Winter 2010 Season Premiere Dates

As I’ve done a number of times in the past I’m here to list the dates for the season premieres of your favorite shows on most of the major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, etc). I can’t guarantee that this list is perfect, but it should give you a pretty good idea of when your favorite TV shows will be premiere in Winter 2010.


Sunday, Jan. 3
Giuliana & Bill (E!), 9 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 4
The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love (ABC), 8 p.m.
Make It or Break It returns (ABC Family), 9 p.m.
The Secret Life of the American Teenager returns (ABC Family), 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 5
The Biggest Loser
(NBC), 8 p.m.
The Good Wife returns (CBS), 10 p.m.
NCIS returns (CBS), 8 p.m.
NCIS: Los Angeles returns (CBS), 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 6
Friday Night Lights returns (DirecTV 101), 9 p.m.
Nip/Tuck (FX), 10 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 8
Ghost Whisperer returns (CBS), 8 p.m.
Medium returns (CBS), 9 p.m.
Numb3rs returns (CBS), 10 p.m.
Shark Tank returns (ABC), 9 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 9
Legend of the Seeker returns (syndication)

Sunday, Jan. 10
Big Love (HBO), 10 p.m.
Chuck (NBC), 9 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 11
Accidentally on Purpose
returns (CBS), 8:30 p.m.
The Big Bang Theory returns (CBS), 9:30 p.m.
CSI: Miami returns (CBS), 10 p.m.
Heroes returns (NBC), 9 p.m.
How I Met Your Mother
returns (CBS), 8 p.m.
Two and a Half Men
returns (CBS), 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12
American Idol (Fox), 8 p.m.
(TNT), 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 13
Criminal Minds returns (CBS), 9 p.m.
CSI: NY returns (CBS), 10 p.m.
Gary Unmarried returns (CBS), 8:30 p.m.
Leverage returns (TNT), 10 p.m.
The New Adventures of Old Christine returns (CBS), 8 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 14
Archer (FX), 10 p.m.
Bones returns (Fox), 8 p.m.
CSI returns (CBS), 9 p.m.
Fringe returns (Fox), 9 p.m. (for four weeks, then off until April)
Grey’s Anatomy
returns (ABC), 9 p.m.
The Mentalist
returns (CBS), 10 p.m.
Parks and Recreation
returns (NBC), 8:30 p.m.
Private Practice
returns (ABC), 10 p.m.
Project Runway (Lifetime), 10 p.m.
The Vampire Diaries returns (CW), 8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 17
24 (Fox), 9 p.m.
Human Target (Fox), 8 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 18
Life UneXpected (CW), 9 p.m.
One Tree Hill returns (CW), 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 19
White Collar returns (USA), 10 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 21
Burn Notice
returns (USA), 10 p.m.
Supernatural returns (CW), 9 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 22
Caprica (Syfy), 9 p.m.
Smallville returns (CW), 8 p.m.
Spartacus (Starz), 10 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 25
(FX), 10 p.m.
Greek returns (ABC Family), 10 p.m.
La La Land
(Showtime), 11 p.m.
Secret Diary of a Call Girl
(Showtime), 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 27
returns (USA), 10 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 31
American Dad returns (Fox), 9:30 p.m.
The Cleveland Show returns (Fox), 8:30 p.m.
Family Guy returns (Fox), 9 p.m.
The Simpsons returns (Fox), 8 p.m.


Tuesday, Feb. 2
Lost (ABC), 9 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 4
The Office returns (NBC), 9 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 7
Undercover Boss (CBS), 10 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11
Past Life (Fox), 8 p.m.
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (CBS), 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 14
The Amazing Race (CBS), 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 19
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO), 9 p.m.


Monday, March 1
Parenthood (NBC), 9 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4
FlashForward returns (ABC), 8 p.m.

Monday, March 8
Gossip Girl returns (CW), 9 p.m.

