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NBC RESTS JOEY, SCRUBS BACK IN: NBC has announced its mid-season game plan, and it goes a little something like this: Effective Jan. 2, My Name Is Earl and The Office, as speculated, move from Tuesday to Thursdays-at-9, where they will follow a pairing of Will & Grace and the new sitcom Four Kings (starring Seth Green, Shane McRae, Josh Cooke and Todd Grinnell). Filling the Tuesday void are back-to-back airings of new Scrubs episodes, which will have Fear Factor as its lead-in. Succeeding The Apprentice: Martha Stewart on Wednesdays at 9 is The Biggest Loser: Special Edition, a series of standalone and themed specials. Sandwiching Dateline on Friday are Most Outrageous TV Moments and the new The Book of Daniel, which stars Aidan Quinn as a reverend who sees and chats with Jesus. As for our pal Joey, NBC will bench the Friends spin-off until after its Winter Olympics coverage. Could we be less surprised?

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FOX REVEALS MID-SEASON SLATE: Fox on Wednesday revealed its mid-season plan, and in doing so squelched speculation that American Idol would be moved to a Wednesday-Thursday schedule. Instead, the reality series' fifth season will stick to its Tuesday-Wednesday combo, premiering Jan. 17 at 8 pm/ET. Also announced: Trading Spouses returns Jan. 6; 24, airing Mondays at 9, starts its uninterrupted run of new episodes on Jan. 15 with a two-night, four-hour event; Skating with Celebrities bows Jan. 18, before moving to Mondays on Jan. 23; Bones relocates to Wednesday at 9 starting Jan. 25; Stacked and That '70s Show move to Thursday starting March 2; and Prison Break picks up where this week's cliff-hanger left off beginning March 20. As for exits, the Reunion will come to an end on Feb. 2, as producers work hard to tie up its sprawling murder mystery a few "years" ahead of schedule.

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Dade Darling ... thanks ... but I am so sad Joey is being cancelled ... I know I was probably the only fan, but it is so disappointing!!!!

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Dade Darling ... thanks ... but I am so sad Joey is being cancelled ... I know I was probably the only fan, but it is so disappointing!!!!

Ranster Darling, is it really being cancelled, or just "benched" until after the Olympics? :P

Dory would be terribly upset to find out it was being cancelled! :o

Dade.... love the new avatar! Watched that last night! ;)

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I don't mind Bones. But it's could almost be the death of a show to put it on with competing with LOST IMHO anyway.

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Ranster Darling, is it really being cancelled, or just "benched" until after the Olympics? :P

Dory would be terribly upset to find out it was being cancelled! :o

Dade.... love the new avatar! Watched that last night! ;)

usually benching is a quick step to cancelled ... especially with NBC ... they already retooled the show and then to bench it ... hmmmm ... I really hope I am wrong!!!!

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usually benching is a quick step to cancelled ... especially with NBC ... they already retooled the show and then to bench it ... hmmmm ... I really hope I am wrong!!!!

OMG! :o Dory is not a happy camper, now! :angry:

She sure hopes you are wrong. If not, she says they better replace it with Ross. :lol:

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OMG! :o Dory is not a happy camper, now! :angry:

She sure hopes you are wrong. If not, she says they better replace it with Ross. :lol:

Wow ... maybe if NBC sees there are two fans ... maybe they will think twice???

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ABC MAKES MID-SEASON MOVES: As part of its mid-season shake-up, ABC has announced that Season 2 of Dancing with the Stars will premiere Thursday, Jan. 5 at 8 pm/ET with a two-hour special, then air 90-minute installments starting the following week. (Take that, Earl!) Dancing's half-hour results show airs Fridays at 8, starting Jan. 6. Also on the new schedule: Hope & Faith moves to Fridays at 8:30, to make room for the new drama In Justice, debuting Jan. 6, and the dysfunctional-family comedy Crumbs, starring Fred Savage, Jane Curtin and William Devane, bows Thursday, Jan. 12 at 9:30.

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Now that the dust has settled a bit on all the 2006 mid-season changes that will be kicking in as soon as the holidays are over, here's my night-by-night scorecard of the imminent battles we'll be covering a month or so from now.

Monday

The big news is the return of 24 on Fox, with a four-hour blast January 15-16, followed by all-new episodes through the rest of the season. For the first two months, Skating with Celebrities (a rip-off of Dancing with the Stars) will be 24's lead-in. But come mid-March, Prison Break will return. What a one-two punch that promises to be!

