2015 marked the season end for some of our favorite shows, with Clara making her exit from Doctor Who, Carrie regaining her peers’ respect on Homeland, and Mr. Robot knocking the socks off everyone in its path. While it’s hard to say goodbye (for now), we can say hello to a batch of new and returning shows premiering in 2016:
Sherlock makes its return to PBS on January 1, with a one-off Victorian-era special. The usual suspects will be returning, including Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), Doctor John Watson (Martin Freeman) and Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs), just decked out in 19th century garb. Showrunner Steven Moffat described the special at 2015’s San Diego Comic Con, saying, ““It’s a variation on Sherlock that’s more in keeping with the original [Arthur Conan Doyle stories].” A repeat of the special will also air on January 10.
2. Downton Abbey
Julian Fellowes‘ beloved series Downton Abbey is coming to an end, with this being its final season. The sixth series will kick off on PBS on January 3 and run through February. The story is moving into a more modern age, and the characters face big decisions. Hopefully the eight-part series will give us the closure we’ve all been craving.
Showtime’s new series Billions is a story of wealth and power, following two ambitious figures based in NYC. Paul Giamatti takes on the role of blue blood U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades. His opposition, self-made billionaire hedge fund king Bobby Axelrod, is played by Damian Lewis. The two go head-to-head on January 17.
4. Mercy Street
Based on true events, Mercy Street covers the front lines of the American Civil War and spills into the Mansion House Hospital in Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia. The series stars Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gary Cole, Peter Gerety and Norbert Leo Butz. According to PBS, “Filmed on location in Virginia, the six-part series is the first American drama to air on PBS in more than a decade.” The first episode will air on January 17.
5. War & Peace
BBC breaks down Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace into a six-part series, starring Lily James, James Norton, Paul Dano, Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea and Rebecca Front. The epic saga details Napoleon’s conquest of Western Europe and the impact on five Russian aristocratic families in the 1800s, adapted by Andrew Davies (House of Cards). The series will air on both Lifetime and A&E History on January 18.
6. London Spy
Having starred in the BBCA original The Hour, Ben Whishaw makes his return to BBC AMERICA in the espionage drama London Spy. Whishaw takes on the role of party boy Danny. He has a brief encounter with a young man by the name of Alex (Edward Holcroft), and it’s clear the two have a connection. Their romance is short-lived when Alex turns up dead. Danny finds himself shoulder-deep in global espionage, and he is not prepared. London Spy, also starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling, premieres on BBC AMERICA on January 21.
7. Mad Dogs
A group of friends head to Belize for some fun in the sun, and that’s exactly what they don’t get in the Amazon original series Mad Dogs. The middle-aged guys, who have known each other since grade school, get together to celebrate one of their friend’s early retirement. The retiree is unexplainably wealthy and invites his friends to indulge in his over-the-top lifestyle. But as we know, nothing comes for free. Mad Dogs, starring Ben Chaplin, Billy Zane, Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli, and Steve Zahn, premieres on Amazon on January 22.
8. The X-Files
We last saw Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) in 2002. They’re back. Fox (the TV channel, not to be confused with the character) is continuing their story and the search for extraterrestrial life, with the six-part series returning on January 24. We are so ready for their return. Fox has just released a 21-minute preview, giving us some insider information.
9. You, Me and the Apocalypse
The British-American series You, Me and the Apocalypse has already aired in the U.K. and is now heading this way. The title does a nice job of summing up the synopsis: the story revolves around a group of people shuffled underground to safety, where they watch the apocalypse on TV. We’re curious to find out what happens post-apocalypse. The series stars Mathew Baynton, Jenna Fischer, Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally, Joel Fry, and Gaia Scodellaro. The series kicks off on January 28.
Martin Scorsese has teamed up with Boardwalk Empire showrunner Terence Winter and rocker Mick Jagger to bring us Vinyl. The ten-part HBO series takes us back to the glitz and glam of the music industry during the 1970s disco scene. And there’s some punk edge in there, too. The series stars Olivia Wilde and Bobby Cannavale. The series premieres on February 14.
Hulu presents Stephen King‘s 11.22.63 on February 15. Jake Epping (James Franco) is recruited by a seasoned time traveler to go back in time and attempt to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. While traveling in time, Jake undoes some wrongs while he is there. He can’t wait to head back to 2011 to see all that has changed after his do-gooding.
12. House of Cards
House of Cards makes its way back to Netflix on March 4. It seems like Democrat Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) climbed the political ladder fairly quickly. He didn’t do it alone, he had the love and support of his razor-sharp wife Claire (Robin Wright). When we left off with him in season three, he had been elected to POTUS. We’re now heading into season four, and he’s already reached the top of the food chain. Where is he to go from here?
13. The Path
— The Path (@ThePathOnHulu) December 8, 2015
Hulu’s The Path stars Aaron Paul, Minka Kelly, Hugh Dancy and Michelle Monaghan. The story revolves around a family at the center of a cult. According to a Hulu press release, “Each episode takes an in-depth look at the gravitational pull of belief and what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want.” We’re looking forward to finding out more details on March 30.
Starz renewed Outlander for a second season, prior to the first season even running its course. Well, the second season is almost here and predicted to hit American TVs this March. We’ll pick up with Claire (Catriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) as they head to France. Here’s a first look of the couple in their French garb from season two.
15. Orphan Black
Orphan Black will be making its return to BBC AMERICA with ten new episodes in Spring 2016. Straight from BBCA, here’s what we can expect from season four: “Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) will follow Beth’s (also, Maslany) footsteps into a dangerous relationship with a potent new enemy, heading in a horrifying new direction. Under constant pressure to protect the sisterhood and keep everyone safe, Sarah’s old habits begin to resurface. As the close-knit sisters are pulled in disparate directions, Sarah finds herself estranged from the loving relationships that changed her for the better.” #CANTWAIT
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