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6 hot TV shows to watch in early 2014

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True DetectiveThe first season of HBO's dark new series True Detective stars Woody Harrelson, crouching, and Matthew McConaughey as detectives investigating a mysterious murder in southern Louisiana. (Jim Bridges/HBO)

Baby, it's cold outside (and, more likely than not, icy), so wily TV programmers have unleashed a fantastic crop of enticing dramas, mysteries, sci-fi tales and comedies to tempt us towards our cozy couches and the tube (or online, if that's how you roll).

Here are 6 shows we're eagerly watching or awaiting in these first few months of 2014.




True Detective



Matthew McConaughey has been on an undeniable roll, acting-wise, and continues the run with his misanthropic yet magnetic turn in the dark crime drama True Detective. He's paired with the equally talented Woody Harrelson, with the two playing very different investigators probing a mysterious killing in sticky, murky and ominous Louisiana. (Starts Jan. 12 on HBO Canada)




Sherlock



It's not too late to jump onto the Benedict Cumberbatch bandwagon (or perhaps the Martin Freeman bandwagon, if that's more your fancy), with the newest season of the British series Sherlock — a modern reimagining of Arthur Conan Doyle's famed character — just underway. Proof of how ravenous fans are worldwide: Chinese web broadcaster Youku spent major coin to stream the show (for free and complete with official Chinese subtitles) just hours after its premiere in the U.K. on Jan. 1. The season premiere got 4.72 million views in less than 24 hours. (Starts Jan. 19 on PBS Masterpiece)




House of Cards




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Devious Kevin Spacey? More, please. (Feb. 14 on Netflix)




Orphan Black



Tatiana Maslany is Canada's latest IT-girl, after earning widespread praise for her extraordinary, breakout performance in multiple roles for the Toronto-shot sci-fi drama Orphan Black. Playing different versions of a cloned woman, Maslany deftly switches accents, wigs and personalities in the high-octane, conspiracy-filled saga. (Starts April 19 on Space)




The Best Laid Plans



Terry Fallis fans across the country are true diehards and many have been eagerly awaiting the TV adaptation of his Canada Reads-winning political satire The Best Laid Plans. The comedy-drama miniseries arrives at a perfect time: after such tumult on all levels (federal, provincial and municipal governments), Canadians are ready for some comic relief. (Started Jan. 5, continuing Mondays on CBC-TV)




Mad Men



Mad MenJon Hamm as Don Draper in a scene from Mad Men. (Michael Yarish/AMC/Associated Press)

The first half of the 60s-era drama's final, seventh season is expected to begin this spring. The already-iconic show's uncompromising creator, Matthew Weiner, has promised unexpected things and a "completely new story" for his uber-stylish antihero Don Draper. (Expected start in April on AMC)






Eager for more? Perhaps you're already watching these, but if not, now's the perfect time to get caught up: Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black, The Good Wife, Louie, Hannibal, Arrow and Justified.

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