TV.com Top Ten: Most anticipated of early 2009

Midseason used to be the time when networks dumped junk on viewers. It was the betamax of the television season, but no more--early 2009 promises some great returns and some promising debuts. We count down the 10 shows we're looking most forward to in the first three months of the year...and it looks like we'll have plenty to watch!

10. Damages season two

The second season of this FX gem adds William Hurt to the mix as a person from Patty Hewes' past. Season one started with Ellen walking down the street covered in blood. How will season two start? And how is this all the way down at number 10?
Season two begins January 7 on FX

9. Reaper season two

Some say that Reaper was the best new show of 2007, and we can buy that argument (even though it was almost canceled). Mixing sci-fi, comedy, drama, and, most importantly, Satan, Reaper is one underdog we hope lasts a long time.
Season two debuts March 17 on The CW

8. American Idol edition eight

How can we not have American Idol on this list? The reality phenomenon is pop culture and dictates water-cooler discussion as long as it's on. Besides, don't you want a preview of who will be singing next year's top-selling Christmas album?
Season eight kicks off January 13 on Fox

7. Dollhouse series debut

Two words: Joss Whedon. Wait, make that four words: Eliza Dushku. Whedon is a masterful storyteller, Dushku is a sci-fi geek's dream, and the plot is wide open for all sorts of settings. Early bad buzz knocks this down to number seven, but we still think it'll be just fine.
Series premieres February 13 on Fox

6. Flight of the Conchords season two

Bret and Jemaine are hilarious, talented, and, let's face it, adorably cute. A year and a half ago, no one knew who they were; now tickets for their shows are selling out in minutes. The funniest thing on HBO since Mr. Show.
Season two premieres January 18 on HBO

5. Kings series debut

We have our fingers crossed so tightly for this one they're broken. A preview at Comic-Con left our jaws on the floor, and NBC is very high on this modern-day take on David and Goliath. And with Ian McShane on board, we know it's going to be intense. Can Kings save NBC? We'll be tuned in to find out.
Series premieres March 19 on NBC

4. 24 season seven

It's been too long since day six ended, and with the year off, producers were able to go back and make sure season seven was top notch. 24: Redemption was an appetizer for what's in store: no more CTU and the return of Tony Almeida.
Season seven premieres January 11 on Fox

3. Breaking Bad season two

For seven gritty, peek-through-your-hands episodes, strike-shortened season one of AMC's Breaking Bad totally caught us by surprise. Bryan Cranston delivered the performance of the year as Walter White, and Aaron Paul became one of our new favorite faces. And what's not to like about a chemistry teacher making crystal meth to pay his oncologist bills?
Season two is slated for March on AMC

2. Battlestar Galactica finale

Haters will say, "I don't like science-fiction," but they're missing the point. Battlestar is one of the best dramas--spaceships or no spaceships--to come to television in a long, long time. The series ends in March, and we're still waiting for that one last question to be answered.
Season 4.5 begins January 18, and the series finale is scheduled for March 20 on Sci-Fi Channel

1. Lost season five

Ahem, pardon me while I ask, "WHERE and WHEN is the f%@*ing island!??!?!?!?"
Season five premieres January 21 on ABC

Honorable Mention: Survivor: Tocantins (February 12, CBS), United States of Tara (January 18, Showtime), Big Love (January 18, HBO)

How does our list stack up to yours? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Reaper and United States of Tara
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I hate that even though lost becomes worse and worse this web still puts it in the first place and what about the final of prisonbreak?
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Dollhouse looks sick. Found the wallpaper/info here www.dollhousefox.com
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Bring on Dollhouse!
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WHERE IS SCRUBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! best comedy ever =]
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reaper and lost!best shows ever
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dollhouse and reaper i`m excited to see some of the others i never heard them before
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Pretty good list, but I'd replace 24 with Big Love and um, something else with United States of Tara (in the main list). Also, where's Secret Diary of a Call Girl?
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Without a slightest degree of doubt,

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA is awaited THE MOST.


@ Hayley,

Lucy Lawless plays as "Number 3", on BattleStar Galactica.

