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'Tis the season to curl up on the couch in your comfiest sweatpants and hibernate. And luckily, the major networks know this and are indulging us by premiering several highly anticipated fashiony TV shows this month.
Missing from the lineup is Bravo's It's a Brad, Brad World, which debuted last January and has been renewed for a second season, but is still without an official release date. Also, Rihanna's reality series Styled to Rock has been greenlighted for a stateside run after a questionable debut on British TV last summer, but it seems like we'll have to wait a little longer for that one. We'll keep you posted on those, but in the meantime, look forward to these four others.
Downton Abbey: Premiers Sunday Jan. 6 on PBS
The sophomore season of Downton Abbey kind of jumped the shark, in our opinion, but Season 3 has a great chance to redeem the series. First of all, Shirley MacLaine is guest starring as the American mother of Lady Grantham. If a Maggie Smith x Shirley MacLaine showdown doesn't spice things over there in Yorkshire, we don't know what will. Also, judging from the trailer, everyone cut their hair! And who doesn't love a makeover? PBS has the Season 2 DVD for sale here for $29.99 if you missed the re-airing in December.
Girls: Premiers Sunday, Jan 13 on HBO
It's hard to think of a show that's more divisive than Girls. On one hand, Lena Dunham was definitely the breakout star of 2012, with a Glamour Women of the Year award, Emmy nods, and fashion world endorsements across the board. On the other hand, Hannah is one of those characters people really love to hate and hate to love. But whether you're a fan or a hater, there's no denying the second season of Girls is one of the most highly anticipated shows of 2013. iTunes has Season 1 for $18.99 if you want to brush up for the premier.
The Carrie Diaries: Premiers Monday, Jan 14 on the CW
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What we're hoping for: Sex and the City meets Babysitters Club meets Michael Jackson's 1983 subway-gang-inspired Beat It video. But at the very least there's going to be fashion, and lots of it. Check out the amazing '80s prep style of Carrie's Connecticut school chums (double popped collars anyone?) and the club-kid looks on Carrie herself in the trailer above. Also: Carrie apparently has a sister named Dorrit.
Project Runway Season 11: Premiers Thursday Jan 24 on Lifetime
A few major changes are in store for the upteenth cycle of this grandaddy of fashion reality shows. First, Zac Posen has replaced Michael Kors at the judges table. Kors has been with the show from the beginning, so this should be quite a shift in the show's dynamic. And second, there are going to be teams instead of individual contestants—though apparently there will only be one final winner. So it's going to be kind of like The Hunger Games, but for fashion design.
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