Winter TV Preview: Premiere dates for new and returning shows
Did you think you were going to have a break to catch up on other shows? Nope. Starting Sunday, your TV will be fully loaded with new stuff, such as the highly anticipated fourth season of Sherlock. (Welcome back to my screen, Bennie.) So bookmark this list to make sure you don't miss the new shows(*), and your returning favorites. We're not including midseason premieres, only new seasons of returning series. Stay tuned for my must-watch list with Chelsea Tatham later in the week. As always, these dates are subject to change.
Sunday, Jan. 1
*The Mick (Fox, 8 p.m.): Kaitlin Olson (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) plays an aunt on a lifelong bender ... until she has to take care of her niece and nephews.
*Ransom (CBS, after the football game, then moves to Saturdays at 8 p.m.): The series follows an experienced crisis and hostage negotiator, and his team. Sounds very CBS.
To Tell the Truth (ABC, 9 p.m.): The 1950s game show revival was a hit last summer.
Sherlock (PBS, 9 p.m.): Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman return for a fourth season. This season is widely expected to be Sherlock's last what with Cumberbatch's recent Hollywood-conquering thanks to Marvel film Doctor Strange.
Monday, Jan. 2
The Bachelor (ABC, 8 p.m.)
The New Celebrity Apprentice (NBC, 8 p.m.): Arnold Schwarzenegger is your new host, because Donald Trump will be busy doing something else.
Shadowhunters (Freeform, 8 p.m.)
*Beyond (Freeform, 9 p.m.): A young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new supernatural powers.
Teen Mom 2 (MTV, 9 p.m.)
Tuesday, Jan. 3
*The Wall (NBC, 8 p.m.): LeBron James and Chris Hardwick bring a game show that changes lives with the drop of a ball. It really just looks like high-tech Plinko.
Bones (Fox, 9 p.m.): This is the final season for this beloved series. Hope you come back to TV, David Boreanaz.
The Haves and the Have Nots (OWN, 9 p.m.)
Wednesday, Jan. 4
*Star (Fox, 9 p.m., preview episode aired Dec. 14): This musical drama already aired a preview episode back in December, and we loved it. Like Empire, it features original music, and lots of drama. Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt star.
Match Game (ABC), 9 p.m.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 10 p.m.): This is the eleventh season, and it's already been renewed for a twelfth. God works in mysterious ways.
*Vivica's Black Magic (Lifetime, 10 p.m.): Vivica A. Fox and male strippers. We don't need to say anything else.
Man Seeking Woman (FXX, 10:30 p.m.)
Thursday, Jan. 5
Hell's Kitchen (Fox, 8 p.m.)
Nashville (CMT, 9 p.m.): Its new network doesn't let us down. Hayden Penattiere and Connie Britton return as leads and the story is just as twangy and dramatic as ever.
Portlandia (IFC 10 p.m.)
Truth and Lies: The Menéndez Brothers -- American Sons, American Murderers (ABC, TBD): A special miniseries about the infamous case.
Friday, Jan. 6
*One Day At A Time (Netflix, 3 a.m.): Honoring TV legend Norman Lear (who is an executive producer), the new re-imagined series follows a Cuban-American family led by a recently separated, former military mom as she navigates a new single life. We're most excited about Rita Moreno who plays the matriarch of the family.
Grimm (NBC, 8 p.m.)
Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 9 p.m.)
*Emerald City (NBC, 9 p.m.): Grimm fans will love this new Wizard of Oz adaptation.
Saturday, Jan. 7
Sesame Street (HBO, 9 a.m.)
Sunday, Jan. 8
74th Golden Globes (NBC, 8 p.m.): Jimmy Fallon hosts the ceremony honoring the best of film and television. It's always a drunken party with lots of laughs.
Monday, Jan. 9
*Big Fan (ABC, 10 p.m.): This is a new half-hour comedic game show based on Jimmy Kimmel Live's segment "Who Knows?" hosted by Andy Richter.
Tuesday, Jan. 10
Being Mary Jane (BET, 9 p.m.): Gabrielle Union gives a powerful performance as a successful woman whose perfect life isn't actually as great as it seems. But without the drama's original showrunner, we'll see where if Mary Jane Paul's story is still as riveting.
