8:56 pm - 01/14/2013

2013's Six Best New Shows (according to ET Online)

TV Critics are just coming off two weeks at The Television Critics Association Press Tour, where all the networks present panels for their new shows, featuring Q&A's with the stars and creators. The content of these conversations has the power to turn critics into swoony-eyed lovers or fang-baring haters, so I postponed selecting my favorite new shows until I'd digested everything the powers that be had to say.

So take a gander at 2013's Six Best New Shows, and their trailers, to see what stood up to scrutiny and left this critic breathless for more.

The Americans, FX

While some shows simply feel like a network's attempt to rip off the success of another (I'm looking at you NBC's Deception, which puts the "eh" in Revenge), FX's The Americans will simply appeal to everyone who enjoys Homeland, while serving up an entirely original story.

Well, not entirely original as the hypnotic story of two Russian sleeper spies living in Washington, D.C. circa 1980 is actually based on countless real couples whose marriage was just one masquerade they were forced to maintain in order to keep their cover.
The Americans premieres January 30.

The Carrie Diaries, The CW

This Sex and the City prequel may focus on a teen Carrie Bradshaw, but the drama she faces in 1984 is just as topical, touching and tough as her contemporary HBO incarnation. And by embracing what Carrie Diaries EP Amy B. Harris has dubbed "Aspirational Authenticity" when it comes to the clothes, style-savvy viewers won't be forced to endure one neon scrunchie after another.

But the show's biggest asset is star AnnaSophia Robb, who does a phenomenal job of playing Carrie Bradshaw without imitating Sarah Jessica Parker.
The Carrie Diaries premieres January 14.

Bates Motel, A&E

A&E's reimagining of Norman and Norma Bates' story is modern in setting (cell phones, internet, Taylor Swift songs) but classic in execution, ensuring Hitchcock fans won't be the only ones peeping this pre-Psycho story.

Vera Farmiga is nothing short of a revelation as a pre-skeleton Norma Bates, while casting cherubic Freddie Highmore as Norman ensures his decent into madness will be a fascinating one. And with EP's Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) running the show, you can count on the family horrors being well-matched by the terrorizing townsfolk surrounding the iconic resting place.
Bates Motel premieres March 18.

Graceland, USA

USA is known -- and celebrated -- for their "Blue Skies" shows, but with the network's second series from Jeff Eastin (he previously created White Collar), the skies have gotten a little cloudy and the darker drama that emerges is a refreshing change of pace, while still being totally on-brand for USA.

Starring Aaron Tveit (hot off Les Miserables) and Daniel Sunjata (just plan hot), Graceland tells the recently declassified true story of a beach-side mansion that is transformed into housing for a diverse group of undercover agents from The DEA, The FBI and U.S. Customs. Watching these officers work and live together while collaborating on cases and grocery makes for excellent drama, while the charismatic cast dazzles, proving USA is the most consistent network when it comes to cultivating chemistry.
Graceland premieres this summer.

Ray Donovan, Showtime

When Liev Schreiber comes to television, you pay attention -- especially when the star-vehicle is as complex and powerful as this drama, which not only examines the cult of celebrity, but also the long-lasting effects sexual abuse has on the devout.
Ray Donovan premieres June 30.

The Following, Fox

Kevin Williamson has been terrifying audiences since 1996, but the brain behind Scream has never delivered a dose of fear quite like this as The Following is far and away the most terrifying show in television history.

Stars Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy bring to life a breathless game of cat and mouse as their characters match wits in an attempt to permanently put the other down. But the true standouts here are Nico Tortorella, Adan Canto and Valorie Curry, who play three of Carroll's disciples. I won't ruin what's to come in their eye-popping and jaw-dropping storyline, but it makes for the year's most compulsively watchable storytelling.
The Following premieres January 21.


Excited for all of these! What are you excited for?
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oohasparklie 15th-Jan-2013 02:15 am (UTC)
Most excited for Bates Motel and The Following.
logan_lerman 15th-Jan-2013 02:15 am (UTC)
bates motel looks RLY interesting
and im excited for graceland
boweeko 15th-Jan-2013 02:16 am (UTC)
Definitely going to be watching The Americans, Bates Motel, and The Following.

I heard the pilot of Carrie Diaries is really good but the next few eps are awful. Doesn't surprise me though tbh
juggarnut 15th-Jan-2013 02:17 am (UTC)
The Americans and The Following
tw_31988 15th-Jan-2013 02:17 am (UTC)
The Carrie Diaries? LOL. no.
mandramoddle 15th-Jan-2013 02:20 am (UTC)
Bates Motel has me intrigued. Up until now I thought it was a movie, not a series.
jaimelepink 15th-Jan-2013 04:15 am (UTC)
I thought it was a movie too. There's a Bates Motel with a creepy house right up the street from where I live and I always thought it was a movie set...but it must be for this series?
pretty_hostel 15th-Jan-2013 04:41 am (UTC)
Whereabouts in vancouver do you live/are they filming?
I just really want this to be successful and get picked up so i can potentially work on the set this fall
mandramoddle 15th-Jan-2013 01:57 pm (UTC)
Of course!
actxappalledx 15th-Jan-2013 02:20 am (UTC)
Can't wait for the following

I'm happy the whole list was posted lol
setsuna16 15th-Jan-2013 02:26 am (UTC)
Are comments are essentially the same!
twenty21one 15th-Jan-2013 02:23 am (UTC)
I love Liev but idk how I feel about that show, I hope it's good
emmakey 15th-Jan-2013 03:06 am (UTC)
Looks pretty intense. I feel like I'd like the job-side of things but not the family scenes.
twowaymirrrors 15th-Jan-2013 02:24 am (UTC)
So excited for The Following. I'm interested to see how they're going to keep it going for multiple seasons though.
victory_goddess 15th-Jan-2013 02:24 am (UTC)
Since when did Carrie have a sister?
jlo 15th-Jan-2013 10:35 am (UTC)
irk! and it's her father who dies isn't it? I remember her having a photo of him and her and it was her only memory of him in the show.
parsopercularis 15th-Jan-2013 02:24 am (UTC)
I only care about Suits coming back.
liferule91 15th-Jan-2013 05:56 am (UTC)
me too girl me too
setsuna16 15th-Jan-2013 02:25 am (UTC)
The thing I'm most excited for is the fact that a FULL list made it through.

Praise Jesus.

Also, excited for The Following.
carma_bee 15th-Jan-2013 02:26 am (UTC)
i'm going to watch the carrie diaries, but just for freema pretty much
exlenne 15th-Jan-2013 05:04 am (UTC)

As in Freema Agyeman? As in Martha Jones?

unnnggggg I really don't wanna watch The Carrie Diaries, but I could use a good dose of pre-S5 Who alum right now.
ryuugazaki 15th-Jan-2013 02:28 am (UTC)
I'm really excited for The Americans.
tvwizard 15th-Jan-2013 02:30 am (UTC)
such a male dominated list. I just really want some quality television with a female lead. i don't think it's that much to ask for.
shiningautumn 15th-Jan-2013 02:53 am (UTC)
bates motel and carrie diaries?
tvwizard 15th-Jan-2013 05:00 am (UTC)
really--carrie diaries? I doubt that could be considered quality television. jury is still out on bates motel.

I meant in the vein of Breaking Bad/Mad Men/etc.
ialmrnt5 15th-Jan-2013 03:12 am (UTC)
you gotta watch nashville/AHS/homeland etc there are some amazingggg female led shows on right now
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