We’ve covered the movie side of things to watch this winter season and now it’s TV’s turn. First up are the new shows being introduced to television audiences that have the potential to be very good. Some based on the creative minds behind them; television writers and producers who have a track record of success, the actors in front of the camera; some of our favourite stars who’ve never let us down, the premise alone; a good idea which is hopefully executed well, the trailer; perhaps the most important of all marketing materials to convince us that it’s worth watching, or all of the above.
The first three shows on this list have premiered already, but that’s not reason to leave them off.
For the TL;DR of this list, watch the video above.
9-1-1 – January 3rd
Will Air On: FOX
Genre: Procedural drama
Starring: Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Connie Britton, Oliver Stark, Kenneth Choi, Aisha Hinds and Rockmond Dunbar.
Synopsis: Starring Academy and Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story,” “What’s Love Got to Do with It”), the series is based on the real-life, high-pressure experiences of emergency response providers who are thrust into heart-stopping situations that are equal parts unpredictable, intense and uplifting. These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in their own lives. – Official Website.
grown-ish – January 3rd
Will Air On: Freeform
Starring: Yara Shahidi, Deon Cole, Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa, Emily Arlook, Jordan Buhat and Chris Parnell.
Synopsis: In this spin-off of sitcom “Black-ish,” follow Zoey Johnson as she heads to college. – IMDB.
The End of the F***ing World – January 5th
Will Air On: Netflix
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Starring: Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden, Gemma Whelan, Wunmi Mosaku, Steve Oram, Christine Bottomley, Navin Chowdhry and Matt King
Synopsis: James is 17 and is pretty sure he is a psychopath. Alyssa, also 17, is the cool and moody new girl at school. The pair make a connection and she persuades him to embark on a road trip in search of her real father. – IMDB.
The Chi – January 7th
Will Air On: Showtime
Starring: Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore, Alex Hibbert, Yolonda Ross, Tiffany Boone and Armando Riesco.
Synopsis: On Chicago’s south side, an average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to work, young adults trying to make a living, and the elders keeping an eye on things from their front porches. But in this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences. The Chi is a timely coming-of-age drama series centered on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption. – Showtime.
Philip K. Dick’s “Electric Dreams” – January 12th
Will Air On: Channel 4 and Amazon
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Anthology, Dystopian
Starring: Timothy Spall, Anthony Boyle, Tuppence Middelton, Jack Reynor, Benedict Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, Georgiana Campbell, Steve Buscemi, Greg Kinnear, Mireille Enos, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Rachelle Lefevre, Jacob Vargas, Sam Witwer, Guy Burnet, Laura Pulver, Vera Farmiga, Mel Rodriguez, Jason Mitchell, Glenn Morshower, Sarah Baker, Janelle Monae, Juno Temple, Jay Paulson, David Lyons, Maura Tierney, Annalise Basso, Bryan Cranston, Essie Favis, Liam Cunningham and Ruth Bradley.
Synopsis: An all-star cast feature in Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams; an anthology series of 10 tales, each set in a different and unique world. – Channel 4.
Black Lightning – January 16th
Will Air On: The CW
Genre: Superhero, Drama
Starring: Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, James Remar, Damon Gupton and Marvin “Krondon” Jones III.
Synopsis: Jefferson Pierce is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort.
Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights of his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad.
Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa and Jennifer grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn, suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns—to save not only his famil but also the soul of his community. – Warner Bros.
Corporate – January 17th
Will Air On: Comedy Central
Starring: Matt Ingebretson, Jake Weisman, Lance Reddick, Adam Lustick, Anne Dudek and Aparna Nancheria.
Synopsis: From Pat Bishop, Matt Ingebretson, and Jake Weisman comes a dark, edgy look at life as a Junior-Executive-in-Training at your average, soulless multi-national corporation. Matt and Jake (Ingebretson and Weisman) are at the mercy of a tyrannical CEO Christian DeVille (Lance Reddick) and his top lieutenants, sycophants John and Kate (Adam Lustick and Anne Dudek). As Matt and Jake navigate an ever-revolving series of disasters their only ally is Hampton Deville Human Resources rep Grace (Aparna Nancherla). – IMBD.
