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Ed Loves Bacon - Ed's comprehensive Mid-Season TV lineup

I wish I could take credit for compiling this impressive list of mid-season television shows, but the busy interns at Entertainment Weekly helped to create it. EW published their version a few weeks ago on Michael Ausiello's blog.

In case you're lost (get it) on tv's best bets, I've made it easy for you - all the good shows are in red. There's a few new shows premiering early 2010 as well, I've listed them in blue. To bone up on useless television news, I've included a few tidbits on some of the shows as well, just look for the asterick (*).

Friday, Jan. 1

Star Wars: The Clone Wars returns (Cartoon Network), 8 PM

* The award-winning series returns with two back-to-back episodes, "Grievous Intrigue" and  "The Deserter"

Saturday, Jan. 2

New series Demons premieres (BBCA), 10 PM

* A young Rupert Galvin (Philip Glenister) discovers he's the great-great grandson of legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing of Dracula fame and sets out to reluctantly fulfill his destiny.

Sunday, Jan. 3''
Desperate Housewives returns (ABC), 9 PM''
Brothers and Sisters returns (ABC), 10 PM

Monday, Jan. 4__
The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love premieres (ABC), 8 PM''
The Secret Life of the American Teenager returns (ABC Family), 8 PM''
Heroes returns (NBC), 8 pm (moves back to 9 PM on Jan. 11)

* Heroes moves on without central character Nathan Patrelli (Adrian Pasdar). Pasdar decided to leave the show, his character was killed off in the story line this year.

Make It or Break It returns (ABC Family), 9 PM

Tuesday, Jan. 5''
NCIS returns (CBS), 8 PM''
New season of The Biggest Loser premieres (NBC), 8 PM''
NCIS: Los Angeles returns (CBS), 9 PM''
The Good Wife returns (CBS), 10 PM

Wednesday, Jan. 6''
Mercy returns (NBC), 8 PM

Law & Order: SVU (NBC), 9 PM

Modern Family returns (ABC), 9 PM''
Friday Night Lights returns (DirecTV 101), 9 PM''
* If you don't have DirectTV, you can watch full episodes online at CastTV.com

Cougar Town returns (ABC), 9:30 PM__''
Ugly Betty returns (ABC), 10 PM (new night)''
* This show has been bounced around as ABC tries to regain the shows audience. Audience numbers dropped off the deep end when the show was moved to Fridays.

Final season of Nip/Tuck premieres (FX), 10 PM__
* Nip/Tuck will end their series with its 100th episode airing Mar. 3__


Friday, Jan. 8__
Ghost Whisperer returns (CBS), 8 PM''
Medium returns (CBS), 9 PM''
Numb3rs returns (CBS), 10 PM

* According to Entertainment Weekly, CBS only ordered six episodes of the series so expect these to be the show's last.

Sunday, Jan. 10__
New season of Big Love premieres (HBO), 10 PM

* Don't have HBO, watch full episodes of the series on TVDuck.com

New season of Chuck premieres (NBC), 9 PM

__Monday, Jan. 11
Chuck settles into regular 8 pm timeslot''
House returns'' (FOX), 8 pm
How I Met Your Mother returns (CBS), 8 PM''
Accidentally on Purpose returns (CBS), 8:30 PM''
Two and a Half Men returns (CBS), 9 PM''
The Big Bang Theory returns (CBS), 9:30 PM''
CSI: Miami returns (CBS), 10 PM

Castle returns (ABC), 10 pm

Tuesday, Jan. 12''
New season of American Idol premieres (FOX), 8 PM

* Out with the old and in with the new. New Idol judge Ellen Degeneres joins the table replacing Paula Abdul after she left the show when contract negotiations broke down.

Wednesday, Jan. 13''
The New Adventures of Old Christine returns (CBS), 8 p.m.''
Gary Unmarried returns (CBS), 8:30 p.m.''
Criminal Minds returns (CBS), 9 p.m.''
CSI: NY returns (CBS), 10 p.m.''
Leverage returns (TNT), 10 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 14''
Bones returns (FOX), 8 PM''
Community returns (NBC), 8 PM

Parks and Recreation returns (NBC), 8:30 PM''
30 Rock returns with back-to-back episodes (NBC), 9 PM

CSI returns (CBS), 9 PM''
Fringe returns (Fox), 9 PM''
Grey’s Anatomy returns (ABC), 9 PM''
Private Practice returns (ABC), 10 PM''
New season of Project Runway premieres (Lifetime), 10 PM''
The Mentalist returns (CBS), 10 PM

Sunday, Jan. 17''
24 four-hour, two-night premiere part 1 (FOX), 9 PM

Monday, Jan. 18''
One Tree Hill returns (The CW), 8 PM''
Life UneXpected (The CW), 9 PM

24 four-hour, two-night premiere part 2 (FOX), 8 PM

Tuesday, Jan. 19''
White Collar returns (USA), 10 PM

Wednesday, Jan. 20

New season of Being Erica premieres (SOAPnet), 10 PM

Thursday, Jan. 21''
The Vampire Diaries (The CW), 8 PM

Supernatural returns (The CW), 9 PM''
The Office returns (NBC), 9 PM

Burn Notice returns (USA), 10 PM

Friday, Jan. 22''
Smallville returns (The CW), 8 PM

New series Caprica premieres (Syfy), 9 PM

* Now that Syfy's critically acclaimed series Battlestar Galactica is over, they're taking fans back to the beginning with a prequel series to explain how they got there in the first place by exposing the birth of the cylons.

Monday, Jan. 25''
Damages returns (FX), 10 PM''
Greek returns (ABC Family), 10 PM

Wednesday, Jan. 27''
Psych returns (USA), 10 PM

Tuesday, Feb. 2''
Final season of Lost premieres (ABC), 9 PM

* Look for analysis of the final season in CL's Televangelist column online.

Monday, March 1

Parenthood premieres (NBC), 9 PM

* Craig T. Nelson returns to the small screen in this dramedy based on the movie of same name from 1989. Could this be NBCs answer to Modern Family, we'll see.

Thursday, March 4''
FlashForward returns (ABC), 8 PM

Monday, March 8''
Gossip Girl returns (The CW), 8 PM

Tuesday, March 9

90210 returns (The CW), 8 PM

Melrose Place returns (The CW), 9 PM

Monday, March 22''
New season of Nurse Jackie premieres (Showtime), 10 PM''
* Don't have Showtime, watch full episodes of the show online at watchnursejackie.com.

New season of United States of Tara premieres (Showtime), 10:30 PM

* Don't have Showtime, watch full episodes of the show online at Yidio.

Tuesday, March 30''
V returns (ABC), 10 PM

* According to numerous reports, this show was taken back to the drawing board and given a major overhaul.

Monday, April 12''
Final season of The Tudors premieres (Showtime), 9 PM

* Don't have Showtime, watch full episodes of the show online at Watchthetudors.com

Tuesday, April 13''
Glee returns (FOX), 9 PM

* You've downloaded the songs and purchased the soundtrack now Glee Vol. One: Road to the Sectionals is available on DVD (12/29). If that's not enough, keep on the lookup for the upcoming Glee tour some time in 2010.

Special Events''
The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: in 3-D! on Ice! (FOX), Jan. 10. at 8:30 PM''
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC), on Jan. 17''
Dollhouse series finale (FOX), Jan. 22 at 9 PM''
16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (TNT/TBS), Jan. 23''
Smallville: Absolute Justice TV movie (CW), Feb. 5 at 8 PM__
Superbowl XLIV (CBS), Feb. 7 at 7 PM

Winter Olympics (NBC), Feb. 12-28__

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