When it comes to TV, January 2019 is bringing an embarrassment of riches. With so many quality TV series returning to the small screen this month, we decided to recommend the best of the best in our January binge guide — below, find nine series returning in early 2019 that have one or more Certified Fresh seasons. Happy bingeing in the new year!


You're the Worst 95% (FXX)

What it is: This dark comedy from creator Stephen Falk is the love story of Jimmy (a pitch-perfect Chris Geere) and Gretchen (the magnetic Aya Cash), two world-weary, self-destructive cynics who want anything but to fall in love — until they do.

Why you should watch it: The type of distinctly unheroic antics our lovebird heroes get into in You’re the Worst is enough to make Walter White blush. No joke — this FXX comedy is about as real as it gets. Its fifth and final season premieres January 9.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOWGoogle Play, HuluMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 19 hours (for the first four seasons)


Brooklyn Nine-Nine 94% (NBC)

What it is: This hit comedy series from creators Dan Goor and Michael Schur is a workplace sitcom featuring some very distinct personalities — the aloof and gregarious Det. Jake Peralta (Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg), his fictional precinct’s dry commanding officer, Captain Ray Holt (Andre Braugher), and the rest of the motley crew of the Nine-Nine.

Why you should watch it: We’ve seen fan-initiated primetime resuscitations before, but rarely do they happen as swiftly and unanimously as Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s after its unceremonious cancellation at Fox. The online outcry had barely begun before Universal Television began shopping the sitcom around, and it was scooped up by NBC just a day later — with good reason. The series is much more than the Andy Samberg show; it’s a tried-and-true ensemble piece with beloved supporting characters and as much humor as heart. Season 6 premieres January 10.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOWGoogle Play, HuluMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 41 hours (for the first five seasons)


Future Man 91% (Hulu)

What it is: A hapless janitor named Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson) has one joy in life: video games. And surprisingly, it’s that passion that eventually gets him recruited into saving the world from certain doom. After beating Biotic Wars, a game so difficult that most gamers have given up on it, he learns it was all a test from the future, and is greeted by two mysterious visitors who hang the safety of mankind in his capable gamer hands.

Why you should watch it: Considering the creative pedigree behind this series (it’s created by Howard Overman, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir and executive produced and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg), it should come as little surprise that Future Man is quite funny. But it’s also a high-octane, rollicking adventure and fitting homage to sci-fi genre classics (in case you’re into that sort of thing, too). Season 2 premieres January 11.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOWGoogle Play, HuluMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 6.5 hours (for the first season)


True Detective 78% (HBO)

What it is: Like the very best mystery series, much of True Detective’s third installment is being kept under wraps, but what we do know sounds pretty compelling: Over the course of three decades in the Arkansas Ozarks,  a pair of detectives work to uncover the truth behind a grisly crime involving two missing children.

Why you should watch it: This gritty anthological crime series from creator Nic Pizzolatto was a hit out the gate with season 1, which featured a pair of surprising and career-best performances from Woody Harrelson and Mathew McConaughey. Season 2 was largely seen as a creative misstep, but with Moonlight Oscar winner Mahershala Ali leading season 3 (and a team that professes to have learned from its mistakes), we highly recommend tuning in for its January 13 return.

Where to watch: AmazonFandangoNOWGoogle Play, HBO NowMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 17 hours (for the first two seasons)


Star Trek: Discovery 86% (CBS All Access)

What it is: Star Trek: Discovery is set 10 years prior to the original series and in the same universe as Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise, and sees the titular ship venturing out to discover new worlds and quell violent alien forces. As always, it’s the cast of characters on board that is the series’ beating heart.

Why you should watch it: Creators Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman (not to mention star Sonequa Martin-Green, among others) had big shoes and a devout fandom’s expectations to fill when it premiered in September 2017. Our verdict: a job well done. Season 2 premieres January 17 and features Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), the U.S.S. Enterprise, and (another) young Spock (Ethan Peck). Catch up before it starts airing. 

