoods by listening to that "classical music" known as New Order. The CW goes into Depeche Mode with a prequel to Sex and the City that follows a teenage Carrie Bradshaw as she lives a life of floozily cavorting around New York City and making out with the fresh meat at her high school. Expect every single high-school plotline you've seen elsewhere on the network but flair'd up with terrible fashion and "Now That's What I Call Music: '80s Edition" turning your ears into blood fountains on repeat.

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5. Defiance (Syfy)

When it's on: April 2013
Who's in it: Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Mia Kirshner
What it's about: This massive project for Syfy is a big risk and harkens back to the old days of when Syfy was SciFi and the network was dedicated to science-fiction. Defiance is set in the near future and plays "What if?" with a collective of alien species trying to move to Earth after their sun explodes. It's basically a metaphor for immigration except this time, Ellis Island is closed, bitches. *cocks shotgun* Expect impressive special effects and a unique video-game tie-in, too.

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4. Hannibal (NBC)

When it's on: Midseason date TBD
Who's in it: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne
What it's about: What happens when TV weirdo Bryan Fuller, the same man who brought the fluffy cutesy-wutesy Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls to the small screen, adapts a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs for NBC? We're betting on really weird stuff. This chapter follows FBI criminal profiler Will Graham and his early relationship with forensic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter pre-fava beans and Chianti.


3. Continuum (Syfy)

When it's on: Mondays starting January 14
Who's in it: Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster, Erik Knudsen, Stephen Lobo, Roger Cross
What it's about: Continuum has already aired on Canada's Showcase but is being imported for American audiences because it's actually quite good. Rachel Nichols stars as a cop from the year 2077 who is accidentally time-traveled back to 2012 along with a group of escaped terrorists. The bad guys are trying to change the future by changing the past, and the hot cop works with a young tech genius to make sure they don't. Intriguing questions about terrorism, right and wrong, and the dangers of out-of-control corporations abound!

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2. The Following (Fox)

When it's on: Mondays starting January 21
Who's in it: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Maggie Grace, Natalie Zea
What it's about: The highest-profile network show of the midseason will also be its bloodiest and Baconest. Kevin Bacon stars as an alcoholic former FBI agent who gets pulled back into the job when a serial killer (a fantastic James Purefoy) he put away starts killing again in a unique way: by recruiting a cult of copycats via his blog or Facebook or something online related! We've seen the pilot and it's some dark shiznit that your grandmother will not like.

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1. The Americans (FX)

When it's on: Wednesdays starting January 30
Who's in it: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich
What it's about: Russell and Rhys star as a couple of Russian KGB spies who live in 1980s suburban America in this drama that will quench your thirst for more Homeland. They pose as a married couple so that they can become deeply embedded sleeper agents, but will they end up being a real couple? Will they end up starting a real family? Will they end up becoming real Americans? And will this end up being a really good show? It's on FX and doesn't star Charlie Sheen, so we say yes.

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Anything here look/sound good to you? Which new shows are you most looking forward to this midseason?

