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It's a new year and that means the TV networks are changing their schedules.

Moves are being made to make way for new shows, help veteran series get better ratings and to make room for returning series.
-Fox

The network breaks the TV season into two parts with "American Idol" the major anchor for the second half.

The next season of the singing competition show begins at 8 p.m. Jan. 19 and will air Wednesday and Thursday nights.

The next round of "Kitchen Nightmares" begins at 8 p.m. Jan. 21.

New shows on the Fox lineup include:

"Bob's Burgers," 8:30 p.m. Jan. 9, an animated series about a quirky family that runs a burger joint.

"The Chicago Code," 9 p.m. Feb. 7, police drama from creator Shawn Ryan ("The Shield").

"Mixed Signals," 9:30 p.m. Feb. 3, a relationship comedy starring David Denman.

"Breaking In," 9:30 p.m. April 6, a workplace comedy starring Christian Slater.

Several Fox shows are moving to new time periods.

"Human Target" jumps to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Jan. 26 while "Bones" moves to 9 p.m. Thursdays on Jan. 20. "Fringe" begins airing 9 p.m. Fridays Jan. 28.

"American Dad" goes to 7:30 p.m. Sundays starting Jan. 16 with "The Cleveland Show" going to 9:30 p.m. Sundays Jan. 9.

-NBC

The network will launch four new shows:

"The Cape," 9 p.m. Jan. 9, super hero series starring David Lyons.

"Harry's Law," 10 p.m. Jan. 17, Kathy Bates stars in this legal drama.

"America's Next Great Restaurant," 9 p.m. March 16, reality competition series.

"Perfect Couples," 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20, comedic look at relationships through three couples.

"Law & Order: Los Angeles" moves to 10 p.m. Tuesdays on Feb. 8 while "Parenthood" shifts to 10 p.m. Mondays on March 7. "Chase" goes to 9 p.m. Wednesdays on Jan. 12. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" moves to 10 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 12.

A new season of "The Biggest Loser: Couples" premieres at 8 p.m. Jan. 4, the genealogy series "Who Do You Think You Are?" returns at 8 p.m. Jan. 21, "The Marriage Ref" returns 8 p.m. March 6 and the next round of "The Celebrity Apprentice" kicks off at 9 p.m. March 6.

-CW Network

"Hellcats" moves to 9 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 25 and the series "Shedding for the Wedding," a reality weight-loss program, begins at 9 p.m. Feb. 23. Cycle 16 of "America's Next Top Model" begins at 8 p.m. Feb. 23.

The final episode of "Life Unexpected" airs 8 p.m. Jan. 18.

-ABC

Four new shows join the network lineup:

"Mr. Sunshine," 9:30 p.m. Feb. 9, comedy starring Matthew Perry.

"Off the Map," 10 p.m. Feb. 9, medical drama meets adventure series.

"Body of Proof," 10 p.m. March 29, Dana Delany medical drama.

"Happy Endings," 10 p.m. April 13, relationship comedy starring Elisha Cuthbert.

"Secret Millionaire" takes over the 8 p.m. Sundays slot starting March 6 and "V" returns at 9 p.m. Jan. 4.

-CBS

Paula Abdul's competition series, "Live to Dance," set to debut at 8 p.m. Jan. 4, is one of four new shows. The others include:

"Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior," 10 p.m. Feb. 16, spinoff of "Criminal Minds."

"Chaos," 8 p.m. April 1, comedy about rogue CIA spies.

"Mad Love," 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21, relationship comedy about four New York friends.

"Blue Bloods" moves to 10 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 19 while "The Defenders" goes to 8 p.m. Fridays starting Feb. 4. "Rules of Engagement" shifts to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Feb. 24.
 

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The Defenders vs Harry's Law

I watched last year Defenders and started to watch Harry's Law on NBC this year.

Same kind of show; law firm couple defending each a case per episode. I liked The Defenders cast in the luxurious Las Vegas. But after watching two of the Harry's Law show, cast in a less luxurious ghetto, I think that the play of actors and scripts are superior for this show.

We'll see with the new edition of The Defenders starting soon, but for now Harry's Law is better.
 
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