Sring Schedule: New TV Shows
Premieres: Monday, Jan. 16 at 8/7c
Back from the dead? Officer Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) and Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia), the world's foremost Alcatraz expert, investigate the reappearance of prisoners and guards who mysteriously disappeared from the famous prison decades ago. The drama comes from Lost and Fringe mastermind J.J. Abrams, who obviously knows a thing or two about getting people off an island.
Premieres: Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 8:30/7:30c
The "vodka" part may have been dropped from the title, but have no fear, there will be alcohol flowing aplenty since Chelsea (Laura Prepon) works at a bar and drinks away its profits. Her exploits are based on Chelsea Handler's wild 20s, which she documented in her best-selling book. Handler won't be staying behind the scenes for this, though: She plays Sloane, Chelsea's pregnant older sister.
Premieres: Sunday, Feb. 12 at 10/9c
Paging all nerds and fanboys! AMC, the home of Mad Men and Breaking Bad, branches out with this reality series about the goings-on of the staffers and costumers at Kevin Smith's comic book and novelty shop, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, in New Jersey. Look at it as a mini sampling of Comic-Con.
Premieres: Tuesday, March 13 at 9/8c
Elle Macpherson hosts the latest clothes-designing series, but this one is in search of the next big brand. Designer John Varvatos, Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie will serve as mentors to the 14 contestants. And you can get in on the fun too: Viewers can purchase the winning designs each week. Now if there were a way to eat the weekly winning dishes from food competition shows.
Premieres: Thursday, Jan. 12 at 9/8c
Though its title and premise sound like it belongs in CBS' lineup, The Finder is a Bones spin-off and an adaptation of The Locator book series about Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults), a former military policeman with the ability to find anything. The backdoor pilot premiered in April, but not everything, or everyone, will carry over: Saffron Burrows, who played Sherman's sidekick, is out. She is replaced by two ladies, Mercedes Masohn and Maddie Hasson, as a deputy U.S. Marshal and a second-generation criminal who helps Walter and Leo (Michael Clark Duncan) in their investigations.
Premieres: Sunday, Jan. 8 at 9/8c
Based on John Grisham's novel, the series takes place 10 years after the events of the 1993 film with Josh Lucas succeeding Tom Cruise as attorney Mitch McDeere, who starts a new life in Washington, D.C., with wife Abby (Molly Parker). Juliette Lewis and Callum Keith Rennie co-star as Mitch's receptionist and brother who have been hooking up. Fun fact: The first Grisham series adaptation, The Client (which was turned into a movie, too), lasted only one season in 1995-96.
Premieres: Sunday, March 4 at 10/9c
There's nothing like good ol' Southern-spun melodrama! Bad girl-gone-good Amanda (Leslie Bibb) returns home to Dallas after her marriage ends in scandal, hoping for a second chance with those she tormented in high school, including Darlene (Kristin Chenoweth), who don't buy that she's reformed. And you thought neighborly backstabbing was ending with Desperate Housewives!
Premieres: Sunday, Jan. 8 at 10/9c
The people behind the people in power finally get their due! Based on the tell-all book, How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time, the show marks the TV series debut of Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan, a slick management consultant in the corporate world who doesn't play by the rules. So yes, he's totally going to stick it to the 1 percent — with Kristen Bell by his side!
Premieres: Thursday, Feb. 2 at 11/10c
Score one for titles that tell you exactly what the show is about. In this case, we also have David J. Rosen, who wrote the novel on which the show is based. Jason Strider (Peter Vack) is a 20-something college grad partying and hooking up in New York until a one-night stand steals his pants, setting him off on a quest to get them — and the girl — back. Nothing like dating a kleptomaniac!
Premieres: Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 9/8c
Leading a double life on TV usually involves some sort of espionage, but for Jane Quimby (Erica Dasher), it involves fashion. After being mistaken for an adult, the 16-year-old lands a job as an assistant to the no-nonsense Gray Chandler Murray (Andie MacDowell) at a retail company and must balance high school with high-end fashion.
Premieres: Monday, Jan. 16 at 10/9c
Vampires and zombies are so yesterday. Meet Bo (Anna Silk), a bisexual woman who learns she's actually a succubus — a demon who feeds off people's sexual energy — when she accidentally "drains" her boyfriend to death. Forgoing her supernatural Fae clan, Bo hits the road and forms a Fae/Human detective agency with Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) as she tries to help humans and learn more about her origins. The series is a Canadian import and Syfy has acquired the first two seasons.
