Tuesday, January 03, 2012

TV This Week-Premieres & Finales 1/03/2012

It’s here… our new year of 2012 along with some new TV premieres.  I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume most of you have DVRs or HTPCs to tell you when your favorite TV series are returning from holiday break and we’ll focus on the new premieres, finales and specials as we always do.


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


Given the larger-than normal new series these next few weeks I’m noting the new series in RED


Tuesday, January 3

The Biggest Loser (8pm on NBC) Season 13 premiere

Work It (8:30pm on ABC) New sitcom series that has been getting a lot of bad press due to the cross dressing theme.  Synopsis:  Two guys decide to dress and act as women during the daytime in order to keep jobs as pharmaceutical reps turn into their normal selves at night when they hang out together at their local bar.

Celebrity Wife Swap (9pm on ABC) New reality spinoff series.  First episode goes like this:  Gayle Haggard, wife of former TV evangelist Ted Haggard, trades lives with Steffanie Sampson, who is engaged to actor Gary Busey and rejects organized religion.

Jane by Design (9pm on ABC Family) New comedy series.  Synopsis:  Jane is a 16-year-old high school outsider who lives a double life as a 20-something design assistant in the corporate world.  Stars Andi MacDowell

Jamie’s American Road Trip (10pm on BBCA) New cooking/travel series with Jamie Oliver hosting

Campus PD (10pm on G4) Season 4 premiere

Antiques Roadshow (10pm on PBS) Season premiere


Wednesday, January 4

NOVA (9pm on PBS) Season premiere

Brad Meltzer’s Decoded (10pm on History) Season 2 finale

Moonshiners (10pm on Discovery) Season finale

Dog the Bounty Hunter (10pm on A&E) Season 8 premiere


Thursday, January 5

Wipeout (8pm on ABC) Season 5 premiere

Project Runway All Stars (9pm on Lifetime) Season 10 premiere

Big Shrimpin’ (10pm on History) Season 1 finale

Jersey Shore (10pm on MTV) Season 5 premiere

American Stuffers (10pm on Animal Planet) New reality series following the action at Xtreme Taxidermy in Romance Arkansas.  Hmm.


Friday, January 6

Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (9pm on TLC) Season 3 premiere

Portlandia (10pm on IFC) Season 2 premiere

Merlin (10pm on Syfy) Season 4 premiere


Saturday, January 7

Ultimate Factories (8pm on National Geographic) Season premiere

My Cat From Hell (8pm on Animal Planet) Season 2 premiere


Sunday, January 8

The Firm (9pm on NBC) New crime drama starring Josh Lucas, Juliette Lewis, Callum Rennie and Molly Parker.  The Executive Producer is John Grisham who was the author of the book (and film) by the same name.  This is on my record and try out list.

Gator Boys (9pm on Animal Planet) New reality series

Masterpiece Classic (9pm on PBS) Season premiere

Ax Men (9pm on History) Season 5 premiere

Shameless (9pm on Showtime) Season 2 premiere

House of Lies (10pm on Showtime) New comedy series starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell.  Synopsis:  Set in the world of corporate management consulting, Marty & the Pod travel to a New York bank looking for a plan to justify their year-end bonuses.  The series is based on the book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn.

Cajun Pawn Stars (10pm on History) Another new, spinoff reality series

Californication (10:35pm on Showtime) Season 5 premiere


Monday, January 9

First Week In (9pm on Discovery) New crime series where three first time inmates deal with a terrifying first week in prison

America’s Money Class With Suze Orman (9pm on OWN) New personal finance series

Mobster Confessions (10pm on Discovery) New crime series


Tuesday, January 10

Dance Moms (9pm on Lifetime) Season 2 premiere

Shipping Wars (9pm on A&E) New reality series

Flip Men (10pm on Spike) Season 1 finale

Tabatha Takes Over (10pm on Bravo) Season 4 premiere

The Game (10pm on BET) Season 5 premiere

24 Hour Catwalk (10pm on Lifetime) New reality/fashion series

Let’s Stay Together (11pm on BET) Season 2 premiere


Wednesday, January 11

One Tree Hill (8pm on CW) Season 9 premiere

Are You There, Chelsea? (8:30pm on NBC) New comedy series based on the semi-autobiographical book by Chelsea Handler.  Starring Laura Prepon and Chelsea Handler

Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy (9pm on History) Season 2 premiere

I Cloned My Pet (9pm on TLC) a new reality series

Amazing Eats (9pm on Travel) New food series

Face Off (10pm on Syfy) Season 2 premiere

Combat Cash (10pm on Discovery) New reality series


Thursday, January 12

30 Rock (8pm on NBC) Season 6 premiere

Rob (8:31pm on CBS) New sitcom series written by and starring Rob Schneider.  Cheech Marin also stars.  First episode synopsis:  Rob meets his new wife's large Mexican-American family for the first time and notices he doesn't quite fit in.

The Finder (9pm on Fox) New drama series.  This is a spinoff of the popular series Bones that will star Geoff Stults who plays a military-trained guy who finds people no one else can in the Florida Keys.


Friday, January 13

Sweet Home Alabama (9pm on CMT) Season 3 premiere

Real Time With Bill Maher (10pm on HBO) Season 10 premiere

Blade (11pm on G4) New horror/fantasy series


Saturday, January 14

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (9pm on ABC) this season 9 finale finishes with part 2 of the Joplin Tornado Families episode.  This will be the series finale as well

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