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Posted: Saturday, January 9, 2010 3:47 pm | Updated: 3:37 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Television’s midseason began slowly last week with a new edition of “The Bachelor” on ABC and new seasons of “Secret Life of the American Teenager” and “Make It or Break It” on ABC Family.

That might not seem like much new and/or worthwhile, but just wait: Returning series in upcoming weeks include “Leverage” (11 p.m. Wednesday, TNT), “Project Runway” (11 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime), “The Singing Bee” (10 p.m. Jan. 15, CMT), “White Collar” (11 p.m. Jan. 19, USA), “Burn Notice” (11 p.m. Jan. 21, USA), “Psych” (11 p.m. Jan. 27, USA), “Kitchen Nightmares” (9 p.m. Jan. 29, Fox), “Important Things with Demetri Martin” (11 p.m. Feb. 4, Comedy Central) and “The Sarah Silverman Show” (11:30 p.m. Feb. 4, Comedy Central).

And that’s just the beginning of the onslaught of returning and new series. Here’s more of what you can expect to stumble upon while channel surfing in the months ahead:

“Big Love” (10 p.m. Sunday, HBO): The polygamist Henrickson family opens its casino, learns about the death of “the prophet” Roman Grant and patriarch Bill considers a run for public office in the show’s fourth season.

“Chuck” (8 p.m. Sunday, NBC): Spy guy returns with new and improved powers.

“American Idol” (8 p.m. Tuesday, Fox): Paula Abdul is out, Ellen DeGeneres is in.

“Blue Mountain State” (11 p.m. Tuesday, Spike TV): Jocks, booze and boorish behavior highlight this inane comedy about a college football team.

“Southland” (11 p.m. Tuesday, TNT): The first season of the cop drama that already aired on NBC gets repeated with additional footage in many episodes. The new, unaired second season episodes begin March 2.

“Archer” (11 p.m. Thursday, FX): A sly, funny animated half-hour comedy about spy Sterling Archer, code name: Duchess. The pilot aired back in September and the show has the same look and comic tone as Adult Swim’s “Frisky Dingo.”

“Human Target” (8 p.m. Jan. 17, Fox): A risk-taking bodyguard (Mark Valley) protects those in danger.

“24” (9 p.m. Jan. 17, Fox): Jack’s back.

“American Character Along Highway 50” (9 p.m. Jan. 18, USA): Former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw travels the 3,000-mile transcontinental road to document “the profound economic, political and cultural changes that Americans are facing today.”

“American Pickers” (10 p.m. Jan. 18, History): Two guys dig through junk piles in hopes of finding hidden treasure to recycle.

“Life Unexpected” (9 p.m. Jan. 18, The CW): Orphaned teen finds her birth parents; complications ensue.

“The Buried Life” (11 p.m. Jan. 18, MTV): It’s basically “Bucket List: The Reality Series” as four young guys travel the U.S. in a purple bus checking off items on a list of 100 things they’d like to do before they die.

“Paranormal Cops” (11:30 p.m. Jan. 19, A&E): A docu-series that follows Chicago cops who moonlight as paranormal investigators.

“The Deep End” (8 p.m. Jan. 21, ABC): Young lawyers. What do you want to bet some of them fall in love?

“Caprica” (10 p.m. Sept. 22, Syfy): The “Battlestar Galactica” prequel finally takes off.

“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” (11 p.m. Jan. 22, Starz): CGI + bare skin + blood and violence + sex. And no Kirk Douglas in sight.

“Masterpiece Classic: Emma” (9 p.m. Jan. 24, 31 and Feb. 1, PBS): An update of the Jane Austen classic with Jonny Lee Miller (“Eli Stone”) as Mr. Knightley to Romola Garai’s Emma.

“Damages” (11 p.m. Jan. 25, FX): Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) returns for a third season of murky intrigue.

“Secret Diary of a Call Girl” (11 p.m. Jan. 25, Showtime): Belle has writer’s block when asked to pen a follow-up to her best seller and finally gets lucky in love.

“Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union” (11:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Showtime): The third season includes impersonations of Penelope Cruz, Matthew McConaughey, Ruth Madoff and Susan Boyle.

“Top Gear” (9 p.m. Jan. 25, BBC America): More cars!

“Greek” (11 p.m. Jan. 25, ABC Family): Sorority babes and frat boys co-mingle.

“Lost” (9 p.m. Feb. 2, ABC): About that smoke monster ...

“Undercover Boss” (10 p.m. Feb. 7, CBS): Premiering after the Super Bowl, this reality show follows corporate leaders as they get their hands dirty doing the lowest tasks for their companies without their employees knowing their true identities.

“Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” (8 p.m. Feb. 11, CBS): Naughty vs. nice.

“Past Life” (8 p.m. Feb. 11, Fox): Investigator who believes in reincarnation clashes with her disbelieving partner.

“The Amazing Race” (8 p.m. Feb. 14, CBS): And they’re off!

“Parenthood” (9 p.m., March 1, NBC): The second attempt to make a successful TV show out of the 1989 Ron Howard movie, this time as a one-hour drama (with comedy).

“FlashForward” (8 p.m. March 4, ABC): After some behind-the-scenes changes, the sci-fi thriller returns. But will it be more interesting?

“Sons of Tucson” (8:30 p.m. March 14, Fox): Three brothers hire a schemer (Tyler Labine, “Reaper”) to play the role of their father.

“The Pacific” (10 p.m. March 14, HBO): The executive producers of HBO’s “Band of Brothers” tell the story of World War II in the Pacific theater in this 10-part miniseries.

“Marriage Ref” (8 p.m., March 14, NBC): Jerry Seinfeld executive produces this reality show that features celebrities and a relationship coach trying to help squabbling couples make nice.

“Celebrity Apprentice” (9 p.m., March 14, NBC): Donald Trump is back to say “You’re fired!” to celebrities and so-called celebs who have no doubt heard the phrase before.

“Nurse Jackie” (11 p.m., March 22, Showtime): The pill-popping nurse returns minus one gay sidekick (Momo, we hardly knew ye).

“United States of Tara” (11:30 p.m., March 22, Showtime): How many more personalities will emerge from Tara this season?

“V” (10 p.m. March 30, ABC): The aliens return. Again.

“Glee” (9 p.m. April 13, Fox): More singing, more dancing, more guest stars.

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