The Outsider, Series Premiere, Sunday, Jan. 12, 9/8c, HBO
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In the first installment of a planned anthology, Mr. Robot guru Sam Esmail brings his quirky vision to this adaptation of Ross Thomas’ pulpy 1984 tale. A private eye (Rosario Dawson) uncovers corruption (and escaped zoo animals) in her Texas hometown while digging into her sister’s murder.
Briarpatch, Series Premiere, Thursday, Feb. 6, 10/9c, USA
Big Little Lies‘Zoë Kravitz headlines a gender-flipped take on Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel — the basis of a John Cusack movie and a Broadway musical — as a record-store owner who may not be able to make it work with a new guy (Fosse/Verdon‘sJake Lacy) until she sorts out her old romantic missteps.
High Fidelity, Series Premiere, Friday, Feb. 14, Hulu
The Good Lord Bird
James McBride’s 2013 National Book Award winner about Henry Shackleford, the teen slave who crossed paths with the likes of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass during the Civil War, becomes an eight-part limited series costarring Ethan Hawke as abolitionist John Brown. Newcomer Joshua Johnson-Lionel plays Shackleford.
The Good Lord Bird, Series Premiere, Winter, Showtime
A shipment of cocaine’s journey from its Mexican source to a buyer in Europe is told through the eyes of the brokers, dealers and couriers handling it along the way in this eight-part crime drama. It’s based on Roberto Saviano’s 2015 nonfiction report on the global drug trade, with an international cast that includes Gabriel Byrne and Waco‘s Andrea Riseborough.
ZeroZeroZero, Series Premiere, Spring, Prime Video
The 2013 postapocalyptic film about a train carrying mankind’s survivors around the now-frozen Earth gets a serialized adaptation starring Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and Tony winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton). Both the movie and series are based on a 1982 French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige.
Snowpiercer, Series Premiere, Spring, TNT
Lies, forbidden loves and the Battle of Waterloo collide when Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes brings his juicy 2016 novel, set in 19th-century London’s high society, to life. The soapy tale of one family’s dirty little secret features Tamsin Greig (Episodes) and Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones).
Belgravia, Series Premiere, TBA, Epix
The Haunting of Bly Manor
A governess hired to take care of two kids in a possibly haunted country estate? That sounds like a job for the folks behind The Haunting of Hill House, who continue the anthology franchise with a rendering of Henry James’ 1898 chiller, The Turn of the Screw, starring Hill vets Victoria Pedretti and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.
The holiday season is over, but TV has some new gifts you'll never want to return. Settle in for 12 months of fan-favorite stars (Fran Drescher, Edie Falco), inspiring physical feats (the Olympics), new streaming services, and another must-see season of Outlander.
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