In the olden days, there were only three major broadcast stations, plus PBS and maybe one or two UHF channels. There was no such thing as a midseason then, much less a Fox network. Shows were expected to run year-round, except for summer reruns.
With the proliferation of cable and online content providers as well as shortened seasons (and little patience for poorly performing shows to build an audience), television’s midseason is a big deal. Here’s a list of upcoming new and replacement midseason programming. Remember that premiere dates and times are subject to change and that some new shows (many of them from NBC) have yet to be scheduled.
7:30 p.m. “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life,” Fox: This sweet bro comedy probably won’t be around long.
8:30 p.m. “Bordertown,” Fox: A “Family Guy” writer created this new animated comedy.
7 p.m. “Superstore,” NBC: Think “The Office,” but set it in Walmart.
7:30 p.m. “Telenovela,” NBC: Eva Longoria rides “Jane the Virgin’s” coattails.
10 p.m. “The Shannara Chronicles,” MTV: This post-apocalyptic fantasy is a departure from the former music channel’s standard fare.
7 p.m. “My Diet is Better Than Yours,” ABC: Celebrity trainers coach the obese in this familiar-sounding weight loss reality competition.
8:30 p.m. “Angel From Hell,” CBS: Jane Lynch’s offbeat buddy camera lacks a laugh track, which could be good news.
9 p.m. “Shades of Blue,” NBC: Jennifer Lopez stars in this new crime drama.
9 p.m. “Shadowhunters,” ABC Family: Angels hunt demons.
8 p.m. “Second Chance,” Fox: A dead crimefighter is resurrected as his younger, stronger self in this new drama.
10 p.m. “Teachers,” TV Land: Role models behave badly in this school-set comedy.
9 p.m. “Colony,” USA: “Lost’s” Sawyer returns in this aliens vs. resistance drama.
9:30 p.m. “Idiotsitter,” Comedy Central: This Web-to-TV comedy hopes to ride “Broad City’s” coattails with a mismatched pair of female bestie leads.
8 p.m. “Angie Tribeca,” TBS: Rashida Jones stars in this cop spoof from Steve and Nancy Carell.
9 p.m. “Billions,” Showtime: Wow — Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis star in this high-finance thriller.
9 p.m. “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” Bravo: You know the drill.
9 p.m. “Mercy Street,” PBS: This Civil War drama stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
9 p.m. “War & Peace,” A&E: The book Charlie Brown reads in his New Year’s special gets a six-part miniseries.
7 p.m. “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” the CW: This new superhero series from “Arrow” and “The Flash” creator Greg Berlanti borrows characters from both of those series.
9 p.m. “Baskets,” FX: Zach Galifianakis wants to be a French clown.
10 p.m. “London Spy,” BBC America: Ben Whishaw (“The Hours”) stars in this imported, Brit espionage drama.
10 p.m. “Beowulf,” Esquire: This poem-based historical drama stars William Hurt and Joanne Whalley.
9 p.m. “The X-Files,” Fox: The reboots are out there. This six-episode run from series creator Chris Carter also features the show’s original writers.
8 p.m. “Lucifer,” Fox: Ready for yet another DC superhero drama?
8 p.m. “The Magicians,” Syfy: Hot millennials go to magic school, Harry Potter-style.
9 p.m. “Recovery Road,” ABC Family: This young adult rehab drama stars Jessica Sula.
8 p.m. “Outsiders,” WGN America: This drama is like “Game of Thrones,” if the thrones were Appalachian outhouses.
7 p.m. “You, Me and the Apocalypse,” NBC: This pre-apocalypse dreamed stars Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer and Megan Mullally.
7 p.m. “Grease Live,” Fox: The ’50s-set musical is performed live before a studio audience.
9 p.m. “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” FX: Creator Ryan Murphy tries to keep it on the rails in his newest season-long anthology series.
7 p.m. “Madoff,” ABC: Richard Dreyfuss stars in this two-night miniseries based on a financial scandal.
10:30 p.m. “Animals,” HBO: The Duplass brothers created this animated series.
9:30 p.m. “Not Safe with Nikki Glaser,” Comedy Central: The comic gets her own late-night comedy and chat show.
8 p.m. “Vinyl,” HBO: Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter created this rock-and-roll drama set in the ’70s.
8 p.m. “58th Annual Grammy Awards,” CBS: Will Kendrick Lamar be the night’s big winner?
4 p.m. “88th Annual Academy Awards,” ABC: Chris Rock hosts.
7:30 p.m. “The Real O’Neals,” ABC: This sitcom comes from sex advice columnist Dan Savage.
9 p.m. “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” CBS: Gary Sinise stars in this spinoff.
8 p.m. “The Family,” ABC: Joan Allen stars in this political drama.
9 p.m. “Of Kings and Prophets,” ABC: Here’s something different for network TV — a biblical drama set in 1,000 B.C.
9 p.m. “The Catch,” ABC: Mireille Enos of “The Killing” stars as a fraud investigator cracking cases and tracking down her ex-fiancé.
“Mad Dogs,” Jan. 22, Amazon: “The Shield’s” Shawn Ryan cooked up this dark comedy starring Romany Malco and Michael Imperioli.
“Chelsea Does,” Jan. 23, Netflix: Comic Chelsea Handler immerses herself into bizarre situations to better understand topics including drugs and racism.
“11/22/63,” Feb. 15, Hulu: James Franco goes back in time to try to save JFK in this Stephen King adaptation.
“Fuller House,” Feb. 26, Netflix: Candace Cameron leads the cast of returning originals (minus the Olsen twins) in the reboot of this 20-year-old series.
“The Path,” March 30, Hulu: “Friday Night Lights” Jason Kati helms this new cult drama starring Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan.