Ten TV Shows to Watch this Winter

This brand new series on the CW harks back to the good old days of the WB when shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Dawson's Creek" ruled the airwaves for younger viewers.

Dos Santos said teens should be able to relate to the show's main character, a teenager named Lux, who has spent her life in foster care and finally meets her birth parents, a radio talk show host and a bar owner.

With an attractive cast the show is sure to draw new fans, especially among those turned off by the network's recent emphasis on spoiled rich kids.

Parenthood: 9 p.m. Monday, Mar. 1 on NBC Another new series, "Parenthood" has also been eagerly awaited.

The premiere was pushed back from the fall when Maura Tierney, who starred in the pilot, had to drop out to have surgery to remove a breast tumor. She was replaced by Lauren Graham of "Gilmore Girls" fame.

Based on the 1989 movie with Steve Martin, "Parenthood," which also stars Peter Krause, has the potential to turn NBC's programming schedule around, Dos Santos said.

"It would represent a huge sigh of relief for a network that has had a tough year/years," Hibberd said.

Showtime shows: Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Jan. 25), Nurse Jackie (Mar. 22) and United States of Tara (Mar. 22)

Showtime is the new HBO.

"I think it has actually overtaken HBO as far as quality drama that so many people can respond to," said Dos Santos.

With shows like "Nurse Jackie," a critical favorite, along with its star Edie Falco, and "United States of Tara," which has picked up awards for its star Toni Collette, Showtime has become a source for drama.

Dos Santos said the third season of "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" is even better than the first two. And with only eight 25-minute episodes, it's a "low commitment" show but, like a favorite chick lit book, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

Collette's show is also dark but with plenty of comic moments as she plays five completely different characters. "She is the hardest working actress on television," Dos Santos said.

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