What is happening in our world? Who is doing what? what is going on now? These are questions that will be answered. Enjoy.
Every Upcoming Winter 2018-19 TV Show Premiere and Return Date
Television can get in on this “out with the old, in with the new” resolution game too. This is particularly true this season, as the early winter months of 2019 see both the end of beloved old shows and the beginnings of new ones to adore—plus a lot of stalwarts to ensure we’re kept company during the colder months.
Among beloved series premiering their final seasons soon are FXX’s You’re the Worst (premiering January 9) and Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (premiering January 25). Hot new contenders for favorites include Fox’s The Masked Singer (starting January 2), the Nat Geo miniseries Valley of the Boom, and HBO’s revamped True Detective (both starting January 13). There’s also more episodes of CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery (back January 17), Syfy’s The Magicians (back January 23), and Comedy Central’s Corporate (back January 14).
We’ll update this list as more dates become available. In the meantime, happy hunting for your new favorite show (aka what you really want for the holidays).
The AKC National Championship Dog Show Presented by Royal Canin (Animal Planet) Because the best way to spend New Year’s Day really is watching dogs from your couch.
Bad Chad Customs (Discovery) Chad Hiltz’s nickname may be bad, but apparently he is very good at making custom cars.
COMEDIANS of the world (Netflix) As annoying as its title styling is, the series that features standups … from around the world … has a pretty good lineup. Some comics representing the U.S. are Nicole Byer and Neal Brennan. Canada, France, the Middle East, and the Netherlands are among the foreign entries.
From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2019 (PBS) Downton’s Hugh Bonneville returns to host this swanky celebration of the new year.
I Am Jazz (TLC) The fifth season of the docu-drama checks in on teen Jazz Jennings after her gender confirmation surgery.
Married at First Sight (Lifetime) Some people’s New Year’s resolutions include dating apps. Others’ include marrying complete strangers on TV.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix) Because of Netflix’s viewing strategy, the Neil Patrick Harris series has the distinction of being one of the first to return—and also the first to end in 2019. (It’s third season is also its last).
Windy City Rehab (HGTV) Home renovation expert Alison Victoria heads to her hometown of Chicago for this new series.
American Beauty Star (Lifetime) Ready those round brushes and mascara wands! Ashley Graham hosts this reality competition series for hair and makeup professionals.
Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (Fox) Because more of America’s mom-and-pop restaurants need saving …
grown-ish (Freeform) It’s the sophomore season of the black-ish spinoff. And, yes, they’re aware of the A Different World comparisons.
The Masked Singer (Fox) A singing competition series featuring celebrities in disguise, this is panelist Ken Jeong’s mother’s favorite show in Korea. And the new American adaptation will soon be yours. (Other panelists include Jenny McCarthy, Robin Thicke, and Nicole Scherzinger, and Nick Cannon is hosting).
Love & Hip Hop: Miami (VH1) It’s the second season of the spin-off of the popular reality series.
MythBusters Jr. (Science) Original MythBusters host Adam Savage returns for this series, which puts the spotlight on science whizzes who are under 16.
Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) The seventh season of this long-running reality series features, fittingly, seven former U.S. winners and seven international winners.
60 Days In (A&E) The fifth season of this reality series reminds us once again that real life behind bars is scarier than a Netflix dramedy.
The Blacklist (NBC) The sixth season of the James Spader drama comes at us strong with a two-hour premiere.
Flip or Flop Nashville (HGTV) Former paramours and actual business partners DeRon Jenkins and Page Turner work to renovate Music City in this new series.
Gotham (Fox) It’s the show’s fifth and final season, as Fox prepares to turn off the Bat Signal on Batman-themed crime drama.
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (Bravo) Los Angeles is having a housing crisis, but hey here’s another season about cocky realtors selling expensive homes (this season includes the abodes of Kelly Rowland and the NFL’s Antonio Pierce).
Music City (CMT) The Hills producer Adam DiVello is now working his magic on a group of young Nashvillians. This marks the start of the show’s second season.
Racing Wives (CMT) Following in the tradition of shows like Basketball Wives, here’s a new reality series about the wives of NASCAR racers (names include Samantha Busch and Ashley Busch).
Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime) This documentary special, which airs over three nights, gives light to the musician’s accusers.
The Titan Games (NBC) Dwayne Johnson hosts what NBC is billing as “the most epic and awe-inspiring athletic competition ever.”
