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Counting down to top new TV shows for 2013

GOTTA LOVE A GUY WITH A BOW: Stephen Amell stars in Arrow, one of the top new shows for 2013.
GOTTA LOVE A GUY WITH A BOW: Stephen Amell stars in Arrow, one of the top new shows for 2013.

HERE'S 10 of the top new shows we can't wait for in 2013.

LAST RESORT, SEVEN 

THE buzz about Last Resort is that it's thrilling and dramatic with strong characters and story. The crew of an American military submarine Colorado receives orders to launch nuclear missiles at Pakistan.

But Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) wants confirmation of the orders and is relieved of duty. Second in charge Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman of Underworld) is put in command and is faced with the same order.

When he, too, questions the orders, the submarine becomes a target for their own government. The crew is now being hunted. They take the sub to a tropical island and set about trying to prove they're not enemies of their country.

ARROW, NINE

ARROW is a superhero action series that's far, far from the Smallville world. Think Dark Knight with even more muscles and a big bow. We love it - and not just for the eye candy for girls (though that certainly doesn't hurt, ladies).

Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has been stranded on a mysterious island for five years. When he returns, his body badly scarred, he creates the persona "Arrow", a vigilante with a hood and bow who is determined to defeat the criminals destroying his city. Top action with a hot new star.

ELEMENTARY, TEN

DO we need another Sherlock Holmes series? When it's as good as Elementary the answer is Elementary, indeed, Watson. This series is intelligent, sharp and heaps of fun.

Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr Watson, Joan Watson that is, in a modern-day take on the crime-solving duo who solves the NYPD's most impossible cases. Holmes is just as eccentric and anti-social and brilliant as ever, but he's also out of rehab and forced to live with a sober companion sent by his father - Dr Watson.

THE DR BLAKE MYSTERIES, ABC

THE Dr Blake Mysteries is an original 10-part murder mystery series starring Aussie Craig McLachlan as the maverick country town doctor Lucien Blake. It's 1959 and Dr Blake, who's still haunted by his experience of war, including as a POW, has taken over his deceased father's practice in a regional Australian community.

His other role is as a police surgeon and here he's ahead of his time, using forensic science and his own understanding of humanity to help solve mysteries.

Set against a changing time amid fears about communism, social dislocation and the nuclear threat, this looks like a show to look out for. Episode one is scheduled for Friday, February 1.

RIPPER STREET, TEN 

LOVE those period crime stories and this one looks classy. The murky world of Whitechapel in London's East End is the scene of Ripper Street, a drama set in 1889 in the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders.

The eight-part Ripper Street features a wonderful cast, including Matthew Macfadyen (Spooks, Pride and Prejudice), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones) and Adam Rothenberg.

PARADE'S END, NINE

SET in Edwardian England through the First World War and into the 1920s as Europe is facing dramatic change, Parade's End follows Tietjens, a statistician from a wealthy family of landowners, a Tory in every sense of the world. He's married to Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) who's unfaithful to him.

But he won't divorce her because of his code of ethics, which he calls his "parade". But at the same time, Tietjens is falling in love with a young suffragette called Valentine.

This series has been loosely termed "the thinking man's Downton Abbey".

A PLACE TO CALL HOME, SEVEN

AND while we're on Downton, Seven is unveiling a sweeping drama that is being called Australia's answer to Downton. A Place to Call Home is set in rural Australia in the 1950s and tells the story of a privileged family living at the stately Ash Park amid a changing world. Marta Dusseldorp plays Sarah Adams, a woman with a mysterious past who returns to Australia seeking a place to call home and to heal. The series also stars Noni Hazlehurst.

SERANGOON R0AD, ABC

THE location of Serangoon Road is 1960's Singapore and it stars Don Hany (Devil's Dust, East West 101, Offspring) and Joan Chen (The Last Emperor, Twin Peaks).

It's described as a fast-paced, detective, drama series that follows Australian-born Sam Callaghan (Hany), who spent his childhood in Japanese internment camps during the Second World War.

He is scarred by this and by his fight in the Malayan Emergency. His neighbour Patricia (Chen) asks him to help keep her recently-murdered husband's private detective agency afloat and Sam reluctantly agrees.

During his investigations Sam is enticed into an unpredictable, dangerous world where the Chinese Secret Society gangs fight to control the streets, foreign powers vie for power and covert intelligence, and the city itself is a hotbed of racial and political turmoil.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ELEVEN

GREAT to see Eleven has picked up this fantasy series featuring Catherine "Cat" Chandler, a homicide detective who, as a teenager, saw her mother murdered. The gunmen would have killed Cat too but a terrifying human beast saved her.

Now a detective, the trail of a case leads Cat to a doctor called Vincent (Jay Ryan), believed dead, but who's living outside traditional society because he becomes a beast when he gets angry. Shades of the Hulk? Who cares, when it's this much fun.

THE FOLLOWING, NINE

KEVIN Bacon and James Purefoy (Rome) are reason enough to watch The Following, billed as a terrifying thriller series about a cult of serial killers.

When notorious serial killer Joe Carroll (Purefoy) escapes from death row and embarks on a new killing spree the FBI calls in former agent Ryan Hardy (Bacon), a psychologically scarred veteran who captured Carroll nine years earlier.

This sounds like it will hit the spot for crime fans.

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