Sunday, January 16, 2011

TV Premieres, Finales & Specials This Week 01/16/2011

Time for another round of TV Talk.  This week brings back American Idol with new judges, Nova, Big Love and more.  And a couple of interesting series including USA’s “Fairly Legal” and NBC’s “Harry’s Law.”  Read on for this week’s complete listing of premieres, finales and specials for the week.


Fairly Legal on USA

New drama , “Fairly Legal” premieres on USA Thursday

NOTE: All Times are Listed for EST – TV schedules subject to change

Sunday, January 16

NOVA (7pm on PBS – HD) Season 39 premieres with scientists in Haiti and Chile gathering data to prevent future disasters

Big Love (9pm on HBO – HD) Season 5 premieres it’s final season

2011 Miss America Pageant (9pm ABC – HD)

I Survived...Beyond & Back (10pm on Biography – HD) Season finale


Monday, January 17

Being Human (9pm on SyFy) Series premiere.  This one is a remake of a popular British show by the same name.  Three roommates in their 20s, a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost.

Piers Morgan Tonight (9pm on CNN – HD) New News series as Piers Morgan takes his turn in the attempt to save CNN from the ratings freefall

Super Ninjas (9pm on Nickelodeon) – New kids series

Harry’s Law (10pm on NBC – HD) New drama series where Harriet (Kathy Bates), Matthew and Malcolm; three people from completely different walks of life are brought together through fate and decide to start a law practice together in an old, rundown shoe store.

Heavy (10pm on A&E – HD) A new reality series centered around the heavy-set folk.

Skins (10pm on MTV – HD) New teen drama series borrowed from the UK


Tuesday, January 18

Life Unexpected (8pm on CW – HD) Season 2 finale

Pioneers of Television (8pm on PBS – HD) Season premiere with profiles of sci-fi pioneers like “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry and “Twilight Zone” mastermind Rod Serling

Glory Daze (10pm on TBS – HD) Season 1 finale titled “Some Like it Hot Tub”


Wednesday, January 19

American Idol (8pm on Fox – HD) Season 10 of the mega-hit reality/contest show begins with Randy Jackson returning and Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler joining the judges' table.  This show without Simon???  Will it survive?

Nova scienceNOW (8pm on PBS) Season 5 premiere

American Greed (10pm on CNBC – HD) Season premiere of a favorite news magazine series of mine.  This episode focuses on Wall Street wiz, Stephen Trantel, a one time successful commodities broker who turns to bank robbing to support his greedy lifestyle.

Hot in Cleveland (10pm on TV Land) Season premier

Retired at 35 (10:30pm on TVLand) New sitcom series where a NYC executive drops everything and moves into his parents' retirement community


Thursday, January 20

Perfect Couples (8:30pm on NBC – HD) New sitcom following three couples relationships.  I haven’t heard good things about this one but it does have Olivia Munn as a major character

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (9pm on Bravo – HD) Season 1 finale

Parks & Recreation (9:30 on NBC – HD) Season 3 premiere

Fairly Legal (10pm on USA – HD) New drama for USA starring Sarah Shahi who plays Kate Reed who after the death of her father, decides to change her profession from lawyer to mediator.  USA has put out some entertaining series in the past few years and this one should be among their best.  Definitely one to check out.


Friday, January 21

Medium (8pm on CBS – HD) Series finale

Kitchen Nightmares (8pm on Fox – HD) Season 4 premiere

Fringe (9pm on Fox – HD) Not a premiere, but a new night for Fringe.  Seriously troubling that Fox moved one of their best shows to Friday (aka the dead zone).  Watch it – it’s good.

Spartacus: God of the Arena (10pm on Starz – HD) A prequel to the Spartacus: Blood And Sand series that tells about the rise of the House of Batiatus and its champions before Spartacus entered the picture.


Sunday, January 23

Top Gear (10pm on History – HD) Season 16 1 finale (UK version is 16, but here in the U.S. it’s season 1 finale)  Thanks Brian for pointing that out.

Kourtney and Kim Take New York (10pm on E! – HD) Yet another reality series

Holly’s World (10:40pm on E! – HD) Season premiere


Monday, January 24

Cake Boss: Next Great Baker (9pm on TLC – HD) Season 1 finale

19 Kids and Counting (10:30pm on TLC – HD) Season premiere


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