This year’s new TV shows

Alison Ritchie

Harry’s Law

NBC Mondays 10 p.m.

Series premiere Jan. 17

Academy Award-winner Kathy Bates (“Misery”) plays Harriet “Harry” Korn, a recently fired attorney, who opens her own practice in an abandoned shoe store. At a time when legal dramas flood late night television, Bates’s dark wit and David E. Kelley’s (“Boston Legal,” “The Practice”) sharp writing combine to stand out in the crowd.


MTV Mondays 10 p.m.

Series premiere Jan. 17

Sex. Drugs. More sex. This remake of a popular British TV show will follow the lives and relationships of seven teenagers. MTV is promoting it as a show about pushing boundaries and baring all.

Fairly Legal

USA Thursdays 10 p.m.

Series premiere Jan. 20

Although she can never seem to solve her own problems, Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi) is quite adept at solving those of others. Using humor and style, Reed works as a mediator in this new USA comedy.

Bob’s Burgers

FOX Sundays 8:30 p.m.

Series premiered Jan. 9

Filling the coveted post – “The Simpsons” time slot, “Bob’s Burger’s” is an animated series about a man who operates a restaurant with his wife and three children.

Lights Out

FX Tuesdays 10 p.m.

Series premiere Jan. 11

Attempting to ease into retirement, former heavyweight champion Patrick “Lights” Leary (Holt McCallany) struggles to provide for his family. In this gritty drama, Leary must decide if he wants to return to the boxing ring or use his brutal force as a debt collector.


Showtime Sundays 9:30 p.m.

Series premiered Jan. 9

Former “Friends” star Matt LeBlanc plays himself in this new mockumentary about Hollywood chaos. Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly Lincoln (Tamsin Greig) remake an American version of their popular British television series, and when LeBlanc is cast as the show’s lead role, the couple realizes their show may be headed toward disaster.

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