Counterpart – January 21st
Will Air on: Starz
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Starring: J. K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd, Sara Serraiocco, Ulrich Thomsen, Mido Hamada, Bernhard Forcher, Jamie Bamber, Karim Saleh, Nazanin Boniadi and Nicholas Pinnock.
Synopsis: Academy Award Winner J.K. Simmons plays Howard Silk, a cog of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. Howard is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue and danger, where the only man he can trust is “Prime”. – Starz.
Mosaic – January 22nd
Will Air On: HBO/Smartphone App
Genre: Murder Mystery, Interactive Movie
Starring: Sharon Stone, Garrett Hedlund, Frederick Weller, Jennifer Ferrin, Devin Ratray, Maya Kazan, Beau Bridges, James Ransone, Jeremy Bobb, Zandy Hartig, Michael Cerveris, Bridey Elliot and Paul Reubens.
Synopsis: Plot kept under wraps. Described as a show with an interactive element where the audience can determine the outcome of the story. – IMDB.
Waco – January 24th
Will Air On: Paramount Network (Formerly Spike TV)
Genre: Crime Thriller
Starring: Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Melissa Benoist, Julia Garner, John Leguizamo, Andrea Riseborough, Rory Culkin, Paul Sparks, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim, Eric Lange and Annika Marks.
bIn February 1993, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) conducted a raid on a small religious community near Waco, TX. A 51-day standoff with leader David Koresh and his followers, the Branch Davidians, ensued and ended after an FBI assault led to a fire that killed 76 people. Starring Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch. – Paramount Network.
Altered Carbon – February 2nd
Will Air On: Netflix
Genre: Science Fiction
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda, Dichen Lachman, Leonardo Nam, Chris Connor, Ato Essandoh and Trieu Tran.
Synopsis: A new series set over 300 years in the future, when human minds are digitized and downloaded from body to body. Based on the classic cyberpunk novel. – Netflix.
Our Cartoon President – February 11th
Will Air On: Showtime
Genre: Comedy, Adult Animation
Starring: Jeff Bergman and Gabriel Gundacker
Synopsis: This fresh, cutting-edge comedy presents the truish adventures of Trump’s confidants and bon vivants – family, top associates, heads of government, golf pros and anyone else straying into his orbit – intrepidly exploring their histories and their psyches, revealing insights into what makes them so definitively Trumpian. It’s a workplace comedy where the office happens to be oval; it’s a character study in search of character, as seen through the eyes of an imaginary documentary crew. – IMDB.
Seven Seconds – February 23rd
Will Air On: Netflix
Genre: Crime Drama
Starring: Clare-Hope Ashitey, Beau Knapp, Regina King, David Lyons, Michael Mosley, Russell Hornsby, Zackary Momoh, Raúl Castillo, Patrick Murney, Michelle Veintimilla, Nadia Alexander and Corey Champagne.
Synopsis: Tensions run high between African American citizens and Caucasian cops in Jersey City when a teenage African American boy is critically injured by a cop. – Netflix.
The Looming Tower – February 28th
Will Air On: Hulu
Starring: Tahar Rahim, Jeff Daniels, Peter Sarsgaard, Wrenn Schmidt, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bill Camp, Sullivan Jones, Virginia Kull and Louis Cancelm.
Synopsis: THE LOOMING TOWER is a new scripted 1 hour drama series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book by Lawrence Wright that reveals the untold story of 9/11 and the secret war between the FBI and the CIA. – Legendary Pictures.
Rise – March 13th
Will Air On: NBC
Genre: Drama, Musical
Starring: Josh Radnor, Marley Shelton, Auli’i Cravalho and Rosie Perez.
Synopsis: When dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor) sheds his own self-doubt and takes over the school’s lackluster theater department, he galvanizes not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town. Inspired by a true story. – NBC.