Starting January 1, Start TV will add four new shows to its lineup: The Good Wife, Crossing Jordan, Unforgettable and Strong Medicine. It's a lot of extra drama to catch, so here's when you can catch the action-packed pilot episodes of each.
What viewers loved: Poppy Montgomery’s transition from spotlight thief on Without a Trace to seriously charming series lead
Meet Carrie Wells, a former detective-turned-nurse with the unique ability to revisit (almost) every memory she has. In the pilot episode, Carrie is drawn back to police work by an old flame Al Burns (played by Nip/Tuck's Dylan Walsh) from her days on the force after she discovers a dead body and calls it in. What follows is the first case of many that draws upon Carrie’s special memories to solve hard-to-crack murder cases. Watch Tuesday, Jan 1, at 10AM | 9C.
What viewers loved: More Jill Hennessy, with even more intrigue than her character on Law & Order
Crossing Jordan begins with its star in dire straits, forced to move home to Boston because her reputation as a medical examiner has been soiled. Why? She just cares too much, and that pushes her to go beyond the call of duty too often. So, she takes the only job she can, and during a fast-paced rags-to-riches pilot episode, it’s because of the emotional quality of her work that she quickly becomes the office’s rising star examiner. Watch Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 1PM | 12C.
What viewers loved: Its unique focus on major health issues, feminist politics and class conflict, it quickly became the highest-rated original drama on basic cable.
The concept of Strong Medicine came to Whoopi Goldberg (who is an executive producers and guest stars in episodes, including the pilot) when she was helping her daughter deliver a baby, a poignant time in any family. This poignancy remains at the heart of the show’s intense storylines, and it all begins in the pilot, with Dr. Lu Delgado working hard to keep her free clinic running and a bitter colleague at bigger Rittenhouse Hospital, Dr. Dana Stowe, who ultimately gets to decide the fate of her facility. Watch Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 9PM | 8C.
The Good Wife
What viewers loved: Julianna Margulies commanding the spotlight (and a killer cast) from the shadow of her potential on ER
The Good Wife is a cocktail of TV delights that led the AV Club to conclude it was likely the best network drama in the fall that it premiered, mixing the popular premise of a workplace drama with a fascinating character study in its star character. It all starts with Alicia Florrick forced back into work at a law firm after her husband, a disreputable politician, becomes imprisoned. And for her first case? What better way to kick off the drama in the pilot than to have Alicia defend a mother suspected of killing her ex-husband? Watch Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 11PM | 10C.