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24: Live Another Day
24: Live Another Day
  • Fox
  • Premieres: Monday, May. 5 at 8/7c

Jack is back, y'all. Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and other familiar faces from the 24 universe reprise their roles in this 12-hour limited event series. Set in London and appropriately subtitled Live Another Day, this continuation of the popular Fox thriller picks up four years after the events of the Season 8 finale, with Jack still on the run and being hunted by CIA agent played by new cast member Yvonne Strahovski.

The 100
The 100
  • CW
  • Premieres: Wednesday, Mar. 19 at 9/8c

What do you get when you cross The Lord of the Flies, Battlestar Galactica, and [insert any CW show here]? This surprisingly heavy and promising sci-fi drama about incredibly attractive juvenile delinquents who've been tasked with assessing the livability of a post-apocalyptic Earth while the adults wait in an orbiting spaceship to see if the kids are eaten by aliens. Teens will die, and you will enjoy it. (Pro tip: The title's pronounced "The Hundred," not "The One Hundred." Impress your friends.) Henry Ian Cusick, Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Isaiah Washington and future heartthrob Thomas McDonell star.

American Dream Builders
American Dream Builders
  • NBC
  • Premieres: Sunday, Mar. 23 at 8/7c

Interior designer Nate Berkus hosts this new reality competition series in which designers, architects, builders and landscapers throw their paint-splattered hats into the ring for a series of weekly elimination challenges that continue until only two competitors remain. The lucky finalists will each have to design and renovate an entire home, with America voting on the winner. Bonus: The finished abodes will be given away to two lucky viewers!

Bad Teacher
Bad Teacher
  • CBS
  • Premieres: Thursday, Apr. 24 at 8/7c

You loved the 2011 Cameron Diaz movie so much that CBS decided to turn it into a television show! The single-camera sitcom version follows the same plot, roughly: Meredith Davis (Ari Graynor) is a recently divorced trophy wife who finagles her way into a teaching job at a rich-kids school in order to bag a wealthy, sexy single dad. Look for some will-they-won't-they tension with Meredith's former classmate who's now a handsome gym teacher, and maybe even a few real life lessons for the students. Sarah Gilbert, Ryan Hansen, David Alan Grier and Kristin Davis co-star.

Believe
Believe
  • NBC
  • Premieres: Monday, Mar. 10 at 10/9c

The midseason's toughest-to-describe new offering follows a young girl with special powers (Johnny Sequoyah) and the ex-convict who's been tasked with protecting her as they run from a secret cabal that's trying to capture her and poke her with probes. Phew! Need a good reason to believe in Believe? Oscar-winning Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron came back down to Earth and brought along his buddy J.J. Abrams to executive-produce the fantasy/supernatural drama.

Black Box
Black Box
  • ABC
  • Premieres: Thursday, Apr. 24 at 10/9c

Kelly Reilly (Flight) stars as Dr. Catherine Black, a world-famous neurologist who researches the mysteries of the brain while also hiding her own mental illness: She's bipolar. Vanessa Redgrave, David Ajala, Ditch Davey, Terry Kinney, Ali Wong, Laura Fraser, David Chisum, and Siobhan Williams also star.

Chrisley Knows Best
Chrisley Knows Best
  • USA
  • Premieres: Tuesday, Mar. 11 at 10/9c

USA describes this newbie as a "real-life family comedy," which is basically a nice way of saying that it's a ridiculous reality series. Self-made multimillionaire Todd Chrisley and his seemingly perfect Southern family fill the spotlight as Todd rules with an iron fist and micromanages his wife Julie and their five children in their 30,000 square-foot Atlanta home. You'd think with all that space there wouldn't be any hiding places for real-life issues, but Chrisley Knows Best promises to find them.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
  • Fox
  • Premieres: Sunday, Mar. 9 at 9/8c

It's a Sunday night Fox series from Seth MacFarlane, but somehow there isn't an animated character, a talking dog, or a dirty joke in sight. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts this reboot of Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage with an updated look at the universe as we know it.

Crisis
Crisis
  • NBC
  • Premieres: Sunday, Mar. 16 at 10/9c

This action thriller kicks off when a school bus carrying the children of Washington, D.C.'s most elite and powerful people — including the offspring of the POTUS himself — is ambushed, and all the young'uns are kidnapped. Lance Gross (House of Payne) plays Secret Service agent Marcus Finley, who's drawn into the situation on his first day on the job. (Maybe he should ask The Blacklist 's Liz Keen for advice?) Gillian Anderson, Rachael Taylor and Dermot Mulroney also star.

