Spring Preview New Shows

13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why

Netflix Premieres: Friday, Mar. 31

Based on the best-selling book of the same name, the 13-episode miniseries tells the story of a teen girl's suicide. Before taking her own life, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) recorded 13 tapes, each focused on a specific classmate who played a role in her death. One of them, Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), receives the tapes, and through their dual narratives, the show explores what could drive a young girl to make such a gut-wrenching decision and how, as Hannah says, "everything affects everything." Selena Gomez, who at one point was going to star as Hannah, serves as executive producer, along with Oscar winner Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), who directed the first two episodes. The cast includes Kate Walsh as Hannah's mother, Miles Heizer as Hannah's former friend Alex and Sosie Bacon – daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick – as another classmate, Skye.

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American Gods

American Gods

Starz Premieres: Sunday, Apr. 30 at 9:00 PM

Executive producers Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Kings) are behind this highly anticipated adaptation of Neil Gaiman's beloved novel of the same name that explores a world in which the old gods of biblical and mythological roots are steadily losing followers to the new gods of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. The eight-episode first season follows Shadow Moon (The 100's Ricky Whittle), an ex-con who becomes the traveling partner and bodyguard of Ian McShane's (Deadwood) Mr. Wednesday, a con man who is eventually revealed to be Odin, one of the old gods, on a mission to gather his forces in preparation for battle against the new gods. The exciting cast includes Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Gillian Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Jonathan Tucker, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones and Cloris Leachman among others.

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Anne

Anne

Netflix Premieres: Friday, May. 12

Anne of Green Gables is coming to the small screen. Netflix's adaptation of the beloved children's series stars Amybeth McNulty as the titular orphan, who's sent to live with a pair of elderly siblings (Geraldine James and R.H. Thomson) in 1890. Given that Breaking Bad alum and Emmy Award winner Moira Walley-Beckett is serving as lead writer and showrunner, expect the series to be much more than a flowery adaptation and delve into issues including feminism, identity issues and bullying.

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The Arrangement

The Arrangement

E! Premieres: Sunday, Mar. 5 at 10:00 PM

Everyone involved in E!'s newest scripted series will tell you that it's absolutely not based on Scientology. It's also totally not based on the relationship of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. But it sure sounds like it it. The drama tells the story of an aspiring actress (Christine Evangelista) who's presented with a million-dollar contract that could ensure her fame and fortune after just one incredible date with a popular movie star (Josh Henderson). The arranged relationship contract gets even more complicated when it's revealed to be the work of Kyle's mentor (Michael Vartan), who just so happens to be the leader of the Institute of the Higher Mind, a secretive self-help organization that, remember, is definitely, totally, not at all Scientology.

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Chicago Justice

Chicago Justice

NBC Premieres: Sunday, Mar. 5 at 9:00 PM

The fourth installment of Dick Wolf's One Chicago franchise follows P.D. character Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) over to the state attorney's office, where he joins forces with a small team of lawyers and investigators in pursuit of, well, justice. Justice is described as a more "cerebral" show than its Windy City predecessors, and fans of Wolf's other franchise, Law & Order, will notice plenty of similarities – starting with the fact that its main character, Assistant State Attorney Peter Stone (Philip Winchester) is the son of Law & Order's Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty).

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Class

Class

BBC America Premieres: Saturday, Apr. 15 at 10:00 PM

A spin-off of the long-running British sci-fi drama Doctor Who, this eight-part new drama from YA writer and executive producer Patrick Ness is set in the halls of Coal Hill School, which has been part of the Whoniverse since the very beginning. The new series, which some folks have compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer because of its school setting, follows the adventures of four students who must navigate and balance the mundanities of every day life with the burden of saving the world. You see, the frequent use of time travel has started to break down the walls of time and space and because we can't just have nice things, a mysterious force is pushing in from the other side and threatening to drag the entire world into Shadow.

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Dear White People

Dear White People

Netflix Premieres: Friday, Apr. 28

To get a good idea of what the inspiration for this comedy is, just go check out the comments on the YouTube page of the series' trailer. But if you're scared of racist tirades from people who hide behind their keyboards, know this: Dear White People is based on the indie film of the same name and satirizes the white establishment as it exists on a college campus. Told from the perspective of a handful of black students attending an Ivy League school, the series has already drawn hate from the alt-right, leading creator Justin Simien to basically shrug his shoulders and say, "See what I mean?"

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Downward Dog

Downward Dog

ABC Premieres: Wednesday, May. 17 at 9:30 PM

Based on a web series, the comedy follows Nan (Allison Tolman) as she navigates her personal and professional lives, but it's told through the eyes of her dog Martin (voiced by Samm Hodges, played by a pooch named Ned). Martin's solemn, philosophical observations lend more depth to a show merely described as a "talking dog sitcom." Lucas Neff, Barry Rothbart and Kirby Howell-Baptiste also star.

