It seems like more and more TV shows are premiering in midseason, or even splitting their seasons like USA does. Which is sweet, because it means we generally get more good shows, rather than losing some to cancellation because of time slot conflicts. Here are some of the midseason shows I’m most looking forward to this year, so you can catch up before they start.
Premiere: Started airing this week
I’ve always been a big fan of Scrubs, and stuck with the show even as it stumbled through a couple of years. I was rewarded by last year’s season, which was one of the best in a long time. This new season brings a lot of changes, including transitioning out JD (Zach Braff) as the main character. I was a little worried about it, but the first two episodes this week were both funny.
Better off Ted
Premiere: 12/8/09 on ABC
This is another show that was pretty close to cancellation. I’m glad ABC brought it back, because it was one of my surprise favorites of last year.
Premiere: 1/10/10 on NBC
I’m glad to see the show is coming back. It dodged a bullet (harhar) earlier this year when NBC renewed it.
Premiere: 1/17/10 on FOX
Agent Jack Bauer may be a total badass, but he has had eight extremely bad days, and I think is in need of a nice vacation. Somewhere less terroristy.
Premiere: 1/22/10 on SyFy (yes, that’s really the name now)
I’m excited that there’s a new Battlestar Galactica show, but I don’t see how it could be as good as the first one. Well, the first new one. You know what I mean. Anyway, having Eric Stoltz in the cast should help.
Premiere: 1/21/10 on USA
I think it’s more difficult to do the split season thing for a show like Burn Notice, where the overarching plot builds each episode, than it is for a show like Psych. And yet I like having new episodes in January. Life is hard.
Premiere: 1/27/10 on USA
Speaking of Psych, it’s back to finish up the so-far-hilarious Season 4. And it’s now on Wednesdays, which is a good sign.
Premiere: 2/2/10 on ABC
The final season. OR IS IT?!?!?!?
Premiere: March 2010 on AMC
This show manages to be hard to watch and compelling at the same time.
Eastbound and Down
Premiere: Some time in 2010 on HBO
This show isn’t for everyone, but if you generally like the work of Danny McBride and Jody Hill (like the fantastic The Foot Fist Way), then you’ll love it.
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