2014 winter television premieres

With all this cold weather Chicago is getting, now is the perfect time to stay warm inside and watch our list of highly anticipated winter premieres.

1. “Girls”

The ladies of “Girls” confronted highs and lows last season in their love lives, careers, and friendships. Season 3 premieres Sunday, Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. on HBO, promises to be no different with show creator and star Lena Dunham assuring fans in an interview with “Good Morning America” the four heroines, including her character Hannah, will encounter success and struggle in typical, messy “Girls” fashion.


2. “Sherlock”

“Sherlock” died at the end of Season 2, we all saw it! But did we really? Season 3 kicked off on New Year’s Day in the UK with U.S. fans forced to wait until Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS Masterpiece to get the scoop on the master sleuth and how he evaded death once again. His loyal best friend and partner in crime, Watson, will be along for the ride of course and we can’t wait to see what’s next for this bromantic crime-solving duo.


3. “Pretty Little Liars”

Literally the most talked about show on Twitter, “Pretty Little Liars,” premiered Jan. 7 on ABC Family and became the most tweeted about premiere in television history according to Deadline.com. The liars are back this winter and (not to give away any spoilers if you haven’t been keeping up) but there seem to be more questions than ever after a huge (HUGE) secret was revealed at the end of last season. If you love the show and fell behind, do yourself a favor and get caught up because this is a season no fan will want to miss on Tuesdays on ABC Family at 7 p.m.


4. “Shameless”

Poor Fiona, she’s just trying to keep her dysfunctional family together. But between the antics of her siblings and those of her alcoholic, unstable father, things in her life rarely goes as planned. Season 4 begins with Fiona and co. in a seemingly good place, with Lip in college and Fiona working and in a stable relationship, and her other siblings happily following along in feel-good suit. But in this family, the warm and fuzzies can only last so long before hell breaks loose (usually in the form of the patriarchal hurricane, Frank Gallagher.) Watch the waves of drama begin to topple over Sunday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. on Showtime or the full episode is available for free now via Showtime’s website.


5. “Walking Dead”

“Walking Dead” left survivors scattered after their mid-season finale and if the teaser poster is any indication, Rick and Carl are far from safe. According to director Greg Nicotero in an interview with Channel Guide Magazine, these upcoming episodes are the closest adaptations to the comic book the show has ever done, turning the zombie-filled adventure a few notches on the tension scale. With its return on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. on AMC, the premiere will surely attract both the living and the living dead.