TV networks bathe viewers in a raft of new midseason shows
December 27, 2013 12:00 AM
Adam Campbell, left, as Ron, Alexis Carra as Jessica and Frankie Shaw as Fabienne in ABC's "Mixology."
Abby Lee Miller, center, in Lifetime's "Dance Moms."
By Rob Owen / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
As 2014 dawns, broadcast and cable networks are getting ready to unveil dozens of new and returning programs at midseason. Here's a sneak peek:
"The Assets" (10 p.m. Thursday): An eight-part limited series set in the 1980s (shades of "The Americans") about a real-life counterintelligence officer out to stop the mole who is eventually revealed to be Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys).
"Killer Women" (10 p.m. Jan. 7): Tricia Helfer ("Battlestar Galactica") stars as Molly Parker, one of the first women to join the Texas Rangers.
"Mixology" (9:30 p.m. Feb. 26): A group of friends hang out at a bar in this sitcom.
"Resurrection" (9 p.m. March 9): The dead begin returning to life for no apparent reason in this drama that sounds similar to Sundance Channel's "The Returned."
"Mind Games" (10 p.m. March 11): Brothers Ross (Christian Slater) and Clark (Steve Zahn) are con artists who use their scamming skills to help others.
Returning series: "The Bachelor" (8 p.m. Jan. 6), "Suburgatory" (8:30 p.m. Jan. 15), "The Taste" (8 p.m. Thursday), "Revenge" (10 p.m. March 9).
"Intelligence" (previews at 9 p.m. Jan. 7; series premiere at 10 p.m. Jan. 13): Josh Holloway ("Lost") stars as an intelligence operative with a computer chip in his brain. Marg Helgenberger ("CSI") co-stars as his boss.
"Friends With Better Lives" (9 p.m. March 31): Sitcom about six friends at different stages in their lives -- married, divorced, newly engaged, single -- who wonder if everyone else has it better than they do. Moves to 8:30 p.m. on April 7; on April 14, "2 Broke Girls" moves to 8 p.m.
"Rake" (9 p.m. Jan. 23): Greg Kinnear plays the Dr. Gregory House of criminal defense attorneys in this remake of an Australian show.
"Enlisted" (9:30 p.m. Jan. 10): Three brothers (Geoff Stults, Parker Young, Chris Lowell) from an Army family find themselves working on the same backwater Army base in this sitcom from a producer of "Cougar Town."
"Sherlock" (10 p.m. Jan. 19), "Call the Midwife" (8 p.m. March 30), "Mr. Selfridge" (9 p.m. March 30), "Pioneers of Television" (8 p.m. April 8), "The Bletchley Circle" (10 p.m. April 13).
The CW will shake up its schedule in the new year, with "The Tomorrow People" moving to Mondays in March and at the same time "Beauty and the Beast" goes on hiatus. "Hart of Dixie" will relocate to 9 p.m. Friday on March 21 after "The Carrie Diaries" ends its run.
"Star-Crossed" (8 p.m. Feb. 17, WPCW): Aliens come to Earth and are put in internment camps. A human and alien who met as children reunite as teens when a high school is desegregated and aliens and humans learn side by side.
"The 100" (9 p.m. March 19): Set in the future, this drama follows a group of humans who survived a nuclear holocaust that decimated Earth. Now, 97 years later, some of their descendants return to a slowly healing planet.
Returning series: "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (8 and 8:30 p.m. March 21).
"Every Witch Way" (7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nickelodeon): Emma, 14, discovers she's a witch and fights with an "evil witch" for the love of the boy next door.
"Kim of Queens" (10 p.m. Wednesday, Lifetime): Reality show about beauty pageant coach Kim Gravel.
"Tattoos After Dark" (11 p.m. Wednesday, Oxygen): Because you can never have too many series about tattoo artists.
"Cold River Cash" (10 p.m. Thursday, Animal Planet): Three teams of fishermen in Maine try to lure in elusive Elver eels.
