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Midseason TV schedule

Battlestar Galactica isn't the only show returning, or debuting, this winter. Here are dates and details on the other big series premieres and comebacks. If the show already has returned, you might be able to watch reruns of missed episodes online.

DRAMAS

Nip/Tuck (returned Jan. 6, FX): Sean (Dylan Walsh) and Christian (Julian McMahon) are back for the second half of this racy series' fifth season.

24 (returned Jan. 11, Fox; reruns available at www.fox.com): Jack is back from Africa with a lady president as his boss.

Flashpoint (9 p.m. Jan. 16, CBS): This is one of the few summer shows that paid off for CBS. Now the series, which follows an elite emergency task force, is back for a second season, starring Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars, Just Shoot Me).

Friday Night Lights (9 p.m. Jan. 16, NBC): This cult favorite football series is returning to network television after enjoying several months on DirectTV. In the third season, former Mount Sterling resident Jeremy Sumpter has a recurring role as quarterback J.D. McCoy.

Big Love (9 p.m. Jan. 18, HBO): Bill (Bill Paxton) could take a fourth wife on this highly addictive series' third season, but one hopes he'll think twice.

The L Word (9 p.m. Jan. 18, Showtime): The series' sixth and final season begins with a mystery. Who killed the annoying Jenny (Mia Kirshner), and do we care?

United States of Tara (10 p.m. Jan. 18, Showtime): Toni Collette plays a housewife battling three split personalities in this unorthodox show executive-produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Diablo Cody (Juno). The pilot lives up to the hype. Will the rest of the season do the same? We'll see.

Secret Diary of a Call Girl (10:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Showtime): Belle/Hannah (Billie Piper) is back for a second season of naughty and sometimes funny debauchery.

Lost (8 p.m. Jan. 21, ABC): Jack (Matthew Fox) and the rest of the Oceanic Six have to return to the island and a fifth season. But how do you return to an island that has moved? We're sure the show's creators have some sort of explanation.

Lie to Me (9 p.m. Jan. 21, Fox): Oscar-nominated actor Tim Roth plays Dr. Cal Lightman, a deception expert who can read people and tell whether they're lying in this intriguing new Fox series replete with real-life examples.

Burn Notice (10 p.m. Jan. 22, USA): Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) is back to finish the second season of this entertaining spy drama.

The Closer (9 p.m. Jan. 26, TNT): Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) is back to finish off the second half of the popular cop drama's fourth season.

Medium (10 p.m. Feb. 2, NBC): Allison DuBois (Emmy winner Patricia Arquette) returns for a fifth season of crime-fighting psychic visions.

Dollhouse (9 p.m. Feb. 13, Fox): Echo (Eliza Dushku) is a young woman whose memory has been erased so she can work for an illegal underground organization that caters to the rich and powerful. Although this series by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) sounds promising, it has little chance of survival in the network's Friday-night lineup.

Breaking Bad (8 p.m. March 8, AMC): Now that Walt (Emmy winner Bryan Cranston) has that big bag of blue meth to sell, he can't be stopped. Right? Find out when season two begins.

Castle (10 p.m. March 9, ABC): Mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion, Desperate Housewives, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog) is bored until he learns that a real-world copycat killer is re-enacting murders from his books.

Reaper (9 p.m. March 17, The CW): Finally, Sam (Bret Harrison) and the gang are back to send demons to hell for the Devil (Ray Wise) for a second season. Finally.

COMEDIES

Scrubs (returned Jan. 6, but on a new network ABC; reruns available at www.abc.com): J.D. (Zach Braff) and his hilarious hospital gang have a new network home and at least one more season (this is the show's eighth) to make us laugh. This is just the medicine TV needs.

10 Items or Less (returned Jan. 6, TBS; reruns available at www.tbs.com): A third, mostly improvised season begins at the goofy Greens & Grains grocery store on this silly sitcom.

Monk (returned Jan. 9, USA; reruns available at www.usanetwork.com): Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub is back as everyone's favorite lovable and weird private detective.

Psych (returned Jan. 9, USA; reruns available at www.usanetwork.com): Shawn (James Roday) will continue to use his fake psychic skills for good and to wrap up the series' third season. The show is kind of like The Mentalist on CBS, except Psych came first.

Flight of the Conchords (10 p.m. Jan. 18, HBO): Bret and Jemaine will sing their way into a second and funny season.

Trust Me (10 p.m. Jan. 26, TNT): This show's creators are going to have to do something to make Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) and Tom Cavanagh (Ed) look less alike on this new dramatic comedy about the ad business. Everything else is cool.

Cupid (10 p.m. March 24, ABC): Remember this series from a decade ago? Well, it's back, sans Jeremy Piven. This time around Bobby Cannavale (Will & Grace, Sex and the City) plays Cupid.

REALITY

The Bachelor (returned Jan. 5, ABC; reruns available at www.abc.com): Jason Mesnick, America's favorite single dad on reality TV, is searching for real love. On TV.

True Beauty (premiered Jan. 5, ABC; reruns available at www.abc.com): Six hot women and four hot dudes are embarrassed and tortured to learn who is beautiful on the inside on this new show. Yawn.

Homeland Security USA (premiered Jan. 6, ABC; reruns available at www.abc.com): This new, 13-part reality series spotlights the people who protect this country.

The Biggest Loser: Couples (returned Jan. 6, NBC; reruns available at www.hulu.com): Eleven teams of dangerously overweight twosomes fight for their lives and healthier weights on the seventh season.

American Idol (returned Jan. 13, Fox): An eighth season of the No. 1 show gets a fourth judge, Kara DioGuardi.

Hell's Kitchen (9 p.m. Jan. 29, Fox): Sixteen more aspiring chefs line up to get berated by chef Gordon Ramsay.

Celebrity Apprentice (March 1, NBC; time to be determined): The famous types include singer Brian McKnight and ex-Detroit Piston Dennis Rodman. Sad.

Howie Do It (premiered Jan. 9, NBC): Howie Mandel is determined to rescue NBC from the ratings gutter, one show at a time.

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