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11 Midseason TV Shows You Won't Want to Miss

Great actors, series and specials make winter TV-watching worthwhile

  • TV show Rake with Greg Kinnear on FOX, Top New TV Shows for Grownups

    Rake, Fox Thursdays at 9 p.m., begins Jan. 23 Greg Kinnear (pictured in suit, with guest star Peter Stormare) gives a tangy performance as a lawyer as smart as he is disreputable. It's being pitched as a courtroom House, and Kinnear makes the gambling, womanizing, facing-trouble-on-all-fronts title character somehow appealing. Based on a critically lauded Australian series. — Fox

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  • TV show True Detective, Top New TV Shows for Grownups

    True Detective, HBO Sundays at 10 p.m., currently airing Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are former Louisiana State Police detectives hunting a serial killer over eight star-powered episodes. The reviews are ecstatic, not only for the performances but also for the time-shifting, multilayered mystery — both criminal and personal — that spans 17 years. — HBO

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  • Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond

    Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, BBC America Wednesdays at 10 p.m., begins Jan. 29 Ian Fleming's larger-than-life life as a playboy-turned-naval intelligence officer in the World War II years takes us time-tripping back to the wilder side of 1940s London in this four-week bio-drama. Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia!, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) stars as the man who created Agent 007. — BBC

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  • Intelligence tv show on CBS, Top New TV Shows for Grownups

    Intelligence, CBS Mondays at 10 p.m. This sci-fi action series stars Josh Holloway (Lost) as a crime-solving super-agent with a chip-enhanced brain that's able to connect to the Internet. Despite its high-tech concept, it's kind of a throwback, and we mean that in the best way — think The Six Trillion Dollar Man. Meghan Ory plays his sidekick/keeper and Marg Helgenberger (CSI) is the boss. — CBS

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  • TV show Enlisted on Fox

    Enlisted, Fox Fridays at 9:30 p.m. Reminiscent of the days when military characters were frequent fodder for sitcoms (The Phil Silvers Show, McHale's Navy), Enlisted puts a battle-hardened war veteran (Geoff Stults) on a sleepy, stateside army base in charge of his screw-up brothers (Chris Lowell, Parker Young). The episodes get stronger as the show goes along, as does its charm quotient. — Fox

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    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, NBC Weeknights at 11:35 p.m. We can't wait to see Fallon bring his talents to NBC's 60-year-old late-night institution. From parodies and viral videos to mad musical masquerades with superstar guests, Fallon will bring a fresh spin, all from a fresh coast as Tonight moves back to New York after more than 40 years in L.A. (Jay Leno's Tonight Show finale airs Feb. 6.) — NBC

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  • Kevin Spacey as U.S. Congressman Frank Underwood in the Netflix original series,

    House of Cards Season 2, Netflix Starts streaming on Feb. 14 The brilliant, game-changing political drama headed by Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and director David Fincher returns on Valentine's Day. That means Netflix subscribers still have time to review, or binge-watch for the first time, that sterling first season. — Netflix

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  • The Night That Changed America, A Grammy Salute to the Beatles— CW

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