40 new and returning midseson TV shows (videos)

January 6, 2018

40 new and returning midseson TV shows (videos)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The thermometer may indicate frigid weather, but things sure are heating up on the programming front. That’s because early January marks the beginning of television’s midseason.

The rise of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon only has intensified the importance of midseason strategizing. Each year sees an increase in original programming, and that makes things far trickier for networks and cable channels positioning themselves for a stretch run in the second half of the TV season.

So Fox programmers could hardly wait to throw that midseason switch. Indeed, they jumped out to an early midseason start, barely before the strains of “Auld Lang Syne” had faded away.

The Fox comedy “LA to Vegas” premiered Tuesday, Jan. 2. Dylan McDermott (“The Practice”) stars in the fledgling series about the crew and passengers on a weekend no-frills round-trip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. The following night saw the return of “The X-Files” (as 10-episode miniseries) and the debut of “9-1-1,” a drama about police officers, paramedics and firefighters (Angela Bassett, Connie Britton and Peter Krause star).

But that was merely the opening salvo in the midseason maneuvers. To say there’s plenty more on the way would be an extreme exercise in understatement. Here are just 40 of the high-profile new and returning series showing up over the next three months:

“Final Appeal” (7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, Oxygen): The true-crime newcomer teams former prosecutor Loni Combs with former Atlanta Falcons player Brian Banks, who was convicted of rape in 2002 but fully exonerated after serving more than five years in prison. The reality series follows Combs and Banks as they follow controversial cases that may have led to wrongful convictions.

“The Chi” (10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, Showtime): Lena Waithe, an Emmy winner as a writer on Netflix’s “Master of None,” created this drama about a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. Rick Famuyiwa (“The Dope”) directed the pilot episode for the series, which stars Jason Mitchell (“Mudbound”).

“Undercover High” (10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, A&E): This documentary series follows seven young adults, age 21 to 26, as they go undercover for a semester as high school students in Topeka, Kansas. The goal is to examine how teens cope with everything from bullying to the pervasiveness of social media.

“The Magicians” (9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, Syfy): Magical Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and his friends return for a third season of the cable series based on the novels by Lev Grossman.

“Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” (Friday, Jan. 12, Amazon): This 10-episode anthology series is based on short stories by science-fiction master Philip K. Dick (“The Man in the High Castle”). The executive producers behind this ambitious effort include Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica”), Michael Dinner (“Justified”) and Bryan Crnaston (“Breaking Bad”). Among those starring in episodes are Cranston, Steve Buscemi, Anna Paquin, Timothy Spall, Vera Farmiga and Terrence Howard, the “Empire” star who grew up in Cleveland.

“Somebody Feed Phil” (Friday, Jan. 12, Netflix): The food-and-travel reality series starring “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator-producer Phil Rosenthal moves from PBS to Netflix for its second season.

“Taken” (9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, WKYC Channel 3): Adam Goldberg and Jessica Camacho join the greatly overhauled cast for the NBC drama’s 16-episode second season. Clive Standen and Jennifer Beals return as top-billed stars.

“Victoria” (9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, WVIZ Channel 25 and WEAO Channel 49): This will be the second season for the “Masterpiece” drama starring Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert.

“Divorce” (10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, HBO): Sarah Jessica Parker’s comedy, which premiered in 2016, gets a second season. The cast also features Thomas Haden Church (“Sideways”) and former “Saturday Night Live” regular Molly Shannon, who grew up in Shaker Heights.

“Crashing” (10:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, HBO): Pete Holmes returns for a second season of this semi-autobiographical comedy based on his experiences as a devout Christian trying to make it as a stand-up comedian.

“Black Lightning” (9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, WBNX Channel 55): Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning in the CW series based on based on a DC superhero created about 40 years ago by Cleveland native Tony Isabella with artist Trevor Von Eeden.

“The Path” (Wednesday, Jan. 17, Hulu): It will be a 13-episode third season for Aaron Paul’s series about members of a fictional religion called Meyerism.

“American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” (10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, FX): Executive producer Ryan Murphy’s follow-up to the acclaimed “The People v. O.J. Simpson” will examine the 1997 Miami Beach murder of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace. Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin and Edgar Ramirez star.

“Corporate” (10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, Comedy Central): The premiere of this dark workplace cable comedy introduces us to the world of Hampton DeVille, a notorious multinational corporation that will exploit almost anything for profit.

“Portlandia” (10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, IFC): This will be the eighth and final season for the quirky comedy starring series creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.

“Counterpart” (8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, Starz): J.K. Simmons and Olivia Williams have top billing in this science-fiction espionage thriller about a United Nations bureaucrat who discovers a top-secret passage to a parallel dimension.

“The Resident” (10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, WJW Channel 8): Fox premieres a medical drama about three doctors at different stages of their careers. Matt Czuchry stars.

