Midseason Madness

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The Alphabet network has had a fine season, tying with CBS for the number one spot in the November sweeps period.

Hits

Lost returned and delivered plenty of thrills. Desperate Housewives is hit or miss this season, but still a ratings king. Commander In Chief's female US President prompted an outcry over "liberal Hollywood." Freddie Prinze's creatively titled Freddie is hanging tough, partly thanks to funny sidekick Brian Austin Green, and Invasion is holding up well in its post-Lost time slot.

Misses

Night Stalker was an ill-advised remake of the 1970s cult series, and it suffered the same fate as the original. Let it be known: Whenever television networks make shows about newspaper reporters investigating the paranormal, someone dies.

Alas, poor Alias, we knew her well. ABC announced this will be the last season of the spy show, and let's hope they send it off with a bang. Idea: Bring back Joel Grey as the alternate Sloan, which was hilarious!

Supernanny's Jo Frost and her teachings will have to wait until ABC decides what to do with them. Guess that means America's kids are all better now.

When the real estate bubble burst, so did Hot Properties. This sitcom about real estate agents was oversold to begin with, and prospective buyers left it to languish on the market. Heh heh, real estate references.

Replacements and Returnees

What About Brian? stars 7th Heaven hunk Barry Watson as Brian, a guy just trying to navigate the ups and downs of young life in Los Angeles. What's a hunk to do? Schedule TBA.

Shows with big-name stars are always a surefire hit. Emily's Reasons Why Not stars Heather Graham as a cool single girl who works in the Los Angeles publishing industry. She tries to run her romantic life by guidelines, which she calls "reasons"--ergo, the title of the show! Fellas, be warned: based on a chick-lit novel. Premieres Monday, January 9 at 9/8c.

Crumbs stars Fred Savage and Jane Curtin in another charmingly dysfunctional family comedy from the creator of Caroline in the City. Keep an eye out for William Devane's soft beard. Premieres Thursday, January 12 at 9:30 p.m.

In Justice is a courtroom drama with a twist: While most shows are about getting criminals into prison, this show is about getting innocent folks out of the clink. Kyle MacLachlan stars as a lawyer committed to helping people sent "up the river" due to sloppy police work, false testimony, and biased juries. Premieres Friday, January 6 at 9 p.m.

Sons and Daughters is executive-produced by Lorne Michaels and features a blend of scripted and improvised comedy that tells tales of love, marriage, and family. It's being described as an offbeat cross between a Todd Solondz movie and Arrested Development, which means it could develop a hardcore fan base of up to seven people. Scheduling TBA.

The Evidence is almost the flipside of In Justice, as it's about the incontrovertible truth of evidence in the criminal process. Orlando Jones and Martin Landau star in this procedural drama. Scheduling TBA.

John Stamos's charming Jake In Progress is returning to its midseason roost, and guess what? He has a new haircut! Scheduling TBA.

Thursday, January 5, 8 p.m. Dancing With the Stars is back. Just accept it.

Poor Parisians. First the riots, now The Bachelor in Paris? Monday, January 10, 10 p.m.

The Eye net is going strong with a powerhouse lineup of solid shows like CSI and the ever-growing NCIS.

Hits

How I Met Your Mother owes much of its success to the non-Doogie Neil Patrick Harris. Anyone who saw his funny turn in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle already knew of his untapped potential. More stunning: Ghost Whisperer cheats death and becomes a hit.

Misses

Turns out TV couldn't support so many sci-fi shows, and Threshold was put on hiatus indefinitely. Also taking a breather is Out of Practice, but CBS says it will return. The Henry Winkler/Stockard Channing sitcom is the second-highest rated new sitcom of the season behind NBC's My Name Is Earl.

Replacements and Returnees

Love Monkey, starring Tom Cavanaugh as a single-guy record executive. Since TV is fantasy and not reality, TV.com bets his character won't be a grody jerk. Premiere is Tuesday, January 17 at 10 p.m., after which it will move to its regular time slot of Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Courting Alex, previously titled The Jenna Elfman Show, which was previously titled Everything I Know About Men, is a single-gal relationship comedy starring former Dharma Jenna Elfman. She plays a single lawyer looking for love in the big city. The secret weapon of this show: Dabney Coleman. Premieres 9:30 p.m., Monday, January 23.

Also on deck is perennial midseasoner Julia Louis Dreyfus with The New Adventures of Old Christine, and David Mamet's special forces action/drama The Unit.

Things still aren't so good at the Peacock--they barely managed to beat out Fox for third place in the sweeps.

Hits

My Name is Earl swooped down from the sky and saved the sitcom genre with one swipe of its handlebar mustache. Surface turned into a respectable Monday-night hit. The Office got a good performance review and a ratings raise. Kerr Smith of Dawson's Creek amps up the action on E-Ring as a gung-ho new team member.

Misses

Inconceivable was just that for most viewers. The prospect of Three Wishes wasn't enough to make people watch the show. The Apprentice: Martha Stewart was just boring. Joey got yanked in NBC's sweeping effort to make their Thursday night "must-see" again. It'll return, along with Trump's The Apprentice, after coverage wraps up of the Olympics.

Replacements and Returnees

With Conviction, Law & Order creator Dick Wolf is back, and he's got something new up his sleeve: a lawyer drama. This show is about young attorneys in New York. Premieres January 1.

Four Kings settles into Joey's time slot on Thursday, January 5. This show, from the creators of Will & Grace, stars Seth Green as one of a group of 20-something adults living, loving, and learning about life in the Big Apple... Wait a minute! They got rid of Joey and remade Friends?

Religious drama The Book of Daniel arrives just in time to fill the void left by 7th Heaven. Daniel is being billed as a provocative drama, starring Aidan Quinn as an edgy Episcopalian minister who actually sees and speaks to Jesus. NBC has already cut its order for the show. Premieres Friday, January 6, 9 p.m.

Windfall is a drama starring Luke Perry that follows a group of people whose lives are changed when they win the lottery. Scheduling TBA.

One can only guess what hilarity TV's Most Outrageous Moments will bring. The press release says there will be outtakes from Joey. Scheduling TBA.

Once slated for the fall season, Thick and Thin stars Jessica Capshaw (The Practice) as Mary, a formerly overweight woman who has lost weight through a program at a weight-loss center. Hijinks ensue when Mary's friends and family can't stop thinking of her as overweight. From SNL writer Paula Pell and executive-produced by Lorne Michaels. Scheduling TBA.

Million Dollar Baby writer Paul Haggis will write, direct, and produce The Black Donnellys, a drama revolving around four Irish brothers from New York's Hell's Kitchen. The brothers get into trouble when they fall into the seamy world of organized crime. It must be a period drama, because these days Hell's Kitchen is kinda yuppie. Scheduling TBA.

Treasure Hunters is a quest-oriented reality contest in which multiplayer teams travel the globe to solve puzzles and find hidden treasure. Scheduling TBA.

Get your funny bones checked-up when Scrubs enters it's fifth season Thursday, January 3, 9:30 p.m. This season will feature an appearance by Mandy Moore! Anyone is better than Tara Reid.

Fox had their share of flops early on, but they are almost impervious to so-so results because American Idol dominates the ratings come January.

Hits

With Bones, Fox unearthed evidence that audiences wanted another forensic crime drama. Prison Break is the "breakout" hit of the season, locking up solid ratings. The War At Home received no love from critics, but location is everything: Sandwiching it between The Simpsons and Family Guy helped it win the ratings battle.

Misses

Fox canned a lot of shows: Head Cases had the dubious distinction of being the season's first axe; a Killer Instinct wasn't enough to help the show survive; the Reunion has been put off indefinitely; Kitchen Confidential wasn't serving up what diners wanted; Arrested Development won't be returning to regale us with tales of familial dysfunction, bad magic tricks, and poorly built houses.

Replacements and Returnees

American Idol returns January 17 and 18 with more hilarious auditions and scathing comments from Simon, but hopefully no more sex scandals with Paula.

Season five of 24 will make its bow with a two-night premiere, Sunday, January 15 and Monday, January 16. Until then, check out our exclusive DVD clips.

