Ah, January. It's the middle of winter, and the middle of the traditional U.S. television season.
Let's take a quick glance at some of the just-started or upcoming mid-season programming, shall we?
1600 Penn (NBC, premiered in its regular slot on 10 January)
While many loved Bill Pullman as the president in "Independence Day", we have to agree with tv.com that Josh Gad's character might be the most annoying character currently on television. If you can get past that, it's far more dramedy than sitcom, as it's not really laugh out loud funny, but it does have promise.
King of the Nerds (TBS, premiered 17 January)
A reality show where geeks battle it out for "king of the nerds"? And wow, can they pick some stereotypes. Do these producers not want tech support to ever answer their calls again?
The Americans (FX, premiered 30 January)
Can Felicity pass as a KGB agent? How historically accurate will they attempt to be? Considering that for so much of today's audience the Cold War is as much of a History Channel item as World War I, I suspect much of the audience for this program will end up being those who actually lived through the 1980s. Never underestimate the nostalgia factor. Setting the DVR for this one.
Do No Harm (NBC, premieres 31 January)
Didn't we try this already with "Awake"? Unless the creative team can prove this concept isn't really a retread of the failed series from last mid-season with different reasoning for the split personality, this series may suffer the same fate.
Zero Hour (ABC, premieres 14 February)
Anthony Edwards returns to television in what isn't really trying to be "The DaVinci Code" for television, they promise, but conspiracy aficionados are going to have a time with this one. I, for one, am curious enough to give it a shot.
What midseason shows are you looking forward to?