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Vacation Robo-Post: What Are You Looking Forward to in 2010?

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I may be on vacation, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not working. Depending on how you define “work.” As I write this, I’m already looking at a tall stack of screeners to watch for midseason 2010 (including Big Love, 24 and Chuck for January). And there’s quite a roster of high-profile new projects for 2010 already. After the jump, I list some of the shows I’m looking forward to in 2010 (I’ve already previewed a couple of them, but for now I’ll withhold judgment while I work through my full sets of screeners):

Spartacus: Starz’s blood-and-sandals gladiator drama, which aims to bring 300-style graphics (and I do mean graphic) to TV. (January)

Life Unexpected. The CW’s midseason dramedy has been building critical buzz. Especially since it stopped spelling its title with a capital X. (January)

Archer: FX’s animated spy comedy (previewed in the fall), from the creators of Frisky Dingo. (January)

The final season of Lost. ‘Nuff said. (February)

The Winter Olympics. The Games in Vancouver should mean ratings on ice for NBC, at least fr a couple blissful weeks. (February)

The Pacific: HBO’s follow-up to Band of Brothers, this time focused on WWII as it was fought against Japan in the Pacific. (March)

Parenthood. NBC’s long-delayed adaptation of the Ron Howard movie, from Jason Katims of Friday Night Lights. (March)

Justified: Formerly titled Lawman, Timothy Olyphant stars in an Elmore Leonard adaptation for FX. (March)

Treme: David Simon (creator of The Wire) brings a new series to HBO, set in post-Katrina New Orleans. (April)

Boardwalk Empire. Another debut in a big year for HBO, this Martin Scorsese-produced drama about the Mob in 1920s Atlantic City looks big and ambitious. (September)

Game of Thrones. OK, we don’t know if this show will exist, and if it ever does, it may not see air until 2011. But the new year should at least finally bring word as to whether the much-buzzed-about HBO pilot for George R. R. Martin’s grown-up fantasy saga will become a series. (Who knows?)

What haven’t I mentioned that you’re most looking forward to next year?