When, where: midseason 2009

Hey there my lovely chickens! If this is January, there must be lots of new TV to watch and this first week of the midseason does not disappoint. Of course, I’m already behind but here is my (selective, of course) list of what new shows are debuting and when, along with websites where available. I’ve also thrown in some award shows and some returning shows, like House, which is moving to Mondays soon, and Lost, by god!  I’ll also be caught up any second now with reviews and, if I really get my affairs in order, PREviews. And now, to the midseason details!

Monday, Jan. 5

True Beauty (10 p.m. ET on ABC) debuts, another reality show from Ashton Kutcher in which contestants who think they’re competing on looks alone are also being judged on true inner beauty.

Being Erica (9 p.m. ET, CBC)
debuts on CBC, starring as an  unsettled young woman whose therapist sends her back in time to confront key moments.

Tube Tales (8 p.m. ET on TVTropolis) debuts its second season of looking behind the scenes of your fave TV stars, including Eric McCormack (Will and Grace), Ed Begley Jr. (St. Elsewhere), Lindsay Wagner (Bionic Woman) and Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap).

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Scrubs (9-10 p.m. ET, moving to ABC from NBC), kicks off Season 8 with guest star Courteney Cox (Friends) joing Zach Braff et al on the medical dramedy.

Homeland Security USA (8 p.m. ET on ABC) debuts, a reality show that peeks in on the various agencies that police America’s borders.

Wild Roses (9 p.m. ET on CBC) debuts, a western-set soapy looking affair. It is not, do you hear, not a Calgary version of Dallas.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

People’s Choice Awards (9-11 p.m. ET on CBS)

Big Love (10 p.m ET on Showcase) kicks off Season 2 less than two weeks after Season 3 debuts on The Movie Network on Jan. 18.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Grey’s Anatomy (9 p.m. ET on CTV and ABC) continues with new episodes

ER (10 p.m. ET, CTV and NBC) continues its final season

Friday, Jan. 9

Howie Do It (8 p.m. ET on Global and NBC) debuts with Howie Mandel hosting a hidden-camera show.

Flashpoint (9 p.m. ET on CTV and CBS)
returns its second season: What starts out as a routine security watch for the SRU turns into a critical situation when the wife of the man they were hired to protect is kidnapped from underneath their noses.

Raising the Bar (10 p.m. ET on CTV)
debuts, a new-to-Canadians series that launched last year on U.S. only cable channel: Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue) stars in a new Steven Bochco legal drama.

Saturday, Jan. 10

Blush: The Search for the Next Great Makeup Artist (9 p.m. ET on Star!) debuts, with a competition hosted by Las Vegas’s Vanessa Marcil hosting.

Sunday, Jan. 11

Golden Globes Awards (8 p.m. ET on CTV)

24 (8 p.m. ET on Fox and Global) returns to kick off Season 7 in a two-night stand that wraps up Jan. 12 at the same time.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

American Idol (8 p.m. ET on Fox and CTV) returns for an eighth season with new judge Kara. You might recall that it will be a while before CTV returns with Canadian Idol, the network having pared down in these tough economic times and voted for So You Think You Can Dance Canada as its only big outting for 2009. So focus people. This is the only Idol.

Thursday, Jan. 15

CSI (9 p.m. ET on CBS and CTV) bids farewell to Gil Grissom (William Peterson) is leaving. Kleenex svp.

The Beast (10 p.m. ET on A&E) debuts. “An unorthodox but effective FBI veteran, Charles Barker (Patrick Swayze), who takes on a rookie partner, Ellis Dove (Travis Fimmel).”

The Gong Show with Dave Attell (10:30 p.m. ET on The Comedy Network) debuts, reviving the ’70s cult fave talent show before American Idol and the like.

Friday, Jan. 16

Friday Night Lights (9 p.m. ET on Global and NBC) launches Season 3, which has already aired on U.S.-only pay cable.

Battlestar Galactica (10 p.m. ET on Space the Imagination Station) returns for the last half of the sci-fi series’ final season, setting the stage for another BSG movie a la Razor and spinoff Caprica, both of which U.S. broadcaster Sci-Fi Channel has confirmed but no word yet about either project from Space.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Talk Show with Spike Feresten (11 p.m. ET on Fox) expands from 30 minutes to a half hour for six weeks.

Sunday, Jan. 18

Big Love ( 9 p.m. ET on Movie Network) returns for a third season. “Practicing polygamist Bill Henrickson continues to face myriad challenges as he tries to balance the emotional, romantic and financial needs of his three wives – Barb, Nicki and Margene – while meeting the challenges of raising seven children, living between three adjoining houses and running his hardware business. Starring Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin.” Note that Season 2 is playing over on Showcase, starting Jan. 7.

Flight of the Conchords (10 p.m. ET on Movie Network) returns for a second season. “Starring the cutting-edge New Zealand music-comedy duo of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, the second season of Flight of the Conchords continues to revolve around the adventures of the transplanted twosome, who live on New York City. Still hoping to forge a successful music career, the only headway they’ve made in America is securing a manager who also works at the New Zealand Consulate, making one friend who owns a local pawn shop and delighting their one and only obsessive fan.”

