Despite the extra day, we've managed to make it to March relatively unscathed, and look what's waiting for us: New Mad Men and Community! If that wasn't enough, there's also much-anticipated new drama Awake, and Ashley Judd returning to the small screen. Read on for the March debuts we're most excited about.
Jason Isaacs stars in this high-concept thriller from the creator of the critically-acclaimed-but-barely-broadcast Lone Star, where a police detective apparently finds himself in two different timelines following a car crash, unsure which - if either - of them is the "real" one. Is he going insane? Is something weirder going on? And, if he doesn't actually get any time to sleep - that being the point where he crosses between realities - how will he be able to think straight for long enough to solve any of his cases? The pilot for this series has been raved about since critics saw it last summer; now the rest of us will get to know what all the fuss is about. (Mar 1, 10pm on NBC.)
Third time lucky for this Fox series that has now managed to be cancelled and then resurrected not once but twice. So what's different for Christian Slater's security firm in the show's second season? Well, new cast members, for one: Will and Grace's Megan Mullally (who, it seems, has guested in almost every comedy I watch over the last year) joins the show as the new owner of the company, "turning the office upside-down" with her ideas on what needs to be done differently. Will it be enough for the show to win over viewers this time? Only time - and Nielsen ratings - will tell. (Mar 6, 9:30pm on Fox.)
It's back! It's back! It's baaaaaack! Yes, I'm one of the many who got just a little bit nervous when NBC placed what may be their best comedy on the bench in order to bring 30Rock back after the holidays, worried that - considering the ratings have never really been that good for the show - it might never come back. But now, all I have to do is wait two more weeks and everything in the world will be better, because Community will return as if it'd never been away (Literally, considering that the episode was shot before anyone knew the show was going on hiatus). Oh, happy day! (Mar 15, 8pm on NBC.)
There's a high potential for disaster on this new ten part series, I admit. On the one hand, after all, there's the "Ashley Judd is a mother searching for missing son, imagine the teary-eyed angst!" side of things, which feels like it's only one Morgan Freeman away from the kind of thing that killed Ms. Judd's movie career. On the other hand, there's the "Ashley Judd is an ass-kicking former CIA agent who will stop at nothing to get what she wants, and by the way, Sean Bean is in this as well" side of things, which sounds much, much more entertaining. The fact that there's only ten episodes also seems like a plus, although again, the fact that this is being described as a first season turns that back into a minus. It might not be until the end of the first episode that we'll know whether this will be great or horrendous - which is reason enough to tune in, really. (Mar 15, 8pm on ABC)
Consider this "It's back! It's back!" the return: This time, I'm even more excited. "Television's Best Drama" is finally returning after more than a year away, finally letting us know whether or not Don will be happy with his second wife, whether Joan will ever get the recognition that she deserves, and just whatever happened to Sal anyway (Okay, probably not that last one, but I can hope). I've not even been paying attention to know whether or not we're over the backlash to this amazing show, but either way, this is likely going to be one of the best - if not the best - dramas we're likely to see this year, judging by past efforts. I genuinely can't wait. (Mar 25, 9pm on AMC.)