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'1600 Penn,' 'The Carrie Diaries' among TV midseason premieres

AnnaSophia Robb plays a teenage Carrie Bradshaw in

AnnaSophia Robb plays a teenage Carrie Bradshaw in the "Sex & The City" spinoff, "The Carrie Diaries," premiering Jan. 14 on The CW. Credit: The CW

Haven't you just been itching to see celebs try a double pike off the high dive? How about Carrie Bradshaw in her teen years before finding sex in the city? You know you've been wanting a network prime-time cooking competition and another "dark family mystery" series.

They're all here this midseason -- in fact, there are two celebrity diving shows on the way.

But wait! You never know when things that sound unpromising might turn out to be superb. No one was itching for hospital-set soaps till "Grey's Anatomy" hit the air unheralded in March 2005. C'mon, tell the truth -- did the show descriptions lead you to expect much from "The Good Wife," "Parenthood," "Sons of Anarchy," "Game of Thrones," "Mad Men," "Girls" or "Louie" before you actually saw the shows?

So we take our chances once again as TV's midseason 2013 comes into focus. We might get a new "Smash" or "The Shield." Or we might get "Work It." (Guys in drag to get jobs. Remember?)

Take a look at some of the shows about to compete for your time and attention.



Monday. "Deception" (10 p.m., NBC/4) -- Meagan Good stars as detective who goes undercover in a high-society home to probe a murder. Solid cast includes Victor Garber, Tate Donovan

Thursday. "1600 Penn" (9:30 p.m., NBC/4) -- Previously previewed White House comedy with Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman, Josh Gad

Jan. 14. "The Carrie Diaries" (8 p.m., CW/11) -- AnnaSophia Robb as 16-year-old writer-to-be in "Sex and the City" prequel hour.

Jan. 21. "The Following" (9p.m., Fox/5) -- Much anticipated thriller with Kevin Bacon as FBI agent tracking James Purefoy's escaped leader of serial killer cult.

Jan. 31. "Do No Harm" (10p.m., NBC/4) -- Steven Pasquale ("Rescue Me") as Jekyll/Hyde neurosurgeon.

Feb. 14. "Zero Hour" (8 p.m., ABC/7) -- Anthony Edwards ("ER") as myth debunker whose wife mysteriously disappears.

Feb. 19. "Cult" (9 p.m., CW/11) -- TV show's rabid followers may be dangerous.

Feb. 26. "Golden Boy" (10 p.m. preview, CBS/2) -- Theo James as youngest NYC police commissioner. With Chi McBride, Holt McCallany

March 3. "Red Widow" (9-11 p.m., ABC/7) -- Radha Mitchell as mob widow caught between crime boss and FBI.

April 3. "How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)" (9:30 p.m., ABC/7) -- Sitcom with Sarah Chalke, Elizabeth Perkins, Brad Garrett



Wednesday. "Stars in Danger: The High Dive" (8-10 p.m., Fox/5) -- Oh, dear. The word "stars" here refers to "Jersey Shore" chick JWoww, ex-footballer Terrell Owens and similar, uh, names.

Jan. 22. "The Taste" (8-10 p.m., ABC/7) -- Cooking competition with Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson

Feb. 8. "The Job" (8 p.m., CBS/2) -- Competition for jobs at prestigious companies hosted by Lisa Ling

March 19. "Celebrity Diving" (ABC) -- Olympic gold medalists Greg Louganis and David Boudia as judges

March 31. "Ready for Love" (NBC) -- Male execs seek true love. Produced by Eva Longoria



Friday. "Banshee" (10 p.m., Cinemax) -- Atmospheric drama of ex-con turned (criminal) sheriff. From Alan Ball ("True Blood").

Jan. 14. "Continuum" (8 p.m., Syfy) -- Time-travel cops, from Jon Cassar ("24")

Jan. 17. "Legit" (10:30 p.m., FX). Comic Jim Jefferies tries to meet the title description, aided by disreputable pals.

Jan. 19. "Ripper Street" (9p.m., BBC America) -- Matthew Macfadyen leads cops in Victorian London.

Jan. 21. "Belle's" (10 p.m., TV One) -- Comedy of upscale soul food restaurant, with Keith David, Elise Neal, Ella Joyce

Jan. 30. "The Americans" (10 p.m., FX) -- Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys as Soviet spies undercover in suburban '80s America.

Feb. 1. "House of Cards" (Netflix streaming) -- Kevin Spacey as ruthless politico in David Fincher adaptation. All 13 Season 1 episodes available at start.

Feb. 4. "Monday Mornings" (10 p.m., TNT) -- Medical drama from David E. Kelley and Sanjay Gupta, with Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina, Jamie Bamber, Jennifer Finnigan.

March 3. "Vikings" (History). Drama with Gabriel Byrne, Jessalyn Gilsig

April 30. "Inside Amy Schumer" (Comedy Central). Long Island comic goes stream-of-consciousness



Wednesday. "Washington Heights" (10 p.m., MTV) -- Young folks in Upper Manhattan

Thursday. "Kathy" (10 p.m., Bravo) -- Comic's talkfest goes live, with Liza Minnelli, Jane Lynch

Saturday. "Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual" (9 p.m., WE); "Staten Island Law" (9p.m., OWN), female mediators

Jan. 14. "Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs." (10 p.m., TLC) -- Disgraced baseballer, ex-Playboy model wife.

