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Return dates for 45 TV shows

Now that the writers’ strike is over, see at a glance when your favorite TV shows will be back with new episodes, and how many will be produced

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Justin Lubin

ALIENS IN AMERICA (The CW)
RETURNS March 2
EPISODES TO AIR 8 (Four episodes will air through March 23; the remaining four will air from April 27 to May 18)

BACK TO YOU (Fox)
RETURNS Feb. 26
EPISODES TO AIR 11
INSIDE SCOOP Three eps were shot pre-strike; eight more will follow. An Xmas-themed script may be changed. (Santa becomes Easter Bunny?)

THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
RETURNS March 17
EPISODES TO AIR 9

BONES (Fox)
RETURNS April 14
EPISODES TO AIR 4+
INSIDE SCOOP Four eps are in the can, and Bones will shoot at least six more; the extra episodes have yet to be scheduled.

BROTHERS AND SISTERS (ABC)
RETURNS Late April
EPISODES TO AIR 4 or 5

COLD CASE (CBS)
RETURNS March 30
EPISODES TO AIR 5

CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS)
RETURNS April 2
EPISODES TO AIR 7

CSI (CBS)
RETURNS April 3
EPISODES TO AIR 6

CSI: MIAMI (CBS)
RETURNS March 24
EPISODES TO AIR 8

CSI: NY (CBS)
RETURNS April 2
EPISODES TO AIR 7

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
RETURNS Late April
EPISODES TO AIR 4 or 5

ER (NBC)
RETURNS April 10
EPISODES TO AIR 6

EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS (The CW)
RETURNS March 3
EPISODES TO AIR 12

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (NBC)
RETURNS Possibly in fall
EPISODES TO AIR To be determined
INSIDE SCOOP NBC is weighing whether to bring back this low-rated critics’ pick; if not, it could wind up on another network.

THE GAME (The CW)
RETURNS March 23
EPISODES TO AIR 9

GHOST WHISPERER (CBS)
RETURNS April 4
EPISODES TO AIR 6

GOSSIP GIRL (The CW)
RETURNS April 21
EPISODES TO AIR 5
INSIDE SCOOP Pssst! The CW is strongly considering running new episodes of this cult freshman serial over the summer.

GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
RETURNS Late April
EPISODES TO AIR 4 or 5

NEXT PAGE: The scoop on the return of Heroes, House, The Office and more

HEROES (NBC)
RETURNS Fall 2008
EPISODES TO AIR 22+
INSIDE SCOOP Heroes plans to resume production in April; extra episodes could air next season. Story focus: supervillains on the loose!

HOUSE (Fox)
RETURNS April 28
EPISODES TO AIR 4 or 5 planned

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS)
RETURNS March 17
EPISODES TO AIR 9

LAW & ORDER (NBC)
RETURNS April 23
EPISODES TO AIR 6, shooting 5 more

LAW & ORDER: SVU (NBC)
RETURNS April 15
EPISODES TO AIR 5 or 6

LOST (ABC)
CURRENTLY AIRING For 10 episodes
INSIDE SCOOP Lost will take a break in mid-March before resuming the next month; the 16-episode season arc will be told in 13 episodes.

MEDIUM (NBC)
CURRENTLY AIRING For 6 episodes, shooting 7 more

MOONLIGHT (CBS)
RETURNS April 11
EPISODES TO AIR 4

MY NAME IS EARL (NBC)
RETURNS April 3
EPISODES TO AIR 8+
INSIDE SCOOP On Earl‘s list: Atone for his absence. There’s talk of expanding some of these eight episodes into hour-long affairs.

NCIS (CBS)
RETURNS April 8
EPISODES TO AIR 7

NUMB3RS (CBS)
RETURNS April 4
EPISODES TO AIR 6

THE OFFICE (NBC)
RETURNS April 10
EPISODES TO AIR 5 or 6

ONE TREE HILL (The CW)
RETURNS April 14
EPISODES TO AIR 6

NEXT PAGE: What’s ahead for Private Practice, SNL, 30 Rock, 24, Ugly Betty, and more

PRIVATE PRACTICE (ABC)
RETURNS Fall 2008
EPISODES TO AIR 13+

REAPER (The CW)
RETURNS April 22
EPISODES TO AIR 5

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (CBS)
RETURNS April 14
EPISODES TO AIR 6

SAMANTHA WHO? (ABC)
RETURNS Late March
EPISODES TO AIR 6+

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC)
RETURNS Feb. 23
EPISODES TO AIR To be determined

SCRUBS (NBC)
RETURNS April 10
EPISODES TO AIR 5, may shoot 4 more

SHARK (CBS)
RETURNS To be determined
EPISODES TO AIR 4

SMALLVILLE (The CW)
RETURNS April 17
EPISODES TO AIR 5

SUPERNATURAL (The CW)
RETURNS April 24
EPISODES TO AIR 4

30 ROCK (NBC)
RETURNS April 10
EPISODES TO AIR 5
INSIDE SCOOP What’s in store? Spills Tina Fey via e-mail: ”Liz has a pregnancy scare.” Even better, ”Jack may get called to serve his country.”

24 (Fox)
RETURNS Early ’09
EPISODES TO AIR 24 (duh!)
INSIDE SCOOP For once, Jack Bauer isn’t running out of time. Eight eps are done, and production will resume soon for an uninterrupted ’09 season.

TWO AND A HALF MEN (CBS)
RETURNS March 17
EPISODES TO AIR 9

UGLY BETTY (ABC)
RETURNS Late April
EPISODES TO AIR 4 or 5
INSIDE SCOOP Exec producer Silvio Horta says a few plotlines will have to be tweaked. Which makes us wonder: Early labor for Wilhelmina?

WITHOUT A TRACE (CBS)
RETURNS April 3
EPISODES TO AIR 6