Hot for Winter: Your January Premieres Calendar

There was a time, believe it or not, when the January TV slate meant simply more of the same old same old. But for a while now, pretty much ever since a little show called 24 decided to unspool its latest breakneck day in the new year, the heart of winter has signaled a near-avalanche of fresh TV goodness.

By popular demand, TVLine presents this first pass at a handy calendar of January 2012’s biggest premieres, including the latest batches of American Idol, Justified, Pretty Little Liars and White Collar, the farewell run of One Tree Hill, and the debuts of newbies such as J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz.

Season and series premieres are denoted in BOLD, and we’ve also included finales, specials and many — though by no means all — return dates for current shows that are on or entering holiday hiatus. (You can read more about the networks’ midseason schedules at these links: Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, The CW.) Click the thumbnail calendar below, and save the dates!

Preemptive P.S. My calendar-making skills are not infallible, so if you spot something that is missing, drop a polite note in Comments and I will (eventually) make updates as warranted.

P.S. No. 2: The tinted box in the lower right corner offers a sneak peek at some key February 2012 dates. There’s also stuff in March (and entirely tragically “TBA” matters such as Cougar Town and Community), but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

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  1. Jerri says:

    Matt, any idea when Army Wives begins their next season?

    • Nikki says:

      I follow the Army Wives official twitter along with a few of the cast and it hasn’t been announced yet. It’s gotta be soon though since they’ve been filming eps.

  2. K says:

    What about Criminal Minds, Big Bang Theory, Two Broke Girls, and Mike and Molly?

  3. Bec says:

    What about Scandal, Apartment 23 and Good Christian Belles?

  4. Chris says:

    Didn’t, “So You Think You Can Dance,” have a Spring AND Summer season back to back last year? No mention of it this spring?

  5. Amber says:

    Matt, I just love your calendars.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Matt, thanks so much for making these calendars! They are really great :-)

  7. iellalein says:

    Matt, I think I haven’t told you that I adore you and your calendars :-)

  8. Samantha F says:

    Matt, ditto the above comments about these great calendars.

    Can you also make an updated daily schedule so we know when our DVRs are going to explode trying to record 5 things at once??

    I know, your readers are so demanding :) :)

  9. sofia says:

    Desperate Housewives returns Sunday January 8th, 2012

  10. Lorie says:

    Matt, thanks for the calendar!

  11. Lilyg says:

    Hey Matt, do you know when Hawaii Five-O is coming back?

    PS: I wish you to spend a nice Christmas!

  12. Betsy Corcoran says:

    What happened to “Awake”//

  13. stacie says:

    thanx so much for the calenders… can i bother you for a bobs burgers premier date… we LOVE it and cant wait for its return…

  14. ollie says:

    what about person of interst and 2 broke girls?

  15. Jackie P says:

    How about The Killing? When does that come back on>?

  16. Shannon Stauter says:

    I heard Psych is coming back February 29th? Has that been confirmed yet?

  17. Lisa says:

    What about Sherlock? According to PBS Masterpiece web site season 2 begins on 1/15 but has limited TV airings. Do you know what that means?

  18. Sally says:

    What about the prime time premiere of “Oprah’s Next Chapter”? That’s on January 1st.

  19. Carla says:

    Any word on the exact premiere date of Make It or Break It on ABCfamily yet?

  20. DaveM says:

    Handy little phone app called TV Forecast. Enter the names of your favorite shows and it will remind you when new episodes are coming up. It’s been correct in the three months I’ve been using it. Covers overseas programming as well. :)

  21. papoila says:

    How about Melissa and Joey?

  22. Balaji K says:

    The Big Bang Theory is still missing among CBS shows.

    The premiere of Unsupervised (FX) will follow Archer on January 19 at 10:30 PM.

    In February: Eastbound & Down will return for a third season on February 19, followed by the debut of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s latest series Life’s Too Short.

  23. Gretchen says:

    Project Runway All Stars?

  24. Renee says:

    Is Grimm on in January? Have I missed something (which is entirely possible)?

  25. Brian says:

    I may have missed this comment but didn’t CSI:NY get pushed to March to make room for another show?

