Spring TV Preview: Top 5 New Shows to Watch

From sassy Southern ladies to Kiefer Sutherland back on the small screen, take a look at new shows, which will soothe your spring fever

Who says you have to wait for fall to see some stellar new TV shows? These five are all premiering soon, and each has received great buzz from critics:

Awake (premiering Thursday, March 1, at 10 p.m. ET, on NBC) Jason Isaacs (you might know him as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies) plays a cop named Michael Britten who walks away from a deadly car crash. But after he survives, he finds himself living in two alternate realities. In one reality, his wife (Laura Allen) has also survived, but his son (Dylan Minnette) has not. In the other reality, his son's alive, and his wife is dead. When he falls asleep in one reality, he wakes up in another. In both places, there's a psychiatrist trying to help him figure out what's going on.

Confusing? A little. Fascinating? Definitely. That's why Los Angeles Times TV critic Robert Lloyd has declared that Awake "promises to be one of the year's best and most interesting new series." You can watch the first episode here.

GCB (premiering Sunday, March 4, at 10 p.m. ET, on ABC) Leslie Bibb (remember her from Popular?) plays a former mean girl who returns to her Dallas hometown after an acrimonious divorce. Now she's living with her overbearing mother (Annie Potts) and contending with the Texas socialites ring -- led by Wicked's Kristin Chenoweth -- that she used to torture back in high school. Based on the book Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin, this is a funny, polished, Desperate Housewives-type of drama about church-going hypocrites and the cruelly hilarious barbs that spout from their mouths. Watch the trailer here.

Missing (premiering Thursday, March 15, at 8 p.m. ET, on ABC) Ashley Judd plays a mother (and an ex-CIA agent) whose son has gone…yes, missing…while studying abroad. And as she says in this trailer, "I will do a-ny-thing to get my boy." That includes packing heat and hunting his kidnappers down like dogs. Oh, and her tough-guy husband (Game of Thrones' Sean Bean) is also an ex-CIA agent.

Touch (premiering Thursday, March 22, at 9 p.m. ET, on FOX) 24's Kiefer Sutherland has returned to helm another dramatic thriller on FOX. He plays the single father of a severely autistic son, Jake (David Mazouz), who won't allow anyone to touch him. But part of Jake's disability is an extraordinary ability to see number patterns that have special significance, and which connect various disparate people worldwide. Click here for a first look.

Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 (premiering Wednesday, April 11, at 9:30 p.m. ET, on ABC) June (Gossip Girl's Dreama Walker) moves into a New York City apartment with the b--- of the show's title, Chloe (Breaking Bad's Krysten Ritter), whose best friend happens to be James Van Der Beek (played by James Van Der Beek). When the naive June discovers Chloe's selfish, thieving ways, she quickly learns how to fight back. Eventually, they form a uniquely snarky bond. Caustic, biting humor ensues. Click here for a preview. 

From the snarky to the serious, there are plenty of new scripted shows that will tide you over and give you a break from reality TV! 

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