It’s that time of year again where September is stacked with so many returning series across network and cable that we couldn’t possibly feature them all! The 12 series below are all the Certified Fresh returnees this month, including superhero fare, socially-tinged comedies, and primetime mainstays bowing out with their final seasons.
What it is: The series is centered on the titular group of young superheroes — led by none other than Nightwing (formerly Robin of Batman-sidekick fame) — as they save the world from forces that want to end it. This long-in-the-making effort is a welcome addition to DC Comics’ TV footprint.
Why you should watch it: Greg Berlanti is the mastermind behind DC Comics’ takeover of the small screen, so you know you’re in good hands for this streaming hit with him and co-creators Akiva Goldsman and Geoff Johns at the helm. The Titans action is slick and laid on thick, and buoyed by a stellar young-Hollywood cast, we can’t wait to see what superhero adventures are in store next. Season 2 premieres Sept. 6 on DC Universe.
Commitment: Approx. 8 hours (for the first season)
What it is: From creator David Simon (The Wire), The Deuce deep dives into 1970s Times Square — more specifically, the men and women who turn to sex work to make a living. The Golden Globe–nominated series is a true ensemble piece, with standouts Maggie Gyllenhaal as a prostitute named Candy and James Franco as identical twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino. The next two seasons jump ahead in time, but this is the series’ starting line.
Why you should watch it: By transporting us to a gritty world of sex, drugs, and an American Dream that’s foreign to most audiences today, The Deuce further proves Simon’s talent for creating series that are absolutely singular and authentic. Plus, with talent like Gyllenhaal and Franco attached, it certainly ranks within prestige TV’s must-watch club. Season 3 premieres September 9 on HBO.
Commitment: Approx. 17 hours (for the first two seasons)
What it is: Now going into its ninth season, the spooky anthology series is a favorite of critics and audiences alike. Previous seasons featured haunted houses, witches, vampires, crazed killers, and every manner of unhinged human.
Why you should watch it: You don’t have to watch every season of American Horror Story to catch up for season 9, but don’t you want to!? The acclaimed anthology series is known for being as campy as it is horrific. The upcoming season, American Horror Story: 1984, is set in a summer camp that’s being devastated by a mental hospital escapee named Mr. Jingles. It’s also the first season in which AHS mainstays Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters are not expected to play a role. 1984 premieres Sept. 18 on FX.
Commitment: Approx. 78 hours (for the first eight seasons)
What it is: Funnyman Anthony Anderson stars as Dre Johnson, a black, upper-middle-class family man who — in a predominantly white neighborhood, school, and culture — still wants his kids to retain a sense of black identity.
Why you should watch it: Creator Kenya Barris is one of those writers who just goes there. Even in what some would call the confines of network TV, he has conjured stories the last five seasons in the sitcom structure that are resonant, timely, and fearless. Plus, they’ll make you laugh, too! Tracy Ellis Ross and Anderson are especially show-stealing. With Barris now at Netflix and Courtney Lilly promoted to showrunner, we expect more of the same high quality when season 6 premieres Sept. 24 on ABC.
Commitment: Approx. 43 hours (for the first five seasons)
What it is: Revisiting one of the most famous families on network TV after over 20 years off the air, The Conners stars Laurie Metcalf, John Goodman, and the rest of the original clan (minus Roseanne Barr) and is as insightful and heartwarming as ever.
Why you should watch it: The Conners is just one of the several series on this months’ list that’s been beleaguered by off-screen controversy. After the renewal and cancellation of original sitcom, Roseanne, this series found its groove and audience without Barr. Telling it like it is for working class, family-first Americans, it resonates wide in today’s times while making us laugh like always.
Commitment: Approx. 4 hours (for the first season)
What it is: A family drama of Shakespearean proportions, Empire charts the various rises and falls of the Lyon family — for starters, those of patriarch Lucious (Terrence Howard), a hip-hop mogul who’s in the process of choosing an heir to his musical throne.
Why you should watch it: Nothing short of a phenomenon upon its premiere in 2015, Empire is classic Lee Daniels: engrossingly soapy, slightly camp, meticulously performed, and endlessly entertaining. Taraji P. Henson does some of the best work of her career as the scene-stealing and wig-snatching Cookie Lyon. She alone is worth the watch, but it helps that she has an excellent ensemble at her back, led by Howard who acts as the very best foil to her scheming. You probably saw Empire catching capital-D Dramatic headlines earlier this year, and we’re sure there’s more due onscreen upon the season 6 premiere Sept. 24 on Fox.
