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New TV shows for the new year

By Diane Werts

Newsday

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 29 2010 6:15 p.m. MST

"Bob's Burgers," a new animated series, premieres Jan. 9.__Matthew Perry stars in ABC's "Mr. Sunshine."__Kathy Bates stars in NBC's "Harry's Law."

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As the holidays pass, TV moves forward into midseason. The networks are announcing new shows to compete with cable's usual deluge of January premieres. Here's a quick peek at what's on the way.

Broadcast networks

"Live to Dance" (CBS, Jan. 4 preview at 7 p.m., then Wednesday at 7). Paula Abdul's new dance competition.

"Bob's Burgers" (Fox, Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.). Animated familycom in an eastern seaboard town.

"The Cape" (NBC, Jan. 9, 8 p.m., then Monday at 8). Presumed-dead cop (David Lyons, "ER") turned crusading superhero wannabe. With Summer Glau, Keith David.

"Off the Map" (ABC, Jan. 12, 9 p.m.). "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes' drama of six idealistic doctors in South American jungle (filmed in Hawaii).

"Harry's Law" (NBC, Jan. 17, 9 p.m.). Kathy Bates as a fired lawyer bouncing back in producer David E. Kelley's latest.

"Perfect Couples" (NBC, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m.). Three couples tackle relationship terrors. With Kyle Bornheimer, Olivia Munn.

"The Chicago Code" (Fox, Feb. 7, 8 p.m.). Jennifer Beals and Jason Clarke in cop drama from producer Shawn Ryan ("The Shield").

"Traffic Light" (Fox, Feb. 8, 8:30p.m.). Comedy of married, dating, single friends. Based on Israeli hit.

"Mr. Sunshine" (ABC, Feb. 9, 8:30 p.m.). Matthew Perry manages a sports arena. With Allison Janney.

"Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" (CBS, Feb. 16, 9 p.m.). — Spinoff stars Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garofalo as elite agents.

Back with fresh seasons. "The Bachelor" (ABC, Jan. 3, 7 p.m.); alien invasion drama "V" (ABC, Jan. 4, 8 p.m.); "The Biggest Loser: Couples" (NBC, Jan. 4, 7 p.m.); "American Idol" (Fox, Jan. 19-20, 7 p.m.); "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, Jan. 20, 8:30 p.m.); "Kitchen Nightmares" (Fox, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.); "Who Do You Think You Are?" (NBC, Feb. 4, 7 p.m.); "Survivor: Redemption Island" (CBS, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.); "The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business" (CBS, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.); "America's Next Top Model" (CW, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.).

Time slot changes — Tom Selleck's "Blue Bloods" (CBS, Jan. 19, to Wednesday 9 p.m.); "Fringe" (Fox, Jan. 21, to Friday 8 p.m.); James Belushi's "The Defenders" (CBS, Feb. 4, to Friday 7 p.m.); "Rules of Engagement" (CBS, Feb. 24, to Thursday 7:30 p.m.).

Cable

OWN (Saturday, formerly Discovery Health). Launch of Oprah Winfrey's network, boosting "your best life."

"Episodes" (Showtime, Jan. 9, 8:30 p.m.). Matt LeBlanc as dense American actor hired for Hollywood adaptation of smart British series.

"Shameless" (Showtime, Jan. 9, 9 p.m.). Slacker family saga actually is an adapted British hit, cast here with William H. Macy and Joan Cusack.

"Lights Out" (FX, Jan. 11, 9 p.m.). Holt McCallany as damaged boxer planning a comeback with help from Stacy Keach.

"Being Human" (Syfy, Jan. 17, 8 p.m.). Earnest young roommates played by Sam Witwer (vampire), Sam Huntington (werewolf), Meaghan Rath (ghost). Original UK version on BBC America.

"Skins" (MTV, Jan. 17, 9 p.m.). Adaptation of gritty British hit.

"Fairly Legal" (USA, Jan. 20, 9 p.m.). Sarah Shahi as lawyer turned mediator, with Michael Trucco as her ex.

Other new series. Tatyana Ali sitcom "Love That Girl!" (TV One, Jan. 10, 8 p.m.); Malinda Williams sitcom "Let's Stay Together" (BET, Jan. 11, 9:30 p.m.); weeknight talkfest "Piers Morgan Tonight" (CNN, Jan. 17, 8 p.m.); sitcom "Retired at 35" (TV Land, Jan. 19, 9:30 p.m.); satirical "Onion News Network" (IFC, Jan. 21, 9 p.m.); Fred Armisen-Carrie Brownstein character sketches in "Portlandia" (IFC, Jan. 21, 9:30 p.m.); Melissa Peterman/Ed Asner suburban sitcom "Working Class" (CMT, Jan. 28, 7 p.m.).

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