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Midseason 2009 TV Explosion! January 6, 2009

Posted by Ted in : 24, 30 Rock, Amazing Race, American Idol, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, Fringe, General, Hell's Kitchen, Heroes, Holiday Posts, Kath & Kim, Lost, Midseason, My Name is Earl, Reality TV, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Smallville, Terminator: tSCC, The Office , trackback

 January is here. The festivities and laziness of the holiday season are behind us. It’s time for everyone to once again get serious about things, get back to work, and face up to the hard cold reality of life. Right?

Wrong! January is the time of year we TV watchers plunge head first into some serious escapist entertainment, and here at TV Crawlspace the only reality we’ll be facing is reality television. In just a few days, a massive wave of midseason premieres will hit like a tsunami, carrying us helplessly out into the television ocean, hopefully never to return again.

For TV Guide’s complete schedule of midseason premieres, click here.

Here’s a rundown of shows I’m looking forward to (and a couple I’m not looking forward to) in chronological order:

13 Fear is Real – (starts Wed., Jan. 7 on CW 8/7c)
This is a spooky themed reality show that might be amusing, something along the lines of Survivor meets Blair Witch Project. I hope there’s something more going on here than guys in masks jumping out and scaring contestants.

NBC comedy night done (halfway) right – (all four shows resume on Thur., Jan. 8 on NBC 8/7c)
My Name is Earl – This has been a little bit better this season, with a half hearted attempt to return to the theme of redemption (Earl’s list) that made the show so appealing in the first season.
Kath & Kim – I watched this show just to see how bad it was, and to my surprise I liked it. Slightly demented but well written, it’s sort of a kinder, gentler version of John Waters. Everybody on this show apparently works in a mall. How cool is that?
The Office – This has been brilliant as usual. I especially liked the episode where Jim and Pam had their first disagreement. I hope this is a foreshadowing of things to come. I think I like them better as enemies than lovers. Is it just me, or are all the female characters on this show mean and vindictive?
30 Rock – As a fan of Tina Fey during her SNL days, I wanted to like this overhyped show, but the cutesy self-satisfied tone of it left me cold. The jokes aren’t funny, and the endless parade of guest stars can’t make up for the show’s lack of direction. The emperor has no clothes!

Howie Do It – (starts Fri. Jan. 9 on ABC 8/7c)
This appears to be a hidden camera prank type show with Howie Mandel. I may watch the one episode that is aired before the show is cancelled.

24 – (starts Sun. Jan. 11 on FOX 8/7c)
What I always liked about 24 was its sci-fi elements, like the spacey soundtrack, and the high tech gadgetry. This season Janeane Garofalo plays the new computer guru, Janis Gold. According to TV Guide, “Mid-season run-ins with Chloe should make for hot geek-on-geek action.”

American Idol – (starts Tue. Jan. 13 on FOX 8/7c)
It is what it is.

Smallville – (returns Thur. Jan. 15 on CW 8/7c)
I’ve gotten hooked on this show again after sitting out for a couple of seasons. It seems unfair that Smallville’s best season ever may be its last, although I don’t know if that’s been made official yet.

Supernatural – (returns Thur. Jan. 15 on CW 9/8c)
Another CW show that I’ve rediscovered. It seems to have improved a lot since its first season. CW deserves credit for giving shows like this and Smallville a chance, and not axing them at the drop of a hat.

Fringe – (returns Tue. Jan. 20 on FOX 9/8c)
This sci-fi drama from the co-creator of Lost is my favorite new show of the year. Run and tell your friends.

Lost – (starts Wed. Jan. 21 on ABC 9/8c)
There are few television pleasures that compare with getting lost in Lost. It’s pretty amazing that a show this weird could stay on the air for five years, but it’s been reported that season 6 in 2010 will be the last.

Hell’s Kitchen – (starts Thur. Jan. 29 on FOX 9/8c)
Not a great time slot for Chef Ramsey this time around. He’s going up against The Office and the ratings powerhouse Supernatural.

Heroes – (returns Mon. Feb. 2 on NBC 9/8c)
This quality of this show has fallen faster than Nathan Petrelli during an eclipse. The storylines seem to be wandering aimlessly. Too many characters to keep up with is part of the problem. Some have suggested it could be the show’s last season if the ratings don’t improve.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – (returns Fri. Feb. 13 on FOX 8/7c)
FOX is moving this to Fridays, where it will be paired up with Dollhouse.

Dollhouse – (starts Fri. Feb. 13 on FOX 9/8c)
This is the one that everyone’s waiting for, the new show from Buffy/Angel mastermind Joss Whedon, but there have reportedly been problems in production and FOX has now relegated the show to the dreaded Friday night time slot (set to debut on Friday the 13th, no less). Of course, the X-files thrived on Fridays, so there’s still hope.

The Amazing Race – (starts Sun. Feb. 15 on CBS 8/7c)
My favorite reality show will feature less airports this season, according to TV Guide.


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1. Jeff AtkinsonNo Gravatar - January 6, 2009

I just stopped by your blog and thought I would say hello. I like your site design. Looking forward to reading more down the road.

2. mrlanserNo Gravatar - January 7, 2009

Thanks for your comments on my blog. I agree that Peter could make a good bad guy.

As far as Dollhouse being on Friday, you have to wonder if Fox has something against Whedon’s shows. They managed to kill Firefly single-handedly. Then again, it also makes you wonder why after Firefly, Joss returned to Fox for Dollhouse.

3. EmilyNo Gravatar - January 12, 2009

I agree with most of your thoughts on these shows, with the glaring exception being 30 Rock. Give it another chance! It has actually surpassed The Office as my favorite current comedy. You said it’s not funny, but I can’t stop laughing when I watch.

I second your enthusiasm for Fringe and Lost, I agree that Heroes has gone down in flames (I stopped watching a couple of months ago), and I also look forward to Dollhouse, because it seems like Joss Whedon can do no wrong.

4. tvcrawlspaceNo Gravatar - January 12, 2009

Thanks for all your comments!

5. Joe GoldsteinNo Gravatar - January 13, 2009

So, you think that Howie Mandel should go down in flames after one episode. We shall see…

6. NICKNo Gravatar - January 16, 2009

DOLLHOUSEEEEEE I cannot WAIT. I’ll be posting about Dollhouse like CRAZY when it starts. And you’re right about X-Files thriving on Fridays. Hopefully Dollhouse rocks and FOX starts kissing Whedon’s ass like they should’ve been doing YEARS ago.

And I’ll be doing 24 recaps too. SO GLAD ITS BACK!

Kath and Kim, aye? I neglected to watch it. I really thought it would’ve gotten cancelled by now. Maybe I’ll give it a shot if you’re diggin’ it.

Heroes. I’m done with it. Show is TERRIBLE now.

7. NICKNo Gravatar - January 16, 2009

OH! and I started watching 13: Fear Is Real…it’s not great. But apparently it’s only an 8 episode thing so idk..I might just watch til the end.

8. AmitNo Gravatar - October 19, 2015

My daughter recieved the dollhouse for Christmas, but only a couple of the accessory pieces. Once we bought this one for her birthday, she uses the dollhouse all the time. Now she has someplace for the sister to sleep. If only they made a brother bed he wouldn’t have to sleep in the bathtub! The bedroom set is durable, but the pillow and blankets are a little big to stay on the bed, but my daughter doesn’t seem to mind.


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