Sherlock: The Abominable Bride kicked off the exciting TV lineup for 2016, and more shows coming this year include the highly anticipated Twin Peaks and The X-Files revivals, as well as new projects from Mick Jagger, Damian Lewis, Rashida Jones, and Bryan Cranston, whose Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul also has a new drama series premiering on Hulu March 30. Here’s what TV fans are most buzzed to watch in 2016.
Lost co-creator Carlton Cuse will debut his new Sci-Fi drama Colony on January 14. As the official summary notes, the series is set in the near future and centers on a family trying to survive a world controlled by aliens. The show reunites Lost co-stars Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies and will air on USA.
Homeland’s Damian Lewis returns to Showtime January 17 in Billions, a new drama about U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades, played by Paul Giamatti, who goes after shady hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis) in a battle between two powerful New York figures, according to IMDB.
Also debuting January 17 on TBS is the network’s first-ever police procedural, Angie Tribeca, starring Rashida Jones as the lone-wolf detective, and a squad of committed LAPD detectives, “who investigate the most serious cases, from the murder of a ventriloquist to a rash of baker suicides.” The series reunites Jones with her The Office co-star Steve Carrell, who penned this cop parody series with his wife.
— The X-Files (@thexfiles) January 1, 2016
The most anticipated series of 2016 is The X Files mini-reboot, with Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny returning as detective duo Scully and Mulder on January 24 on FOX. In an interview with TV Line, Duchovny dished about what fans can expect and whether the revival could become an annual event.
“I don’t see why not. But we don’t want to just make more episodes because we can. I’m not interested in that. And I don’t think [show creator] Chris [Carter] is interested in that. If Chris is re-inspired to start thinking about where to take the show and the characters next I’m sure we’d all listen,” he said.
New York Times best-selling author Lev Grossman is getting a TV adaptation of his fantasy trilogy The Magicians, which, unlike the books — that focus of college students — will instead find the magically gifted characters a few years older and entering grad school. Fans of the books can expect the core story of Quentin Coldwater’s magical self discovery to remain the same. The series premieres January 25 on Syfy.
As TIME notes, the most star-studded series of the year is the first installment of American Crime Story: The People Vs OJ Simpson. Written by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck, and Scream Queens), the mini-series will take viewers behind-the-scenes of the most riveting court case in American history, with Cuba Gooding Jr. playing Simpson. The series also stars John Travolta, David Schwimmer, Sarah Paulson, Nathan Lane, and Connie Britton as its cast.
Martin Scorsese and his Boardwalk Empire co-producer Terence Winter have teamed up once more with HBO for its 10-part sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll series Vinyl, about a 1970s record company president. Mick Jagger also serves as an executive producer on what he has described as his “dream project.” Olivia Wilde and Bobby Cannavale star in the series which airs February 14.
“It was very sprawling,” says Jagger of the series. “And as TV became more refined and exciting and interesting to make, we decided to do it as a series.”
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Network executives aren’t the only ones cooking up new shows, as HULU is vying to compete with Netflix and Amazon’s originals by streaming Stephen King’s 11.22.63. Produced by J.J. Abrams, the weekly series stars James Franco as a high school English teacher who travels back in time to Nov. 22, 1963, to try to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Nostalgia will most certainly tickle your fancy with the reunion of (most of) the Full House cast for Fuller House. The original series saw widowed Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) struggling to raise his three daughters until his brother-in-law Jesse (John Stamos) and best friend Joey (Dave Coulier) move in. Now, it’s his daughter, D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure), who enlists the help of her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and friend Kimmy (Andrea Barber) to help raise her three boys. The series premieres February 26 on Netflix.
— E.J. Scott (@ejscott) January 2, 2016
Netflix is also prepping another Marvel Defenders series with Luke Cage, starring Mike Colter, as well as the horror thriller Stranger Things starring Winona Ryder. Meanwhile, Amazon is hoping fans will get into Giovanni Ribisi’s forthcoming crime drama Sneaky Pete.
Shonda Rhimes will continue her TV domination with her fraud investigative series The Catch starring The Killing’s Mireille Enoo. The show will join ABC’s #TGIT block Thursday nights beginning March 24.
More shows coming in 2016 can be found here, including the return of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, 25 years after its run. Showtime will give new life to the eccentric show with much of the original cast intact.
Which shows are you most excited about?
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