Commitment: Approx. 63 hours (for the first five seasons)
What it is: Dan Fogelman’s hit family drama tells the story of siblings Kate, Kevin, and Randall in the present day while recounting their parents’ Jack and Rebecca’s own story through pregnancy and raising them in the early-to-mid 1980s.
Why you should watch it: Not since Parenthood has a network drama so broadly and successfully portrayed complicated family dynamics. Through its use of creative narrative devices and excellent ensemble performances, This Is Us earns its praise (and your tears). The series is already renewed through season 6, so now is the time catch up on its first three rounds before season 4 premieres Sept. 24 on NBC.
Commitment: Approx. 40 hours (for the first three seasons)
What it is: Talk about a creative spin on the afterlife! Kristen Bell stars as the recently deceased Eleanor Shellstrop, who by some glitch in the system ends up in the “Good Place,” a Utopian haven for those who served their lives on Earth with grace that was designed by Ted Danson’s Michael. Thing is: Eleanor doesn’t actually fit the bill of admittance and has to keep her righteous new friends fooled if she wants to stick around.
Why you should watch it: The Good Place is certainly among the best network comedies of recent memory. An always-charming Bell and TV royalty Danson play off of each other in a way that — what the fork!? — simply works. The series was this year recognized with an Emmy nomination for best comedy series for the first time. Season 4 premieres Sept. 24 on NBC.
Commitment: Approx. 5 hours (for the first three seasons)
What it is: Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) is a criminal defense attorney and professor teaching a group of talented — and curiously attractive — law students how to defend the accused, all while tangling them up in a real-life murder mystery of their own. Buckle up!
Why you should watch it: Davis if one of the industry’s most heralded and decorated actors. The trailblazing Oscar winner, who was recently announced to play former First Lady Michelle Obama, became a household name with her role on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder. Annalise is a complicated and complex antiheroine who has earned David an Emmy, and her performance, matched with the trademark twists and soap of Shondaland Productions (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy) and an impressive, young ensemble, has been reason enough to come back year after year. The series’ sixth and final season premieres Sept. 26 on ABC.
Commitment: Approx. 55 hours (for the first five seasons)
What it is: We all know that The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon has a one-of-a-kind genius mind, but did you ever wonder just what he was like as a kid? Young Sheldon answers that question and then some while charting the nine-year-old boy-genius’s life.
Why you should watch it: Young Sheldon provides something that we haven’t seen before: a reinterpretation of a beloved multi-camera sitcom character as a single-camera, family-friendly, and heartwarming dramedy. Better yet, because this is a prologue series to Jim Parson’s Sheldon, our protagonist’s mother, Mary, is played by Zoe Perry, the real-life daughter of Laurie Metcalf, who, in a small-screen first, stars as the same character on The Big Bang Theory. Season 3 premieres Sept. 26 on CBS.
Commitment: Approx. 15 hours (for the first two seasons)
What it is: Set in the 1990s and loosely adapted from celebrity chef Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name, Fresh Off the Boat follows a first-generation Taiwanese family who picks up from their Chinatown home in Washington, D.C., and heads south to Orlando, Florida, where father Louis Huang (Randall Park) opens a Country-Western steakhouse.
Why you should watch it: A refreshing take on Asian Americans for the small screen? Check. Well-earned laughs from a trio of talented young actors? Check. A heaping dose of ’90s nostalgia? Check. And the combined powers of the hilarious Park and Constance Wu (of Crazy Rich Asians fame)? Check and check. Need we say more? Season 6 premieres Sept. 27 on ABC.
Commitment: Approx. 37 hours (for the first five seasons)
What it is: Jill Soloway’s acclaimed family comedy is much more than clever wordplay. This affecting story of a father, Mort Pfefferman, who comes out as transgender and begins transitioning as Maura is about the transitory nature of life for all members of the Pfefferman clan (and, yes, the importance of being honest and transparent with those you love as well as with yourself).
Why you should watch it: Transparent is unlike anything you’ve ever seen on TV. It has been overshadowed in recent years due to an off-set controversy and eventual removal of star Jeffrey Tambor, but as an opening act to its musical series finale, the Pfefferman family is worth revisiting before their long-awaited return and feature-film length goodbye on Sept. 27 on Amazon Prime.
