Winter 2017 TV shows

Winter is here. The nights are getting longer and longer, and there’s a chill in the air. This is the perfect time of year to pick up a new series to watch, ideally wrapped in a blanket on the sofa while a takeaway is en route. Below is a list of a few of the best shows that have come out, or continued, this year so far.

Euphoria (2019 Now TV)

Euphoria has been touted as Gen Z’s answer to Skins. The comparison is understandable, sure, but it’s kind of reductive. Euphoria goes in deep- showing us the terrifying underbelly of tech-savvy and saturated teenage existence. The way the show is cut is brilliant. The cast is fantastic and the content is highly addictive: everyone I know who’s watched it did so within one weekend whether they planned to or not.

Workin’ Moms (2017- Netflix)

The second series of this came out on Netflix this year, The show is funny and silly but with well realised and thoroughly plotted storylines, The show makes interesting and important statements about women in the workforce using cleverly dark humour. Episodes are only 20 minutes (or so) long, making Workin’ Moms very accessible and very bingable.

Marvellous Mrs Maisel (2017- Amazon Prime)

Amy Sherman Palladino’s most recent offering is this gloriously warm, nostalgic, elegant show. The dialogue is as fast and clippy as you’d expect from Sherman-Palladino, who honed her craft on Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, which is glorious to watch. Every character is a pleasure to see on screen and every episode is a cosy blanket of friendly holiday cheer that will wrap you up and immerse you in the world of Mrs Maisel.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018- Netflix)

Full disclosure: I love Halloween and mild spookiness and I love teen dramas so I didn’t exactly approach this series expecting to have anything critical to say about it… and I don’t really. ‘Brina is a very stylish and stylised. It projects an instagrammable goth-y vibe that is both sexy and comforting at once and the storylines aren’t bad either. My only issue is that Salem doesn’t talk in the reboot and his sassy commentary is sorely missed (by me).

Killing Eve (2018- BBC iPlayer)

The BBC drama that took the world by storm. This is the first of PW-B’s creations to feature on this list. Starring the seemingly limitlessly talented Jodie Comer and my long-time personal favorite, Sandra Oh, Killing Eve is smart, exciting and very very watchable. The plot is fascinating, the fashion is mesmerising and the action is brilliantly choreographed. There’s a reason why Killing Eve has done so well around the world.

Years and Years (2019 BBC iPlayer)

Dystopic and frightening, Years and Years holds a mirror to our own potential. The show explores the very near future, riffing off of the current political, technological, environmental and economic climate. Years and Years is terrifying but it’s compelling.

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (2019 Netflix)

I can’t remember how I came across this show but I am so glad I did. I have recommended it to so many people. Its a sketch show but it embodies the kind of absurdist, brave, free wheeling humour that is infectiously funny. That’s not to say that every scene or character is perfect but the episodes are extremely short and easy to watch, and any less-hilarious sketches are soon forgotten in favour of the brilliant weirdness of the rest of the show.

Dead To Me (2019 Netflix)

This TV show stars Linda Cardelini AKA Lindsay Weir from Freaks and Geeks and Christina Applegate AKA Courtney Rockcliffe from The Sweetest Thing. Two very good reasons to binge the whole series right there. Bonus features include: a brilliant plot that is very poignant and funny, fantastic, infuriating characters and a very twisty twist or two that I didn’t see coming at all.

Sex Education (2019 Netflix)

When this came out earlier this year, everyone I know was talking about it.

Sex Education is shocking and funny and it is very cleverly styled, evoking powerful mid Atlantic American highschool vibes. There is some nice depth of character and, special mention goes to Gillian Anderson who is obviously fabulous as a sex therapist with an awkward teenage son.

Fleabag (2016- BBC iPlayer)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge strikes again! You have heard of Fleabag and probably watched it already- if so, you know how brilliant and easily binge-able it is; 12 half hour episodes over 2 series AKA a nice weekend afternoon. PW-B has a brilliantly clever way of giving words to thoughts and feelings that makes Fleabag very relatable for lots of people and though it has received a fair bit of criticism for its unwavering middle class-ness, it has received far more praise and for very good reason.

Tales of the City (2019 Netflix)

Based on Armistead Maupin’s novels and the TV series that was originally aired in 1993 (and has been rebooted more than once), Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis reprise their original roles in this cosy yet edgy adaptation. Tales of the City is nowhere near long enough: I need more! (Anyone know where I can find the original series?)

Big Little Lies (2017- NowTV)

BLL shows us a grainy, fractured version of wealthy Californian life which is a very welcome change. The female cast is breathtaking; the big mystery is kinda… irrelevant actually. This is because all the backstories, interlinking plots, character development and expert acting is so watchable. I binged series 1 of this in an evening but I had to wait each week to watch series 2 which was tough; BLL had me hooked.

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TV is starting off its new decade with “Little Fires,” primetime karaoke and the one-and-only Al Pacino.

Broadcast networks, cable channels and streaming services are debuting new TV shows to try to start the year off right, and in the glut of content, 10 rose to the top right away. Some have A-list stars (Pacino, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Daniel Radcliffe), while others feature young kids you’ve never heard of before. Some are comedies with elaborate musical numbers, and another focuses on the trauma incurred by the Holocaust.

Their common theme: Even remakes or adaptations feel like something we haven’t seen before. And considering that the new decade will bring us more TV than ever, it’s always refreshing to find something that genuinely surprises.

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’

NBC, preview Jan. 7 (10 EST/PST), premiere Feb. 16 (Sundays, 9 EST/PST)

This sweet musical comedy has a slightly out-there premise that somehow works. Zoey (Jane Levy, “Suburgatory”) weathers an earthquake in an MRI machine and comes out the other end with the ability to hear other people’s thoughts through song. Someone who needs help? He or she sings The Beatles’ “Help,” complete with coordinating dance moves and instrumentals that only Zoey can see and hear. Levy’s charm – with help from an angelically-voiced supporting cast including Skylar Astin, Mary Steenburgen, Lauren Graham and Peter Gallagher – helps sell the concept, and there’s plenty of potential for the series to grow.

