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10 Midseason TV Shows Worth Watching

George Doyle/Stockbyte(NEW YORK) -- For now, it's holiday specials galore, punctuated by re-runs and more stuff you've probably already seen (Christmas with the Kranks? No, thanks.)

Look forward to January and February, when a slew of new series will make their mid-season premieres, or, in some cases, continue after a lengthy hiatus.

Here are some shows to catch up on over the holidays and DVR in the new year.

For a fun, guilty pleasure.

Revenge and Pretty Little Liars. No new drama on broadcast TV has corralled as much of a fan following as Revenge, ABC's show about an innocent-looking schemer trying to avenge her father's tarnished name and death by wiping out just about everyone in the Hamptons. Critics are loving it too -- Madeline Stowe, who plays the nemesis of a bitter Emily Thorne, scored a Golden Globe nomination. They get back to plotting on Jan. 4.

Over on ABC Family, Pretty Little Liars begins the second half of season two on Jan. 2. Part Gossip Girl, part Beverly Hills, 90210, the series about a group of genetically blessed high school girls and the mysterious text messages they receive draws you in but doesn't take itself too seriously. It's frothy fun for the whole family.

For all-out laughs.

30 Rock and Eastbound and Down. After a longer-than-usual break (owing to star, creator and executive producer Tina Fey's new baby), 30 Rock comes back to TV on Jan. 12. The sixth season of the NBC cult favorite features a new boyfriend (James Mardsen) for the unlucky-in-love Liz Lemon and per usual, a roster of A-list guest stars, including Kelsey Grammer and Denise Richards.

Eastbound and Down, the hilariously dark series about a washed-up MLB pitcher and his questionable cast of characters, returns to HBO for its third (and final) season on Feb. 19. Season two saw Danny McBride's Kenny Powers hustling up cockfights for money in Mexico. Expect similar ridiculousness with the upcoming batch of episodes.

For critically acclaimed fare.

Downton Abbey and Justified. The Emmy-winning period drama Downton Abbey is back for its sophomore season. The show takes place in England around the time of the first World War, where matters of the heart, threat of financial ruin and Jane Austen-esque family entanglements dominate. If you like your wit dry and served with a British accent, this one's for you. Season two starts Jan. 8 on PBS.

FX's Justified also scored an Emmy (best supporting actress, Margo Martindale). The updated take on a cops-and-robbers western with Timothy Olyphant as a stone-faced, Southern-bred, sometimes above-the-law enforcer earned a heap of praise last season. The gang comes back for Justified's third installment on Jan. 17.

For a foodie fix.

The Layover and Bizarre Foods America. Gawk at awesome food while actually (gasp) learning something. In the case of Anthony Bourdain's Layover, you'll find answers to questions like, "Where should I grab lunch when I find myself in Miami for three hours?" Each show finds the No Reservations host in a new city for a day or so, and he always manages to have an enviable time while eating some drollworthy local grub. (We cheated a little here -- you can actually see new episodes through the holidays and into the new year, a welcome break from the yule log you're probably watching right now.)

Andrew Zimmern's leaving the exotic insects alone for the latest season of Bizarre Foods and hitting the road in the good old US of A to uncover little known eccentricities of the American diet. We may not eat crickets but we're pretty interesting in our own right. Series premieres Jan. 23.

For a dose of reality TV drama.

"The Bachelor" and "The Jersey Shore." When you want to revel in someone else's drama instead of your own (and who doesn't after the holidays?) tune into these reality TV staples. The 16th season of "The Bachelor" premieres Jan. 2 on ABC. Expect hopeful eyes, glittery dresses, tearful rose ceremonies and maybe, possibly, love.

Love's not likely to be found on MTV's "Jersey Shore," which starts its fifth season on Jan. 5. But glass-throwing, high-pitched shrieking, and GTL-ing? Check, check and check.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Top 15 TV Shows to Watch for Fall 2011

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- As Hollywood makes fewer films, the migration of top talent from movies to television continues.

This fall, look for a number of A-list stars on the small screen, including first-timers Patrick Wilson, Zooey Deschanel, Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern and Christina Ricci.

Fall 2011 also marks the return of several stars who made their mark in television before jumping to Hollywood big screens. Claire Danes, Sarah Michelle Geller and Tim Allen are all back with new series.

Then, of course, there are all the returning shows, some of which will be missing our favorite cast members. What will the job be like for Detective Benson without her longtime partner Stabler on Law & Order: SVU?

With so many choices and so little time to watch, we thought we’d sort through and give you the Top 15 shows you won’t want to miss this fall.

Pan Am (ABC)

If you don’t remember when flying was actually fun and people got dressed up to board an airplane, then you’ll want to watch this new ABC series set in the 1960s and starring Christina Ricci as a rebellious bohemian who becomes a Pan Am stewardess in order to see the world. Rounding out the crew are Karine Vanasse, Kelli Garner, Margot Robbie and Jonah Lotan as a cocky and charismatic new pilot. Premieres Sept. 25.

Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Goodbye Charlie Sheen, hello Ashton Kutcher. After much ado, Kutcher will make his debut this Fall as Walden Schmidt, an Internet billionaire with a broken heart. How he’s related to Sheen’s character Charlie Harper and what’s become of Charlie is unknown. If rumors are true, creator Chuck Lorre, no fan of Sheen anymore, will kill off the character. Premieres Sept. 19.

The X Factor (FOX)

Simon Cowell is back and hopefully badder than ever in the show he left American Idol to bring to America. He’s got his (sometimes) favorite sidekick, Paula Abdul, with him along with Nicole Scherzinger and LA Reid. Premieres Sept. 21.
Ringer (CW)

Sarah Michelle Gellar, who broke out with Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, is back on the small screen. In CW’s new mystery thriller Ringer, Gellar plays twin sisters trying to escape their dangerous and complicated lives. Premieres Sept. 13.

Playboy Club (NBC)

Not surprisingly, this show about Hugh Hefner’s original club, set in 1960s Chicago, has already drawn protests from anti-porn groups. It stars Eddie Cibrian and Amber Heard, who have colorful personal lives of their own. Premieres Sept. 25.

Dexter (Showtime)

That gritty cable drama with Michael C. Hall as a moonlighting serial killer is back for another season. This time, Hall is grappling with his faith. Enter Edward James Olmos as a theology professor. Premieres Oct. 2.

New Girl (FOX)

With New Girl, Zooey Deschanel makes it a family affair at Fox, joining big sister Emily Deschanel (Bones) to play Jess, a socially awkward gal who moves in with three bachelors after her boyfriend dumps her. The guys try to help her re-enter the dating scene while getting close to her model BFF, played by Hannah Simone. Premieres Sept. 20.

2 Broke Girls (CBS)

Call it a modern day Laverne and Shirley. Kat Dennings, who displayed her dry wit in Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, stars as a smart-mouthed Brooklyn waitress who moonlights as a nanny and ends up moving in with her new co-worker (played by Beth Behrs), an heiress who has to make her own living after her Bernie Madoff-like dad is locked up. Premieres Sept. 19.

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

The award-winning HBO drama led by Steve Buscemi is back and will no doubt get a boost at this year’s Emmy Awards. This season, Buscemi’s Nucky is fighting to hold to his Atlantic City turf from rival Jimmy, played by Michael Pitt, but he may be distracted by the appearance of his dead -- or is she? -- wife. Premieres Sept. 25.

The Office (NBC)

Who will fill Steve Carell’s shoes now that Michael Scott has left Dunder Mifflin? James Spader has been hired, but he will replace Kathy Bates as CEO of Sabre. Meanwhile, Jim and Pam are expecting their second baby. Premieres Sept. 22.

Charlie’s Angels (ABC)

Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh may be hoping this Miami-based reboot does the same for their careers as it did for Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith. The series is set to premiere on the anniversary of the day the original show debuted 35 years ago. Premieres Sept. 22.

A Gifted Man (CBS)

This new CBS drama starring Patrick Wilson as a hot-shot surgeon whose recently deceased ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle) begins appearing to teach him lessons from the hereafter has some serious Hollywood muscle behind it. Besides Wilson, the show’s creator is Oscar-nominated screenwriter Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich). Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme helmed the pilot. Premieres Sept. 23.

Glee (FOX)

It’s graduation year for three of the show’s biggest stars -- Lea Michele,Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer. Executive producer Ryan Murphy said the full roster of who’s graduating and who’s staying will be revealed in the Sept. 20 season premiere.

Last Man Standing (ABC)

Coming off his latest box office success in Toy Story 3, Tim Allen returns to TV. In Home Improvement, it was Allen and the boys against mom. In his new series Last Man Standing, Allen is outnumbered by his wife (Nancy Travis) and three girls and finds his masculinity tested when he has to stay home while his wife rejoins the workforce. Premieres Oct. 11.

Terra Nova (FOX)

This new series long in the making also has a Hollywood heavyweight behind it. Steven Spielberg is the producer of this dinosaur drama about the Shannon family, who must travel back to prehistoric Earth to save the human race. Yes, there will be plenty of dinosaurs. Premieres Sept. 26.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


ABC Renews Six Shows for Next Season; Two Shows Still Uncertain

Photo Courtesy - Disney/ABC Television Group(PASADENA, Calif.) -- ABC's schedule for the 2011-2012 season is already taking shape.  The network announced Monday that it has renewed Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family, Castle, Cougar Town, Private Practice and The Middle for another season.

The fate of Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters is a little less certain.

Speaking at a Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, California on Monday, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee said, "Desperate Housewives is doing a great job, as you know.  We have ambitions to pick it up.  We are not quite there, ready to do so.  And Brothers & Sisters has gotten really good numbers this year...But we have not made decisions on them yet, and we are not necessarily ready for them, but we'll see as we go forward."

Also on Monday, ABC Family picked up Pretty Little Liars and The Secret Life of the American Teenager for the 2011-2012 season.

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