Commitment: Approx. 20 hours (for the first four seasons)
There’s a lot to binge up on going into this month — so let’s get right to it, shall we? Below, catch our roundup of 15 series boasting Certified Fresh seasons that are returning in October.
Why you should watch it: Few series can claim to have brought the situational comedy into the modern age, but with its fresh, incisive, and most of all hilarious take on contemporary life in New York city — while featuring a pair of gay men and their best girlfriends to match — Will & Grace is one of the series that did. The best episodes of last season prove a) why NBC revived this hit series and b) why it’s still essential viewing all these years later. Season 10 premieres Oct. 4.
Commitment: Approx. 77 hours
Why you should watch it: We’ve seen plenty of naughty comedies in the past, but none of them excavate the triumphs and traumas of pubescent adolescence quite as fearlessly or uproariously as Big Mouth. Season 2 premieres in full October 5.
Where to watch: Netflix
Commitment: Approx. 5 hours
Why you should watch it: Fresh off Amazon’s Emmys-sweep with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, now’s as good a time as ever to go back and discover some other standouts in the streaming service’s catalog. First thing we’d suggest is The Man in the High Castle. Epic and engrossing — not to mention timely — it takes viewers into an utterly foreign world that still hits a little too close to today’s political climate for comfort (the way that so many of TV’s very finest manage to do). Season 3 premieres October 5.
Where to watch: Amazon
Commitment: Approx. 20 hours
Why you should watch it: A refreshing take on Asian Americans for the small screen? Check. Well-earned laughs from a trio of talented young actors? Check. A heaping dose of ’90s nostalgia? Check. And the combined powers of the hilarious Park and Constance Wu (now of Crazy Rich Asians fame)? Check and check. Need we say more? Season 5 premieres October 5.
Commitment: Approx. 22 hours
Why you should watch it: Doctor Who is making a case for being one of those timeless sci-fi properties that’s earned a devout following akin to Star Wars or Star Trek. The decades-spanning series always finds ways to one-up itself, and with Jodie Whittaker appearing as the first female Doctor this season, there’s never been a better time to jump aboard. Season 11 premieres October 7 — to get ready, we recommend you begin with the 2005 relaunch.
Commitment: Approx. 90 hours
Why you should watch it: One of cable’s highest rated dramas returns with its season 9 premiere on October 7. Based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard’s post-apocalyptic premise of zombies walking the Earth and ending mankind as we know it, the acclaimed series developed by creator Frank Darabont indulges in gore and “what if” fascinations. These are characters brought to life with bone-deep precision from a stable of some of TV’s greatest talents. You just never know when your favorite will bite the dust. (That’s admittedly part of the fun, too.)
Commitment: Approx. 86 hours
Why you should watch it: If you’re a fan of the Greg Berlanti–led DC Comics universe on The CW, then you know what you’re in for here, and you’ll love Black Lightning. But this series goes one step further by being an awesome first of its kind, spotlighting not only black superheroes on the small screen, but LGBTQ ones, as well. Season 2 premieres on October 8.
Commitment: Approx. 9.5 hours
Why you should watch it: You don’t gain an adoring following like that of The Flash without bringing edge-of-your-seat action and suspense, lovable characters and story arcs, and pitch-perfect performances week to week. Season 5 premieres October 8.
Commitment: Approx. 66 hours
Why you should watch it: We’ll say it: Riverdale ranks among the best teen dramas to come out of The CW since Gossip Girl, and it deserves the viewership and brand ubiquity to match. It’s the classic Archie we know with a heaping of sex appeal and a dash of True Detective. What’s not to love? Season 3 premieres October 10.
Commitment: Approx. 25.5 hours
Why you should watch it: Whatever you do, don’t be put off by the series’ title — even if you’ve got one! Starring as Rebecca, Rachel Bloom is a musical genius, concocting show-stopping comedic melodies inspired by the best of Broadway and Top 40 week after week. And as if the comedy’s song-and-dance wasn’t entertaining enough, it’s buoyed by excellent performances and tight, creative scripts that tackle everything from broken hearts to mental health. Last season got especially dark, and we love it all the more for continuing to break the mold. Season 4 premieres October 12.