‘Sanditon’

PBS, Jan. 12 (Sundays, 9 EST/PST)

Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel is brought to life in this Masterpiece PBS miniseries, created by Andrew Davies, who brought us Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 TV version of “Pride and Prejudice.” Based on just a few dozen pages of the author’s writing, “Sanditon” introduces a new Austen heroine, Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams). Miss Heywood learns her own naïveté after arriving at the burgeoning seaside resort of Sanditon, a place full of capitalist intrigue and romantic scheming. As usual in an Austen story, Charlotte has a male foil worthy of her wits in Sidney Parker (Theo James), and a trusted female confidante, Miss Lambe (Crystal Clarke), Austen’s only black character.

‘The Outsider’

HBO, Jan. 12 (Sundays, 9 EST/PST)

Stephen King’s 2018 novel is the basis for this horror murder mystery series starring Ben Mendelsohn as a detective investigating the horrific murder of a young boy in a small Georgia town. All signs point to high school baseball coach Terry Maitland (Jason Bateman) as the killer, but other evidence indicates he might have been miles away during the attack. The traditional detective/murderer narrative quickly gives way to a much creepier, more layered supernatural story. The cast also features the great Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”), whose character offers a more nuanced take on the case.

‘Little America’

Apple TV+, Jan. 17

This episodic anthology series from the husband and wife duo behind “The Big Sick” (Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon) revolves around the lives of American immigrants. Each episode tells a different immigrant story, all based on real people featured in articles in Epic magazine. The short, subtle installments cover issues surrounding immigration, from deportation to undocumented status, but it’s not just about political buzzwords. The series paints deeper portraits of its subjects’ lives, which include the world of competitive squash, baking chocolate chip cookies and taking an Alaskan cruise. That all the episodes are based on true stories lends the series an emotional punch that only sometimes borders on mawkish.

‘Awkwafina is Nora from Queens’

Comedy Central, Jan. 22 (Wednesdays, 10:30 EST/PST)

If you’re missing “Broad City,” Comedy Central has found another millennial-themed series to fill the hole in your heart. Awkwafina, a standout in comedic films like “Crazy Rich Asians” who earned rave reviews for her more dramatic turn in last year’s “The Farewell,” brings her considerable talents to this sitcom about a listless woman in her late 20s living at home. If you’re not a fan of Awkwafina’s comic style, this isn’t the show for you. But her brash, raucous humor feels like a natural fit for Comedy Central.

‘Miracle Workers: Dark Ages’

TBS, Jan. 28 (Tuesdays, 10:30 EST/PST)

Swapping a corporate version of heaven for the stink and swords of the Dark Ages, this sequel to last year’s “Miracle Workers” puts the same cast in new roles and a new setting. There’s not much relating “Dark Ages” to the original series other than the sly comedic tone (period and modern jokes about medieval executions, nuns and worthless college education abound). But the actors, including Steve Buscemi, Daniel Radcliffe and Geraldine Viswanathan (“Blockers”), are so good together that it doesn’t matter.

‘Locke and Key’

Netflix, Feb. 7

Despite its roots in many different fantasy and horror stories, “Locke and Key” – based on the comic books by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez – is its own distinct beast. Three siblings move to their family’s creepy, ancestral house after their father is murdered, only to find it filled with supernaturally powered keys and a malevolent force. Part haunted house story, part family drama and part murder mystery, “Locke” is instantly gripping, with a downright deliciously cackling villain and compelling kid actors trying to be heroes.

‘High Fidelity’

Hulu, Feb. 14

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Hulu offers a gender-flipped adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel (previously made into a 2000 movie starring John Cusack) starring Zoë Kravitz as Rob, a New York record-store owner who recounts her top five heartbreaks. The series retains the film’s narration, but spins things forward to expand the story. Changing Rob’s gender and making her bisexual also gives the series more relationship dynamics to explore and drama to chew on so it doesn’t feel like simply a rehash of a perfectly good movie.

‘Hunters’

Amazon, Feb. 21

Al Pacino comes to the small screen for this hugely ambitious series executive produced by Jordan Peele. “Hunters” follows a diverse group of Nazi hunters in 1970s New York City as they uncover a network of hundreds of the war criminals living in the U.S. who are conspiring to bring about a Fourth Reich. Also starring Logan Lerman, the series is gorgeously and evocatively wrought and devastating to watch. “Hunters” swings between thriller and horror show, and is as gruesomely violent as its concept would indicate. But it also doesn’t get lost in that violence, and finds emotional truths in its depiction of the long tail of trauma from the Holocaust.

‘Little Fires Everywhere’

Hulu, March 18

Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington anchor this series based on Celeste Ng’s best-selling novel about two families in 1997 Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Witherspoon is perfectly cast as Elena, the ultimate 1990s-era working mom, with rigid, conservative ideas about what she wants from her kids, her husband (Joshua Jackson) and her seemingly idyllic community. When wandering artist Mia (Washington) and her daughter Pearl (Lexi Underwood), move into Elena’s rental property, the two women’s lives (and their children’s) intertwine. Their cultural values clash instantly, and the audience is left wondering how they might relate to a crime committed in the very first scene. The series brings its picket-fence world to life in excruciating detail, and pits two heavy-hitting actresses against each other, to great effect.