CBS will coast along by capping off its popular comedies with CSI: Miami. The only change: Out of Practice goes on temporary hiatus, with Jenna Elfman's sight-unseen sitcom filling in.

Saying goodbye forever to Monday Night Football, ABC targets the female demographic with two reality anchors sandwiching two romantic comedies: Wife Swap leading into a combo of Emily's Reasons Why Not (starring Heather Graham) and Jake in Progress (starring John Stamos). Smartly going with reality counterprogramming against crime-drama juggernaut CSI: Miami and strong No. 2 Medium, ABC tries another edition of the we-thought-it-was-dead The Bachelor, this time set in Paris.

Toughest time period: 9 pm/ET, with 24, Two and a Half Men, Las Vegas and the cute Emily fighting for viewers.

Tuesday

What a tough night.

The big news, again on Fox, is the return of American Idol, with a long string of audition and semifinals episodes before we get to the real meat of the show sometime in February or March. House is staying in the spot where it became a smash hit on Idol's coattails a year ago. Fox will rule.

As usual, the 9 pm/ET time period is going to be very crowded. Joining worthy contenders House and Commander in Chief, NBC finally brings back Scrubs with back-to-back new episodes. This will fill an hour that used to be occupied by My Name Is Earl and The Office, which have now relocated to Thursdays. (Why NBC continues to have more faith in The Office, keeping it yoked to Earl, than in Scrubs is an ongoing puzzle.) And CBS is filling the gap between cycles of The Amazing Race with the enjoyable romantic dramedy Love Monkey (starring Ed's affable Tom Cavanagh), and it will be interesting to see if CBS' crime-thirsty audience will embrace a show so outside the formula.

Adding juice to the 10 pm/ET hour is the return of FX's The Shield, with Forest Whitaker joining the cast as Vic's new nemesis. I imagine I'll fall even farther behind on Boston Legal and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as a result.

Wednesday

Another night directly impacted by Idol, which will be paired initially with Bones at 9 pm/ET (against Lost!), and then when the results-show format kicks in (moving to 9), Bones will move to 8 (a much kinder time period for it) and Idol will be paired with some no-doubt-forgettable comedy.

UPN fills the gap between cycles of America's Next Top Model with the new soap South Beach leading into the eternally underwatched Veronica Mars. Considering how miserably the network's last soap did (Sex, Love & Secrets), I'm hoping it won't be long before Tyra is wrangling a new set of girls.

NBC marks time before February's Winter Olympics by airing stand-alone episodes of The Biggest Loser in betweeni[] E-Ring and Law & Order. Wouldn't it have been smarter for the network to restore The West Wing to its former roost, even for a short period of time? It's dying on Sundays.

Thursday

It's about time. NBC restores a two-hour comedy block to Thursdays, presumably bouncing the fading The Apprentice to another night after the Olympics. But unlike in the peacock's glory days, only one of the four comedies are truly "must-see." Leaving Scrubs out of the lineup seems especially foolish, though kicking Joey to the curb is long overdue. The terrific My Name Is Earl is being asked to do battle against CSI, instead of kicking off the night in the old Friends slot. (The dying Will & Grace gets that honor, paired with the dumb-guy sitcom Four Kings, from the same producers.) As on Tuesdays this fall, Earl is paired with the incompatible The Office, which has improved this season but not enough to take on the CBS juggernaut. (Again, why not pair Earl with Scrubs?) Still, Earl should have some impact on the night.

Fox also moves comedies to its Thursday dead zone at 9 pm/ET, with the past-its-prime That '70s Show and the ratings-deflated Stacked following The O.C., in the vain hope of holding on to the elusive young demographic that The O.C. still kind of attracts.

Meanwhile, ABC takes advantage of a short Survivor hiatus to bring back last summer's surprise camp hit Dancing With the Stars for a second go-round, followed by yet another comedy contender (ABC's manic Crumbs) in the 9:30 pm/ET time period. That makes four networks (counting UPN) trying to lure audiences with comedy on Thursdays. And yet it will be CBS, as always, that gets the last laugh.

Friday

NBC's Kevin Reilly showed a bit of his old FX moxie when he ordered the offbeat The Book of Daniel into series production, but his ardor quickly cooled, resulting in a shortened episode order and the unfortunate scheduling of Daniel into a tough 10 pm/ET time period. It's a shame. This one's a gem. This whimsical family drama is about an embattled Episcopal priest (Aidan Quinn) who talks regularly to Jesus when not contending with domestic and church-administration crises. The blue-chip cast also includes Ellen Burstyn as Daniel's boss and Once and Again's luminous Susanna Thompson as his martini-prone wife. Enjoy while you can.

