It’s time for our weekly countdown of the Winter TV premieres! Here are the best new shows for the week of Friday, January 29th. See how this week’s shows, Outsiders, Chelsea Does, Lucifer, You, Me, and the Apocalypse, and The Magicians stack up against each other on the Tomatometer!

This week at the movies, we’ve got a portly protector (Kung Fu Panda 3, featuring the voices of Jack Black and J.K. Simmons), high seas heroics (The Finest Hours, starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck), and a steamy spoof (Fifty Shades of Black, starring Marlon Wayans and Kali Hawk). What do the critics have to say?


Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) 87%

If any studio is capable of challenging the perennial dominance of Pixar, it’s DreamWorks Animation, home to fairy tale ogres, trained dragons, and a bevy of zoo animals stranded in Madagascar. This week, another DreamWorks success story unleashes its third installment, and critics say Kung Fu Panda 3 is a visually delightful treat, even if its story is a tad ho-hum. This time out, Po (voiced by Jack Black) unites with another panda from his past (Bryan Cranston) to train a new generation of warriors and defeat an evil master (J.K. Simmons) from the spirit realm. The pundits say that, despite a thinner plot, Kung Fu Panda 3 is as entertaining and spectacularly animated as its predecessors.


The Finest Hours (2016) 63%

Remarkable true stories don’t always translate to compelling cinema, even when they’re about harrowing maritime encounters — see last year’s In the Heart of the Sea, for example. Critics say this week’s The Finest Hours, which is based on a 1952 Coast Guard rescue off the coast of Cape Cod, mostly gets by on some old-fashioned thrills, but it also stumbles in its efforts to stir up drama. Chris Pine stars as Bernard Webber, a Coast Guard officer who leads a small motorboat crew into rough seas to retrieve the survivors of a tanker ripped in half by a powerful nor’easter. The pundits say The Finest Hours is a fairly traditional survival drama that benefits from its gripping rescue sequences but stalls whenever it cuts away from the action.


Fifty Shades of Black (2016) 7%

There are some who would argue that the erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey was unintentionally comedic in its own way, but those looking for even less subtlety can look forward to Fifty Shades of Black, a parody of the EL James adaptation that wasn’t screened for critics. Marlon Wayans — the master satirist behind the Scary Movie and A Haunted House franchises — stars as the titular exec, who presumably reveals his penchant for BDSM and pop culture references when he becomes involved with an innocent reporter (Kali Hawk) looking to write a story about him. Time to guess the Tomatometer!


What’s Hot on TV

You, Me and the Apocalypse: Season 1 (2015) 83%

You, Me, and the Apocalypse has a lot of fun with the end of the world, if you can keep up with its unpredictable, oddball twists.


 

Outsiders: Season 1 (2016)

Outsiders‘ gritty performances keep the backwoods drama intriguing, even when the story gets stuck in the mud.


Chelsea Does: Season 1 (2016) 79%

Chelsea Does manages to investigate some meaningful topics, but the show’s polarizing namesake is also its greatest liability.


Lucifer: Season 1 (2016) 49%

Lucifer‘s got sex appeal, but the show’s hackneyed cop procedural format undermines a potentially entertaining premise.

 


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • The Clan (2015) , a based-on-true-events period crime drama about an Argentine family who kidnapped wealthy citizens and held them for ransom, is at 92 percent.
  • Requiem for the American Dream (2015) , a documentary compiled from interviews with political activist Noam Chomsky, who explores the nature of income inequality, is at 86 percent.
  • Mountain Men (2014) , starring Chace Crawford and Tyler Labine in a comedy about two brothers trying to evict a squatter from their family cabin, is at 83 percent.
  • Lazer Team (2015) , a sci-fi comedy about four unlikely heroes who must work together to prevent an alien invasion , is at 58 percent.
  • Rabin, the Last Day (2015) , a documentary about the assassination of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, is at 50 percent.
  • Eternity: The Movie (2014) , a comedy about two musicians trying to make it in the mid-1980s smooth R&B scene, is at zero percent.
  • Jane Got a Gun (2016) , starring Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor in a western about a woman who seeks help from a former lover to defend herself from a gang of bandits, was not widely screened for critics.
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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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