January 1st, 2010
11:13 AM ET

TV worth watching in 2010

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Calling all couch potatoes: Our days of darkness are over.

Finally, along with the new year, comes some watchable television in 2010. Plenty of your favorite shows will be coming back in January so there's no need to venture out into the cold to find alternative entertainment.

Here’s a look at some of the big premieres over the next month.

January 4 – “The Bachelor” – Everyone’s favorite reality dating show returns starring hunky pilot Jake Pavelka and 25 eligible (desperate?) women.

January 5 – “The Biggest Loser” (NBC) – This is being billed as the biggest season of the weight loss competition ever, since it features the heaviest contestant yet, Michael Ventrella, a 30-year-old deejay from Chicago, Illinois, who weighs 526 lbs. The couples edition of the show features 11 teams of two competing for the season 9 crown.
Also: “The Good Wife” (CBS), “NCIS” (CBS)

January 6 – “Nip/Tuck (FX) – The plastic surgery drama is preparing to make its final facelifts as the show kicks off its last episodes.
Also: “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV)

January 10 – “Big Love” (HBO) – This will be the last season on the multi-marriage drama for actress Amanda Seyfried, who plans to leave to pursue her burgeoning movie career at the end of the fourth season. Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek joins the cast as a powerful Washington, D.C., lobbyist.
Also: “Chuck” (NBC) – Chuck Bartowski overcame network threats of cancellation - and now he has to weather becoming a real honest-to-goodness secret agent on the NBC spy comedy.

January 14 – “Fringe” (Fox) The paranormal crime series will return for four weeks before going on hiatus until April.
Also: “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Private Practice” (ABC), “Project Runway” (Lifetime), “CSI” (CBS), “Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “The Vampire Diaries” (CW)

January 12 – “American Idol” (Fox) – Get ready for a whole new Idol, sans Paula and with the addition of Ellen DeGeneres (yay!). This could just be cantankerous judge Simon Cowell’s last year before jumping ship to start yet another reality singing franchise, so savor these moments while you can.

January 17 – “24” (Fox) – Jack Bauer is back, and if history is any indication it is going to be a pretty long day. Watch out, Big Apple; this time the drama is set in NYC.

January 31 – Fox's lovable animation lineup of "American Dad," "The Cleveland Show," "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" return.

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