"Inside Comedy": Season Premiere
Monday, Feb. 11 at 11pm on Showtime
Hosted by stand-up David Steinberg and co-created by Steve Carell, this Showtime series features in-depth, personal interviews with comedians for anyone not already overloaded on those thanks to the podcast world. The guest list is, at any rate, impressive, with the second season of the series starting off with Louis C.K. and Bob Newhart in the premiere and Judd Apatow and Tina Fey in the following episode. Here's a preview of the first installment, in which CK talks about his picture-taking policy.
"State of the Union"
Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 9pm on all broadcast and cable news networks
Hey, he's the President, chances are he'll have something important to say.
"Southland": Season Premiere
Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 10pm on TNT
Now in its fifth season, "Southland" continues to quietly be one of the best cop dramas on television, with Regina King, Ben McKenzie, Michael Cudlitz and others leading rough-and-tumble, gritty tales of life in the LAPD and folks like Allison Anders regularly turning up to direct episodes.
"Zero Hour": Series Premiere
Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8pm on ABC
Yes, conspiracy drama "Zero Hour" may feel like some crazy "Da Vinci Code" spinoff, but it does offer a welcome chance to see Anthony Edwards back on screen -- aside from appearances in "Zodiac," the disastrous Uma Thurman dramedy "Motherhood" and a few other scattered roles, the actor's had a quiet decade since the end of his tenure on "E.R." And "Zero Hour" in general has a cast worth looking out for, one that includes Carmen Ejogo, who walked away with "Sparkle," and Michael Nyqvist as terrorist White Vincent. Pierre Morel, the director of "District 13" and "Taken," helmed the pilot.
"Freakshow": Series Premiere
Thursday, Feb. 14 at 9:30pm on AMC
Will AMC be able to come up with unscripted series that are as distinctive as its signature scripted shows like "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad"? The cable network launches its new reality programming block with two decidedly quirky/edgy titles -- "Freakshow," at 9:30, focuses on former music producer Todd Ray, his family and the Venice Beach museum of curiosities that they run. "Immortalized," at 10pm, pits traditional and "rogue" taxidermists against each other in a competition of craftsmanship and originality. The two series premieres will follow the return of Kevin Smith's "Comic Book Men," which is halfway through its second season, at 9pm.
Also worth a look: Actor Eric Stoltz, who's established himself as a solid director of TV in the last few years, helms this week's episode of "Nashville" on Wednesday, February 13th at 10pm; Showtime airs doc "History of the Eagles Part One," which premiered last month at Sundance, as well as part two, which didn't, on Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th at 8pm.