From a singing competition to book adaptations, these 10 TV shows premiering this winter are worth your time, say USA TODAY entertainment experts
Are you ready for winter (and spring) TV?
Let’s be honest: the television calendar isn’t what it used to be. Gone are the days when you could just wait until the fall for your favorite shows to return. But with old and just-launched streaming services and shortened seasons for shows, you need to keep a constant eye on premiere dates.
So what’s coming up next? The major networks are bringing back favorites like “Killing Eve” and “Westworld.” New shows are also getting a boost from well-known TV stars including Al Pacino, Reese Witherspoon and Edie Falco.
Check out our calendar below to make sure you don’t miss the return of your favorite series or the start of a new show you’ll fall in love with (all times EST/PST).
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“MacGyver” (CBS, Fridays at 8)
“Hawaii Five-0” (CBS, Fridays at 9)
“High Maintenance” (HBO, Fridays at 11)
“Locke and Key” (Netflix): Three siblings move to their family’s creepy, ancestral house after their father is murdered, in the series based on the comic books. They find it filled with supernaturally powered keys and a malevolent force.
“Homeland” (Showtime, Sundays at 9): This is The eighth and final season of the drama starring Claire Danes as a CIA officer dealing with bipolar disorder.
“Kidding” (Showtime, Sundays at 10): Jim Carrey returns for a second season as the host of a children’s television show who is dealing with his son’s death.
Claire Danes returns as Carrie Mathison for a final season of “Homeland.” (Photo: Kata Vermes/SHOWTIME)
“For Life” (ABC, Tuesdays at 10): Aaron Wallace (Nicholas Pinnock, “Counterpart”) is a prisoner who becomes a lawyer to help inmates with their cases while trying to overturn his own.
“Survivor” (CBS, Wednesdays at 8). A “Winners at War” season, the show’s 40th, features a lineup of previous “Survivor” champs.
“Narcos: Mexico” (Netflix)
“High Fidelity” (Hulu): Adapted from the Nick Hornby novel, Zoe Kravitz takes on John Cusack’s role from the 2000 film as a quirky record-store owner.
“Visible: Out on Television” (Apple TV+): Each of the five, 60-minute episodes, looks at how TV has been influenced by the LGBTQ movement.
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Zoe Kravitz assumes John Cusack’s role in Hulu’s re-imagining of “High Fidelity” as a TV show. (Photo: Phillip Caruso/Hulu)
“American Idol” (ABC, Sundays at 8)
“American Rescue Dog Show” (Hallmark, Sunday and Monday at 8)
“Outlander” (Starz, Sundays at 8)
“Duncanville” (Fox, Sundays at 8:30): Amy Poehler lends her voice to both 15-year-old Duncan and his mother in this animated family comedy.
“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (NBC, Sundays at 9)
“Good Girls” (NBC, Sundays at 10)
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO, Sundays at 11)
“Twenties” (BET, Wednesdays at 10): Creator/writer Lena Waithe takes inspiration from her early 20s for the new comedy.
“Babies” (Netflix): This documentary series chronicles the first year of life for newborns of 15 families around the globe.
“Gentefied” (Netflix): America Ferrera serves as an executive producer for the dramedy in which a trio of Mexican-American cousins attempt to thrive in their evolving Los Angeles neighborhood.
“Hunters” (Amazon): Al Pacino and Logan Lerman star in this drama that follows a diverse group of Nazi hunters in 1977 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.
“Better Call Saul” (AMC, Feb. 23 preview; then Mondays at 9): Bob Odenkirk is returns for a fifth season of this “Breaking Bad” prequel.
“The Walking Dead” (AMC, Sundays at 9)
“The Voice” (NBC, Mondays at 8)
“Dispatches From Elsewhere” (AMC, special preview 10; then Mondays at 10 starting March 2) An anthology series about four people brought together by chance who accept mysterious challenges. Jason Segel, Sally Field, Richard E. Grant and André Benjamin star in the project, created by Segel (“How I Met Your Mother,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”).
“Breeders” (FX, Mondays at 10): This comedy about parenting stars Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard.
“Empire” (Fox, Tuesdays at 9): The soap, starring Terence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, returns for its final run of episodes.
“Dave” (FXX, Wednesdays at 10): Dave Burd, known to many as rapper/comedian Lil Dicky, stars in the series that takes inspiration from his own life.
“Devs” (FX on Hulu, Thursdays): This limited series offers eight episodes in which a software engineer (Sonoya Mizuno) investigates her boyfriend’s suspicious death by suicide.
“Better Things” (FX, Thursdays at 10): Pamela Adlon returns for a fourth season of the comedy about a single mom.
“The Most Dangerous Animal of All” (FX at 8): This four-part documentary airing in its entirety Friday is based on the book. It tells the story of a man who wonders if his estranged father could be a notorious serial killer.
“Hillary” (Hulu): The four-part docuseries examines the life and challenges faced by former Secretary of State, first lady and unsuccessful presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“Amazing Stories” (Apple TV+): From executive producer Steven Spielberg, the series will “transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers.”
“Spring Baking Championship” (Food Network, Mondays at 9)
“The Pale Horse” (Amazon): In the project based on the Agatha Christie novel, antiques dealer Mark Easterbrook (Rufus Sewell) attempts to find out why his name is on a list discovered inside the shoe of a dead woman.
“Westworld” (HBO, Sundays at 9): The wild, wild “Westworld” rides again for a third installment with some new faces, including Aaron Paul, Vincent Cassel and Lena Waithe.
