Midseason 2011-2012 TV Schedule: Your Everything Guide

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The dawn of 2012 means it's time for TV to get back to work! But with schedules shifting all over the place to make room for new midseason series, it's difficult to keep track of when and where your favorite shows will air. That's why we're here. We've sorted through the mess of jumbled network press releases, cryptic announcements, and word-of-mouth to assemble this beast of a midseason schedule. You're welcome.

(Note: This should be used as a general guide. Schedules are subject to change, and they probably will.)


SAT/SUN MON TUES WED THU FRI



SATURDAY


8PM - 9PM

FOX

Cops

Season 25 premieres 1/7 at 8pm



SUNDAY


7PM - 8PM

NBC

Dateline NBC

Returns 1/8 at 7pm


8PM - 9PM

ABC

Once Upon a Time

Season 1 returns 1/8 at 8pm


CBS

Undercover Boss

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Season 3 premieres 1/15 at 8pm; starting 2/17, the show moves to Fridays
Instead of sitting back and taking money baths, CEOs of big corporations don disguises and work the jobs in their own company that they wouldn't wish on their worst Fortune 500 enemy.


FOX

The Simpsons

Season 23 returns with new episodes 1/8 at 8pm

The Cleveland Show

Season 3 returns with new episodes 1/8 at 8:30pm, then moves to its regular timeslot of 7:30pm beginning on 1/15

Napoleon Dynamite

NEW SERIES! Premieres 1/15 at 8:30pm
Napoleon Dynamite and his wacky friends do all sorts of goofy things in Idaho in this animated ode to the hit indie movie. Jon Heder will reprise his role as Napoleon and provide the voice for the TV show.


NBC

Harry's Law

NEW TIME! Season 2 returns with new episodes 3/4 at 8pm


DISCOVERY

Frozen Planet

NEW SERIES! Premieres in the U.S. 3/18 at 8pm


HBO

Luck

NEW SERIES! Premieres 1/29 at 8pm
This horse-racing drama from David Milch and Michael Mann examines degenerate gamblers, corruption, and high-stakes business at a racetrack. It also features some of the most amazing horse-racing shots you'll ever see, unless you're a jockey. (HBO aired a preview of the pilot in December.)


9PM - 10PM

ABC

Desperate Housewives

Season 8 returns with new episodes 1/8 at 9pm


CBS

The Good Wife

Season 3 returns with new episodes 1/15 at 9pm


FOX

Family Guy

Season 10 returns with new episodes 1/8 at 9pm

American Dad

Season 7 returns with new episodes 1/8 at 9:30pm

Bob's Burgers

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Season 2 premieres 3/11 at 9:30pm
We're big fans of this 'toon about a family that runs a burger joint. H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, and Kristen Schaal provide voices.


NBC

Celebrity Apprentice

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Premieres 2/12 at 9pm
The next group of participating entre-lebrities includes Debbie Gibson, Clay Aiken, Tia Carrere, Lou Ferrigno, Arsenio Hall, George Takei, Cheryl Tiegs, and Penn Gillette.


AMC

The Walking Dead

Season 2 returns 2/12 at 9pm


PBS

Downton Abbey

Season 2 premieres 1/8 at 9pm


SHOWTIME

Shameless

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Season 2 premieres 1/8 at 9pm


10PM - 11PM

ABC

GCB

NEW SERIES! Premieres 3/4 at 10pm
If you're looking for a saucy new page-turner but you're too lazy to actually turn pages, this drama from the new home of catty television features Texas-sized "oohs," "ahhs," and "where did she get those pumps?" Plus Kristin Chenoweth!


CBS

CSI: Miami

Season 10 returns 1/8 at 10pm


AMC

Comic Men

NEW SERIES! Premieres 2/12 at 10pm
This docudrama, formerly known as Secret Stash, follows the goings-on at Kevin Smith's New Jersey comic-book store.


HBO

Angry Boys

NEW SERIES! Premieres 1/1 at 10pm
The latest from Summer Heights High creator Chris Lilley.


Eastbound & Down

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Season 3 premieres 2/19 at 10pm

Life's Too Short

NEW SERIES! Premieres 2/19 at 10:30pm


SHOWTIME

House of Lies

NEW SERIES! Premieres 1/8 at 10pm


Californication

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Season 5 premieres 1/8 at 10:30pm


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What will YOU be watching this midseason? Share your personal viewing schedule in the comments!


