Several shows still to come in 2014 have us rather excited as well. Be on the lookout for: "About a Boy" and "Believe" (NBC): Two very different but intriguing shows about the relationship between a kid and an adult. "About a Boy" adapts the Nick Hornby novel (and Hugh Grant movie that followed) with a strong cast led by David Walton, Minnie Driver and Benjamin Stockham. "Believe," from the Bad Robot team, is about a young girl with soon-to-flourish powers (Johnny Sequoyah) and the newly sprung convict (Jake McLaughlin) assigned to protect her from a host of nefarious types. "Black Sails" (Starz): The first of two pirate-themed series due in 2014 (NBC's "Crossbones" is the other), "Black Sails" is essentially a prequel to "Treasure Island," focusing on the adventures of Capt. Flint (Toby Stephens) and a young privateer named John Silver (Luke Arnold). Starz has already ordered a second season, so it must like what it's seen so far. "Intelligence" (CBS) (pictured): Josh Holloway from "Lost" as something between "Chuck" and "The Six Million Dollar Man"? Sold. "Mind Games" (ABC): Critical favorite Kyle Killen's ("Awake," "Lone Star") new series is about two brothers, one a brilliant but unstable expert on human behavior (Steve Zahn) and the other a con man and ex-convict (Christian Slater), who run a business dedicated to helping clients by using the science of human motivation and manipulation. Killen's shows have yet to connect with a wide audience -- could the third time be the charm? "Star-Crossed" (The CW): Mix "Roswell" and "Twilight" -- plus a teensy bit of civil-rights politics -- and you have a sense of this show, about humanoid aliens who have been kept under quarantine but are now integrating the high school near their internment camp. A human girl (Aimee Teegarden) falls for one of the aliens (Matt Lanter), and a forbidden romance ensues. "Surviving Jack" and "Us & Them" (FOX): Two of the better comedy pilots of the season will be coming your way in early 2014. "Surviving Jack" shows Chris Meloni's deft comic side in a family show set in the early '90s, while "Us & Them" is a winning remake of Britcom "Gavin & Stacey" carried by leads Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel. "True Detective" (HBO): Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are two Louisiana detectives working a serial-killer case that spans more than 20 years. And looking way, way ahead to the spring of 2014 (and possibly beyond), Jack Bauer will return in "24: Live Another Day" on FOX. Cinemax has "The Knick," a medical drama set in New York in 1900, starring Clive Owen and directed by Steven Soderbergh.
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