weather icon Mostly Cloudy

Broadcast TV networks get early jump on midseason

You don’t have to wait for the new year for a new wave of TV shows.

The broadcast networks are getting an early start on their midseason, which kicks off with “Flirty Dancing” (5 p.m. Sunday, Fox), a reality series that combines the stress of blind dates with the hazards of choreographed dance moves.

Fox obviously has high hopes for the show. It’s giving the series, hosted by Jenna Dewan, a solid lead-in directly following an NFL doubleheader. But in doing so, the network is starting the clock early on a season that also includes “Lego Masters” (9 p.m. Feb. 5, Fox), a competition series that asks viewers to watch people they don’t know play with tiny plastic bricks.

Existing ideas

Both of those reality shows are adaptations of British series, which is in keeping with this winter’s trend of relying on remakes, adaptations, sequels and reimaginings.

The most anticipated new series is no doubt “Star Trek: Picard” (Jan. 23, CBS All Access). Patrick Stewart returns to the franchise as Jean-Luc Picard, and he’s bringing fan favorites Data (Brent Spiner) and Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) along with him.

Fox is expanding the world of “9-1-1,” which is inexplicably the network’s biggest scripted hit, with “9-1-1: Lone Star” (7 p.m. Jan. 19). The new series finds Rob Lowe portraying the only survivor of his Manhattan firehouse after Sept. 11, 2001, who relocates to Austin, Texas, to rebuild a station following another tragedy.

Producer Dick Wolf, who’s never met a series he didn’t want to franchise — “Law & Order,” the “Chicago” shows — is debuting “FBI: Most Wanted” (10 p.m. Jan. 7, CBS), which stars Julian McMahon and focuses on the agency’s Fugitive Task Force.

The “Archieverse,” which already includes The CW’s “Riverdale” and Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” is growing to include “Katy Keene” (8 p.m. Feb. 6, The CW). After Josie (Ashleigh Murray) leaves Riverdale for the big city, she moves in with Katy (Lucy Hale), an aspiring fashion designer.

“High Fidelity” (Feb. 14, Hulu) has been reconceived as the story of a record store owner (Zoe Kravitz) in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

“Party of Five” (9 p.m. Jan. 8, Freeform) is being reborn with a focus on immigration as the five Acosta children struggle with daily life after their parents are deported.

Jude Law’s Pope Pius XIII is back, albeit in a coma, in “The New Pope” (9 p.m. Jan. 13, HBO), which co-stars John Malkovich as John Paul III and features unlikely guest stars Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson.

A paralyzed forensic genius (Russell Hornsby) tracks a serial killer in the mouthful “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector” (8 p.m. Jan. 10, NBC). It’s an adaptation of the best-selling novel “The Bone Collector” that spawned the 1999 thriller starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

The titular Stephen King novel inspires “The Outsider” (9 p.m. Jan. 12, HBO), about the gruesome murder of an 11-year-old and two of the investigators (Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo) on the case.

Reese Witherspoon looks to continue her TV hot streak, which includes executive producing and starring in “Big Little Lies” and “The Morning Show,” with “Little Fires Everywhere” (March 18, Hulu), based on the Celeste Ng novel and co-starring Kerry Washington.

And “Sherlock” creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat go back to the literary public domain well with their interpretation of “Dracula” (Jan. 4, Netflix).

Something new

Believe it or not, there are a few new ideas floating around this winter.

Big changes are coming to L.A. law enforcement as a horse-riding lawman (Stephen Dorff) is unexpectedly named acting sheriff of Los Angeles County in “Deputy” (9 p.m. Jan. 2, Fox), while Edie Falco stars as a former NYPD officer who becomes the city’s first female police chief in “Tommy” (10 p.m. Feb. 6, CBS).

“Veep” creator Armando Iannucci returns with “Avenue 5” (10 p.m. Jan. 19, HBO), a futuristic comedy, set aboard a luxurious space cruise ship, that stars Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad.

A computer coder (Jane Levy) begins noticing people around her singing their innermost thoughts, via songs no one else can hear, in the musical “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (10 p.m. Jan. 7, NBC).