The dawn of 2012 means it's time for TV to get back to work! But with schedules shifting all over the place to make room for new midseason series, it's difficult to keep track of when and where your favorite shows will air. That's why we're here. We've sorted through the mess of jumbled network press releases, cryptic announcements, and word-of-mouth to assemble this beast of a midseason schedule. You're welcome.

(Note: This should be used as a general guide. Schedules are subject to change, and they probably will.)


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MONDAY


DAYTIME


ABC

The Revolution

NEW SERIES! Premieres 1/16 at 2pm
This talk show about heath and lifestyle and healthy lifestyles airs in the afternoon, so you can think about the advice you heard on the show over a pitcher of margaritas and chocolate-chili-cheese-waffle nachos at happy hour.


8PM - 9PM


ABC

The Bachelor

Season 16 premieres 1/2 at 8pm
This time it's Ben Flajnik, the guy who got his heart crushed by whatshername in the last edition of The Bachelorette, who will have two dozen women vying for the right to become the woman Ben eventually takes his rejection out on. All in dazzling locales!

Dancing With the Stars

Season 14 premieres 3/19 at 8pm
The cast hasn't been announced yet, but probably will be soon during an episode of The Bachelor.


CBS

How I Met Your Mother

Season 7 returns with new episodes 1/2 at 8pm

2 Broke Girls

Season 1 returns with new episodes 1/2 at 8:30pm


FOX

House

New Time! Season 8 returns with new episodes 1/23 at 8pm
This is probably the last bit of Hugh Laurie you'll see on your television screen for quite some time, so enjoy it. Doctor's orders.


NBC

The Voice

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Season 2 premieres post-Super Bowl on 2/5, then settles into its regular timeslot on 2/6 at 8pm
NBC's hit swivel-chair competition returns to shockingly grade singers according to their voices rather than their choice of hair product or their shimmy-shake. Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton return as judges.


THE CW

Gossip Girl

Season 5 returns with new episodes 1/16 at 8pm


ABC FAMILY

Pretty Little Liars

Season 2 returns 1/2 at 8pm


9PM - 10PM

CBS

Two and a Half Men

Season 9 returns with new episodes 1/2 at 9pm

Mike & Molly

Season 2 returns with new episodes 1/2 at 9:30pm


FOX

Alcatraz

NEW SERIES! Premieres 1/16 at 8pm; subsequent episodes will air at 9pm
The latest show with producer J.J. Abrams' name attached is a thriller that centers on the 1960s disappearance and modern-day reappearance of a few hundred inmates and guards at the island prison. Jorge Garcia stars as an Alcatraz expert who looks exactly like Lost's Hurley. Also starring: Sam Neill, Sarah Jones, Parminder Nagra. (Note: The series premiere is two hours long.)

Touch

NEW SERIES! Special preview event airs 1/25 at 9pm; the show premieres for realsies on 3/19 at 9pm
This is when we find out whether Tim Kring is the man who created the enjoyable first season of Heroes, or the man who created its unwatchable second season and beyond. Kiefer Sutherland stars as a man who discovers that his mute son has the ability to predict the future. (Note: Fox will air a special preview of Touch on 1/25 after American Idol.)


THE CW

Hart of Dixie

Season 1 returns with new episodes 1/23 at 9pm


ABC FAMILY

The Lying Game

Season 1 returns 1/2 at 9pm


BRAVO

It's a Brad, Brad World

NEW SERIES! Premieres 1/2 at 9pm
Former Rachel Zoe Project personality Brad Goreski tries to make it in the fashion world after striking out on his own.


SYFY

Being Human

Season 2 premieres 1/16 at 9pm


10PM - 11PM

ABC

Castle

Season 4 returns with new episodes 1/9 at 10pm


CBS

Hawaii Five-0

Season 2 returns with new episodes 1/2 at 10pm


NBC

Smash

NEW SERIES! Premieres 2/6 at 10pm
There's lots of buzz about this anticipated musical drama about the making of a Broadway show about Marilyn Monroe. It'll have singing, drama, more singing, and even more singing until you purchase the soundtrack. Former American Idol contestant Katharine McPhee stars as a country girl who wows producers, Debra Messing plays the show's writer, and Anjelica Huston is the grumpy Broadway producer.


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What will YOU be watching this midseason? Share your personal viewing schedule in the comments!


The dawn of 2012 means it's time for TV to get back to work! But with schedules shifting all over the place to make room for new midseason series, it's difficult to keep track of when and where your favorite shows will air. That's why we're here. We've sorted through the mess of jumbled network press releases, cryptic announcements, and word-of-mouth to assemble this beast of a midseason schedule. You're welcome.