Sunday, March 14
Celebrity Apprentice (NBC), 9 p.m.
The Marriage Ref (NBC), 8 p.m.
The Pacific (HBO), 8 p.m.
Sons of Tucson (Fox), 8:30 p.m.

Monday, March 22
Nurse Jackie (Showtime), 10 p.m.
United States of Tara (Showtime), 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 30
V returns (ABC), 9 p.m.


Thursday, April 1
Fringe returns (Fox), 9 p.m.

Sunday, April 11
The Tudors (Showtime), 9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13
Glee returns (Fox), 9 p.m.

So, which of the premiere’s are you most looking forward to see? My list includes, The Bachelor, Shark Tank, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice (kind of), Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, The Amazing Race (my favorite), and Celebrity Apprentice. I’m also confused since I don’t see Dancing with the Stars on my list above. I know season 10 of DWTS is happening sometime too. Maybe they haven’t announced a date yet.

Please let me know of other shows that are missing and I’ll update them. Thanks!

January 4, 2010 I Written By

A true lover of TV. Not everything about TV, but great TV. Not afraid to say what he thinks and be proven wrong when someone knows something more than he does. My favorite TV show is definitely Amazing Race. However, it's not my favorite TV show to blog about.

The Amazing Race season 13 Reunion Interview Now Available

As announced earlier this week, Reality Check Radio held an Amazing Race season 13 reunion which included the top 4 finishing teams, (the team of Dan and Andrew was a surprise) with Mark also joining in, solo from his partner Bill. The teams discuss what all they’ve been up to and their fans reactions to them now that the show has ended. The Amazing Race 13 alumni give insight to alliances that were formed in the competition. They also give their take on the current season of The Amazing Race and their picks.

Would they themselves do it again? How does the alumni think they were portrayed? What would they change?

Click below to listen and see what all the teams revealed.

February 26, 2009 I Written By

The Amazing Race 13: Live On-Air Reunion

On Monday, February 23rd, Reality Check Radio welcomes 3 of the top 4 final teams from The Amazing Race season 13 for a live on-air reunion.

Join winners Nick and Starr, brother and sister team, Ken and Tina, separated husband and wife team, and Toni and Dallas, mother and son team, as they answer questions from fans and discuss their time on CBS’s The Amazing Race.

The show begins at 11pm EST/ 8pm PST.  You can find Reality Check Radio online at
To participate in the live web chat, listeners will need to register for a user name at

6 people from the show all at the same time is going to be interesting. It will be fun to see how that works on a radio show with that many people. Any bets on who’s still together: Starr and Dallas or Ken and Tina? I’m putting my money on Starr and Dallas.

February 22, 2009 I Written By

TAR 14 Spoilers – Switzerland, Romania and and Austria

I know how people love The Amazing Race 14 spoilers. Luckily, I don’t think this post will ruin the entertainment of who actually wins. It’s just neat to learn about the process of filming and running the Amazing Race.

So, here’s a really good writeup from someone spotting The Amazing Race 14 in Bucharest:

Yes, ROMANIA! Was at the arrivals area at the airport in Bucharest last night, at about 12:45am, waiting for a friend to come through baggage claim. Suddenly a man with a large videocamera appeared out of nowhere and stood waiting in front of the crowd at the automatic doors. I wondered if it would be someone important, but figured just a local soccer celebrity or something. A few seconds later an Asian couple with backpacks came running through the doors. They seemed to be looking for something and very rushed, and the cameraman followed them as they ran behind me and out the doors to the outside world. My very first thought was AMAZING RACE?!?! And then when I heard them talking to each other in English as they passed, with American accents, I thought it was an even greater chance it had been AR . . . but sadly, I’d never know the truth.

