OnMedia: A busy January filled with TV premieres
When it comes to new TV shows, January has become almost as big as September.
Mid-season shows started airing over the New Year's weekend, and new runs of "reality" standbys start this week.
Both launch with two-hour season-openers.
Among scripted shows, the seventh season of "Nip/Tuck" starts at 9 p.m. Wednesday on FX.
The canceled "Southland" moves to cable's TNT on at 9 p.m. on Jan. 12, airing seven reruns and six unaired episodes from the original 13-episode season ordered by NBC.
There are also season premieres galore this month. Here are 10 of the biggest up and down the dial:
- NBC's "Chuck" comes back for a third season with two episodes at 7 p.m. Sunday on Channel 4.
- HBO's "Big Love" starts its fourth season at 8 p.m. Sunday.
- Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" launches its sixth season on the Travel Channel at 9 p.m., Jan. 11.
- The ninth season of Fox's "American Idol" begins at 7 p.m. on Jan. 12 on Channel 6, with Ellen DeGeneres replacing Paula Abdul as one of four judges.
- TNT's "Leverage" is back for another season at 9 p.m. on Jan. 13th
- Lifetime's "Project Runway" returns for a 7th season at 9 p.m. on Jan. 14.
- Fox's "24" returns at 8 p.m. Jan. 17, a Sunday night, for its eighth season premiere on Channel 6.
- FX's "Damages" is back for a third season at 9 p.m. Jan. 25.
- USA's "Psych" returs for a fourth season on Jan. 27 at 9 p.m..
- Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" is back for its third season on American TV on Jan. 29 at 8 p.m.
Since I know the questions will come in, let's answer 'em now: ABC's "Lost" returns for its final season Feb. 2 on Channel 12.
And, here's one small warning. Everything in TV changes quickly these days, especially the schedule.
So check the listings to be sure.
No rush back to work for Rush: the nation's biggest radio talker, Rush Limbaugh was scheduled to be back on his syndicated radio show, which airs at noon weekdays on WISN-AM (1130).
But last week's heart scare has changed that a bit. He's reportedly going to make appearances on the show today and tomorrow, with Mark Steyn filling in.
Limbaugh won't be back behind the microphone until Wednesday.
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