The broadcast networks picked up new series for the 2019-20 TV season. So what could become your new favorite show? Maybe the return of Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother”) to network TV in “Stumptown” playing a private investigator? Or maybe one of these other new series below. David Bukach, ABC “Bob Hearts Abishola” (CBS): A businessman from Detroit (Billy Gardell, “Mike and Molly”) unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse (Folake Olowofoyeku, “Transparent”), a Nigerian immigrant, after he suffers a heart attack. Sonja Flemming, CBS “Prodigal Son” (Fox): Tom Payne (“The Walking Dead”) plays a criminal psychologist who is good at his job by learning from his father, a notorious serial killer played by Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex”). David Giesbrecht, Fox “All Rise” (CBS): The new drama follows the lives of judges, prosecutors and public defenders, including Wilson Bethel (“Daredevil”) and Simone Missick (“Luke Cage”). Michael Yarish, CBS “Emergence” (ABC): A police chief (Allison Tolman, “Good Girls”) discovers a young girl named Piper (Alexa Swinton, “Billions”) at the scene of an accident with no memory of what happened. But as the police investigate, they find a much larger conspiracy emerge from the case. Virginia Sherwood, ABC Studios “Perfect Harmony” (NBC): Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”) is a former music professor who takes on a subpar group of church singers who could use his help in this new comedy. Justin Lubin, NBC “The Unicorn” (CBS): Walton Goggins (“Justified”) is Wade, a widowed father who is pushed by his friends to get back into the dating pool, where he discovers he’s a hot commodity. The series also stars Rob Corddry (“Ballers”), Michaela Watkins (“Trophy Wife”), Omar Benson Miller (“Ballers”) and Maya Lynne Robinson (“The Connors”). Michael Yarish, CBS “Carol’s Second Act” (CBS): Patricia Heaton (“The Middle,” “Everybody Loves Raymond”) is Carol Chambers, a mother and retired teacher who decides to finally pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. The series also stars Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks”). Sonja Flemming, CBS “Evil” (CBS): Mike Colter (“Luke Cage”) and Katja Herbers (“Westworld”) star as a believer and a skeptic who investigate the Church’s backlog of supposed miracles, demonic possessions and unexplained phenomena. Elizabeth Fisher, CBS “Bless the Harts” (Fox): This new animated comedy features a group who struggle with status and wealth in the South. The series includes the voice talents of Kristen Wiig (“Saturday Night Live”), Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live”) and Ike Barinholtz (“The Mindy Project”). Fox “Batwoman” (CW): Ruby Rose reprises her role as Kate Kane (aka Batwoman), who first appeared in a “Arrow”/”Supergirl”/”The Flash” crossover event in 2018. CW also picked up “Katy Keene,” starring Lucy Hale (“Pretty Little Liars”) as an aspiring fashion designer, based on the Archie Comics character. Jack Rowand, The CW “Nancy Drew” (CW): Teenage sleuth Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann) investigates the murder of a socialite, which is complicated by the fact that Nancy and her friends are the main suspects. Robert Falconer, CW “Broke” (CBS): Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”) returns to CBS, this time in a comedy about a husband and wife who move in with her estranged sister when he gets cut off from his trust fund. The series also stars Jaime Camil (“Jane the Virgin”) and Natasha Leggero (“Another Period”). Sonja Flemming, CBS “The Kenan Show” (NBC): Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson plays a father who is trying to balance raising his two daughters with his job and “helpful” in-laws. The series also stars Dani Lockett (left) and Dannah Lockett (right). Ron Batzdorff, NBC “Tommy” (CBS, premieres Feb. 6): Edie Falco, center left, and Russell G. Gones, center right, star in this new drama about a former LAPD officer who becomes the first woman to be named the city’s chief of police. Cliff Lipson, CBS “Filthy Rich” (Fox): When her husband dies in a plane crash, Margaret Monreaux (Kim Cattrall, “Sex and the City”) has to deal with the fallout, including the discovery that her preacher husband had three illegitimate children. Alan Markfield, Fox “Outmatched” (Fox, premieres Jan. 23): “American Pie” star Jason Biggs (with Oakley Bull and Jack Stanton) is raising a family with his wife, played by Maggie Lawson (“Psych”). But they struggle dealing with three of their children who are geniuses. Michael Becker, Fox “Deputy” (Fox, premieres Jan. 2): Due to an arcane rule, Bill Hollister (Stephen Dorff, “True Detective”) becomes the unlikely Los Angeles County Sheriff after the death of his predecessor. Fox “neXt” (Fox): John Slattery (“Mad Men”) is a Silicon Valley pioneer who has created an artificial intelligence that could destroy the world. In order to stop it, he’ll have to enlist the help of a cybercrime team including Fernanda Andrade (“Here and Now”) and Jason Butler Harner (“Ozark”). Fox “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (NBC, premieres Jan. 7): Jane Levy (“Suburgatory”) stars as Zoey Clarke, who starts to hear people’s thought as songs. NBC “Council of Dads” (NBC): When a father is diagnosed with cancer, he calls on friends to be his back-up fathers if he can’t be there for his kids. His team includes his surgeon Oliver (J. August Richards, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), his oldest friend Anthony (Clive Standen, “Vikings”) and his AA sponsor Larry (Michael O’Neill, “Scandal”). Quantrell Colbert, NBC “Indebted” (NBC, premieres Feb. 6): Stew and Debbie (Steven Weber, “13 Reasons Why,” and Fran Drescher, “The Nanny”), who are in deep debt, are taken in by their son Dave (Adam Pally, “The Mindy Project”) and his wife Rebecca (Abby Elliott, “Saturday Night Live”). Trae Patton, NBC “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector” (NBC, Jan. 10): Based on the novel “The Bone Collector,” Russell Hornsby (left, “Fences”) is Lincoln Rhyme, an expert forensics scientist who is asked to help the NYPD find a killer. The series also stars Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”) and Arielle Kebbel (right, “Midnight, Texas”). Zach Dilgard, NBC “The Baker and the Beauty” (ABC): Daniel Garcia (Victor Rasuk, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”), who works in his family’s bakery, has his life dragged into the spotlight when he meets international star Noa Hamilton (Nathalie Kelley, “Dynasty”). Guy D’Alema, ABC “FBI: Most Wanted” (CBS, premieres Jan. 7): The drama follows an elite Fugitive Task Force tasked with tracking down notorious criminals. The series stars, from left, Kellan Lutz, Nathaniel Arcand, Roxy Sternberg, and Julian McMahon. Michael Parmelee, CBS “Almost Family” (Fox, canceled): Emily Osment (“Hannah Montana”), Megalyn Echikunwoke (“CSI: Miami”) and Brittany Snow (“Pitch Perfect”) try to form a bond when they discover they share the same father: a pioneering fertility doctor, in this Fox drama from producers Annie Weisman and Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”). Linda Kallerus, Fox “Bluff City Law” (NBC, canceled): Jimmy Smits (center, “How to Get Away With Murder,” “L.A. Law”) plays a father who tries to reconnect with his lawyer daughter (Caitlin McGee, “Grey’s Anatomy”). The series also stars Michael Luwoye (right, “The Gifted”). NBC “Sunnyside” (NBC, canceled): Kal Penn (center, “Designated Survivor”) is Garrett Modi, a disgraced New York City Councilman who hopes to find redemption by helping people try to become American citizens. Colleen Hayes, NBC