Impossible Engineering (Science Channel) Among some of “the world’s most exciting and innovative engineering creations” to be featured in this show’s third season are New York City’s Hudson Yards Project and a 16-story Shanghai hotel that was built under ground level.
Ron Funches: Giggle Fit (Comedy Central) A list of some of the topics that the comedian will cover in his hour-long special: vision boarding, losing weight, parenting his autistic son, TV, and wrestling.
Young Justice: Outsiders (DC Universe) This is the third season of the popular animated series and the first one to air on DC’s new streaming service.
76th Golden Globe Awards (NBC) Even Hollywood’s award show trophies cannot escape an occasional facelift.
Houdini’s Last Secrets (Science) This new series breaks down the mysteries behind the magician’s most famous tricks.
Worst Cooks in America (Food) Fifteen seasons in, feel superior that there are still worst cooks than you.
America’s Got Talent: The Champions (NBC) Among the show’s returning fan favorites are teen ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, magician Shin Lim, and comedians like Tom Cotter, Taylor Williamson, and Drew Lynch.
Antiques Roadshow (PBS) Anyone else still think of that Frasier episode at any mention of this show? No? Just me?
The Bachelor (ABC) Isn’t “Colton Underwood” the most on-brand sounding Bachelor name?
Cartel Crew (MTV) For those who read Wikipedia while watching Narcos: This new series checks in with eight descendants of the Cartel, including the son of “Cocaine Godmother” Griselda Blanco.
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) We don’t have an Olympics this year, but we may have something even better…
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (PBS) Among the stars and personalities appearing in the fifth season are Marisa Tomei, Felicity Huffman, Kal Pen, and a man who knows a thing or two about complicated families: George R.R. Martin.
Good Trouble (Freeform) The much-anticipated spinoff of The Fosters focuses on Maia Mitchell’s Callie Adams-Foster and Cierra Ramirez’s Mariana Adams-Foster: two young women trying to make it in the City of Angels.
Legend Hunter (Travel) Wildlife biologist and explorer Pat Spain hosts this new show, which promises to “uncover answers to fascinating unsolved riddles, historic conundrums, and mythic events” that “could reveal the identity of Jack the Ripper and goes on a quest for a werewolf-like creature rumored to haunt the residents of Elkhorn, Wisconsin.”
Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club (MTV) Lilo’s Mykonos resort is fetch.
Project Blue Book (History) Game of Thrones and The Wire’s Aidan Gillen plays UFO researcher Josef Allen Hynek in this new sci-fi period drama about another time we learned the truth was out there.
USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter (PBS) This documentary promises to be the “definitive story” of the World War II ship that delivered the atomic bomb destined for Hiroshima and was then sunk by a Japanese submarine.
The Dictator’s Playbook (PBS) From Kim Il Sung to Saddam Hussein: This documentary series looks at why and how some of the world’s scariest dictators rose to power.
I’m Sorry (truTV) So not sorry to have Andrea Savage’s scathing Curb Your Enthusiasm-like show back on the air.
Jon Glaser Loves Gear (truTV) Comedian Glaser’s mockumentary is back with more geeeeaaaarrrrr for its second season.
Nature: Attenborough and the Sea Dragon (PBS) David Attenborough hosts what is being described as a “detective story” about the history of the Ichthyosaur, a fish lizard older than dinosaurs.
Schooled (ABC) The spinoff of The Goldbergs jumps to then 1990s and stars Tim Meadows, Bryan Callen, Brett Dier, and AJ Michalka.
You’re the Worst (FXX) Dogs do eat nachos and all good things must come to an end. Prepare yourselves for the final season, Worsties.
Match Game (ABC) Alec Baldwin and his skinny microphone are back for another chapter of this rebooted game show.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) B99’s resurrection on NBC is bittersweet; this is co-star Chelsea Peretti’s final season.
Fam (CBS) The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev stars in this comedy about a woman hoping to get in with her fiance’s family — if only her own teenage sister would get on board with that plan.
The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta (A&E) This spinoff of the popular true-crime series starts off big: Its first episode focuses on Atlanta’s “Fallen Angel,” a young woman found naked and shot to death in a neighborhood park.
The Rap Game (Lifetime) Among the established artists appearing in the fifth season of Jermaine Dupri and Queen Latifah’s televised search for the next great rap star are Will.I.Am, Lil Jon, and Killer Mike.
The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration (PBS) To celebrate this organization’s 100 years, Franz Welser-Most conducted a production that featured works by Mozart, Strass, and Ravel.
