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What TV to Watch this Winter: 'Downton,' 'Girls,' 'Top of the Lake,' 'House of Cards' and More [VIDEO]

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 2, 2013 at 12:26PM

Check out this photo gallery from the Daily Beast on the 18 TV shows to watch this winter. Included in the list are buzzy returning series like PBS' "Downton Abbey," HBO's "Girls," FX's "Justified" and IFC's "Portlandia," while intriguing newcomers like Netflix's David Fincher-Kevin Spacey collaboration "House of Cards" and Jane Campion's Elisabeth Moss-starrer "Top of the Lake" also make the cut. Left off presumably because it is already under way is BBC America's guilty pleasure second season of "The Hour," starring Romola Garai ("Atonement"), Ben Whishaw ("Skyfall") and Dominic West ("300").
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Elisabeth Moss in "Top of the Lake"
Elisabeth Moss in "Top of the Lake"

Check out this photo gallery from the Daily Beast on the 18 TV shows to watch this winter. Included in the list are buzzy returning series like PBS' "Downton Abbey," HBO's "Girls," FX's "Justified" and IFC's "Portlandia," while intriguing newcomers like Netflix's David Fincher-Kevin Spacey collaboration "House of Cards" and Jane Campion's Elisabeth Moss-starrer "Top of the Lake" also make the cut. Left off presumably because it is already under way is BBC America's guilty pleasure second season of "The Hour," starring Romola Garai ("Atonement"), Ben Whishaw ("Skyfall") and Dominic West ("300").

A selection of trailers below.

Check out the trailer for the second season of "Girls" here, and "House of Cards" here. A first look at "Top of the Lake" is here.

The Daily Beast's full list here.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.