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Just when we thought we were caught up on all the series we must watch to stay socially relevant, the network gods have unleashed a whole mass of new and returning series to occupy our winter TV schedule.

Among them are new series based on known properties like CBS’ Training Day (Bill Paxton takes over the Denzel Washington role) and ones that just sound familiar (see other new CBS series Ransom and Doubt). New comedies like Fox’s The Mick and Seeso’s Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am continue to prove the revolutionary idea that women can be funny, and high-concept series like FX’s Tom Hardy period drama Taboo and HBO’s Nicole Kidman-Reese Witherspoon miniseries Big Little Lies mean there’s no rest for Emmy award bloggers. And this list doesn’t even include the next season of AMC’s Better Call Saul and hot properties like Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival, as neither’s premiere dates have been announced.

Fox

January 1

The Mick (Fox) Kaitlin Olson brings her gifts for raunchy dead-pan humor to broadcast as she stars a down-on-her-luck shyster stuck raising her sister’s three privileged kids in this new comedy from two Always Sunny writers.

Ransom (CBS) Black Sails actor Luke Roberts plays a crisis negotiator who heads a team of ace investigators who solve kidnap and ransom cases. Although the trend of recreating films for the small screen might make you think otherwise, this is not a modern-day version of the Mel Gibson movie with the same name. Created by Frank Spotnitz and David Vainola, the drama is inspired by the career of crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert and his partner, Marwan Mery.

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS) The long-awaited 90-minute special sets Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman’s modern-day Sherlock and Watson in 1890s London. Fan-favorite characters Mary Morstan (played by Amanda Abbington), Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves), and Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs) also appear.

To Tell the Truth (ABC) black-ish star Anthony Anderson and his mother, Doris, return as host and commentator of this remake of the classic game show. More celebrities will attempt to hide their inebriation as they guess which surprise guests are telling the truth.

Worst Cooks in America (Food Network) Mend your New Year’s Eve hangover with leftovers from last night’s drunk Postmates order and a new season of Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray series about turning hapless cooks into star chefs.

NBC

January 2

The Bachelor (ABC) Rejected Bachelorette contestant Nick Viall and his abs will star in the new edition of the series that keeps the rose industry blossoming.

Beyond (Freeform) Warcraft actor Burkely Duffield plays Holden, a youngster who wakes up from a coma having special abilities.

The Celebrity Apprentice (NBC) With Donald Trump heading to the White House, California’s former Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is now running the show. But don’t worry. His new catchphrase—”You’re Terminated”—still keeps with the ethos of the show.

MasterChef Celebrity Showdown (Fox) The two-hour special will make hosts Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi put their money where their mouths are. They partner with Anthony Anderson and Jordana Brewster, respectively, to battle it out for charity.

Paradise Run (Nickelodeon) Lord of the Flies this is not. The second season follows three teams of kids racing each other across a luxury resort.

Shadowhunters (Freeform) The second season of the TV series based on the Mortal Instruments books continues with more sexy supernatural stories as—according to the press release—”loyalties will be tested, unlikely bonds will be made and relationships will be pushed to the limit.”

Fox

January 3

American Masters: By Sidney Lumet (PBS) A candid interview with the late director, which was recorded in 2008 and offers a frank discussion of the themes in his films like 12 Angry Men and Dog Day Afternoon.

Bones (Fox) The final season of Bones allows fans 12 episodes to come to grips with the end of Brennan (Emily Deschanel), Booth (David Boreanaz) and the Jeffersonian-FBI team.

Frontline: President Trump (PBS) Ahead of Trump’s inauguration, the news show takes a look back at the key moments of his career to show how we got to this point.

Kiss Bang Love (FYI) Sounding like something 13-year-olds would play in someone’s rec room, this dating game show blindfolds contestants and makes them choose a partner based on kissing compatibility. Naturally, it’s produced by the company that makes Married at First Sight.

Seven Year Switch (FYI) The second season of the wife-swapping series continues to poke the monogamy bear as married couples separate to live with strangers and see what it’s like to be partnered with someone else.

The Wall (NBC) Chris Hardwick and LeBron James produce this new trivia-based game show. It has nothing to do with Donald Trump. We think.

FXX

January 4

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX) The 12th season of the ground-breaking dark comedy includes, according to the press release, “a move to the suburbs, shooting a smut film, defending themselves in court, and playing another deranged round of the legendary board game Chardee MacDennis.”