"Do or Die" (10 and 10:30 p.m. Thursday, National Geographic Channel): Stories of real people caught in life or death situations, including at a bullfight gone wrong, tsunami and skydiving accident.
"Toned Up" (10:30 p.m. Thursday, Bravo): Exercise gurus Katrina Dawn and Karena Hodgson attempt to grow their fitness brand.
"Space Dandy" (11:30 p.m. Jan. 4, Adult Swim): Anime series from the creative team behind "Cowboy Bebop."
"Blood, Sweat & Heels" (9 p.m. Jan. 5, Bravo): Reality chronicle of five women in New York real estate, fashion and media circles.
"The Curse of Oak Island" (10 p.m. Jan. 5, History): Two brothers from Michigan explore a supposedly cursed island in the North Atlantic in this unscripted series.
"Escaping the Prophet" (10 p.m. Jan. 7, TLC): A former member of a polygamist church helps others flee the community.
"The Legend of Mick Dodge" (10 and 10:30 p.m. Jan. 7, National Geographic Channel): A survivalist lives in the woods of Northwest Washington.
"100 Days of Summer" (10 p.m. Jan. 7, Bravo): Reality chronicle of six young people in Chicago real estate, fashion and nightlife circles.
"Mind of a Man" (8 p.m. Jan. 8, GSN): Two female contestants try to figure out what men really think with the help of a celebrity panel in this game show.
"Appalachian Outlaws" (10 p.m. Jan. 9, History): A backwoods fight over a ginseng harvest.
"Spoils of Babylon" (10 p.m. Jan. 9, IFC): A six-part comedic soap that stars Jessica Alba, Will Ferrell, Val Kilmer, Tobey Maguire, Haley Joel Osment, Tim Robbins and Kristen Wiig.
"Helix" (10 p.m. Jan. 10, Syfy): Executive produced by "Battlestar Galactica's" Ron Moore, this thriller follows scientists who visit an Arctic research facility to investigate a possible disease outbreak. Billy Campbell ("The Killing") stars.
"10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty" (10 p.m. Jan. 10, Spike TV): Dean Cain hosts a search for Sasquatch.
"When Calls the Heart" (9 p.m. Jan. 11, Hallmark Channel): A young teacher from a large city gets her first classroom assignment in a small town on the Western frontier in Hallmark's second drama series.
"Beaver Brothers" (8 p.m. Jan. 12, Animal Planet): Reality series follows siblings Charlie and Eddie Landry, who run a company that helps contain critters in Nova Scotia.
"True Detective" (9 p.m. Jan. 12, HBO): Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson play Louisiana detectives on a 17-year hunt for a murderer.
"90-Day Fiance" (10 p.m. Jan. 12, TLC): Reality show follows five bi-national couples who have 90 days to decide whether they will stay together in America or if one will be returned to sender.
"Don't Trust Andrew Mayne" (10 p.m. Jan. 13, A&E): Illusionist Andrew Mayne attempts to reinvent revenge using illusions.
"Bitten" (10 p.m. Jan. 13, Syfy): Laura Vandervoort ("Smallville") stars as the lone female werewolf in existence who abandons her pack and moves to a new city.
"Chozen" (10:30 p.m. Jan. 13, FX): A gay, white, recently paroled rapper (voiced by Bobby Moynihan, "Saturday Night Live") is the focus of this animated comedy.
"Friday Night Tykes" (9 p.m. Jan. 14, Esquire Network): Docuseries follows five teams from the San Antonio region's Texas Youth Football Association through their 2013 season.
"Crazy Hearts: Nashville" (11 p.m. Jan. 15, A&E): Another reality show set in this music city about wannabe musicians.
"Under the Gunn" (9 p.m. Jan. 16, Lifetime): Tim Gunn ("Project Runway") hosts a new fashion competition among former "Runway" stars Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Nick Verreos, who mentor 15 designers, picking them for their teams "The Voice"-style.