Where to watch: Amazon, CBS All AccesssFandangoNOWGoogle PlayVudu

Commitment: Approx. 12 hours (for the first season)


High Maintenance 98% (HBO)

What it is: From husband-and-wife co-creators Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, High Maintenance began as a hit web series starring Sinclair as a traveling weed deliveryman living in New York City. HBO picked it up to series in 2016 and largely retained the comedy’s original format, just made its episodes longer.

Why you should watch it: While there are plenty of primetime programs that paint a great snippet of present-day NYC, few get the full picture the way High Maintenance does. That’s because each episode features various characters who — whether they’re hosting a swingers party, rebelling against their ultra-religious parents, or sitting home alone collecting cans of La Croix — are from such disparate walks of life that they end up inadvertently highlighting the similarities between all dwellers of the concrete jungle. (And we promise those similarities go beyond enjoying the green.) Season 3 begins January 20.

Where to watch: AmazonFandangoNOWGoogle Play, HBO Now, MicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 8 hours (for the first two seasons)


SMILF 91% (Showtime)

What it is: SMILF is a lot of things, perhaps most of all unexpected. But for the elevator pitch: a single mother named Bridgette Bird lives in South Boston and struggles to find a balance between the toddler son that relies on her and the expectations of work to make ends meet.

Why you should watch it: As SMILF’s creator, director, writer, star, and real-life single mom, Frankie Shaw is a force of nature. Pulling semi-autobiographically from her own experience as a working mother, the series is smart, unflinching, and funny. Better yet, the twice Golden Globe–nominated series’ runtime and episode count make it very easily bingeable. Season 2 premieres January  20.

Where to watch: AmazonFandangoNow, Google PlayMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 4 hours (for the first season)


The Magicians 91% (Syfy)

What it is: Based on the acclaimed fantasy series by Lev Grossman and from producers Michael London, Janice Williams, John McNamara, and Sera Gamble, The Magicians follows Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) after he enrolls in Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy in New York. What follows for the young magician is a collision between our world and a threatening fantasy world with nothing less at stake than reality as we know it.

Why you should watch it: The Magicians has all the straight-up drama that comes with magic, secret academies, and battles between good and evil — and it’s a whole lot of crazy fun, too. Season 4 premieres January 23.

Where to watch: AmazonFandangoNowGoogle PlayMicrosoft, NetflixVudu

Commitment: Approx. 30 hours (for the first three seasons)


Broad City 99% (Comedy Central)

What it is: Creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer capture all the tomfoolery of your 20s in their  full glory while writing a sometimes-messy love letter to the Big Apple.

Why you should watch it: Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and Broad City was a pretty great thing. Irreverent but relatable, honest but larger than life, this hit comedy series about two twentysomething Brooklynites just trying to keep it together tapped into the cultural zeitgeist with gutsy and goofy hot takes on matters of the moment. Its fifth and final season premieres January 24.

Where to watch: AmazonFandangoNowGoogle Play, HuluMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 14 hours (for the first four seasons)

This week at the movies, we’ve got desert battles (Gods of Egypt, starring Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), a big city heist (Triple 9, starring Casey Affleck and Chiwetel Ejiofor), and winter games (Eddie the Eagle, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman) What do the critics have to say?


Gods of Egypt (2016) 15%

Months before its release, Gods of Egypt drew heat for its lily-white casting. However, critics say a lack of diversity is only one of its many problems, which also include bombastic performances, cheesy special effects, and a surfeit of unintentional laughs. Set (Gerard Butler) has violently claimed the throne and ruled despotically, so it’s up to Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Bek (Brenton Thwaites) to break his grip on power. The pundits say Gods of Egypt is a spectacularly misconceived would-be epic that might be more fun if it fully embraced its utter preposterousness.


Triple 9 (2016) 54%

Star-studded it may be, but Triple 9 is pretty far from Ocean’s Eleven or Now You See Me territory. Critics say this violent crime drama delivers its share of pulpy thrills, but its plot is both overstuffed and predictable. A crew of ruthless thieves comprised of former soldiers and dirty cops are blackmailed by Russian mobsters into taking on a nearly impossible heist, and to succeed, they’ll need to create a major distraction — a 999, code for “officer down.” The pundits say Triple 9‘s top notch roster of acting talent (which includes Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, and Kate Winslet) helps to elevate this dark, occasionally brutal genre picture.