(Note: This should be used as a general guide. Schedules are subject to change, and they probably will.)


SAT/SUN MON TUES WED THU FRI



TUESDAY


8PM - 9PM

ABC

Last Man Standing

Season 1 returns 1/3 at 8pm

Work It

NEW SERIES! Premieres 1/3 at 8:30pm
This is not a joke: Two men pretend to be women in order to get jobs in the pharmaceutical business (sound like an old show you've heard of before?). If Billy Joel does the theme song, I give up. Starring Amaury Nolasco, Ben Koldyke, and Rebecca Mader.


CBS

NCIS

Season 9 returns with new episodes 1/3 at 8pm


FOX

Glee

Season 3 returns with new episodes 1/17 at 8pm

Breaking In

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Season 2 premieres 3/6 at 8:30pm
The comedy, which was canceled and then un-canceled, gets a second shot at life. Starring Christian Slater and Bret Harrison, it follows a computer security team that may or may not be good at its job. Megan Mullally, who is as funny as her name is to say, joins the cast as the new boss.


NBC

The Biggest Loser

Season 13 premieres 1/3 at 8pm


THE CW

90210

Season 4 returns with new episodes 1/17 at 8pm


ABC FAMILY

Switched at Birth

Season 1 returns with new episodes 1/3 at 8pm


9PM - 10PM

ABC

Celebrity Wife Swap

NEW SERIES! Premieres 1/3 at 9pm
Bottom-of-the-barrel "celebrities" participate in this social experiment that sends the matriarch of one family to live with another family, and vice versa. Among the folks in the cast: Tracey Gold, Flavor Flav, Gary Busey, Dee Snider, Tina Yothers. Like I said, "celebrities."

The River

NEW SERIES! Premieres 2/7 at 9pm
A found-footage horror show on network TV? Zoinks! Consider us excited about this search for a missing TV personality in the Amazon as it's being conducted by a rescue team that always has its camcorders on, even while they're being eaten by crocodiles.

Dancing With the Stars Results

Season 14's results segment premieres 3/20 at 9pm
You watched last night's episode, so you may as well tune in tonight to see who won.


CBS

NCIS: Los Angeles

Season 3 returns with new episodes 1/3 at 9pm


FOX

New Girl

Season 1 returns with new episodes 1/17 at 9pm

Raising Hope

Season 2 returns with new episodes on 1/17 at 9:30pm


Ringer

Season 1 returns with new episodes 1/31 at 9pm


ABC FAMILY

Jane by Design

NEW SERIES! Premieres 1/3 at 9pm
Teen Jane is mistaken for an adult and lands a job as an assistant at a big-time fashion business. How will Jane juggle her professional life, her high-school life, the handsy guy from accounting, the super-cute high-school quarterback, the lunch meeting with the Johnson account, fourth period's pop quiz, lunch money, a 401k, and her family? Our guess: a Big Gulp-sized 5-Hour Energy Drink!


10PM - 11PM

ABC

Body of Proof

Season 2 returns with new episodes on 1/3 at 10pm


CBS

Unforgettable

Season 1 returns with new episodes 1/3 at 10pm


NBC

Parenthood

Season 3 returns with new episodes 1/3 at 10pm

Fashion Star

NEW SERIES! Premieres 3/13 at 9pm, regular one-hour eps begin 3/20 at 10pm
Elle Macpherson hosts this fashion competition that is in no way a rip-off of Project Runway except that it totally is, in every conceivable way.


COMEDY CENTRAL

Tosh.0

Season 4 premieres 1/31 at 10pm

Key & Peele

NEW SERIES! Premieres 1/31 at 10:30pm
Two comedians we don't know much about get their own racially charged sketch show. Look out, white people!


FX

Justified

Season 3 premieres 1/17 at 10pm


TNT

Southland

Season 4 premieres 1/17 at 10pm


USA

White Collar

Season 3 returns 1/17 at 10pm


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What will YOU be watching this midseason? Share your personal viewing schedule in the comments!


The dawn of 2012 means it's time for TV to get back to work! But with schedules shifting all over the place to make room for new midseason series, it's difficult to keep track of when and where your favorite shows will air. That's why we're here. We've sorted through the mess of jumbled network press releases, cryptic announcements, and word-of-mouth to assemble this beast of a midseason schedule. You're welcome.

(Note: This should be used as a general guide. Schedules are subject to change, and they probably will.)