Man Seeking Woman (FXX) Jay Baruchel’s love-starved Josh is back for more mental torture in a season that includes everything from cloning disasters, man-on-car sex and a love triangle with his best friend.

Match Game (ABC) Alec Baldwin returns to hold the skinny microphone as host of this remake as celebrities attempt to help mere mortals win $25,000.

Too Close to Home (TLC) The Tyler Perry-created drama is back for a second season, which finds Danielle Savre’s Anna still dealing with the repercussions of moving back to her small-time life after a sex scandal ruins her career in Washington, DC.

Vivica’s Black Magic (Lifetime) Combining the best moments of Magic Mike with the sinful goodness of reality TV, Vivica A. Fox and her squad attempt to get eight six-pack laden male dancers ready for a show on the Las Vegas Strip.

IFC

January 5

Ghosts in the Hood (WE) In what the channel is calling a “paranormal docuseries,” this six-part program follows a team of ghost hunters who investigate areas of Los Angeles that other groups won’t.

Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) More chefs feel they have the self-esteem to battle Gordon Ramsay’s harassment on national television in the latest season of Fox’s long-running cooking series.

Nashville (CMT) Connie Britton’s sassy country music soap gets an encore as it moves from ABC to CMT this season.

Portlandia (IFC) We know that the (most-likely) penultimate season of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s sketch series will take on men’s rights activists, but chances are other fringe groups—liberal or conservative—aren’t safe either.

Netflix

January 6

Emerald City (NBC) The 10-part dark imagining of The Wizard of Oz stars True Detective actress Adria Arjona as the famously lost Dorothy Gale and Vincent D’Onofrio as the wizard who may be able to send her home.

Grimm (NBC) It’s the final season for the procedural about a homicide detective who also tracks down the big bad fairy tale characters who are secretly living among us.

One Day at a Time (Netflix) After Fuller House and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Netflix is releasing this female-centric reboot of another TV series. This version follows a Cuban-American family and co-stars EGOT achiever Rita Moreno.

Sleepy Hollow (Fox) True Blood and Arrow’s Janina Gavankar is the new female lead after Nicole Beharie’s controversial exit from the show last season.

January 8

74th Annual Golden Globes (NBC) Jimmy Fallon hosts this year’s ceremony, with Meryl Streep receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award with Sistine, Sophia and Scarlet Stallone each serving as Miss Golden Globes.

Dinner at Tiffani’s (Cooking) The third season of Saved by the Bell and Beverly Hills: 90210 alum Tiffani Thiessen’s cooking show will see her having meals with the likes of Matt Bomer and Ethan Embry.

January 9

The Artful Detective (Ovation) The tenth season of the Toronto-set period drama has Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) preparing for wedding bliss with his wife, Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy)—until there’s a murder.

FX

January 10

Taboo (FX) Tom Hardy’s long-awaited period drama—which he co-created with his father, Chips Hardy, and Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight—has him staring as a 19th century explorer who was presumed dead but returns to London in an attempt to rebuild his life. But his father’s legacy won’t make that easy.

January 11

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS) Sam Bee’s late-night sucker punch to anyone in the establishment who gets in her way moves to a new night for its second season.

Girlfriends Guide to Divorce (Bravo) The Cosby Show and American Crime Story’s Malcolm-Jamal Warner joins for the third season as a love interest for Retta’s Barbara.

Jeff and Some Aliens (Comedy Central) A spinoff of the channel’s TripTank, this new animated series is exactly as advertised: It’s about an average guy who lives with a bunch of space people.

Schitt’s Creek (Pop) The new season of the Canadian comedy continues with its plot of Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara’s Johnny and Moira Rose caught between a desire to recover their wealth and an acceptance of their new quirky town and economic status.

Seeso

January 12

Colony (USA) The second season of this post-apocalyptic thriller find Sarah Wayne Callies and Josh Holloway’s Kate and Will separated as he comes to grips with what he learned last season.

Fancy Boy (Seeso) The new six-part sketch comedy show stars the Melbourne, Australia-based comics who, reportedly, “made their name as a transgressive and weird live act, willing to go to places others wouldn’t.”

Mad Families (Crackle) In his first return to the spotlight since announcing that he is HIV-positive, Charlie Sheen is starring in and executive producing this movie about three families of different ethnic backgrounds who end up sharing the same camping space on a Fourth of July weekend.

My Kitchen Rules (Fox) Fox’s new celeb-focused food show puts contestants’ cooking skills and home decorating skills to the test as stars like Lance Bass, Andrew Dice Clay, Brandy, and Ray J cook and critique each others’ homes.

Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian (E!) It’s unclear who, exactly, Khloe Kardashian is angry at this time. But, in this reality show, she helps the recently dumped get their lives (or at least their butts) back in shape.

Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America (ABC) The two-hour special, which was recorded in conjunction with the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, features guests like Dave Chappelle and Savion Glover.

The UCB Show (Seeso) It’s the new season of the weekly variety showcase hosted by founding Upright Citizens Brigade members Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh.

Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am (Seeso) The sketch series stars the all-female Sydney, Australia-based group Skit Box (see the viral video “Activewear”) and takes on yoga moms, ’70s swinger parties, and more.

Netflix

January 13

Great Performances: Bel Canto The Opera (PBS) The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s adaptation of writer Ann Patchett’s novel of the same name follows the lives of both terrorists and hostages during a siege.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix) Neil Patrick Harris plays Count Olaf, an evil guardian determined to get the inheritance left to three orphans in his care.

The Rap Game (Lifetime) Jermaine Dupri is back to mentor more rappers. But he’s not the only cast member returning. The third season also welcomes back Tally, a past contestant now seeking redemption.

