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Midseason TV guide [Updated]

December 17, 2009 |  8:00 am

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Did Jack Bauer die? Did the plane crash never happen? Will Ellen DeGeneres joke her way to the top of “American Idol?” Soon, the answers will come. 

Here’s the lineup of shows we haven’t seen in a while and the new offerings. (New series marked by an asterisk. Returning shows that took a brief hiatus in the fall are not included.)

ABC

The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love (Jan. 4, 8 p.m.)

* Conveyor Belt of Love (Jan. 4, 10 p.m.)

* The Deep End (Jan. 21, 8 p.m.)

Lost (Feb. 2, 9 p.m.)

NBC

Chuck (Jan. 10, 9-11 p.m. and Jan. 11, 8 p.m.)

* Parenthood (March 1, 9 p.m.)

The Biggest Loser (Jan. 5, 8 p.m.)

* The Marriage Ref (March 14, 8 p.m.)

The Celebrity Apprentice (March 14, 9 p.m.)

Fox

American Idol (Jan. 12, 8 p.m.)

* Our Little Genius (Jan. 13, 9 p.m.)

* Human Target (special  preview on Jan. 17, 8 p.m., and then Jan. 20,  9 p.m.)

24 (special premiere event Jan. 17, 9-11 p.m. and Jan. 18, 8-10 p.m.)

* Past Life (Feb. 11, 8 p.m.)

* Sons of Tucson (March 14, 8:30 p.m.)


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The Amazing Race: 16 (TBD)

Survivor: Season 20 (TBD)

* Undercover Boss (TBD)

Rules of Engagement (TBD)

* Miami Medical (TBD)

Flashpoint (probably summer)


The CW

* Life Unexpected (Jan. 18, 9 p.m.)

* Fly Girls (TBD/March)

* Tinsley (TBD/March)

FX

* Archer (Jan. 14, 10 p.m.)

Damages (Jan. 25, 10 p.m.)

* Justified (March, TBD)

* Louie (spring, TBD)

HBO

Big Love (Jan. 10, 10 p.m.)

*How to Make It in America (Feb. TBD)

* Treme (spring, TBD)

In Treatment (TBD)

Lifetime

Project Runway (Jan. 14, 10 p.m.)

Showtime

Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Jan. 25, 10 p.m.)

Tracey Ullman: State of the Union (Jan. 25,  10:30 p.m.)

* La La Land (Jan. 25, 11 p.m.)

Nurse Jackie (March 22, 10 p.m.)

United States of Tara (March 22, 10:30 p.m.)

The Tudors (April 11, 9 p.m., final season)

AMC

Breaking Bad  (TBD/March)

Syfy

* Caprica (Jan. 22, 9 p.m.)

Starz

* Spartacus (Jan. 22, 10 p.m.)

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RuPaul’s Drag Race (Feb. 1, 9 p.m.)

* Robert Verdi (Feb. 10, 10 p.m.)

* Untucked (Feb. 1, 10:30 p.m., companion show to "RuPaul’s Drag Race")

VH1

* Fantasia for Real (Jan. 11, 10 p.m.)

* Let's Talk About Pep (Jan. 11, 10:30 p.m.)

* The Price of Beauty (March 14, probably 9 p.m.)

MTV

America's Best Dance Crew 5 (Jan. 28, 10 p.m.)

Taking the Stage 2 (Jan. 28, 11 p.m.)

* The Buried Life (Jan. 18, 10 p.m.)

16 & Pregnant 2 (TBD)

Bravo

The Millionaire Matchmaker (Jan. 19, 10 p.m.)

* Kell on Earth (Feb. 1, 10 p.m.)

Shear Genius 3 (Feb. 3, 11 p.m.)

Top Chef: Masters (TBD spring or summer)

TNT

Southland (Jan. 12, 10 p.m.)

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Series finale of "Nip/Tuck" airs on FX on March 3.

"Flash Forward" returns  to ABC on March 4.

"V" returns to ABC on March 30.

"Glee" returns to Fox on April 13 at 9 p.m..

"True Blood,"  "Entourage" and "Hung" will return to HBO in June.

[Updated at 10:52 a.m.: A previous version of this post contained an untitled CBS drama that now has a title, "Miami Medical." We also added a new VH1 show, "Let's Talk About Pep," to the list.]

[Updated at 3:36 p.m. Dec. 18: A previous version of this post had an incorrect premiere date for "Spartacus" on Starz. The correct day is Jan. 22.]

-- Maria Elena Fernandez (follow me on Twitter @writerchica)

Top photo: "American Idol" judges Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, Katy Perry and Simon Cowell during first round of auditions for Season 9. Credit: Fox. Bottom photo: "Life Unexpected" castmembers Shiri Appleby, Britt Robertson and Kristoffer Polaha. Credit: CW.

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