Mid-Season Television Shows: What to Expect

This year's mid-season television shows include a drama behind-the-scenes of a musical drama, and a modern version of "Bosom Buddies."

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The Firm, 9.p.m, Jan. 8, NBC: It seems like the fall TV season began only yesterday, but it's time for the mid-season surge of new shows. Josh Lucas stars as Mitch McDeere in this series that picks up a decade after the John Grisham novel (previously adapted for the big screen starring Tom Cruise) left off. Molly Parker and Juliette Lewis co-star.
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Are You There, Chelsea?, 8:30 p.m., Jan. 11, NBC: Laura Prepon stars as a fictional version of comedienne Chelsea Handler--who stars as her own older sister, Sloane--in this sitcom based on Handler's writings about her early career.
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30 Rock, 8 p.m., Jan. 12, NBC: Jack Donaghy, Liz Lemon and Tracy Jordan return, hopefully with an answer to the burning question, What became of Avery Jessup after Kim Jong Il died?
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Rob, 8:30 p.m., Jan. 12, CBS: Rob Schneider stars in his own sitcom as a gringo who marries into a large Latino family. It will not surprise you to learn that his TV spouse is a 10.
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The Finder, 9 p.m., Jan. 12, Fox: Geoff Stults and Michael Clarke Duncan star in this "Bones" spin-off about a guy with the uncanny ability to locate anything.
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Napoleon Dynamite, 8:30 p.m., Jan. 15, Fox: A cartoon adaptation of the hit indie comedy of 2004, which brings back the original cast, as well as a host of guest stars, including Amy Poehler, Jennifer Coolidge, Sam Rockwell and Jemaine Clement.
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Alcatraz, 8 p.m., Jan. 16, Fox: Hopefully you've forgiven JJ Abrams for the bad taste "Lost" left in your mouth, and are ready for this new series about the hunt for a prison escapee believed dead for decades.
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Justified, Jan. 17@ 10 p.m. on FX: Timothy Oliphant returns as Kentucky's favorite lawman, and welcomes new cast members Carla Gugino, Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson.
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Archer, 10 p.m., Jan. 19, FX: Sterling Archer, the world's greatest spy and ladies' man returns, along with Lana Kane and the rest of the gang from ISIS for another season of thwarting evil in this brilliant 007 send-up.
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Touch, 9 p.m., Jan. 25, Fox: Kiefer Sutherland stars as an ex-journalist widowed by the Sept. 11 attacks whose son is an autistic mute with an obsession for numbers, which allows him to predict the future.
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The Voice, 10 p.m., Feb. 5, NBC: Right after the NFL crowns a Super Bowl champion, judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will set out to find another winner of their own.
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Smash, 10 p.m., Feb. 6, NBC: Megan Hilty and Katherine McPhee star as a pair of Broadway hopefuls vying for the lead role in a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe. Co-stars Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston.
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The River, 9 p.m., Feb. 7, ABC: Bruce Greenwood stars as Dr. Emmet Cole, a famous explorer who disappeared somewhere in the Amazon, in this series that follows his son as he leads a search and rescue mission to find his dad.
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The Walking Dead, 9 p.m., Feb. 12, AMC: Brace for more zombie drama.
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Mad Men, 10 p.m., March 16, AMC: We know--it's a long way off, but you should be grateful Don Draper's coming back at all.
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Work It, Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m., ABC: Two guys who lose their jobs when Pontiac goes belly-up find jobs as pharmaceutical reps - but as women.
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Jersey Shore, Thursdays, 10 p.m., MTV: We're still trying to figure out the enduring popularity of these kids, but they're back.
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