The new year is well underway, which means it’s time for the television networks to start rolling out their mid-season replacements. And with so much garbage to choose from, it can be hard to figure out what’s worth your time. It’s enough to make you do something rash/non-TV related, like reading a book or conversing with your family. And we all know how that ends: poorly. But what we don’t know is how the following 11 shows will end. Will they gain a following and get picked up for a second season, or will they they fail to draw an audience and get “Loan Starred?” Take a look at our 2011 mid-season replacement guide and decide for yourself.
“The Chicago Code” – Feb 7th (9/8 C) – Fox
From the people who brought you “The Shield” comes the story of a Chicago cop on a quest to find his brother’s killer. As you’d expect from the “Windy City,” he runs head-on into a sea of corruption. But as you wouldn’t expect from the “Windy City,” he also runs into a sexy female police superintendent. Compare that to a picture of Chicago’s real police superintendent. Ah, Hollywood magic.
“Bob’s Burgers” – Jan 9th (8:30/7:30C) – Fox
If you were a fan of “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist,” you’re probably a middle-age loser by now. But you’re also in luck! Loren Bouchard, who produced “Katz” (as well as “Home Movies”) is behind “Bob’s Burgers,” a cartoon about a family running a NYC burger joint. Also, H. Jon Benjamin reprises his role of every cartoon voice since 1995.
“Episodes” – Jan 9th (9:30) – Showtime
In Showtime’s new series, “Episodes,” Matt LeBlanc plays the role he was born to play: himself. It’s sort of like that episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” where Larry David pitches a show about Jason Alexander’s attempts to break away from his character of George Costanza. Hopefully the show helps LeBlanc step out of Joey Tribbiani’s shadow. I’m talking about Joey Tribbiani from “Friends,” not Joey Tribbiani from “Joey.” The latter is long dead.
“Shameless” – Jan 9th (10) – Showtime
If you like William H. Macy, you’ll probably like “Shameless,” a show about an alcoholic father raising his family. If you don’t like William H. Macy, I hope you like alcoholic fathers.
“Mr. Sunshine” – Jan 9th (9:30/8:30 C) – ABC
In “Mr. Sunshine,” Matthew Perry plays the director of “The Sunshine Center.” It’s a fictionalized version of the Staples Center, except with more laughs and less alleged rapists. This means that three of the cast members from friends will be back on network television this season. Only three more to go until the Apocalypse.
“Body of Proof” – Mar 29th (10/9C) – ABC
I’m not sure what I’m more excited to see: this new show or Dana Delany’s new face. Jesus Christ, she’s almost 55, and she looks the same as she did in “China Beach!” “Body of Proof” is about a world renowned surgeon. I’m assuming it’s based on her plastic surgeon. If he’s not world renowned, he should be.
“Lights Out” – Jan 11 (10) – FX
“Lights Out” tells the story of a former heavyweight boxer who is contemplating a comeback. That reminds me of an old joke a co-worker of mine retold today. Why does Mike Tyson cry after sex? Because of the mace. Get it!
“Skins” – Jan 17 (10/9 C) – MTV
“Skins” is a new drama on MTV about the lives of teenagers. If you like watching teens do drugs and have sex, you’ll enjoy this show. Also, you’re a god damn creep.
“The Killing” – Apr 3rd (10/9 C) – AMC
“The Killing” tells the story of a young girl who is murdered and the subsequent police investigation. It’s sort of like “Twin Peaks,” with out a backward talking midget. The show is on AMC, so it’s hard to bet against it even after”Rubicon” though got the ax.
“Fairly Legal” – Jan 20th (10/9 C) – USA
“Fairly Legal” stars Sarah Shahi as a former lawyer whose frustration with the legal system leads her to a new career as a mediator. She’s hot, but I don’t care about that. What I do care about is that the guy from “Major Dad” is in the promo. I haven’t been this excited since “Jericho.”