Deadbeat
Deadbeat
  • Hulu
  • Premieres: Wednesday, Apr. 9 at 12/11c

Everyone loves Tyler Labine, right? The Reaper star gives funny-and-frightening TV another shot (good luck, buddy!) in this supernatural comedy about a hapless and heavyset medium. Labine's Kevin Pacalioglu doesn't just chat with ghosts, he helps them attend to their unfinished business before they go all the way into the light. His BFF Roofie (Brandon T. Jackson) gives him a hand, and his rival Camomile White (So You Think You Can Dance's Cat Deeley), a celebrity medium, does the opposite.

Doll & Em
Doll & Em
  • HBO
  • Premieres: Wednesday, Mar. 19 at 10/9c

The Newsroom's Emily Mortimer wrote this six-episode, semi-improvised comedy series, in which she also co-stars alongside her real-life bestie Dolly Wells (Bridget Jones's Diary). The women play heightened versions of themselves in a story that explores the ins and outs of female friendship and what happens when an actress hires her childhood best friend to be her assistant while filming a movie in Los Angeles.

Faking It
Faking It
  • MTV
  • Premieres: Tuesday, Apr. 22 at 10/9c

MTV aims to continue its scripted-programming winning streak with this new romantic comedy starring Katie Stevens and Rita Volk as two best friends who are mistakenly outed as lesbians, instantly making them celebrities in their high school. You know, because that totally happens sometimes (kids these days!). But once they realize how much they enjoy their newfound popularity, the gals decide to keep up the ruse. Michael Willett (United States of Tara), Bailey Buntain (Bunheads) and Gregg Sulkin (Wizards of Waverly Place) also star.

Fargo
Fargo
  • FX
  • Premieres: Tuesday, Apr. 15 at 10/9c

We'll be watching this one, you betcha. An adaptation of the Coen brothers' Oscar-winning 1996 film of the same name (and made with their blessing), this TV adaptation features an all-new true-crime story and characters. The cast is straight-up stacked: Sherlock's Martin Freeman stars as insurance salesman Lester Nygaard, whose life is forever changed once he meets Billy Bob Thornton's Lorne Malvo, a character who's simply described as "ruthless" and "manipulative." They're joined by Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Kate Walsh and so many other recognizable names that we can already hear the Emmy nominations rolling in. Ordered as a 10-episode limited event, the show has the potential to continue on as an anthology, similar to American Horror Story and True Detective.

Friends with Better Lives
Friends with Better Lives
  • CBS
  • Premieres: Monday, Mar. 31 at 9/8c

This multi-camera comedy follows a group of friends with — as you may have already gleaned from the title — grass-is-greener opinions about each other's lives. You've got your married couple with a kid, you've got your single career lady, you've got your newly engaged Brooklyn Decker and your newly divorced James Van Der Beek. Will it fill the void left by How I Met Your Mother? CBS sure hopes so!

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
  • El Rey
  • Premieres: Tuesday, Mar. 11 at 9/8c

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's 1996 horror flick gets the TV treatment as the first original program on Rodriguez's newbie El Rey Network. There's no George Clooney in this version, but it still boasts one of the most ridiculous — and fun — premises to ever grace the grindhouse: Two bank robbers on the run kidnap a preacher and his family and take refuge in a Mexican strip club full of vampires. Yes, you read that correctly. Robert Patrick, Wilmer Valderrama, and Don Johnson star.

Halt and Catch Fire
Halt and Catch Fire
  • AMC
  • Premieres: Sunday, Jun. 1 at 10/9c

Known to many as the grand return to television of Pushing Daisies' Lee Pace, this period drama doesn't go too far back: It's set in the 1980s, where it'll aim to recreate the critical era of personal computer pioneering. The series will follow a trio of characters — a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy — as they invent the great-great-great grandfather of that box you use to tweet out what you had for breakfast. Scoot McNairy and Mackenzie Davis also star.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • HBO
  • Premieres: Sunday, Apr. 27 at 11/10c

After a successful stint as Jon Stewart's summer replacement on The Daily Show, Community's Professor Duncan gets a chair to call his own on prestigious HBO. Oliver will go from daily to once-a-week duty as the host of his own topical half-hour satirical news show. That sounds right up Mr. Oliver's chimney!

Playing House
Playing House
  • USA
  • Premieres: Tuesday, Apr. 29 at 10/9c

Lennon Parham (Accidentally on Purpose) and Jessica St. Clair (Veep) created and star in this new USA comedy about two best friends. Parham plays Maggie, a mom-to-be whose marriage is ending in the wake of her husband having an affair, and St. Clair plays Emma, Maggie's career-driven best bud who drops everything and returns to their hometown after 13 years away to help Maggie raise the baby. Like Parham and St. Clair's last collaboration, the short-lived NBC sitcom Best Friends Forever, Playing House is rooted in the actresses' real-life friendship.

