Other Favorite Shows Returning to TV in January 2009

The Bachelor

ABC, Mondays Beginning Jan. 5

Or as millions of fans prefer to call the show’s 13th outing, The Bachelor: Revenge Is Suh-weet! Because we TB faithful were crushed when Bachelor-No.-12-reject-turned-Bachelorette-No.-4 DeAnna Pappas jilted sweet single daddy Jason Mesnick to offer her heart — and her ring finger — to floppy-coifed snowboarder Jesse Csincsak. Pappas then dumped Csincsak a few months later to court an extra 15 minutes of fame cohosting Season 2 of Lifetime’s (no giggling, now) Get Married. Which — hello, karma! — debuts the same night Mr. Mesnick begins doling out the roses to potential Mrs. Mesnicks as the most feverishly anticipated Bachelor ever. Go, Papa J!

Battlestar Galactica

SCI FI Channel, Fridays beginning Jan. 16

The remaining episodes of the hit series’ fourth and final season, leading up to the March 20 series finale, pick up where last June’s cliffhanger left off. The Colonial fleet and their new Cylon allies, led by Admiral Adama and the Galactica crew, discover Earth and find it a barren wasteland.

Damages

FX, Wednesdays beginning Jan. 7

It’s a mini-Big Chill reunion as William Hurt guest-stars as Daniel Purcell, a mysterious man from Patty’s (Glenn Close) past who comes back into her life and ensnares her in a domestic murder case that escalates into a far-reaching government conspiracy. Meanwhile, Ellen (Rose Byrne) becomes an informant for the FBI in its investigation into Patty. Other guest stars include Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock) and Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood).

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The L Word

Showtime, Sundays beginning Jan. 18

The groundbreaking series about lesbian life in L.A. returns for its sixth and final season. Elizabeth Berkley (Showgirls) will guest-star in a few of the eight remaining episodes. Fans hungry for more need not despair, as a pilot for a spinoff series featuring Alice (Leisha Hailey) is in production.

Scrubs

ABC, Tuesdays beginning Jan. 6

After seven seasons on NBC, the offbeat medical comedy switches networks — and will finally be shot in HD — for what could be its final go-round, with star Zach Braff set to depart at the end of the season. Courteney Cox guest-stars as the beautiful but unethical chief of medicine, while J.D. and the gang cope with another batch of incompetent interns.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager

ABC Family, Mondays beginning Jan. 5

The network’s all-time ratings winner returns for its second season as Amy and Ben head down the aisle and decide whether to become full-time parents or put the baby up for adoption. Meanwhile, Anne and George head closer to divorce. Ricky juggles relationships with Adrian and Grace, and is thrown for a loop when his abusive father returns.

The Biggest Loser: Couples: NBC, Tuesdays beginning Jan. 6. The inspiring series is back, with more contestants working hard to improve their health and lifestyle.

The Real World: Brooklyn: MTV, Wednesdays beginning Jan. 7. Season 21 of the venerable reality series, broadcast in HD for the first time, is back in New York where it all started, bringing together eight roommates in a Brooklyn house.

Flashpoint: CBS, Fridays beginning Jan. 9. Last summer’s top original scripted series returns, depicting the emotional journey of a group of cops in the Strategic Response Unit.

Friday Night Lights: NBC, Fridays beginning Jan. 16. The red-hot drama about a high-school football team kicks off with more episodes.

Gone Country: CMT, Saturdays beginning Jan. 24. Once again, seven celebs move into a Nashville mansion and compete to cross over into the country music scene. The interesting group of stars in this third season includes funk master George Clinton, Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, pop singer Taylor Dayne, ex-Monkee Micky Dolenz, Prince protegé Sheila E., actor Richard Grieco, and former American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini.