Winter 2013 TV schedule: what new shows should you watch?

The broadcast networks have 16 new series for viewers plus returning favorites and a few schedule changes starting this week.   

Photo: FOX

SAN DIEGO, January 7, 2013 – It wasn’t so many years ago that a new television series started in the fall every year. If its ratings weren’t so great, it would limp along until spring, or perhaps its last few episodes would be stretched out by replacing it with specials or sports programming.

Now the networks pull the plug on underperforming shows faster than ever. Some highly rated shows run two shortened seasons rather than one long season. And with the increasing presence of reality TV shows which run a shorter season than comedies or dramas, some run once in the fall, and once again in the spring.

So it’s made the network primetime schedule even harder to follow for viewers.

When are your favorite shows coming back in 2013? What new network TV shows should you check out? What shows were already cancelled before the end of 2012? Here’s a list organized by the calendar, with the networks’ returning series and new shows listed. We’ve also thrown in a few premium cable favorites you’ll be asking about.

New series are listed in bold type. All times are Eastern Time.

Sunday, January 6

The Biggest Loser, NBC, 9 p.m. (Premiere Special; moves to Mondays, 9 p.m.)
Downton Abbey, PBS, 9 p.m. (Season 3)

Monday, January 7

The Bachelor, ABC, 8 p.m. 
The Biggest Loser, NBC, 9 p.m. (Regular Time Slot)
Deception, NBC, 10 p.m. (New Series)
This is a murder mystery crossed with a soap opera. It’s been compared to the ABC series Revenge. Count on lots of backstabbing, betrayals and big twists.

Tuesday, January 8

Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, NBC, 8 p.m.
History Detectives, PBS, 8 p.m,
American Experience, PBS, 9 p.m.
Cougar Town, TBS, 10 p.m. (New network for this former ABC series)
Justified, FX, 10 p.m.

Wednesday, January 9

I Get That A Lot, CBS, 8 p.m.

Thursday, January 10

1600 Penn, NBC, 9:30 p.m. (New Series)
Do the promos look a little like Animal House in the White House? No coincidence, this is exactly how this comedy is being described. Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman are the President and First Lady.

Sunday, January 13

Girls, HBO, 9 p.m.
Shameless, Showtime, 9 p.m.
Enlightened, HBO, 9:30 p.m.
House of Lies, Showtime, 10 p.m.
Californication, Showtime, 10:30 p.m.

Monday, January 14

The Carrie Diaries is a prequel to the successful HBO series Sex and the City, airing on The CW this winder. Photo: CW

The Carrie Diaries, CW, 8 p.m. (New Series)
This show replaces the popular Gossip Girl. It’s a prequel show to Sex in the City, with AnneSophia Robb playing a teenage Carrie Bradshaw.

Wednesday, January 16

American Idol, Fox 8 p.m.
Steven Tyler and J-Lo are out; Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, and Keith Urban are in. Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest can’t be run off for any reason.

Thursday, January 17

American Idol, Fox, 8 p.m. (Results Show)

Friday, January 18

Fringe, FOX, 9 p.m. (This is the final season for this series)

Monday, January 21

The Following, FOX, 9 p.m. (New Series)
This is the first regular TV role for actor Kevin Bacon, playing an FBI profiler battling an Edgar Allen Poe obsessed serial killer. It’s created by Kevin Williamson, who also created The Vampire Diaries

Tuesday, January 22

The Taste, ABC, 8 p.m. (New Series)
Anthony Bourdain of No Reservations and Nigella Lawson host this new cooking competition series.

Wednesday, January 23

Necessary Roughness, USA, 10 p.m.

Thursday, January 24

Project Runway, Lifetime, 9 p.m.

Monday, January 28

Dallas, TNT, 9 p.m.
Watch for episodes in March featuring the funeral of J.R. Ewing, played by the late Larry Hagman, who died in November while filming this second season.

Thursday, January 31

Do No Harm, NBC, 10 p.m. (New Series)
Rescue Me’s Steven Pasquale stars as a successful neurosurgeon with an alternate personality who emerges every night to wreak havoc on his personal and professional lives after being suppressed for years by medication.

Monday, February 4

Rules of Engagement, CBS, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 5

Smash, NBC, 9 p.m. (two episodes; will air Tuesdays at 10 p.m. starting February 12)

Thursday, February 7

Community, NBC, 8 p.m.

Friday, February 8

The Job, CBS, 8 p.m. (New Series) 
The latest reality show from Mark Burnett, the creator of Survivor and The Apprentice.
Touch, FOX, 8 p.m. (two episodes; will air Fridays at 9 p.m. starting February 15)
Kiefer Sutherland and the cast move to Los Angeles in Season 2. There are a number of additions to the show including Maria Bello, Lukas Haas, Mykelti Williamson, D.B. Sweeney, and Frances Fisher.

