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Updated (again): Winter 2010 season and series debut dates

In television on 01/05/2010 at 1:31 am

Hello you sexy TV-watching beasts. Survived the holiday reruns? You might have already noticed it’s 2010. Here is your menu of series and season premieres. You are welcome. I will, of course, also be proclaiming thumbs up or down on most (but not all of the) new and returning series. Now go and set your DVRs. And if there’s a show you want to know about that’s not mentioned here, please let me know by sending me an email here or leaving a comment berating me for the oversight. And don’t hold back. I probably deserve it. Oh, and I will be updating, and even reporting both truth and rumours (tho’ properly identifying rumours) for such hotly anticipated returns as for V (March), Glee (April) and True Blood (June?).

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010

Drop Dead Diva series debut on Showcase at 10 p.m. ET
A beautiful, shallow aspiring model has a fatal car accident and is reincarnated into the body of the brilliant, plus-size lawyer and must come to terms with inhabiting Jane’s plus-size frame. The series stars Brooke Elliott, Margeret Cho and Canadian Brooke D’Orsay. It also has a laundry list of guest stars including Rosie O’Donnell, Liza Minnelli, Paula Abdul, Tim Gunn, Chuck Woolery and Delta Burke.

License to Drill series debut on Discovery at 10 p.m. ET
Life with professional drilling crews in search of natural gas.

Biggest Loser Season 9 debut on NBC at 8 p.m. ET

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010

Republic of Doyle series premiere on CBC at 9 p.m. ET
A new father-and-son P.I. series starring Allan Hawco as the unpredictable and irresistible rogue private investigator. Set against the backdrop of the eccentric underbelly of contemporary St. John’s, Newfoundland. Sean McGinley co-stars as Doyle’s partner-in-solving-crime father. The series also features Lynda Boyd, Rachel Wilson, Krystin Pellerin, Mark O’Brien and Marthe Bernard.

HawthoRNe series debut on Showcase at 10 p.m. ET
Jada Pinkett Smith is Christina Hawthorne, a compassionate and headstrong Chief Nursing Officer heading up a group of dedicated nurses at Richmond Trinity Hospital. Hawthorne wears her heart on her sleeve and fights for her patients, refusing to let them slip through the cracks and medical loopholes, even if it means violating hospital protocol. The series also stars Michael Vartan and Canadian David Julian Hirsh.

Thursday Jan. 7, 2010

Innovators in Music on Bravo at 8 p.m. ET
Profiles of musicians, including Steve Earle (Jan. 7), The Band’s Levon Helm (Jan. 14), Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart (Jan. 21), and The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart (Jan.28).

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010

Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures series debut on HBO Canada at 8 p.m. ET
Based on the Scotiabank Giller Award-winning book by Vincent Lam and adapted by Governor General’s Award-winner Jason Sherman, Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures is an eight-part original series from The Movie Network and Movie Central that follows three talented, driven and conflicted doctors. The series draws back the curtain on the private and public lives of three brilliant young doctors – Fitz (Shawn Ashmore), Ming (Mayko Nguyen) and Chen (Byron Mann) – as they navigate medical emergencies, perform surgeries and manage their own emotional triage.

Chuck Season 3 debut on NBC at 9 p.m. ET before moving to regular spot Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Jan. 11

Big Love Season 4 debut on HBO Canada at 9 p.m. ET

Great Canadian Biographies series debut on Bravo at 8 p.m. ET
Yousuf Karsh, Ian Tyson, Richard Margison, Takao Tanabe, Des McAnuff, Glenn Gould, and Denny Doherty profiled on this new bio series.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

American Idol season debut on Fox and CTV at 8 p.m. ET

Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town on CBC at 9 p.m. ET

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010

The Colony series premiere on Discovery at 8 p.m. ET
From the producers of Deadliest Catch: A group of 10 volunteers are isolated for two months in an urban environment in downtown L.A. and tasked with creating a livable society. With no electricity, no running water and no communication with the outside world, all they have to work with are their skills and whatever tools and supplies they can scavenge from their surroundings.

Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

Human Target series premiere on CTV at 10 p.m. ET before moving to its regular CTV time starting Monday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m ET (note different time/day from U.S. broadcaster Fox, which debuts on Sunday).
Based on a DC comic about a guy who assumes the position of whoever is in danger that week and then “eliminates the threat.” Stars Mark Valley (Fringe) as Christopher Chance; Chi McBride (Pushing Daisies) as Winston; Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) as Guerrero.

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010

John Oliver’s New Standup Show series premiere on Comedy Network at 10 p.m. ET
The Daily Show regular hosts his own show, which features sets from Maria Bamford, Janeane Garofalo, Paul F. Tompkins, Greg Fitzsimmons and Brian Posehn.

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010

Golden Globe Awards on CTV and NBC at 8 p.m. ET
Ricky Gervais hosts.

Human Target series premiere on Fox at 8 p.m. ET before moving to its regular time starting Wednesday, Jan. 20 (note CTV is airing this series Jan. 15)
Based on a DC comic about a guy who assumes the position of whoever is in danger that week and then “eliminates the threat.” Stars Mark Valley (Fringe) as Christopher Chance; Chi McBride (Pushing Daisies) as Winston; Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) as Guerrero.

