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'Rake' premieres as part of new Fox midseason set

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After three weeks with loads of new fare, the premieres this week are few.

The only one of note is Fox's scripted legal dramedy, "Rake," premiering at 9 p.m. Thursday. Based on the Australian series of the same name, it stars Greg Kinnear as a brilliant, yet self-destructive criminal defense lawyer whose personal problems constantly cause havoc in his professional life.

"Glee" fans will notice that "Rake" is premiering in their show's usual spot. That's because when it returns on Feb. 25, "Glee" moves to Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. It's all part of Fox's midseason schedule shift.

Other changes on Tuesday include shelving "The Mindy Project" until April 1 (Jan. 21 was the last new episode) and "Dads" (after two Feb. 11 episodes) and moving "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" to 9:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 4. The only show remaining unaffected is "New Girl," which stays in the 9 p.m. timeslot.

Also, on Mondays starting this week, "The Following" moves into "Sleepy Hollow's" spot since that show ended its highly successful first season on the 20th. This week, it will bump "Almost Human" at 8 p.m. to show an encore of the season premiere that aired following the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 19, but the sci-fi cop adventure will be back to finish its season on Feb. 3.

Another timeslot change added this week is the swapping of sitcoms "Enlisted" and "Raising Hope" on Friday. Hoping to give newbie "Enlisted" a boost, the network is putting it at 9 p.m., following "Bones," and moving "Raising Hope" to 9:30.

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Series premieres: "The Fighters," 9 p.m. Thursday, Discovery (a gym owner tries to revive boxing in Boston); "Impostors," 10 p.m. Friday, ID (profiling crimes of deception); "Border Rico," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Travel (agents protect the Puerto Rican border).

Season premieres: "King of the Nerds," 10 p.m. Thursday, TBS; "Nightmare Next Door," 9 p.m. Friday, ID; "Hotel Impossible," 10 p.m. Monday, Travel; "Dangerous Grounds," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Travel; "Toy Hunter," 9 p.m. Wednesday, Travel.

Returning: "The Vampire Diaries," 8 p.m., and "Reign," 9 p.m. Thursday, CW; "Anger Management," 9:30 p.m. Thursday, FX.

Canceled: ABC pulled the extremely low-rated Cold War miniseries "The Assets" after just two episodes. There's no word on if, when or where the remaining episodes might be shown. (It's been replaced by repeats of "Shark Tank.")

Season finales: "Dracula," 10 p.m. Friday, NBC; "Love & Hip-Hop," 8 p.m. Monday, VH1; "American Horror Story," 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX; "Top Chef," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo (part one of two).

Specials: "Shaun White: Russia Calling," 8 p.m. Saturday, NBC (the snowboarder preps for the Olympics); "Lizzie Borden Took an Ax," 8 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime (TV movie focusing on the infamous 1892 murders; starring Christina Ricci, Clea DuVall and Billy Campbell); "SNL Presents: Sports All-Stars," 9 p.m. Saturday, NBC (sports-themed sketches); "Grammy Awards," 8 p.m. Sunday, CBS (red carpet coverage starts at 6 p.m. on E!); "The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine's Wedding," 8 p.m. Sunday, ABC; "Fashion Police: The Grammy Awards," 9 p.m. Monday, E!; "VH1 Super Bowl Blitz," 11 p.m. nightly Monday through Feb. 1 (a different concert each night with J. Cole Monday, Janelle Monae Tuesday, Fall Out Boy Wednesday, TLC Jan. 30, Goo Goo Dolls Jan. 31 and Gavin DeGraw Feb. 1); "State of the Union Address," 9 p.m. Tuesday, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC; "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials," 8 p.m. Wednesday, CBS.

Of note: Donald Glover departs "Community" with tonight's episode, 8 p.m. NBC; "Oprah's Next Chapter" visits the "Scandal" set with Kerry Washington and Shonda Rhimes, 9 p.m. Sunday, OWN; "How I Met Your Mother" celebrates its 200th episode by looking into The Mother's backstory, 8 p.m. Monday, CBS.

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.


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