Skating with Celebrities features a skating competition with Dave Coulier (Full House), Kristy Swanson (Buffy, the movie), Todd Bridges (Diff'rent Strokes), and others. After Fox ripped off ABC's Wife Swap with Trading Spouses and Supernanny with Nanny 911, this show begs the question: Does Fox know shame? Premieres Monday, January 17 at 9 p.m.

Set in Chicago, The Loop is the story of Sam, the first of his friends to get a real grown-up job at a stuffy corporation. Scheduling TBA.

UPN and The WB networks keep gaining an audience with teen-oriented shows. Maybe one day they'll become grown-up networks!

UPN had a hit with Everybody Hates Chris, but love wasn't in the air as they whiffed with Love, Inc. and Sex, Love, and Secrets. As long as they have Veronica Mars then it's all okay, right?

The WB flew high with Supernatural then crashed and burned with Just Legal. Also kaput on the former frog network: Living with Fran and Blue Collar TV. What will rednecks watch now?

Replacements and Returnees

UPN will Get This Party Started with a new reality series about party planners. If that isn't reason enough to watch, it also stars Kristin Cavalleri from MTV's Laguna Beach. It's heartwarming to see rich people get so many breaks. Premieres Tuesday, January 24 at 9 p.m.

South Beach, also on UPN, is a steamy nighttime soap set in Miami and starring Vanessa Williams. The two-hour premiere takes place Wednesday, January 11 at 8 p.m.

The WB has the much-anticipated return of Beauty and the Geek on Thursday, January 12 at 9 p.m. Richard and Lauren from season one crisscrossed America in search of the geekiest guys and ditziest girls to take part in season two of this wacky "social experiment" from producer Ashton Kutcher.

Remember, several big hits, including House, Medium, and Grey's Anatomy, were all last season's replacements, so don't discount these shows just yet. Any you're looking forward to? Any you'll miss?

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why in the world would they cancel such a promising show like THRESHOLD

they need to BRING IT BACK

PLEASE
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Bring back threshold.....PLEASE
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What about Brian has to continue........this is the best show on ABC! Someone has to get ahold of the producers and ABC to let them know the fan base is huge........I don't get it!
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From what i've seen so far, What About Brian is a great show. The past four episodes were really interesting and I cant wait to see what is in store for Monday's finale. I really hope this show gets picked up and I hope to see it on the fall sched.
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What happen to south beach? I was really getting into it when it just dissapeared. Put it back on its a great show.
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I LOVE Crumbs!!! Please keep it coming!!
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I remember the days of patience when a sitcom could toil a few years before finding its footing with audiences. With the introduction of the low cost/high profit reality TV shows, those days are gone.

Shows like Seinfeld and Cheers would have never made it this day in age. They're now looked upon as classics.

Arrested development is able to muster the next best thing. In spite of enormous odds against them, the show collected an impressive amount of awards in a 2 1/2 season span and more importantly, millions of freakishly devoted fans; myself included.