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I have watched most of the shows here in this list. Love some of them.
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Continuum was OK as was The Following.
Zero Hour was great actually... Very entertaining. Defiance will be great. Bates Motel could be OK, but I will be annoyed by the fact that he is a pervert in the making. It would have been a better story if it had been a different story than Psycho and that's not how he turned out. I find it hard to sympathize with a lead character that's a terrible guy.
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I really like The Following.
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I'm also very interested in 'Bates Motel' , a prequel to one of the best movies ever 'Psycho', could be terrible but let's hope not.
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Already saw Continuum, liked, but not spetacular... from that list, wanna watch
Zero Hour, and Defiance, already watching The following and enjoying. Out of this list, wanna watch Cult, and I am already watching Ripper´s Streest, from BBC and is AMAZING!! recomend it to everyone.
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Hannibal is the show I'm most interested in, some shows on here seem to be doomed to fail like Zero/Hour, but you never know..
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I was so wrong on Continuum!!
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I'm in Canada. I've watched the entire first season of Continuum already but on a lark decided to see what the UK trailer was like in the above embedded video but NBC Universal "has blocked it on copyright grounds." That has to be one of the most idiotic things I have read/seen online in a while.
HELLO! The show is Canadian, has already fully aired in Canada, and I am in Canada! What copyright is being violated?
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I am so happy that finally there will be some real Sci-Fi on the tv again. I hope this will not be cut short like so many of them in the past decade. Keeping fingers crossed and already set the date of airing in my dairy! And yay for continuum being shown to the american public ^^ It feels like sci-fi will be back! (I have been listening more to the radio then watching tv lately with all the "reality" shows out there, I already have a real life, tv is supposed to be relaxing me from my "real" life, not adding more to my already filled to the rafters life of drama ;) )
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Where? Nearly everything that calls itself that is just pretending to be. It's just bad fantasy in disguise. Continuum is the closest, but it really is just a police procedural with a sci-fi base. The rest are awful, illogical, and have writers that don't know WTF science-fiction is. We need real SF, like Babylon 5! Though pseudo-SF, the Battlestar reboot was great! I don't think we'll ever see anything good out of that channel, after the name change.
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nice
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Zero Hour- mainly for Anthony Edwards
Defiance- YAY some scifi!
Continuum- finally now in America
The Following- James Purefoy... sold.
The Americans- FX is on a roll and the story looks interesting
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By the way, Defiance and Zero Hour look decent enough to check out. Other than that, well...like I said..
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I'm interested in seeing 3-4-5-10!. OMG.. i'm excited about Syfy channel again!... wth!... xD..
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Now that you've seen it, can you really still say so?
And Defiance is so chock full of stale clichés and tropes, it managed to top unoriginality from every show in the last three years, including all Doctor, Lawyer, and Police shows, put together! It didn't beat out most sit-coms, however.
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I'll watch Africa and MAYBE Zero Hour, Defiance, and The Americans. the rest look stupid to me.

I've already seen Continuum, it was ok. it's barely scifi though, just a cop procedural masking as a scifi show because of maybe two episodes the whole season.
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I ever thought the Continuum series will never comes again, but I'm wrong. This series are one of the worsted series in TV. Bad cast and bad story with a bad scenario.
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Hmmm:
I MIGHT watch like the pilot and second episode of The Carrie Diaries if nothing else is on. I might. Just because I love the 80's or something.
- The Following sounds interesting. I like Kevin Bacon. I like procedurals and crime shows and all that crap so, sure.
-The Americans- Hark! Is that Keri Russell?! Spies?! Okay. I can do that.
- Continuum sounds interesting but I don't know if it's interesting enough for me to actually watch. i don't know. Same with Zero Hour. Two of those shows I'll forget to record and then I'll shrug and be like "oh well."
- I do want to see Deception though. I hear it's a combination of Revenge and Scandal which means it's both of those shows measly second cousin....but that's enough to get me to watch, plus it has Meagan Good in it and I like her.
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Defiance and Continuum only two worth watching!!!
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1. The Following (Kevin Williamson -- Scream --)
2. Cult (Rockne O'Bannon -- Farscape --)
3. Hannibal (Bryan Fuller -- Pushing Daisies --)
4. Zero Hour (Paul Scheuring -- Prison Break --)
5. Defiance (Rockne O'Bannon too)

I already watched "Continuum". Really good show by the way ;)
Also looking forward to see "Hemlock Grove", "Bates Motel", "The Americans" and Alan Bell's "Banshee".
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zero hour is not about aliens, I'd say an "end of the world"-apocalypse scenario ... maybe with the bad guy being the antichrist?
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I'm looking forward to 1600 Penn
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The Following without a doubt is my most anticipated show. Also Hannibal and the 2nd season of Continuum.
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it should be the first season of Continuum for SYFY, I think the Continuum is like LOST GIRL an SHOCASE series that air in Canada!!
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Continuum is a really god show. Looking forward to defiance and Hannibal
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Continuum, defiance and sadly Carrie diaries.
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1. The Americans
2. Hannibal
Continuum
idk maybe others to
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1. Continuum
2. The Following
3. Defiance
I'll probably also check out:
1. The Americans
2. Hannibal
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Wow...finally some decent-looking SciFi! I hope these new ones are better than Revolution. Very excited to see some of these new shows, especially:
1. Continuum
2. The Following
3. Defiance
I'll probably also check out:
1. The Americans
2. Hannibal
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I have to say, I just watch Continuum after finding out about it here, and I loved it. Good writing, great casting and acting (you'll see a lot of familiar faces, especially if you watch scifi shows and/or those produced/filmed in Canada).

