Justified Season 4 (FX)
Timothy Olyphant returns to Harlan County for Justified Season 4. After last season’s trials with Quarles and Crowder, fans can look forward to a new mystery centering on Arlo. It begins with a flashback and a dead body.
Don’t worry. Arlo isn’t Raylan’s only concern. Boyd is back to blowing things up, and this season Mr. Crowder has got a new teammate. Unfortunately, there’s also a new religion in town that threatens to break up the Kentucky’s Oxy trade. Expect prostitute reformation, snakes and a whole lot of gun shots.
Premiere: January 8 at 10pm
House of Lies Season 2 (Showtime)
The first season of House of Lies ended with a cliffhanger between Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) and Jeannie Van Der Hooven (Kristen Bell). Following a sexual scandal at Galweather & Stearn that blocked the sale of the agency, Marty and Jeannie got especially “friendly” over drinks. But, did they become friends with benefits?
When House of Lies returns, dynamics within the group will slightly change, as Clyde and Doug try to figure out what happened between Marty and Jeannie. Also of note, in the season 2 premiere, we won’t see any of the freeze frame, fourth-wall gimmick that the series used in its frosh season.
Premiere: January 13 at 10pm
Girls Season 2 (HBO)
HBO’s Girls returns for its second season a few weeks after the events in the season one finale. Jessica is back after her post-surprise wedding honeymoon and Shoshanna has to come to grips with her one-night stand with Ray. As for Hannah, needless to say she is dealing with new relationship woes with Adam.
Premiere: January 13 at 9pm
Archer Season 4 (FX)
If you’re a fan of H. Jon Benjamin (voice of Sterling Archer) or Bob’s Burgers, then you’ll have a coronary laughing at the spoof opening to Archer Season 4.
Season after season, Archer continues to boldly push the boundaries on spy humor. I’ve watched the premiere three times and each time it’s a blast. Old cyborg enemies may return in season 4, but the laughs are still fresh and deserved. Look forward to more mommy issues, Lana exposed, Cyril in the field and lots of boozing. Oh yeah, SHAZAM! SPLOOSH!
Premiere: January 17 at 10pm
Spartacus: War of the Damned Final Season (STARZ)
Spartacus enters its final season this year, with Spartacus’ band of rebels ready to take on the might of Rome.
While there may not be any major surprises (after all it is historical fiction), we can look forward to Steven S. DeKnight raising the bar on blood, gore, sex and vulgarity. This is one of the most visceral action series on TV and will surely be missed by long time fans.
Premiere: January 25 at 9PM
Shameless Season 3 (Showtime)
It’s been over 130 days since Frank left and the Gallagher family couldn’t be better off. Well, everyone except Debbie.
While Fiona and Steve continue to figure out “what” their relationship is, Ian and Lip have mended their differences and are back to brotherly thievery. Unfortunately, a visit from South America threatens to disrupt the Gallagher peace.
Expect the Season 3 premiere to get a little bloody and more than a little bizarre (you’ll get my point when you see Kevin and Veronica’s new business idea). Also, Frank gets a new job that may help him earn some extra drinking money.
Premiere: January 13 at 9pm
Being Human Season 3 (Syfy)
What does the future hold for Josh? If you’re wondering who died (because someone had to, right), then you’ll want to tune-in to the Being Human premiere.
Last season ended with an abundance of cliffhangers (curses, deaths and so much more) that tore our trio apart. Now, we’ll have to wait to see if Aidan, Josh and Sally ultimately reunite. And if so, how much will have changed?
Premiere: January 14 at 9pm
Californication Season 6 (Showtime)
Californication series may be on its last legs, but loyal fans will want to find out what the future holds for Hank Moody after Carrie drugged him at the end of Season 5. The first half of the premiere is a bit somber and dull, but the humor slowly eases its way back in.
Don’t worry. Drugs and alcohol are still in style with a depressed Moody as he checks into the Happy Ending rehab clinic (no relation to ABC’s Happy Endings).
Premiere: January 13 at 10:30pm
Touch Season 2 (FOX)
Fox’s feel good drama returns this February with everyone wondering if Jake did in fact lead Kiefer Sutherland to the “right woman.” This series may be a soap opera of happy coincidences, but it’s a welcome break from the typical TV dramas.
Premiere: February 8 at 8pm
Community Final Season (NBC)
After fighting through cancellation doldrums, one of TV’s most inspired comedies returns for its final season. Although Dan Harmon won’t be helming the last episodes, we’re still eagerly awaiting the return of Jeff, Britta, Abed, Shirley, Annie, Troy, Senor Chang and Pierce.
Premiere: February 7 at 8pm
Psych Season 7 (USA Network)
After six seasons, Psych is still going strong thanks to James Roday and Dulé Hill. This tag-team of comedy detective returns to USA Network at the close of February.
What can you expect? For starters, how about episode 100 and a smorgasbord of guest stars!! Series stars Maggie Lawson and Timothy Omundson chatted with us about expectations for Psych‘s seventh season, while Roday and Hill talk fashion and the finer points of rapping.
Premiere: February 27 at 10pm
Smash Season 2 (NBC)
One name: Jennifer Hudson
When Smash returns, we’ll have a new diva to sing her way into the hearts of Broadway. Hudson joins the cast as a series regular in what is sure to be a season filled with standing ovations.
Although last year’s “cliffhanger” wasn’t really a cliffhanger at all, fans will want to tune in to this Broadway soap that captures the underbelly of make-or-break theatre.
Premiere: February 5 at 9pm
Game of Thrones Season 3 (HBO)
Although Game of Thrones won’t make its way back to HBO until the dawn of Spring, it remains one of the most anticipated series returns of Q1 2013.
The North remembers. Winter is coming. And, oh yeah, you know what else is coming… The Others and the Dragons.
Regardless of whether you read the books or not, Game of Thrones continues to amaze viewers with its smart dialogue and storytelling. Now, all we need to do is cajole HBO into adding on a few more episodes to each season.
Premiere: March 31 at 9pm
Also of note…
The Legend of Korra – Book Two: Spirits (Nickelodeon)
Although we’re still waiting on a return date for The Legend of Korra: Book 2, it remains one of our most anticipated series returns of 2013.