« Continue Browsing

e-mail article Print     e-mail article E-mail

Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers, Published January 04 2011

TV networks start 2011 with changes

It’s a new year, and that means the TV networks are changing their schedules.

Moves are being made to make way for new shows, help veteran series get better ratings and to make room for returning series.

Here’s a look at the changes, all broadcast times are Central Standard Time:


The network breaks the TV season into two parts with “American Idol” the major anchor for the second half.

The next season of the singing competition show begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 and will air Wednesday and Thursday nights.

The next round of “Kitchen Nightmares” begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 21.

New shows on the Fox lineup include:

“Bob’s Burgers,” 7:30 p.m. Sunday, an animated series about a quirky family that runs a burger joint.

“The Chicago Code,” 8 p.m. Feb. 7, police drama from creator Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”).

“Mixed Signals,” 8:30 p.m. Feb. 3, a relationship comedy starring David Denman.

“Breaking In,” 8:30 p.m. April 6, a workplace comedy starring Christian Slater.

Several Fox shows are moving to new time periods.

“Human Target” jumps to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Jan. 26, while “Bones” moves to 8 p.m. Thursdays on Jan. 20. “Fringe” begins airing at 8 p.m. Fridays Jan. 28.

“American Dad” goes to 7:30 p.m. Sundays starting Jan. 16, with “The Cleveland Show” going to 8:30 p.m. Sundays Jan. 9.


The network will launch four new shows:

“The Cape,” 8 p.m. Sunday, superhero series starring David Lyons.

“Harry’s Law,” 9 p.m. Jan. 17, Kathy Bates stars in this legal drama.

“America’s Next Great Restaurant,” 8 p.m. March 16, reality competition series.

“Perfect Couples,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, comedic look at relationships through three couples.

“Law & Order: Los Angeles” moves to 9 p.m. Tuesdays on Feb. 8, while “Parenthood” shifts to 9 p.m. Mondays on March 7. “Chase” goes to 8 p.m. Wednesdays on Jan. 12. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” moves to 9 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 12.

A new season of “The Biggest Loser: Couples” premieres at 7 tonight, the genealogy series “Who Do You Think You Are?” returns at 7 p.m. Jan. 21, “The Marriage Ref” returns 7 p.m. March 6,

and the next round of “The Celebrity Apprentice” kicks off at 8 p.m. March 6.

CW Network

“Hellcats” moves to 8 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 25, and the series “Shedding for the Wedding,” a reality weight-loss program, begins at 8 p.m. Feb. 23. Cycle 16 of “America’s Next Top Model” begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 23.

The final episode of “Life Unexpected” airs at 7 p.m. Jan. 18.


Four new shows join the network lineup:

“Mr. Sunshine,” 8:30 p.m. Feb. 9, comedy starring Matthew Perry.

“Off the Map,” 9 p.m. Feb. 9, medical drama meets adventure series.

“Body of Proof,” 9 p.m. March 29, Dana Delany medical drama.

“Happy Endings,” 9 p.m. April 13, relationship comedy starring Elisha Cuthbert.

“Secret Millionaire” takes over the 7 p.m. Sundays slot starting March 6 and “V” returns at 8 tonight.


Paula Abdul’s competition series, “Live to Dance,” set to debut at 7 tonight, is one of four new shows. The others include:

“Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” 9 p.m. Feb. 16, spinoff of “Criminal Minds.”

“Chaos,” 7 p.m. April 1, comedy about rogue CIA spies.

“Mad Love,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, relationship comedy about four New York friends.

“Blue Bloods” moves to 9 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 19, while “The Defenders” goes to 7 p.m. Fridays starting Feb. 4. “Rules of Engagement” shifts to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Feb. 24.