These Are the 30 New Shows Coming to TV Midseason
Ok, we know that you’ve barely digested the names of all the new fall series. But there are plenty more new shows— remakes, thrillers, comic book adaptations—eagerly waiting in line to premiere after this season’s shows…well, flop early. Here’s a list of tantalizing midseason shows that are slated for late fall and winter to replace the shows that don’t last. Check out the debuts coming to your broadcast and cable networks, plus streaming.
The Catch – In Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ latest twisty thriller, Mireille Enos (The Killing) stars as a fraud investigator whose own fiancé defrauds her.
The Family – The long-missing son (Zach Gilford, Friday Night Lights) of a rising politician (Joan Allen, The Killing) returns, but is he really who he says he is?
Of Kings & Prophets– The Bible becomes a lusty, bloody saga tracing the fate and fortunes of King Saul, the prophet Samuel and the young shepherd-turned-warrior, David.
The Real O’Neals – Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope) and Jay R. Ferguson (Mad Men) head up a family that spoofs Irish-Catholic stereotypes. He’s a cop, she puts a Mary statue over the toilet. One son is anorexic, another is gay. And the daughter pockets money she collects for the poor. Then there’s their priest buddy. (Sound familiar? CBS had a similar Irish-Catholic family show, The McCarthys.)
Uncle Buck – Mike Epps (Survivor’s Remorse, The Hangover franchise) takes the John Candy role in this spin-off of John Hughes’ warmly-remembered 1989 comedy about a wastrel-turned-nanny to his nieces and nephew. Plus:15 Fall Comedies to Make You Laugh
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders – Gary Sinise moves franchises, from CSI to Criminal Minds, as the head of an FBI unit that helps Americans who get in trouble abroad.
Rush Hour – John Foo and Justin Hires inherit their mismatched cop partner roles from Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, the stars of the hit movie franchise.
Bordertown – A satirical, animated look at life on the U.S./Mexico border, from the poisonous pen of Seth McFarlane
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life– An ensemble comedy about trying not to screw up life more than necessary. Jack Cutmore-Scott (Kingsman: The Secret Service) plays the bumbling main character.
Lookinglass– Rob Kazinski (True Blood) is the Frankenstein’s monster in this contemporary retelling of the tale of an aging loser resurrected as a younger, much improved version of himself.
Lucifer– Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic book, Tom Ellis (Rush) stars as the fallen angel known as Lucifer Morningstar. The Lord of Hell resigns his throne, moves to LA and uses his considerable powers to (what else?) help Detective Chloe Dancer (Lauren German, Chicago Fire) punish the wicked. Plus:21 New Dramas to Keep Life Interesting
Crowded– Just when you think you’re free of your grown-up kids, they return to the nest. This may be a sitcom, but mom (Carrie Preston, The Good Wife) and dad (Patrick Warburton, Rules of Engagement) don’t think it’s so funny.
Game of Silence– We know what you did—25 years ago. An attorney’s (David Lyons, Revolution) prosperous life is upended when long-lost childhood friends visit, and a dark secret they share resurfaces.
Heartbreaker – A reality-inspired medical drama about an outspoken and brilliant heart-transplant surgeon, Alex Panttiere (Melissa George, The Slap), with a personal life that’s as messy as her professional life is precise.
Hot and Bothered – The title describes Ana Sofia (Eva Longoria, Desperate Housewives), a telenovela superstar whose off-screen life is just as steamy, scandalous and over-the-top funny as her day job.
Shades of Blue – Jennifer Lopez has played law enforcement characters before in movies, but this time around she’s a dirty New York cop who gets a dangerous offer from the Feds that she can’t refuse.
Superstore – Another workplace comedy from producers of The Office, America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) and Ben Feldman (Mad Men) are two employees of a big box store who strive to keep their jobs—and their sanity.
You, Me and the Apocalypse – If a comet’s about to end the world, why not hang out with the ubiquitous Rob Lowe (who can also be found on The Grinder and Moonbeam City), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), and Jenna Fischer (The Office)? Their mismatched characters try to outwit, outlast and outplay the earth’s final days by making their way to a bunker in suburban London.
Containment(January 2016)– Atlanta is under quarantine in this evil virus thriller, based on a hit series from Belgium. Those quarantined inside fight for survival while those still outside search for a cure. David Gyasi (Interstellar), Chris Wood (The Vampire Diaries), Claudia Black (Farscape) and Trevor St. John (One Life to Live) are among the stars. Plus:Meet the Cast of Containment
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow– A host of DC franchise superheroes—including The Atom (Brandon Routh), the White Canary (Caity Lotz), Heat Wave and Captain Cold (Prison Break’s Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller, respectively)—band together to fight off the immortal supervillain Vandal Savage (Casper Crump). Hail the expanding Arrowverse.Plus:(Video) Get Ready to Time Travel
Mercy Street (Premieres Sunday, Jan. 17, 19/9c) – For its first U.S.-made drama in 10 years, public TV turns to a medical historical drama set during the Civil War—think Grey’s Anatomy without the lifesaving tech. Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Returned) are part of the cast.
Damien– It’s 25 years after all the devilish doings from the 1976 scare-fest The Omen (and its 2006 remake), and the film’s Damien Thorne (Bradley James, Merlin) is now all grown up—and ready to assume his destined role as the Antichrist.
Outcast – The Walking Dead comic book creator Robert Kirkman is writing this ubercreepy show about demonic possession. It centers on possessed young Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), whose search for answers uncovers a grim supernatural conspiracy.
The Shannara Chronicles (January 2016) – Terry Brooks’ phenomenally popular post-apocalyptic fantasy series—think Lord of the Rings—follows three teens: human Eretria (Ivana Baquero), human/elf Wili (Austin Butler) and elven princess Amberle (Poppy Drayton) as they undertake a heroic journey through the Four Lands, formerly known as Earth. Plus:Meet the Cast of Shannara Chronicles
The Expanse (Premieres December 10, 2015) – Based on the popular series of novels by James S.A. Corey, this space drama movie is set 200 years in the future after humans have colonized the solar system. A cynical detective (Thomas Jane, Hung)) and a rogue ship’s captain (Steven Strait, Magic City) race across the solar system to unravel a dangerous world-threatening conspiracy.
Billions (Premieres Sunday, January 17, 10/9c) – In this Wall Street thriller, U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes (Paul Giamatti) is intent on taking down smug hedge fund money bags Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis, Homeland). Kinky sex, corruption and really expensive real estate play their parts.
Colony (Premieres Thursday, Jan. 14, 10/9c) – After alien forces conquer Los Angeles, Will (Josh Holloway, Lost) and Katie Bowman (Sarah Wayne Callies, The Walking Dead) must choose whether to resist—or to collaborate and save their young son. Plus:A First Look at Josh Holloway’s New Show
Queen of the South (2016) First a Spanish novel, then a telenovela, now an English-language cable series with Alice Braga, this crime drama details the rise of a Mexican woman on the run from drug violence, who goes on to become chief of a U.S.-based cartel.
Underground (Spring 2016) – John Legend produces this historical drama, about a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from a Georgia plantation to the North. Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (True Blood) and Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) are among the cast.
Fuller House (March 2016) – Uncle Jesse is back! John Stamos produces and guest stars in his old role, in a sequel to the popular ‘90s sitcom about a widowed dad, Danny Tanner (Bob Saget), raising three little girls with his two buddies. Candace Cameron-Bure (D.J.), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie), Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler) and more familiar faces will reprise their roles. D.J. is now a widow raising two boys, with another kid on the way. Plus:The Long Road From Full to Fuller House
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misidentified the network that will air Billions. This version has been updated.