Though everyone is gearing up for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi this year, we can still get excited for the new shows set to come in February. While most new series won’t bow until later in the month to stay out of the Olympic crosshairs, here’s our rundown of the 6 TV premieres we’re most excited for:
1. “House of Cards”
The deliciously manipulative Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is back for a second season of the dark Netflix drama. This season, he and his wife (Robin Wright) are sure to be continuing their Macbethian quest for power in Washington, D.C. Yet alliances will shift and new power players will enter, proving that nothing is ever simple in politics. All 13 episodes will be streamed beginning Friday, February 14 on Netflix.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. A teenage girl begins to fall for a boy she shouldn’t, kicking off a “Romeo & Juliet” romance that could be much more dangerous than your average high school fling. This time, the Romeo in this scenario is an alien played by Matt Lanter (“90210”), and the show’s interesting take of examining race through a human-alien lens could be interesting. “Star-Crossed” will debut on Monday, February 17 at 8pm on the CW.
3. “The Voice”
As much as we love Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, it’s always fun to shake things up. Shakira and Usher did such a great job during the last spring cycle, so we’re more than excited to welcome them back into the fold. Of course, Blake and Adam haven’t gone anywhere, so one of our favorite TV bromances remains intact. Returns Monday, February 24 at 8pm on NBC with a two-night premiere.
When it comes to soapy nighttime dramas, nothing beats “Dallas” – new or old. After the shocking events that closed season 2, we can’t wait to see what’s going on with new castmate Emma (Emma Bell), particularly if it means a visit from her wonderfully evil grandmother (Judith Light). With another new series regular (Juan Pablo Di Pace) joining the show in season 3, we think the show has struck oil. Returns on Monday, February 24 at 9pm on TNT.
5. NBC’s Tuesday Night Comedy Block -- “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher”
NBC hasn’t had much luck in the comedy department this year. “Sean Saves the World” was recently axed, and things aren’t looking too good for “The Michael J. Fox Show” either. That only makes us more excited for two promising new sitcoms, including the TV adaptation of “About a Boy” from Jason Katims (“Parenthood”) and “Growing Up Fisher,” which co-stars Jenna Elfman and J.K. Simmons as her blind father. After special previews during the Olympics, they’ll will make their time slot premieres on Tuesday, February 25 on NBC.
Though “Scandal” isn’t technically beginning a new season this month, it will have been a solid two months since we’ve checked in on Olivia Pope & Associates. More than that, though, is the season will only have eight more episodes due to Kerry Washington’s pregnancy. But in true “Scandal” style, we expect a whole season’s worth of crazy will be jam-packed into those eight hours. Returns on Thursday, February 27 at 10pm on ABC.