Commitment: Approx. 30 hours
Why you should watch it: It took until the second season for this DC Comics series to really nail down its tone with star Melissa Benoist and crew, but there’s no doubt that it now ranks as one of the most formidable hour-long outings in the superheroic comics-to-screen universe. Plus some behind-the-scenes trivia: Benoist is fresh off a Broadway run as Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. We love a multi-talented Supergirl! Season 4 premieres October 14.
Commitment: Approx. 45 hours
Why you should watch it: Arrow is the series that first kickstarted the DC Comics universe for Berlanti and The CW, and for six seasons now, it hasn’t let up the fun. Season 7 premieres October 15.
Commitment: Approx. 102 hours
Why you should watch it: Creator Kenya Barris is one of those writers who just goes there. Even in what some would call the confines of network TV — which, incidentally, has been seen pushing up against him this last year — he conjures stories in the sitcom structure that are resonant, timely, and fearless. Plus, they’ll make you laugh, too! Tracy Ellis Ross and Anderson are especially show-stealing. Season 5 premieres October 16.
Commitment: Approx. 35 hours
Why you should watch it: As the first Marvel original series venture on Netflix, Daredevil had a lot buzz and high expectations to live up to. We’re glad to report that it did and then some. Certainly among the best-executed comic adaptations for TV to date, it’s gritty, character-driven, and entertaining. Watch the first two seasons followed by The Defenders season 1 before diving into Daredevil season 3, which premieres Oct. 19.
Where to watch: Netflix
Commitment: Approx. 34 hours
Why you should watch it: When Ray Donovan premiered on Showtime in 2013, it promised the arrival of an exciting new anti-hero. It’s since stayed true to that promise and hasn’t let up, bringing us into the hidden underbelly of Los Angelean elite and slowly unveiling the many layers of a complicated and troubled man. Season 6 premieres October 28.
Commitment: Approx. 52 hours
This week in TV news, David Lynch tweeted his departure from Twin Peaks while Eddie Huang tweeted his disappointment in Fresh Off the Boat. Plus Marvel’s Daredevil promises tons of Easter eggs, Fox renews The Last Man on Earth, and the internet goes crazy for Golden Girls LEGOS!
Your Easter basket may be out of eggs by now, but Marvel’s Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight promises plenty in tomorrow’s new Netflix series. “There are a ton of Easter eggs in this series,” DeKnight told Collider this week. “Some will be very obvious — a reference to the Battle of New York — and there are Easter eggs that are so obscure that I didn’t know what they were. Often times we need a sign in the background, and we always try to use those opportunities to dig into the Marvel universe.” Fans should not expect, however, that Daredevil will have Easter eggs for upcoming Marvel/Netflix series, AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. “We were the first one and running and gunning to get it shot and didn’t have any scripts for the other ones,” DeKnight said. “No one had been cast for the other ones, so we had to exist in this bit of a bubble.” Marvel’s Daredevil will drop on Netflix on Friday, Apr. 10. Read season one reviews here.
The first season of The Last Man on Earth will not be its last. Fox, touting Last Man‘s ratings as the highest for a new comedy with adults 18-34 and men 18-49 since its March premiere, is giving the show another season of 13 half-hour episodes. Early criticism of the post-apocalyptic series asked how long it could go, given the premise (that in which Will Forte plays the titular last man on earth). But an ever-evolving cast that now includes Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers), January Jones (Mad Men), and Mel Rodriguez (Better Call Saul) has kept things interesting. “We knew we had something special with The Last Man on Earth,” said Fox Broadcasting Company entertainment president David Madden. “It’s one of those rare shows that continues to add depth and dimension to its unique premise, week after week.” Fox will air two new back-to-back episodes of The Last Man on Earth on Sunday, Apr. 12 at 9 p.m. Season one is Certified Fresh at 84 percent; see reviews here.
The Twin Peaks revival that has had fans in a tizzy since October when Showtime announced the news, is now in peril. On Sunday, David Lynch, who created the cult favorite ABC mystery in the ’90s and who was set to direct the reboot, fired off a bunch of tweets on Sunday, announcing his departure from the project. “After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done,” Lynch said. Since then, Twin Peaks cast members started an online campaign known as #SaveTwinPeaks with Madchen Amick, who starred as Shelly in the series, posting a video to her Facebook page
on Tuesday. Cast members including Dana Ashbrook, Sherilyn Fenn, and Sheryl Lee, along with co-creator Mark Frost, spoke on the video about what Twin Peaks would be like without David Lynch, using many Lynchian references, including a doughnut without a hole and a pie without cherries. Still no word on whether or not Lynch and Showtime can work out the contracts, but Variety reports that David Nevins of Showtime has reached out to Lynch to discuss the series budget.