Eddie the Eagle (2016) 81%

Die-hard sports fans will dimly remember Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, the British ski jumper whose indomitable spirit and last place finish at the 1988 Winter Olympics made him a folk hero. The critics say Eddie the Eagle, a fictional retelling of Edwards’ story starring Taron Egerton in the title role, is an occasionally over-saccharine inspirational sports film that nonetheless succeeds on the basis of its infections charm and strong performances.


What’s Hot on TV

Broad City: Season 3 (2016) 100%

Broad City returns with another strong season of Jacobson and Glazer’s hilarious outlook on the struggles of NYC life.


Togetherness: Season 2 (2016) 88%

Togetherness returns with its charm intact, though its compelling characters could stand to have a few more laughs.


Love: Season 1 (2016) 87%

Judd Apatow’s Love is an honest look at building a relationship, helped along by its two appealing leads.


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

It’s time for our weekly countdown of the Winter TV premieres! Here are the best new shows for the week of Friday, February 19th. See how this week’s shows, Love, The New Yorker Presents, Better Call Saul, 11.22.63, and Broad City stack up against each other on the Tomatometer!

Winter/Spring TV Scorecard 2016

With more and more shows being released jockeying for your attention, Rotten Tomatoes offers up our Winter/Spring 2016 TV Scorecard where we rank new and returning shows by Tomatometer. We’re updating this countdown every Monday with new scores and critics responses, so say goodbye to being stuck with bad binges this season!

 

#102
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The visibly low-budget Hunters unsuccessfully searches for a well-executed plot in a forest of common tropes and cheap clichés.

Rosewood: Season 1 (2015)
9%

#101
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Rosewood comes up anything but roses with a poorly written, ill-paced, and overall insubstantial entry in the crowded procedural genre.
Directed By: Todd Harthan

Heartbeat: Season 1 (1992)
20%

#100
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Heartbeat is a Frankensteined drama made up of hospital genre cliches and unlikable characters, though the cases-of-the-week are sporadically interesting.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Beyond Borders relies on the same characters and storylines the franchise has used for years, with an extra undertow of xenophobic paranoia.

#98
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Second Chance boasts a few interesting ideas and Robert Kazinsky's game performance, but there aren't enough functioning parts in what's ultimately yet another mediocre take on the Frankenstein myth.

Crowded: Season 1 (2016)
32%

#97
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A talented cast is left with no room to flourish in Crowded, a misfire whose dated feel is compounded by a pronounced lack of laughs.

#96
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: After the initial dose of nostalgia, Fuller House has little to offer to anyone except the original series' most diehard fans.

#95
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

Dice: Season 1 (2016)
43%

#94
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The Dice man is back with a few surprisingly funny guest stars, but they're not enough to salvage a series of unfunny storylines.

#93
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Bordertown's controversy-rich premise is an idea disappointingly ill-served by its execution, which repeatedly mistakes crass, desperate gags for topical humor.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Of Kings and Prophets tries to add a Game of Thrones-inspired spin to the Old Testament, but ends up an aimless muddle.

Flaked: Season 1 (2016)
35%

#91
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Dull and pointless, Flaked makes it uncomfortably clear that the man-child persona is no longer compelling.

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Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Banish thee from the airwaves, oh Angel from Hell, for sins of commonplace sitcom triteness and obnoxious use of an iconic comedic lead.

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Here it is: the ever-growing list of mid-season premieres for winter and spring, 2016. Included here are series and season premieres, as well as returns of shows that will have been on hiatus for a couple of months or more. So mark your calendars now. Will “peak TV” continue peaking in 2016? You be the judge.


