“GCB” – ABC, 9 p.m. Series premiere on March 4.

Is it cynical to suggest that the naming of ABC’s new show – originally “Good Christian Bitches” – was as much of a marketing ploy as the diamond encrusted font used on its posters? Kristin Chenoweth stars in this light southern drama based on the book of the same (unabbreviated) name.

Best Bets

“Mad Men” – AMC, 8 p.m. Season premiere on March 25.

The acclaimed advertising drama returns after a long hiatus.

“Bob’s Burgers” – Fox, 6 p.m. Season premiere on March 4.

The smart younger cousin of Fox’s Sunday night cartoon family.

“Game of Thrones” – HBO, 8 p.m. Season premiere on April 1.

Swords, horses and Peter Dinklage highlight this medieval fantasy.

Worst Bets

“The Killing” – AMC, 7 p.m. Season premiere on April 1.

If you like loose ends, stalling and a lack of resolution, this is the show for you.

“Shahs of Sunset” – Bravo, 9 p.m. Series premiere on March 11.

Like a Persian “Jersey Shore,” but probably far less interesting than that concept sounds.


“House” – Fox, 7 p.m. Returns on March 12.

After eight seasons, more than 150 episodes and one consistently irascible genius doctor, the medical drama is finally coming to an end. Fox announced the end of its long-running show during the middle of this season; after a winter hiatus, episodes will continue in mid-March.

Best Bets

“Bones” – Fox, 7 p.m. Returns on April 2.

Booth and Bones are back on the case for the second half of their seventh season.

Worst Bets

“Dancing with the Stars” – ABC, 7 p.m. Season premiere on March 19.

Jack Wagner. Katherine Jenkins. Melissa Gilbert. These are not stars.


“Breaking In” – Fox, 8:30 p.m. Series premiere on March 6.

The trailer for “Breaking In” is maybe the most confused jumble of references ever jammed into a minute and a half. Will the show, which revolves around a company hired to test security systems, be a serialized “Ocean’s”-style show, another attempt at re-creating “The Office” or a low-budget romantic comedy? It’s impossible to say.

Best bets

“Fashion Star” – NBC, 8:30 p.m. Series premiere on March 13.

The fashion mentorship of Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie promises to be enlightening.

Worst bets

“I Hate My Teenage Daughter” – NBC, 8:30 p.m. Returns on March 6.

If you’re trying to catch this one, better tune in right away – rumors of cancellation abound.


“Don’t Trust the B– in Apartment 23” – ABC, 8:30 p.m. Series premiere on April 11.

It must be the season of the unnecessarily concealed pseudo-profanity for ABC. This sitcom about a big city newcomer and her world-weary roommate joins “GCB” among the ranks of the network’s titles apparently inspired by CBS’s now canceled “$h*! My Dad Says.” But at least this one has the benefit of rhyming.

Best Bets

“South Park” – Comedy Central, 9 p.m. Season premiere on March 14.

Is it a coincidence that the season kicks off just eight days after Super Tuesday?

“Psych” – USA, 9 p.m. Returned on Feb. 29.

The second half of USA’s funny crime show returned last week.

Worst Bets

“Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis” – Bravo, 8 p.m. Series premiere on March 14.

Despite what Bravo’s website says, the title of “Everyone’s favorite obsessive-compulsive house flipper” is, as always, vacant.


“Scandal” – ABC, 9 p.m. Series premiere on April 5.

The advance press material for “Scandal” seems extremely aware of the irony inherent in a television drama centered around a crisis management team. If the show can play to that conceit without dumbing itself down, it holds a great deal of promise. Luckily, it has an experienced leader in “Grey’s Anatomy” showrunner Shonda Rhimes.

Best Bets

“Missing” – ABC, 7 p.m. Series premier on March 15.

Ashley Judd stars as a mother looking for her son, who has disappeared while abroad.

Worst Bets

“Punk’d” – MTV, 9 p.m. Returns on March 29.

The classic prank show somehow clawed its way through the coffin of a five-year hiatus.