TV’s shiny new year schedule

January 3, 2013 

Resolve to tune in to new television shows and reset your DVRs so you won’t miss a minute of returning series — many of which left us in limbo over the holidays.

Resolve to tune in to new television shows and reset your DVRs so you won’t miss a minute of returning series — many of which left us in limbo over the holidays.

New shows

The Carrie Diaries — This “prequel” looks at the early life of one Carrie Bradshaw in the 1980s, before she grew up to “Sex and the City” Jan. 14, the CW

Zero Hour — Anthony Edwards (“ER”) has possession of a deadly timepiece in this thriller. Feb. 14, ABC

Deception — A rich girl’s mysterious murder prompts her friend to go undercover on the family’s estate to find out the truth, Jan. 7, NBC

1600 Penn — Comedy about a wacky First Family, Jan. 7, NBC

Do No Harm — A doctor has a dark side in this drama, based on the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde stories. Jan. 31, NBC

Returning/new seasons

Portlandia, Jan. 4, IFC

The sketch comedy series stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. Guest stars this season include Roseanne Barr and George Wendt

Downton Abbey, Jan. 6, ETV

New to the cast: Shirley Maclaine, who goes toe-to-toe with Maggie Smith.

Cougar Town, Jan. 8,

The comedy starring Courtney Cox moves to TBS from ABC

Girls, Jan. 13, HBO

Guest stars include Donald Glover (“Community”)

Dallas, Jan. 28, TNT

How will the show honor dearly departed Larry Hagman?

Enlightened, Jan. 13, HBO

Quirky series stars Laura Dern whose karma is so intense

Smash, Feb. 5, NBC

New to the cast: Jennifer Hudson, who drops in as another diva

Community, Feb. 7, NBC

Last season for this underrated comedy? It’s certainly the final season for cast member Chevy Chase.

Touch, Feb. 1, FOX

The action moves to Los Angeles in this thriller series starring Kiefer Sutherland

Returning cliffhangers!

Once Upon a Time, Jan. 6, ABC

Hook and Cora the Evil Queen are on their way to modern Storybrook to wreak havoc upon Cora’s daughter Regina and heroine Emma.

Scandal, Jan. 10

What the Huck happened? You’ll find out more behind the motives of the presidential assassination attempt.

Walking Dead, Feb. 10, AMC

Grimm, March 8, NBC

When is Juliette going all monstery?

Revolution, March 25, NBC

How they’d get the power for the helicopters, anyway?

Game of Thrones, March 31, HBO

New reality seasons

American Idol, Jan. 16, FOX

Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are the newest judges who put singers on the spot.

The Biggest Loser, Jan. 6, NBC

Jillian Michaels is back!

The Bachelor, Jan. 7, ABC

Sean Lowe is the lucky guy this time around

Project Runway, Jan. 24, Lifetime

Zac Posen replaces Michael Kors as a judge for this round

Survivor, Feb. 13, CBS

Amazing Race, Feb. 17, CBS

Farewells

Fringe, Jan. 18

30 Rock, Jan. 31

Private Practice, Jan. 22

The Office, May

Up in the air?

Mad Men’s Season 6 premiere date ... The final episodes of “Breaking Bad” ... schedule for next season of “Dexter” ...

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