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 January

Friday, Jan. 1
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride special event, 9 p.m., PBS

Sunday, Jan. 3
Galavant season two premiere, 8 p.m., ABC
Downton Abbey season six premiere, 8 pm, PBS
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life series premiere, FOX
Bordertown series premiere, 9:30 p.m., FOX

 

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Monday, Jan. 4
The Bachelor, season 20 premiere, 8 p.m., ABC
The Biggest Loser season 17 premiere, 9 p.m., NBC

Tuesday, Jan. 5
The New Girl season five premiere, 8 p.m., ABC
Teen Wolf season five return, 9 p.m., MTV
The Shannara Chronicles series premiere, 10 p.m., MTV

Wednesday, Jan. 6
American Idol season 15 premiere, 8 p.m., FOX
Mike & Molly season six premiere, 8 p.m., CBS
American Crime season two premiere, 10 p.m., ABC
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 11 premiere, 10 p.m., FXX
Man Seeking Woman season two premiere, 10:30 p.m., FXX

Thursday, Jan. 7
Angel from Hell series premiere, 9:30 p.m., CBS
Beyond the Tank season two premiere, 10 p.m., ABC
Shades of Blue series premiere, 10 p.m., NBC
Todd Margaret season three premiere, 10 p.m., IFC

Sunday, Jan. 10
Shameless season six premiere, 9 p.m., SHO

Tuesday, Jan. 12
Pretty Little Liars season six return, 8 p.m., Freeform
Shadowhunters series premiere, 9 p.m., Freeform

 

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Wednesday, Jan. 13
Second Chance series premiere, 9 p.m., FOX
Younger season two premiere, 10 p.m., TV Land
Teachers series premiere, 11 p.m., TV Land

Thursday, Jan. 14
Colony series premiere, 10 p.m., USA
Workaholics season six premiere, 10 p.m., Comedy Central
Idiotsitter series premiere, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

 

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Friday, Jan. 15
Hell’s Kitchen season 15 premiere, 9 p.m., FOX

Sunday, Jan. 17
Angie Tribeca series premiere, 9 p.m., TBS
Billions series premiere, 10 p.m., Showtime
Mercy Street series premiere, 10 p.m., PBS

 

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Monday, Jan. 18
War & Peace series premiere, 9 p.m., A&E, Lifetime, History
Almost Royal season two premiere, 10 p.m., BBC America
Hit the Floor season three premiere, 10 p.m., VH1

Tuesday, Jan. 19
Marvel’s Agent Carter season two premiere, 9 p.m., ABC

Thursday, Jan. 21
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow series premiere, 8 p.m., CW
The 100 season three premiere, 9 p.m., CW
Baskets series premiere, 10 p.m., FX
London Spy series US premiere, 10 p.m., BBC America
Portlandia season six premiere, 10 p.m., IFC
Dark Net series premiere, 11 p.m., Showtime

Friday, Jan. 22
Chelsea Does series premiere, Netflix
Mad Dogs series premiere, Amazon Studios
Children’s Hospital season seven premiere, 11 p.m., Comedy Central, Adult Swim

Saturday, Jan. 23
Black Sails season three, 9 p.m., Starz
Beowulf series premiere, 10 p.m., Esquire

Sunday, Jan. 24
The X-Files season 10 premiere, 10 p.m., FOX

 

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Monday, Jan. 25
The Fosters season three return, 8 p.m., Freeform
American Dad! season 12 premiere, 8:30 p.m., TBS
Lucifer series premiere, 9 p.m., FOX
The Magicians series premiere, 9 p.m., SyFy
Recovery Road series premiere, 9 p.m., Freeform

Tuesday, Jan. 26
Outsiders series premiere, 9 p.m., WGN

Wednesday, Jan. 27
Lucha Underground season two premiere, 9 p.m., El Rey
Suits season five return, 10 p.m., USA

Thursday, Jan. 28
You, Me and the Apocalypse series premiere, 8 p.m., NBC

Friday, Jan. 29
The Vampire Diaries season seven return, 8 p.m., CW
The Originals season three return, 9 p.m., CW

Sunday, Jan. 31
The Venture Bros season six premiere, midnight, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim

