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TV Land Heats Up with Winter Premieres

11 shows you don’t want to miss

winter tv!

It’s cold outside. Warm up to a new TV show.

Being Mary Jane
Gabrielle Union stars as a TV personality in a series once titled Single Black Female, which saw critical success last summer when its pilot aired as a movie on BET. How much success? It hasn’t even premiered yet and it’s already been picked up for a second season.
Set the DVR: Tonight, BET, 10 p.m. ET.

Chicago PD
We admit it. We were once obsessed with Brooke Davis. But she’s left that single-tree hill for the 21st District of Chi-town to play detective Erin Lindsay. The series is a spin-off of Chicago Fire, and we’re hoping it’s just as hot. SVU fans, be on the lookout for a crossover: Early in the season, Detectives Fin Tutuola (Ice-T) and Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) head midwest to help the cops with a serial-killer case.
Set the DVR: January 8, NBC, 10 p.m. ET.

True Detective
Not sure if you’ve heard, but we’re kind of in the middle of a movement, and HBO’s latest miniseries, directed by Cary Fukunaga, is further proof. It stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as counterbalanced detectives hunting a Louisiana serial killer. Don’t get too attached, though. We hear the title, if picked up, will have an entirely new story with new characters and actors (think American Horror Story).
Set the DVR: January 12, HBO, 9 p.m. ET.

the spoils of babylon!

The Spoils of Babylon
What’s it about? We don’t know. You don’t know. But it’s going to be great. Here’s why: SNL alums Matt Piedmont and Andrew Steele write the mock miniseries, it comes from the Funny or Die production house, and it stars comedy savants Kristen Wiig, Tobey Maguire (seen The Details?), and Will Ferrell. Consider it a towering addition to the Thursday-night lineup.
Set the DVR: January 9, IFC, 10 p.m. ET.

Girls
Girls has brains, and Hannah Horvath has serious balls. The bombshell of bombast is back and more brilliant than ever. Season three kicks off with two back-to-back episodes, and “everything that’s been so terrible and painful in the last few months” has led us to this point.
Set the DVR: January 12, HBO, 10 p.m. ET.

Friday Night Tykes
No Riggins or Saracen. Yet. Ever wonder how this country became pigskin obsessed? Generations of men have honed their fanaticism — like their fathers and their fathers before them. Witness the pre-prepubescent indoctrination of the future football fraternity of America.
Set the DVR: January 14, Esquire Network, 9 p.m. ET.

HitRecord on TV
Joseph Gordon-Levitt hosts a variety show full of short films, performances, cartoons, and more, all made collaboratively by hundreds of thousands of artists. The first of its kind, his inception premieres its first three episodes at Sundance (watch the first episode here) and gives us hundreds of thousands more things to love about JGL.
Set the DVR: January 18, Pivot, 10 p.m. ET.

Looking
Glee aside, Jonathan Groff has been pretty quiet, keeping busy with small-screen guest appearances and strong indie roles (anyone see C.O.G.?). So we’re more than excited to see him star in a show about gay thirtysomethings in San Fran, executive-produced by Andrew Haigh (who wrote and directed fab SXSW flick Weekend).
Set the DVR: January 19, HBO, 10:30 p.m. ET.

rake!

Rake
Greg Kinnear leaves the big screen for a bit to play a defense attorney whose personal life is filled with more mayhem than those Allstate commercials. And the case looks good: It’s based on the award-winning Australian show of the same name, it got Breaking Bad writer Sam Catlin to contribute, and it even convinced Sam Raimi to direct an episode.
Set the DVR: January 23, Fox, 9 p.m. ET.

House of Cards
Our favorite twisted take on the West Wing returns. David Fincher, who set the tone with the first two episodes, doesn’t return to direct but has stayed on as executive producer. Star Robin Wright will helm an episode or two, though. Get ready to binge.
Update your list: February 14, Netflix.

The Red Road
If you’ve been watching The Returned (like us), you’ve been teased for the past three months with  footage of the Sundance Channel’s latest original series, a story about an ex-con and a local cop who butt heads. It premieres at the Sundance Film Festival next week and stars that sexy warlord from Game of Thrones (Jason Momoa, for all you proper ladies). We’ll let you know how it turns out.
Set the DVR: February, Sundance Channel.

Photos: Courtesy of BET; Katrina Marcinowski / Courtesy of IFC; Jordin Althaus / Courtesy of Fox