Cult classic is not a bad consolation prize for a show whose life was mercilesslyh cut too short. RIP AR, TV won't be the same without you on it.
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Threshold is extreamly popular in the United Kingdom, and we have just finished the first season. We have to see if they win or lose so please cant you make a little room for the show to come off hiatus.....for the british public sake!!!
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I totally think that How I met your mother should be under Hits
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Without Threshold you suck.
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SHOWS LIKE THE OFFICE AND EARL ARE VERY STUPID. LETS GET SOME REAL COMEDY ON THE AIR LIKE CRUMBS.
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CRUMBS IS THE NEXT BIG HIT ON TV
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CRUMBS IS THE BEST NEW COMEDY SHOW. IT WILL BE ANOTHER HIT LIKE SOAP AND ALL IN THE FAMILY. IT IS BOTH COMEDY AND DRAMA. THE VERY BEST.
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crumbs looks and sounds horrendous. ugh. poor jane curtain.
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the network execs really should watch the shows they are running Threshold one of the best of the season was canned while some real crap has got the nod for continuation or a second season Gods I hate "reality" tv pity about Killer Instinct as well it had its momments but at least Medium, Criminal Minds, Bones, Supernatural & lovely BSG are still in the mix. I wonder what would happen if a rerun of Buffy was to beat American Idol in the sweeps?
numbers do count that is their job but it is people who watch these shows
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Lots of mentions of Threshold being cancelled - I thought folks might like to know that Sky One in the UK is currently airing episodes 10-13 (yes, the final 4 episodes made that never aired in the US). They're "obtainable" on the Net (well episode 10 is as I write this - others will follow on future Wednesdays/Thursdays) if you know where to look...
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Love Monkey looks like a lost attempt to show that the nerdy guy can get the girl.... boring. Threshold did keep my interest, not the new replacement...sorry
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I love how they cancel shows that have not had a chance to build followers. A lot of the time it is the networkds fault for the show not building up viewers. Alias, for example, was hardly advertised and the networked never pushed the shows. Before this year the only advertisements were at night after everyone was in bed
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As far as the 5th season of Smallville goes ... it has more energy and getting darker and more true to the original storyline. They seem to be doing a good balancing act with the teens that want the happy ending and pleasing the old boomer farts too (even though that is not the shows target). The O.C. has almost gone down the toilet. As soon as Josh gets his storyline in order and gets rid of Marissa and Ryans blow-off walk away from everything scenes and the new trailerpark cast, the show could produce a 4th season. This used to be my favorite show. And as for the 70s show, even the lowest rated reality show can give it a run for the money.
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no ones mentioned one of the sesations of the year-Bones!
it was considered by many [before it aired]a vechile for david borenanz now that angels done and dusted[gettit-dusted-i'm hilerious].but it has proved itself in the ratings and has been welcomed with home arms by 99percent of critics.
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I don't understand the Emily show -I've seen thousands of commercials but have no idea what the title means or what it's about... S&TC rip off is all I can come up with.
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CBS on the other hand is doing awesome this season with some awesome shows. first with one of my favorite shows NCIS starring mark harmon. and also with the new hit ghost whisperer. also in the first have had survivor which was pretty good this time around and will return again in febuary. amazing race was awful this season with the family edition. other than that CBS is looking great so far lets hope it will stay this way! good job CBS.
GETS A 8.5/10
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This season so far lost has been only the real hit for ABC. in its second season it is still going strong. freddie isnt bad either but it aint the best comedy on either. desperate housewifes hasn't been so good this season. its a hit or miss. night stalker and thershold were just waste of tv time and was just bad. some of the shows coming in the second have of the 05/06 tv season arnt to bad. jake in progress returns finally this january. even through abc should have started the show in september or october. in justice looks like it could be promising but thats what we thought of blind justice and look what happened to that snor fest. and dancing with the stars is just a waste of air time. same with the bachelor in paris coming in the new year. this season hasnt been a very good one for ABC. will have too see if it will get better in the new year. out of 10 i would give the channel 3/10.
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lost is by far the best show for ABC this year. freddie isnt a bad one either but it aint the best out there. jake in progress is a good show and i wished it had started its season back in september or october. in justice looks promising but so did blind justice and look what happened to that snor fest. dancing with the stars is a complete waste of time. desparate housewifes is doing ok but not great this season. and well the bachelor in paris? who cares. so this year for abc hasnt gone to well exept for its hit show lost. ABC needs to either get some new comedy shows or stop showing crap like dancing with the stars and the bachelor.
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That 70s Show is over after this season.
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24 is the only midseason show so far im paying attention to.
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CBS screwed the pooched with Threshold. They can still save a great show, but I'm sure the CBS execs won't see past their forensic science mindset that they are living in and will ultimately collapse. You just can't keep putting out CSI day after day. Law and Order killed NBC. That is why there is a ratings resurgence at ABC. There is variety. Everyone is going to have different choices in programming, but ABC is offering the largest variety.
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I can't believe they are taking away Threshold. That was in my top 3 shows behind Lost and Invasion. I hope they at least are allowed to finish out the season. I just can't believe that it didn't get enough ratings to at least complete the season. The replacements look cute, but I don't like cute. Just my two cents.
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All of Foxes cancellations (including the excellent but low-rated shows Arrested Development and Kitchen Confidential), and the fact that they still had to really ponder to find a future time slot for Prison Break, just goes to show that 2 hours of primetime programming just really isn't enough for a major network.
Anyway good to see that 24 and especially Scrubs are coming back soon!
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I can't believe cbs cancelled Threshold. Of all the stupid shows on tv they cancell one of the better shows on for this season. CBS moved the show to Tue at 10pm but it never aird here is Pittsburgh. I was taken off and replaced by another show. I do hope another network could pick this show up.
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i love seasons, and i love midseasons!
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not joey i'm gonna miss that show
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So far, I think ABC has some very good shows for the mid-season period. CBS' lineup isn't bad, either.