*Taboo (FX, 10 p.m.): Tom Hardy's limited series is must-watch TV. He plays a tortured man who returns home to 1800s London after a mysterious 10 years in Africa.
Wednesday, Jan. 11
Schitt's Creek (Pop, 8 p.m.)
Workaholics (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.): It's the seventh and final season for these bums.
*Jeff and Some Aliens (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.): A spinoff from the animated series TripTank.
Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce (Bravo, 10 p.m.)
Thursday, Jan. 12
*My Kitchen Rules (Fox, 9 p.m.): Curtis Stone hosts this new reality cooking competition. Because we needed another one.
Colony (USA, 10 p.m.)
Friday, Jan. 13
*Sneaky Pete (Amazon, midnight): CBS passed on this crime drama, so creator Bryan Cranston rewrote himself into a few scenes and Amazon picked it up. Thankfully he did, because otherwise the show is a little dull. Giovanni Ribisi and Margo Martindale also star.
*Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix, 3 a.m.): Neil Patrick Harris stars in this adaptation. We don't need to say anything more.
Sunday, Jan. 15
*The Young Pope (HBO, 9 p.m.): Jude Law plays the first American Pope, who loves Cherry Coke Zero. Same.
Homeland (Showtime, 9 p.m.): After a couple rocky seasons, the terrorist drama is back to form. This season features a presidential election, and takes place between election day and inauguration day.
*Victoria (PBS, 9 p.m.): Already a hit across the pond, this period drama will most likely capture American Anglophile hearts.
Tuesday, Jan. 17
Miss Universe (Fox, 7 p.m.): Steve Harvey hosts, but hopefully this time he awards the right lady.
Divided States of America (PBS, 9 p.m.): Days before the Donald Trump's inauguration, this documentary miniseries looks back on the Obama presidency and how we got here.
Teachers (TV Land, 10 p.m.): We love this hilarious, and only a teeny bit inappropriate, sitcom about, you guessed it, teachers.
*Throwing Shade (TV Land, 10:30 p.m.): Originally a podcast, then a Funny or Die web series, this new half-hour late-night show is part of TV Land's rebranding. The network's not just for your grandmas anymore! (To be honest, we've been watching TV Land this whole time. Hot in Cleveland is great.)
Wednesday, Jan. 18
*Six (History, 10 p.m.): This drama is inspired by real Navy SEAL missions from the past 15 years. Barry Sloane and Walton Goggins star.
Thursday, Jan. 19
Scandal (ABC, 9 p.m.): It's finally back, you guys. Thanks to Kerry Washington's real-life pregnancy, we had to wait a few extra months for its return.
Baskets (FX, 10 p.m.): Tune in to the second season for more of Zach Galifianakis' clown misery; stay for Louie Anderson's nuanced performance of the Reagan-loving matriarch.
Friday, Jan. 20
*Frontier (Netflix, 3 a.m.): This series "follows Declan Harp (Jason Momoa), a part-Irish outlaw who is campaigning to breach the Hudson's Bay Company's monopoly on the fur trade in Canada." We hope this sounds more interesting than that PR sentence makes it seem.
Saturday, Jan. 21
Beaches (Lifetime, 8 p.m.): Your tears will have tears in this revival of the classic tearjerker. Idina Menzel and Nia Long star. Did we mention tears?
Sunday, Jan. 22
Mercy Street (PBS, 8 p.m.)
*Hunted (CBS, after the AFC championship game, moves to regular Wednesday time slot.): Contestants try live off-the-grid and flee a team of professional trackers.
Tuesday, Jan. 24
*The New Edition Story (BET, 9 p.m.): The miniseries follows the rise and fall of the '80s boy band featuring Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant. The best part of the first hour is seeing Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin as a young Bell. Watch out for this kid, Hollywood. This six-hour, three-night event airs Jan. 24-26.
Outsiders (WGN, 9 p.m.)
Wednesday, Jan. 25
The Path (Hulu, midnight): Don't miss the second season of this drama about a shady cult, led by a delightfully sinister Hugh Dancy. Aaron Paul also stars.
Magicians (Syfy, 9 p.m.)
Suits (USA, 9 p.m.)
Thursday, Jan. 26
Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (Comedy Central, 11 p.m.)
Riverdale (CW, 9 p.m.): The Archie comics are re-imagined as a sexy teenage sci-fi drama. Yep, it works.
