Matt Roush’s 5 New Shows to Watch in 2019

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THE UNICORN - Walton Goggins
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The Unicorn

In a break from action roles, Justified‘s Walton Goggins is all sheepish charm in a comedy about a widowed dad who’s a hot commodity to local single ladies. The ensemble (including Michaela Watkins and Rob Corddry as funny, supportive friends) looks terrific.

The Unicorn, Thursdays, 8:30/7:30c, CBS

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Cobie Smulders drops her S.H.I.E.L.D. to play snarky and sexy Dex, a pugnacious PI in Portland, Oregon, with attitude to spare. We loved her on How I Met Your Mother as Robin, and she’s even more fun taking down crooks and robbers.

Stumptown, Wednesdays, 10/9c, ABC

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TV is awash in superheroes, but Kate Kane (Ruby Rose), cousin to MIA Bruce Wayne, breaks the mold in a stylish return to Gotham. This spiky caped crusader is also openly gay, striking blows for equality as well as justice.

Batwoman, Sundays, 8/7c, The CW



Five simple words — “How can I help you?” — could chill the blood in a sleek techno-thriller about an AI program threatening to outsmart its human creators. Mad Men‘s John Slattery makes a welcome return to TV as the remorseful Dr. Frankenstein of this story.

Next, Midseason, Fox

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist - Season Pilot
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Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Music to my ears, if not to Zoey’s (Jane Levy), this inventive hybrid of tuneful dramedy features a woman who starts hearing people’s thoughts through fantasy musical numbers. Risky, but potentially rewarding.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Midseason, NBC

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With the fall TV season still months away, it’s a leap of faith to get excited about upcoming series so early.

But here are five that jumped out at me during May’s network presentations, including a couple for midseason.