January mid-season primetime premieres 2020
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Drama, comedy, superhero, and reality TV shows winter returns.

The holidays are over, which means January is chockfull of primetime returns after all the midseason finales in November and December. Soaps.com rounded up news and premiere dates of the shows our readers voted as their favorites in our recent primetime TV survey.


NBC’s One Chicago Franchise

The franchise One Chicago returns on January 8 beginning with Chicago Med at 8:00 PM ET. TVLine reports more details are coming on new character Crockett (played by General Hospital: Night Shift alum Dominic Rains), but it will receive a slow role out. Chicago Fire follows at 9:00 PM, with Alberto Rosende promoted to series regular as newbie Blake Gallo, and then Chicago PD ends the night at 10:00 PM ET.


January 15 will see the return of CBS’ S.W.A.T., starring Young and the Restless alum Shemar Moore, at 10 PM. TVLine talked with the show’s executive producer Aaron Rahsaan Thomas who promised Luca (Kenny Johnson), who hasn’t been seen since mid-November, would be back in the season’s 13th episode to air January 29. Viewers can expect Luca to deal with issues unlike any he has before.

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Station 19, Grey’s Anatomy Crossover

ABC will premiere their big Thursday night lineup on January 23, beginning with the two-hour Station 19/Grey’s Anatomy crossover event at 8:00 PM ET. In it, the lives of characters from both shows hang in the balance after that car crashed through the Emerald City Bar. Then, at 10:00 PM ET, A Million Little Things picks up three months after events from the fall finale, leaving the gang to deal with the fallout of baby Charlie’s paternity reveal. Also, based on the promo, things aren’t looking great for Gary (James Roday) who is seen back at the doctor’s office, has an explosive confrontation with Eric (Jason Ritter) and gets arrested.

NCIS, This is Us…

Other drama winter premieres include CBS’ NCIS and FOX’s The Resident January 7; CBS’ Evil January 9; ABC’s The Good Doctor January 13; NBC’s This is Us, with Young and Restless alum Justin Hartley, and New Amsterdam January 14; and The CW’s Riverdale January 22.


Bob Hearts Abishola

TV Guide previewed CBS’ Bob Hearts Abishola, which features Vernee Watson (Stella Henry, General Hospital), will welcome Marilu Henner (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries) and Wendie Malick (American Housewife) as guest stars on their January 6 midseason return at 8:30 PM ET. The actresses will appear as entitled acquaintances of Dottie’s (Christine Ebersole) who they encounter at their country club while she is out with Abishola’s Auntie Olu (Shola Adewusi) and Uncle Tunde (Barry Shabaka Henley).

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Schitt’s Creek, Young Sheldon…

Tuesday January 7 will kick off Schitt’s Creek final season on CBC and Pop TV at 9:00 PM ET, as David (Dan Levy) and Patrick (Noah Reid) plan their wedding, Moira (Catherine O’Hara) contemplates retiring from acting and Alexis (Annie Murphy) tries to meet up with her beau Ted (Dustin Mulligan) who has been in the Galapagos Islands. Meanwhile, ABC’s Modern Family starts the beginning of their end on January 8 at 9:00 PM and NBC’s The Good Place and Will & Grace return to wrap up their final seasons on January 9 at 9:00 PM ET and 9:30 PM ET respectively.

Other comedy premieres include CBS’ The Neighborhood January 6; ABC’s mixed-ish and black-ish January 7; CBS’ Young Sheldon, The Unicorn, Mom, and Carol’s Second Act and NBC’s Superstore January 9; ABC’s The Goldbergs January 15; and ABC’s The Conners January 21


Supernatural, Arrow…

The CW’s Supernatural, which stars Jensen Ackles (ex-Eric Brady, Days of our Lives) and welcomed several guest stars from General Hospital over the years, will return to wrap up its 15th and last season on Thursday nights beginning January 16. They will move to Monday nights beginning March 23 with their series finale airing May 18.

Arrow returns from their winter break on January 21, which will serve as a backdoor pilot for the potential spinoff surrounding the canaries Mia Smoak (Katherine McNamara), Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) and Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy). The series wraps up their eight-season run the following week on January 28 with a two-hour event beginning at 8:00 PM ET.

Black Lightning’s mid-season premiere is January 20 on The CW. The Bold and the Beautiful alum and Masked Singer winner Wayne Brady will recur as Gravedigger in the back half of the third season.

Reality TV

AGT: The Champions, The Bachelor…

AGT: The Champions premieres its second season on January 6 with Heidi Klum back at the judges’ table. She joins host Terry Crews, long-time judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel, and new judge Alesha Dixon, singer and judge of Britain’s Got Talent. Former winners and finalists from Britain, Norway, Spain, Poland, Australia, America, Myanmar, Philippines, Holland, Italy, and Africa will compete for more glory at 8:00 PM ET on NBC.

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The same night, pilot Peter Weber begins his quest for love on The Bachelor. The big twists previewed thus far are his sending eight women home on the first night and asking former Bachelorette Hannah Brown to join the house. The three hour-premiere starts at 8:00 PM ET on ABC.

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