Midseason TV Preview: The Best, and The Rest

  • Publish Date: January 4, 2012
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Full midseason premiere calendar

New and returning shows with announced premiere dates are listed below.

Show Network Type Time
THU / January 5
Project Runway All Stars Lifetime Reality competition 9p
24 Hour Catwalk NEW Lifetime Reality competition 10p
Moves to Tuesdays at 10p beginning January 10
Jersey Shore MTV Reality 10p
FRI / January 6
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta TLC Reality 9p
Merlin Syfy Fantasy/drama 10p
Portlandia IFC Comedy 10p
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret IFC Comedy 10:30p
SUN / January 8
Ax Men History Reality 9p
Downton Abbey (on Masterpiece) PBS Drama 9p
The Firm NEW NBC Drama 9p
Special 2-hour premiere on Sunday, January 8; shifts to Thursdays at 10p beginning January 12
Gator Boys NEW Animal Planet Reality 9p
Shameless Showtime Drama 9p
Cajun Pawn Stars NEW History Reality 10p
House of Lies NEW Showtime Comedy 10p
Californication Showtime Comedy 10:30p
MON / January 9
First Week In NEW Discovery Reality 9p
Caged NEW MTV Reality 10p
Mobster Confessions NEW Discovery Reality 10p
TUE / January 10
Dance Moms Lifetime Reality 9p
Shipping Wars NEW A&E Reality 9p
The Game BET Comedy 10p
Tabatha Takes Over Bravo Reality 10p
Let's Stay Together BET Comedy 10:30p
WED / January 11
One Tree Hill The CW Drama 8p
Whitney NBC Comedy 8p
New day and time
Are You There, Chelsea? NEW NBC Comedy 8:30p
Amazing Eats NEW Travel Reality/food 9p
American Restoration History Reality 10p
Face Off Syfy Reality competition 10p
THU / January 12
30 Rock NBC Comedy 8p
Rob NEW CBS Comedy 8:30p
The Finder NEW Fox Drama 9p
Snakeman of Appalachia NEW Animal Planet Reality 9p
Up All Night NBC Comedy 9:30p
New day and time
FRI / January 13
Real Time with Bill Maher HBO Talk 10p
Blade NEW G4 Animation/fantasy 11p
SAT / January 14
The Fades NEW BBC America Fantasy/drama 9p
Pit Boss Animal Planet Reality 9p
SUN / January 15
Undercover Boss CBS Reality 8p
Napoleon Dynamite NEW Fox Animation/comedy 8:30p
MON / January 16
Alcatraz NEW Fox Drama 8p
Special 2-hour premiere on Monday, January 16 at 8p; subsequent episodes will air Mondays at 9p
Heat Seekers Food Food/travel 8p
Being Human Syfy Fantasy/drama 9p
Betty White's Off Their Rockers NEW NBC Comedy 9:30p
Lost Girl NEW Syfy Fantasy/drama 10p
TUE / January 17
New Girl Fox Comedy 9p
Remodeled NEW The CW Reality 9p
Ink Master NEW Spike Reality 10p
Justified FX Drama 10p
Ragin' Cajuns NEW Discovery Reality 10p
Southland TNT Drama 10p
White Collar USA Drama 10p
WED / January 18
American Idol Fox Reality competition 8p
Airs Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8p; a bonus episode airs Sunday, January 22 following the NFC Championship
Mistresses BBC America Drama 10p
Royal Pains USA Drama 10p
THU / January 19
Archer FX Animation/comedy 10p
Unsupervised NEW FX Animation/comedy 10:30p
FRI / January 20
Shark Tank ABC Reality competition 8p
On Freddie Roach NEW HBO Documentary 9:30p
Swanderosa NEW CMT Reality 10p
SAT / January 21
My Big Redneck Vacation NEW CMT Reality 9:30p
An Idiot Abroad Science Travel/comedy 10p
MON / January 23
The Bad Girls Club Oxygen Reality 10p
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern Travel Travel/food 10p
Mary Shelley's Frankenhole Adult Swim Animation/comedy 12:30a
TUE / January 24
All Star Dealers NEW Discovery Reality 8p
Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? WE Reality 9p
WED / January 25
Touch NEW Fox Drama 9p
Special sneak preview on Jan. 25; series resumes Mondays at 9p beginning March 19