Jan. 17. "King of the Nerds" (10p.m. TBS) -- Competition with Robert Carradine, Curtis Armstrong

Jan. 22. "Wild Things With Dominic Monoghan" (10 p.m., BBC America) -- "Lost" star in travel-adventure series.

Jan. 29. "Ultimate Soldier Challenge" (10 p.m., History) -- Global military combat competition

Feb. 26. "Robot Combat League" (10 p.m., Syfy), Chris Jericho hosts competition; "Armed & Ready" (10 p.m., Travel), legless thrillseeker Kevin Michael Connolly



"Mistresses" (ABC), with Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim; "The Goodwin Games" (Fox), inheritance comedy with Scott Foley, Becki Newton; "Hannibal" (NBC), serial killer drama; "Bates Motel" (A&E), "Pyshco" sequel.




Sunday night. "Downton Abbey" (9 p.m., WNET/13; Monday 8 p.m., WLIW/21) -- Shirley MacLaine joins Season 3 of British aristocracy saga.

Monday. "Switched at Birth"/"Bunheads" (8/9 p.m., ABC Family)

Tuesday. "Pretty Little Liars"/"The Lying Game" (8/9 p.m., ABC Family); "Justified" (10 p.m., FX); "Cougar Town" (10 p.m., TBS)

Jan. 13. "Girls"/"Enlightened" (9/9:30 p.m., HBO); "Shameless"/ "House of Lies"/ "Californication" (9/10/10:30 p.m., Showtime); "Being Human"/ "Lost Girl" (9/10 p.m., Syfy)

Jan. 17. "Anger Management"/"Archer" (9:30/10 p.m., FX)

Jan. 25. "Spartacus: War of the Damned" (9 p.m., Starz), final season

Jan. 28. "Dallas" (9 p.m., TNT)

Feb. 4. "Rules of Engagement" (8:30p.m., CBS/2)

Feb. 5. "Smash" (9-11 p.m., NBC), with Jennifer Hudson, Liza Minnelli; "Body of Proof" (10 p.m., ABC/7), adds Mark Valley

Feb. 7. "Community" (8 p.m., NBC) -- New showrunners and Chevy Chase exits

Feb. 8. "Touch" (8-10 p.m., Fox) -- Cast additions: Maria Bello, Lukas Haas

Feb. 13. "Southland" (10 p.m., TNT)

Feb. 27: "Psych" (10 p.m., USA)

March. "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" (ABC Family), final season

March 31. "Game of Thrones" (HBO)

April. "Warehouse 13" (Syfy)



Sunday night. "The Biggest Loser" (9 p.m., NBC/4); "Honey Boo Boo" holiday specials (9 p.m., TLC)

Monday. "The Bachelor" (8-10 p.m., ABC/7); "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (9-11 p.m., Bravo); "Love & Hip Hop" (8 p.m., VH1), in New York City

Tuesday. "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" (8 p.m., NBC/4); "Joe Schmo Show" (10 p.m., Spike), with Lorenzo Lamas; "Snooki & JWoww" (10 p.m., MTV)

Wednesday. "Barter Kings" (10 p.m., A&E)

Jan. 15. "Face Off"/"Total Blackout" (9/10:30 p.m., Syfy); "Chopped Champions" (10 p.m., Food); "Guy Code" (11p.m., MTV2)

Jan. 16-17. "American Idol" (8 p.m., Fox/5)

Jan. 16. "Ghost Hunters" (9 p.m., Syfy)

Jan. 19. "An Idiot Abroad" (9 p.m., Science)

Jan. 22. "Ultimate Fighter" (9 p.m., FX)

Jan. 24. "Project Runway" (9 p.m., Lifetime)

Jan. 29. "Top Gear" (9 p.m., History)

Feb. 13. "Survivor" (8 p.m., CBS/2)

Feb. 17. "The Amazing Race" (8 p.m., CBS/2)

Feb. 23. "Joan & Melissa" (9 p.m., WE)

March 3. "The Celebrity Apprentice" (NBC)

March 8. "Fashion Star" (NBC)

March 18. "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC)

March 25. "The Voice" (NBC)



Wednesday. People's Choice Awards (9 p.m., CBS/2)

Saturday. Miss America (9 p.m., ABC/7)

Jan. 13. Golden Globes (8 p.m., NBC/4)

Jan. 27. Screen Actors Guild Awards (8 p.m., TNT/TBS)

Feb. 3. Super Bowl XLVII (CBS)

Feb. 10. Grammy Awards (CBS)

Feb. 24. Academy Awards (ABC)



Jan. 18. "Fringe" (8-10 p.m., Fox/5)

Jan. 31. "30 Rock" (8-9 p.m., NBC/4)



Tuesday-Jan. 22. "The Abolitionists" (9 p.m., PBS/13)

Wednesday. "60 Minutes Sports" (10 p.m., Showtime) -- Weekly magazine launches with Lionel Messi, Lance Armstrong stories

Friday. "New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125" (8-10 p.m., NatGeo) -- Launches weekly exploration night

Jan. 15-18. "Ultimate Guide to the Presidents" (9-11 p.m., History)

Jan. 23-Feb. 6. "Nature: Attenborough's Life Stories" (8 p.m., PBS)

Jan. 29. "American Experience: Henry Ford" (PBS)

March 3. "The Bible" (History), 10 hours

April 16. "The Central Park Five" (PBS), from Ken Burns

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