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5 new shows that we're going to pass on this season

Glenn Howerton in "A.P. Bio." (NBC)
Glenn Howerton in "A.P. Bio." (NBC)
Published Jan. 3, 2018

The options on TV runneth over these days, and fewer options would weed out time-wasters. These unoriginal shows coming to your tube this season have some work to do.

Living Biblically (CBS, 9:30 p.m., Feb. 26): In the wake of his best friend's death, Chip Curry (Jay R. Ferguson), decides to take a year to live strictly according to biblical dogma. The show will need to find an encompassing tone to walk the line between the politics and cultural context of the Bible.

AP Bio (NBC, 9:30 p.m., Feb. 1): A disgraced Harvard philosophy professor loses tenure and is forced to move back to Ohio and teach a high school AP biology class. NBC tries to make Jack's (Glenn Howerton) misfortunes funny with cheap teacher-student jokes but just makes him out to be a complete jerk. Our wish rests with Lorne Michaels, (Saturday Night Live) who needs to fix this disappointing concept immediately.

Shoot the Messenger (WGN America, 10 p.m., Feb. 26): Because the eight-part series comes from two women, Jennifer Holness and Victoria Woods, we hope the show about a young journalist (Elyse Levesque, Orphan Black) who investigates her first crime story brings us more than just a woman trying to balance work, crime and those other female problems.

Hard Sun (Hulu, Midnight, March 7): Hard Sun comes off as just another cop drama with a sprinkling of mild dystopia and corruption. But the series from BBC One and Hulu throws another twist into the semi-procedural. Two detectives (Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn) discover plans for the end of the world and must investigate criminal activity while trying to survive the Earth's imminent destruction. If it takes a supernatural page out of Fringe or even The X-Files, it could work.

The Oath (Crackle, Midnight, March 8): The new series from executive producer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and his G-Unit Film and Television promises to explore the world of police gangs and secret societies that are almost impossible to join and full of corruption. We can't make this stuff up.