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It’s getting warmer girls, and you know what that means. The Superhot Spring Television Season is upon us, brimming over with many new shows to check out-some to love, some to revile. Actors we’ve grown to love are back in new shows, and fresh faces make their debut this season. New Comedies. New Dramas. A whole new world of Reality! Which ones will make it and which ones will fade away? Well, that’s between you and your remote, so get ready, set go. The Spring TV season begins NOW…

(All listings are sorted by premiere date, with the earliest being listed first. All times listed are et/pt, so be sure to adjust for your time zone. Also, all dates and times are subject to change, so please check your local listings. Please note that this list may not be complete, as some shows may have been overlooked, forgotten, didn’t know about, got added later, got cancelled, got postponed or whatever. You never know what will happen next in the ever-changing world of TV programming!)

OPRAH’S BIG GIVE (ABC) premieres Sunday, March 2, 9pm
A diverse, determined and competitive group of ten people are given the challenge of a lifetime — to change for the better the lives of complete strangers in the most creative and dramatic ways. In this intense competition, the contestants criss-cross the country, scrambling to find ways to impact the fates and fortunes of unsuspecting people who are in for the surprise of their lives. Lives will be changed in the blink of an eye as contestants race against time to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences and also give away hundreds of thousands of dollars. Who will be the lucky few to get a "Big Give"…and who will get all that cash?

HUMAN BODY:PUSHING THE LIMITS (Discovery)premieres Sunday March 2 at 9
Discovery Channel is thrilled to premiere the groundbreaking new series “Human Body: Pushing the Limits”, which brings together extraordinary computer imagery and amazing real-world stories to reveal how our bodies perform when pushed to the max. From mountain climbing, martial arts and desperate rescues to medical breakthroughs and professional sports, here are the tales of the incredible power and performance of the amazing body we call our own.

UNHITCHED (FOX) premieres Sunday, March 2 at 9:30pm
Friends learn the painful lessons of starting over and dating in their 30s. From the Farrelly brothers, it stars Rashida Jones of “The Office”. The show also co-stars a chimpanzee.

SECRET LIFE OF A SOCCER MOM (TLC) premieres Monday, March 3 at 10pm
Each episode profiles the story of a soccer mom as she experiences what her life could have been like if she had chosen to juggle career and family. Guided by Tracey Gold (“Growing Pains”), Mom spends one week shifting from the carpool lane to the fast lane, giving her the opportunity to get back to the career she left behind. At the close of the episode, she makes a spectacular reveal, telling her family that she has been living a secret life, and she is asked to make a surprising choice: pursue her new dual life, or return to her family knowing that she's made the right choice after all.

WOMEN BEHIND BARS (WE) premieres Tuesday, March 4 at 9pm
This series explores the lives of women who have been convicted of murder and are paying for their crimes behind bars. Each woman has a unique story to tell, about how and why they committed their crimes, and what life is like now.

NEW AMSTERDAM (FOX) preview Tuesday, March 4 at 9/8, premiere March 10 at 9
New Amsterdam centers on a brilliant and enigmatic New York homicide detective unlike any other. He has a profound secret -- he is immortal. In 1642, John Amsterdam (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), then a Dutch solider in the colony of New Amsterdam – later to become New York City -- stepped in front of a sword to save the life of a Native American girl during a massacre of her indigenous tribe. The girl in turn rescued Amsterdam, weaving an ancient spell that conferred immortality upon him. Amsterdam will not age, she told him, until he finds his one true love. Only then will he become whole and ready for mortality.

REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY (Bravo) premieres Tuesday, March 4 at 11pm
Bravo is heading to “The Big Apple” with this one. The new series features an elite and powerful set of New York socialites as they juggle their careers, and home lives with busy calendars packed with charity fund-raising galas, the social whirl of the Hamptons and interviews for elite private schools. These driven and ambitious women show everyone what it takes to make it in the upper echelon of society, where money and status are an essential way of life.

GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS (A&E) new season premier Tuesday, March 11 at 10pm
The season kicks off with Gene preparing for the ultimate challenge - a lie detector test to determine if he has been faithful to Shannon Tweed, his "Happily UNmarried" companion of 24 years and the mother of his two children, Nick and Sophie. A true test for the legendary ladies man, Gene will have to answer questions by Shannon, as fans will find out if the 4,800 women Gene purports to have been with all occurred before 1983 - the year he and Shannon's relationship began.

HUMAN GIANT (MTV) Season 2 premieres March 11 at 11pm
A collection of recklessly hilarious, fast-paced, hard-hitting short films, Human Giant brings viewers innovative comedy with a distinctive style and direction.

Lewis Black’s THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL (Comedy Central) premieres Wednesday, March 12 at 10:30pm
Moderated by Lewis Black, the show pits two people, such as Paris Hilton and Dick Cheney or pop culture topics such as You Tube vs. Porn, against each other in an open debate setting. A rotating group of comedians will take the stage and argue who or what is most evil with Black making the final decision between the two.

THE RETURN OF JEZEBEL JAMES (FOX) premieres Thursday, March 14 at 8pm
Sarah Tompkins (Parker Posey) has everything a fancy girl could want in life: her own imprint at HarperCollins’ children’s division; a great big loft in Brooklyn; a young, energetic and only slightly terrified assistant, Buddy (Michael Arden); and a perfect, no-strings-attached relationship with successful businessman Marcus Sonti (Scott Cohen). She’s about to publish the sequel to her successful young adult novel, “The True Adventures of Jezebel James”. She can do the splits, she’s basically a size 2… so what on Earth could make this better?