SAT/SUN MON TUES WED THU FRI



WEDNESDAY


8PM - 9PM

ABC

The Middle

Season 3 returns with new episodes 1/4 at 8pm

Suburgatory

Season 1 returns with new episodes 1/4 at 8:30pm


CBS

Survivor

Season 24 premieres 2/15 at 8pm


FOX

American Idol

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Season 11 premieres 1/18 at 8pm
The singing sensation is looking to build on its Simon-free resurgence, with new judges J-Lo and Steven Tyler leading the way. Two-hour episodes begin February 15.


NBC

Whitney

NEW NIGHT/TIME! Season 1 returns with new episodes 1/11 at 8pm

Are You There, Chelsea?

NEW SERIES! Premieres 1/11 at 8:30pm
Based on the book Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea by late-night raunch-mistress Chelsea Handler, this comedy stars Laura Prepon as a sexed-up woman in her 20s who works at a bar and gets her heels stuck in the hanging martini-glass rack. Also starring: Chelsea Handler, Jake McDorman, Lenny Clarke.


THE CW

One Tree Hill

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Season 9 premieres 1/11 at 8pm
It's the final season for the long-running soap about love and basketball! Sad face. Chad Michael Murray, who was kicked off the show so the network could save cash, will return for a special appearance.


9PM - 10PM

ABC

Modern Family

Season 3 returns with new episodes 1/4 at 9pm

Happy Endings

Season 2 returns with new episodes 1/4 at 9:30pm


CBS

Criminal Minds

Season 7 returns with new episodes 1/18 at 9pm


FOX

Mobbed

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Season 2 begins 1/4 at 9pm
This reality show is about flash mobs and is hosted by Howie Mandel, and that's really all you need to know about that.


NBC

Rock Center with Brian Williams

NEW NIGHT! New episodes resume 2/8 at 9pm


THE CW

Remodeled

NEW SERIES! Premieres Tuesday, 1/17 at 9pm, then settles into its normal Wednesday time period starting 2/1 at 9pm
This reality show follows modeling expert Paul Fisher as he brings together several small agencies to form "The Network." But really, this show looks like what garbage throws out.


10PM - 11PM

ABC

Revenge

Season 1 returns with new episodes 1/4 at 10pm


CBS

CSI

Season 12 returns with new episodes 1/18 at 10pm


NBC

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 13 returns with new episodes 1/11 at 10pm


SYFY

Face Off

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Season 2 premieres 1/11 at 10pm
This competitive reality show gathers wannabe Hollywood makeup effects artists and puts 'em through the gauntlet of creating zombies, fairytales characters, and other creatures. Also, it's surprisingly good.


COMEDY CENTRAL

South Park

Season 15 premieres 3/14 at 10pm


USA

Royal Pains

Season 4 premieres 1/18 at 10pm


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What will YOU be watching this midseason? Share your personal viewing schedule in the comments!


The dawn of 2012 means it's time for TV to get back to work! But with schedules shifting all over the place to make room for new midseason series, it's difficult to keep track of when and where your favorite shows will air. That's why we're here. We've sorted through the mess of jumbled network press releases, cryptic announcements, and word-of-mouth to assemble this beast of a midseason schedule. You're welcome.

(Note: This should be used as a general guide. Schedules are subject to change, and they probably will.)


SAT/SUN MON TUES WED THU FRI



THURSDAY


8PM - 9PM

ABC

Winter Wipeout

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Special run starting 1/5 at 8pm
Really, this show is just an excuse to laugh while people send themselves to the hospital. But this time, there's fake snow.

Missing

NEW SERIES! Premieres 3/15 at 8pm
After her son goes, ahem, MISSING while on an internship in Europe, a mother sets out to search for him. But she's not a minivan-driving, brownie-baking, quilt-stitching stay-at-home housewife. She's ex-CIA. And she's Ashley Judd.


CBS

The Big Bang Theory

Season 5 returns with new episodes 1/12 at 8pm

Rob

NEW SERIES! Series debuts on 1/12 at 8:30pm
Rob Schneider (Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo) returns to television as a white guy who marries a sexy Mexican-American woman, and, consequently, her large and boisterous family. If we're lucky, Rob will eat something really, really spicy, thus comically illustrating the chasm between two cultures.


FOX

Bones

Season 7 returns with a single new episode on 1/12 at 8pm, then goes back on hiatus until later in the spring (date is still TBD)

American Idol

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Season 11's first results show premieres 1/19 at 8pm


NBC

30 Rock

MIDSEASON ADDITION! NEW TIME! Season 6 premieres 1/12 at 8pm
Tina Fey had unprotected sex, so this season was delayed a bit while the resulting baby genius formed in her womb. In its return, the show leads off NBC's comedy block in place of our beloved Community. How will the 8 o'clock crowd react to Fey's witty witticisms?

