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More new TV fare to feast your eyes on

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As I've learned during the seven-and-a-half years I've been doing this column, there's never really a slow week in TV. With networks and cable, scripted shows and reality TV, specials, TV movies and miniseries, there's always a fair amount of stuff to be found each week. But outside of the networks' fall season premieres, there's never quite as busy a time as the beginning of a new year.

This week isn't as busy as last, but it's still pretty packed with 15 new shows debuting, 13 starting new seasons, 28 returning from break and a handful of season finales and specials, including the Golden Globe Awards on NBC Sunday. Here's a look:

Series premieres

Scripted: "Enlisted," 9:30 p.m. Friday, Fox (sitcom about an Afghanistan war vet tasked with shaping up his dysfunctional brothers' ragtag platoon; starring Geoff Stults); "Helix," 10 p.m. Friday, Syfy (thriller about scientists who travel to the Arctic to examine a possible outbreak from an alien virus that could be a threat to humanity; starring Billy Campbell); "When Calls the Heart," 9 p.m. Saturday, Hallmark (a refined city woman in the 19th century takes a teaching job in a Canadian frontier town; inspired by Janette Oke's novels and starring Lori Loughlin); "Chozen," 10:30 p.m. Monday, FX (animated comedy about a gay, white rapper fresh out of prison); "Bitten," 10 p.m. Monday, Syfy (supernatural thriller set in a world where there's only one female werewolf in existence; based on Kelley Armstrong's novels).

Reality: "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty," 10 p.m. Friday, Spike (teams compete to find evidence of the creature and for a cash prize); "Beaver Brothers," 8 p.m. Sunday, Animal Planet (Canadian trappers catch and relocate animals); "90 Day Fiancé," 10 p.m. Sunday, TLC (international women meet American men and must decide whether to get married before their visas expire); "Don't Trust Andrew Mayne," 10 p.m. Monday, A&E (a magician pulls pranks on strangers); "Duck Quacks Don't Echo," 10 p.m. Monday, National Geographic (unusual hypotheses are tested); "Friday Night Tykes," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Esquire (following kids in the Texas Youth Football Association); "Building Wild," 9 p.m. Tuesday, National Geographic (a duo builds lavish cabins in the woods); "Obsession: Dark Desires," 10 p.m. Tuesday, ID (victims of obsession are profiled); "Crazy Hearts: Nashville," 11 p.m. Wednesday, A&E (country musicians pursue stardom).

W.Va. series: "Appalachian Outlaws," 10 p.m. Thursday, History (high-stakes ginseng harvesting).

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Season premieres

Scripted: "Lost Girl," 8 p.m., and "Being Human," 9 p.m. Monday, Syfy; "Archer," 10 p.m. Monday, FX; "Kroll Show," 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central; "Suburagtory," 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC; "Men at Work," 10 p.m. Wednesday, TBS.

Reality: "Treehouse Masters," 10 p.m. Friday, Animal Planet; "Deadly Sins," 9 p.m. Saturday, ID (focuses on Jodi Arias' trial); "Unusual Suspects," 9 p.m. Sunday, ID; "Brain Games," 9 p.m. Monday, National Geographic; "Face Off," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy; "American Idol," 8 p.m. Wednesday, Fox; "Duck Dynasty," 10 p.m. Wednesday, A&E.

Timeslot premiere: "Intelligence," 10 p.m. Monday, CBS.

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Returning

ABC: "Last Man Standing," 8 p.m., "The Neighbors," 8:30 p.m., and "Shark Tank," 9 p.m. Friday; "Nashville," 10 p.m. Wednesday.

CBS: "Hawaii Five-0," 9 p.m., and "Blue Bloods," 10 p.m. Friday; "How I Met Your Mother," 8 p.m., "2 Broke Girls," 8:30 p.m., "Mike & Molly," 9 p.m., and "Mom," 9:30 p.m. Monday; "NCIS: Los Angeles," 9 p.m. Tuesday; "Criminal Minds," 9 p.m., and "CSI," 10 p.m. Wednesday.

The CW: "Hart of Dixie," 8 p.m., and "Beauty and the Beast," 9 p.m. Monday; "The Originals," 8 p.m., and "Supernatural," 9 p.m. Tuesday; "Arrow," 8 p.m., and "The Tomorrow People," 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Fox: "Bones," 8 p.m., and "Raising Hope," 9 p.m. Friday; "Sleepy Hollow," 9 p.m. Monday.

NBC: "Parks and Recreation," 8:30 p.m. Thursday (100th episode); "The Blacklist," 10 p.m. Monday.

ABC Family: "Switched at Birth," 8 p.m., and "The Fosters," 9 p.m. Monday; "Melissa & Joey," 8 p.m., and "Baby Daddy," 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Season finales

Scripted: "Ground Floor," 10 p.m. Thursday, TBS (part one of two).

Reality: "Project Runway," 9 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime; "Rodeo Girls," 10 p.m. Thursday, A&E; "Cold Justice," 10 p.m. Saturday, Tru TV; "Major Crimes," 9 p.m. Monday, TNT.

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Network specials: "ENTV Presents: Road to the Golden Globes," 9 p.m. Saturday, ION (ceremony preview with insider buzz, venue tour and more); "Golden Globe Awards," 8 p.m. Sunday, NBC (red carpet at 7 p.m.; hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey); "The Bachelor: Behind the Scenes," 8 p.m. Sunday, ABC; "Unlocking Sherlock," 10 p.m. Sunday, PBS (a behind-the-scenes look at the show); "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. Japan," 8 p.m. Monday, NBC.

Cable specials: "Wanda Sykes presents Herlarious," 10 p.m. Saturday, OWN (stand-up comedy showcase); "E! Afterparty: The 2014 Golden Globe Awards," 11 p.m. Sunday, E!; "Unplugged: Miley Cyrus," 10 p.m. Wednesday, MTV.

Of note: "The Biggest Loser" goes to the Olympic Park in Utah and works out with Olympians, including Apolo Ohno and Lolo Jones, 8 p.m. Tuesday, NBC; Matthew Perry guest stars on "Cougar Town" with former "Friends" co-star Courteney Cox, 10 p.m. Tuesday, TBS.

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.


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