Midseason Mania: Preview all the New Midseason Shows - Featured

It's midseason mania time again! As our favorite midseason shows like Lost, 24, and more return, there are also plenty of exciting new shows premiering.

Since you may not have heard all about each of the new shows and we don't want you to miss out on any new TV obsessions, here's the rundown on all the brand new midseason shows! Also check out how likely we think each show is to succeed with our SideReel ratings.

Archer - Premieres January 14th on FX

SideReel Rating: Time & Ratings Will Tell

Archer is an off-the-wall animated spy comedy set in the International Secret Intelligence Service where "espionage and global crises are merely opportunities for its highly trained employees to confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw each other," according to FX. This edgy comedy is jam-packed with hilarious people voicing all the main characters including H. Jon Benjamin as Sterling Archer, Arrested Development's Jessica Walter as Archer's mom, Malory Archer, comedian Aisha Tyler as Archer's ex-girlfriend, 30 Rock's Chris Parnell as the new boyfriend, and Judy Greer as Malory's secretary.

Archer Promo: Do Something

Archer Promo: Battery

Human Target - Premieres January 17th on Fox

SideReel Rating: Time & Ratings Will Tell

Human Target stars Mark Valley, who you may recognize from Fringe, as Christopher Chance, a private contractor who is hired to protect clients by becoming the "human target" for whatever trouble is at hand. Other familiar faces include Pushing Daisies' Chi McBride and Watchmen's Jackie Earle Haley.

Human Target Promo

Life UneXpected - Premieres January 18th on The CW

SideReel Rating: Count on it for your TV Schedule Next Year

This new series follows the story of Lux, a teenage girl who's been in foster care for 15 years and decides to become an emancipated minor. In the process, she meets her birth father who had no idea she existed, and her birth mother. When the judge decides she's not ready to be on her own, her birth parents are granted joint custody. Life UneXpected stars Brittany Robertson of Swingtown and Dan in Real Life as Lux, Kristoffer Polaha of Miss Guided and Tru Calling as Lux's birth dad, Shiri Appleby of Roswell and ER as birth mom, and Kerr Smith of Dawson's Creek and more as her birth mom's boyfriend.

Life UneXpected Promo

The Deep End - Premieres January 21st on ABC

SideReel Rating: Soon to be in the Cancellation Danger Zone

The Deep End follows young lawyers in their new jobs at one of L.A.'s most prestigious law firms. As RachelL says, this is basically Grey's Anatomy with lawyers. The show stars Matt Long from Jack & Bobby, Ben Lawson, Tina Majorino of Veronica Mars, Big Love and Napoleon Dynamite, Norbert Leo Butz, Leah Pipes of Life is Wild, and Billy Zane from Titanic and more, among others.

The Deep End Promo

Caprica - Premieres January 22nd on Syfy

SideReel Rating: Count on it for your TV Schedule Next Year

Caprica is a Battlestar Galactica prequel of sorts that takes place 58 years before the events of BSG. The story revolves around two families, the Graystones and the Adamas, and tells the story of how the Cylons were first created. Caprica stars Jericho's Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson of Deadwood, Alessandra Torresani or Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, ER and more, Sasha Roiz also from Terminator: TSCC plus The Mentalist and more, among others.

Caprica Promos

Enter SideReel's Caprica DVD & iPod Nano Giveaway!

Spartacus: Blood and Sand - Premieres January 22nd on Starz

SideReel Rating: Soon to be in the Cancellation Danger Zone

As you could probably imagine, this epic new Starz series follows the story of Rome's famous gladiator, Spartacus. There will be blood. There will be sand. Perhaps there will even be blood in the sand as Spartacus fights his intense arena battles as a gladiator. To name a few, the series stars Australian actor Andy Whitfield as Spartacus, and Lucy Lawless of Battlestar Galactica and Xena: Warrior Princess.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand Promo

La La Land - Premieres January 25th on Showtime

SideReel Rating: Soon to be in the Cancellation Danger Zone

La La Land features award-winning British comedian Marc Wootton as three different characters who are all Hollywood wanna-bes trying to make it. Seems like after the success of The United States of Tara, Showtime is all about starring one person as multiple personalities!