"Jerks With Cameras" (10:30 p.m. Jan. 16, MTV): Comedians play hidden cameras games with unsuspecting people in public.
"The Brian Boitano Project" (11 p.m. Jan. 16, HGTV): The Olympic gold medalist travels to Italy to revive his old family home.
"SWV Reunited" (10 p.m. Jan. 16, WE tv): 1990s R&B trio Sisters With Voices reunite after 15 years.
"I Didn't Do It" (9:40 p.m. Jan. 17, Disney Channel): Olivia Holt ("Kickin' It") stars in a new comedy series about five teenagers who get into a predicament; flashbacks show how the mishap came to be.
"The Diamond Collar" (10 p.m. Jan. 17, OWN): "Reality" show about James "Head" Guiliani, a former street enforcer for the mafia, who now runs a Brooklyn dog grooming parlor.
"Mom's Got Game" (10 p.m. Jan. 18, OWN): Reality show about former WNBA star Pamela McGee and her 25-year-old NBA player son, JaVale McGee of the Denver Nuggets.
"HitRecord on TV" (10 p.m. Jan. 18, Pivot): Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars, created and directs this quasi-variety series that includes short films, performances, music and conversation created by a global online community with a different theme in each of the eight episodes.
"The Moaning of Life" (10 p.m. Jan. 18, Science Channel): Karl Pilkington ("An Idiot Abroad") looks at how other cultures experience happiness, marriage and death.
"We Move Animals" (10 p.m. Jan. 18, Nat Geo Wild): A reality show about a family business that involves moving wild cargo.
"Looking" (10:30 p.m. Jan. 19, HBO): Three gay friends in San Francisco pursue life and love while supporting one another.
"Horseplayers" (10 p.m. Jan. 21, Esquire Network): Reality show about horse-race handicappers.
"Opposite Worlds" (10 p.m. Jan. 21, Syfy): 14 competitors live in a house divided by a glass wall: On one side, players live in a simulation of the past; in the other, a simulation of the future.
"Broad City" (10:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Comedy Central): Best friends Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are odd couple best friends who navigate their 20s in New York City in this scripted comedy.
"Treasure King" (10 p.m. Jan. 22, ReelzChannel): Adventurer Richie Marcello travels the world to find lost treasures in this reality series.
"Wahlburgers" (10:30 p.m. Jan. 22, A&E): Reality shows follows the relatives of actors Donnie and "Marky" Mark Wahlberg as they operate a burger joint.
"The Fighters" (9 p.m. Jan. 23, Discovery Channel): Reality series about boxers in South Boston.
"The Capones" (10 p.m. Jan. 28, ReelzChannel): Reality show about an Italian family that is supposedly related to Al Capone.
"Review" (10 p.m. Feb. 27, Comedy Central): Forrest MacNeil (Andy Daly) reviews anything his audience suggests, whether it's the adrenaline rush of shoplifting or the perils of drug addiction.
"Sirens" (10 p.m. March 6, USA): Denis Leary ("Rescue Me") executive produces this scripted series about the antics of Chicago EMTs.
"Chrisley Knows Best" (10 p.m. March 11, USA): Reality family comedy that follows a Southern millionaire and his family. USA will pair with "Modern Family" reruns.
"TripTank" (10:30 p.m. April 2, Comedy Central): A showcase for animated shorts.
Returning cable series include:
Some cable series, including AMC's "Mad Men" and HBO's "Game of Thrones," have not been scheduled but are expected to premiere in the coming months. Here's what's been scheduled so far:
April 1: "Inside Amy Schumer" (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
April 19: "Orphan Black" (9 p.m., BBC America).
CBS's telecast of the 36th annual "Kennedy Center Honors" airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on KDKA-TV. ... Syndicated talk show "Katie" has been canceled after two seasons and will wrap its run in June. ... Nickelodeon has renewed superhero comedy "The Thundermans" for a second season. ... Cable's Pivot TV will air reruns of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Veronica Mars" at 10 and 11 p.m. weekdays beginning Jan. 13.
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