Parks and Recreation

Season 4 returns with new episodes 1/12 at 8:30pm


THE CW

The Vampire Diaries

Season 3 returns with new episodes 1/5 at 8pm


9PM - 10PM

ABC

Grey's Anatomy

Season 8 returns with new episodes 1/5 at 9pm


CBS

Person of Interest

Season 1 returns with new episodes 1/12 at 9pm


FOX

The Finder

NEW SERIES! Premieres 1/12 at 9pm
This Bones spin-off is based on The Locator series of books and stars Geoff Stults as Walter Sherman, a man with the talent of being able to find anything. He's like a living, breathing Bing, except more people use him.


NBC

The Office

Season 8 returns with new episodes 1/12 at 9pm

Up All Night

NEW NIGHT/TIME! Season 1 returns with new episodes 1/12 at 9:30pm


THE CW

The Secret Circle

Season 1 returns with new episodes 1/5 at 9pm


LIFETIME

Project Runway

Season 10 premieres 1/5 at 9pm


10PM - 11PM

ABC

Private Practice

Season 5 returns with new episodes 1/5 at 10pm


CBS

The Mentalist

Season 4 returns with new episodes 1/12 at 10pm


NBC

The Firm

NEW SERIES! Two-hour series premiere airs Sunday, 1/8; regular Thursday-night episodes debut 1/12 at 10pm
Remember that movie The Firm starring Tom Cruise? Or that book featuring that guy who you imagined looked a lot like Tom Cruise? This show is kind of like those, except it takes place 10 years later, it's on your television, and there will be no Tom Cruise. Josh Lucas stars.


FX

Archer

Season 3 returns with new episodes 1/19 at 10pm

Unsupervised

NEW SERIES! Premieres 1/19 at 10:30pm
From some people who drew Archer and wrote It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, this new 'toon follows two kids who live in a house with no adults.


MTV

Jersey Shore

Season 5 premieres 1/5 at 10pm
The kids are back in Jersey this time, so the rest of the world is safe.


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What will YOU be watching this midseason? Share your personal viewing schedule in the comments!


The dawn of 2012 means it's time for TV to get back to work! But with schedules shifting all over the place to make room for new midseason series, it's difficult to keep track of when and where your favorite shows will air. That's why we're here. We've sorted through the mess of jumbled network press releases, cryptic announcements, and word-of-mouth to assemble this beast of a midseason schedule. You're welcome.

(Note: This should be used as a general guide. Schedules are subject to change, and they probably will.)


SAT/SUN MON TUES WED THU FRI



FRIDAY


8PM - 9PM

ABC

Shark Tank

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Season 3 premieres 2/3 at 8pm
In this Mark Burnett reality competition, aspiring entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to potential investors looking for the next Pet Rock or Squirrel Underpants.


CBS

A Gifted Man

Season 1 returns with new episodes 1/6 at 8pm


FOX

Kitchen Nightmares

Season 5 returns with new episodes 1/13 at 8pm


NBC

Who Do You Think You Are?

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Season 2 premieres 2/3 at 8pm
Lisa Kudrow produces this genealogy show that sees celebrities discover that their great, great, great grandparents owned slaves.


Chuck

Season 5 wraps up with a two-hour series finale on 1/27 at 8pm


The CW

Nikita

Season 2 returns with new episodes 1/6 at 8pm


9PM - 10PM

CBS

CSI: NY

Season 8 returns with new episodes 1/6 at 9pm


FOX

Fringe

Season 4 returns with new episodes 1/13 at 9pm


NBC

Grimm

Season 1 returns with new episodes 1/13 at 9pm


The CW

Supernatural

Season 7 returns with new episodes 1/6 at 9pm


10PM - 11PM

CBS

Blue Bloods

Season 2 returns with new episodes 1/6 at 10pm


IFC

Portlandia

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Season 2 premieres 1/6 at 10:30pm
Fred and Carrie explore the weirdo characters of Portland (and other progressive and unique cultures) in this sketch comedy that birthed the safe word "Cacao!"


STARZ

Spartacus: Vengeance

MIDSEASON ADDITION! Premieres 1/27 at 10pm
A new era of Spartacus begins after the tragic death of star Andy Whitfield. Liam McIntyre takes over the lead role.


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What will YOU be watching this midseason? Share your personal viewing schedule in the comments!


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