Mid-season TV Guide, January Edition, by Devlin

The fall TV season is over. The casualties are cold (bye bye, Playboy Club and Man Up!). Time for the series circling like vultures to come out and play. Hey, Castle was a mid-season replacement. So was Buffy. Miracles can happen. (All times Mountain Standard–hello from Denver.)

The Firm (debuts Jan. 8, 8:00 PM, NBC, two-hour premiere)
I’m still wary of anything on NBC because they’re the last-place network and just don’t get the best offerings. But hey–legal drama. And Callum Keith Rennie, one of my favorite HITGs of all time. (Remember Leoben on Battlestar Galactica?)

House of Lies (debuts Jan. 8, 8:00 PM, Showtime)
From Showtime’s website:
“Charming, fast talking Marty Kaan and his crack team of MBA-toting management consultants are playing America’s 1 percent for everything they’ve got. They put the con in consulting as they charm smug, unsuspecting corporate fat cats into closing huge deals, and spending a fortune for their services.”
So, Occupy Showtime. I don’t even have Showtime but I love Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell so check it out for me and I’ll live vicariously.

Alcatraz (debuts Jan. 16, 7:00 PM, Fox, two-hour premiere)
A touch of The 4400 as prisoners who disappeared decades ago from the infamous island prison mysteriously reappear in the present. It’s JJ Abrams and paranormal, so I kind of have to. Plus Hurley, from Lost.

Lost Girl (debuts Jan. 16, 8:00 PM, Syfy)
Something about The Fae, mythological creatures who live among us and feed off sexual energy, or something. Sounds like a sexed-up, more interesting Grimm, which isn’t hard, and like a more leather-hot Once Upon a Time. Syfy original shows have been consistently pretty good, from Being Human to Haven to Alphas. I’m in.

Touch (special preview Jan. 25, 7:00 PM, series debut Mar. 19, 7:00 PM, Fox)
Not sure why the sneak, then you have to wait three months for more, but it’s worked for Fox in the past (see Glee). And it’s Kiefer, so they have me.

 

 

Luck (debuts Jan. 29, 8:00 PM, HBO)
Horses, HBO, Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Farina are causing great buzz about this series.

I’m not interested, but you might be:
Rob (debuts Jan. 12, 7:30 PM, CBS)
From Television Without Pity’s Winter Preview:
“Rob Schneider stars as newly-eloped schmuck who unknowingly married into a tight-knit, excessively stereotyped Mexican-American family.”

Project Runway All Stars (debuts Jan. 5, 9:00 PM, Lifetime)

Are You There, Chelsea? (debuts Jan. 11, 7:30 PM, NBC)
Laura Prepon from That 70s Show, based on the better-titled Chelsea Handler book Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea.

The Finder (debuts Jan. 12, 8:00 PM, Fox)
Apparently, a Bones spin-off? Bones lost me the moment they turned one of their long-running beloved characters into a cannibalistic serial killer just to go, OMG, we’re so edgy! But that’s just me.

Napoleon Dynamite (debuts Jan. 15, 8:30 PM, Fox)
Animated version of the stubbornly unanimated movie. The same actors do the voices, so if you love Jon Heder’s nasal twang, here’s your heaven.

Betty White’s Off Their Rockers (debuts Jan. 16, 8:30 PM, NBC)
Described as Punk’d, with seniors pranking the younger generation. I love Betty White, but never cared for Punk’d.

And darnit, I’m too late to give you the heads-up on Work It! (Tuesday, ABC Jan. 3), the worst-reviewed show in recent memory.

Have fun watching too much TV.

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