“The Alienist” (9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, TNT): Based on Caleb Carr’s 1994 crime novel set during New York City’s Gilded Age, this cable drama stars Daniel Bruhl as the brilliant but obsessed Laszlo Kreizler, a specialist in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies. He’s on the trail of a ritualistic killer murdering young boys. The psychological thriller also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans.

“Baskets” (10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, FX): This will be the third season for the edgy cable comedy starring Zach Galifianakis as both a rodeo clown and his twin brother.

“Waco” (10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, Paramount Network): The rebranded Spike channel premieres this six-part miniseries about the 1993 standoff between federal law enforcement and the Branch Davidian cult led by David Koresh. The cast includes Taylor Kitsch (as Koresh), Michael Shannon, John Leguizamo, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim and Julia Garner.

“One Day at a Time” (Friday, Jan. 26, Netflix): This updating of the 1975-84 CBS comedy gets a second season. Justina Machado stars.

“Citizen Rose” (8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, E!): Former “Charmed” star Rose McGowan, an outspoken critic of sexual harassment in Hollywood, stars in this reality series about her battles with “the Hollywood machine.”

“A.P. Bio” (9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, Channel 3): Glenn Howerton stars in this NBC comedy about a philosophy scholar who loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school advanced placement biology teacher. Patton Oswalt plays his principal.

“Altered Carbon” (Friday, Feb. 2, Netflix): Joel Kinnaman, Martha Higareda, Kristin Lehman and James Purefoy star in a 10-episode adaptation of Richard Morgan’s 2002 science-fiction novel set in the 25th century. Kinman plays a warrior imprisoned for 500 years. A murder investigation gives him the chance to return to Earth.

“Our Cartoon President” (8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, Showtime): Stephen Colbert is the executive producer behind this animated series that takes aim at the Trump White House.

“Here and Now” (9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, HBO): Alan Ball (“True Blood,” “Six Feet Under”) is the writer and executive producer behind this drama about a multiracial family. Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter star.

“Homeland” (9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, Showtime): Emmy winner Claire Danes returns for a seventh season as Carrie Mathison.

“Seven Seconds” (Friday, Feb. 23, Netflix): Writer-producer Veena Sud (“The Killing”) turns a Russian action movie, “The Major,” into a 10-episode drama about racial tensions in Jersey City, New Jersey. Regina King stars.

“Ash vs. the Evil Dead” (9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, Starz): This will be the third season for the comedy-horror series with Bruce Campbell reprising his big-screen role of Ash Williams.

“Living Biblically” (9:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, Channel 19): The CBS comedy stars Jay R. Ferguson as Chip Curry, a modern-day man at an emotional crossroads. He decides to live strictly in accordance with the Bible. Lindsey Kraft, Ian Gomez, David Krumholtz, Tony Rock and Camryn Manheim also star.

“Good Girls” (10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, Channel 3): This NBC mix of comedy and drama stars Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman and Retta as three suburban moms who decide to solve their financial problems by robbing a local grocery store with toy guns. Matthew Lillard and Reno Wilson co-star.

“Survivor” (8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, Channel 19): The durable CBS reality show begins its 36th edition, “Ghost Island.”

“The Looming Tower” (Wednesday, Feb. 28, Hulu): Tahar Rahim, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg and Jeff Daniels star in this 10-epsidoe adaptation of Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the rise of Osama bin Laden and the planning of the 9/11 attacks.

“The Good Fight” (Sunday, March 4, CBS All Access): The sequel to “The Good Wife” gets a second streaming season. Christine Baranski stars.

“Hard Sun” (Wednesday, March 7, Hulu): Neil Cross (“Luther”) is the creator of this dark six-episode crime drama about two London police officers (Agyness Deyn and Jim Sturgess) who discover that the human race could be extinct within five years.

“American Idol” (8 p.m. Sunday, March 11, WEWS Channel 5): The singing competition reality show returns on a new network, ABC. The judging panel will be Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. Ryan Seacrest is back as host.

“Instinct” (8 p.m. Sunday, March 11, Channel 19): The CBS drama stars Alan Cumming as a professor and former CIA agent pulled back into his old way of life.

“Rise” (10 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, Channel 3): From writer-producer Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”), this NBC drama stars Josh Radnor as a dedicated teacher and family man who sheds his self-doubt and takes over a school’s lackluster theater department.

“The Terror” (9 p.m. Monday, March 26, AMC): Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies and Ciarán Hinds star in this 10-episode adaptation of Dan Simmons’ 2007 novel about Capt. John Franklin’s “lost expedition” in search of the Northwest Passage.

“Roseanne” (8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, Channel 5): Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf and Sarah Chalke (playing a different role) are back for ABC’s revival series.