Sneaky Pete (Amazon) We cannot be the only Breaking Bad fans who want to call Bryan Cranston’s new drama Skinny Pete. The series stars Giovanni Ribisi as a con man masquerading as someone else while also attempting to save his brother from the wrath of Cranston’s character.

HBO

January 15

Homeland (Showtime) This season of the long-running spy drama heads to New York as Claire Danes’ Carrie deals with counterterrorism in the wake of an election. Oh and, inexplicably, Rupert Friend’s Quinn is alive even though Carrie took him off life support last season.

Victoria (PBS) The hype suggests that this series, which stars Doctor Who alum Jenna Coleman as a young Queen Victoria, is the next Downton Abbey.

The Young Pope (HBO) Another much-anticipated foreign series to hit the states, this drama stars Jude Law as a newly elected Pope and Diane Keaton as the nun who raised him in an orphanage and is now his personal secretary.

January 17

Frontline: Divided States of America (PBS) Airing over two nights in the lead-up to the presidential inauguration, the four-hour documentary will look at the country Donald Trump will inherit from Barack Obama.

Teachers (TV Land) It’s the second season for the comedy from improv troupe The Katydids, who play teachers working at a Chicago-area elementary school.

Throwing Shade (TV Land) This show, which is based on comedians Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi’s Funny or Die series, is the latest to enter the increasingly crowded late-night space.

January 18

People’s Choice Awards 2017 (CBS) It’s unclear if the long-running awards show where fans pick the winner will have as shocking an outcome as the presidential election.

Six (History) Anyone else find it weird that this miniseries about members of the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six actually has eight episodes?

FX

January 19

Baskets (FX) After the life-crushing events of last season, Chip (Zach Galifianakis) attempts to leave Bakersfield via a locomotive—but just when he thought he was out, a gang of gutter punks, the police, and a sudden death pull him back in.

Scandal (ABC) After a maternity leave for her alter ego, Kerry Washington, Olivia Pope and her team of Gladiators return to clean up D.C.

January 20

Great Performances: Alicia Keys – Landmarks Live in Concert (PBS) The Grammy winner is the first performer in this new series, which is hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Hunted (CBS) Who will be first to use the old “it was the one-armed man” excuse? This reality competition sends eight teams of two out into the wilderness as fugitives see how long they can last as fugitives without getting caught.

Voltron: Legendary Defender (Netflix) The second season of the comedic animated series picks up with the first season cliffhanger that sent crew members off to various points in the universe.

January 21

Beaches (Lifetime) Lifetime offers another remake that did not need to happen with this version of the classic Bette Midler-Barbara Hershey movie. This one stars Idina Menzel and Nia Long, so it’s a safe bet that there will be singing.

PBS

January 22

Mercy Street (PBS) The second season of the Civil War-era drama will continue to follow the doctors, nurses and other staff attempting to hold a hospital (and themselves) together in war-torn Alexandria, Virginia.

Secrets of the Six Wives (PBS) Behind a strong man is an even stronger woman… who may be willing to lose her head. This series, which is hosted by historian Lucy Worsley, shows how each of Henry VIII’s six wives had a unique way of influencing the king.

January 24

Face Off (Syfy) The long-running reality competition series for VFX artists returns for an 11th season. It still has nothing to do with John Travolta or Nicolas Cage.

Frontline: Trump’s Road to the White House (PBS) Talking heads talk again about how Donald Trump surprised so many when he won the presidency.

Gad Gone Wild (Netflix) French king of comedy Gad Elmaleh, who recently recounted his attempts to make it big in the U.S. for a This American Life segment, will have two comedy specials on the digital channel this year. This one is mostly in French. An English-language special will air later this year.

The New Edition Story (BET) The biopic about the R&B group that gave us Bobby Brown stars Empire’s Bryshere Y. Gray as Michael Bivins, singer Luke James as Johnny Gill, and Woody McClain as Bobby Brown.

Outsiders (WGN) The Appalachia-set drama, now in its second season, stars Treme’s David Morse as the leader of a clan who don’t necessarily fit in with the nearby townsfolk.

Hulu

January 25

The Magicians (Syfy) The second season of this series, which has been described as Hogwarts-but-in-Harvard, requires the cast of very hip 20-somethings to save magic from dying.

The Path (Hulu) Disciples joining the second season of the Aaron Paul, Hugh Dancy, and Michelle Monaghan’s religion-focused series include Dexter’s James Remar and The Brady Bunch’s Eve Plumb.

Suits (USA) The second half of the sixth season of USA’s impeccably well-dressed drama comes a character departure. Can we have their leftover costumes?

January 26

Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle II (Comedy Central) “Roastmaster General” Jeff Ross returns for a second edition of his bracket-style comedian insult smackdown series, which culminates with finalists competing in front of celebrity judges over four consecutive nights starting on January 26. The winner will be crowed in a live finale.

Adam Newman’s Fuzzies (Seeso) This one-hour special allows the comedian to discuss all the B-horror movies that you didn’t know were missing from your life.

Riverdale (CW) The much-anticipated retelling of characters from the Archie comic book series is executive produced by former Dawson’s Creek writer and current superhero series god Greg Berlanti.

BBC America

January 28

Love by the 10th Date (Lifetime) Kelly Rowland, Cat Deeley, and many others star in this TV movie with a plot that seems oddly familiar to the Kate Hudson-Matthew McConaughey classic How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

Planet Earth II (BBC America) A follow-up to 2006’s revolutionary documentary Planet Earth, this six-part miniseries offers another close-up look at animals living in environments that would destroy wussy humans within days.

January 29

Black Sails (Starz) The final season of Starz’s pirate series has promised to be the “bloody best yet.” Chances are they very much took that pun to heart.

