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TV preview for winter 2015: 'Empire,' 'CSI: Cyber' and other new shows

Last fall's new TV season seems like a distant memory.

It's time now for the tube's annual midseason surge. You may have noticed, since some upcoming debuts have been hyped for months already. More and more, big-buzz offerings get held out of the fall flood for their own separate promo push.

Here are 23 new primetime shows to catch.

"Fresh off the Boat"

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT - Pilot - It's the 90s and 11 year old, hip-hop loving Eddie (Hudson Yang) just moved to suburban Orlando from DC's Chinatown with his parents (Randall Park and Constance Wu). It's culture shock for his immigrant family in this comedy about pursuing the American Dream. "Fresh Off the Boat" is based on Chef Eddie Huang's memoir Fresh Off the Boat. (ABC/Eric McCandless)


EMPIRE: From Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels (
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EMPIRE: From Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels ("Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Precious") and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong ("Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Game Change"), comes EMPIRE, a sexy and powerful new drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne. LUCIOUS LYON (Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard, "Crash," "Hustle and Flow") is the king of hip-hop. EMPIRE will join the schedule in 2015 on FOX.

"Galavant" (Jan. 4)

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"Galavant" (ABC, Jan. 4): Set in knight-time, this double-dose fairy tale is being called a "comedy extravaganza." Music from Broadway tunesmiths Alan Menken and Glenn Slater serves story from Dan Fogelman ("The Neighbors").

"Marvel's Agent Carter" (Jan. 6)

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"Marvel's Agent Carter" (ABC, Jan. 6): Don't call her Wonder Woman -- even though she's a comic-book-based 1940s female fighter for justice and The American Way. Hayley Atwell plays this single dame seeking her own way -- and secret evildoers -- on the postwar homefront, as spun out of "Captain America."

"Donnie Loves Jenny" (Jan. 7)

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"Donnie Loves Jenny" (A&E, Wednesday at 10:30): Celebreality as A&E gets intimate with newlyweds Wahlberg and McCarthy.

"Hindsight" (Jan. 7)

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"Hindsight" (VH1, Jan. 7 at 10) Laura Ramsey stars as a current-day woman transported back to 1995 New York in this nostalgia-heavy do-over.

"Empire" (Jan. 7)

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"Empire" (Fox, Jan. 7 at 9) It's fresh, it's fierce, yet somehow familiar -- didn't record-label drama "Platinum" sputter out on UPN in 2003? Fox now tries with a bunch of big names: Terrence Howard as founding patriarch, Taraji P. Henson as his ex-con babies mama, battling in a crime/family saga created by director Lee Daniels ("The Butler").

"Babylon" (Jan. 8)

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"Babylon" (Sundance, Jan. 8 at 10 p.m.) Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") created this clash of contemporary cultures: An American publicist (Brit Marling) tries to remake London law enforcement (as led by James Nesbitt).

"Eye Candy" (Jan. 12)

Victoria Justice is Janet on Fox's
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Victoria Justice is Janet on Fox's "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

"Man Seeking Woman" (Jan. 14)

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"Man Seeking Woman" (FXX, Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 10:30): Jay Baruchel undertakes a darkly comic romantic odyssey (from "The Last Girlfriend on Earth"), with Eric Andre and Britt Lower.

"12 Monkeys" (Jan. 16)

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"12 Monkeys" (Syfy, Jan. 16 at 9): Terry Gilliam's 20-year-old movie put Brad Pitt on the map. Now it stars Aaron Stanford ("Nikita") as a future time traveler sent back to prevent a plague from wiping out humankind.

"Christina Milian Turned Up" (Jan. 18)

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"Christina Milian Turned Up" (E!, Sunday, Jan. 18 at 10) tracks the singer's sprawling Cuban-American family.

"K.C. Undercover" (Jan. 18)

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"K.C. Undercover" (Disney, Jan. 18 at 8:30): "Dancing With the Stars" runner-up Zendaya (foreground, right) plays a teen spy.

"The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" (Jan. 19)

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"The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" (Comedy Central, Jan. 19, Monday-Thursday at 11:30): Jon Stewart's "senior black correspondent" goes from "Daily" to nightly, headlining his own topical half-hour. Rockville Centre native Rory Albanese is executive producer.

"Backstrom" (Jan. 22)

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"Backstrom" (Fox, Jan. 22 at 9 p.m.) Rainn Wilson moves out of "The Office" and into the field as a Portland detective who's "an alcoholic train-wreck." Helping him out: Dennis Haysbert's veteran cop and weekend preacher, Kristoffer Polaha's forensics wiz, Thomas Dekker's informant. From "Bones" creator Hart Hanson.

"Allegiance" (Feb. 5)

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"Allegiance" (NBC, Feb. 5): CIA analyst (Gavin Stenhouse) discovers his parents (Scott Cohen, Hope Davis) are tied to undercover Russian spydom.

"Better Call Saul" (Feb. 8-9)

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"Better Call Saul" (AMC, Feb. 8-9) "Breaking Bad" prequel focuses on Bob Odenkirk's money-grubbing legal bottom-feeder. Even his website ( is demented, so hopes are high.

"The Odd Couple" (Feb. 19)

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"The Odd Couple" (CBS, Feb. 19): Neil Simon's story of mismatched roommates becomes another series try for Matthew Perry. He plays Oscar the slob, with Thomas Lennon ("Reno 911") as neatnik Felix.

"The Good Witch" (Feb. 28)

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"The Good Witch" (Hallmark, Feb. 28) Catherine Bell's TV-movie franchise goes to series, co-starring James Denton.

"Secrets and Lies" (March 1)

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"Secrets and Lies" (ABC, March 1): Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis headline as suburban upheaval is revealed through the murder of a neighborhood boy.

"Battle Creek" (March 1)

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"Battle Creek" (CBS, March 1) High-powered producers David Shore ("House") and Vince Gilligan ("Breaking Bad") join forces in this quirky portrait of Michigan police officers (Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters).

"CSI: Cyber" (March 4)

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"CSI: Cyber" (CBS, March 4) This latest iteration covers computer crime with Patricia Arquette, James Van Der Beek and Peter MacNicol.

"American Crime" (March 5)

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"American Crime" (ABC, March 5): Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton star in 11-episode murder mystery that unfolds from various cultural perspectives. From Oscar-winning scripter John Ridley ("12 Years a Slave").

"The Royals" (March 15)

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"The Royals" (E!, March 15) E!'s first scripted drama finds its fun in a fictional family of corrupt monarchs, led by queen Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena, pictured here, and king Vincent Regan.

"The Late Late Show with James Corden" (March 23)

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"The Late Late Show with James Corden" (CBS, March 23): The British wit slides into Craig Ferguson's overnight chair.


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