Or would I?!? Few minutes later two girls, looked to be in their 20s, came running out shouting at the crowd asking where the taxis were. Then suddenly they both stopped, looked around very confused-like like they were looking for someone, then stood off to the side a bit, literally about two feet from me. I noticed right away that they both had little yellow and red-striped markers on them, so I was getting even more convinced this was AR. Then while they were waiting, one of them took out an envelope and pulled out of it a blue pamphlet-sized type thing that had the AR symbol on the front, consulted it really quickly, then tucked it away. Now I’m 100% convinced it’s AR!! All of a sudden there was a huge flurry of activity as their camerman came running up (apparently that’s what the two girls had been waiting for), and then I saw at least two other teams and their camera crews come running through the doors – one was two slightly older African American ladies, and another was two rather short men. All four of them also had the yellow and red markers on their person (some were on fanny packs), and were being chased by cameras as they frantically ran for the taxis. I *think* there was another team arriving a little further down, but I couldn’t get a good look in all the excitement. Then last but not least, a very frantic-looking cameraman and sound man ran out in the clearing outside the automatic doors, apparently having lost their team for the moment, and paused scanning the crowd for a good minute or two. Then they took off, so presumably spotted them. Phew.

It gets better. About a half hour later my friend finally came through the double-doors from baggage claim. I was giddy with excitment to tell her about my AR spotting, and her response? “So THAT’S who they were!!” Apparently they were on her flight from Munich! At least some of them were. She was sitting right next to one of the contestants, my friend said she was a Kelly Ripa lookalike. This contestant had another friend sitting up a few rows, who she kept referring to as Chrissy. My friend said they made small talk throughout the flight, and the lady had said she and her friend were making a travel documentary, going to places off the beaten path like Romania to try and generate interest for tourists to go to those countries. So THAT’S their cover! The lady also told the flight attendant that she and her friend Chrissy are Southwest Airlines flight attendants back home. She was also asking a Romanian passenger on the other side of her for advice, my friend didn’t catch all of it but did hear them talking about the train station (how to get there, safety, etc). My friend said after the fact, knowing it was an AR team, a lot of the lady’s mysterious behavior now made sense: Spending half an hour putting on makeup before they landed (after midnight?!?), asking the flight attendant for an extra sandwich (Chrissy had told her they might need it tomorrow!), etc. My friend said that by the time the plane was ready to deboard, the Kelly Ripa lookalike and her friend Chrissy (and their telltale backpacks) had already worked themselves up to the front of the plane to deboard. She said she also had noticed one other team of two girls with backpacks and camera crews, which I suspect *may* have been the pair I saw stalled outside baggage claim, but not sure.

Soooo, long and short of it: At least two teams were for sure spotted by my friend on the flight from Munich to Bucharest; I spotted at least four teams coming thru baggage claim at about that time, one of which might have overlapped with the ones my friend spotted. They were heading for taxis, so not sure if that means a task in Bucharest, or if they were taxing to the train station to venture elsewhere in the country. Making it at least five or six teams here in Romania today! How exciting!! I live not far from Dracula’s Castle, which I’d suspect will be one of their stops, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for any more sightings!

Sorry for the ramble, but I’ve been a huge AR fan since Season 1, Episode 1, and all this time I’ve been really pulling for them to come to Romania – what are the odds I’d see them arriving at the airport here, especially at 12:45am on a Wednesday?!? Can’t wait for this season to air!!

I loved how they talked about how the racers tried to cover up that they were on The Amazing Race. Pretty cool stuff.

Also, one last TAR 14 spoiler: tar 14 started in los alamitos, california at the military base 100% correct my friends dad works at the military base


December 20, 2008 I Written By

A true lover of TV. Not everything about TV, but great TV. Not afraid to say what he thinks and be proven wrong when someone knows something more than he does. My favorite TV show is definitely Amazing Race. However, it's not my favorite TV show to blog about.

Season 13 Finale

Hard to believe, but last night was the finale! The ending was unsurprising and the episode was somewhat lackluster. There was a tight race between Nick & Starr and Ken & Tina, but there was never really any doubt who would win it in the end: Nick & Starr!

Congratulations to the brother/sister team. They truly did deserve to win – they ran an excellent race.

Team Dandrew were nowhere to be found through out much of the episode – again, not surprising. They have to be the worst team to ever make it to the top three. In their parting interview, they said they made frat brothers around the globe proud. I yelled at my screen, “No you did not!”