January 31

The Fosters (Freeform) The new season of the fan-favorite drama picks up after the summer cliffhanger that saw three of the teens in risky situations and one nailed for SAT cheating.

Frontline: Iraq After ISIS (PBS) This installment of the PBS series will look at how the country of Iraq can recover after ISIS’ rise to power.

Switched at Birth (Freeform) The final season of the series that helped revitalize the network focuses on campus race relations.

February 1

Spy in the Wild (PBS) The nature miniseries uses high-end technology to spy on animals and learn that their behaviors are not that different from ours.

CBS

February 2

The Cyanide & Happiness Show (Seeso) It’s the third season of the animated comedy series that’s purpose is to “extract the human excretion known as laughter from your face hole via fast-paced weird comedy.”

Powerless (NBC) With an ensemble that includes Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk, and stand-up Ron Funches, this comedy is about the inner workings of the worst insurance company ever—and one that also happens to exist within the world of the DC Comics universe.

Training Day (CBS) A follow-up to director Antoine Fuqua’s 2001 film staring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, this series swaps the races of its leads but still partners a rookie cop (Justin Cornwell) up with a corrupt one (Bill Paxton).

February 3

Live From Lincoln Center: Mostly Mozart Festival (PBS) A taping of the 50th anniversary of this music extravaganza that celebrates the genius composer while also showing how his music is accessible to new and traditional concertgoers.

Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix) The new comedy from Better Off Ted’s Victor Fresco stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant as married real estate agents coping with what happens to their life when she suddenly goes through a dramatic change.

Fox

February 5

24: Legacy (Fox) The spinoff of the Kiefer Sutherland series stars Corey Hawkins as a war hero who must rely on the help of the nation’s counterterrorism unit. Homeland fans might wonder who thought it was a good idea to put Miranda Otto in charge of said unit.

Super Bowl LI (Fox) Grunts, cheers, and concussions. We get it. Wake us when the commercials start.

February 6

APB (Fox) Weeds actor Justin Kirk stars as a rich guy who witnesses his friend’s murder and decides to take over a Chicago prescient and run it as a private police force.

February 7

Detroiters (Comedy Central) Veep’s Sam Richardson and Saturday Night Live’s Tim Robinson star as Motor City ad men hoping to get their hometown back on solid financial footing. Jason Sudeikis, who is executive producing the series, also will appear.

Imposters (Bravo) Inbar Lavi stars as Maddie, a con artist who leaves a trail of broken men behind her—three of whom team up to take her down. Uma Thurman will also guest star as a fixer who arrives to whip a group of schemers into shape.

FX

February 8

City in the Sky (PBS) This investigation into all the people and moving parts required to get us and our luggage where we need to go may make us feel better about standing in long TSA lines.

The Expanse (Syfy) It’s the second season of the space-set mystery series, and Thomas Jane’s Joe Miller and Steven Strait’s Jim Holden haven’t even begun to unravel last season’s big conspiracy.

Legion (FX) Fargo creator Noah Hawley’s X-Men series stars Dan Stevens as David Charles Haller, the troubled mutant son of Professor Charles Xavier. Aubrey Plaza and Rachel Keller also star.

February 9

MasterChef Junior (Fox) The fifth season of the kids’ cooking competition series allows for more chances for tiny culinarians to shine.

Netflix

February 10

David Brent: Life on the Road (Netflix) Ricky Gervais returns to this role as the delusional paper merchant general manager as he attempts to live out his dream of becoming a rock star.

Reign (CW) Four seasons in and we’re still not to the part where (spoiler alert) Mary, Queen of Scots loses her head.

February 12

Grammy Awards (CBS) This marks the first time that James Corden will serve as host for the ceremonies. He hosted the Tony Awards last year. Can you get an EGOT for hosting?

Girls (HBO) It’s the final season for Lena Dunham’s Hannah and her friends, but that doesn’t mean they have to mature into women just yet.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) The series has been on hiatus since mid-November. That’s a lot of Donald Trump jokes and liberal-minded stories for one news commentator to keep bottled up.

The Walking Dead (AMC) Start betting now on which of your favorite characters will bite it when the second half of the seventh season AMC’s zombie apocalypse show starts this winter.

AMC

Feburary 13

Humans (AMC) Carrie-Anne Moss joins the second season of this sci-fi series that explores the intersecting world of humans and AIs.

February 14

The Mindy Project (Hulu) Did you really think that Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) was just going to let that break up slide off her back? Then you don’t watch enough of The Mindy Project.

February 15

Doubt (CBS) Katherine Heigl, Laverne Cox, and Steven Pasquale star in this drama about a smart and successful defense attorney who begins to fall for her client. Like fellow CBS drama Ransom, it has nothing to do with John Patrick Shanley’s Tony Award-winning play and the subsequent Academy Award-nominated movie.

February 17

Cassandra French’s Finishing School (DirecTV) Everything was going great with Cassandra (Jessica Renee Russell) until rebound guy Owen (Calum Worthy) turns out to be a horror show. So she chains him up in her basement and teaches him how to treat a lady.

Great Performances: New York City Ballet in Paris (PBS) The company returns to the City of Light to perform Walpurgisnacht Ballet, a production that includes a scene with 24 ballerinas whirling around at one time.

HBO

February 19

Big Little Lies (HBO) Another one of the premium channel’s latest prestige projects is David E. Kelley’s adaptation of the Liane Moriarty novel and stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Alexander Skarsgard, and pretty much every other actor in Hollywood.

Billions (Showtime) Picking up right after the events of the first season’s finale, the series will continue to pit U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) against billionaire hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis) as they epitomize New York’s power war between law and money.

Crashing (HBO) Pete Holmes stars as a comedian recovering from losing his wife (Lauren Lapkus) to an Italian boxer named Rocco.

