With barely any new breakout hits this fall, save for NBC’s Blindspot, the networks are turning to a new slate of midseason shows — and a big goodbye for one of their most cherished — to turn the tide on the 2015-16 television season. Which shows are on deck to (hopefully) save the day for the Big Four? Read on:
NBC Unveils J-Lo in Shades of Blue
NBC kicks off its new year with the premiere of its new shady-cop thriller, Shades of Blue (Jan. 7). Starring Jennifer Lopez and Oscar nominee Ray Liotta (not to mention Sopranos siren Drea de Matteo), the new drama focuses on Jenny From the Block, a dirty New York cop who gets a dangerous offer she can’t refuse from the feds. Given her real-life street-smart Bronx upbringing, this seems like can’t-miss appointment television.
Elsewhere on NBC: familiar TV faces like Carrie Preston (True Blood) and Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement) return in NBC’s Crowded (premiere TBA), which is about empty nesters who find themselves busier than ever when their children return home to wreak havoc on their lives. And one of America’s most popular Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria, returns to TV on Telenovela, about a Mexican soap star who is just as sudsy and silly as her TV character.
FOX Calls It Quits on American Idol
If that’s not enough J-Lo for you (and let’s be honest, there’s no such thing as too much La Lopez), she’ll be back at the judges table on FOX’s long-running-but-ending talent staple American Idol (Jan 6). Yes, that’s correct; the show that gave America such superstars as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson is making its 15th year its last. Longtime host Ryan Seacrest has already promised the return of familiar faces like judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul (straight up, dude!), but it remains to be seen how all of the show’s winners will play into this juggernaut’s swan song. One thing we do know: This goodbye is sure to be one to remember.
ABC Has Even More Shonda Rhimes
ABC does not have any shows starring Jennifer Lopez, but it does have an exclusive relationship with one of the most successful showrunners of all time, Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder). Rhimes, TV’s twistiest scribe, will be back on the network that made her a household name with her three aforementioned hits returning to their Thursday block in February. What’s more, she will debut her new potential blockbuster, The Catch (March 24), about a fraud investigator (The Killings’ Michelle Enos) who is defrauded by her own fiancé. If you’re on Twitter, you should probably watch, since Rhimes’ shows tend to be TV’s most tweeted about OMG moments.
CBS Shuffles Sinese
Staying in the middle of the road is CBS, which is taking one of its most popular stars from one of its most popular franchises and moving him to another one. Veteran actor Gary Sinese (you know, the dude from Forrest Gump) is leaving the CSI family and heading over to Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (premiere date TBA), where he will be the head of an FBI unit that helps Americans who get in trouble abroad. CBS is also unveiling a TV series based off the Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker movie sensation Rush Hour — keep your eye on that to debut sometime in 2016 as well.