Ok, it’s a quiet news day. So you wanna know what’s returning to American screens in January? We won’t ask why…..
All dates are US dateline.
Jan. 6: After a nearly 11-month break, FX’s Nip / Tuck returns for the second installment of Season 5 (4 is on 9HD Mondays, while part 1 of S5 hasn’t started here yet).
Jan 6: ABC takes over Scrubs from NBC for what may – or may not – be its final season.
Jan. 7: Damages makes it long-awaited return with Glenn Close’s Patty Hewes keeping at least one of her enemies, Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), closer than ever in the aftermath of a case that very nearly killed the latter. William Hurt joins the cast, along with Timothy Olyphant and Marcia Gay Harden. There’s talk that Ted Danson’s character is still there too, despite being killed off in S1…. Likely to air on pay television in Oz, but when?
Jan 8: New Ugly Betty, Private Practice, 30 Rock, ER and Grey’s Anatomy.
Jan. 9: Flashpoint has a midseason return beginning with 4 episodes from S1. Nine premieres the series in Oz on January 18.
Jan 9:: Monk and Psych return with new episodes.
Jan. 11: And here comes 24 which thanks to the strike, skipped last season altogether. It’s a two-night, four-hour premiere picking up where 24: Redemption left off. No word on when Seven plans this, but its tennis ends on Sunday February 1. It’s also Golden Globes night.
Jan. 12: Kyle XY is back for a third season starring Matt Dallas as the boy with no belly button.
Jan 13: American Idol is back with a new judge, Kara DioGuardi. Foxtel will air this just hours afterwards in Oz on Jan 14 with an average of two episodes per week.
Jan. 15: The Beast premieres with Patrick Swayze as undercover FBI agent Charles Barker, and Aussie Travis Fimmel as his partner learning things Barker never intended to teach him. Hopefully it attracts viewers for the right reasons and not Swayze’s health.
Jan 15: Fox moves Bones to Thursdays. Supernatural and Smallville are back.
Jan. 16: The electric Battlestar Galactica resumes its fourth and final season, leading up to a series finale that’s scheduled for March 20.
Jan 16: NBC premieres the third season of Friday Night Lights.
Jan: 18: Nearly 18 months after the end of its second season, HBO’s Big Love returns for a third, with the polygamous Henrickson family still trying to make it in a world that’s never going to completely understand why a man who already has three wives might want a fourth. Can’t wait for this one.
Jan 18: It’s the second-season premiere of Flight of the Conchords plus new Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, and King of the Hill.
Jan 18: Here is the premiere of the sixth and final season of Showtime’s The L Word, kicking off with the death of a major character (Spoiler: find out who here)
Jan 18: Toni Collette premieres in the much anticipated United States of Tara in which she has Dissociative Identity Disorder. On Showtime.
Jan. 19: House shifts to 8 p.m. Mondays.
Jan. 21: Destiny calls for Lost in a two-hour season premiere in which, if the promos are to be believed, the castaways who escaped the island last season will attempt to go back. No word on when Seven is planning this, or just as importantly, what timeslot it’s likely to win this year.
Jan 21: Fox’s Lie to Me premieres, with Tim Roth starring as a human lie-detector (apologies to Psych and The Mentalist). TEN has this one for Oz, presumably early in ratings season.
Jan. 28: The US version of Life on Mars moves to a new time slot, after Lost. Another of TEN’s new acquisitions for 09.
Jan 29: Hell’s Kitchen.
And just because you love it:
Jan 22 (UK): Skins‘ third season premieres on Britain’s E4 channel. Promos show the new cast creating havoc in a pub.