10 Super Important Dates and Other Miscellania Discerning Television Viewers Should Know Immediately
1. HBO’s Girls third-season premiere is going up on YouTube tomorrow morning (January 13th, just 12 hours after it airs on HBO), so even if you miss it to watch the Golden Globes tonight (and you should check back here for Courtney’s always terrific live-blog), you can be a part of the Girls conversation (read: Aggressive, hostile nattering) before you go to work in the morning.
2. Shameless over on Showtime also debuts tonight, but it’s season premiere is already on YouTube, so you can watch it before The Golden Globes (and you should; it’s a great episode that sets up some new, compelling plotlines for the season).
3. The first half of the final season of Mad Men has a release date: It will debut on Sunday, April 13th. The final season will be 14 episodes, split into two 7 episode batches over the next two years.
4. Meanwhile, AMC will debut its new Revoluationary War drama with Jamie Bell, Turn, the week before, on April 6th. It’ll be a 90-minute debut.
5. Turn will have stiff competition, as it is debuting against the fourth season premiere of Game of Thrones, which will also air on April 6th.
6. Meanwhile, HBO also announced that the upcoming fifth season of Boardwalk Empire will be its last. Rumor has it that Terrence Winters is going to turn his attention to the 70’s rock series he’s creating with Martin Scorsese.
7. Speaking of final half-seasons, the last eight episodes of Breaking Bad will finally appear on Netflix on February 24th, just 10 days after House of Cards debuts its second season.
8. Related: AMC also announced that Breaking Bad’s spin-off, Better Call Saul, will debut in November (series that debut that late in the year on AMC are either short seasons, or split into two, so that the second half returns in February or so).
9. Unrelated to everything else, Melissa McCarthy will host Saturday Night Live on February 1st, during Super Bowl weekend. It will be McCarthy’s third stint.
10. Finally, the much anticipated (by me, anyway) premiere of NBC’s adaptation of the Nick Hornby book, Hugh Grant movie, About a Boy with David Walton (New Girl) and Minnie Driver will debut on February 21st, right after the Olympics wrap.
Again, don’t forget to check back in tonight for Courtney’s always fantastic, wine-soaked Golden Globes live-blog.