Damages (10 p.m. ET on Showcase) returns for a second season. Some averting of the eyes will be required by devoted TV watchers. This Canadian debut comes two weeks after the second season launches on parent broadcaster FX in the U.S., with Glenn Close and Ted Danson doing promo thereof this first week of January. But at least we’re able to watch the show in the ballpark of the premiere episodes in the U.S. You might recall that Canada got the first season only after it was available on DVD.

Monday, Jan. 19

ZOS (Zone of Separation) (10 p.m. ET on The Movie Network) debuts. “Co-executive produced by Paul Gross, ZOS: Zone of Separation is a series which chronicles the life-and-death struggle of peacekeepers who must enforce a United Nations-brokered ceasefire in Jadac, a fictional, Sarajevo-like town. Each episode follows the Zone’s protagonists in their tortured and tenuous jockeying for influence and advantage as unarmed United Nations Military Observers (UNMOs). Starring Colm Meaney, Lolita Davidovich, Michelle Nolden, Rick Roberts, Enrico Colantoni and Allan Hawco.”

United States of Tara (9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network) debuts. Toni Collette plays a woman with dissociative identity disorder (aka multiple personality disorder) and John Corbett (Sex and the City) plays her husband.

House (8 p.m. ET on Globa and Fox) moves to Mondays.

Secret Diary of a Call Girl (9:30 p.m. ET on The Movie Network) returns for a second season.

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Lie to Me (9 p.m. ET on Global) debuts with Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs) playing an investigator who can tell when people are lying. Kelli Williams (Private Practice) also stars.

Lost (9 p.m. ET on ABC and A Channel) returns for its fifth season: “The remaining survivors start to feel the effects caused by the island being moved and Jack and Ben begin their quest to reunite the Oceanic 6, along with Locke’s body, in order to return to the island.” Repeats on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the same time on ABC.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

The L Word (10 p.m. ET on Showcase) kicks off its sixth and final season.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Life on Mars (10 p.m. ET on ABC) returns with new episodes.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Hell’s Kitchen (9 p.m. ET on Fox) returns for a fifth season of Gordon Ramsay raging against top chef wannabes.

Sunday, Feb. 1

Super Bowl XLIII (on NBC)

The Office (10:30 p.m. ET on NBC) The special hour-long episode titled “Stress Relief” will premiere immediately following Super Bowl XLIII and will feature guest appearance by Jessica Alba and Jack Black.

Friday, Feb. 13

Dollhouse (9 p.m. ET on Fox) debuts, a new series about operatives who can be activated or have their brains’ wiped clean as the agency requires.

Sunday, Feb. 15

Eastbound and Down (10:30 p.m. ET on HBO Canada) debuts, a new series produced by Will Ferrell and starring Pineapple Express’s Danny McBride as a washed up major-league baseball star turned gym teacher.

Friday, Feb. 20

Real Time with Bill Maher (10 p.m. ET on HBO Canada) returns with new episodes of the topical panel discussion.

Monday, March 9

Castle (10 p.m. ET on ABC) debuts a series starring Nathan Fillion, a mystery novelist who pairs with a reluctant detective once he discovers someone is staging murders right from his novels. Co-stars Stana Katic as his new partner and Susan Sullivan (Dharma and Greg) as his Broadway diva mother.

Tuesday, March 17

Reaper (9 p.m. ET on CW) returns for a second season of the devil and his best boy.

Tuesday, March 24

Cupid (10 p.m. ET on ABC) debuts, “a romantic dramedy about Trevor Pierce (Bobby Cannavale, “Will & Grace”), a larger than life character who may or may not be the Roman god of love, Cupid, sent to earth to bring 100 couples together before he is allowed to return to Mt. Olympus.”

March 2009

No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (date and time tba on HBO) debuts a 13-part series based on the Alexander McCall Smith’s crime novels and directed by the late Anthony Minghella.

Wednesday, April 8

The Unusuals (10 p.m. ET on ABC) debuts, a black-comic police drama starring Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia, the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants) and Harold Perrineau (Lost).

Thursday, April 9

Harper’s Island (time tba on CBS) debuts, a mystery series.

April 2009

In Treatment (time and date tba) returns with new  episodes following a therapist and his sessions with a select group of patients

Spring 2009

MADtv (Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET on Fox) ends its 14-year run on the network, with the variety comedy show’s final date tba.
Still waiting for word on Rescue Me’s return on Showcase and some other stuff. Stay tuned.

— Denise Duguay

5 thoughts on “When, where: midseason 2009

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    1. if only the Boyfriend would see the light. As I watched last night, I had to put up with a steady barrage of “I am judging you so harshly”. I have to say Kutcher is some kind of genius in making catchy TV. But, although I won’t mention this to the nattering BF, is it consistent or contradictory to the show’s premise of inner beauty that the final confrontation of the loser’s inner ugliness can get a little… ugly? Or does this reveal me, once again, as incapable of rising above the redemptive TV movies of the week that I watched too much of?


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