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What new TV shows should you check out midseason 2013?

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January 2, 2013

It's a new year, and a new chance to get super-psyched about new TV shows. And while fall usually gets the attention for its flock of new programming, there's always a few more-than-notable shows to check out come winter. Fortunately for you, we've not only rounded them up, we've given you reasons why you should or shouldn't tune in, too.

Show: "Deception"
When: Monday, Jan. 7 at 10 p.m. EST on Global and NBC
What: When a wealthy socialite is found dead from an apparent overdose, FBI agent Joanna Padget (Meagan Good) gets close to her family to find out the truth. However, Joanna must play two roles: since her mom once worked for the family -- and Joanna herself was the victim's former best friend -- her true intentions must stay secret.
Why you should watch: Not only does "Deception" star Canadian Victor Garber as the family's powerful patriarch, it seems to channel "Revenge" without the teen drama.

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Show: "Cracked"
When: Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. EST on CBC
What: Post-traumatic stress disorder leads to a SWAT team officer (David Sutcliffe) transferring to the psychiatric crime unit. From there, he must learn to juggle his own issues while working with those who can't handle theirs.
Why you should watch: Created by "Flashpoint" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" writer Tracy Forbes, "Cracked" could quickly become the Canadian "Luther" (the BBC hit).

Show: "1600 Penn"
When: Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 10:30 p.m. EST on Citytv and NBC
What: The antidote to dramatic political sagas, "1600 Penn" delves into the kookiness of the (fictional) American First Family, led by President Dale Gilchrist (Bill Pullman). No Sorkin-esque monologues expected.
Why you should watch: Because Bill Pullman as president can't be that bad.

Show: "The Carrie Diaries"
When: Monday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. EST on Citytv and The CW
What: "Sex and the City's" Carrie Bradshaw was a teen once, too, so here's the prequel to the Emmy award-winning HBO series. Taking fans on Carrie's (AnnaSophia Robb) early adventures throughout New York City, viewers can learn how the writer-to-be got her start in the industry.
Why you should watch: Now that "Gossip Girl's" over, you need a new NYC-based teen drama to watch -- especially since this one is dripping in '80s wear.

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Show: "The Following"
When: Monday, Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. EST on CTV and FOX
What: Former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) must return to the field to help catch notorious serial killer and prison escapee, Joe Carroll (James Purefoy). The clincher: despite being the one to catch Carroll years back, the encounter left Hardy scarred. Now he must prove himself emotionally and mentally capable of working again.
Why you should watch: As if a mentally scarred Kevin Bacon character wasn't enough, "The Following" looks intense enough to fill your murder-mystery quota.

Show: "Seed"
When: Monday, Jan. 28 at 8:30 p.m. on Citytv
What: A unique family situation occurs when a bachelor bartender-turned-sperm donor (Adam Korson of "2 Broke Girls") begins a relationship with the three families who he happens to be related to.
Why you should watch: There's more than one type of "Modern Family" -- provided this one also has the quick-writing and heart.

Show: "March to the Top"
When: Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. EST on CBC
What: In this reality series, a team of recovering Canadian soldiers join the Evercrest base camp and work to climb the infamous peak.
Why you should watch: Odds are that by the end of this series, you will not only feel motivated, you'll stop using the word "can't."

Show: "The Americans"
When: Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. EST on FX
What: It's the 1980s, and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Phillip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) seem to have the perfect lives -- or at least that's what they want you to think. Actual KGB spies, they must play the game perfectly or risk blowing their cover.
Why you should watch: Not only is "Felicity" now a KGB spy, FX may rival "Homeland" thanks to what could be an addictive political thriller.

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Show: "Do No Harm"
When: Thursday, Jan. 31 at 10 p.m. EST on CTV and NBC
What: On top of the pressures of being a brilliant neurosurgeon, Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale) has got a dark secret; one that could end not only his career, but the lives of his patients.
Why you should watch: A modern retelling of "Jekyll and Hyde," "Do No Harm" follows in the steps of "Sherlock" by paying homage to classic literature and keeping it relevant. (Or so one can hope.)

Show: "Zero Hour"
When: Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. EST on Global and NBC
What: Conspiracy theorist (sort of) Hank Galliston (Anthony Edwards) joins forces with the FBI following the abduction of his wife (Carmen Electra). However, as the publisher of "Modern Skeptic" magazine, you can't help but think said abduction might have more to do with Mr. Galliston than his Mrs.
Why you should watch: Television can always use more action-adventure, and screenings of "National Treasure" can only go so far.

Show: "Cult"
When: Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. on CTV Two and The CW
What: After his brother goes missing, Jeff (Matt Davis) uses his journalism career to fuel the investigation of a cult, which has formed around a television show about a cult. (And hopefully in season two, a cult will form around that.)
Why you should watch: While cult dramas are interesting, what might be even more fun was to count how many times any character uses the word "cult."

Show: "Golden Boy"
When: Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 10 p.m. EST on CTV and CBS
What: Walter William Clark Jr. (Theo James) becomes New York City's youngest police commissioner. And you can probably guess that more than one cop -- or person -- wants to stand in his way.
Why you should watch: Britain's Theo James has already turned heads in the series"Bedlam," but "Downton Abbey" fans may remember him best as the infamous (and very dead) Kamal Pamuk. Either way, he's proven himself worthy of North America's time and TV-watching.

Show: "Red Widow"
When: Sunday, March 3 at 9 p.m. EST on CTV Two and ABC
What: Following the murder of her weed-exporting husband, Marta Walraven (Radha Mitchell) must keep her kids safe from the seedy underworld of Russian organized crime. However, she becomes entangled in it instead, putting quite a dent in those plans.
Why you should watch: Co-starring Goran Visnjic (of "E.R."), you can't help but wonder if he can be as convincing as a mobster in "Red Widow" as he was a doting doctor. Viewers shall see.

Of course, these are only the new midseason series; ones that may become this year's "Grey's Anatomy," "The Office" or even "The Simpsons" -- shows that premiered mid-season and turned into run-away hits. Which are you most excited about?

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