Friday, Jan. 27
*Z: The Beginning of Everything (Amazon, midnight): Christina Ricci finds yet another role she was born to play.
Sunday, Jan. 29
Black Sails (Starz, 9 p.m.)
Tuesday, Jan. 31
The Fosters (Freeform, 8 p.m.)
Switched at Birth (Freeform, 9 p.m.)
*The Quad (BET, 9 p.m.): Tony-winner Anika Noni Rose stars as a newly elected president of a fictional black college in Georgia.
Wednesday, Feb. 1
The 100 (CW, 9 p.m.)
*Madiba (BET, 9 p.m.): Laurence Fishburne plays Nelson Mandela in this limited series.
The Expanse (SyFy), 10 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 2
*Powerless (NBC, 8:30 p.m.): A sitcom set in the D.C. universe. We're in.
*Superior Donuts (CBS, 8:30 p.m., moves to 9 p.m. Feb. 9): Once again, CBS will most likely make fun of millennials in this new comedy starring Judd Hirsch and Jermaine Fowler. At least there's diversity this time?
*Training Day (CBS, 10 p.m.): This begins 15 years after the events of the Denzel Washington film. Another day, another remake.
Friday, Feb. 3
*Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix, 3 a.m.): A married couple, played by Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, Calif.
Sunday, Feb. 5
Superbowl 51 (Fox, 6:30 p.m.)
*24: Legacy (Fox, after the Superbowl): No Kiefer Sutherland this time, folks.
Monday, Feb. 6
*APB (Fox, 9 p.m.): Justin Kirk (that one doctor show with a monkey) returns to TV, yet again, this time as a millionaire engineer who finances a police force in the south side of Chicago.
Tuesday, Feb. 7
Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special (Netflix, 3 a.m.): Get in the Valentine's Day spirit with Mr. Bolton and several comedians. Bolton will compliment that crew's comedic stylings with his trademark love ballads and some "all-new original love-making music."
Tosh.0 (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.)
*Detroiters (Comedy Central, 10:30 p.m.): From executive producers Lorne Michaels and Jason Sudeikis, this comedy is about young guys working in advertising in the Michigan city.
Wednesday, Feb. 8
The Expanse (Syfy, 10 p.m.)
*Legion (FX, 10 p.m.): Another day, another Marvel show. This one stars Downton Abbey leading man Dan Stevens.
Thursday, Feb. 9
Masterchef Junior (Fox, 8 p.m.): It's the cooking competition show that makes you realize a 9-year-old is a better cook than you are.
Friday, Feb. 10
Reign (CW, 9 p.m.)
Sunday, Feb. 12
59th Grammys (CBS, 8 p.m.): It's Bey V. A (that's Beyonce and Adele) this year. But we're pretty excited for new host James Corden of the Late Late Show. No hard feelings, LL Cool J, but it's time to freshen up this award show with some carpool karaoke.
The Missing (Starz, 8 p.m.)
Girls (HBO, 10 p.m.): It's the sixth and final season for Lena Dunham's award-winning comedy about, you guessed it, girls.
Monday, Feb. 13
Humans (AMC, 10 p.m.)
Wednesday, Feb. 15
*Doubt (CBS, 10 p.m.): Katherine Heigl plays a defense attorney who falls in love with her client. Yikes.
Saturday, Feb. 18
Planet Earth II (BBC America, 9 p.m.)
Sunday, Feb, 19
*Big Little Lies (HBO, 9 p.m.): Adapted from the bestselling book, this drama has too many A-list stars for it to suck. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley star as the vicious mama bears.
Billions (Showtime, 10 p.m.): Not good enough to be on anyone's list for best new TV of 2016, this drama returns for a second season and it's definitely worth a watch, even if only for solid acting from Damien Lewis and Paul Giamatti.
*Crashing (HBO, 10:30 p.m.): Comedian Pete Holmes (whose forgotten-about late-night show on TBS was actually pretty good) plays a dude who comes home to find his wife in bed with another. Judd Apatow is a producer, so expect inappropriate bro-humor.
*The Good Fight (Feb. 19, 8 p.m., then moves to CBS All Access): The spinoff from The Good Wife had to go through some recent rewrites after Hillary Clinton lost the election. Hm.
