TV Squad presents the 2008 winter schedule
The winter of 2008 will be an interesting one for television. With so many current shows at or near the end of their seasonal run, due to the staring contest known as the writers' strike, the schedule is going to look a bit different. Not only will it be filled with more reality shows, but it will also contain some untested scripted programs that have been waiting for the mid-season to air.
Nevertheless, not all is doom and gloom come the new year. There will be many favorites returning to the airwaves, although they may have shortened seasons. For instance, shows like Medium, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Lost, Monk, Psych, and, yes, even According to Jim, will be returning to the schedule. Then there is the anticipated return of Jericho and, of course, another season of show-killer American Idol, which may not have any competition at all this year.
Gallery: Winter 2008 premieres
So, to better navigate the world of winter television, we have provided a list of new and returning shows. Programs are listed in alphabetical order by network and report when a current show is returning to to the schedule or when a new show's premiere will air. In addition, we have also listed how many episodes are left in the show's run, or how many will air if it is premiering. Finally, this time around we have listed programs from networks like Lifetime and MTV that we normally wouldn't provide. But, in this time of woe, any port in the storm may suffice.
Take a deep breath and enjoy.
Series returning from break are shown in italics
New shows in bold italic
Shows with new time slots are signified with an asterisk (*)
According to Jim* (ABC) -- Seven episodes left
Just For Laughs (ABC) -- Candid Camera for the 21st Century.
The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo) -- Lord, how I so hate this show.
My Super Sweet 16 (MTV) -- Two episodes left. I know, you're upset.
The Biggest Loser (NBC) -- The Couples edition
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) -- Four episodes left
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) -- Without writers
Supernanny* (ABC) -- Oh, crap!
Wife Swap* (ABC) -- Double 'Oh, Crap!'
Deal or No Deal (NBC) -- Forty-five episodes left
Law & Order* (NBC) -- Not really a new time slot, since it is the one the show occupied for years. This means that there are no new episodes of Life in the pot right now.
Make Me A Supermodel (Bravo)
Project Runway (Bravo)
Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) -- With writers
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) -- With writers
Power of 10 (CBS) -- Drew Carey's other game show.
Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants (CW)
Gossip Girl (CW) -- Two episodes left
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) -- Without writers
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (NBC) -- Without writers
The Apprentice* (NBC) -- The Celebrity version. Suckfest or not? You decide.
ER (NBC) -- Three episodes left
Women's Murder Club (ABC) -- Last pre-WGA Strike episode. By the way, is anyone watching this show?
How to Look Good Naked (Lifetime) -- Eight episodes to air
Matched in Manhattan (Lifetime) -- A relationship expert matches up straight and gay couples in Manhattan. Seven episodes to air.
Top This Party (Lifetime) -- Party planners throw shindigs for wealthy clients. One more show to throw at our middle-class inadequacies. Fourteen episodes to air
1 VS. 100 (NBC) -- Eight episodes to air
Friday Night Lights (NBC) -- Six episodes left. That's good news!
Las Vegas (NBC) -- Eight episodes left. More good news!
Flash Gordon (SCIFI) -- Six episodes left
Stargate Atlantis (SCIFI) -- Ten episodes left
48 Hours Mystery (CBS) -- Yes, Virginia, there is original programming on Saturdays.
Cops (FOX) -- You just can't get enough of half-dressed guys getting tasered.
America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC) -- Seventeen episodes left
Desperate Housewives (ABC) -- Last pre-WGA Strike episode
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC) -- Thirteen episodes left. Lucky us.
Cashmere Mafia (ABC) -- Moves to Wednesdays at 10:00 pm after the premiere.
Cold Case (CBS) -- Two episodes left
Shark (CBS) -- Last pre-WGA Strike episode
Life is Wild (CW) -- Three episodes left
American Dad (FOX) -- Undetermined amount of episodes left
Family Guy (FOX) -- Last pre-WGA Strike episode. Huh, I thought that happened already.
King of the Hill (FOX) -- Undetermined amount of episodes left
The Simpsons (FOX) -- Undetermined amount of episodes left
Russell Simmons Presents: Def Comedy Jam (HBO) -- In its eleventh season
The Wire (HBO) -- Ten episodes to air
American Gladiators (NBC)
The L Word (Showtime) -- Twelve episodes to air
Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann (ABC)
October Road (ABC) -- Eight episodes left
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) -- Without writers
The Daily Show with John Stewart (Comedy Central) -- Without writers
Medium (NBC) -- Nine episodes to air
Boston Legal (ABC) -- Four episodes left
Carpoolers* (ABC) -- Seven episodes left
One Tree Hill (CW) -- Twelve episodes to air
Rob & Big (MTV) -- A reality buddy comedy about a street skater and his bodyguard. Fifteen episodes to air
Life of Ryan (MTV) -- Something about a 17-year-old kid and his skateboard. The explanation was really long.