Sunday, February 10

Walking Dead, AMC, 10 p.m. (Second half of its third season)

Wednesday, February 13

Survivor, CBS, 8 p.m.
Southland, TNT, 10 p.m. (Season 5, 10 episodes)

Thursday, February 14

Anthony Edwards returns to series television in Zero Hour on ABC Thursdays starting February 14. Photo: ABC

Zero Hour, ABC, 8 p.m. (New Series)
A mystery-conspiracy drama in the DaVinci Code mode, set at a magazine. Anthony Edwards of “ER” stars. Also in the series: Swedish actor Michael Nykvist, who played journalist Mikael Blomqvist in the Swedish versions of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movies.

Sunday, February 17

The Amazing Race, CBS, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, February 19

Cult, The CW, 9 p.m. (New Series)
A reporter investigates a TV show about cults that may be responsible for his missing brother.
Body of Proof, ABC, 10 p.m. (delayed from its originally planned February 4 debut)

Tuesday, February 26

English actor Theo James stars in the new New York based crime drama on CBS, The Golden Boy. It debuts Tuesday, February 26. Photo: CBS

Golden Boy, CBS, 10 p.m. (New Series)
A new drama starring English actor Theo James as the NYPD’s youngest police commissioner. It will run in the Tuesday night time slot for Vegas temporarily, and then move to Fridays a 9 p.m. on March 8 after the conclusion of CSI: New York. This means two series about NYPD commissioners will run back to back: this show and Blue Bloods starring Tom Selleck.

Sunday, March 3

The Celebrity Apprentice, NBC, 9 p.m.
Like Dancing With The Stars last fall, this is an All-Stars season bringing back former competitors including Stephen Baldwin, Gary Busey, Dee Snider, La Toya Jackson, Penn Jillette, Omarosa, and Dennis Rodman.
Red Widow, ABC, 10 p.m. (New Series)
This series is adapted from a popular Dutch crime drama about a soccer mom (they have those in Holland?) who infiltrates the Russian mafia.

Friday, March 8

Fashion Star, NBC, 8 p.m.
Grimm, NBC, 9 p.m.

Monday, March 18

Dancing With The Stars, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19

Celebrity Diving, 8 p.m. (New Series)
A new reality show which is exactly what it sounds like.

Monday, March 25

The Voice, NBC, 8 p.m.
Singers Usher and Shakira step in for Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera this spring; Blake Shelton and Adam Levine return.
Revolution, NBC, 10 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26

The Voice, NBC, 8 p.m. (Results Show)
Dancing With The Stars, ABC, 9 p.m. (Results Show)

Sunday, March 31

Call the Midwife, PBS, 8 p.m.
Ready for Love, NBC, 8 p.m. (New Series)
Another attempt to find true love like The Bachelor, except with more bachelors and professional matchmakers. Produced by actress Eva Longoria.
Mr. Selfridge, PBS, 9 p.m. (New Series)
British miniseries set in the early 20th century, starring Jeremy Piven from Entourage as the pioneering American founder of the famed Selfridges department store.
Game of Thrones, HBO, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3

How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life), ABC, 8 p.m. (New Series) Sarah Chalke of Scrubs is a recently divorced single mom who moves back in with her eccentric parents, Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett.

Tuesday, May 1

Family Tools, ABC, 8:30 p.m. (New Series)
This show has been delayed to May and there are only 10 episodes, not a good sign for stars Kyle Bornheimer, J.K. Simmons and Leah Remini. 

Schedule Changes

  • In January, new episodes of Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B–- in Apt. 23 will air on ABC Sunday nights at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in addition to Tuesdays night.
  • Suburgatory will  move to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights on ABC starting in April.
  • On the CW, 90210 will move an hour later to 9 p.m. on Mondays.
  • Meanwhile on Fox, American Dad will take a break in March on Sunday nights. The Cleveland Show will air at 8:30 p.m. and Bob’s Burgers will shift to 9:30 p.m. 
  • NBC newsmagazine Rock Center with Brian Williams will shift to Fridays at 10 p.m. starting in February
  • The last few episodes of the cancelled 666 Park Avenue will be televised this summer.
  • Although it has been cancelled, Emily Owens MD will continue to air on Tuesdays through the season finale on February 5 on Fox.

New Fall 2012 shows that have been cancelled:

The Last Resort, ABC
666 Park Avenue, ABC
The Mob Doctor, NBC
Emily Owens MD, CW
Made in Jersey, CBS
Animal Practice, NBC


Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +


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