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New year brings some new shows to network TV

Fri., Jan. 7, 2011

Moves also aimed at getting better ratings for established series

It’s a new year and that means the TV networks are changing their schedules.

Moves are being made to make way for new shows, help veteran series get better ratings and to make room for returning series.

Here’s a look at the changes:


The network breaks the TV season into two parts, with “American Idol” the major anchor for the second half.

The next season of the singing competition show begins Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. and will air Wednesday and Thursday nights.

The next round of “Kitchen Nightmares” begins Jan. 21 at 8 p.m.

New shows on the Fox lineup include:

• “Bob’s Burgers” (Sunday, 8:30 p.m.), an animated series about a quirky family that runs a burger joint.

• “Traffic Light” (Feb. 3, 9:30 p.m.), a relationship comedy based on a hit Israeli series.

• “The Chicago Code” (Feb. 7, 9 p.m.), a police drama from Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”) starring Jennifer Beals and Jason Clarke.

• “Breaking In” (April 6, 9:30 p.m.), a workplace comedy starring Christian Slater.

Several Fox shows are moving to new time periods.

“Human Target” jumps to 9 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 26, while “Bones” moves to 9 p.m. Thursdays on Jan. 20. “Fringe” begins airing 9 p.m. Fridays on Jan. 28.

“American Dad” goes to 7:30 p.m. Sundays starting Jan. 16, with “The Cleveland Show” going to 9:30 p.m. beginning this Sunday.


The network will launch four new shows:

• “The Cape” (Sunday, 9 p.m.), starring David Lyons as a cop who’s presumed dead, but returns as a would-be superhero.

• “Harry’s Law” (Jan. 17, 10 p.m.), a legal drama from David E. Kelley that features Kathy Bates as a fired lawyer who bounces back.

• “Perfect Couples” (Jan. 20, 8:30 p.m.), a comedic look at relationships through three couples.

• “America’s Next Great Restaurant” (March 16, 9 p.m.), a reality competition series.

Among time slot changes, “Law & Order: Los Angeles” moves to 10 p.m. Tuesdays on Feb. 8, while “Parenthood” shifts to 10 p.m. Mondays on March 7.

“Chase” goes to 9 p.m. Wednesdays next week, while “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” moves to 10 p.m.

The genealogy series “Who Do You Think You Are?” returns Jan. 21 at 8 p.m., “The Marriage Ref” returns March 6 at 8 p.m., and the next round of “The Celebrity Apprentice” kicks off March 6 at 9 p.m.


New series on the top-rated network include:

• “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” (Feb. 16, 10 p.m.), a “Criminal Minds” spinoff starring Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garofalo.

• “Mad Love” (Feb. 21, 8:30 p.m.), a relationship comedy about four New York friends.

• “Chaos” (April 1, 8 p.m.), a comedy about rogue CIA spies.

“Blue Bloods” moves to 10 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 19, while “The Defenders” goes to 8 p.m. Fridays starting Feb. 4.

“Rules of Engagement” shifts to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Feb. 24.


Four new shows join the network lineup:

• “Mr. Sunshine” (Feb. 9, 9:30 p.m.), a comedy about a sports arena manager starring Matthew Perry and Allison Janney.

• “Off the Map” (Feb. 9, 10 p.m.), a medical drama meets adventure series about six idealistic doctors in a South American jungle.

• “Body of Proof” (March 29, 10 p.m.), the Dana Delany medical drama.

• “Happy Endings” (April 13, 10 p.m.), a relationship comedy starring Elisha Cuthbert.

“Secret Millionaire” takes over the 8 p.m. Sunday slot starting March 6.

The CW

“Hellcats” moves to 9 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 25, and “Shedding for the Wedding,” a reality weight-loss program, begins Feb. 23 at 9 p.m.

Cycle 16 of “America’s Next Top Model” begins Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. The final episode of “Life Unexpected” airs Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.

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