Early predictions for what will be on our best of 2014 lists

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  • Broad City premieres January 22 on Comedy Central and is one of our best of 2014 predictions.

  • Enlisted premieres January 10 on Fox and is one of our best of 2014 predictions.

  • Halt and Catch Fire premieres in 2014 on AMC and is one of our best of 2014 predictions.

  • Togetherness, created by Mark and Jay Duplass, premieres on HBO in 2014 and is one of our best of 2014 predictions.

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    True Detective premieres January 12 on HBO and is one of our best of 2014 predictions.

Broad City premieres January 22 on Comedy Central and is one of our best of 2014 predictions.


TV
In 2014, two networks are taking a stab at applying American Horror Story's anthology structure to the police procedural. HBO's True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson and directed by Cary Fukunaga, will premiere January 12. The first season will utilize multiple timelines to track the 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana, with subsequent seasons featuring a different story and set of characters. FX's Fargo, based loosely on the Coen brothers' film (executive producers on the show), will follow a similar pattern if its earns future seasons. With such an impressive launch cast, including Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Bob Odenkirk, actors that seem more than capable of handling the dark humor that was Fargo's trademark, it's hard not to imagine success. Now that it has a giant Breaking Bad-shaped hole in its schedule, AMC is looking for another winner and Halt and Catch Fire could be it. Set in 1980s Texas at the dawn of the personal computing boom, the show focuses on two prodigies, played by Scoot McNairy and the always-interesting Lee Pace, who take on the larger tech corporations.

The quirky and charming workplace/family comedy Enlisted was one of our top new shows of the fall, but since Fox pushed its original November premiere date to January 10, it's now one of our top picks for 2014. Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell and Parker Young have amazing chemistry as a trio of brothers who get stationed at the same Army base, and the supporting cast is reminiscent of the best parts of The Office's colorful ensemble.

Comedy Central's Broad City also premieres in January. What began as an Upright Citizens Brigade sketch grew into a web series and has now graduated into a television show produced by Amy Poehler. Like a zanier version of Girls, Broad City follows Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson as a pair of twentysomethings navigating New York. There's already a funny clip from the show online and they've lined up guest appearances from the likes of Fred Armisen, Janeane Garofalo and Amy Sedaris.

Arriving later in 2014 is the HBO comedy Togetherness, created by indie filmmaking duo Mark and Jay Duplass. The show will feature two couples living under the same roof in Los Angeles. We're hopeful that this minimalist plot set-up will present the opportunity for the type of insightful humor we've seen in the brothers' films.

LGBT
The big gay story of 2014 is obviously the implementation of marriage equality in Illinois, coming June 1. We can't wait to see the lines outside the Cook County Clerk's office. And with barriers falling at a quick clip in 2013 across the country (welcome, New Mexico and Utah!), who knows how much more progress will be made in 2014.

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