Friends from College (Netflix) Didn’t know we needed a second season of this show, but OK.
Future Man (Hulu) This Terminator style sci-fi comedy loves its pop culture references. So it’s fitting that its second season premiere’s title is “The I of the Tiger.”
James Davis: Live From The Town (Comedy Central) The former host of the channel’s Hood Adjacent offers everything from a Barack Obama impression to a dissection of topics like #MeToo and police violence.
Sex Education (Netflix) Gillian Anderson plays a sex therapist with a socially awkward son (played by Asa Butterfield) in this coming-of-age movie.
Informer (Amazon Prime) Paddy Considine, Bel Powley, and newcomer Nabhaan Rizwan star in this London-set counter-terrorism thriller created by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani and directed by Jonny Campbell.
24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards (The CW) You know you want to watch another award show …
Three’s Complicated (TV One) Shameless actress Shanola Hampton stars and executive produces this romantic comedy about a divorcee who has a weekend fling with a guy—but she doesn’t know he’s also dating her daughter. Awkward.
Total Bellas (E!) Who’s ready to throw down with WWE royalty for another season?
True Detective (HBO) The much-hyped, often troubled miniseries returns for a third season; this time starring Mahershala Ali and jumping over three time periods.
Valley of the Boom (Nat Geo) House of Lies creator Matthew Carnahan uses an all-star cast—Bradley Whitford!—and a team of in-the-new researchers and producers—Arianna Huffington!—to show how Silicon Valley as we know it came to be.
Victoria (PBS) The other show about a famous British female monarch returns for a third season.
Victoria & Albert: The Wedding (PBS) English historian Lucy Worsley walks us through a reimagining of “one of the most famous weddings of all time.”
The Passage (Fox) Based on the Justin Cronin books, Mark-Paul Gosselaar stars as a federal agent/protector of a young girl wanted as a test subject for a secret government program.
Those Who Can’t (truTV) Teaching is exhausting. Watching this show is entertaining.
Rodents of Unusual Size (PBS) Despite the A+ name, this docu-series has zero to do with the late William Goldman and is actually about Louisiana’s battle against giant swamp rats.
American Experience (PBS) The documentary series’ 30th season premieres with an episode titled “The Swamp,” which details humans’ history of attempting to conquer the Florida Everglades.
Corporate (Comedy Central) It’s just like your job. Which is terrifying.
Drunk History (Comedy Central) Among the stories coming for Season Six are an Are You Afraid of the Dark-style telling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Evan Rachel Wood plays Mary; Will Ferrell plays the monster).
Roswell, New Mexico (The CW) A reboot of sorts of the UPN/WB series, this version comes from The Originals’ Carina MacKenzie and focuses on a daughter of undocumented immigrants who discovers that a former crush is actually an alien.
Temptation Island (USA) You’re not wrong. This was a reality show. Someone thought it needed a reboot.
Deadly Class (Syfy) Benjamin Wadsworth, Lara Condor, and Benedict Wong star in this new action-thriller about teen assassins in training.
Schitt’s Creek (Pop) It seems like things are starting to bloom for the Rose family. If nothing else, the fifth season of this Canadian comedy comes with an increased episode order.
Wayne (YouTube Premium) Think Bruce Wayne, but with Boston street smarts instead of Gotham City cash flow. Mark McKenna and Ciara Bravo star as the teens on the hunt to reclaim a 1978 Pontiac Trans Am.
Backyard Envy (Bravo) James DeSantis, Garrett Magee, and Melissa Brasier’s company may be called Manscapers, but they’re all about developing awesome yards and have nothing to do with personal grooming.
A Discovery of Witches (Shudder and Sundance Now) Matthew Goode, Alex Kingston, and Teresa Palmer star in this British series about a young woman who both embraces her family’s bewitching legacy and falls for a vampire.
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access) The second season of this series, which has been plagued with some behind-the-scenes hirings and firings, welcomes 10 Things I Hate About You’s Ethan Peck as a young Spock and Hell on Wheel’s Anson Mount as USS Enterprise captain Christopher Pike.
Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist (Comedy Central) The Brooklyn native talks about fatherhood, gentrification and more in his hour-long special.
Girl (Netflix) A Cannes darling, this film focuses on a girl who is born in the body of a boy and who dreams of becoming a ballerina.