I was disappointed to not see Toni & Dallas at the finale cheering on the finalists. It turns out, they were stuck in Russia due to the passports being lost in the cab. Wow!! I guess my theory from last week about him calling the cab company to retrieve the passports would not have helped them stay in the leg after all.

In other news

Dallas & Starr are dating and have been for six months! Awesome.
– A new season of the Amazing Race starts in just two months! Season 14 premieres on February 15th, 2009. Woot!

December 8, 2008 I Written By

A Most Disappointing Leg

It pains me to even write the recap for this episode, I was so bummed at the outcome.

The bottom line is: Team Dandrew aka The Worst Team EVER are still in this thing and are in the final three. How? Sheer dumb luck.

When they got to the mat in 2nd place, I swear I screamed like Michael Scott when he found out Toby was back on The Office.

During the Roadblock, Dallas lost his fanny pack with all of his and Toni’s money and their passports in a cab. When he told his mom about his mistake, you could tell he was holding back the tears. I was doing the same. He seems like such a good kid and I pictured the same interaction happening between me and my oldest son – my heart broke for Dallas. They spent the remainder of their time asking for and receiving money from the kind Russian strangers on the street. I was astounded at the generosity of the Russians – so many people gave Toni & Dallas all of the money they had in their wallets without hesitation. I don’t think you would see too many Americans behaving the same way in NYC.

As they dejectedly tried to complete the Roadblock, I wondered why they didn’t try to get one of the kind Russians to help them call the taxi company to get the fanny pack back. Maybe that would have taken too much time, I don’t know. It’s hard to estimate the time that elapses on this show the way it’s edited.

Anyway, Toni & Dallas never did recover and Phil finally put them out of their misery by meeting them on the street as they tried to get to the next location. He informed them the 3 other teams already checked in, therefore they were eliminated.

I guess I’ll be hoping for a Nick & Starr win; they are the team that truly deserves it. Watching the finale won’t hold much excitement for me, though, without Toni & Dallas there.

And now I need to find out if Dallas and Starr continued their romance once the show ended. I’ll report back if I find anything.

December 1, 2008 I Written By

The Marching Elaine

Is there anything else that can really be said about last night’s episode of The Amazing Race besides “Team Dandrew are the worst team to ever run the race”? I dare you to watch this video and tell me any different. Actually, I dare you to watch this video only once. It’s almost impossible. Dan’s marching is so bad, it’s mesmerizing.

And even though they suck worse than any other team, they’re still in it because last night was a non-elimination round. Grrrrr.

November 24, 2008 I Written By

The Colorful Episode

There won’t be any real recap this week – I’m just going to post my thoughts on the happenings of the episode. I wasn’t able to watch the show on Sunday night this week, so I just watched it online on However, I already read a recap on Too Much Free Time, so I knew who was eliminated as I watched.

I think I need to do this every week; it was delicious watching how bitchy Christy & Kelly were being towards everyone knowing they were going to be eliminated at the end of the leg. Playing “Would You Rather” with Team Dandrew as the subject was pretty mean.

Nick & Starr were great sports on the Roadblock after getting pelted with paint. My respect for them has risen a great deal since the first few weeks. I also loved how Starr kept her cool as she looked for the clue. Dallas did the same, which wasn’t surprising.

Then there was Kelly. Let me just say this: “Ha!” Oh and, “Ha ha ha ha ha!” Man, those girls are dumb as rocks. I think they must have set some kind of Amazing Race record as the team who didn’t read the clue the most.

Terence got through the task without much drama and I thought maybe he had turned a new leaf. But, no. Turns out he was saving all his drama for his mama. The taxi ride to the next stop must have been torturous for Sarah.

Tina’s actions at the Roadblock kind of sucked – pushing the guys out of the way and yelling. I’m not sure I wouldn’t have reacted similarly, though.

Getting the clue for the Detour barefoot – why??? That was nasty.

