2014 TV Preview

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After the excellent TV selection we had in 2013, next year seems to be just as strong. All your favorite shows (with the exception of Breaking Bad) will be back at some point during the year. Here are the ten shows we are most excited for throughout 2014.




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Book 2 ended on a fascinating note in late 2013, with Avatar Korra reuniting the physical world and the Spirit World for the first time since the time of Avatar Wan. With these new developments in the world, we can’t wait for Book 3. As an added bonus, Lin Beifong is confirmed to be a major part of the third season. (TBA)


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HBO’s newest debut is a mystery anthology series from author Nic Pizzolatto. Taking place in Louisiana, the season will use multiple timelines to trace two detectives’ hunt for a serial killer over the course of seventeen years. Not much else can be gleaned from the gothic trailer, but it’s clear that the anthology format has become a draw for big stars. This show boasts the likes of Matthew McCounaghey, Woody Harrelson, and Michelle Monaghan. (Jan. 12)


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NBC’s Thursday night lineup lost two legends in 2013 with 30 Rock and The Office ending. Meanwhile, a Dan Harmon-less fourth season of Community seemed to bring this once great series to a grinding halt. However, Harmon is back for season five, with NBC finally smartening up and getting rid of Chevy Chase after a very heated and very public feud in 2012. Expect the laughs to pick back up as we head closer to six seasons and a movie. (Jan. 2)


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Netflix’s first majorly successful series is an obvious choice for one of the most anticipated returns of 2014. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright will return as the Washington D.C. power couple attempting to gain power. The Shakespearean nature of the story will hopefully hold true in the sophomore season. (Feb. 14)


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6. Girls

Based on the trailer, fans disappointed with the dark second season can look forward to a lot more humor in the HBO hit’s third outing. With Charlie gone, Marnie’s story will be forced to be less romantic. Meanwhile, Hannah seems to be on her way to a stable lifestyle. She has a job and a boyfriend, having gotten back together with Adam in the season finale. And Jessa is back! Season three doesn’t look to disappoint. (Jan. 12)


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Nobody can close like Marty Kaan, but this season of Showtime’s acerbic corporate dramedy should be anything but business as usual. After screwing over his old firm, getting betrayed by Clyde, and all but breaking Jeannie’s heart, will Marty be able to stand on his own? No one can say for sure, but if the series continues to deliver its signature slick wit and knockout performances from Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, and Ben Schwartz, then we’ll definitely be along for the ride. (Jan. 12)


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Piper’s anger got the better of her in the first season finale of the Netflix series. As one of the best shows of 2013, we can’t wait for it to return to see what came of Piper’s actions. It’s sad that Alex will only play a minimal role in a new season, but if any show can recover from this loss, it’s this one. (Orange is the New Black: TBA)


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3. Louie

Louis C.K. took a break from his hit series in 2013, something few networks typically allow shows to do. When Louie does finally head back to TV, it’ll have had time to breath, without the pressure of having to churn out another 13 episodes a year later. It sounds like Louis C.K. took the gap year for creative reasons, meaning Louie has potential to be better than ever. (May)


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April is way too long of a wait for the return of this exquisitely trippy sci-fi thriller. The first season left off in such a frantic place that the fate of the clones is completely up in the air. With Cosima’s disease, the reveal of Allison’s moniter, and new “pro-clone” Rachel, there are plenty of possibilities to ponder. The showrunners have confirmed that even more clones will be popping up this year, so it doesn’t seem like things will settle down anytime soon. (Apr. 19)


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AMC ended Breaking Bad over the course of two summers leading it to end on a high note. Could Mad Men do the same thing? Part one the seventh and final season is set to air later in 2014, with the series concluding in 2015. It’s been a long road for the series, but the show has rarely stepped out of bounds in its epic six season run. Expect the show to go out in style. (Spring)


What shows are you most excited for in 2014? Let us know below!


By Matt Dougherty and Mike Papirmeister

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