After an online campaign for a Golden Girls-themed LEGO set went viral this week, the proposed idea had no problem reaching its necessary 10,000 supporters goal in order to be presented to LEGO executives for review. The playset, called “The Golden Girls Living Room and Kitchen Modular Set with Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, Sophia, and Stan” and pitched by a designer known as LostSleep on the LEGO ideas site, is described as “built like a TV set, with one wall removed and a full view into the space.” The Golden Girls mini figures include Dorothy, Rose, Sophia, Blanche, and Stanley, and LostSleep wrote in the original pitch that he or she also recreated classic moments from the show, including “a visit from Burt Reynolds, Rose shooting Blanche’s Vase, Dorothy Playing ‘Grab That Dough’ and Rose rescuing her Teddy Bear from a mean little girl.” With 5,000 more supporters, LostSleep plans to also pitch a design for the lanai so that the girls have a place to play cards.
Fresh of the Boat author Eddie Huang has made it clear multiple times
that he is not happy with the ABC sitcom based on his memoirs about growing up as a Taiwanese-American kid obsessed with hip-hop music. His most recent rant came in the form of a series of tweets this week, in which he said that he doesn’t watch Fresh Off the Boat because, after the pilot, the series strayed too far from his life. “My relationship to hip-hop & black culture rose from being the victim of domestic violence. It’s not a game. That music meant something to me,” Huang tweeted. He also said that he was happy people of color are “able to see a reflection of themselves in the show,” but that he didn’t recognize it. “My only goal was to represent my Taiwanese-Chinese-American experience and I did that. We also proved viewers want diverse content so make it!” Season one of Fresh Off the Boat, starring Randall Park, Constance Wu, and Hudson Yang, is Certified Fresh at 90 percent.
O.M.G. Can the winter finale of How to Get Away With Murder be topped? Is Marvel’s Agent Carter going to give the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents a run for their money? Will Better Call Saul cook up something satisfying for Jonesing Breaking Bad fans? We don’t know yet, but it won’t be long before some of our favorite TV shows shake things up again. And with a sizable collection of new shows joining the winter roster, who would want to leave the cozy confines of home to pursue more chilly activity outdoors?
Here’s the list of the new and returning shows this winter — plus a look ahead to spring. Keep checking back for updated Tomatometer coverage of your favorite shows — but don’t forget those shows you love to hate!
Thursday, Jan. 1
Lucas Bros. Moving Co. season two premiere, FXX
Stone Quackers series premiere, FXX
Sunday, Jan. 4
Galavant mini-series premiere, 8 p.m., ABC
Madam Secretary season one return, 8 p.m., NBC
The Celebrity Apprentice season 14 premiere, 9 p.m., NBC
Downton Abbey season five U.S. premiere, 9 p.m., PBS
The Good Wife season six return, 9 p.m., CBS
Resurrection season two return, 9 p.m., ABC
Monday, Jan. 5
The Bachelor season 19 premiere, 8 p.m., ABC
Gotham season one return, 8 p.m., FOX
Sleepy Hollow season two return, 9 p.m., FOX
Tuesday, Jan. 6
Marvel’s Agent Carter series premiere, 8 p.m., ABC
Pretty Little Liars season five-B premiere, 8 p.m., ABC Family
Switched at Birth season four premiere, 9 p.m., ABC Family
Cougar Town season six premiere, 10:30 p.m., TBS
Wednesday, Jan. 7
American Idol season 14 premiere, 8 p.m., FOX
Empire series premiere, 9 p.m., FOX
Modern Family season six return, 9 p.m., ABC
black-ish season one return, 9:30 p.m., ABC
Hindsight series premiere, 10 p.m., VH1
Thursday, Jan. 8
Archer season six premiere, 10 p.m., FX
Babylon series premiere, 10 p.m., Sundance TV