“Black Monday” (Showtime, Sundays at 10): Season 2 of the comedy, starring Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall, examines the fallout resulting from the mayhem of the first season.
“Supernatural” (CW, Mondays at 8): CW’s series returns in a new time slot for the remainder of its 15th and final season.
“Roswell, New Mexico” (CW, Mondays at 9)
“The Plot Against America” (HBO, Mondays at 9): A limited series based on the Philip Roth novel, an alternate history about a Jewish family in New Jersey who watches aviator Charles Lindbergh become a fascist president. The cast includes Winona Ryder, John Turturro and Zoe Kazan.
“Little Fires Everywhere” (Hulu): Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and Joshua Jackson star in this adaptation of Celeste Ng’s 2017 novel set in an Ohio suburb.
“Self Made: Inspired by The Life of Madam C.J. Walker” (Netflix): Octavia Spencer plays the title character, who earned a place in history as the first woman to be a self-made millionaire in the United States.
“One Day at a Time” (Pop TV, Tuesdays at 9:30): After being axed by Netflix, this reboot of the original series has found a new home.
“Ozark” (Netflix): Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner return for the third installment of the thriller.
“Vice” (Showtime, Sundays at 8): The documentary series, previously on HBO, will now air on Showtime.
“How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC, Thursdays at 10): The final episodes for the drama starring Viola Davis, which is ending after six seasons.
“Man with a Plan” (CBS, Thursdays at 8:30) Matt LeBlanc’s sitcom returns for a fourth season.
“Broke” (CBS, Thursdays at 9:30): Jaime Camil (“Jane the Virgin”) and Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”) star in the new sitcom centered on a single mom (Perrette) and her new reality when her sister and her brother-in-law (Camil) have money problems and need a place to stay.
“The Baker and the Beauty” (ABC, Mondays at 10): Nathalie Kelley portrays Noa Hamilton, a celebrity who draws the prying eyes of the public and falls for a baker (Victor Rasuk).
“The Good Fight” (CBS All Access, Thursdays): The fourth season of “The Good Wife” spinoff, starring Christine Baranski.
“Insecure” (HBO, Sundays at 10): In the show’s fourth season Issa (Issa Rae) puts her focus toward a passion project. Meanwhile, Molly (Yvonne Orji) is (gulp!) figuring out how to be in an *actual* relationship.
“Run” (HBO, Sundays at 10:30): Ruby (Merritt Wever) and her college-ex Billy (Domhnall Gleeson) reunite to honor a pact made nearly two decades ago: That if either of them texted the word ‘RUN’ and the other replied, they would drop everything and meet in Grand Central Station to travel across America together.
“The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart” (ABC, Mondays at 8): Was ABC inspired by those contestants only looking to further their music careers? This fourth “Bachelor” spinoff follows 20 men and women looking for love. Contestants will perform solo, as well as in pairs and, hopefully, end up making beautiful music together.
“Mrs. America” (FX on Hulu, Wednesdays): Cate Blanchett stars in the limited series focused on the Equal Rights Amendment.
“What We Do in the Shadows” (FX, Wednesdays at 10): The second season of this comedy based on the movie about vampires, this time in Staten Island, N.Y.
“Fargo” (FX, Sundays at 10): Chris Rock stars as a 1950 Kansas City crime boss in the fourth installment of this limited series.
“The Longest War” (Showtime, Sunday at 10): This documentary, from producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa (“Homeland”), examines the United States’ presence in Afghanistan, following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“Defending Jacob” (Apple TV+, Fridays): Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery and Jaeden Martell bring William Landay’s novel to screen, for the limited series revolving around an Assistant District Attorney feeling pulled between performing his job and the love he has for his child.
“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” (Showtime, Sundays at 10): Los Angeles in 1938 serves as the backdrop for the new series, which depicts a stunned Tinsel Town reeling from a murder. Stars include: Nathan Lane, Natalie Dormer, Daniel Zovatto, Kerry Bishé and Rory Kinnear.
“Killing Eve” (BBC AMERICA and AMC, Sundays at 10): Despite being shot by Villanelle (Jodie Comer), Eve (Sandra Oh) is very much alive for Season 3 of the drama.
“Billions” (Showtime, Sundays at 9): Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) revert to being adversaries for the shows fifth season, which will feature guest stars Julianna Margulies and Corey Stoll.
“Archer” (FX, Wednesdays at 10): Season 11 of the animated comedy kicks off.
“Love Fraud” (Showtime, Fridays at 9): The cons of Richard Scott Smith are explored in the four-part docuseries.
“The Great” (Hulu): Elle Fanning portrays former empress of Russia Catherine the Great in the comedy that also stars Nicholas Hoult.
“Love Island” (CBS, Mondays through Saturdays at 8): The U.S. edition of the stranded singles contest returns for a second season, with a new recap show on Saturdays.
“Ramy” (Hulu): Co-creator and star Ramy Youssef earned a Golden Globe in early January for his performance on the series going into its second season. Mahershala Ali will guest star in the new installment.
“Snowpiercer” (TNT, Sundays at 9): Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs star in the sci-fi show that’s been gestating for years. It’s been years since the world has frozen over, and those who still linger are on train that is continuously on the move.
“The Chi” (Showtime, Sundays at 10): Star and creator Lena Waithe has her sights set on leading Chicago as mayor in the new installment.
Contributing: Jenny Cohen
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