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 February


Tuesday, Feb. 2
The Muppets season one return, 8 p.m., ABC
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson series premiere, 10 p.m., FX

 

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Wednesday, Feb. 3
Madoff series premiere, 8 p.m., ABC
Young & Hungry season three premiere, 8 p.m., Freeform
Baby Daddy season five premiere, 8:30 p.m., Freeform

Friday, Feb. 5
Sleepy Hollow season three return, 8 p.m., FOX
Animals series premiere, 11:30 p.m., HBO

Monday, Feb. 8
Castle season eight return, 10 p.m., ABC

Tuesday, Feb. 9
Tosh.0 season eight return, 10 p.m., Comedy Central
Not Safe with Nikki Glaser series premiere, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Thursday, Feb. 11
Grey’s Anatomy season 12 return, 8 p.m., ABC
Scandal season five return, 9 p.m., ABC
How to Get Away with Murder season two return, 10 p.m., ABC
Those Who Can’t series premiere, 10:30 p.m., TruTV

Friday, Feb. 12
The Amazing Race season 28 return, 8 p.m., CBS

Sunday, Feb. 14
The Walking Dead season six return, 9 p.m., AMC
Vinyl series premiere, 9 p.m., HBO

Monday, Feb. 15
11.22.63 series premiere, Hulu
Major Crimes season four return, 9 p.m., TNT
Better Call Saul season two premiere, 10 p.m., AMC
Bitten season three premiere 11 p.m., Syfy

 

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Tuesday, Feb. 16
The New Yorker Presents series premiere, Amazon Studios
Rizzoli & Isles season seven premiere, 9 p.m., TNT

Wednesday, Feb. 17
Survivor season 32 premiere, 8 p.m., CBS
Broad City season three premiere, 10 p.m., Comedy Central

Thursday, Feb. 18
Vikings season four premiere, 8 p.m., History

Friday, Feb. 19
Love series premiere, Netflix

Sunday, Feb. 21
Girls season five premiere, 10 p.m., HBO
Togetherness season two premiere, 10:30 p.m., HBO

Thursday, Feb. 25
Prey miniseries premiere, 10 p.m., BBC America

Friday, Feb. 26
Fuller House series premiere, Netflix

Monday, Feb. 29
Gotham season two return, 8 p.m., FOX
The Voice season 10 premiere, 8 p.m., NBC
Blindspot season one return, 10 p.m., NBC
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 March


Wednesday, Mar. 2
Rosewood season one return, 8 p.m., Fox
The Real O’Neals series premiere, 8:30 p.m., ABC
CSI: Cyber season two return, 10 p.m., CBS
Hap and Leonard series premiere 10 p.m., Sundance

Thursday, Mar. 3
The Family series premiere, 9 p.m., ABC

Friday, Mar. 4
House of Cards season four, Netflix

Sunday, Mar. 6
Once Upon a Time season five return, 8 p.m., ABC
I Am Cait season two premiere, 9 p.m., E!
Quantico season one return, 10 p.m., ABC

Monday, Mar. 7
Bates Motel season four premiere, 9 p.m., A&E
Damien series premiere, 10 p.m., A&E

 

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Tuesday, Mar. 8
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season three return, 9 p.m., ABC
Of Kings and Prophets series premiere, 10 p.m., ABC

Wednesday, Mar. 9
The Carmichael Show season two preview, 10 p.m., NBC
Underground series premiere, 10 p.m., WGN

Thursday, Mar. 10
60 Days In series premiere, 9 p.m., A&E

Friday, Mar. 11
Bosch season two premiere, Amazon
The Characters series premiere, Netflix
Flaked series premiere, Netflix
Party Over Here series premiere, 11 p.m., FOX

Sunday, Mar. 13
And Then There Were None miniseries US premiere, 8 p.m., Lifetime
The Carmichael Show season two premiere, 9 p.m., NBC

Tuesday, Mar. 15
Crowded series preview episodes, 10:00 p.m., NBC
Faking It season three premiere, 10:30 p.m., MTV