No matter – CBS made up for the bare feet in the bird hospital by giving us ample shots of “The Package”. Atonement!

The Detour was a trip. Once again, Kelly & Christy and Team Dandrew put their idiocy on full display. Luckily for Dandrew, Ken & Tina told them how to complete the task just as Kelly & Christy figured it out on their own. Derrrr.

Next week – Team Dandrew have to be eliminated, right? These two gave Kelly & Christy a serious run for their money with the stupid.

November 11, 2008 I Written By

The Green Episode

I had a feeling this week of The Amazing Race wouldn’t have a lot of action in it when they spent so much time showing the teams leaving the Pit Stop and getting to the airport – and I was right.

The teams started out in Cambodia and had to travel to Delhi, India. At the airport we learned that Dallas aka The Heat Miser and Starr are crushing on each other. I wonder if the producers hoped for this when they cast the show; if they got together, they’d be team Dallas Starr. Something to look forward to in a future All-Star season, I guess. As if seeing them in their matching headbands this season wasn’t enough.

We also learned that Tina is one bossy woman. By the end of tonight’s episode I got a very clear sense of why Ken cheated on her. He probably was looking for someone who believed in him more and who didn’t constantly question his decisions. It has got to be frustrating going through life like that.

All teams took the same flight to Delhi, so they were all on equal footing heading to the Roadblock. A combination of bad luck, bad taxi drivers, and bad decisions prevented all teams from getting to the Roadblock at the same time, however. I wonder what the deal was with the taxi drivers in India. Do they suck as a rule? Or did they crack under the pressure of having a camera crew riding along with them? Or perhaps they don’t like Americans and got lost on purpose.

At the Roadblock, one “artistic” team member had to paint a tuk-tuk half green to indicate their green status. This task ended up being a lot harder than it seemed and it took teams a long time to complete. Here we saw Terence show his true colors as he did nothing but nag Sarah the entire time. “I need you to go fast here.” You do?? Really? I wonder if the other teams need to go fast here, too? The amount of control Sarah has is incredible; I would have lost it on him I think. And guess who was doing pretty much the same thing to her partner? Tina! She and Terence need to get together. That relationship would be a Deadmatch worth watching.

Team Dandrew pulled out a surprising first-place finish at the Roadblock. Could there be hope for them yet?

At the Detour, teams had to choose between “Launder Money” and “Launder Clothes”. The “Money” task seemed pretty complicated when Phil explained it, but that didn’t stop me from laughing out loud at Kelly & Christy when they declared they were choosing “Launder Clothes” because they “didn’t want to get confused by money”. Basically, the teams had to put certain denominations of Indian rupees around a necklace, ensuring the total was correct, and then wade through an Indian wedding to present the rupee-laden necklace to a groom. Terence & Sarah and Ken & Tina both chose this task.

The clothes laundering task was more straight-forward. Teams had to iron 20 articles of clothing with coal-powered irons provided to them. Nick & Starr continued to dominate the game and showed off their mad clothes-ironing skills. Kelly & Christy and Toni & Dallas also did well here. Team Dandrew, on the other hand, really faltered here. They were both such big babies and were incredibly rude to the Indian woman who was judging whether or not they ironed an article of clothing well enough. I’m ready for them to get off of my TV screen now.

Alas, I’ll have to see Team Dandrew at least one more week. Here’s the finish order for this leg of the race:

  1. Nick & Starr – who won a pair of electric cars
  2. Kelly & Christy
  3. Toni & Dallas
  4. Terence & Sarah
  5. Andrew & Dan
  6. Ken & Tina

Tonight was the first non-elimination leg of the race, so Ken & Tina did not get eliminated. Instead, they will have a Speed Bump on the next leg – a task only they will have to complete in addition to all the other tasks. I felt so bad for Ken during their team interview at the end. You can tell he loves Tina so much and is struggling with his decision about what to do regarding their marriage when this race is over. Unless Tina changes her nasty, domineering ways, I don’t have a lot of hope for them.

