The festive season might mean fun with family and too much turkey, but it’s also the time entertainment addicts suffer through a television drought.

But you needn’t struggle with withdrawals until the new seasons hit the small screen. Use the time to catch up on these cult favorites in time for their 2014 returns.

1. ‘Nashville’: Sudsy Drama with a Country Twang

Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere star as Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes, two rival country singers thrown together by their shared record label for a national tour. Don’t expect music to unite this pair a la Glee, though. Rayna can’t stand Juliette’s short dresses and bad attitude, while Juliette feels the more seasoned Rayna is dragging her down. There’s plenty more drama aside from their tumultuous relationship and some killer original country songs.

Even the country music industry has celebrated ABC’s soapy drama series. Country-pop darling Kelly Clarkson, who once described Nashville as her “new favorite TV show,” will play herself on the January 15 season return.

2. ‘Girls’: Coming-of-Age Dramedy with an Edge


Actress-producer-writer Lena Dunham has seemingly burst out of nowhere with her coming-of-age dramatic comedy Girls. With her posse of young women navigating love and sex in New York City, the comparisons to Sex & the City were inevitable. But this series has far less gloss and Manolo Blahniks than its predecessor. Don’t dismiss this smart dramedy as yet another chick series, either; significantly enough, 56 percent of its devoted fans are men.

If you don’t have HBO yet and you’re shopping for a new provider, it’s worth comparing cable providers to find the best deal. No matter who supplies your cable, though, Girls is one of the best reasons to indulge in this premium service. Catch up on the first two seasons before the third hits HBO on January 12.

3. ‘The Blacklist’: Edge-of-Your-Seat Thrills


The Blacklist isn’t one of those shows that has to ease into itself. It grabs viewers from the first few moments, when James Spader’s Raymond “Red” Reddington, one of the world’s most wanted fugitives, calmly walks into FBI headquarters and surrenders himself. He says he’ll help the authorities catch the criminals they’re after in exchange for immunity, and so an unlikely partnership is formed.

James Spader is a captivating screen presence, and he’s used to great effect in this series, which doesn’t shy away from a little blood and gore. It’s packed full of twists and turns, so it’s easy to devour episode after episode of this NBC psychological thriller. The Blacklist returns from its mid-season break on January 13.

4. ‘House of Cards’: Political Intrigue at its Finest


House of Cards is Netflix’s first original series, and it sets the bar very high. The political thriller stars Kevin Spacey as Francis “Frank” Underwood, a man intent on toppling the new president after he’s passed over for Secretary of State. Often, remakes of British series’ falls flat, but the creators of House of Cards show how to do it right.

House of Cards is ideal for binge-watching because Netflix releases an entire series at one go, putting an end to those agonizing week-long waits we usually experience. Season 2 hits Netflix on February 14.

So grab the popcorn and settle yourself in for some serious binge TV watching before the new seasons start.

‘Galavant’ cast thank fans for #MoreGalavant campaign

"So just dance, dance, dance."

4:30 pm EDT, May 25, 2016

Galavant may have been axed over on ABC, but the fans refuse to stop the beat — and the cast are getting down to it!

There’s nothing worse than seeing your favorite show cut off in its prime, but if there’s one thing that fans do best in moments of crushing adversity, that’s come together and use their voices in a cacophony. And Galavant fans? They want a third season of their little show that could and are campaigning for it to return.

That campaign has not escaped the notice of the cast, who came together to thank the fans in a video that you can’t help but move your feet to — and the rest of your body.

“It warms the cockles of my heart to see everything you’re doing to save our beautiful little show,” Timothy Odmunson says, at the top of the video — right before it launches into Justin Timberlake’s newest hit, “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” and we’re treated to a montage of familiar and brand-new footage from Galavant’s stars.

#MoreGalavant "Can't Stop The Feeling" from #MoreGalavant on Vimeo.

Karen David (Princess Isabella), who has also been vocal on social media about the #MoreGalavant campaign, leads the charge — and has printed out everyone’s contributions so far. But don’t worry, she planted a tree to make up for all the paper that was used. Also shaking their tush is Genevieve Allenbury, who played the Queen of Valencia throughout Galavant’s two season run.

Other familiar faces from the cast include Robert Lindsay, Ben Presley, Mallory Jansen, Vinnie Jones, and Muzz Khan. Not to mention the titular hero, Joshua Sasse.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Galavant without some cameos — and this thank you video is no exception to that. Making their debut are Billy Boyd (of Lord of the Rings fame), holding a sign that proclaims, “You can’t eat this Hobbit!” and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, with his own “Galavanterrific” sign.

And, what better way to close out the video than with an appearance from Weird Al. “Well, that should definitely do it,” he proclaims. “I can’t imagine any network not picking up this show now that it’s a hashtag campaign. Feel the power of the hashtag!”

So, Galavant fans, get signing and start dancing. And here’s hoping Tad Cooper breathes fire again — be it on the stage, or screen.

This week’s twist on Game of Thrones was one for the show’s history books, and now the fans and creators are acting on their emotions.

Sunday’s Game of Thrones found Hodor dying (dammit Bran) as he held back the army of wights by holding the door. A significant death like this one naturally became a big topic of conversation online, with fans coming up with adorable yet depressing tributes to Hodor.

For example, viewers have been creating Hodor doorstoppers:

Interestingly, we couldn’t find any Hodor doorstoppers for sale on Etsy. Get on that, people!

Others have added Hodor to the ‘hold door’ button in their local elevator

On last night’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff ‘apologized’ for killing Hodor — but not for the reason you think:

Related: After Hodor, who will die next on ‘Thrones’?

Starz has decided that their original programming can compete with the other hot shows airing on Sunday nights.

Network CEO Chris Albrecht has told THR that they are planning on moving all of their original shows including Outlander, Ash Vs Evil Dead, and Black Sails — which currently air on Saturdays — to Sundays. The move will begin July 17 with the Starz series Power. Outlander will likely not move to Sundays until next season.

“Sundays are a prestige night and we feel our shows are definitely going to be very competitive, not just in viewership but in the attention-getting business on Sundays,” Albrecht said to THR, “So it made sense to move.”

Outlander and Starz’s other original series will be going up against tough competition, including AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Albrecht says part of the reason he wanted to move the shows was to make sure they were part of the watercooler talk on Monday mornings.

THR notes that Showtime’s original series typically get DVR’d, “growing 214 percent [in viewership] during the course of a week.” This would suggest that a lot of people aren’t sitting in front of a TV on Saturdays and want to watch the shows on a different day of the week. So, moving their programming to Sundays may not impact overall viewership numbers much.

Starz recently overtook Showtime as the second-most subscribed to cable channel. HBO still sits at number one, though all three are facing tough competition from Netflix.