With a lot of shows on a break until the New Year, and mid-season replacement shows such as 24 and Lost about to return, here’s a handy list of when the main shows are due back on our screens. US airdates are included for North Americans (and bit-torrenters) and the UK dates are also included where known.
24: Day 7 finally begins, after the extra year’s delay caused by the writers’ strike, with a special four-hour, two-night event on Sunday, January 11 and Monday, January 12, before settling in to its normal Monday night slot. In the UK, Sky One starts airing it on January 12.
30 Rock: Season 3 continues in the US on January 8.
Battlestar Galactica: The final 10 episodes (aka season 4.5) begin on January 11 in the US and January 20 on Sky One.
The Big Bang Theory: Season 2 resumes on January 12 in the US.
Big Love: Season 3 begins on January 18 (on HBO in the US).
Bones: Season 4 resumes in the US on January 15 and on Sky One in the UK on February 19.
Brothers & Sisters: Season 3 resumes on January 4 (US) and starts on More4 in the UK on January 8.
Burn Notice: Season 2 continues on January 22 in the US.
Chuck: Season 2 returns to US screens on February 2.
Damages: Season 2 begins in the US on January 7.
Desperate Housewives: Back in the US on January 4
Dexter: Season 2 starts on ITV1 in the UK on January 8.
Dollhouse: Premieres on February 13.
ER: The final season continues in the US on January 8 and begins in the UK on More4 on the same night.
Flashpoint: First season returns on January 9.
Flight Of The Conchords: Second season starts on January 18 (US).
Fringe: Season 1 resumes on January 20 (US).
Heroes: Season 3 (Volume 4) continues on February 2 (US).
House: Season 5 returns on January 19 (US).
How I Met Your Mother: Season 4 continues in the US on January 12.
Life: First season continues on February 4 (US) and begins on FX in the UK on February 9.
Life On Mars (US remake): First season resumes on January 28.
Lost: Season 5 begins on January 21 in the US and on January 25th on Sky One in the UK.
Medium: Season 5 begins on February 2 (US). Season 4 starts on January 12 on Sci Fi (UK).
The Mentalist: First season continues on January 6 (US).
Monk: Season 7 continues on January 9 (US).
My Name Is Earl: Season 4 resumes on January 8 (US) and starts on E4 in the UK on the same night.
The New Adventures Of Old Christine: Season 4 continues on January 14 (US).
Nip/Tuck: Season 5 continues on January 6.
Numb3rs: Season 5 returns on January 9 (US) and starts on Channel 5 in the UK the same night.
The Office: Season 5 continues on January 15 (US).
Private Practice: Season 2 continues on January 8 (US).
Psych: Season 3 continues on January 9 (US).
Reaper: Season 2 begins on March 17 (US).
Samantha Who?: Season 2 resumes on January 12 (US).
Sanctuary: Season 1 is currently airing in the US and starts on February 3 on SciFi in the UK.
Scrubs: Season 8 starts on January 6 (US).
Smallville: Season 8 resumes on January 15 (US).
Supernatural: Season 4 resumes on January 15 in the US and is due to start in January on ITV2.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Season 2 continues on February 13 (US).
See HERE for a chronological list of US return dates.