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New 2014 TV Shows Worth Watching

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 9:00 am by Amanda Andonian

Now that we’re well into 2014, it’s time for the newest and shiniest in TV! There are a slew of new shows premiering in the next couple of months, so if you’re looking for something to tide you over until your favorite show comes back from hiatus, then here’s a short list of what I think are the new 2014 TV shows worth watching.

The Assets

ABC – Thursdays 10pm
Taking us back to the roaring 80s, The Assets follows CIA agent Sandy Grimes as she tries to uncover a mole inside the Agency that threatens to expose undercover agents in the Soviet Union. In addition to the fact that I just love spy dramas, I’m also curious to see how this drama portrays the decade of my birth. Good luck trying to watch it online, though. It’s not available on Hulu, and you can only access it via ABC’s website if you already subscribe to cable service (and can log into your cable account), or by downloading their terrible mobile app.

Intelligence

CBS – January 7th, 10/9c
Lost and Sawyer fans can breathe a sigh of relief—Josh Holloway is back on TV! If you missed the man’s devilish smile, you’ll get to see it again on Intelligence, a crime drama that centers around Gabriel Vaughn, an intelligence operative who has a computer chip inserted in this brain to make him SUPER smart. Think Johnny Mnemonic, but with someone who can actually act.

Killer Women

ABC – January 7th, 10/9c
Tricia Helfer admirers rejoice! She’s back on the small screen in her own crime procedural as a Texas Ranger who’s out to make sure justice is served. Apparently, part of the conceit is that she’s mostly tracking down female murders, thus the title. Kind of stretching it there, ABC! Judging by the promo, it looks thoroughly silly and over the top, but I have faith that Helfer knows how to pick the right material.

Helix

Syfy – January 10th, 10/9c
Justin already expressed his enthusiasm for this up and coming show about the outbreak of deadly disease, and we’ll finally get to see whether all the hype was worth it on Friday! Syfy has been running promos for the premiere like crazy, and while I’m not entirely enamored of the “We’re not just breaking international laws…” line, I still think it might be worth giving this new Syfy offering a shot. Not sure if you want to commit? You can watch the first 15 minutes of the show now!

Bitten

Syfy – January 13th, 10/9c
The only female werewolf in existence is trying to live a normal life in Toronto, but her lupine nature isn’t something she can run from forever! I’m not a huge fan of supernatural dramas; I got my fill with the first two seasons of True Blood and haven’t looked back. However, I kind of feel like Bitten is the sort of show that I’d love to hate. The premise is utterly ridiculous (only ONE female werewolf in the whole world? Really?!?), but I think that Laura Vandervoort (you might recognize her from the ill-fated V) can pull off campy while still playing it dead serious.

Black Sails

Starz – January 25th, 9/8c
Travel back to the 1700s, when pirates roamed the Caribbean and treasure flowed freely through the seven seas. There we’ll find Captain Flint, one of the most notorious pirate captains sailing the ocean. Black Sails will follow his journeys as he tries to hang on to what little freedom can be found among the waves, dodging the British Navy and mentoring a young Long John Silver. Although it doesn’t premiere until the end of the month, Machinima will be running the first episode on January 18th for those who don’t like to wait.

The Spoils of Babylon

IFC – January 9th 10/9c
Toby McGuire, Kristen Wiig, and terrible hair pieces. Need I say more? This miniseries parodies all the worst parts of 70s and 80s epic TV, bringing us a hilarious take on the high drama of “TV events” like Rich Man, Poor Man. With a cast that includes the likes of Will Ferrel, Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins, and more, The Spoils of Babylon is definitely must-see TV. The hard part is getting ahold of it, though, since it’ll be airing on IFC—a channel I’m convinced that no one actually subscribes to.

True Detective

HBO – January 12th 9/8c
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson take a break from the silver screen to star in this drama about two detectives on the hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. Seeing the two of them together, I would almost think that they were brothers! The show looks depressing as hell, but McConaughey is on an amazing streak where his films are concerned, so I can only assume that True Detective will be on the level of Dallas Buyers Club and Wolf of Wall Street.

Resurrection

ABC – March 9th 9/8c
What if one of your deceased loved ones suddenly came back from the dead? That’s the premise of Resurrection, which begins when 8-year-old Jacob appears 30 years after his death, shocking the small hometown he came from. However, he’s not the only one to return from the grave. Based on the novel The Returned by Jason Mott, this new series sounds like it’ll tug on your heartstrings.

The 100

CW – premieres March 19th, 9/8c
Set in a post apocalyptic world where nuclear war has made Earth uninhabitable, the last human survivors decide to send an envoy of 100 teenage delinquents back to the planet to determine whether it’s inhabitable again. This being the CW, of course the protagonists are all teenagers, but it won’t be all angst and high school crushes. Taking a note from The Hunger Games, The 100 will definitely be a little more violent than your average teen drama.

That’s it for the new shows of 2014 that just might be worth your time. Hopefully they live up to expectations, but as we’re all well aware, it’s kind of a crap shoot where TV is concerned. Personally, I’ll be sitting firmly in from of my screen, chomping down holiday candy and drinking it all in with my eyes.

You can follow Amanda on Twitter at @reiko516 for the latest in geek news.

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