I can't recommend this enough to anyone who likes science fiction. It's got charisma, mystery, moral questioning, a dystopian future. Despite what some might say, it's not really procedural at all - while there are new cases each episode, they don't spend too much time on the nitty gritty and they are all highly connected to the plot.

Give the show a few episodes chance, because it goes from a fine pilot to a good follow up, to a great second half.
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Defintely not young Carrie. Watched "Sex in the City" twice, about 6 or seven years apart. and thought it stunk both times.

Probably not "Zero Hour", didn't think much of the preview.

Looking forward to "Continuum" the most, as well as several of the others.
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I've already seen season 1 of "Continuum" and loved it, if anyone hasn't i highly recommend it.

Looking Forward to: "Defiance" & "The Following"

Maybe: "Zero Hour" & "The Americans"
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Here's hoping that Hannibal is the Bryan Fuller show that lasts.
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"Continuum" because that is the same channel, I believe, Syfy imported "Lost Girl" from and "Lost Girl" is very good. "Defiance" great cast of longtime female sci-fi favorites in Benz, Murray, and Kirshner. "Legit" and "The Amaericans" because F/X comedies and dramas at least deserve a view if they don't star Charlie Sheen because this is a network that choses good ideas as the rule. And "The Following" again, great cast is draw. No to "Hannibal" simply because its NBC and NBC sucks and even if it is decent it will get scheduled in a dumb spot and canceled rapidly because NBC executives in charge are just morons.
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Just thinking, Syfy Mondays are going to be the best thing going come January - "Continuum" "Lost Girl" and "Being Human" is going to be one helluva line up to contend with for a cable network.
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Wooo! Jim Jeffries has a sitcom! WOooooo!
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The following, Zero Hour for SURE!!! cant wait!
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The Following looks amazing.............
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Excited for Defiance and The Following, can't wait to see them! I've already seen Continuum and it was good, but not amazing. Maybe I'll watch Zero Hour and The Americans too. For the rest not much interesting
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Continuum! I have such new-found respect for Canadians!
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The Following for me!
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I loved Continuum, and looking forward to Defiance.
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I'm torn between the Following and Cult and I'm sure the acting for Following will be good. But I'm sick of serial killer plots. Cult it will be.
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Nothing sounds too exciting, but a few things there that I might try to see, such as The Amaericans, Continuum, Zero Hour and Defiance. Time will tell if they are worthwhile!
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I'll check out Hannibal and the Following. I might check out Continuum though it does remind me a bit of that show Time Trax from the 90's without the credit card hologram and the cool key fob that froze people.
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Hannibal Sounds good & the Following If they come to UK tv have to wait & see
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The following looks exactly like The Mentalist but with slightly different story line about the main characters.
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Zero Hour......Thats some kind of comedy right?
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Loved Continuum when it aired in Canada, but will watch it again because it IS quite good (proud of my fellow Canucks!). Out There I won't have time for, but does the pink dude not look like a Dr. Seuss character? I WILL, however check out Defiance, The Following (killer cast!), and possibly Hannibal if it gets good reviews. The rest looks like fluff, and Zero Hour sounds brutally bad.
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Sorry, Africa sounds good, too. Definitely not fluff.
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I will check out both Defiance and Continuum (the end of Fringe leaves a big hole for the genre), Hannibal (I like Mads Mikkelsen, he's a good choice for the role IMO) and The Following.
If the time will allow, maybe I'll check on The Americans and Zero Hour (although I still have a bad taste in my mouth since the flops named The Event, Falling Skies and Terra Nova).
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I'll give these 3 watches to see if they don't sux: Hannibal, young Carrie from SITC, sleeper spies, aliens wanting our jobs and food, oh and of course Bacon!
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I'm surprised that Hannibal hasn't attracted more attention.
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BANSHEE. Also The Following, Cult, and The Americans, to a lesser degree. Zero Hour will fail in its time-slot for sure. ... Why is The Carrie Diaries on this list??

There's no way Defiance will last on that crazy ass budget, but I'm definitely checking it out for that reason.
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Gotta agree there... Banshee kept me coming back. Though I'm not sure a second season can quite be pulled off.
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Wow, SyFy is actually producing SciFi shows? Defiance looks quite good.

Defiance and Continuum for now. Maybe I'll end up watching The Following and Americans.
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I was suprised that some sci fi is on SyFy too, where will the knuckle draggers watch wrestling now?
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