Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star in HBO's new drama True Detective. Photo: Dean Papastrat
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star in HBO’s new drama True Detective.
Photo: Dean Papastrat

It is no secret that Pace students love their TV shows. Conversations about Walter White’s meth enterprise, the latest gruesome killing on “The Walking Dead” and the destruction of Westeros are commonplace at the Academy. While many popular shows will continue into 2014, there is an exciting new crop of shows that show a lot of promise to become fan favorites.

1. “Halt and Catch Fire”: “Halt and Catch Fire” is one of AMC’s new dramas that they hope will fill the gap left in the post-Walter White era of “Breaking Bad.”  “‘Halt and Catch Fire’ captures the rise of the PC era in the early 1980s, during which an unlikely trio — a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy — take personal and professional risks in the race to build a computer that will change the world as they know it. While charting the changing culture of Texas’ Silicon Prairie, tensions build within the group as they attempt to navigate the thin line between visionary and fraud, genius and delusion,” said AMC’s website. The show is set to air in June and looks to become AMC’s next big hit.

2. “Turn”Also airing on AMC, “Turn” is billed as a “character driven spy thriller” that is set against the backdrop of the American Revolution. “‘Turn’ tells the tale of Abe Woodhull, a farmer living behind enemy lines in British-occupied Long Island, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely team of secret agents who would help George Washington turn the tide of the war in favor of the Rebels,” said AMC’s website. “Turn” will premiere on Sunday, April 6, which will be a convenient time for all those juniors studying for the APUSH exam in May.

3. “True Detective”: While it seems like there is a new crime show on TV every week, HBO’s miniseries drama “True Detective” may shatter the cookie cutter mold that so many crime shows seem to follow. Starring A-list actors Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, “True Detective” follows the duo as they reopen one of their past gruesome murder cases in Louisiana in 1995. The show debuted on Sunday, Jan. 12 to an impressive 2.3 million viewers, which is the largest premiere audience for HBO since “Boardwalk Empire” debuted in 2010.

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