Real World/Road Rules Challenge MTV Reality competition 10p
THU / January 26
Fat Chef NEW Food Reality 10p
Russell Simmons Presents The Ruckus Comedy Central Comedy 10p
Inside Comedy NEW Showtime Talk 11p
FRI / January 27
Bering Sea Gold NEW Discovery Reality 10p
Spartacus: Vengeance Starz Drama 10p
SUN / January 29
Luck NEW HBO Drama 9p
MON / January 30
Rupaul's Drag Race Logo Reality competition 10p
TUE / January 31
Tosh.0 Comedy Central Comedy 10p
Key & Peele NEW Comedy Central Comedy 10:30p
THU / February 2
I Just Want My Pants Back NEW MTV Comedy 11p
Delocated Adult Swim Comedy Midnight
FRI / February 3
Who Do You Think You Are? NBC Reality 8p
SUN / February 5
Puppy Bowl VIII Animal Planet Cute Animals 3p
The Voice NBC Reality competition 10p *
* Premiere airs after the Super Bowl. Show then moves to Mondays at 8p beginning the following night, Feb. 6
MON / February 6
Lilyhammer NEW Netflix Drama ---
Smash NEW NBC Drama/musical 10p
TUE / February 7
The Real Housewives of Orange County Bravo Reality 9p
The River NEW ABC Drama/adventure 9p
SUN / February 12
The Celebrity Apprentice NBC Reality competition 9p
The Walking Dead AMC Drama/horror 9p
Worst Cooks in America Food Reality competition 9p
Comic Men NEW AMC Reality 10p
Full Metal Jousting NEW History Reality 10p
WED / February 15
Survivor CBS Reality competition 8p
SUN / February 19
The Amazing Race CBS Reality competition 8p
Jerseylicious Style Reality 8p
Big Rich Texas Style Reality 9p
Eastbound & Down HBO Comedy 10p
Khloé & Lamar E! Reality 10p
Ice Loves Coco E! Reality 10:30p
Life's Too Short NEW HBO Comedy 10:30p
WED / February 22
Ghost Hunters International Syfy Reality 9p
WED / February 29
Inside NASCAR Showtime Sports 9p
Psych USA Drama 10p
SUN / March 4
GCB NEW ABC Drama 10p
TUE / March 6
Breaking In Fox Comedy 8:30p
SUN / March 11
Bob's Burgers Fox Animation/comedy 8:30p
TUE / March 13
Fashion Star NEW NBC Reality competition 9p
WED / March 14
South Park Comedy Central Animation/comedy 10p
THU / March 15
Missing NEW ABC Drama 8p
FRI / March 16
Fairly Legal USA Drama 9p
In Plain Sight USA Drama 10p
MON / March 19
Dancing with the Stars ABC Reality competition 8p
Punk'd MTV Comedy 10p

On the next page ...

Continue reading for a quick look ahead to key shows debuting later in the spring and beyond.

Comments (6)

  • george96  

    Don't forget Community!

  • culleton7  

    great piece.

    the fades is really 1 to watch saw it here on bbc3 a few lifes too short not up there with the office and extras
    downton series 2 was a bit of a let down from the 1 series but the xmas esp was greatness
    and sherlock was just back the other better than ever

    looking forward to alot of new shows ever some from the big 4 networks for change

    ps F*** winter april is coming

  • staubin  

    there really is no explanation on how archer, a show that has a metascore of 88 and is on every other critic's best list is not on this one. ridiculous.

  • LamontRaymond  

    Brilliant! This saved me a whole heap of trouble in tracking this stuff down. Why does it seam like the mid-year shows are so much more fun, interesting ,and inventive than the BIG fall premieres? There are no Pan Ams, Playboy Clubs, Charlie's Angels...good! But where are Alphas and The Glades? Hopefully this summer.

  • cristane  

    Another amazing and very useful feature. Thanks guys.

  • JRath  

    So stoked for the return of Spartacus. Let's hope they bring the rain and honor all of Whitefield's hard work. Alcatraz should be awesome as well.

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