What’s New in Television: February 2011

As we wait for the Groundhog to see his shadow and confirm what we already know, it is time to take a look at some of the new offerings being served up by the networks this February.

“The Chicago Code” –   Creator Shawn Ryan was responsible for one of the greater cop shows of the last twenty years with “The Shield” showing off a very different side of Michael Chiklis.  Will he be able to do the same on network television?  Ryan was also responsible for FX’s little watched but highly regarded “Terriers.”  “The Chicago Code” airs on Monday at 9/8 Central on FOX and debuts on February 7th.

“Traffic Light” – It seems like every network feels the need to have a sitcom with characters in various stages of their relationship, so FOX throws its hat into the ring with “Traffic Light,” an adaptation of an Israeli series about three friends all with differing thoughts on their relationships.  “Traffic Light” airs on Tuesday at 9:30/8:30 Central on FOX and debuts on February 8th.

“Mr. Sunshine” – Matthew Perry makes his television return after the disastrous “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” to front “Mr. Sunshine” where Perry plays Ben, the manager of San Diego sports arena.  Allison Janney shows up as well as his boss.  Trying to fit in nicely among ABC’s family oriented comedy block on Wednesday, we will have no one to blame but Mr. Perry should the show not play well with its fellow shows as he is listed as the co-creator, executive producer and writer.  “Mr. Sunshine” airs on Wednesday at 9:30/8:30 Central on ABC and debuts on February 9th.

“Mad Love” – CBS really likes “How I Met Your Mother” and therefore has decided to clone the show and put onto the air essentially the exact same thing.  I mean the exact same thing, minus Doogie Howser of course.  Which can only mean that people who hate HIMYM will hate “Mad Love,” and those that love HIMYM, will also hate “Mad Love” because it rips of their favorite show.  “Mad Love” airs on Monday at 8:30/7:30 Central on CBS and debuts on February 14th.

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior – Because old people can never have enough murderin’ on television, CBS spins off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior from the mothership.  Starring Forrest Whitaker, Richard Schiff, and a strangely out of place Janeane Garofalo who apparently did not mind her stint on 24, CM:SB adds another regrettable hour to the wasteland that is CBS, but which apparently a lot of you eat up like there’s no tomorrow.  Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior airs on Wednesday at 10/9 Central on CBS and debuts on February 16th.

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