Wednesday, Mar. 16
Happy Valley season two premiere, Netflix
Schitt’s Creek season two premiere, 8 p.m., POP
Nashville season four return, 9 p.m., ABC
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders series premiere, 10 p.m., CBS
The Americans season four premiere, 10 p.m., FX

 

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Friday, Mar. 18
Marvel’s Daredevil season two premiere, Netflix

Sunday, Mar. 20
Crowded series premiere, 9:30 pm, NBC

Monday, Mar. 21
Dancing with the Stars season 22 premiere, 8 p.m., ABC

Tuesday, Mar. 22
Heartbeat series preview, 9 p.m., NBC
Stitchers season two premiere, 10 p.m., Freeform

Wednesday, Mar. 23
Heartbeat series premiere, 8 p.m., NBC
Rogue season four premiere, 9 p.m., DirecTV
The Carbonaro Effect season two premiere , 10 p.m., TruTV

Sunday, Mar. 27
Grantchester season two premiere, 9 p.m., PBS
Mr. Selfridge season four premiere, 10 p.m., PBS

Thursday, Mar. 24
The Catch series premiere, 10 p.m., ABC

Wednesday, Mar. 30
The Path series premiere, Hulu
Empire season two return, 9 p.m., FOX
Lopez series premiere, 10 p.m., TVLand
The Soul Man season five, 10:30 p.m., TV Land

 

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Thursday, Mar. 31
Archer season seven premiere, FX
Rush Hour series premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

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 April


Friday, Apr. 1
The Ranch season premiere, Netflix
Banshee season four premiere, Cinemax
Motive season three premiere (US), 10 p.m., USA
Wynonna Earp series premiere, 10 p.m., SyFy

Sunday, Apr. 3
Call the Midwife season five premiere, 8 p.m., PBS

Thursday, Apr. 7
The Odd Couple season two premiere, 8:30 p.m., CBS

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Friday, Apr. 8
Catastrophe season two premiere, Amazon

Saturday, Apr. 9
Outlander season two premiere, 9 p.m., Starz

Sunday, Apr. 10
The Girlfriend Experience series premiere, 8 p.m., Starz
House of Lies season five premiere, 9 p.m., Showtime
Dice series premiere, 9:30 p.m., Showtime
Fear the Walking Dead season two premiere, 10 p.m., AMC

Monday, Apr. 11
The Detour series premiere, 9 p.m., TBS
Hunters series premiere, 10 p.m., SyFy

Tuesday, Apr. 12
Ajin: Demi-Human series premiere, Netflix
The Mindy Project season four return, Hulu
Game of Silence series premiere, 10:00 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, Apr. 13
The Last Panthers series premiere, 10 p.m., SundanceTV

Thursday, Apr. 14
Bones season 11 return, 8 p.m., FOX
Orphan Black season four premiere, 10 p.m., BBC America

Friday, Apr. 15
Cuckoo season three US premiere, Netflix
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season two premiere, Netflix

Monday, Apr. 18
12 Monkeys season two premiere, 9 p.m., SyFy

Tuesday, Apr. 19
Containment series premiere, 9 p.m., CW
The Night Manager miniseries premiere, AMC

Wednesday, Apr. 20
Deadbeat series 3 premiere, Hulu

Sunday, Apr. 24
Game of Thrones season six premiere, 9 p.m., HBO
Rebellion miniseries premiere, 9 p.m., Sundance
Silicon Valley season three premiere, 10 p.m., HBO
Veep season five premiere, 10:30 p.m., HBO

Monday, Apr. 25
Turn season three premiere, 10 p.m., AMC

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TBA


The Last Man on Earth season two return, FOX

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This week in TV news, Kurt Sutter axes The Bastard Executioner, while ABC Family gets into the horror genre with Dead of Summer. Plus, Comedy Central announces dates for its winter series, and — speaking of winter — MAJOR Game of Thrones season six spoilers tip to “chilling” developments for one very popular character.


