Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012 Mid-Season TV Lineup

With the holidays over and 2012 off to a roaring start, it's time to shake off the hiatus cobwebs and get prepared for new episodes of our favorite (and least favorite) TV shows.

There's still no word on when Community or Cougar Town are coming back, but never fear... there is much to keep us entertained until they do! CBS has been airing new episodes since Monday, tonight marks the return of Modern Family and Happy Endings, and the midseason premieres of Archer and RuPaul's Drag Race are right around the corner.

So buckle in and get ready to triple-check your DVR. Here's your 2012 midseason TV lineup...

8-8:30pm How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - Currently Airing
8:30-9pm 2 Broke Girls (CBS) - Currently Airing
9-10pm RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo) - Starts Jan 30 (90-minute premiere)
9:30-10pm Mike and Molly (CBS) - Currently Airing
10-11pm Smash (NBC) - Starts Feb 6
10-10:30pm RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked! (Logo) - Starts Jan 30 (at 10:30pm); Regular Time Slot Feb 6

The CBS Monday Night domination continues, though at this point I'm watching 2 Broke Girls out of habit and only watch Mike and Molly when I'm bored. The real news is over at Logo, with the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and its behind-the-scenes partner Untucked! returning on January 30th. A week later, NBC gives musicals a go with the much-anticipated series premiere of Smash, the Katherine McPhee/Debra Messing/Anjelica Huston extravaganza. Will it be different enough from Glee to strike a chord with viewers, or have we had enough of actors breaking into song? I remain optimistic, and can't wait for February 6th!
8-9pm Glee (FOX) - Starts Jan 17
9-9:30pm New Girl (FOX) - Starts Jan 17
10-11pm Justified (FX) - Starts Jan 17

It's a bit of a slow night, and with the steady decline in quality over on Glee I have become less and less excited about tuning in to see what's happening on Tuesday nights. Of course, I am always tickled by Schmidt and Jess on New Girl, even when the "adorkable" storylines don't exactly pan out. And though I am not a Justified viewer, it's on my list of shows I should be watching, so perhaps including it here will serve as motivation to catch up on the first two seasons.
8-10pm American Idol (FOX) - Starts Jan 18
9-9:30pm Modern Family (ABC) - Starts Jan 4
9:30-10pm Happy Endings (ABC) - Starts Jan 4
10-11pm Revenge (ABC) - Starts Jan 4

If there's any new show I regret not watching this year, it's Revenge. It's already been dubbed the "guilty pleasure" of the year, and you know I can't avoid a good guilty pleasure. Meanwhile, I'm excited to have the 9pm comedy hour returning tonight, even if I wish Cougar Town were still a part of it. Oh yeah, and that little show called American Idol is returning. Don't ask me why I keep watching... the answer is way beyond me. Perhaps J. Lo can reduce the amount of Paula she was channeling by the end of last season and actually be a judge? I have my doubts.
8-9pm American Idol (FOX) - Starts Jan 19
8-8:30pm 30 Rock (NBC) - Starts Jan 12
8-8:30pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - Starts Jan 12
8:30-9pm Parks and Recreation (NBC) - Starts Jan 12
9-10pm Grey's Anatomy (ABC) - Starts Jan 5
9-10pm Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) - Starts Jan 5
9:30-10pm Up All Night (NBC) - Starts Jan 12
10-10:30pm Archer (FX) - Starts Jan 19

Surprise!! Thursdays is—as always—an insane night for TV. This week sees the return of Grey's Anatomy and the premiere of Project Runway All Stars. Then, January 12th marks the new NBC Thursday comedy lineup, with 30 Rock and Up All Night in and Community and Whitney out (the latter has been moved to what appears to be quite an abysmal NBC Wednesday comedy block). And if that wasn't enough for you, Archer's third season debuts on January 19th. I'm exhausted just thinking about it.
10-11pm Merlin (SyFy) - Starts Jan 6
10-11pm Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz) - Starts Jan 27
10:30-11pm Portlandia (IFC) - Starts Jan 6

This may be the first TV schedule I've ever posted with a Friday night inclusion. The first two on the list, Merlin and Spartacus: Vengeance, are there for Please Welcome Your Judges legal counsel Chris, who loves all things fantasy and sci-fi. Then there's the hilariously amazing Portlandia, which took me all of two hours to catch up on and is one of my new favorite shows. Staying in on a Friday doesn't seem so bad anymore.
8-9pm Harry's Law (NBC) - Starts Mar 4
8-9pm Once Upon a Time (ABC) - Starts Jan 8
9-11pm Celebrity Apprentice (NBC) - Starts Feb 12
9-10pm Downton Abbey (PBS) - Starts Jan 8
9-10pm The Good Wife (CBS) - Starts Jan 15
9-10pm The Walking Dead (AMC) - Starts Feb 12
10-11pm GCB (ABC) - Starts Mar 4

Sunday is now a surprisingly busy night, but the premiere dates are scattered across the next two months so there's no need to panic. January brings the return of Once Upon a Time, The Good Wife and PBS darling Downton Abbey (which I desperately need to catch up on via Netflix). In February, The Walking Dead will hopefully bring a brisker pace than it started Season 2 with, and the too-long-but-still-addictive Celebrity Apprentice makes its return. Then in March, Harry's Law returns in a new time slot (and most likely the end of its run) and Kristin Chenoweth's new show GCB makes its premiere.
As mentioned before, Cougar Town and Community remain without return dates, though I remain optimistic we'll be seeing them again soon. Also missing from the schedule are new shows like Awake, The B---- in Apartment 23 and Bent, but I would imagine the networks are keeping those at bay in case one of their new shows flops (here's looking at you, Work It! and Are You There, Chelsea?).

So, welcome back from the break, dear readers! What shows are you planning on watching? Are your Thursdays and Sundays as jam-packed as mine are? And which shows, old or new, are you most looking forward to?

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