Ten TV Shows to Watch this Winter

If you need a quick primer on what came before, Hibberd, on his blog, has condensed all the previous "Lost" seasons down to an eight-minute recap.

Chuck: 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10 on NBC

Dos Santos calls "Chuck" the "perennial underdog."

"Every season fans are waiting to see if it will be picked up for another season," she said.

Well, it's back for season 3 and this time Chuck, a computer geek who had been planted with government secrets, actually has new "kick-butt spy abilities," Dos Santos said.

"Now he can do Kung Fu and crazy stunts," she said. "It will be fun to see more action than before."

Chuck is one of those fun, feel-good shows that can hopefully give NBC ratings a boost.

Big Love: 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10 on HBO

Dos Santos calls this cable series about a Mormon family in Utah "the gold standard for cable dramas."

On a slow burn since season one, the show is positively hot right now. The show, along with star Bill Paxton, are up for Golden Globes. This season expect more pandemonium, though Dos Santos said HBO has been tight-lipped about giving away any plotlines.

"People don't just watch this show, they obsess over it," she said. "It's just such a well done series."

Damages: 10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25 on FX

Another show people obsess over is FX's "Damages."

"I think Glenn Close is the most talented actress on television," Dos Santos said.

Expect some unexpected twists in the third season, Dos Santos said, with the addition of Martin Short and Campbell Scott to the cast and Lily Tomlin and Keith Carradine guest starring.

24: 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17 on FOX

Like "Lost," the return of this FOX drama has been highly anticipated.

Fans will get plenty to chew on with the four-hour two-night premiere when Jack Bauer, played by Keifer Sutherland, will be transferred to New York.

Hibberd said the show sticks to its tried-and-true formula, but it's "executed really well."

Dos Santos added, "Even in season 8, it still manages to surprise viewers."

One of those surprises is the addition of Freddy Prinze Jr. to the cast. He'll play a young CTU agent.

"Prinze is actually fantastic," Dos Santos said. "It might take fans a little time to warm up to him. But if he really comes into his own, he has the potential to hold his own spinoff someday."

American Idol: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 on FOX There's no bigger show on television and yet this season could mark the beginning of the end, Dos Santos said.

Viewers will no doubt tune in to see Paula Abdul's replacement Ellen DeGeneres. "I think Ellen will be nice like Paula, but perhaps a bit more comical," Dos Santos said. "I'll be interested to see if she and Simon will spar as much."

Speaking of Simon Cowell, there's growing speculation that this season could be his last. "For my money, there's no 'Idol' without Simon. It wouldn't have that wit and edge."

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 on CBS

In its 20th season, "Survivor" had to find a way to lure back fans who have strayed over the years.

This season, Dos Santos believes, they have found a way. The reality show is bringing back the most memorable cast members, the ones fans absolutely loved and hated, from previous seasons and pitting them against each other in a heroes and villains showdown.

"It's shaping up to be the most dramatic season," Dos Santos said. "I myself will be tuning in every single episode.

Life Unexpected: 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 on CW

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