November 2, 2008 I Written By

Where is Cambodia?

Howdy folks! Sorry for not having an update last week – football ran over and the DVR recorded 60 Minutes instead of The Amazing Race.

So last night’s episode was fairly boring. The teams had to fly from New Zealand (so bummed I missed that episode!) and fly to Cambodia. We learned that just about none of the teams have a clue about geography. Seriously? They didn’t know where Cambodia was? Astonishing. Also astonishing is the fact that we’re down to 7 teams already. The seasons of this show go by much faster for me than others.

Ken & Tina started out first since they arrived first again last week. These two are doing much better in the race and in their relationship than anyone would have guessed. I climb aboard the KenTina train a little more each week. I actually yelled out, “Awww,” when Tina couldn’t find a small chamber inside the ancient Buddist temple Angkor Wat during the Roadblock. Normally I’m yelling, “What an idiot!” Thankfully her mistake didn’t cost them too much at the finish.

Terence continued to annoy me (and [I’m pretty sure] Sarah) as he whined about her “outrunning him out the gate” every time. Should she slow down and make you feel better about yourself, Terence? The sad thing is, I think she might start to do that in the future. Stand up for yourself, Sarah! I had to giggle when they got pulled over for speeding and Sarah said, “I didn’t think you were a speeder.” Hee. You know the unfinished sentence in her mind went a little something like, “… since you are so freaking slow at racing!” I also derived much pleasure out of their boat breaking down during the Detour. Sadly, they finished in a decent spot – but! – they incurred a 30-minute penalty at the start of the next leg as a result of getting a speeding ticket.

Nick & Starr raced well and Nick only played dirty once that we saw on this leg. Pretending to not having found the small chamber at the Roadblock was only slightly dirty relatively speaking, but I still hate the way they play. Starr’s best line from the episode, “Senór, stop!” I’m not quite sure what language is spoken in Cambodia, but I’m pretty sure it’s not, you know, SPANISH. Ugh. I also hate their smug attitudes in interviews. They’re good overall competitors, though, so I need to resign myself to the fact that they’re probably going to be around for a while.

I’ve got mixed feelings about Kelly & Christy. I loved that they were so genuinely touched and saddened by the poverty of the people in Cambodia. They were the only team who actually were aware of their surroundings and the humanity involved. On the other hand, I really disliked their mean (but funny) comments about Dallas looking like Teen Wolf with his spiky hair. I’m all about being snarky, but they did it in a mean and snobby way. These two are also not the sharpest knives in the knife block. Every week they are shown doing at least one ditsy thing. Last night it was showing up in the middle of the Detour to play basketball without going to the clue box first.

Toni & Dallas continue to quietly dominate this game. I think the other teams are underestimating them in a big way. I think Toni might even be underestimating herself. She says she can’t perform the physical tasks as well as the younger players, yet she does great in every physical competition they’ve attempted. I really like both of them. Even if Dallas does have a Teen Wolf thing going on. 😉

Andrew & Dan are just pathetic. They weren’t eliminated last night – but really should have been. Unless there’s some stroke of complete dumb luck for them next week, there’s no way they’ll be around for much longer. We are due for a non-elimination round, though, so they’ve got that going for them. It’s only a matter of time, though. These two are probably the biggest disappointment for me this season. I had high hopes for them to be entertaining and smart. They’ve been neither.

Ty & Aja were really growing on me. They both seem super sweet and it’s nice to see a dating couple on the Race where the prospects look good for the future. Alas, they were too busy loving being together and not spending enough energy and motivation on the actual race, thereby getting themselves eliminated. At least Aja can console herself with the fact that Ty “would not trade her in for a Porsche or anything like that”. Aww, sweet.

Here’s the finish order:

  1. Nick & Starr
  2. Toni & Dallas
  3. Ken & Tina
  4. Kelly & Christy
  5. Terence & Sarah
  6. Andrew & Dan
  7. Ty & Aja
October 27, 2008 I Written By