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Ten Shows to Watch this Midseason

In the old days of television (circa 2005), the midseason was where networks dumped their dead bodies. Scripted shows that weren't good enough for the fall season would debut as "midseason replacements" for fall shows that tanked, and they'd run side-by-side with quick-buck reality shows.

Not anymore. The midseason is home to some of television's biggest hitters, including American Idol, Lost, and several premium-cable programs. So what should you keep an eye on in the first half of 2010? I chose ten comedy, drama and action programs I think will be worth watching (note: they're all scripted shows that are premiering this midseason; returning fall shows and reality programs were not included).

10. Life Unexpected — The CW, premiering January 18 at 9pm
For once, a new CW show that isn't remaking an old program with hot youngsters. Life Unexpected follows a 16-year-old girl's quest for emancipation from her biological parents, who gave her up for adoption. I've seen the pilot, and it's touching and honest without being too cheesy. A pleasant surprise.

9. Sons of Tucson — Fox, premiering March 14 at 8:30pm
Tyler Labine (Reaper's Sock) is a couple hundred pounds of comedy gold, and I'm psyched to see him play a con artist who pretends to be a dad to a trio of kids. The show will air right in the middle of Fox's animation block, so expect the same goofball comedy that fans of those other shows love.

8. Damages — FX, premiering January 25 at 10pm
The revolving door on television's best acting ensemble will bring in Lily Tomlin, Campbell Scott, and Martin Short this year. But the real attraction here is the show's twisted sense of storytelling; going through a season of Damages is like putting the pieces of a shattered mirror back together. Without the bad luck.

7. Treme — HBO, premiering in April
I'd put Treme higher on the list, but since The Wire is still vastly underwatched, I'll leave it here. This anticipated show from Wire creator David Simon follows musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans, so don't expect any forensics, psychics, explosions, or vampires. Just quality drama about the lifeforce of New Orleans.

6. The Tudors — Showtime, premiering April 11
The final season of cable's most lavish program will conclude the decadent life of Henry VIII. Spoiler alert: He dies. Who will have their head chopped off? Who will Henry bed? Who will be bedded by Henry and then have their head chopped off? These answers and more on the next season of The Tudors!

5. Big Love — HBO, premiering January 10 at 10pm
HBO's Mormon drama gets more attention every season, and deservedly so. The acting is top notch (Chloe Sevigny and Jeanne Tripplehorn are Emmy-worthy), the drama is as heavy as it gets, and the subject matter is delightfully frowned upon by religious officials.

4. Human Target — Fox, premiering January 17 at 8pm
If you like '80s action movies that star wise-cracking macho men, you'll like Human Target. Based on a comic book graphic novel, Human Target stars Mark Valley as a man who poses as a person in danger. There's plenty of action and levity to make a bucket of popcorn mandatory during all viewings.

3. Chuck — NBC, premiering January 10 at 9pm
The action-comedy (just barely!) returns for Season 3, and I couldn't be happier. Why this show isn't more popular is beyond me; it has spy gadgets, hot chicks, and a charming lead in Zachary Levi. This new season sees our accidental spy endowed with more than just top-secret tidbits; this time he actually learns how to kick some butt.

2. Breaking Bad — AMC, premiering March 8
When we last saw Walter White, he was sifting through the wreckage of a plane crash that was indirectly his fault. Yikes. How is Season 3 going to top that? I don't know, but I have all the faith that television's best writing team to come up with something awesome.

1. Lost — ABC, premiering February 2 at 9pm
I know, shocker. But how could the final season of Lost NOT be number one? Old ghosts are back as we press the rewind button (or fast-forward button) to discover what happens if Jack's plan to detonate the H-bomb is successful. The four-toed statue, the bones of Adam and Eve, John Locke's destiny, it will all make sense. And if it doesn't, I'll hunt down the producers myself.

Almost made the list: 24, Caprica, Life and Times of Tim, Justified, Archer, Southland, The Pacific


Which shows are you looking forward to?


