5 New Shows to Watch This Winter

The second half of the TV season has begun in earnest. ABC decided to get a head start on the competition, CBS ran some shows out there, and we had a couple of new show premieres for good measure. Given the influx of new talent set to premiere in the month of January and beyond, I thought it would be a nice idea if we explored a few shows that should be worth your time in the second half of the TV season. If you don’t end up enjoying any of these shows, you will get a full refund for this column. Let’s start with J.J. Abrams latest TV offering about an island.


Alcatraz (FOX)

Sam Neill, everybody! It’s always good to see your old friends pop up after some time away from the spotlight. Alcatraz definitely has a fascinating premise and a cool feel to it. I have concerns about Jorge Garcia in this one. Hurley on Lost was excellent in smaller doses, but proved incapable for carrying entire episodes. How involved is his character? If he’s used correctly (like he was on Lost), then he could be excellent in this role as well. If he’s asked to do to much, we could see this show on the chopping block.


Dustin Hoffman? On my TV? Where do I sign up? Even though the pilot didn’t have much Hoffman and aired over a month before the second episode, there are still plenty of reasons to be excited. Say what you want about Michael Mann, but the guy has some directing chops. It remains to be seen how involved with the show he will be, but after the premiere we know the man can shoot a horse-racing scene. Hoffman + David Milch writing + Michael Mann directing = A successful television show.


Yes, I know they halted production in November. Yes, I know the premise seems slightly unsustainable. Guess what? I don’t care. The trailer alone has me committed for at least 6 episodes. There are That Guys and That Gals galore in this show to go with star, Jason Issacs. Issacs has been one of the Czar’s Guys for a long time, so I am happy to see him getting a chance to be the star attraction. I expect great things; so should you.


touch fox kiefer sutherland

I honestly can’t tell whether this premise is interesting or absurd. I understand that the kids sees connections in the universe, but I am not quite sure how this show can execute this premise in a competent way. It definitely seems like a lot to ask. So, why is it on the list of shows to watch? Because it’s Jack Bauer, dammit. The man gave everything for his country. I can give him 3 episodes.

House of Lies

Anytime you can find a certified movie star on a television show, you have to get involved. Granted, that premise has led me to chase some really bad programming over the years, but I don’t think this show will be bad. It’s unclear how good it is going to be, but I am willing to trust Don Cheadle and the gratuitous language and nudity that Showtime can provide. The presence of Cheadle should makes this mandatory viewing. At least give it a shot.

The second half of the TV season is upon us. What shows will you be watching? Will you watch any of these five shows? Let’s talk it out like the interweb brethern that we are in the comments or on Twitter.

The TV Czar