Guinea Pig (SCIFI) -- Ryan and Amber Lynn see what the human body can do before it can't take any more.
Criminal Minds (CBS) -- Two episodes left
CSI: New York (CBS) -- Three episodes left
Ghost Hunters (SCIFI) -- Seven episodes left
Ghost Hunters International (SCIFI) -- Six episodes to air
Big Shots (ABC) -- Yanked back from the cancellation precipice. Five episodes left
CSI (CBS) -- Two episodes left
Grey's Anatomy (ABC) -- Last pre-WGA Strike episode.
Ugly Betty (ABC) -- Three episodes left
Without a Trace (CBS) -- Two episodes left
Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader (FOX)
Don't Forget the Lyrics! (FOX) -- No offense, but I like Singing Bee better.
30 Rock (NBC) -- Last pre-WGA Strike episode.
My Name is Earl (NBC) -- Last pre-WGA Strike episode.
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (VH1) -- Best. Idea. Ever. Eight episodes to air
Ghost Whisperer (CBS) -- Undetermined amount of episodes left
Moonlight (CBS) -- Two episodes left. Yay....er, I mean...Oh, shoot!
Numb3rs (CBS) -- Two episodes left
Monk (USA) -- Six episodes left
Psych (USA) -- Six episodes left. Warm up the retro-reference machine.
Talkshow With Spike Feresten (FOX) -- Without writers
Brothers & Sisters (ABC) -- Three episodes left
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX) -- Nine episodes to air
Rock of Love with Bret Michaels (VH1)
Scott Baio is 46...and Pregnant (VH1) -- Nine episodes to air
Kyle XY (ABC Family) -- Ten episodes to air
Notes From the Underbelly (ABC)
CSI:Miami (CBS) -- Last pre-WGA Strike episode.
Prison Break (FOX) -- Five episodes to air
NCIS (CBS) -- Last pre-WGA Strike episode
American Idol (FOX) -- *Groan*
10 Items or Less (TBS)
Reno 911 (Comedy Central) -- Sixteen episodes to air. Pretty sweet.
Nip/Tuck (FX) -- Six episodes left
Breaking Bad (AMC)
My Fair Brady...Maybe Baby? (VH1) -- How are Chris Knight and Adrianne Curry doing? For that matter, does anyone care how they are doing?
Wildfire (ABC Family) -- Thirteen episodes to air
The Naked Brothers Band (Nick) -- Like you don't sneek a peak at it!
Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo)
The Moment of Truth (FOX) -- This is the lie detector game show.
Scrubs (NBC) -- Four episodes left
Jane Doe (Hallmark) -- I like Mystery Woman more, for some reason.
In Treatment (HBO) -- 45 episodes to air this winter season. Heck, maybe I need to subscribe to HBO.
House (FOX) -- Another episode airs on Superbowl Sunday.
Eli Stone (ABC)
Lost* (ABC) -- Eight pre-WGA Strike episodes
Samantha Who? (ABC) -- Three episodes left
The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS) -- Undetermined amount of episodes to air
Welcome to the Captain (CBS) -- Not a revival of Captain Kangaroo. Six episodes to air
Survivor (CBS) -- This cycle takes place in Camden, New Jersey. Man, that's tough!
Lipstick Jungle (NBC) -- Replaces ER in their time slot.
Big Brother (CBS) -- Wednesday airings will begin Feb. 13th. Sunday airings begin Feb. 17th.
Jericho (CBS) -- Now we'll see if your campaign against the network paid off.
Knight Rider (NBC) -- Michael, this remake damn well better be good.
The Baby Borrowers (NBC) -- Five teenage couples set up house and raise children.
Quarterlife (NBC) -- Airs on Myspace prior to the premiere on NBC. Six episodes to air
Bones* (FOX) -- Man, that sucks! Three episodes left
New Amsterdam (FOX) -- Seven episodes to air
Men in Trees* (ABC)
Oprah's Big Give (ABC) -- People have to actually compete for cash and prizes, rather than having it be under their seat.
That's Amore (MTV) -- A spin-off of A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila featuring Domenico Nesci. Seven episodes to air
When Women Rule the World (FOX) -- Women rule over men in this reality series. So, what's different than real life? Eleven episodes to air
High School Reunion (TV Land) -- Remember this show from the WB?
The Return of Jezebel James (FOX) -- Seven episodes to air
'Til Death (FOX) -- Three episodes to air
Back to You (FOX) -- Yikes! Two episodes left
The Bachelor (ABC)
Dancing With the Stars (ABC) -- Minus Marie Osmond? What are we going to do?
Hell's Kitchen* (FOX) -- Ooooh, such anger!
Canterbury's Law (FOX)