La La Land Promo

Undercover Boss - Premieres February 7th on CBS

SideReel Rating: Soon to be in the Cancellation Danger Zone

Undercover Boss is a reality series in which every week the boss of a big corporation works "undercover" in his/her company in an entry-level position.

Past Life - Premieres February 11th on Fox

SideReel Rating: Time & Ratings Will Tell

Past Life, from the writer of Friday Night Lights, follows two detectives who investigate people's past lives, aka whether or not strange happenings in your current life have to do with a past life. The show stars Kelli Giddish of All My Children, Australian actor Nicholas Bishop, The West Wing's Richard Schiff, and Ravi Patel of Scrubs.

Past Life Promo'''

Parenthood - Premieres March 2nd on NBC

SideReel Rating: Probably Count on it for your TV Schedule Next Year

Parenthood is based on the 1989 film by the same name and follows the story of four grown-up siblings dealing with all the struggles and joys of adulthood and having their own children. The show stars Lauren Graham of Gilmore Girls, Peter Krause from Six Feet Under and Dirty Sexy Money, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen of Six Degrees, Sam Jaeger of Eli Stone, Craig T. Nelson, our beloved Coach, and others including Mae Whitman.

Parenthood Promo

The Marriage Ref - Premieres March 4th on NBC

SideReel Rating: Soon to be in the Cancellation Danger Zone

The Marriage Ref, a comedy reality series, is created by Jerry Seinfeld. The show features a marriage referee and celebrities helping fighting couples work it all out.

Sons of Tucson - Premieres March 14th on Fox

SideReel Rating: Soon to be in the Cancellation Danger Zone

Sons of Tucson stars Reaper's Tyler Labine as a hustler hired by three brothers to act as their dad as the brothers try to avoid foster care while their real dad is in jail for a white-collar crime.

Sons of Tuscon Promo

Miami Medical - Premieres April 1st on CBS

SideReel Rating: Time & Ratings Will Tell

Miami Medical follows expert surgeons working in the trauma unit of a top hospital in Miami, Florida. Previously titled Miami Trauma then recently renamed Miami Medical, my guess is they wanted to distance themselves from the unsuccessful NBC fall medial drama, Trauma. The show stars Jeremy Northam of The Tudors, Omar Godding of the Barbershop series, Lana Parrilla from Spin City, Elisabeth Harnois who's appeared on One Tree Hill and various other shows, and Mike Vogel of Cloverfield and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Treme - Premieres April 11th on HBO

SideReel Rating: Count on it for your TV Schedule Next Year

Treme is a drama from the creators of The Wire, following the lives of musician Hurricane Katrina survivors in New Orleans. The series stars The Wire's Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters, Khandi Alexander of CSI: Miami, Steve Zahn of Sunshine Cleaning and plenty more, Kim Dickens who's appeared on Lost, Deadwood, and more, Melissa Leo of Homicide: Life on the Street, and Rob Brown of Finding Forrester and The Express.

Treme Promo

Shows TBA

Happy Town

Justified on FX

What new midseason show are you the most excited to check out?


Jan 15, 2010 9:27AM EST

Besides Caprica, all the rest is crap or unappealing. Got too many other shows to watch anyway. Really, Seinfeld, The Marriage Ref? Not really trying I guess. Undercover Boss? Yeah, whatever. Pass me the remote.

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Jan 15, 2010 5:21PM EST

Spartacus has already been renewed for a second season by the network, without the first episode even being aired yet. I don't know about your cancellation zone predictions quite yet.

Jan 15, 2010 5:33PM EST

I have high hopes for Caprica, but I also had high hopes for Battlestar and I remember how badly that turned out. So I am most looking forward to the comedies. Mainly Archer and Sons of Tuscon and if Archer is as good as the first episode, it will be good follow-up to what the disaster that was the "X-tacles" specials.

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Jan 18, 2010 7:11AM EST

i have a question concerning the "new midseason picture" at the top of the article. i can identify "parenthood" (on the right) and "life unexpected" (the middle one) but what's the other one? thx in advance

Jan 18, 2010 1:00PM EST

@eperon the photo to the far right is for Caprica.

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Jan 31, 2010 1:04PM EST

the picture of the two young girls is that parenthood?

Feb 1, 2010 12:35AM EST

@rachelsmith91 the pic of the 2 young girls to the far right is from Caprica. The left one of the couple is Parenthood.

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