JOHN ADAMS (HBO) 7-part miniseries premieres on Sunday, March 16 at 8pm
This mini-series taps into the uncertainty and intensity surrounding the birth of the American republic and its first 50 years. With the fervent support of his wife Abigail (Laura Linney), and through a lifelong political rivalry and friendship with Thomas Jefferson (Stephen Dillane), Adams rose to be the leader of the American independence movement, the nation's first ambassador to Holland and England, the first American Vice President, the second American President, and father of the sixth American President.

KICKIN' IT OLD SKOOL (Starz) film airs on March 15 9PM ET/PT
In 1986, a young break dancer hits his head during a talent show and slips into a coma for twenty years. Waking up in 2006, he looks to revive his and his team's career with the help of his girlfriend and his parents.

MISS GUIDED (ABC) Sneak Preview on Tuesday, March 18 at 10:30pm

Having finally conquered the awkward, traumatic world of high school, Becky Freeley (Judy Greer) returns to her alma mater as a guidance counselor with her insecurities and orthodontia a distant memory. While Becky deftly navigates the uncertainties of troubled students and an often troubling faculty, she is certain of one thing - her desperate attraction to hot mechanic-turned-Spanish teacher Tim (Kristoffer Polaha).

TRACY ULLMAN’S STATE OF THE UNION (Showtime) premieres Sunday, March 30 at 10pm
A new sketch comedy series that takes a satirical look at a day in the life of America. The show will feature a kaleidoscope of original characters and impersonations in a wide collection of irreverent and hilarious skits that range from sardonic parody and social satire to Bollywood musicals.

DOCTOR WHO (Sci-Fi) moves from BBC America in April 2008
Following the phenomenal success of the multiple-award-winning first two seasons that have taken audiences by storm, the third season of “Doctor Who” (Best Drama Series, BAFTA 2006) is full of new thrills, new laughs, new heartbreak and some terrifying new monsters. From the moment the Doctor walks into the life of medical student Martha (Elisabeth Sladen) Jones, he changes it forever. Together they find themselves traveling through time and space encountering extraordinary events, amazing worlds and faces both old and new.

THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES (Sci-Fi) moves from BBC America in April 2008
Having traveled the universe with The Doctor, Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) is used to alien encounters. Accompanied by her new young friends Maria, Luke and Clyde, she becomes embroiled in an offbeat world of mystery and danger.

IN PLAIN SIGHT (USA) premieres Thursday, April 24 at 10pm
“In Plain Sight” stars Mary McCormack as Mary Shannon, a U.S. Marshal working in the highly secretive branch of the witness protection program. She relocates federal witnesses, many of whom are career criminals and some who are innocents who had the misfortune of witnessing a crime. They all have one thing in common – someone wants them dead. Mary’s job is to see that doesn’t happen, while at the same time attempting to manage her own dysfunctional family.

When Women Rule The World (FOX) premieres Monday, June 2, 2008
What if it was “a woman’s world”? What if women made ALL the decisions? If men were their obedient subjects? These questions and more will be explored when a group of strong, educated, independent women, tired of living in a man’s world and each with a personal axe to grind, rule over a group of unsuspecting men used to calling the shots. The unscripted series will reveal how women and men react in a world where women are in charge and men are subservient, and each gender’s ability to adapt to a new social order will be put to the test. In order to win, the men must accede to the women’s every demand, 24/7.

SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL (Showtime) premieres Monday,June 16 at 10:30pm
The show introduces viewers to a contemporary woman. She is smart, strong and confident and, like many modern women, is struggling to balance her personal and professional life. In her case this pendulum swings between her job as a legal secretary, where she is known as Hannah, and her career as one of London’s high-class call girls, where her clients simply refer to her as Belle, the answer to all their wildest fantasies. The series stars British actress Billie Piper (“Doctor Who”) in the dual role.

Shows that have already premiered but we still love to watch:

DEXTER (CBS) Sundays at 10pm
He'll charm fellow officers with a doughnut, wile away a Sunday with his girlfriend Rita, or chop up a victim and package their body parts in plastic bags. Hiding beneath the mundane exterior and contrived façade of Dexter, a charming blood spatter expert for the Miami Police Department, is an obsession with meting his own twisted brand of justice: stalking and murdering the guilty.

BREAKING BAD (AMC) Sundays at 10pm
Meet Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher sleepwalking through life when, boom, a terminal diagnosis changes everything. Liberates him. Empowers him to use his chemistry skills anew to finance his family's future.

Eli Stone (ABC) is on Thursdays at 10pm
Is it possible to change life midstream and get back to who you are at your core? From Greg Berlanti (“Brothers & Sisters”) and Marc Guggenheim (“Law & Order”) comes a story about a lawyer who finds himself at a crossroads between the man he has become and the man he wants to be... even if that means being a prophet.

COMING SOON:

  • Leverage (TNT)
  • Raising the Bar (TNT)
  • Eight Days a Week (CW)
  • Farmer Wants a Wife (CW)
  • The I.T. Crowd (NBC)
  • The Shield (FX)
  • Swingtown (CBS)
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