Daniel's competition doesn't merely include one of CBS' 1,001 popular crime procedurals, Numbers, but two strong cable shows are also returning in early January for their winter seasons: USA Network's enduring detective comedy Monk and Sci Fi's blistering space adventure Battlestar Galactica.

And ABC jettisons its comedy lineup, probably not a moment too soon, with only Hope & Faith remaining, hammocked between the Dancing With the Stars results show and the new legal drama In Justice. Doubt any of that will make much of a dent in CBS's leadership on Fridays, for what that's worth.

Saturday

Who cares?

Sunday

Nothing much changes. ABC will still be the network to watch. And HBO won't get back into the game until the return of The Sopranos in March.

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Dade Darling ... thanks ... but I am so sad Joey is being cancelled ... I know I was probably the only fan, but it is so disappointing!!!!

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Dade.... love the new avatar! Watched that last night! ;)

lol Me to Nemo...love that show.

P.S. Love Santa Nemo

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Mid-Season TV: New and Returning Show Premiere Dates

Been wondering where the heck '24' has been? Missed the quick wit of 'Scrubs'? Dying to hear the next pop superstar on 'American Idol'? No worries, both are back for midseason. Here's a quick list of returning faves and brand new shows that'll give you something to look forward to beyond the post-holiday blues.

Note: New shows listed in bold.

SUN., JAN. 1

10PM

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Thanks Dade ... you are my hero!

BTW, SpoilerFix is still saying that Joey will return with new episodes after the Olympics, so I think they may finish the season ...

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Time to Go?

Preparing for that final curtain

Knowing when to leave, and then executing that exit strategy with dignity and creative energy intact, is possibly the toughest task in all of TV. (Everybody Loves Raymond pulled it off better than most.) In the year ahead, quite a few longtime faves are heading toward the finish line, even if some

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One... or, two can hope! :)

Count me in... Makes it three!!!

I love Joey, I was so sad when Friends ended, and so happy to hear that Joey was coming on. Even though it is not the best show, it is still my Joey and I love it!!!

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Count me in... Makes it three!!!

I love Joey, I was so sad when Friends ended, and so happy to hear that Joey was coming on. Even though it is not the best show, it is still my Joey and I love it!!!

Now i know TWO people who watch it!!!

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Now i know TWO people who watch it!!!

LOL three!!!! It';s official, there will be at least one new episode of Joey in March (after the Olympics) according to Spoilerfix ...

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LOL three!!!! It';s official, there will be at least one new episode of Joey in March (after the Olympics) according to Spoilerfix ...

My best friend sticks by this show. Its so funny, i make fun of her all the time, only because we know noone else who watches it

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Courtesy of: AOL TELEVISION

Mid-Season TV: New and Returning Show Premiere Dates

Been wondering where the heck '24' has been? Missed the quick wit of 'Scrubs'? Dying to hear the next pop superstar on 'American Idol'? No worries, both are back for midseason. Here's a quick list of returning faves and brand new shows that'll give you something to look forward to beyond the post-holiday blues.

Note: New shows listed in bold.

SUN., JAN. 1

10PM

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New Shows

premiere dates

mid-season tv schedule

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In Justice

Premiere: Sunday, Jan. 1, 10 pm/ET, ABC

Kyle MacLachlan plays a hotshot corporate lawyer who, wanting to give something back to the community (or maybe just fuel his political ambitions), founds the National Justice Project, which takes on cases of the wrongly convicted. Grainy black-and-white crime-scene flashbacks reveal the real story. Jason O'Mara is the true-believing ex-cop who runs the operation, while Rebecca Pidgeon plays his ex, a stiff-backed prosecutor. (After its premiere, the show will air Fridays at 9 pm/ET.)

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Four Kings

Premiere: Thursday, Jan. 5, 8:30 pm/ET, NBC

Will & Grace masterminds David Kohan and Max Mutchnick tell the story of four childhood friends who wind up living together when one of them inherits a sprawling Manhattan apartment. Presumably, wackiness (and life lessons) will ensue, thanks in part to star Seth Green.

