Winter TV is the new fall TV. Once a fallow period stuffed with shows networks didn’t think were good enough to front-load into September, midseason has become every bit as exciting as the traditional season premiere time. And we’re not just talking about the return of cable favorites like Girls, Archer, Portlandia, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead (not to mention PBS standby Downton Abbey); even the networks have promising new shows to offer, including The Following, a Fox drama that numbers among critics’ and fans’ most anticipated premieres of the year. And don’t forget the potentially problematic return of Community. Below, we round up 30 notable new and returning shows we’re anticipating (and, in some cases, dreading) in the months to come.
Season premiere: January 4, 10pm, IFC
After a delightful holiday special in mid-December, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen are back for another full season of hipster and yuppie skewering. Topics tackled in its third year will include disappointing meditation crushes, TV spoilers, the frustrations of splitting checks at birthday dinners, and other phenomena that hit a bit too close to home.