Mid-season TV is totally underrated. Largely seen as primetime’s second string, the slate of shows that pop up each winter to replace the fall season’s biggest failures has more to offer than you might think — especially at a time when cable and premium channels are challenging the networks’ traditional September-to-May schedule. With that in mind, there are a whole lot of new series debuting from December through February that we at Flavorpill can’t wait to watch. From Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell as corporate bloodsuckers to Kevin Smith’s comic-book store to the return of Deadwood creator David Milch, our ten most anticipated mid-season shows are after the jump.
Premieres: December 11
We’re not terribly interested in horse racing, but when Deadwood creator David Milch, director Michael Mann, and Dustin Hoffman come together to make an hourlong drama for HBO, we’re not going to quibble over subject matter. The show will approach the sport from multiple angles, following not only the jockeys and owners but also the gamblers — like Hoffman’s character, Chester “Ace” Bernstein. Did we mention that Nick Nolte’s also part of the cast?