The Winter and Spring 2013 Prime Time TV Schedule [UPDATED]

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Happy New Year, Mafiosi! If you are like we are here at SciFi Mafia headquarters, one of the first thoughts in your head as you emerge from the holiday haze is: When will my shows be back?! We wanted to know, too, so we’ve looked into it and have produced the following schedule. Like our Fall TV Schedule, we’ve listed each of Our Kind of Shows by premiere/return date first, then by day of the week.

I’ve made a few predictions about the premiere dates for Doctor Who and True Blood; those discussions can be found below the listings. See Update 2, below.

[Update: Syfy has now announced the premiere date of Defiance as April 15 with a two-hour first episode. According to @TheFutonCritic, Syfy has not yet determined if Defiance‘s regular time, to be be paired with Warehouse 13, will be 9 or 10pm eastern, nor has it decided if Warehouse 13 will premiere the second half of its fourth season on April 15th or start the following week. We’ll update this post when the decision is announced.]

[Update 2 (2/7/13): BBC America has now confirmed that Doctor Who will be airing at 8/7c, followed by Orphan Black at 9/8c, and The Nerdist at 10/9c, all on March 30.]

[Update 3 (2/26/13): Syfy has announced that Warehouse 13 will return for the second half of its 4th season on Monday, April 29 at the new time of 10/9c.]

So here you go. Bookmark it, print it, plan your lives: The Winter and Spring 2013 Prime Time TV Schedule by date and by day, with season finale dates if announced:

By Date

Wednesday, January 2 ~ 10/9c American Horror Story: Asylum (through January 23)

Thursday, January 3 ~ 8/7c The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Thursday, January 3 ~ 9/8c Person of Interest (CBS)

Friday, January 4 ~ 10/9c Merlin (Syfy)

Sunday, January 6 ~ 8/7 Once Upon a Time (ABC)

Wednesday, January 9 ~ 8:30/7:30 The Neighbors (ABC) (through March 27)

Friday, January 11 ~ 9/8c Fringe (Fox) (followed by two hour series finale January 18)

Monday, January 14 ~ 8/7c Continuum (Syfy) (10 episodes)

Monday, January 14 ~ 9/8c Being Human (Syfy) (13 episodes)

Monday, January 14 ~ 10/9c Lost Girl (Syfy)

Tuesday, January 15 ~ 9/8c Face Off (Syfy)

Tuesday, January 15 ~ 10/9 Total Blackout (Syfy)

Wednesday, January 16 ~ 8/7c Arrow (The CW)

Wednesday, January 16 ~ 9/8c Supernatural (The CW)

Wednesday, January 16 ~ 9/8c Ghost Hunters (Syfy) (through February 27)

Wednesday, January 16 ~ 10/9c Ghost Mine (Syfy) (through February 20)

Thursday, January 17 ~ 8/7 The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

Thursday, January 17 ~ 8/7c Haven (Syfy) (returning for this two hour season finale only)

Friday, January 18 ~ 8/9c Nikita (The CW)

Thursday, January 24 ~ 9/8 Beauty and the Beast (The CW)

Friday, February 8 ~ 9/8c Touch (Fox)

Sunday, February 10 ~ 9/8 The Walking Dead (AMC) (8 episodes)

Thursday, February 14 ~ 8/7c Zero Hour (ABC)

Thursday, February 14 – 9/8c Comic Book Men (AMC)

Tuesday, February 26 ~ 10/9c Robot Combat League (Syfy)

Wednesday, February 27 ~ 10/9c Stranded (Syfy)

Wednesday, March 6 ~ 9/8c Haunted Collector (Syfy)

Friday, March 8 ~ 9/8c Grimm (NBC)

Monday, March 25 ~ 10/9c Revolution (NBC)

Saturday, March 30 ~ 8/7c Doctor Who (BBC America) (8 episodes) updated!

Saturday, March 30 ~ 9/8c Orphan Black (BBC America) (10 episodes)

Saturday, March 30 ~ 10/9c The Nerdist (BBC America) (10 episodes) updated!

