You might want to think twice about canceling that cable subscription. A plethora of exciting new shows are coming this season, and amNewYork has selected some we’re especially eager to see.
‘Game of Thrones’
Based on the epic fantasy novel “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” — starring Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey — will bring “Lord of the Rings”-type adventure to the small screen. And since it’s on HBO, you know it’ll be intense.
Showtime, Jan. 9, 9:30 p.m.
Matt LeBlanc makes his triumphant return to television in the role he was born to play: Matt LeBlanc. In “Episodes,” a British husband-and-wife writing duo (Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig) crosses the pond to remake their hit show for an American audience. The “Friends” star is thrust upon them, and hilarity ensues.
Steven Spielberg is a busy man. Besides producing “Terra Nova” for Fox, the director is executive-producing this sci-fi series that takes place six months after a devastating alien attack. “ER” star Noah Wyle portrays Tom Mason, a history professor who leads the resistance against the aliens in an attempt to free his captured son.
Given AMC’s track record of putting excellent TV shows on the air, “The Killing,” a remake of a Danish crime series, is bound to be amazing. The series, set in Seattle, follows the police investigation into a girl’s murder. But it’s not your typical procedural. Instead, it follows three storylines: the detectives, the victim’s family and the suspects.
Starz, April 1, 10 p.m.
Following the success of “Spartacus,” Starz sticks to swords with the story of Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Merlin (Joseph Fiennes) during medieval times.
• Two new Onion shows
Comedy Central, Jan. 11, 10:30 p.m.
That’s right, there are two Onion shows coming to TV. “SportsDome” is a spoof of ESPN, from “SportsCenter” to “Pardon the Interruption.” And don’t worry — even if you don’t like sports, you’ll dig this satirical send-up.
‘Onion News Network’
IFC, Jan. 21, 10 p.m.
Much like The Onion newspaper, the TV branch is a hilariously satirized news show. This IFC series provides a taste of the 24-hour Onion News Network’s offerings, including its morning program, “Today Now!”; a political show, “The Cressbeckler Stance with Joad Cressbeckler”; and a variety of other news programs covering celebrities, the law and local news.
•Six more series we’re itching to check out
William H. Macy plays the patriarch of a dysfunctional family in this remake of a British show. (Showtime, Jan. 9, 10 p.m.)
New Yorker Holt McCallany plays an aging boxer struggling to survive. (FX, Jan. 11, 10 p.m.)
This British remake is like “Three’s Company,” but with a vampire, werewolf and ghost. (Syfy, Jan. 17, 9 p.m.)
Yet another British remake. This is a high school series with the prerequisite sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. (MTV, Jan. 17, 10 p.m.)
‘Retired at 35’
Familiar sitcom faces George Segal and Jessica Walter star in this new series about a guy moving back in with his parents. (Jan. 19, TV Land, 10:30 p.m.)
USA adds to its family of quirky characters with “Fairly Legal” star Sarah Shahi (“The L Word”), who plays a sassy mediator. (USA, Jan. 20, 10 p.m.)