Grace and Frankie (Netflix) Netflix promises that the fifth season will have Jane Fonda’s Grace and Lily Tomlin’s Frankie “discover the true definition of ‘family.’”
The Grand Tour (Amazon Video) Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond’s car-themed adventure series is all revved up for a third season.
Dynasties (BBC America) Another nature miniseries narrated by David Attenborough, this one focuses on endangered species.
Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (Lifetime) Christina Ricci stars in this biopic about the investigative reporter who went undercover to expose the mistreatment of patients at the Women’s Lunatic Asylum. Judith Light, and Josh Bowman also star.
Brexit (January 19) Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this TV movie about England’s political nightmare, which is directed by Sherlock and Doctor Who’s Toby Haynes and written by playwright James Graham.
Black Monday (Showtime) This dark comedy set in the days after the 1987 Wall Street crash stars Don Cheadle, Regina Hall, Paul Scheer, and Andrew Rannells.
Crashing (HBO) Pete joins a Christian comics’ tour, finds love, and gets advice on orgasm faking from his mother in the third season.
High Maintenance (HBO) Same guy. Different buds.
Shameless (Showtime) Will Emmy Rossum’s Fiona catch a break before the actress leaves the show?
SMILF (Showtime) Among the guest stars for the second season of Frankie Shaw’s semi-autobiographical comedy are Melanie Griffith and Ally Sheedy.
Celebrity Big Brother (CBS) The biggest drama surrounding this reality series may be whether Julie Chen Moonves should continue to host it, given her husband’s sexual misconduct allegations.
Dating #NoFilter (E!) As if dating weren’t awkward enough, now we have this new unscripted series where “three pairs of outspoken comedians will serve up play-by-plays as they follow real singles on the most outrageous, intimate, and surprising first dates.”
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (PBS) Featuring everyone from Martin Scorsese to Quincy Jones to Slash, this documentary from Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana looks at how Native American musicians transformed American blues, jazz and rock.
The Magicians (Syfy) Not yet under the spell of this addictive drama? What are you waiting for?
Suits (USA) Yes, they are still making this show without Meghan Markle.
Broad City (Comedy Central) No, queen! This is Abbi and Ilana’s last hurrah.
The Other Two (Comedy Central) A comedy from Saturday Night Live alums Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, Drew Tarver and Heléne Yorke star as siblings struggling to find success who have to watch their younger brother suddenly achieve stardom.
Siren (Freeform) This season, we learn that merfolk of all genders have lived among the people of Bristol Cove all along.
Doubt from Minnesota Opera (PBS) This is an operatic adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s award-winning play and film.
Kingdom (Netflix) (*Stefon voice*) This show has everything: It’s a zombie thriller set during medieval times in Korea. And it’s already been renewed for a second season.
Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You (Comedy Central) The Daily Show correspondent’s second hour-long special promises to cover light-hearted topics like failed struggles to cover up #MeToo allegations and national anthem protests.
Sydney to the Max (Disney Channel) This new tween comedy about a middle school daughter and her single dad plays on the idea of whether we can ever really understand our parents.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) Kimmy Ends Her Series!
Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin’ (HBO) This is the Insecure actress’—and one of the busiest women in comedy—first hour-long special.
Destination France: The Birthplace of Luxury (Ovation) Host Chelsea Cannell gives Francophiles major FOMO as she gallivants across France.
Love You to Death (Lifetime) Marcia Gay Harden, Emily Skeggs, and Tate Donovan star in this TV movie that’s based on the bizarre true story about a murdered mother and the kidnapping of her wheelchair-bound daughter.
25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (TBS and TNT) Alan Alda will receive this year’s lifetime achievement award.
Rent (Fox) Usher in a new season of love with this live staging of the beloved musical, this time starring Vanessa Hudgens, Brandon Victor Dixon, Kiersey Clemons, and Tinashe.
I Am the Night (TNT) This six-hour period crime drama from Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins (and starring Chris Pine as a journalist) is about a white teenager raised by a black mother who has some questions about her origin story.
The King (PBS) Nearly a half-century after the musician’s death, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki takes Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. He interviews Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers, and Dan Rather along the way.
Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes On Television* (YouTube Premium) Wood Harris replaces Samira Wiley as Ryan Hansen’s unwilling partner in crime-solving for the comedy’s second season.
Death of a Cheerleader (Lifetime) Lifetime network staple Kellie Martin, who starred in the original version of this TV movie, is back for the remake—this time playing the FBI agent who cracks the case. (Aubrey Peeples and Sarah Dugdale take over as the leads).
