23 New Shows You Should Watch in 2016

TV Insider Staff
Winter Preview 2016

Winter Viewing

Plenty of new shows are popping up between January and March, kickstarting 2016 as possibly another year of peak TV. Check out all the comedies, dramas, sci-fi and fantasy series coming to the small screen.

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Premieres: Monday, Jan. 4, 8/7c, NBC

About the show: This workplace comedy follows a band of quirky, antics-prone employees working in a big box chain store called Cloud 9, with Amy (America Ferrera, Ugly Betty) as the stern floor manager and Jonah (Ben Feldman, A to Z) as the newest employee.

Watch If You Like: The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Read more: America Ferrera on Her Newest Role as a Big Box Store Manager | Roush Review: Superstore Is a Comedy Bargain

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Premieres: Monday, Jan. 4, 8:30/7:30c, NBC

About the show: A behind-the-scenes look at the funny shenanigans of actors and crew working on a popular telenovela that stars Ana Sofia (Eva Longoria, Desperate Housewives), who actually can't speak a word of Spanish.

Watch If You Like: Jane the Virgin, Ugly Betty, The Muppets

Read more: Eva Longoria on Soaping It Up With 'Love, Sex and Friendship'

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Shannara Chronicles

Premieres: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 10/9c, MTV

About the show: Based on the novels by Terry Brooks, the MTV adaptation follows Wil Ohmsford (Austin Butler, The Carrie Diaries), a half-human, half-elf warrior who must team up with an elven princess and a human thief to protect their land from demonic forces.

Watch If You Like: Game of Thrones, The 100, Lord of the Rings

Read more: Heroic Elves Use Magic (and Modern Tech) to Save the World

Angel From Hell

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Angel From Hell

Premieres: Thursday, Jan. 7, 9:30/8:30c, CBS

About the show: A tightly-wound doctor named Allison (Maggie Lawson, Psych) suddenly finds herself with an unwanted guardian angel (Jane Lynch, Glee), who may or may not be real.

Watch If You Like: Mom, Psych, Glee

Read more: Jane Lynch on Playing a Not-So-Heavenly Host | (Video) Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson

Shades of Blue

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Shades of Blue

Premieres: Thursday, Jan. 7, 10/9c, NBC

About the show: Detective Harlee Santos (Jennifer Lopez), who works for one of the most corrupt precincts in Brooklyn, finds herself playing two sides when she's forced by the FBI to inform on her squad.

Watch If You Like: Southland, NYPD Blue, The Americans

Read more: J.Lo Braves the Complicated World of Corrupt Cops | Video: Lopez on Why She's a 'Ferocious Protector'

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Premieres: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 9/8c, Freeform (formerly ABC Family)

About the show: This serialized adaptation of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series follows 18-year-old Clary (Katherine McNamara) as she discovers her powers as a "shadowhunter," an angelic being with the destiny to hunt down and destroy demons.

Watch If You Like: The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, The Secret Circle

Read more: Protecting Mankind From the Demon Underworld

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Second Chance

Premieres: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 9/8c, FOX

About the show: When police officer Jimmy Pritchard dies at 75, he's brought back to life as a younger version of himself (played by Rob Kazinksy, True Blood), which gives him a second chance to right the wrongs of his past.

Watch If You Like: Forever, Fringe, Blindspot

Read more: Getting Another Chances at Life, in a (Much) Younger Body

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Premieres: Thursday, Jan. 14, 10/9c, USA

About the show: In the future, Los Angeles has become occupied by mysterious forces that have put up a giant wall separating the city. When former FBI agent Will Bowman (Josh Holloway, Lost) is offered a chance to reunite with a long-lost son, he and his wife, Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies, The Walking Dead), must decide who to trust.

Watch If You Like: V, Lost, Childhood's End

Read more: Occupied (and Trapped) by Borders in Los Angeles

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Mercy Street

Premieres: Sunday, Jan. 17, 10/9c, PBS

About the show: Set during the Civil War and based on true events, the historical drama follows surgeon Dr. Jed Foster (Josh Radnor, How I Met Your Mother) and two nurses—Mary Phinney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, The Returned) and Emma Green (Hannah James)—on opposite sides of the North and South.

Watch if You Like: Call the Midwife, The Crimson Field, Downton Abbey

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Premieres: Sunday, Jan. 17, 10/9c, Showtime

About the show: U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti, John Adams) decides to make it his mission to go after hedge fund CEO Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis, Homeland) for insider trading.

Watch if You Like: The Art of More, Blood & Oil, Homeland

Read more: Two Men Fighting for Power (and Money) by Any Means Necessary


War and Peace

Premieres: Monday, Jan. 18, 9/8c, A&E, Lifetime, History

About the show: Leo Tolstoy's novel, adapted into a six-part series, follows five aristocratic Russian families, as well as a love triangle between Natasha Rostova (Lily James, Downton Abbey), Pierre Bezukhov (Paul Dano, The Sopranos) and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (James Norton, Grantchester).

