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New year, new shows, new seasons, new episodes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Now that we're in a new year, it's time for new TV, and lots of it! Well, some of it isn't actually new new, but rather new seasons full of new episodes. Also, a number of shows are returning from their winter/holiday breaks with new material. Here's a look at everything new (and then some) that's going on this week:

Series premieres

Network: "Intelligence," 9 p.m. Tuesday, CBS (action thriller starring Josh Holloway as an intelligence operative with a super-computer microchip in his brain; regular timeslot premiere is 10 p.m. Jan. 13); "Killer Women," 10 p.m. Tuesday, ABC (crime drama starring Tricia Helfer as the only woman on the elite Texas Rangers law enforcement squad); "Chicago PD," 10 p.m. Wednesday, NBC ("Chicago Fire" spin-off about Windy City cops).

Miniseries: "The Assets," 10 p.m. today, ABC (eight-part espionage thriller based on the true story of the hunt for '80s CIA mole Aldrich Ames).

Cable, scripted: "Space Dandy," 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Cartoon Network (anime about an alien hunter, his robot assistant and a cat alien).

Cable, reality: "Cold River Cash," 10 p.m. today, Animal Planet (three teams of fishermen compete to catch elusive baby glass eels); "Toned Up," 10 p.m. today, Bravo (two best friends/fitness trainers); "Do or Die," 10 p.m. today, National Geographic (testing your survival knowledge regarding deadly scenarios); "Blood, Sweat & Heels," 9 p.m. Sunday, Bravo (a group of assertive NYC career women); "The Curse of Oak Island," 10 p.m. Sunday, History (two brothers search for treasure on the island off Nova Scotia's coast); "Escaping the Prophet," 10 p.m. Tuesday, TLC (a Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints former member works with law enforcement to help people who want to flee the church); "100 Days of Summer," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo (young professionals in Chicago); "The Legend of Mick Doge," 10 p.m. Tuesday, National Geographic Channel (a man living in the Pacific Northwest wilderness); "Web of Lies," 10 p.m. Wednesday, ID (crimes of deception).

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Season premieres

Network, scripted: "Community," 8 p.m. today, NBC; "Downton Abbey," 9 p.m. Sunday, PBS.

Network, reality competitions: "The Taste," 8 p.m. today, ABC; "The Bachelor," 8 p.m. Monday, ABC.

Cable, scripted: "Cougar Town," 10 p.m. Tuesday, TBS; "Justified," 10 p.m. Tuesday, FX; "Psych," 9 p.m. Wednesday, USA (two hours).

Cable, other: "Mysteries at the Museum," 9 p.m. today, Travel; "Wild West Alaska," 9 p.m. today, Animal Planet; "Couples Therapy," 9 p.m. today, VH1; "Frenemies: Loyalty Turned Lethal," 9 p.m. today, ID; "Ridiculousness," 10 p.m. today, MTV; "Impractical Jokers," 10 p.m. today, TruTV; "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" 9 p.m., and "Oprah's Lifeclass," 10 p.m. Friday, OWN; "Something Borrowed, Something New," 10 p.m. Friday, TLC; "Raising Whitley," 9 p.m. Saturday, OWN; "Scorned: Love Kills," 10 p.m. Saturday, ID; "American Restoration," 10 p.m. Tuesday, History; "Bad Girls All Star Battle," 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oxygen; "Counting Cars," 9 p.m. Tuesday, History; "My 600-lb Life," 9 p.m. Tuesday, TLC.

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Returning

ABC: "Revenge," 9 p.m., and "Betrayal," 10 p.m. Sunday; "Castle," 10 p.m. Monday; "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," 8 p.m., "The Goldbergs," 9 p.m., and "Trophy Wife," 9:30 p.m. Tuesday; "The Middle," 8 p.m., "Super Fun Night," 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., and "Modern Family," 9 p.m. Wednesday.

CBS: "The Big Bang Theory," 8 p.m., "The Millers," 8:30 p.m., "The Crazy Ones," 9 p.m., "Two and a Half Men," 9:30 p.m., and "Elementary," 10 p.m. today; "The Good Wife," 9 p.m., and "The Mentalist," 10 p.m. Sunday; "NCIS," 8 p.m., and "Person of Interest," 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Fox: "The Simpsons," 8 p.m., "Bob's Burgers," 8:30 p.m., "Family Guy," 9 p.m., and "American Dad," 9:30 p.m. Sunday; "Almost Human," 8 p.m. Monday; "Dads," 8 p.m., "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," 8:30 p.m., "New Girl," 9 p.m., and "The Mindy Project," 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

NBC: "Sean Saves the World," 9 p.m., "The Michael J. Fox Show," 9:30 p.m., and "Parenthood," 10 p.m. today; "Grimm," 9 p.m., and "Dracula," 10 p.m. Friday; "The Biggest Loser," 8 p.m., and "Chicago Fire," 10 p.m. Tuesday; "Revolution," 8 p.m., and "Law & Order: SVU," 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Cable: "See Dad Run," 8 p.m., and "Instant Mom," 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nickelodeon; "Teen Wolf," 10 p.m. Monday, MTV (marathon of season-to-date starts at noon); "Pretty Little Liars," 8 p.m., and "Ravenswood," 9 p.m. Tuesday, ABC Family; "Snooki & JWoww," 10 p.m. Tuesday, MTV.

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Season finales

Scripted shows: "Hostages," 9 p.m. Monday, CBS (two hours; most likely series finale); "Major Crimes," 9 p.m. Monday, TNT (part one of two).

Reality shows: "Breaking the Faith," 10 p.m. Sunday, TLC; "Boston's Finest," 9 p.m., and "Marshal Law: Texas," 10 p.m. Tuesday, TNT.

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Specials

Network: "Saturday Night Live: Best of the Season," 11:30 p.m. Saturday, NBC; "The Following Recap," 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox (recapping the first season); "The Bachelor: Countdown to Juan Pablo," 8 p.m. Sunday, ABC; "Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," 9 p.m. Sunday, NBC; "American Experience: The Poisoner's Handbook," 8 p.m. Tuesday (story of NYC's first medical examiner, who pioneered the use of forensic science in crime solving); "People's Choice Awards 2014," 9 p.m. Wednesday, CBS (hosted by Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings with performances by OneRepublic and Sara Bareilles); "Chasing Shackleton," 10 p.m. Wednesday (documentary on an environmental scientist trying to re-create the explorer's Trans-Antarctic Expedition; part one of three).

Cable: "Fashion Police: Crystal Ball Special," 10 p.m. Friday, E! (looking ahead to this year's awards season); "Star Wars: Revenge of the Myth," 8 p.m. Saturday, Discovery ("Mythbusters" special); "Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious," 10 p.m. Saturday (stand-up and sketch comedy special); "Private Screenings," 8 p.m. Monday, TMC (Alec Baldwin interviews host Robert Osborne).

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Of note: "Happy Endings" reruns being airing regularly from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays on VH1 starting this week.

W.Va. alerts: See Elkview's Leah Calvert (nee Messer) on MTV's "Teen Mom 2 Catch-Up Special" at 11 p.m. Tuesday in advance of the season premiere on Jan. 21; also on MTV, at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Hurricane native Ashley Mitchell is part of the new San Francisco-set "Real World: Ex-plosion" (and appears to be its resident party girl), which features the twist of the cast's exes moving in with them after a month.

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.


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