So now we know what we might be doing during a long, cold winter.
We can stare at our TV sets, catching lots of shows that are new or semi-new or, at least, re-arranged.
This week, ABC, NBC and Fox announced their mid-season plans. Combined, in January and February they’ll have five new drama series (two of them about missing-persons units), three new comedies (including “Not Dead Yet,” shown here with Gina Rodriguez), three new reality shows and about a dozen season-openers, plus some shows changing nights.
In general, the trend is to avoid reruns, except for a few hit shows. Networks are happy airing an episode once and then sliding it to a streaming service.
Here’s how the nights will look on those three networks. Most days, ABC and NBC have three hours, Fox has two; on Sundays, they each add an hour:
— NBC fills its “Voice” void with “America’s Got Talent All-Stars” (Jan. 2), which has past contestants from the summer show and – despite the title – from similar shows around the world. That’s 8 p.m., with “Quantum Leap” staying at 10.
— ABC has its own reality show, “The Bachelor” (Jan. 23); “The Good Doctor” stays at 10.
— Fox finally opens the “Fantasy Island” season, originally set for last summer. That’s at 8 p.m., starting Jan. 2; a week later (after a post-football debut), “Alert” is at 9 p.m.: Scott Caan and Dania Ramirez play officers in Philadelphia’s missing-persons unit.
— ABC has a transformed drama night, starting Jan. 3. “The Rookie” is at 8 p.m., with its spin-off, “The Rookie: Feds at 9. At 10, “Will Trent” stars Ramon Rodriguez as the survivor of a tough foster-care childhood, now an agent for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
— Fox starts the new season of “9-1-1: Lone Star” on Jan. 17. A week later, it debuts “Accused,” a 15-week anthology of self-contained crime stories.
— NBC has the night’s comedies. A “Night Court” reboot has Melissa Rauch as Harry’s daughter, taking his job and his obstacle (John Larroquette). That debuts with two episodes Jan. 10, leading into the two-hour series finale of “New Amsterdam.” A week later, “American Auto” and “La Brea” return at 8:30 and 9. In March, “The Voice” (also on Mondays) and “That’s My Jam” will be at 9 and 10.
— ABC keeps its current comedies plus “Big Sky” until Feb. 8. Then “Not Dead Yet” debuts at 9:30 p.m., with Gina Rodriguez as newly single and short of money, taking a job as an obituary writer. Also that night, “A Million Little Things” starts its final season at 10.
— NBC sticks with its “Chicago” dramas and Fox stays with reality. Beginning Jan. 11, it has “Celebrity Name That Tune” at 8 p.m. and the new “Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test” at 9.
— ABC starts an all-game night on Jan. 5, with the new “The Parent Test” sandwiched by “Celebrity Jeopardy” and “The Chase.” Its regular dramas will return Feb 23.
— NBC will continue to have “Law & Order” shows and Fox will continue to have Gordon Ramsay cooking competitions at 8 p.m. and comedies at 9 and 9:30. But starting Feb. 16, Ramsay’s “Next Level Chef” is at 8 and “Animal Control” (Joel McHale as an animal-control officer) is at 9; “Call Me Kat” continues at 9:30.
FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS
— Neither night changes. On Fridays, Fox has wrestling, ABC has “Shark Tank” and “20/20,” NBC has Lopez vs. Lopez,” “Young Rock” and “Dateline.” Saturdays bring reruns, sports and true-crime shows.
— When football finishes, NBC needs a replacement night. On Feb. 19, it starts the 10-episode season of “Magnum P.I.” (moving from CBS) at 9 p.m. and debuts “Found” (a missing-persons unit with Shanola Hampton and Mark-Paul Gosselaar) at 10. A week later, “The Blacklist” starts its season at 8.
— Also on Feb. 19, ABC launches the “American Idol” season at 8. At 10, it debuts “The Company You Keep,” which starts with the romance of a con man (Milo Ventimiglia) and an undercover CIA agent (Catherine Haena Kim).
— Fox will stick with its cartoons, except when borrowing an hour to introduce “Alert” on Jan. 8 and “Accused” on Jan. 22.