NBC and FOX need help (I mean, why the hell does NBC keep wasting their money on crappy tv game shows, e.g. "Deal or No Deal).
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I'm going to miss Threshold. But Four Kings, Emily's Reasons Why Not, What About Brian, South Beach & Love Monkey have all got some potential. I'm just hoping that a new, stronger, Sci-fi show will start next fall.
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I miss Arrested Development already. FOX was stupid taking that one away...
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i cant believe arrested develpmont is getting cancelled.
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I actually had started to like Love Inc. too bad its gone. Supernatural is the show I didn't want to like but did. Its turned out to be way better and more interesting than I ever thought it would be. Looking forward to seeing the story continue!
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What? John Stamos is back on TV? I think I'm gonna puke!

On the plus side, the best of ABC's midseason shows should be "Emily's Reasons Why Not" starring Heather Graham. Why? Because it's Heather Graham! Yeah, baby, yeah!!
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The new shows I'm going to be checking out are Crumbs, Emily's Reasons Why Not [only because of Heather Graham], In Justice, Four Kings, The Book of Daniel and South Beach. Ill probably end up watch Crumbs and possibly Four Kings for the rest of the season. Returning Mid-Season show I'm going to check out is Scrubs.. Zach Braff is funny and hilarious and I want Scrubs to continue to succeed. As far as the Fall season is concerned.. It **** that FOX canceled Reunion.. they should of at least keep that for the whole season. FOX should be grateful that viewers still tuned in after all their cancellations... The Night Stalker should of never been put in the same time slot as CSI. Night Stalker had potential to do better, especially in the 18-49 category.. but it was a good show that could of been.
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Eh......I think I'll pass.......there have been a few quality midseason replacements (Seinfeld in particular), but otherwise these shows are held off from the fall schedule for a reason.

Do watch Scrubs though. It's as freakin' brilliant as ever.
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I am sooooooooooooooooo sad!! Reunion is the best new show this year!! I am so mad that it has been cancelled/postponed! We all know that the show can only last a season so can't they at least give us that???
A loyal fan of Reunion
and forever sad! :(
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I'll be checking out: "Book Of Daniel," "Conviction," and "Crumbs" this midseason. I'll be looking forward to the return of "Scrubs" and the move of "My Name Is Earl" and "The Office" to Thursdays.
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I have been wondering what happened to the show Jake In Progress. I thought the first season was cleverly written and deserved a second season. I can't wait for its season premiere.
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Arrested may not return to FOX, but it hasn't been officially cancelled yet. Don't exaggerate. Besides, I'm pretty sure it will get picked up by another network.
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The shot at Arrested was uncalled for....
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I love how fox likes to replace it's award winners, Arrested Development, with a sure fire hit, Skating With Celebrities.
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I'll miss THRESHOLD and NIGHT STALKER. I'll check out "Crumbs", "Conviction", "Four Kings", "The Book of Daniel", "South Beach", and "The Loop"...but I'm pretty sure I'll only end up sticking with one or two of them.
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I am glad to see Christians getting a little play here, people in this country are afraid to support what they really believe in....There would be a lot more people viewing these types of venues if offered!
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Our group at work love invasion and threshold, we hope these new programs make it.
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Anybody else never going to be able to look at Tom Cavanaugh in anything again and not think of him as Ed?
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