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PREMIERES WEDNESDAY JAN. 30 FX

The Americans

STARRING: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys

Playing a KGB agent living undercover as a suburban Virginia mom in 1981, Russell "had a lot of fun with the crazy story lines," she says. "You're married to a stranger. You have to sleep with people for your job. It's so layered." As for her Cold War-era fashions, "There's a lot of gloppy mascara, silk shirts and gold necklaces, but I secretly love it!"

FRIDAY FEB. 26 CBS

Golden Boy

STARRING: Theo James, Chi McBride and Bonnie Somerville

"We do all our own stunts, [so] I have black-and-blue bruises all over me," says Somerville, who plays a third-generation cop in the drama, which tracks the rapid rise of an officer (James) who becomes the youngest police commissioner in New York City history. "I get such a high from it!"

MONDAY FEB. 4 TNT

Monday Mornings

STARRING: Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina, Jennifer Finnigan

As a trauma surgeon on producer David E. Kelley's medical drama, Rhames says his character is a "positive role model. You rarely see this type of black male on TV." As for the subject matter? "I don't get squeamish," he says. "I grew up in Harlem. I became desensitized or I wouldn't have survived."

FRIDAY FEB. 1 NETFLIX

House of Cards

STARRING: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara

"I delved into Shakespeare for the first time in my life," says Wright of playing the "ambitious and shameless" wife of a ruthless congressman (Spacey) making waves in D.C. "I'm Lady Macbeth to his Macbeth."

TUESDAY FEB. 19 CW

Cult

STARRING: Robert Knepper, Matt Davis, Alona Tal and Jessica Lucas

Knepper plays an actor starring as a cult leader on a fictional TV show, which develops a dangerous following among its rabid viewers. "I don't get why people think it's so difficult to explain!" says the Prison Break alum. "I was on a show with a cult-like following, so I get it."

THURSDAY JAN. 31 NBC

Do No Harm

STARRING: Steven Pasquale and Phylicia Rashad

"I'd be the worst doctor in the world," admits Pasquale, who plays a neurosurgeon with dueling Jekyll and Hyde personalities. "The blood creeps me out." To keep track of which persona-good Jeffrey or evil Ian-he's playing in a scene, "the prop department sets out a chair with the right name on it!"

THURSDAY FEB. 14 ABC

Zero Hour

STARRING: Anthony Edwards and Jacinda Barrett

Eleven years after leaving ER, Edwards returns to TV as a man who ends up in the middle of a Da Vinci Code-esque conspiracy after his wife (Barrett) is abducted. "I'm not your typical-looking leading man," he says with a laugh. "And I think that makes it more accessible."

WEDNESDAY APRIL 3 ABC

How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)

STARRING: Sarah Chalke, Brad Garrett and Elizabeth Perkins

When her marriage ends, Chalke and her daughter move in with her parents (Garrett and Perkins). "I could do that," says Chalke, who has a son Charlie, 3. "My mom would teach him German, and my dad would engender their love of playing the lottery."