Resurrection
Resurrection
  • ABC
  • Premieres: Sunday, Mar. 9 at 9/8c

Zombies! Sort of. In a small town in Missouri, dead people rise from their graves decades after they went six feet under, causing many a freakout and much confusion. At the center of this existential mystery drama is one undead boy named Jacob, who shows up on his parents' (Kurtwood Smith, Frances Fisher) doorstep 30 years after he died. Naturally this causes some concern for his folks, as well as the sheriff (Matt Craven) whose wife drowned trying to save Jacob.

Review
Review
  • Comedy Central
  • Premieres: Thursday, Mar. 6 at 10/9c

If you've seen the Australian original — Review with Myles Barlow — you know it's good for a lot of nose-snorts, knee-slaps, and hernia-herniations (from laughter, not excessive lifting). The hilarious Andy Daly (Eastbound & Down, the best characters from Comedy Bang! Bang!) stars as host Forrest MacNeil, who skips typical review fodder, like movies and restaurants, to focus on reviewing "life itself." MacNeil is so unwaveringly committed to providing a critical take on such important subjects as stealing, addiction, and the prom that his work often interferes with his personal life, but hey — such is the cost of art

Saint George
Saint George
  • FX
  • Premieres: Thursday, Mar. 6 at 9/8c

This half-hour, multi-camera sitcom stars George Lopez as a version of himself; the "character" of George Lopez is a working-class Mexican-American who's found success as an entrepreneur, and the show follows Georges struggle to balance two cultures. Namely, those of his "all-American Anglo ex-wife" and his "overbearing, Mexican-American mother." Saint George is a "10/90" sitcom that will follow the same business model as its network sibling Anger Management, meaning if the first 10 episodes do well enough in the ratings, FX will order an additional 90. That's right, folks: There are 100 episodes of George Lopez possibly coming your way!

Salem
Salem
  • WGN America
  • Premieres: Sunday, Apr. 20 at 9/8c

WGN America's first scripted series stars heavily bearded hunks Shane West (Nikita) and Seth Gabel (Fringe) and the definitely non-bearded Janet Montgomery (Human Target) in TV's latest witch tale. Set in the late 1600s, this one takes a Sleepy Hollow approach to American history and explores the titular town's infamous trials as it attempts to reveal the "supernatural truth" — one that likely has the witches themselves running the show.

Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley
  • HBO
  • Premieres: Sunday, Apr. 6 at 10/9c

Nerds, nerds, NERDS! Prepare to be an early adopter of this promising comedy from Mike Judge (Office Space, King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-head), which follows six computer geeks as they try to crack open the cash cow that is Silicon Valley with the tech industry's next big idea. Come for the jokes about TED talks, stay for the ridiculously awesome cast that includes T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Zach Woods, Martin Starr and Kumail Nanjiani.

Sirens
Sirens
  • USA
  • Premieres: Thursday, Mar. 6 at 10/9c

Based on the U.K. series of the same name, USA Network's first-ever original half-hour comedy comes from Denis Leary (Rescue Me) and Bob Fisher (We're the Millers), and follows three goofball paramedics in Chicago who excel in their professional lives even though they aren't exactly the most "professional" of people. Mostly, they ride around the Windy City in an ambulance, saving lives and cracking jokes. Prepare yourself for lots of crass humor — this is a Denis Leary series, after all — and plenty of awkward and/or gross medical emergencies involving everything from a guy with a foreign object in his rear to a couple of old folks getting it on.

Surviving Jack
Surviving Jack
  • Fox
  • Premieres: Thursday, Mar. 27 at 9/8c

Based on the 2012 book I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern — he of $#*t My Dad Says fame — Surviving Jack stars Christopher Meloni as Jack, a no-nonsense kind of man who finally steps up to be a father just as his son (Connor Buckley) becomes a man. Rachael Harris plays Meloni's wife Joanne, and Hart of Dixie's Claudia Lee plays his daughter Rachel.

Turn
Turn
  • AMC
  • Premieres: Sunday, Apr. 6 at 9/8c

The Revolutionary War will be televised! The latest drama from the home of The Walking Dead is based on the true story published in Alexander Rose's Washington's Spies and follows a group of farmers who become America's first spies and turn (get it?) the tide in the War of Independence. Plus, it's poised to steal the award for TV's Best Use of Wigs from The Americans. Jamie Bell, Meegan Warner and Daniel Henshall star.

Years of Living Dangerously
Years of Living Dangerously
  • Showtime
  • Premieres: Sunday, Apr. 13 at 10/9c

The nonfiction docu-series about climate change boasts the unique draw of several big-name TV and movie stars, as well as a handful of famous journalists. Its "correspondents" — which include Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Michael C. Hall, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ian Somerhalder, among others — will travel all over the world to cover a range of subjects related to the hot-button topic of global warming. James Cameron is an executive producer. Also, once this thing premieres, Fox News is going to have material for days. Days!

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