24 Season 8 debut on Fox and Global at 9 p.m. ET, continuing Monday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. ET

Monday, Jan. 18, 2010

Life, Unexpected series debut on WGN/WPIX/KTLA at 8 p.m. ET
After years in foster care, and newly proclaimed an emancipated minor, a girl finds the birth parents who gave her up in their own teens. CW (Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl) quotes someone saying it’s Juno meets Gilmore Girls.

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010

The Deep End series debut on ABC at 8 p.m. ET
Grey’s Anatomy, except without scalpels. Or, rather, armed with scalpels of the legal trade.

Friday, Jan. 22, 2010

Caprica series debut on Space at 9 p.m. ET (airing regularly Fridays at 10 p.m. ET)
Set 58 years before Battlestar Galactica’s war, CAPRICA follows two rival families, the Graystones and the Adamas. Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) is a computer genius and a prominent businessman in the Twelve Colonies. His wife, Amanda Graystone (Paula Malcolmson) is an elite neurosurgeon. Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) is an immigrant, a lawyer with ties to the mob, and a father desperate to reconnect with his estranged son, William (Sina Najafi). Bound, and then divided by tragedy, their bitter rivalry brings the end of life as they know it.

White Collar returns after a short break to Bravo! at 9 p.m. ET

Monday, Jan. 25, 2010

Spartacus: Blood and Sand series debut on The Movie Network at 9 p.m. ET
Andy Whitfield stars as the legendary gladiator warrior Spartacus, a soldier in the Roman Auxiliary who is torn from his homeland and the woman he loves and taken prisoner after defying a Roman Legate. Condemned to the gory brutality of the gladiator arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment, Spartacus’ sentence is commuted after he survives numerous fights and he’s sold as a slave to a wealthy couple who hope to regain their status in the viscous world of gladiatorial contests. Lucy Lawless also stars.

Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union Season 3 debut on The Movie Network at 10:30 p.m. ET
Emmy®-Award winning actress and comedienne Tracey Ullman returns for a third season of her hilarious half-hour sketch comedy series Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union. Delivering her signature brand of spot-on impersonation and comic timing, the series continues to take a satirical look at life in America today. The series has featured a kaleidoscope of original characters and impersonations including Dina Lohan, Laura Bush, Jodie Foster, Celine Dion, Heather Mills, Tom Brokaw and JK Rowling.

La La Land series premiere on The Movie Network at 11 p.m. ET
In this half-hour reality comedy series from Showtime, British comedian Mark Wootton plays three different characters and attempts to prank unsuspecting real-life residents in L.A. The six-episode run is written by Wootton and Peter Baynham (Borat).

Jan. 28, 2010

Gourmet Adventures with Ruth series debut on PBS Vermont at 7:30 p.m.
Travel-food show starring Ruth Reichl, editor of Gourmet before it was shut down in the fall.

Jan. 29, 2010

Kitchen Nightmares returns, with Gordon Ramsey rampaging through more disgusting than usual kitchens, on Fox at 9 p.m. ET

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010

Damages Season 3 debut on Showcase at 10 p.m. ET

Feb. 2, 2010

Lost Season 6 debut on CTV and ABC at 9 p.m. ET

Feb. 7, 2010

Super Bowl

Undercover Boss series debut on CBS after the Super Bowl
Reality show in which bosses go, uh, undercover and see how the other 99/100th of the popular slaves.

Feb. 11, 2010

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains Season 20 debut on CBS and Global at 8 p.m. ET

Feb. 14, 2010

The Amazing Race: Season 16 debut on CBS and Global at 8 p.m. ET (cast announced Jan. 21)

Feb. 19, 2010

Less Than Kind Season 2 debut on HBO Canada at 8:30 p.m. ET

Feb. 28, 2010

The Marriage Ref series debut on NBC (moving to regular time Thursday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET)
Celebrities of entertainment, sports comment on the issues facing real-life couples.

March 1, 2010

Parenthood series premiere on NBC at 9 p.m. ET

March 7, 2010

Academy Awards on ABC and CTV at 8 p.m. ET

March 14, 2010

The Pacific miniseries debuts on HBO Canada, time tba
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ long awaited followup to the WWII mini Band of Brothers, except this time covering the Pacific theatre.

Celebrity Apprentice new season on NBC at 9 p.m. ET

March 18, 2010

FlashForward‘s first season returns after a long hiatus on ABC, time tba (changed on Jan. 8 from March 4)

March 22, 2010

Nurse Jackie Season 2 debut in the U.S. on Showtime / still waiting on word from The Movie Network on Canadian broadcast

United States of Tara Season 2 debut in the U.S. on Showtime / still waiting on word from The Movie Network on Canadian broadcast

March 30, 2010

V continues its first season after the ridiculously long hiatus on ABC.

March 2010, date tba

Pwnage series debut on Showcase
Web series makes its broadcast debut: After a video gaming virtuoso is given an ultimatum from his mother to get a job or get out of the basement, Jeremy must leave the gaming world and reunite with society.

April 13, 2010

Glee continues its first well-received season after a long hiatus on Fox and Global at 9 p.m. ET

June 14, 2010?

True Blood Season 3 is rumoured to be starting this date on HBO Canada, but not official confirmation.

Spotted an error? Have more up to date info? Sure, laugh like the superior being that you are, but do let the rest of us know, will you dear? An extra perogy for you at the next family feast.

Denise Duguay

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