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article imageThe Moment We've Been Waiting For: Midseason Premiers

By Nikki Weingartner     Jan 8, 2009 in Entertainment
What to do during these financially arid evenings? Well, if you are like millions of Americans, that television hooked up to its pricey cable service could become a newly utilized resource. Here is the scoop on whats new, returning and departing.
The holidays are over and the new year is underway. With most purse strings tied in knots, there may be a few more people enjoying the boob tube these days. So whats hot and whats not?
Well, if you are an avid TV watcher like the majority of the country, its safe to say you probably have your select favs. But for those who are new or out of touch to one of our favourite past times, here is a summary of the upcoming premiers.
American Idol will open up its auditions, the Fox TV version anyway, starting January 13, 2009. This will mark the beginning of the 8th season of the nation's favourite vocal talent show and boasts a new judge added to the mix. Another blockbuster television hit, Lost, returns to ABC on January 21, 2009.
On the beat, Law & Order: CI has a sheriff in town, Jeff Goldblum starting February 5th on USA. "24" is once again making its way to TV screens on January 11th on Fox for another day in the Jack Bower drama.
Battlestar Galactica will say goodbye as its final season premiers January 16th and Scrubs officially shut down its doors on NBC and opened up its new practice on ABC this past Tuesday.
Reality set in on January 5th beginning with the The Bachelor, when Mr. wonderful, a single dad sporting one dreamy smile, sifts through a garden of flowers in search of the perfect bloom. If you are looking for something hotter and spicier, Hell's Kitchen lights up on January 29th on Fox.
For criminal minds that aren't so para normal, Medium returns to NBC on February 2nd or you can catch a new liar beginning January 21st on Fox, with the premier of Lie to Me, where actor Tim Roth plays a doctor who uses body language and voices to help solve criminal investigations.
For cable and satellite views, there are many new and returning shows making their mid-season premier over the next few weeks so check your local listings for times and channels. And remember, February 17th is the deadline when all television networks will broadcast only in digital and if you weren't aware, the government coupon program has reportedly tapped out its funding for the $40 coupons:
The TV Converter Box Coupon Program has reached its funding ceiling. However, coupon requests from eligible households will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis as funds become available from expiring coupons. You will not receive coupons until funds becomes available. If you would like to apply for a coupon today and are eligible, you will be placed on a waiting list.
Enjoy the season!
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