Sunday, March 31 ~ 9/8c Game of Thrones (HBO)

April 15, 2013 ~ Defiance (Syfy)

April 29, 2013 ~ 10/9 Warehouse 13 (Syfy)

Spring 2013 (Saturday, April 6, 9/8c?Doctor Who (BBC America) (8 episodes) – see discussion below these listings See Update 2 above

Spring 2013 ~ The Nerdist (BBC America) (10 episodes) See Update 2 above

Spring/Summer 2013 (Sunday, June 9, 9/8c?True Blood (HBO) – see discussion below these listings


By Day of the Week


8/7c Continuum (Syfy) January 14

9/8c Being Human (Syfy) January 14

9/8 Defiance (Syfy) April 15

10/9c Lost Girl (Syfy) January 14

10/9c Revolution (NBC) March 25

10/9c Warehouse 13 (Syfy) April 29


9/8c Face Off (Syfy) January 15

10/9 Total Blackout (Syfy) January 15

10/9c Robot Combat League (Syfy) February 26


8/7c Arrow (The CW) January 16

8:30/7:30c The Neighbors (ABC) January 9

9/8c Supernatural (The CW) January 16

9/8c Ghost Hunters (Syfy) January 16 – February 27

9/8c Haunted Collector (Syfy) March 6

10/9c American Horror Story: Asylum (FX) January 2 – January 23

10/9c Ghost Mine (Syfy) January 16 – February 20

10/9c Stranded (Syfy) February 27


8/7c Haven (Syfy) January 17 (one-time two hour season finale)

8/7c The Big Bang Theory (CBS) January 3

8/7c The Vampire Diaries (The CW) January 17

8/7c Zero Hour (ABC) February 14

9/8c Person of Interest (CBS) January 3

9/8c Beauty and the Beast (The CW) January 24

9/8c Comic Book Men (AMC) February 14


8/7c Nikita (The CW) January 18

9/8c Fringe (Fox) January 11; 2-hour series finale January 18

9/8c Touch (Fox) February 8

9/8c Grimm (NBC) March 8

10/9c Merlin (Syfy) January 4


8/7c Doctor Who (BBC America) March 30 (8 episodes) updated!

9/8c Orphan Black (BBC America) March 30 (10 episodes)

10/9c The Nerdist (BBC America) March 30 (10 episodes) updated!


8/7c Once Upon a Time (ABC) January 6

9/8c The Walking Dead (AMC) February 10

9/8c Game of Thrones (HBO) March 31

9/8c True Blood  (HBO) June 9?

I love it when I’m right. Educated guess number one = spot on. See Update 2 above the listings for the details: 

Now for those educated guesses. First, Doctor Who. BBC America has given us a March 30 at 9/8c premiere for its new original series Orphan Black, and a premiere date for the second half of Doctor Who as “spring 2013”. Presuming the British are, as usual, referring to the seasons correctly, spring doesn’t start until March 20, so likely Doctor Who, if it continues in its usual Supernatural Saturdays slot of Saturdays at 9, may not be back until *gulp* June 1. What a horrible thought.

Here’s educated guess number one, take it for what it’s worth: Doctor Who will premiere on March 30 in a new time slot, likely 8/7c. This way it will usher in BBC America‘s new show Orphan Black. BBC America has been great about airing our Who episodes on the same day they’re aired in the UK. It’s not unusual for the UK to schedule big TV events around holidays like Easter, and this year Easter falls on March 31.


An alternative educated guess: maybe Orphan Black is premiering on March 30 in the Doctor Who slot but will then move to 10/9c the following and all subsequent weeks, to allow Doctor Who to return in its usual slot of 9/8c when it premieres on April 6. This also fits with the “April” buzz we’ve been hearing about the premiere. Either alternative is far superior to a June 1 date for the Doctor. Again, these are just guesses, don’t get the invitations to your Doctor Who mid-season premiere party engraved quite yet.

The last educated guess is on a much easier puzzle, especially because I have the confidence of having got it right last year. I expect that True Blood will premiere on June 9 at 9/8c on HBOGame of Thrones announced its March 31 premiere back at Comic-Con last summer. With another 10 episode season, the Game of Thrones season finale will air on June 2, and as it has done the previous two years, True Blood will likely premiere its new season the following week, June 9. Just a guess, of course, but that’s exactly how it happened last year, and the year before.

There you go, Mafiosi! Happy 2013 TV to you!

Erin Willard
Written by Erin Willard

Erin is the Editor In Chief and West Coast Correspondent for