Premieres: Sunday, Jan. 29 at 9/8c
This ain't no Seabiscuit. Set in the gritty world of horse racing, the drama looks at the sport from all sides — the owners, gamblers, jockeys, industry players and even the underbelly of organized crime. And like any good racehorse, Luck is brimming with top-notch pedigree: Michael Mann and David Milch are behind it, and Dustin Hoffman heads an all-star cast that includes Dennis Farina, Nick Nolte, Richard Kind, Joan Allen and Michael Gambon.
Premieres: Thursday, March 15 at 8/7c
As the title suggests, someone goes missing. That would be Becca Winstone's son, who disappears in Italy while abroad for an internship. Luckily, Becca (Ashley Judd) just so happens to be a CIA agent, so she heads over to find her pride and joy. Let's hope she kicks as much butt as Liam Neeson did in Taken.
Sunday, Jan. 15 at 8:30/7:30c
Remember the movie? The whole cast, which includes Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Marjorino and Haylie Duff, will reprise their roles in this animated version of Napoleon & Co.'s small-town Idaho life. Surely we'll see more nunchunks, 1 percent milk and tetherball. Oh, and Napoleon's sweet skills
Premieres: Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 9/8c
No, this is not a home improvement show. The reality series chronicles Paul Fisher, a modeling industry vet, as he tries to unify small agencies into a giant venture called The Network (not to be confused with Network) that will empower models and help them lead healthier lives. So no more size negative zeroes on the runway?
Premieres: Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 9/8c
Think Poltergeist and The Blair Witch Project in the Amazon. After famed adventurer and TV personality Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) goes missing in the Amazon, his wife (Leslie Hope) and son (Joe Anderson) search for him with a documentary crew who's there to capture all the chilling paranormal, um, activity that befalls them. Warning: If you get queasy at camera-shaking, this one might not be for you.
Premieres: Thursday, Jan. 12 at 8:30/7:30c
¿Why did you do away with the regular and upside-down exclamation points, CBS? ¡We know how much you love funky punctuation in your titles! But Rob still remains — as in Rob Schneider, who plays a lifelong bachelor who marries into a tight-knit Mexican-American family that includes Cheech Marin as his father-in-law. No word if Chong will drop by yet.
Premieres: Monday, Feb. 6 at 10/9c
Piggybacking on the success of Glee, NBC gives us this musical drama (starring Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Katharine McPhee) from Steven Spielberg set under the high-stakes lights of Broadway as a group of lyricists, producers and actors try to put together a musical about Marilyn Monroe — complete with original songs. So, yes, every week will be your week with Marilyn.
Premieres: Monday, March 19 at 9/8c (special preview Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 9/8c)
Ever wonder what it'd be like if Jack Bauer didn't have a daughter who got caught in a cougar trap, but instead had an autistic son who gets a hankering to climb a cell tower every afternoon at the same time? Then this show — created by Heroes' Tim Kring — is for you! Kiefer Sutherland returns to TV as Martin Bohm, a widower and father to Jake (David Mazouz), his mute, autistic son who can predict future bad events. It is then up to Martin to stop them from happening. Yup, it's another race against time to save the world! Except Kiefer will be able to change clothes and take bathroom breaks this time.
Premieres: Thursday, Jan. 19 at 10/9c
And to think David Hornsby was thisclose to having three shows on the air. From Hornsby, whose How to Be a Gentleman was canceled, and his It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia writers/producers Scott Marder and Rob Rosell, the animated series follows two best friends navigating their teenage years with no parental guidance. The voice cast includes It's Always Sunny's Kaitlin Olson, Kristen Bell, Justin Long, Fred Armisen, Romany Malco and Alexa Vega.
Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 8:30/7:30c
Trying to do their best Bosom Buddies
redux, Lee (Ben Koldyke) and Angel (Amaury Nolasco) dress as women to get jobs because it turns out the recession is more of a "mancession" (totally not true
, but try to suspend your disbelief). They score positions as pharmaceutical sales reps and must keep up their pantyhose-wearing, makeup-applying charade even though they make the most ridiculous-looking women this side of Adam Sandler.