“Lost” is back (Jan. 31) for eight episodes on ABC. “Jericho” gets its fan-generated second season (Feb. 12) on CBS. “One Tree Hill” (Jan. 8, CW) jumps forward four years. HBO’s critically-acclaimed “The Wire” returns for its fifth and final season (Jan. 6). “American Idol” (Jan. 15, Fox) and “Survivor” (Feb. 7, CBS) roll out new seasons.
Popular shows are in limited supply because of the writers’ strike. “30 Rock,” “CSI,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Desperate Housewives”, and “Criminal Minds” are one and done. “Gossip Girl”, “Chuck”, “Reaper”, and “Without A Trace” have two episodes left. “Brothers and Sisters”, “Bones”, “Dirty Sexy Money”, “CSI: NY”, “Ugly Betty”, and “House” (with the post-Super Bowl slot) have three. “Friday Night Lights,” happily, has six.
Midseason shows will not get lost in the shuffle this winter. Here’s some to sample:
- The Celebrity Apprentice (Jan. 3, 9 p.m., NBC): Gene Simmons, Vincent Pastore, Nadia Comaneci and among the celebrities who could get fired by Donald Trump.
- American Gladiators (Jan. 6, 9 p.m., NBC): Revival of the 1996 series.
- Cashmere Mafia (Jan. 6, 10 p.m., ABC): Darren Star’s latest show about four female executives dealing with life, work and love in New York.
- Dance War (Jan. 7, 8 p.m., ABC): “Dancing with the Stars” judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba lead dance squads.
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Jan. 13, 8 p.m., Fox): Sarah struggles to save her son and humanity.
- Comanche Moon (Jan. 13, 9 p.m., CBS): A six-hour miniseries, based on Larry McMurtry’s novel, about two Texas Rangers on the trail of three elusive outlaws.
- Breaking Bad (Jan. 20, 8 p.m., AMC): A drama about a high school chemistry teacher suffering from a bad case of mid-life crisis who becomes a criminal.
- In Treatment (Jan. 28, 9:30 p.m., HBO): A five-night-a-week serial that tracks the weekly sessions between a psychotherapist (Gabriel Byrne) and his patients.
- The Captain (Jan. 28, 8:30 p.m., CBS): Comedy about a young writer who moves into an old Hollywood apartment building populated by eccentric characters.
- Eli Stone (Jan. 31, 10 p.m., ABC): Jonny Lee Miller stars as a San Francisco lawyer with prophetic powers.
- Lipstick Jungle (Feb. 7, 10 p.m., NBC: Based on Candace Bushnell’s novel about three powerful businesswomen in New York.
- New Amsterdam: (March 4, 9 p.m., Fox): New York City homicide detective cursed with immortality.
- Unhitched (March 2, 9:30 p.m., Fox): A 35-year-old man returns to the dating scene after his10-year marriage ends.
- The Return of Jezebel James (March 12, 9:30 p.m., Fox): Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Gilmore Girls”) created this comedy about two estranged sisters raising a baby together. Parker Posey and Lauren Ambrose star.
- Canterbury’s Law (April 14, 9 p.m., Fox): Julianna Margulies returns to TV as a passionate defense attorney.