1.Â Â Â The much-talked-about American version of the British series Being Human premieres Monday, January 17 on Syfy at 9/8C. My favorite reason to watch? Ex-Supernatural scribe Jeremy Carver executive produces this version with his wife Anna Fricke. Jeremy wrote “A Very Supernatural Christmas,” which is such a great episode. Fricke was a producer on Everwood and a writer on Privileged. I’m not quite sold on the entire cast but I’m willing to keep an open mind about this tale that brings together a vampire, werewolf and ghost under one roof.
2.Â Â Â Chuck returns for all new episodes starting Monday on NBC. Three things I’ve liked about this season so far: 1) The Morgan-Casey scenes have been stellar. I hope the show keeps putting Joshua Gomez and Adam Baldwin in scenes together. Those two rock; 2) “Chuck versus Phase Three”: This episode where Sarah saved Chuck from the clutches of Richard Chamberlain was a real tour de force for Yvonne Strahovski. She was badass, vulnerable and just all around amazing; and 3) Timothy Dalton as the infamous Alexei Volkoff. Just watching Dalton you can tell the former James Bond is having so much fun on this show.
3.Â Â Â USA Network’s White Collar returns for more Season 2 episodes Tuesday, January 18 at a new time, 10/9C. Can’t wait to see Peter, Neal and the gang back in action and find out how Mozzie is. One Tree Hill’s Hilarie Burton is also back for more in an episode interestingly titled, “Burke’s Seven.” It already sounds like a magnificent seven to me.
4.Â Â Â Bob Newhart guest stars as Ducky’s predecessor, Dr. Walter Magnus, on CBS’ NCIS Tuesday, January 18 at 8/7C. NCIS is Idol-free, Glee-free (it’s a repeat) and there’s no Dancing with the Stars to go up against this episode either. I wonder if the show will manage to top the almost 22 million viewers it pulled in last week.
5.Â Â Â The wannabe game-changing season of Fox’s resident juggernaut American Idol returns on Wednesday, January 19 at 8/7C (two-hour episode) and Thursday, January 20, at 8/7C for a one-hour episode. Remember, this season, Bones gets the post-Idol time slot at 9/8C which means Grey’s Anatomy and CSI better watch out. Bones does well without Idol’s help. Just imagine how it’ll do with the Idol lead-in. Also remember, there’s no Simon Cowell or Kara Dioguardi around, stepping in their place will be J Lo and Steven Tyler (as well as music guru Jimmy Iovine). I normally don’t tune in for the auditions, I’ll see you guys after they’re over.
6.Â Â Â Hotties Tom Selleck, Will Estes and Donnie Wahlberg bring their CBS Friday night hit Blue Bloods to Wednesday at 10/9C. CBS seems to be moving the show around a little bit. Soap Star alert: I looked at the CBS press release and apparently, Jon Lindstrom, of General Hospital, Port Charles and As the World Turns fame, will be guest-starring as a judge.
7. Â Â Â If it’s Wednesday, there must be another big time guest star or two on Law & Order: SVU. This time, Mariska Hargitay gets to work alongside the always fierce Shohreh Aghdashloo. ER alum Gloria Reuben will also appear in the episode that airs at 10/9C, the timeslot where this show belongs.
8. Â Â Â Also on Wednesday at 10/9C it’s Restaurant Wars on Top Chef: All Stars on Bravo. ‘Nuff said.
9.Â Â Â There’s a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills marathon running all day on Thursday, January 20, on Bravo. It all leads up to the hit show’s season finale airing at 10/9C. I was on the fence about watching RHOBH until some of my co-workers recommended it. Someone else who recently admitted he watches the show, especially for its train wreck-qualities, is Supernatural‘s Jensen Ackles. He did so at the recent San Francisco Con. Jensen watches it? A good enough recommendation to me.
10.Â Â Â It’s NBC’s first “bigger-sized” night of comedy. Sitcoms rule the roost for three straight hours and features the return of Parks and Recreation to the NBC lineup. I’m thinking about watching this show because: 1) Some more friends at work highly recommend it; and 2) Rob Lowe’s on it. I would do almost anything for Rob Lowe. I’m also particularly psyched for new episodes of the always hilarious Community.
11. Â Â Â Dita Von Teese guest stars on a new CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Thursday at 9/8C as — here’s a stretch — a Hollywood femme fatale. She definitely has the right look to play that kind of character.
12.Â Â Another hit USA Network series returns with the back half of its second season. Promising to put some sizzle into our winter, it’s the perpetual summer of Royal Pains at 9/8C. Yes, HankMed will be performing more house calls and dealing with daddy drama and Divya drama too.
13.Â Â Â Following Royal Pains on Thursday nights is the series premiere of USA Network’s Fairly Legal at 10/9C. The show turns a litigator into a mere mediator and becomes “the ultimate anti-lawyer.” It stars two of the prettiest people on TV, Life‘s Sarah Shahi and Michael Trucco, of Battlestar Galactica and Castle fame.
14.Â Â Â FOX’s Fringe resumes its stellar third season but there’s a catch. It’ll be on Friday nights at 9/8C. This move to Fridays worries fans who think this strategy equals certain cancellation for the critically acclaimed sci-fi series. Execs at FOX say they have faith the show will succeed in its new time slot. Marketing gurus even put together a promo that looks in the face of the supposed curse saying “Friday is about to get freaky.” The move also reunited two competitors as Fringe and Supernatural, once again, go head-to-head. Supernatural fans feel Fridays have already been freaky all season long. We won’t see how both shows will fare with new episodes until Friday, January 28, when the CW show returns.
15.Â Â Â A wild playoff season continues with NFL Championship Sunday on Fox and CBS. The marquis match-up features the Green Bay Packers versus division rivals (and massive enemies) the Chicago Bears on FOX. Two more big defenses go head-to-head when the New York Jets take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on CBS.
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