Parenthood season six return, 10 p.m., NBC
Portlandia season five premiere, 10 p.m., IFC
Friday, Jan. 9
Cold Justice season three premiere, 8 p.m., TNT
Glee season six premiere, 8 p.m., FOX
Masters of Illusion season two premiere, 8 p.m., CW
Banshee season three premiere, 10 p.m., Cinemax
Comedy Bang! Bang! season four premiere, 11 p.m., IFC
Saturday, Jan. 10
The Missing season one finale, 9 p.m., Starz
Sunday, Jan. 11
Shameless season five premiere, 9 p.m., Showtime
Girls season four premiere, 9 p.m., HBO
Togetherness series premiere, 9:30 p.m., HBO
House of Lies season four premiere, 10 p.m., Showtime
Looking season two premiere, 10 p.m., HBO
Revenge season four return, 10 p.m., ABC
Episodes season four premiere, 10:30 p.m., Showtime
Monday, Jan. 12
Eye Candy series premiere, 10 p.m., MTV
Tuesday, Jan. 13
Kroll Show season three premiere, Comedy Central
Parks and Recreation season seven premiere, 8 p.m., NBC
Wednesday, Jan. 14
Melissa & Joey season four premiere, 8 p.m., ABC Family
Baby Daddy season four premiere, 8:30 p.m., ABC Family
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season ten premiere, 10:00 p.m., FXX
Stalker season one return, 10 p.m., CBS
Workaholics season five premiere, 10 p.m., Comedy Central
Broad City season two premiere, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central
Man Seeking Woman series premiere, 10:30 p.m., FXX
Web Therapy season four return, 11 p.m., Showtime
Friday, Jan. 16
The Fall season two premiere, 12:01 a.m., Netflix
Constantine season one return, 8:00 p.m., NBC
World’s Funniest Fails series premiere, 8 p.m., FOX
12 Monkeys series premiere, 9 p.m., SyFy
Grimm season four return, 9 p.m., NBC
Helix season two premiere, 10 p.m., SyFy
Saturday, Jan. 17
The Musketeers season two, 9 p.m., BBC America
Sunday, Jan. 18
Grantchester series premiere, 10 p.m., PBS
Monday, Jan. 19
The Fosters season 2B premiere, 8 p.m., ABC Family
The Originals season two return, 8 p.m., CW
Chasing Life season 1B premiere, 9 p.m., ABC Family
Jane the Virgin season one return, 9 p.m., CW
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore series premiere, 11:30 p.m., Comedy Central
Tuesday, Jan. 20
The Flash season one return, 8 p.m., CW
Supernatural season 10 return, 9 p.m., CW
Justified season six premiere, 10 p.m., FX
Wednesday, Jan. 21
Arrow season three return, 8 p.m., CW
The 100 season two return, 9 p.m. CW
American Horror Story: Freak Show season finale, 10 p.m. FX
Thursday, Jan. 22
The Vampire Diaries season six return, 8 p.m., CW
Backstrom series premiere, 9 p.m., FOX
Reign season two return, 9 p.m., CW
Saturday, Jan. 24
Black Sails season two premiere, 9 p.m., Starz
Sunday, Jan. 25
Sons of Liberty mini-series premiere, 9 p.m., History Channel
Tuesday, Jan. 27
Sirens season two premiere, 10 p.m., USA
Wednesday, Jan. 28
The Americans season three premiere, 10 p.m., FX
Suits season four premiere, 10 p.m., USA
Thursday, Jan. 29
Grey’s Anatomy season eleven return, 8 p.m., ABC
Scandal season four return, 9 p.m., ABC
Fortitude series premiere, 10 p.m., Pivot
How to Get Away with Murder season one return, 10 p.m., ABC
Sunday, Feb. 1
The Blacklist season two return, Post-Superbowl (regularly airs Thursdays at 9 p.m.), NBC
Monday, Feb. 2
Being Mary Jane season two premiere, 10 p.m., BET
Foyle’s War season eight premiere, AcornTV
Wednesday, Feb. 4
Fresh Off the Boat series premiere, 8:30 p.m. (regularly airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.), ABC
Nashville season three return, 10 p.m., ABC
Thursday, Feb. 5
Allegiance series premiere, 10 p.m., NBC
Sunday, Feb. 8
The Jinx: The Lives and Deaths of Robert Durst docu-mini-series premiere, 8 p.m., HBO
The Walking Dead season five return, 9 p.m., AMC
Better Call Saul series premiere, 10 p.m. (regularly airs Mondays at 10 p.m.), AMC
Wednesday, Feb. 11
Schitt’s Creek series premiere, 10 p.m., TVGN