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and southland too
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caprica,human target , lost
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Chuck, Burn Notice and Psych! Still top shows. Nice to get away from the daily grind
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Love Chuck, looking forward to Lost, Psych, In Plain Sight and White Collar. Will give Human Target a chance.
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24, Lost, Breaking Bad, Chuck, Big Love, Tudors, and The Ricky Gervais Show. When is Friday Night Lights going to return to NBC? I know it is on Satellite Direct TV now, but I thought it would return in the winter.
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loooove Chuck!!!
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I am so excited to see breaking bad... a little too early I still have to wait!!! grr... oh well
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The best shows for me are legend of the seeker, chuck and smallville...
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Where is Three Rivers? Did CBS pulled the plug on another of Alex's shows? I don't watch TV anymore because it's so bad!MOONLIGHT and THREE RIVERS were 2 shows I actually liked!
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My question is..Why the Hell wasn't Caprica in at LEAST the 6(The Tudors)or 7 place(Treme)or even in the 8th spot in place of that stupid "Damages" ?? Gees..Give me a break..IT'S CAPRICA FOR GODS SAKE!!
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Chuck, American Idol, Project Runway, and of course the TOTALLY AWESOME PSYCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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spartacus?
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Tuning in to watch Chuck for sure!
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True Blood
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Lost is going to be amazing! I am bummed that it is in its last season :( Did I hear correct that it is going to be a three hour season premiere?
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I can't wait till Lost starts again!
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Smallville and Bones
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Ah ha! Yes Chuck all the way baby! Whoooo!
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LOST & 24.
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Oh I'm sorry where is my tv show... "V?"
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I want to know about the following shows too... Caprica, Love that Girl, and if whether or not they will bring back the game... They can't let go of Fringe...
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I'm interested in more info about 24, Caprica, Justified, Archer, and Southland... I've never even heard of Life and Times...
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add a commentbones
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Leverage, Burn Notice, Chuck, White Collar, Psych, Closer, Eureka, Warehouse 13, Human Target, Caprica, Archer, Project Runway, America's next top Model, and any Bravo Series.
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Chuck? Are you kidding? Look, the first seasons were good, because Chuck was a lovable geek in over his head. But Chuckie-boy as master spy, kick-butt savior? Nah....I'll pass.
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What about Southland, White Collar, Leverage, Burn Notice. USA & TNT have the best shows on tv.
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almost a good list, Caprica should be on there, end of story.
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Smallville, Legend of the Seeker, Lost, 24, Heroes, Dollhouse, V and Supernatural - All set to record
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This season of Lost better answer all my questions or JJ Abrams will have to hide on a deserted island
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White Collar, Burn Notice, Leverage, The Closer, Saving Grace, Southland, & Damages! All set to record on DVR!
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ps-

"the Tudors"? Six wives?

1)Divorced

2)Beheaded

3)Died

4)divorced

5)Beheaded

6)Survived
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add a comment - BRILLIANT! "What in the hell happened? Aren't you phony critics supposed to put the unfunny, unwatched 30rock on your lists?

joenamherst Posted 01/13/2010 07:27:01 "



Wow- looks like the "FUNNY/WITTY Comment" filter was on high today!

30rock is excellent and jammed with content. Automatic "Series Record". Also like "Burn Notice" Miss ABC's "Life on Mars"- Looking forward to "TREME" "24"is fine, hope it comes back strong...
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BEING HUMAN, SMALLVILLE, VAMPIRE DIARIES, TRUE BLOOD, XFACTOR, XFACTOR US, DANCING ON ICE, MERLIN woooo bring on 2010!
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I'll definitely be watching Lost and hoping my questions are answered!
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Sons of Anarchy
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What in the hell happened? Aren't you phony critics supposed to put the unfunny, unwatched 30rock on your lists?
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10.SMALLVILLE

9. SMALLVILLE

8. SMALLVILLE

7. SMALLVILLE

6. SMALLVILLE

5. SMALLVILLE

4. SMALLVILLE

3. SMALLVILLE

2. SMALLVILLE

1. SMALLVILLE



Why didn't you put Smallville? It is the BEST Show and SEASON so far!!! ;p
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LEVERAGE starts tonight and I have been waiting impatiently since we got a few episodes earlier this year! It's such a terrific show! Writing and characters are exceptional.

And the second THE AMAZING RACE begins on Feb. 14th. What a wonderful valentine!
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I have seen previews for Life Unexpected it seems like it might be a good show. I may check it out.
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good list. but i think chuck shoud've been the second :))))
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I am really looking forward to Caprica and seeing James Marsters back in a series. Also White Collar and Burn Notice.
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24 doesn't even make the list?
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Chuck, American Idol, 24 and I might as well add Survivor. Oh almost forgot, I'm going to watch the Winter Olympic Games too with my DTVpal DVR (in HD)
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I am also looking forward to THE CLOSER, PSYCH, WHITE COLLAR and AMAZING GRACE.
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Oh, and IDOL of course! This will be my last season for it since Simon is leaving. I will watch his new show, X FACTOR, instead.
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"In the old days of television (circa 2005), the midseason was where networks dumped their dead bodies. Scripted shows that weren't good enough for the fall season would debut as "midseason replacements" for fall shows that tanked..." Yeah, shows like "Cheers" were introduced in mid-season and almost didn't make it. I will be watching none of these...well, maybe HUMAN TARGET if it isn't too comic-booky. And SOUTHLAND which didn't get a fair shake last year.
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Breaking Bad, The Pacific, 24 and Boardwalk Empire
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Where's 24!!!
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24, Caprica, Damages and Lost .. of course...
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