That's why she is on the icon picture. ;)
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kyle xy and the secret life of the american teenager really should be on the list, especially kyle xy, it's been a long wait and this series is fantastic, easily one of the best on television
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why is lucy lawless on the icon thingy?
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Battlestar Galactica finale
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Seriously, your list is terrible. Battlestar Galactica? Lost is played to death. 24 is the best show on the list and you put it at #4. At least you put American Idol at #8.
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"Dollhouse" scares me because it is Whedon and FOX. The cast is a mixed bag, interested to see what Olivia Williams brings to it. Fell in love with her when "Rushmore" came out. Also awesome is the addition of Amy Acker to the cast. But this is FOX, the network that cancelled "Wonderfalls" after only 4 aired episodes, leaving the best episodes of an awesome show unaired. "Battlestar Galactica" I'm anxious for. Very excited that "Caprica" got a season order and anxious for that movie to air as well. I need my "Sock" fix as well! What about "The Middleman"? ABC Family didn't renew it, did they... Bastards.....
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Lost, hands down best show on tv.
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Dollhouse looks interesting...but fridays night at 9pm....really?
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Scrubs and Kyle XY are my top 2
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LOST is amazingggggg
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LOST... season 5 it's gonna be amazing!
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psych needs to be on there somewhere. you should always be excited to see that show! :)
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Lost ,dollhouse, reaper works for me :)
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I will be waiting for the Feb 13 return of Terminator the Sarah Connor Chronicles. Number 2 for me will be NCIS.



Absolutely nothing on your top ten interests me at all.
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Damages and Dollhouse, yup totally on board for those!!! Also, I can't wait for the return (for their 2nd half of their seasons) of Burn Notice, Monk & Psych on the USA Network. I only mention them because they have such a LONG haitus in the middle of their seasons ... seems like about as long as they have between the end of their current seasons and start of their next seasons in mid-summer!!
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LOST>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>EVERYTHING
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with Lost's end date in place they are really making these last three seasons (season4 included) something truely brilliant in modern tv history.....its gonna be one wild ride to the finish.

Battlestar Galactica is gonna be a bittersweet goodbye for me this year and I really hate to see it go.
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Oh.. Lost isn't so good...
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#1- Moonlight...oh that's right it was cancelled by some idiot in a suit..
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what about Weeds season 5??? :(
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Oh I didn't notice that Breaking Bad was on this list. Good job, Breaking Bad is absolutely amazing.
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I have a feeling that Dollhouse won't even be that good. It's pretty much guaranteed to be canceled though. It's Joss Whedon and it's on FOX. Not even gonna bother with it until I get confirmation that it has staying power. Can't wait for Lost. I can wait for BSG however, I don't want it to end. :(
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Where's The Chaser's War On Everything? I expect to be here NOW!
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Does anyone really have any interest in Lost any more?!

But Reaper / 24 / Damages -> Bring it on!!!!
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I can't wait for Lost! It's killing me! And yes, the pic of Miles is awesome.
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Lost, 24 and American Idol are the only ones I'll be watching. It would be nice if BSG would release the DVD sets in a timely fashion so I can watch the show while it's airing. I've been a season behind for the last couple of years.
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Lost and Battlestar are at the top of my list just like this one. Nip/Tuck is the only one I would have put on this list to make it complete.
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http://www.scifi.com/battlestar/ says 1/16/2009 for BG, not 18th.
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Lost. Damn straight. So superior it hurts. Ouch.
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F*** u 2 all lost haters _|_.....
Lost is the best show on planet earth..
and ofcourse we have classic series like 24 which has mentioned its standards even though its into its 7th season!!
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*yawn at the constant yapping of Lost fans*
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Where is Kyle XY?
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Lost, Battlestar, 24, Reaper, Kings, Dollhouse, etc.
6/10 shows on this list Im most anticipating.
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love REAPER
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Great list!
Should have switched American Idol with Nip / Tuck though! =)

Btw.. Does the final season of Rescue Me start within the first quarter of 09?
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what about Burn Notice? truly amazing show!
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BSG LOST and KINGS! OH yeah!!! And yes that shot of Miles is most awesome :).
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Lost...
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Lost...
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Castle, need my Nathan Fillion fix.
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