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First Look at the New 24

What can you expect when Jack and Chloe return in May? Plus: 9 more promising new shows.

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Mary Lynn Rajskub and Kiefer Sutherland on 24: Live Another Day

Here's a non-news flash: Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is about to have another lousy day. This time the 24 clock will be ticking in the United Kingdom, where political unrest propels America's favorite absentee antihero into action. (Fox's 12-episode season won't document every single hour of the day.) Naturally he's going to need his requisite wing (wo)man, Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub). Just don't expect the same eye-rolling smart aleck we loved for eight seasons. After Jack supposedly went off the grid in the 2010 finale, Chloe ended up joining a WikiLeaks-type organization in London. ''I'm more hardened,'' Rajskub tells EW. (William Devane and Kim Raver will also reprise their roles for 24: Live Another Day, premiering May 5 at 8 p.m.) ''I've seen more of the world. When you pick up with me, I've completely turned against the government.'' So that explains the moody makeover? ''It's a very dark, very damaged look,'' explains Rajskub. ''It's a bit of an FU to the world.'' 1. Fargo
Tuesdays At 10 P.M. On FX; Debuting April 15
What it is The Coen brothers' homespun murder story gets a unique TV treatment, with new characters and crimes but the same dark humor and ''Minnesota nice'' as the original 1996 classic.
Why We're Excited Bringing a movie to the small screen doesn't always work out (see: The Firm or My Big Fat Greek Wedding), but with the Coens' stamp of approval and Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman starring, there's no series we're looking forward to more. 2. Silicon Valley
Sundays At 10:30 P.M. On HBO; Debuting April 6
What it is The Northern California tech start-up scene is skewered on Mike Judge's comedy about four programmers who stumble onto a billion-dollar idea.
Why We're Excited Office Space creator Judge is the perfect candidate to send up the smarmy start-up origin story. Think The Social Network meets Workaholics. 3. Crisis
Sundays At 10 P.M. On NBC; Debuting March 16
What it is A national emergency erupts after kidnappers ambush a high school field trip attended by the children of Washington, D.C.'s power players.
Why We're Excited We'll take any excuse to welcome Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney back to TV, of course, but the surprising and suspenseful pilot gives us hope that this Scandal/24 adrenaline mash-up will be worthy of their talents. 4. Cosmos
Sundays At 9 P.M. On Fox; Debuting March 9
What it is Astrophysicist and pop culture science guy Neil deGrasse Tyson reignites Carl Sagan's cosmic 1980 PBS docuseries, produced here by Seth MacFarlane and Sagan's widow, Ann Druyan.
Why We're Excited Tyson (a fixture on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report) is as entertaining as he is brainy, and the jaw-dropping visuals make you forget that you're actually learning while watching TV. Cosmos should have a place in science classrooms for years to come. 5. Those Who Kill

Mondays At 10 P.M. On A&E; Debuting March 3 What it is A brooding homicide detective (Chloë Sevigny) enlists a forensic psychologist (James D'Arcy) to help her get inside the minds of serial killers. But what she really wants to do is find her missing brother.
Why We're Excited Sevigny, mostly. The Big Love veteran is compelling enough to elevate what might sound like familiar procedural material, and as creepy TV becomes increasingly prevalent, Those Who Kill promises to up the freak-out ante. 6. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Sundays At 11 P.M. On HBO; Debuting April 27
What it is Former Daily Show correspondent Oliver takes the helm of his own late-night comedy show, tackling the issues and jokes of the week that was.
Why We're Excited Oliver impressed last summer during his eight-week hosting stint filling in for The Daily Show's Jon Stewart; he should have no problem commanding a permanent seat. 7. Turn
Sundays At 9 P.M. On AMC; Debuting April 6
What it is This saga of a farmer (Jamie Bell) who becomes a spy for George Washington during the American Revolution is inspired by the real story of the country's first spy ring.
Why We're Excited AMC's risky period piece is poised to be the network's newest prestige drama — intense, gritty, and packed with all-American adventure (and the occasional Benedict Arnold cameo). 8. Resurrection
Sundays At 9 P.M. On ABC; Debuting March 9
What it is On this drama, based on Jason Mott's novel The Returned, residents of a small Missouri town are shocked when their deceased loved ones inexplicably begin reappearing — as their regular selves, not zombies.
Why We're Excited The French drama series with a similar concept was phenomenal, so we're optimistic that this supernatural tearjerker will have new life in America. 9. From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
Tuesdays At 9 P.M. On El Rey; Debuting March 11
What it is A pair of criminal brothers and their hostages must escape a strip club filled with vampires. (Yes, it's based on Robert Rodriguez's cult 1996 thriller.)
Why We're Excited It's the first scripted original on Robert Rodriguez's new network, and it sounds just crazy enough to be brilliant.
Originally posted Feb 20, 2014 Published in issue #1300 Feb 28, 2014 Order article reprints
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