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Spring Preview: 15 new TV shows you have to check out

“Hindenburg: The Last Flight”

“Hindenburg: The Last Flight” Credit: “Hindenburg: The Last Flight”

Spring is generally not one of the big seasons for new television series, but that doesn't mean that it is devoid of reasons to program your DVR. From adventures with a Renaissance man to a glimpse at a young "psycho," here are some of the new shows we're excited to check out this spring.

'LA Shrinks'
Follow the lives of three of the title professionals as they deal with problems caused by their patients, as well as issues of their own. (Monday, Bravo)

'Treasure Detectives'
Think you have a valuable artifact? Curtis Dowling and his crew investigate people's items to see if they're in fact real, or if they're counterfeit. In the first couple of episodes, they look into a rare car hood ornament and a Honus Wagner baseball card. (Tuesday, CNBC)

'Feed the Beast'
Join bearded late-night foodie Mikey Roe as he heads to six cities - including New York - in search of the finest cuisine available in the midnight hours. Think Portuguese sausage, a bacon bloody mary or deep-fried peanut butter and jelly. Yum! (Wednesday, Travel)

'Hindenburg: The Last Flight'
Experience the fatal flight of the famous airship in this new miniseries dramatization. The international cast includes Stacy Keach and Maximilian Simonichek. (March 11, Encore)

'Bates Motel'
"Psycho" has had some serious offenses committed against it, from unnecessary sequels to an even more unnecessary remake. Now comes this prequel series, starring Vera Farmiga ("Up in the Air") as Norma Bates, and Freddie Highmore ("Finding Neverland") as Norman Bates. The show is set during Norman's teen years, looking at how he got to be the way he was in the movie. We'll wait to pass judgment, but history is not on its side. (March 18, A&E)

'Top of the Lake'
Famed director Jane Campion ("The Piano") turns out this seven-part miniseries about a pregnant 12-year-old who goes missing, and also happens to be the child of a drug kingpin. Starring Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Lucy Lawless and Holly Hunter. (March 18, Sundance)

This show is ridiculous, and serious train-wreck material, so you might want to tune in. "Splash" is follows 10 celebrities - including comedian Louie Anderson, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, "Cosby" kid Keshia Knight Pulliam, football pro Ndamukong Suh and "Girl Next Door" Kendra Wilkinson - in a diving contest. The tag line is "The stars will fall." Maybe they should be more concerned with our IQs falling. Or the ratings. Or both. (March 19, ABC)

'Orphan Black'
After Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) sees a woman who looks exactly like her commit suicide, she takes over her life, including her boyfriend and financials. But then Sarah discovers that she and this dead woman were clones. The mystery deepens from there. (March 30, BBC America)

'How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)'
Recently divorced single mother Polly (Sarah Chalke, "Scrubs") and her daughter move back home with her parents (Elizabeth Perkins, "Weeds," and Brad Garrett, "Everybody Loves Raymond"). Hilarity ensues. (April 3, ABC)

The always interesting Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies") crafts this new drama that builds on the classic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, showing him before the world knew he was a killer. Hugh Dancy ("Hysteria") stars as a criminal investigator who turns to Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen, "Casino Royale") for help. The show also stars Laurence Fishburne. (April 4, ABC)

'Da Vinci's Demons'
From David S. Goyer - the co-writer of "Batman Begins" and "Man of Steel" - comes this new historical series set during the Renaissance, about a 25-year-old Leonardo da Vinci (Tom Riley), who is ahead of his time in many ways. This is being pushed as a superhero story, where the protagonist's power is his super smarts. Sounds good to us. (April 12, Starz)

What's this? A serious, full on sci-fi show on Syfy? This new show - with executive producers who worked on "Battlestar Galactica," "Caprica" and "Farscape" - is set on a future Earth, after the arrival of seven alien races and a catastrophic war. The terrain is vastly changed, and the show is centered on the trials of rebuilding at Defiance, which is built on the ruins of St. Louis, Mo. This show is unique and groundbreaking in that it is only half the story. The other half comes in an open-world video game available for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, and follows life out by the San Francisco Bay. Taken separately, you get a (hopefully) fulfilling experience from each. Together, you get the more fleshed out story. (April 15, Syfy)

'Who Gets the Last Laugh?'
"Scrubs" star Donald Faison hosts this new hidden camera prank show, which will feature the likes of Andy Dick, Tom Green, D.L. Hughley, Charlie Murphy and Alan Thicke. (April 16, TBS)

'Inside Amy Schumer'
After breaking out on the comedy scene with her hard-hitting jokes on Comedy Central's "Celebrity Roasts" and her stand-up special "Mostly Sex Stuff," this funny lady - and niece of New York Sen. Chuck Schumer - lands her own series, which will feature skits, stand-up and more. (April 30, Comedy Central)

'Arrested Development'
Another canceled Fox comedy returns! Following in the footsteps of "Family Guy" and "Futurama," the cult favorite "Arrested Development" - which was canned in 2006 - is returning with new episodes. And maybe a movie! Whatever ultimately ends up happening, we're just excited to get to spend some quality time with the hilarious Bluth family again. (May, Netflix)

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