After a long absence, a woman (Rosario Dawson) returns to her offbeat hometown to look into her estranged sister’s murder in “Briarpatch” (10 p.m. Feb. 6, USA).

Ordinary people are recruited to solve a mysterious puzzle in “Dispatches From Elsewhere” (10 p.m. March 1, AMC), starring Sally Field, Richard E. Grant, Andre Benjamin and series creator Jason Segel.

A CIA officer (Michelle Monaghan) tracks a man in the Middle East (Mehdi Dehbi) whose followers claim he’s performing miracles in “Messiah” (Jan. 1, Netflix).

The gritty underbelly of Midwestern cheerleading is explored in the murder mystery “Dare Me” (10 p.m. Sunday, USA).

A man (Nicholas Pinnock) sentenced to life in prison begins representing other inmates in their fights for freedom in the drama “For Life” (10 p.m. Feb. 11, ABC), executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

Army medics stationed in Afghanistan are the focus of the drama “68 Whiskey” (10 p.m. Jan. 15, Paramount Network), from executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

Finally, a trio of family comedies is on tap. Young parents (Adam Pally, Abby Elliott) have their lives disrupted when his parents (Fran Drescher, Steven Weber) arrive, unannounced and homeless, in “Indebted” (9:30 p.m. Feb. 6, NBC). An Atlantic City couple (Jason Biggs, Maggie Lawson) raises four kids, three of whom are geniuses, in “Outmatched” (8:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Fox). And Amy Poehler voices a 15-year-old and his mother, Annie, in the animated “Duncanville” (8:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Fox).

