It’s a winter wonderland out there and what better way to beat the chill than tucked, snuggly, under a blanket, on your couch, watching winter TV awesomeness? Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 kicks off a bonanza of TV returns and premieres that you won’t want to miss.
“Switched at Birth” – This ABC Family gem makes its return on Monday, Jan. 7 with two big reasons for fans to tune in. You’ll recall that when things last wrapped up, a pregnant gal showed up looking for Angelo, most likely throwing a wrench in whatever progress Angelo had made with his family and Bemmett fans are waiting with bated breath – will they or won’t they? Tune in for “Switched at Birth’s” 2013 winter premiere on Jan. 7 at p.m./ 6 c.
“Bunheads” – This series that had no issues dancing into the hearts of viewers when the series premiered on June 11, 2012 will return with answers regarding Michelle’s disastrous Nutcracker assistant-directing debut – thanks to a can of mace masquerading as hairspray. With furious parents practically ready to stone the fast-talking, kind-hearted, quick-witted former Vegas showgirl, Michelle exited stage right a.k.a. left town even with her devoted dancers declaring, “Oh captain, my captain.”
Tune in for "Bunhead's" winter 2013 premiere on Monday, Jan. 7 at 9 p.m./8 c. on ABC Family.
“Pretty Little Liars” – With fresh “A” news and promoted, “devastating,” twists to boot, “Pretty Little Liars” is set to return on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m./7 c.
“The Lying Game” follows up “Pretty Little Liars” with its 2013 winter premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m./8 c.
“The Biggest Loser” – Made its return on Sunday evening, but tune in for another, two-hour, episode on Monday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m./7 c.
“Deception” – Catch this series premiere starring Meagan Good, Victor Garber, Laz Alonso, Wes Brown, Tate Donvan, Katherine LaNasa, and Ella Rae Peck on Monday, Jan. 7 at 10 p.m./ 9 c.
“Go On” – Matthew Perry’s big comeback sitcom returns with new episodes on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m./8 c.
“The New Normal” – Makes its 2013 return on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 9:30 p.m./8:30 c. with a special guest appearance by “White Collar’s” Matt Bomer.
“The Office” – In its final season “The Office” makes its winter premiere on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 9 p.m./8 c. Be prepared to get your itch on as “an office lice infestation catapults Dwight into action.” Yeah…I’m itching just thinking about it.
“1600 Penn” – Admittedly this received one, sad little star in People magazine’s Jan. 14, 2013 special double issue, but as the TV Moms Examiner I am on the verge of giddiness awaiting the premiere. But then anything with Jenna Elfman is an automatic draw for this girl.
Look for this new NBC comedy series starring Bill Pullman and Elfman as the president and first lady to premiere on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 9:30 p.m./8:30 c.
“The Bachelor” – Airs its 2013 season premiere on Monday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m./7 c.
“Castle” – Returns on Monday, Jan. 7 at 10 p.m./9 c. with the arrival of Castle’s ex-wife, there might just be one too many women in Castle’s world.
“Private Practice” is not the lone ranger of new episodes on Tuesday, Jan. 8, but this airing marks the first episode of the New Year for the nearly over series. “Private Practice” will air its series finale on Jan. 22.
“The Middle” is set to air its first new episodes of 2013 starting on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m./7 c. with Life Skills. Guest appearance by Dave Foley.
“The Neighbors” returns on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 8:30 p.m./7:30 c.
“Modern Family” – The show that other networks seem determined to “find the answer for” returns on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m./8 c. with plans to celebrate the New Year in Palm Springs.
“Suburgatory” rounds out ABC’s Wednesday sitcom circuit on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 9:30 p.m./8:30 c.
“Nashville” returns on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 10 p.m./ 9 c. with a working mom’s conundrum, blackmail, elopement, and reconnections to boot.
“Last Resort” – It’s a short-lived return for “Last Resort, which is back with new episodes on Thursday, Jan. 10, as the series officially got the ax. According to TV|Line, the series finale of “Last Resort” will air on Jan. 24.
“Grey’s Anatomy” – With Bailey getting delayed en route to her wedding, fans are dying to see if the nervous bride will go through with her nuptials after taking care of Adele. “Grey’s Anatomy” makes its 2013 return on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 9 p.m./8 c.
“Scandal” certainly left things in a dramatic whirlwind back in Dec., and fans are eagerly awaiting news regarding Fitz’s health and Huck’s massive legal issues. Have Olivia and her team finally met the unspinnable? Find out on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 10 p.m./9 c.
Several CBS series have already made their 2013 returns, but look for the big push of new returns the week of Jan. 14. In the meantime, plan to tune in for the 39th Annual People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.
“Cougar Town” – Fans of the cul de sac crew were eight shades of giddy when TBS rescued the dropped ABC sitcom, and now the wait for new episodes is nearly over. Get ready to bust out a bottle (or five) of wine, as “Cougar Town” makes its TBS premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 10 p.m./9 c.
For the kids…
“Sofia the First” was first introduced to viewers via a hugely hyped TV movie that first aired on Disney Channel on Nov. 18 and will make its series debut on Fri. Jan. 11 at 9:30 a.m./8:30 c. on Disney Junior.
With 2013 New Year’s resolutions already circling the drain, committing to your TV viewing schedule is definitely one resolution you can follow through on. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for “Necessary Roughness’s” return to USA Network on Wednesday, Jan. 23 and “Dallas” on Jan. 28; you can catch that on TNT.
What Winter TV premieres and returns are you most looking forward to?