Sunday, February 9
The Walking Dead (AMC, 9/8c)
The show shook up the status quo and served up a shocking death with its fall finale, so wherever The Walking Dead takes us in 2014, we at least know it won’t be more time twiddling their thumbs in the prison. And that’s definitely a good thing. The prison served its purpose, but even with the machinations of the Governor, it made the survivors too safe. I get the whole idea of showing how humans are just as dangerous as zombies in the post-apocalyptic world — if not more so — but those prison walls kept them too removed from the ever-present threat at the heart of the show. Fingers crossed that showrunner Scott Gimple maintains the high that the show went out on with the fall finale.
Monday, February 17
Star-Crossed (The CW, 8/7c)
While The Tomorrow People may be circling the drain, the network has two other science fiction series premiering in this midseason rush. Star-Crossed is the first, a show that’s angling to capture some of the starry-eyed teenage girls in the Twilight/Hunger Games camps. It’s about a young girl and an alien boy who meet after an Atrian vessel crash-lands on Earth. The Atrians were soon forced into camps by the freaked-out humans, but, years later, they are slowly being integrated into society. Naturally enough, the alien boy (Matt Lanter) and human girl (Aimee Teegarden) find each other again, and now they’re teenagers chock-full of hormones. Commence with the teen angst!