New year brings new TV shows as series take break

Jane Lynch stars in 'Angel from Hell' on CBS.
Jane Lynch stars in 'Angel from Hell' on CBS. CBS

The fall TV season is history, and now the broadcast networks are planning the rollout of midseason and early spring shows. Here’s a roundup of what viewers can expect:


My Diet Is Better Than Yours (8 p.m. Thursday): Celebrity trainers coach average Americans to lose weight.

The Real O'Neals (8:30 and 9:30 p.m. March 2; regular time slot: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday starting March 8): One of the season’s better new comedies stars Martha Plimpton, as matriarch of an Irish-Catholic family with a gay son.

The Family (9 p.m. March 3; regular time slot: 9 p.m. Sunday starting March 3): A politician’s presumed dead son returns a decade later, but is he who he says he is? Joan Allen stars.

Of Kings and Prophets (10 p.m. March 8): This biblical epic drama was originally slated to air in the fall but was pushed back for creative retooling.

The Catch (10 p.m. March 24): Another Shonda Rhimes production, this one stars Mireille Enos (The Killing) as a Los Angeles private investigator who gets conned out of millions by her fiancé (Peter Krause, Parenthood).

Returning: Galavant (8 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday), The Bachelor (8 p.m. Monday), American Crime (10 p.m. Wednesday), Beyond the Tank (10 p.m. Thursday), Marvel’s Agent Carter (9 p.m. Jan. 19), Quantico (10 p.m. March 6), Once Upon a Time (8 p.m. March 6), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (9 p.m. March 8), Nashville (10 p.m. March 16), Dancing With the Stars (8 p.m. March 21).


Angel From Hell (9:30 p.m. Thursday): Jane Lynch stars as a woman who may be an angel or she may be crazy.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (10 p.m. March 2): Gary Sinise (CSI: New York) headlines CBS’s latest crime procedural spin-off.

Returning series: 2 Broke Girls (8 p.m. Wednesday), Mike & Molly (8:30 p.m. Wednesday), The Amazing Race (8 p.m. Feb. 12), Survivor (8 p.m. Feb. 17), The Odd Couple (8:30 p.m. April 7).


Brooklyn Nine-Nine moves to 9 p.m. Tuesday on Tuesday. Return dates for Bones and Last Man on Earth have not been announced.

Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life (8:30 p.m. Sunday): Cooper (Jack Cutmore-Scott) struggles through hilarious disasters, like a night in jail and going broke.

Bordertown (9:30 p.m. Sunday): Satirical animated comedy about a white and Hispanic family living side by side in a Southwest desert town.

Second Chance (9 p.m. Jan. 13): A Frankenstein story about a 75-year-old former sheriff brought back to life in the body of a 35-year-old.

Lucifer (9 p.m. Jan. 25): Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis, Merlin), aka Satan, retires to L.A. and becomes intrigued by a well-meaning homicide detective (Lauren German, Chicago Fire). Based on a comic book.

Returning: New Girl (8 p.m. Tuesday), American Idol (8 p.m. Wednesday), Masterchef Junior (8 p.m. Friday), Bob’s Burgers (7:30 p.m. Jan. 10), Hell’s Kitchen (9 p.m. Jan. 15), The X-Files (10 p.m. Jan. 24, 8 p.m. Jan. 25), Sleepy Hollow (8 p.m. Feb. 5), Gotham (8 p.m. Feb. 29), Rosewood (8 p.m. March 2), Empire (9 p.m. March 30).


The Vampire Diaries and The Originals move to 8 and 9 p.m. Friday, respectively, beginning Jan. 29.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (8 p.m. Jan. 21): More superheroes in this spinoff of Arrow and The Flash, including Capt. Cold, played by Wentworth Miller.

Returning: The 100 (9 p.m. Jan. 21).


NBC aired previews of Superstore and Telenovela in November and December, but the shows will air in their regular time periods, 8 and 8:30 p.m., beginning Monday.

Shades of Blue (10 p.m. Thursday): Jennifer Lopez stars as a Brooklyn detective turned FBI informant who must spy on her boss, Lt. Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta), on behalf of her FBI handler.

You, Me and the Apocalypse (8 p.m. Jan. 28): Comedic limited drama import from England about the last days of man starring Rob Lowe and Megan Mullally.

Returning: The Biggest Loser (9 p.m. Monday), Hollywood Game Night (8 p.m., Tuesday).


Ken Burns profiles baseball great Jackie Robinson (9 p.m. April 11-12).

PBS’s American Masters will premiere episodes devoted to Mike Nichols (9 p.m. Jan. 29), B.B. King (9 p.m. Feb. 12) and Carole King (9 p.m. Feb. 19).

American Experience will revisit the story of Bonnie and Clyde (9 p.m. Jan. 19) and the assassination of President James Garfield (9 p.m. Feb. 2)

Mercy Street (10 p.m. Jan. 17-Feb. 21): PBS will use the final season of Downton Abbey to launch its first American drama in more than a decade, set at an Alexandria, Va., Union hospital that’s taken over a hotel owned by a Confederacy-supporting family.

Returning: Downton Abbey (9 p.m. Sunday), Antiques Roadshow (8 p.m. Monday), Finding Your Roots (8 p.m. Tuesday), Call the Midwife (8 p.m. April 3), Genealogy Roadshow (8 p.m. May 17).