  26. Victor Hugo says:

    Hey, you forgot about the new FX series Unsupervised, after Archer I guess!

  27. Victor Hugo says:

    But balaji already said this, so, i guess you will fix it!

  28. Maron says:

    CSI-Las Vegas hasn’t ended yet. It is new
    this Wednesday-12/21. They are hyping Marge Helgenbergers
    last episodes.

  29. Linda says:

    Justified January 17th…..Yahoo. Seems the cable networks are pulling what the regular ones do…airing their best at the same hour and day…I do like White Collar but I love Justified and have waited 7 very long months……..Thank God for On Demand.

  30. Kirsten says:

    One: So excited for Merlin. (though I do not understand why its on SyFy and not BBC America…)
    Two: What? Where’s Steven Moffat’s second best show Sherlock? I know it premiers in January! I need my Benedict Cumberbatch fix!

  31. Richard says:

    Melissa & Joan: Joan Knows Best – Tuesday, January 24, 9 p.m. (WE)
    The Challenge: Battle of the Exes – Wednesday, January 25, 10 p.m. (MTV)
    24 Hour Catwalk – Tuesday, January 10, 10 p.m. (Lifetime)
    Project Runway: All Stars – Thursday, January 5, 9 p.m. (Lifetime)
    Dance Moms – Tuesday, January 10, 9 p.m. (Lifetime)
    It’s a Brad Brad World – Monday, January 2, 10 p.m. – (Bravo)
    Tabatha Takes Over – Tuesday, January 10, 10 p.m. – (Bravo)
    Celebrity Cook-Off – Sunday, January 1, 9 p.m. (The Food Network)

  32. Frank says:

    FYI Merlin is in the 10pm time slot on SYFY not 9pm due to WWE Smackdown running from 8-10!!

  33. Marlene says:

    Soooooo excited for Lost Girl on SyFy! I first heard about it at Comic Con and am now hooked!

  34. opus says:

    Matt – You have Merlin listed at 9 pm on Fridays. From ads I’ve seen,I believe it should be 10 pm.

  35. Andrew says:

    Don’t forget: Harry’s Law also returns on January 11, 2012, at 9/8c on NBC.

  36. tom says:

    What about The Miss America Pageant?

  37. Amy says:

    *sigh* I have lost all the interest in tv ever since Community was put on hiatus.

  38. Nikki says:

    Not sure if anyone but me cares, but the Mob Wives second season starts today.

  39. Jose Manuel says:

    if you’re including specials, could you include G.G.’s 100th episode? :)

  40. Nikki H. says:

    Please tell me that the Parenthood Season Finale on 02/28 is a typo. Shouldn’t it continue for at least a month or two? Oh and any news about Breaking In? It was initially cancelled but then they decided to give it another shot.

  41. Andrea says:

    Re: Harry’s Law and January 11

    I thought I read that it wasn’t coming back until March. Did NBC make a change?

    Thank you for the calender, Matt.

  42. Caroline says:

    What about Supernatural? Or Grimm?

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Um, they’re right there on the calendar; Jan 6 and 13. (It’s OK, it’s morning after NYE and all….)

  43. TimWnTX says:

    Let the countdown begin. . . JANUARY 13TH, last episode of “One Life To Live.” Enough said.

  44. Christina says:

    Please correct the spelling on A Gifted Man. Thanks Matt!

  45. Jules says:

    Only 1 date I really care-January 23rd@8pm [H]ouse=my favorite addiction is back!! ;)

    A true Housefan (like me) will be glue to their tv until the very end-even with edelstein’s departure…Laurie is the real leader/heart of the series…

  46. Linderella says:

    Any news about Jason Isaac’s new series Awake on NBC?

  47. Laura says:

    Any news for Person of interest and TerraNova

  48. CastleBuffySVU says:

    Thank you SOOOOOO much, Matt! This is SO appreciated! I love this calendar. I’m pumped for: Castle, HIMYM,and Bones’ winter finale. Was disappointed that Fox didn’t air it in December though. Can’t wait for Glee too.

  49. godzilla's_foil says:

    Where’s the news on AMC returning Mad Men and The Walking Dead?

  50. SAM says:

    Thank you, Matt!