Contact Christopher Lawrence at clawrence @reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4567. Follow @life_onthecouch on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Entertainment Videos
Making lobster and avocado flatbread at Vanderpump Cocktail Garden in Las Vegas
Josh Grimes, chef de cuisine at Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, created a lobster and avocado flatbread that also has avocado-creme fraiche spread, yellow tomatoes, red onion and Hearts On Fire microgreens. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Riding the new 15-minute "Star Wars" ride at Disneyland
What it's like to ride the new 15-minute "Star Wars" ride At Disneyland (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Main St. Provisions is coming to the Arts District - VIDEO
Kim Owens talks about her new Arts District restaurant, Main Street Provisions, which is under construction. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Artist Wayne Littlejohn on “Spin Baby” - VIDEO
Wayne Littlejohn’s sculpture celebrates Las Vegas entertainers. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Tiësto headlines CES 2020 closing party at Hakkasan Nightclub - VIDEO
Tiesto performs for CES conventioneers and clubgoers during the DreamlandXR Closing Night Party at Hakkasan Nightclub at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip in the early hours of Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Locals cheer on James Holzhauer at 'Jeopardy!' watch party - VIDEO
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But James Holzhauer would have a better chance at winning “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” tournament if Ken Jennings would stop copying his aggressive betting strategy. (James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Drake's first show of 2020 at XS Nightclub in Las Vegas - VIDEO
Drake performs at the indoor/outdoor XS and Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip in the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Ceremony held for Elvis artist Trent Carlini - VIDEO
A ceremony was held for Elvis impersonator Trent Carlini on Wednesday night at The Space in Las Vegas. (James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES 2020: Small appliances unveiled in Las Vegas - VIDEO
The small appliances on show at Sands Expo at CES 2020 in Las Vegas include a Keurig cocktail maker, autonomous cooking system, nitrogen coffee ampules and more. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES 2020: Impossible Foods debuts Impossible Pork in Las Vegas - VIDEO
Before a packed press conference at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Impossible Foods executives introduced Impossible Pork, its newest product. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Lady Gaga joins her band leader at his after-hours show - VIDEO
After finishing her “Jazz + Piano” show at Park Theater, Lady Gaga joined her band leader Brian Newman for a rousing version of "Fly Me to the Moon" during his show at NoMad Restaurant at Park MGM on the Las Vegas Strip after midnight on New Year's Day, 2020. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Brian Newman rings in 2020 at NoMad at Park MGM - VIDEO
Brian Newman, bandleader for Lady Gaga, performs at NoMad Restaurant at Park MGM on the Las Vegas Strip on New Year's Eve 2019. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
New Year’s Fireworks on the Las Vegas Strip - VIDEO
Fireworks explode over the Las Vegas Strip to celebrate the new year of 2020. (James Schaeffer / Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Kats hits Las Vegas Strip on New Year's Eve - VIDEO
Man-about-town columnist John Katsilometes covers entertainment on the Strip on New Year's Eve Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Mayfair Supper Club overlooking Bellagio fountains. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
RJ LIVE from Drai's nightclub on the Las Vegas Strip - VIDEO
Aaron Drawhorn live from Drai's nightclub on the Las Vegas Strip across from the Bellagio fountains on New Year's Eve.
Ayesha Curry and Michael Mina talk about opening International Smoke
Ayesha Curry and Michael Mina, partners in International Smoke, admit things don't always admit things don’t always work the first time. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Unravel the story of House of Eternal Return at Meow Wolf - VIDEO
New Mexico art collective Meow Wolf created the House of Eternal Return in 2016. The group is opening an original immersive experience in Las Vegas next year. (Meow Wolf)
Story behind Spago’s two-pound truffle - VIDEO
Spago chef Mark Andelbradt shares the story of a truffle hunter who found the truffle. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ayesha Curry preps for International Smoke opening
Ayesha Curry talks about preparing for the opening of International Smoke, her collaboration with Michael Mina at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Making the French Onion Burger at Topgolf in Las Vegas - VIDEO
Kreg Klaver, executive chef at Topgolf at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, makes the French Onion Burger by topping a 7-ounce beef patty with horseradish-Dijon, caramelized onions, Gruyere and crispy onions, on a pretzel bun. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Mayfair Supper Club preview
The finishing touches are still being put on Bellagio’s new Mayfair Supper club, which is set to open on New Year’s Eve. But the creative team behind the experience gave members of the media a little preview on Thursday in a rehearsal space they’ve been using at Park MGM. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Holiday Honey Toast at Sake Rok in Las Vegas
Bill Lee, executive sous chef at Sake Rok at The Park in Las Vegas, makes Holiday Honey Toast by hollowing out soft white pain de mie bread, coating it in butter, honey and sugar, toasting it and topping with three scoops of mint-chocolate chip ice cream, more honey-butter, gumdrops, candy canes, powdered sugar and cinnamon. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New lunch menu at Momofuku Las Vegas
Chef Michael Rubinstein talks about the new lunch menu at Momofuku. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Cube by Nanotak at Intersect Festival - VIDEO
The cube synced with driving electronic music and glowed with LEDs that twinkled along the cube’s lines. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Elvis Presley tribute artist Trent Carlini dies - VIDEO
Trent Carlini, a renowned Elvis Presley tribute artist who performed at several Las Vegas resorts for almost 30 years, has died. Clark County officials confirmed Carlini died on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, at a Las Vegas hospital. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Intersect drone light show - VIDEO
The Intersect Music Festival in Las Vegas featured a special drone light show. (Samia DeCubas)
Shirley Chung is “coming home” for Paired dinner
Celebrity chef Shirley Chung is back in Las Vegas to co-host a sold out collaborative dinner Saturday night at Red Plate in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Dandelion Chocolate opening at The Venetian
San Francisco’s Dandelion Chocolate will open its first Las Vegas café and retail store in The Venetian on Saturday. To celebrate, they’ll be offering guests free hot chocolate. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Lbertine Social’s Pastrami Feast
Libertine Social's massive, house-made short-rib pastrami for $175 latter consists of three bones of short rib brined for seven days, smoked for six hours and cooked sous vide for two days before it’s finished in the restaurant’s pizza oven to give it a bark. It’s then carved and presented tableside with an assortment of sides and lettuce for making wraps. What’s “leftover” is then returned to the kitchen and prepared as Reuben sandwiches.
Ellis Island unveils The Front Yard
Ellis Island’s marketing director Christina Ellis talks about the new addition of the Front Yard. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)