KURT SUTTER ANNOUNCES THE END OF THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER VIA AN AD IN THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

FX’s medieval epic The Bastard Executioner ended its series run this week, following Tuesday night’s season one finale. The news was spread by the show’s creator and showrunner, Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy, The Shield), who took out an ad in the Hollywood Reporter to explain why the series would not be continuing. “I would like to acknowledge The Bastard Executioner family for a once in a lifetime creative and personal experience,” Sutter’s statement said. “I have been awed by the talent and commitment of the TBX cast and crew. I thank my partners for their trust, support, and tireless effort as I slashed my way through 50 years of Catholic angst.” Sutter then thanked a slew of names and companies behind the project, including FX president John Landgraf for not firing him. “The audience has spoken, and unfortunately the word is ‘meh,'” Sutter concluded. “So with due respect, we bring our mythology to an epic and fiery close.” While the dark period drama about a morally conflicted executioner suffered sagging ratings throughout its run, Sutter is not discouraged and already has plans for his next FX series — a Sons of Anarchy spinoff about the Mayan biker club.


ABC FAMILY ORDERS A SUMMER CAMP HORROR SERIES FROM OUAT TEAM

Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, co-creators of ABC’s dramatic fairy tale hit Once Upon a Time, have received an order from ABC Family (soon to be known as “Freeform”) to make Dead of Summer, a horror series set at a summer camp; OUAT writer Ian Goldberg is attached as the showrunner. According to EW, Dead of Summer was pitched as a “‘John Hughes meets John Carpenter’ anthology series, with the first season set in 1989,” and will be ABC Family’s first foray into horror. EW also published the series logline: “Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer, and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses – and first kills. Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn. Part coming-of-age story, part supernatural horror story, Dead of Summer is a bold, new series that mixes genres as it examines the light and dark of a summer like no other.” This will be the first new series for Horowitz and Kitsis since launching OUAT in 2011.


COMEDY CENTRAL SETS DATES FOR BROAD CITY AND OTHERS

Comedy Central unveiled its winter premiere schedule this week, announcing that season three of Broad City, starring Ilana Glazer and ‎Abbi Jacobson, returns on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 10 p.m. — and teasing their upcoming misadvertures, “including a trip to the DMV, a rat in the apartment, going clubbing, taking on new job responsibilities, visiting Abbi’s dad and new hook ups.” Also on the upcoming slate is season six of Workaholics (Thursday, Jan. 14 at 10 p.m.); season eight of Tosh.0 (Feb. 9 at 10 p.m.); season two of This Is Not Happening (Feb. 23 at 12:30 a.m.); season three of Adam Devine’s House Party (Mar. 3 at 12:30 a.m.); and the premieres of two new series. Idiotsitter, starring Charlotte Newhouse as an Ivy Leaguer hired to babysit an heiress under house arrest, premieres Jan. 14 at 10:30 p.m., and Not Safe w/ Nikki Glaser, hosted by the self-proclaimed “curious perv” who discusses sex and relationships with fellow comics, debuts Feb. 9 at 10:30 p.m.


GAME OF THRONES FAN SITE REVEALS SUPER-SPOILERY SEASON SIX INFO

[Super-spoilers for Game of Thrones season six ahead!] According to the Game of Thrones fan site Watchers on the Wall, it appears that the character of Sansa (Sophie Turner) will return to Winterfell in season six with… Jon Snow (Kit Harington)! The details of the spoiler come from the Northern Ireland set of GoT and are as follows: “According to WotW‘s sources, a scene was rehearsed and is being filmed this week involving Sansa, Jon Snow, Ramsay and Littlefinger. The characters are interacting in Winterfell’s courtyard, and there’s a great deal of tension… And then a giant turns up at the gates! The giant tries to force its way in and the people inside have to fight it off.” The sighting has spawned a number of fan theories and this article by Vanity Fair’s Joanna Robinson, in which she posits that more “chilling” developments are likely to be on the horizon for Sansa as she comes face to face with Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon). Season six of Game of Thrones will premiere on HBO in spring 2016.

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