Watch if You Like: Downton Abbey, Poldark, Anna Karenina

Read more: Trimming Tolstoy's Epic Tale for the Modern Age

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The X-Files

Premieres: Sunday, Jan. 24, 10/9c, FOX (after the NFC Championship)

About the show: Agents Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny) are back on the small screen to solve another out-of-this-world case in this six-episode revival.

Watch if You Like: The original X-Files, Fringe, Lost

Read more: Chasing the Truth That's Still Out There



Angie Tribeca

Premieres: Sunday, Jan. 17, 9/8c, TBS

About the show: This crime procedural parody follows Angie Tribeca (Rashida Jones, Parks and Recreation) and a squad of LAPD detectives who investigate serious and silly crimes.

Watch if You Like: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Battle Creek, Backstrom

Read more: 5 Reasons to Love Rashida Jones

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow

Premieres: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 8/7c, The CW

About the show: The latest DC spinoff series bands together some serious good guys and dubious rogues (all introduced before on The Flash and Arrow) who must work together, under the guidance of Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill, Doctor Who), to stop Vandal Savage (Caspar Crump) from taking over the world.

Watch if You Like: The Flash, Arrow, Continuum

Read more: Misfit "Avengers" Time Traveling to Stop an Immortal Villain


The Magicians

Premieres: Monday, Jan. 25, 9/8c, Syfy

About the show: Lev Grossman's popular trilogy becomes a series following Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) as he discovers a magic school where he learns to develop his innate abilities. On the flip side, his best friend Julia (Stella Maeve) travels a different, darker route to discover magic.

Watch if You Like: The Librarians, The Secret Circle, Harry Potter

Read more: Syfy's New Show Takes an 'Adult Perspective' on Harry Potter

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Premieres: Monday, Jan. 25, 9/8c, FOX

About the show: Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis, Rush) decides he's bored with ruling Hell and has fun in Los Angeles instead. But when a friend is murdered, he teams up with Det. Chloe Dancer (Lauren German, Chicago Fire) to catch bad souls.

Watch if You Like: Constantine, Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural

Read more: 5 Things to Know About the Devilish Lucifer

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American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson

Premieres: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 10/9c, FOX

About the show: Not to be confused with ABC's American Crime, this miniseries tracks the shocking trial of football star O.J. Simpson (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and the behind-the-scenes drama with his defense team. Even Kris Jenner (Selma Blair) and Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer) make an appearance.

Watch if You Like: American Crime, Law & Order: SVU, Scandal

Read more: Exposing the Center of the Biggest Trial in America

Bobby Cannavale



Premieres: Sunday, Feb. 14, 9/8c, HBO

About the show: Music honcho (and former cocaine addict) Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire) hits a series of disastrous setbacks that force him to reevaluate everything and jumpstart a new life during the '70s. Plus, both Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger serve as executive producers.

Watch if You Like: Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire

Read more: Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger Bring '70s Rock 'n' Roll to Life

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

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Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Premieres: Wednesday, March 2, 10/9c, CBS

About the show: Although Gary Sinise (CSI: New York) reprises a lawman role, his team has the ability to travel around the world helping American citizens abroad who are in need of legal help.

Watch if You Like: The original Criminal Minds, Homeland, CSI: New York

Read more: Gary Sinise on Playing an FBI Agent Without a Revenge Agenda


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The Family

Premieres: Sunday, March 6, 9/8c, ABC

About the show: After eight years, the kidnapped youngest son of the Warren family returns home to a shocked family led by Mayor Claire Warren (Joan Allen). The family must get to know Adam (Liam James, The Killing) all over again, wondering if he's who he claims to be.

Watch if You Like: The Returned, The Killing, Broadchurch

Read more: When a Kidnapped Son Returns Home Years Later (or Did He?)


The Real O'Neals

Premieres: Tuesday. March 8, 8:30/7:30c, ABC

About the show: When youngest son Kenny (Noah Galvin) reveals he's gay, his mom (Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope) and the rest of his Catholic family, must learn how to support him.

Watch if You Like: Raising Hope, The McCarthys, Last Man Standing

Read more: A Catholic Clan's Comedic Ways of Supporting a Son Coming Out of the Closet

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Premieres: Wednesday, March 9, WGNAmerica, Time TBD

About the show: Inspired by true events of the Underground Railroad, the series follows a group of slaves, led by Noah (Aldis Hodge, Leverage), who plan a daring escape aided by an abolitionist couple. Expect some anachronistic music to reinforce moments in the series.

Watch if You Like: Manhattan, Empire, Lost

Read more: WGN America's Slavery Drama Dives Into a 'Desperate, Dangerous Atmosphere'


The Path

Premieres: Wednesday. March 30, Hulu

About the show: A devout couple in a New Agey religious group has a crisis of faith when the wife Sarah (Michelle Monaghan, True Dectective) questions her husband Eddie's (Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad) marital faithfulness while he questions his own beliefs.

Watch if You Like: Hand of God, The Leftovers, Breaking Bad

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