Talkin’ TV With Mark and Donna

Get the ploughs out for the drive home, Hamilton: I’m booked today with my pals Mark Hebscher and Donna Skelly on ‘CH’s Live @ 5:30. The topic is all those new mid-season shows comin’ atcha in January, including Fox favorites 24 (returning Jan. 11) and American Idol (Jan. 13) and new Fox/Global dramas Lie To Me (Jan. 21) and Dollhouse (Feb. 13). Global also has another edition of Project Runway Canada starting Jan. 27. CBC also has the new fantasy/comedy Being Erica and the Dallas does Calgary clone Wild Roses (both Jan. 5). Another edition of Hell’s Kitchen returns Jan. 29 to Fox.
CTV is going to start showing Steven Bochco’s new U.S. cable legal drama Raising The Bar (Jan. 9), featuring Canadian Gloria Reuben. They’re also stealing The Mentalist away from sister station A (starting Jan. 4), because it has broken out in the States as the fall’s one new hit. Flashpoint also returns for a second season Jan. 9.
Global has the new Candid Camera/Just For Laughs Gags-like series Howie Do It, hosted by Howie Mandel (Jan. 5).
The first ever single dad Bachelor comes to ABC/City-TV Jan. 5. Instead of roses, he hands out soothers! Try the veal! Season Two of the FX drama Damages, starring Glenn Close, comes to Showcase Jan. 18. William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden are part of the new sinister season.
Even PBS has mid-season fever, with Kevin Kline starring in a Great Performances production of Cyrano de Bergerac (Jan. 7). And the second season of the HBO winner Flight of the Conchords bows on HBO Canada Jan. 18.

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