Thursday, Feb. 12
The Slap mini-series premiere, 8 p.m., NBC
Friday, Feb. 13
Bosch series premiere, Amazon Prime
Tuesday, Feb. 17
Rizzoli & Isles season five return premiere, 9 p.m., TNT
Thursday, Feb. 19
The Odd Couple series premiere, 8:30 p.m., CBS
Two and a Half Men one-hour series finale, 9 p.m., CBS
Vikings season three premiere, 10 p.m., History Channel
Monday, Feb. 23
The Voice season eight premiere, 8 p.m., NBC
The Night Shift season two premiere, 10 p.m., NBC
Friday, Feb. 27
House of Cards season three premiere, 12 a.m., Netflix
Sunday, Mar. 1
Once Upon a Time season four return, 8 p.m., ABC
The Last Man on Earth series premiere, 9 p.m., FOX
Secrets and Lies series premiere, 9 p.m., ABC
Battle Creek series premiere, 10 p.m., CBS
Monday, Mar. 2
The Following season three premiere, 8 p.m., FOX
Tuesday, Mar. 3
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two return, 9 p.m., ABC
Wednesday, Mar. 4
Broadchurch season two premiere, 10 p.m., BBC America
CSI: Cyber series premiere, 10 p.m., CBS
Thursday, Mar. 5
American Crime series premiere, 10 p.m., ABC
Dig series premiere, USA
Friday, Mar. 6
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt series premiere, Netflix
Monday, Mar. 9
Bates Motel season three premiere, 9 p.m., A&E
The Returned series premiere, 10 p.m., A&E
Tuesday, Mar. 10
Powers series premiere, Playstation Plus
Tuesday, Mar. 17
Community season six premiere, Yahoo Screen
iZombie series premiere, 9 p.m., CW
Undateable season two premiere, 9 p.m., NBC
One Big Happy series premiere, 9:30 p.m., NBC
Friday, Mar. 20
Bloodline series premiere, Netflix
Thursday, Mar. 26
Bones season 10 return, 8 p.m., FOX
Sunday, Mar. 29
Call the Midwife season four premiere, 8 p.m., PBS
Mr. Selfridge season three premiere, 9 p.m., PBS
Tuesday, Mar. 31
Weird Loners series premiere, 9:30 p.m., FOX
Younger series premiere, 10 p.m., TVLand
Thursday, Apr. 2
The Red Road season two premiere, 10 p.m., SundanceTV
Saturday, Apr. 4
Outlander season one return, 9 p.m., Starz
Sunday, Apr. 5
A.D. series premiere, 9 p.m., NBC
Mad Men season seven return, 10 p.m., AMC
Thursday, Apr. 9
The Comedians series premiere, 10 p.m., FX
Louie season five premiere, 10:30 p.m., FX
Friday, Apr. 10
Marvel’s Daredevil series premiere, Netflix
Cedric’s Barber Battle series premiere, 8 p.m. CW
The Messengers series premiere, 9 p.m., CW
Sunday, Apr. 12
Game of Thrones season five premiere, HBO
Silicon Valley season two premiere, HBO
Veep season four premiere, HBO
Saturday, Apr. 18
Orphan Black season three premiere, 9 p.m., BBC America
Sunday, Apr 26
Happyish series premiere, 9:30 p.m., Showtime
Wednesday, Apr 29
Casual Vacancy mini-series, 8 p.m., HBO
Sunday, May 3
Penny Dreadful season two premiere, 10 p.m., Showtime
Friday, May 8
Grace and Frankie series premiere, Netflix
Thursday, May 14
Wayward Pines series premiere, 9 p.m., FOX
Thursday, May 21
Beauty and the Beast season three premiere, CW
Monday, June 8
Odd Mom Out series premiere, Bravo
Hannibal season three premiere, NBC
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell series premiere 2015, BBC America
Salem season two premiere, April 2015, WGN America
The Apple Quicktime site has published a rather slick little pre-release featurette that focuses on Peter Jackson‘s impending behemoth known as "King Kong." Click right here for the piece, which runs about 2.5 minutes and features some interviews with the cast and just a dash of all-new footage.
Needless to say, Jackson’s film is a remake of the classic monster movie of 1933, which was remade once before (to hilarious effect) in 1976. The new-fangled version stars Jack Black, Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, and Jamie Bell.
And if you missed last week’s news, the new and improved "Kong" will clock in at approximately 180 minutes, so hit the restrooms before you find your seat.