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The Book of Daniel

Premiere: Friday, Jan. 6, 9 pm/ET, NBC

Oh, lord! In this busy family tableau, Aidan Quinn stars as Daniel Webster

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RETURNING SHOWS

Scrubs

Premiere: Tuesday, Jan. 3, 9 pm/ET, NBC

Fans of the delirious medical sitcom, which was passed over on the fall schedule despite having garnered an Emmy nod last season for outstanding comedy series, will finally get a cure for their blues, as NBC brings the series back in two-episode blocks each Tuesday. Expect to see Turk (Donald Faison) and Carla (Judy Reyes) weathering marriage and contemplating parenthood, J.D. (Zach Braff) and Elliott (Sarah Chalke) attempting platonic cohabitation, and Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) getting a visit from his born-again sister, played by Curb Your Enthusiasm's Cheryl Hines.

Dancing with the Stars

Premiere: Thursday, Jan. 5, 8 pm/ET, ABC

The rug-cutting phenom of last summer just won't be the same without Mr. Peterman onboard, but that won't stop it from boldly going forward with a new roster of pro-am hoofers, including expert tanner George Hamilton, Academy Award winner Tatum O'Neal, soap superstar Lisa Rinna, wrestling diva Stacy Keibler and NFL legend Jerry Rice. (The weekly results show will air Fridays at 8 pm/ET beginning Jan. 6.)

Jake in Progress

Premiere: Monday, Jan. 9, 9:30 pm/ET, ABC

John Stamos is back as a hotshot publicist to the stars who's not nearly as slick in controlling the twists and turns of his single-guy life. The new season brings a new friend (played by Dondre Whitfield), an old flame (Charlotte Ross from NYPD Blue) and more comically wrought self-realization.

The Bachelor

Premiere: Monday, Jan. 9, 10 pm/ET, ABC

This time around, it'll be Mr. Travis Stork on the matrimonial block. Sorry, make that Dr. Stork. And in a first for this reality series, which features 25 single ladies competing for the bachelor's attention, the action will be based overseas

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If you have a show you watch and its not on Mortys "Hot Shows" list....start a thread and I will see what I can find. (no guarantees :) )

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COMING SOON: Bravo has announced a Feb. 22 premiere for the Project Runway spin-off Project Jay, chronicling Season 1 champ Jay McCarroll's adventures in the New York City fashion biz.... Sheryl Crow has joined the star-studded lineup of Animal Planet's Trail Mix, a Jan. 29 special about (and I quote) "the special bond between some of the music industry's hottest acts and their horses."... CMT has acquired rebroadcast rights to NBC's Three Wishes and has the option to license any new episodes produced beyond the 10 that have aired.

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PILOT TALK I: NEW SHOW FOR LOST BOSS: The Big Four announced a flurry of pilot orders on Wednesday, offering a possible glimpse at the fall 2006 season. ABC gave the nod to Six Degrees, a drama about the intertwined lives of a group of strangers (sound familiar?), to be executive-produced by (here's a clue) Lost cocreator J.J. Abrams. CBS ordered Jericho, which chronicles the chaos that occurs in a small town isolated from the rest of the world by a nuclear disaster, and Orpheus, about a young man whose girlfriend is immersed in a cult. NBC gave the green light to Crossing Jordan creator Tim Kring's Heroes, in which seemingly everyday people realize they have superpowers, and Seeing Red, about a cop who gets help from dead crime victims. Fox's Faceless, meanwhile, finds a federal prosecutor going undercover as a criminal to bring down an underworld organization. My TiVo is already giddy.

PILOT TALK II: SEALED WITH A KISS STAR: Among the new series revealed to be in production at other networks: KISS rocker Gene Simmons, his real-life honey, Playmate Shannon Tweed, and their kids will front Gene Simmons' Family Jewels, a new reality series from A&E, which is also in development on shows centered around Cheers alum George Wendt and champion drag-racer John Force, and USA Network has ordered the comedy-drama Underfunded, starring Reno 911!'s Mather Zickel as a "superagent" for the Canadian Secret Service.

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ABC BUMPS EMILY, JAKE AND HOPE: ABC apparently found a reason why not, deciding to bump Heather Graham's just-debuted Emily's Reasons Why Not, as well as John Stamos' own ratings-anemic series, Jake in Progress, from the schedule this Monday in favor of an encore of The Bachelor's season premiere. Both comedies are expected to return Jan. 23. Also, it's an unlucky Friday the 13th for Hope & Faith, which has been benched to expand the Dancing with the Stars results show to a full, overblown hour. Speaking of which, if Master P isn't gone by 8:59 pm, I smell shark.

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