The Good Fight (CBS) The Good Wife sequel, which focuses on Christine Baranski’s Diane Lockhart, is the first drama series to air on the new digital platform, CBS All Access.

February 20

The Talk: Race in America (PBS) This special aims to be an antidote to the fears that many American parents with children of color feel right now and discusses how communities can change the conversation on race.

NBC

February 23

The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC) The spinoff to the series that stars James Spader and a hat as the alliteratively named (anti)hero Red Reddington, focuses on Ryan Eggold’s Tom Keen character—a skilled operative who is also the son of Famke Janssen’s Susan Scott “Scottie” Hargrave, the head of a covert military company.

My Brother, My Brother and Me (Seeso) The comedy series is based on siblings Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy’s pseudo-advice podcast where they offer completely untrustworthy suggestions to mend listens’ personal problems or horribly written Yahoo Answers questions.

February 24

Great Performances: New York City Ballet Symphony in C (PBS) Another performance filmed in Paris, this production includes a scene with more than 50 dancers covered in Swarovski crystals.

Vice (HBO) HBO’s investigative documentary news series for the hipster set will have 30 episodes for its fifth season—up from the 18 in Season Four.

February 26

Academy Awards (ABC) Watch famous faces squirm as they try to look sincere and try to forget about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy from recent years when Jimmy Kimmel hosts this year’s ceremony.

February 27

Africa’s Greatest Civilizations (PBS) Join historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as he charts the dawn of mankind to the early 20th century from an African perspective.

The High Court (Comedy Central) Doug Benson does what he does best: getting stoned and offering his opinions. Comedy Central describes this as Judge Judy mixed with “two healthy bong loads” of his talk show, Getting Doug with High.

Taken (NBC) This prequel to the Liam Neeson movies has Vikings’ Clive Standen playing the Bryan Mills character. In this version, he’s a younger and hungrier former Green Beret who is also dealing with a personal tragedy. Jennifer Beals co-stars.

For some people, autumn and winter are seasons for nights out ice skating and drinking mulled wine. For others, the cold weather is an excuse to cancel literally all social engagements and snuggle up on the sofa watching telly.

If you fall in to the latter group, you’ll be pleased to hear there’s a top-notch line up of drama due to hit screens throughout the second half of 2017.

Here’s our round-up of the best programmes you need to tune it for…
Doctor Foster season 2

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Suranne Jones is back as fiery GP Gemma Foster, as she continues battle with her ex-husband, Simon, following his cheating in season one.

At the minute we don’t know much about the new instalment of episodes, other than that key cast including Jodie Comer (Kate) will be back.

Doctor Foster returns to BBC One at 9pm on Tuesday 5th September.

Victoria season 2

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Jenna Coleman reprises her role as Queen Victoria, as she navigates the tricky balance of being a young monarch as well as a wife and new mother. Will Victoria and Albert (Tom Hughes) be able to weather the storms ahead of them?

With guest appearances by star talent including Line of Duty’s Martin Compston, this series is not one to be missed when it returns to ITV on Sunday 27th August at 9.05pm.

Cold Feet season 7

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The long-standing comedy-drama is back for a seventh instalment this year, featuring an impressive cast including James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris, John Thomson and Faye Ripley, as well as newcomer Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey).

Siobhan – who played manipulating maid Miss O’Brien in Downton – will take on the part of Nikki Kirkbright, a Cheshire housewife that seems on the surface to have it all. Nikki strikes up a close friendship with David (Robert Bathhurst), and it’s not long before secrets about her life come to the surface.

Cold Feet returns to ITV this September.

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Safe House season 2

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Stephen Moyer (True Blood) stars as the charismatic yet impulsive ex-police officer Tom Brook who runs this season’s police safe house, which stands at the edge of the sea on the rugged coastline of Anglesey. The four-part drama also stars Zoe Tapper (Mr Selfridge) and follows the couple as their world is turned upside down by a shocking crime.

Safe House will air on ITV on September 7 at 9pm.

Tin Star

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Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks star in this gripping drama, which follows an ex-pat Police officer in Canada as he protects his family from a sinister enemy.

Tin Star will air on Sky Atlantic from September 7th.

Feud: Bette and Joan

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The eight-part series, which has already been broadcast in America (and received positive reviews) depicts the famous rivalry between silver screen legends Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) on set of their joint project What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

An air date hasn’t been confirmed, but Feud is expected to air on BBC Two later in 2017.

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The Crown season 2

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Claire Foy and Matt Smith return for the second and final time as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, before their roles are re-cast. We rejoin The Crown as it ventures into a turbulent part of the Queen’s reign, and personal life, including potential problems in her marriage and her sister’s romance with the Earl of Snowdon…

The Crown returns to Netflix on 8th December.

Peaky Blinders season 4

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Everyone’s favourite mobsters are back for more drama this year. According to the BBC, series four opens with Tommy receiving a mysterious letter on Christmas Eve which tells him that the Peaky Blinders are in ‘danger of annihilation’.

‘As the enemy closes in, Shelby flees his country house and returns to the streets of Small Heath, Birmingham where a fight for survival begins…’

A date for Peaky Blinders series four is yet to be confirmed, but we’re expecting it to return on BBC Two later this autumn.

Britannia

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Starring David Morrissey and Kelly Reilley, this epic nine-part drama set in 43AD, when Britannia was a country ruled by powerful Druids and warrior queens. Fans of Game of Thrones – this one’s for you.

Britannia airs on Sky Atlantic in late 2017.

Gunpowder

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Gunpowder, starring Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington and Downton Abbey’s Tom Cullen, is set in 1605 and explores the planning and failed execution of blowing up Parliament.

The show will delve into the history behind the plot, the band of rogues who planned to carry it out, and the challenges they faced.

Gunpowder will air on BBC One later in 2017.

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