Wednesday, Feb. 22
Major Crimes (TNT, 9 p.m.)
Thursday, Feb. 23
*The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC, 10 p.m.): Famke Janssen stars in this spinoff.
*Sun Records (CMT, 10 p.m.): Nineties heartthrob Chad Michael Murray plays Sam Phillips, whose record label helped usher in 1950s' rock ‘n' roll.
Friday, Feb. 24
Vice (HBO, 11 p.m.)
Sunday, Feb. 26
89th Academy Awards (ABC, 8 p.m.): Jimmy Kimmel returns as host, rounding out an awards season with all hosts named James. But now that Leo won an Oscar, do we even need to do these anymore?
Monday, Feb. 27
The Voice (NBC, 8 p.m.)
*Taken (NBC, 10 p.m.): Based on the hit movie trilogy starring Liam Neeson, the episodic prequel will star Clive Standen as a "younger, hungrier" version of the character originated by Neeson. Flashdance queen Jennifer Beals also stars.
Wednesday, March 1
*UCONN Huskies: The March to Madness (HBO, 10 p.m.): This docuseries follows the women's basketball team that has won four consecutive NCAA champions and 10 since 2000.
Sunday, March 5
iHeartRadio Music Awards (CBS, 8 p.m.)
Little Big Shots (NBC, 8 p.m.)
*Chicago Justice (NBC, 9 p.m.): You guessed it, here's another Chicago spinoff series from Dick Wolf.
Shades of Blue (NBC, 10 p.m.): Jennifer Lopez returns for a second season of this cop drama.
Tuesday, March 7
*Trial & Error (NBC, 8 p.m.): After playing the belligerent Winston Churchill in Netflix's The Crown, John Lithgow returns to an NBC comedy.
Wednesday, March 8
Survivor (CBS, 8 p.m.)
Underground (WGN America, 10 p.m.)
Friday, March 17
*Marvel's Iron Fist (Netflix, 3 a.m.): Finn Jones (Games of Thrones) stars in another Marvel universe TV show.
The Originals (CW, 8 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 22
The Comedy Jam (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.)
Thursday, March 23
Idiotsitter (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 29
*The Harlots (Hulu, midnight): Two rival madams fight in this period drama about the sex business in 18th century London.
Sunday, April 2
Call the Midwife (PBS, 8 p.m)
Home Fires (PBS, 9 p.m.)
Tuesday, April 4
iZombie (CW) 9 p.m
Sunday, April 10
*Doctor Foster: A Woman Scorned (Lifetime, 9 p.m.): The second half of this title is apropos to Lifetime's brand. Expect a woman whose husband has an affair, and uncovers even more of his lies and betrayal.
Tuesday, April 18
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform, 9 p.m.): The seventh and final season of this popular girl drama.
Friday, April 21
The Amazing Race (CBS, 8 p.m.)
Tuesday, April 25
*Great News (NBC, 9 p.m.): A news producer struggles with her new intern: Her mother. Shudder.
Dates yet to be determined
*When We Rise (ABC, February): A limited series chronicling the LGBTQ movement.
*The Son (AMC, March): Pierce Brosnan stars in this new Western.
*American Gods (Starz, April): This is the highly-anticipated series based on Neil Gaiman's popular novel.
The Leftovers (HBO, April): The third and final season will bring the characters to Australia.
*Star Trek, Discovery (CBS All Access, May): This will be set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series.
*Shots Fired (Fox, Spring): This miniseries event portrays the fallout from two police shootings in a small North Carolina town.
*Twin Peaks (Showtime, TBD): Will there still be plenty of cherry pie and damn good coffee? We have just as many questions as you.
*Making History (Fox, TBD): Adam Pally (The Mindy Project) stars in this time travel comedy.
*Downward Dog (ABC, TBD): Allison Tollman and her canine narrator make for a charming romantic comedy.
*Imaginary Mary (ABC, TBD): Jenna Elfman's imaginary friend comes back into her life.
*Time After Time (ABC, TBD): Yep, another remake. Prolific writer/producer Kevin Williamson (Dawson's Creek, Scream, The Vampire Diaries) reimagines this story about H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper.
*Prison Break (Fox, TBD): A new nine-part revival event series brings back Wentworth Miller as lead.