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winter tv bannerPull out your long-sleeved shirts – its winter in Florida! Although we don’t get the same weather, we do share something with our northern brethren—we too are couch potatoes! And this winter, the boob-tube doesn’t disappoint!

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Pull out your long-sleeved shirts – its winter in Florida! Although we don’t get the same weather, we do share something with our northern brethren—we too are couch potatoes! And this winter, the boob-tube doesn’t disappoint! There are several midseason premieres to look forward to including The Taste, Red Widow, Celebrity Diving, Stars in Danger: The High Dive, The Carrie Diaries, Deception, 1600 Penn, Do No Harm, Zero Hour and The Following.

winter tv deceptionDeception
Jan. 7 on NBC
Meagan Good, most recently of Showtime’s Californication and the film “Think Like A Man,” stars in this new drama as Detective Joanna Locasto whose best friend, a famous socialite, dies of an overdose. Or was there foul play? This show is bound to be your new guilty pleasure. Tate Donovan, of The O.C. and Damages also stars.

 

winter tv 16001600 Penn
Jan. 10 on NBC
This clever comedy stars Jenna Elfman (You read that right- last name Elfman! Clearly a relative of mine. . .the resemblance is uncanny!) and film star Bill Pullman. The show, shot in single camera format like 30 Rock and The Office, follows a dysfunctional family living in the White House.

 

winter tv carrieThe Carrie Diaries
Jan. 14, CW

And now to the show that I personally cannot wait to see – The Carrie Diaries! What was Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw like as a teenager? We can now find out (well, I already know, as I am not only obsessed with television, I am an avid reader of Candace Bushnell’s The Carrie Diaries last year). The show will give us a glimpse into how Carrie became so fabulous.

 

The Following
Jan. 21, FOX
winter tv do no harmThe Following was created by Kevin Williamson of Dawson Creek and The Vampire Diaries fame and stars another famous Kevin – Kevin Bacon. The suspenseful series follows Bacon as a former FBI agent who learns about a network of serial killers who are being led by a killer he once caught (played by James Purefoy) and has since escaped. This show was the buzz of ComiCon and if you have seen the commercials you will be glued to your TV like I will be.

winter tv the tasteThe Taste
Jan. 22, ABC
ABC joins the cooking competition trend with their new show The Taste, which is hosted by chef/author/TV personality Anthony Bourdain and British food expert Nigella Lawson. The two celebrities will mentor wannabes competing to be the best cook. Bourdain is a busy man—he also has a new weekend show premiering in 2013 on CNN.

 

winter tv no harmDo No Harm
Jan. 31 on NBC
This drama is a modern take on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story and stars Steven Pasquale (Six Feet Under, Rescue Me) as a neurosurgeon with some strange personality issues. Phylicia Rashad of The Cosby Show fame also stars.

 

winter tv zero hourZero Hour
Feb. 14 on ABC
This exciting drama stars Anthony Edwards (ER, “Revenge of the Nerds”) and Jacinda Barrett (The Real World: London, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason”). Edwards’ character Hank Galliston is the publisher of a magazine that debunks mysteries. When his wife goes missing, he gets caught up in a web of mystique.

 

winter tv golden boyGolden Boy
Feb. 26 on CBS
This crime drama originally starred Ryan Phillipe who backed out due to commitment issues (cut to Reese Witherspoon rolling her eyes and nodding emphatically). Replaced by the equally as hot, but more rugged Theo James, the series follows the rise of a cop from his early days up the ladder to police commissioner. Chi McBride (who has been in EVERYTHING, seriously, google him) also stars.

winter tv Red widowRed Widow
March 3 on ABC
Based on the 2010 Dutch Drama, this new show stars Radha Mitchell (“Surrogates,” “The Crazies”)and Goran Visnjic (oooh yeah, Dr. Luka from ER). Mitchell stars as Marta Walraven, a housewife and widow whose husband was killed for his involvement in organized crime. Marta takes over where her husband left off.

                            
In addition to these exciting new shows, Fox and ABC will premiere competing shows about reality stars belly flopping for our entertainment. Stars in Danger: The High Dive starts on Jan. 9 on Fox and Celebrity Diving begins on March 19 on ABC.

Of course, some longtime favorites will return as well including American Idol (Jan. 16) and Smash (Feb. 5), both on FOX. The drama between AI judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah has already started, so you know it will be a good season. Plus J-Hud (that’s Jennifer Hudson to the rest of you) will be joining the cast of Smash.

Get that DVR ready—the fun is about to begin!

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