Super Bowl LIII (CBS) Apparently we are still condoning head injuries in the name of entertainment and advertising dollars.
The World’s Best (CBS) James Corden somehow has time to host another show. This one’s a talent competition series and its judges include RuPaul Charles, Drew Barrymoore, and Faith Hill.
Elvis Goes There (Epix) Film critic Elvis Mitchell joins superstar creators like Guillermo del Toro and Sofia Coppola as they take him to places that motivated their work.
PEN15 (Hulu) Series creators Anna Konkle and Maya Erskin star as the actual middle-school versions of themselves, because the wounds of adolescence really can take years to heal.
One Day at a Time (Netflix) Come for Rita Moreno. Stay for proof that the multi-cam format can prosper in Peak TV.
Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter (Lifetime) The mafia princess executive producers and narrates her life story.
61st Annual Grammy Awards (CBS) Dolly Parton will be honored as this year’s MusiCares Person of the Year, making her the first country artist to be recognized in this manner.
Margaret: The Rebel Princess (PBS) Can’t get enough of her in The Crown? This two-part special looks at Queen Elizabeth II’s younger sister, or as the press release puts it, the “woman whose own life and loves reflected the social and sexual upheavals of the 20th century.”
Ride With Norman Reedus (AMC) The third season of The Walking Dead star’s motorcycle-themed travel series has a guest list that’s heavy on his costars past and present (Andrew Lincoln, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Steven Yeun) as well as singers like Marilyn Manson.
The Walking Dead (AMC) Rick Grimes’ motto: Not quite dead yet.
Hustle (Viceland) With executive producers that include Alicia Keys and Marcus Samuelsson, this series follows host John Henry as he checks in with struggling business owners.
Slutever (Viceland) It’s the second season of sex writer Karley Sciortino’s series that challenges the way we look at topics like sexuality, gender and love.
The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti (HBO) This documentary on the NFL Hall of Famer also looks at his career as a lawyer, sports agent, broadcaster, executive, and philanthropist.
The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook (Ovation) Join actor Sam Neill as he retraces the famed captain’s trek across the largest ocean in the world.
Proven Innocent (Fox) Kelsey Grammer and Rachelle Lefevre star in this new legal drama about a firm that represents the wrongly convicted.
The Umbrella Academy (Netflix) Based on the graphic novels by My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, this live-action series about a family of superheroes stars Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Tom Hopper and more.
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You (Lifetime) Australian singer Delta Goodrem plays Newton-John in this biopic.
American Masters: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me (PBS) This film documentary looks at the late entertainer’s life through the eyes of the civil rights movement.
At Home with Amy Sedaris (truTV) The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean Amy—and special guests like Matthew Broderick, Justin Theroux, Susan Sarandon, Fred Armisen, and Rose Byrne—can’t teach us how to keep the festivities going.
Documentary Now! (IFC) The third season of Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Rhys Thomas’ documentary parody show will most definitely offer some Wild Wild Country side-eye.
Desus & Mero (Showtime) Desus Nice (Daniel Baker) and The Kid Mero’s (Joel Martinez) popular talk show moves to Showtime from Viceland, making it the former’s first foray into the weekly late-night format.
The Oath (Sony Crackle) It’s the second season of this dark crime drama, which counts 50 Cent as an executive producer.
34th Independent Spirit Awards (IFC) This year’s nominees for best picture are Eighth Grade, First Reformed, If Beale Street Could Talk, Leave No Trace, and You Were Never Really Here.
O.G. (HBO) Jeffrey Wright stars as a former prison gang leader who takes a new arrival under his wings just as he’s about to be released. William Fichtner and Theothus Carter also star.
91st Annual Academy Awards (ABC) Lock in your predictions and fire up Twitter … it’s Oscar time.
Shadowhunters (Freeform) Prepare for the final hunt before Freeform officially shuts off this supernatural drama’s lights.
It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It (HBO) Filmed in tandem with O.G. at Indiana’s Pendleton Correctional Facility, this documentary profiles 13 men incarcerated at the facility—several of whom were also cast as first-time actors in the Jeffrey Wright movie.
Whiskey Cavalier (ABC) Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan star as CIA agents who head an “inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies.” Their first task? Getting people to stop mocking their show’s name.
Wife Swap (CMT) Yeah, someone thought it’d be a good idea to revive this show. In this socio-political climate.