Midseason TV schedule looks promising

January 26th, 2012

Finally, reruns are over. All your favorite shows are back with brand new episodes. But premiering with them are plenty of brand new midseason shows. These five are the most anticipated of the bunch.

House of Lies (Showtime)

Sundays at 10 p.m.

Showtime’s new half-hour comedy is centered on a consulting firm that tricks corporate fat cats into overpaying for its services. While many of Showtime’s comedies have heavy drama as well, “House of Lies” promises to be all comedy. Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell star, as well has Ben Schwartz, most well-known for his role of Jean Ralphio on “Parks and Rec.”

Alcatraz (FOX)

Mondays at 9 p.m.

In an alternate history, Alcatraz’s prisoners all disappeared decades ago and are suddenly reappearing in San Francisco, putting its citizens in danger. Only three people can stop them. This thriller is everything a Sci-fi fan could want. J.J. Abrams is producing. Seriously, this show has both Hurley from “Lost” (Jorge Garcia), and Dr. Grant from “Jurassic Park” (Sam Neil). What more could you want?

Smash (NBC)

Mondays at 10 p.m. starting Feb. 6 

“Smash” is NBC’s answer to “Glee,” and according to the buzz it’s getting, it could very well become a rival hit. Produced by Steven Spielberg (who apparently wants to produce everything on TV right now), this musical drama follows the cast and crew of a Broadway musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe and the months before the upcoming opening night. Unlike “Glee,” “Smash” will feature all original songs.

Luck (HBO)

Sundays at 9 p.m. starting Jan. 29

HBO has been on a roll lately, and “Luck” looks to be no exception. Dustin Hoffman plays a gambling addict who puts all of his money into horse racing. The pilot already had a sneak preview and got rave reviews. It also stars Nick Nolte.

The Firm (NBC)

Thursdays at 10 p.m.

Remember that John Grisham movie with Tom Cruise called “The Firm”? Ever had the urge to see it in TV show form? Well, you’re in luck. All six of you. Josh Lucas plays the part made famous by Cruise as he tries to take down the mob.

The River (ABC)

Tuesdays at 9 p.m. starting Feb. 7

After the success of FX’s “American Horror Story,” other networks are jumping on the horror-on-TV bandwagon. “The River” is being written and directed by Oren Peli, also known as the guy who made the massively successful “Paranormal Activity.” It follows a research team in the Amazon, and follows a “found footage” format. Bring a change of underpants.