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CW Midseason Plan: Reaper Sews Up March Return Date

Bret Harrison, Reaper

Reaper has finally reaped some real estate on the CW's schedule.

The demon bounty-hunting dramedy's second season will premiere March 17. Read more about that and the netlet's other midseason plans, after the jump.
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ABC Midseason: Castle Storms Monday, Cupid Targets Tuesday, and More Dancing

Castle

The latest salvo in ABC's multi-pronged midseason announcement details the premiere dates for four new series, while leaving the fates of three "lame ducks" in question. Get all the details after the jump. read more

CBS Midseason Plan Targets Flashpoint for Fridays

Flashpoint

Leaving only ABC and the CW to show their hands, CBS unveiled its laundry list of midseason tweaks on Tuesday, and outside of naming an "official" replacement for The Ex List, there's little to raise an eyebrow at. In fact, only four days of the week — the Saturday wasteland included — are touched.

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Barbara Walters Gets Up Close with 2008's Most Fascinating People

Will Smith and Barbara Walters

Who are America's top 10 most fascinating people of 2008? Barbara Walters has made her picks (and no, we're not on it...yet), and she's featuring them all in her annual hour-long ABC special December 4 at 10 pm/ET.

In Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008, the View cohost and interview queen is highlighting ten leaders in pop culture, sports, politics and entertainment and getting up close with them on their professional achievements, personal lives and public personae.

Walters has announced her top nine, leaving the number one most fascinating person of 2008 to be revealed during the program. Weigh in on her picks, after the jump. read more

Cheers: Damages Gets Wired

John Doman and Clarke Peters

Cheers to Damages for signing two veterans of The Wire for its Season 2 cast. Read, discuss and vote on this complete Cheer after the jump. read more

Simon Says "Mouthy" New Judge Knows Her Stuff; Plus More Season 8 Changes!

Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, American Idol

With the eighth season of American Idol now just six weeks away, comments from Simon Cowell and a network exec — as well as a new promo — offer a peek at how things might be just a bit different this time around, especially in the wake of last winter's nine percent dip in the key demos.

Speaking about Kara DioGuardi, the singer-songwriter who will join him, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson on the dais this year, Cowell tells TV's Extra, "She's mouthy, this girl. I'm beginning to ... read more

NBC's Midseason Plan Turns on Lights, Rests Heroes and Kicks Off New Dance

Friday Night Lights hits NBC sooner rather than later (Jan. 16, to be exact).

NBC's midseason slate will bring viewers a largely revamped January, sidelining a handful of shows to make room for some new programming. Also on tap is a pair of Saturday Night Live specials.

The splashiest newcomer is So You Think You Can Dance boss Nigel Lythgoe's Superstars of the Dance — fancied as an internationally flavored "Olympic dance-off" and hosted by Michael Flatley — which premieres Sunday, Jan. 9, before moving to Mondays. There, it will air for several weeks from 8 to 10 pm/ET, bumping both Chuck and Heroes ... read more

Patrick Swayze Wraps Filming on New TV Show

Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze's progress in his cancer treatment is something to celebrate, but Sunday night the cause for celebration was wrapping filming on his new TV show, The Beast.

Swayze actually filmed his last scene Monday, but the Dirty Dancing star and his wife turned up at the wrap party at Chicago hot spot Underground on Sunday, according to Us.

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ABC Scrubs in on Tuesdays, Mars and Addison Get Moved

Scrubs

Not all of the scheduling moves ABC made on Thursday carried the taint of gloom and doom. (See: "Dirty Sexy, Daisies and Eli All Goners.")

The Alphabet net has announced a Tuesday, Jan. 6, premiere for Scrubs, which until now had aired on NBC. J.D., Turk and the gang will air double-episodes Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET for two weeks, before settling into a Tuesdays-at-9:30 home.

In other ABC scheduling news, Life on Mars is getting moved to Wednesdays at 10 — where it will lead out of Lost (starting Jan. 28, Mars' next fresh outing). In doing so, the Thursdays-at-10 slot will be freed up for Private Practice, which will air immediately after its mother show, Grey's Anatomy starting Jan. 8.

Life on Mars also has received an order for four additional Season 1 scripts, for a total of 17 thus far.

 

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FX Announces Return Dates for Damages, Nip/Tuck

Glenn Close, Damages

Already worrying about the long, cold winter months ahead? Well, FX has released the premiere dates for two of its hottest shows, sure to keep you warm.

The sophomore season of the Emmy-winning series Damages returns on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 10 pm/ET with 13 new episodes. One night earlier (on Jan. 6), the fifth season of Nip/Tuck continues at 10 pm.

See what to expect from the two dramas this season after the jump. read more

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