5 Midseason TV Premiere Picks + 3 Anticipated Series

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Photos via IGN, IB Times, Slate, & SyFy

Photos via IGN, IB Times, Slate, & SyFy

It’s midseason premiere time! January is the second best time of the year for those of us who are hopelessly devoted to our television sets, or–at least in my case–our laptops and video streaming sites. Second only to the fall premiere season, winter has some of the best TV debuts of the year–even if summer is trying to give winter a run for its money. This year, maybe even more so than previous years, had some great series debut. From Intelligence to Spoils of Babylon and True Detective to Opposite Worlds, there seemed to be something for everyone. Although some shows have already been cancelled (looking at you, The Assets), it’s been a generally good premiere season. Or maybe I’m going crazy from the polar vortex temperatures and sun deprivation. Anyway, here are my five picks of the best new series on TV (plus a couple premieres still coming).

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Looking Ahead at the YA Novels-Turned-Movies of 2014

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Photos via Penguin, Veronica Roth Books, and Wikipedia

Photos via Penguin, Veronica Roth Books, and Wikipedia

As far as movies adapted from young adult novels go, 2013 was both a really great and a really awful year. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was one of the biggest blockbusters in theaters during a year of many great big budget films. It also swooped in at the last minute and stole the title of highest grossing film of the year from Iron Man 3, netting $409.4 million in just under 50 days at the box office. However, on the opposite side of the spectrum, many films adapted from YA novels did incredibly poorly at the box office: Beautiful Creatures, The Host, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. In 2013 we saw incredible success and incredible failure when it comes to movie adaptations, but it certainly wasn’t the last year of Hollywood attempting to bring YA novels to the big screen.

Photo via Lionsgate

Photo via Lionsgate

Since we ended 2013 on such a high note with Catching Fire, which was both a success in terms of box office sales as well as staying true to the book, it’s hard not to be optimistic about 2014. Catching Fire seems to have renewed fans expectations of their favorite novels being turned into movies. It’s no longer guaranteed that the film adaptation will be horrible–although, statistically speaking, it’s still likely. However, with so many more films debuting in 2014 that are adapted from YA novels, we might be able to take what we learned in 2013 and predict how the films will do this year. (I am by no means a movie scientist–no matter how much I wish that were an actual profession–and I’m merely making semi-educated guesses here.)

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