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Famous in Love

Famous in Love

Freeform Premieres: Tuesday, Apr. 18 at 9:00 PM

Bella Thorne returns to TV as Paige Townsend, an aspiring actress who lands the role of a lifetime in a young adult romance movie series. Suddenly, Paige goes from girl next door to Hollywood's new favorite tabloid cover as she navigates the pressures and pitfalls of the limelight and falling in love with her co-star, played by Carter Jenkins. The series is based on the best-selling novels by Rebecca Serle, who is executive-producing alongside Pretty Little Liars creator I. Marlene King. It's a soapy drama with tons of secrets and unexpected twists that will fill the Pretty Little Liars hole in your heart once the show ends.

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Feud: Bette and Joan

Feud: Bette and Joan

FX Premieres: Sunday, Mar. 5 at 10:00 PM

Ryan Murphy's latest anthology series tracks the legendary rivalry between screen icons Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) during the making of their 1962 classic What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? that revitalized their careers. Come for the camp, stay for the exploration of entrenched Hollywood ageism and misogyny. And the all-Oscars fifth episode, where the un-nominated Crawford famously found a way to upstage nominee Davis. Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jackie Hoffman, Alison Wright and Kiernan Shipka co-star in the eight-episode first season.

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Girlboss

Girlboss

Netflix Premieres: Friday, Apr. 21

The Netflix drama, developed by Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect) and executive-produced by Charlize Theron, is based on the autobiography of the same title by Sophia Amoruso, founder of the online store Nasty Gal. Amoruso is stepping out of the spotlight here (though she'll still act as an executive producer), and in her place will be Britt Robertson playing the "Sophia" character. The show will adopt a warts-and-all approach in its depiction of Sophia. As Theron puts it: "Audiences are connecting with what women are, in all our complexities. ... I've built a whole career playing flawed and f—ed up characters." However, for viewers wondering whether the show will delve into Nasty Gal's recent financial troubles, you'll have to wait for a later season: the initial run concludes with Sophia deciding to open her online store.

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Great News

Great News

NBC Premieres: Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 9:00 PM

Remember The Intern with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro? This is like that, if Anne Hathaway played a TV news producer and Robert De Niro were her overbearing mother. Bored and directionless, Carol (Andrea Martin) decides to intern at her daughter Katie's (Briga Heelan) evening news station, much to the latter's chagrin. The comedy comes from 30 Rock and The Mindy Project writer Tracey Wigfield, and is produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, so the workplace antics are as weird and wacky as you'd expect. (Be on the lookout for some great sight gags.) Horatio Sanz plays Justin, Katie's BFF at work, and Adam Campbell plays Greg, her executive producer and potential love interest. John Michael Higgins and Nicole Richie (yes, that Nicole Richie) steal the show as the Odd Couple-esque hosts of the news show-within-the-show The Breakdown.

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The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Hulu Premieres: Wednesday, Apr. 26

There has, sadly, never been a better time for an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, which explores a world in which all fertile American women have been enslaved as broodmares under a newly instated totalitarian theocracy. Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred, a handmaid who must strike a tricky balance between surviving the oppressive regime and not losing hope of getting her life and agency back. Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Ann Dowd and Alexis Bledel co-star.

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Harlots

Harlots

Hulu Premieres: Wednesday, Mar. 29

Hulu is going historical with Harlots, a new drama series set in 18th century Georgian London that trades in the currency of the time: sex. The series, which is told from the female gaze, stars Samantha Morton as Margaret Wells, the owner of a struggling brothel who must fight off an attack from a rival madam, Lesley Manville's Lydia Quigley. Through the stories of the young women who work for both Margaret and Lydia, Harlots explores how selling sex allows women to advance in society. Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown-Findlay also stars.

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I Love Dick

I Love Dick

Amazon Premieres: Friday, May. 12

WHAT!?!?!? Oh! Dick, as in Richard. Kathyrn Hahn plays a therapist in a troubled marriage who attends a retreat that kickstarts her mental and physical obsession with its man of the hour, a charismatic professor named Dick (Kevin Bacon). Told in shifting POV formats, I Love Dick digs deep into psychological comedy and is executive-produced by Transparent's Jill Solloway. Griffin Dunne also stars as the husband who gets Dick'd over.

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Imaginary Mary

Imaginary Mary

ABC Premieres: Wednesday, Mar. 29 at 8:30 PM

Jenna Elfman returns to TV as Alice, a successful, fiercely independent single woman whose life gets turned upside down when she meets Ben (Stephen Schneider), a divorced father of three. And it's not just because she falls madly in love with him – her childhood imaginary friend Mary (voiced by Rachel Dratch) reappears to help her navigate this uncharted territory. Predictably, Mary has as many bad ideas as she does good ones. She's like if the devil and angel on your shoulder merged into one adorable furry monster. The show comes from The Goldbergs' Adam F. Goldberg, David Guarascio and Patrick Osborne, who won an Oscar two years ago for his animated short Feast.

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Kicking & Screaming

Kicking & Screaming

FOX Premieres: Thursday, Mar. 9 at 9:00 PM

Expert survivalists are teamed with pampered counterparts and placed in a forbidden wilderness where they encounter dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather in a survival competition series.

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Making History

Making History

FOX Premieres: Sunday, Mar. 5 at 8:30 PM

In Fox's latest comedy, Happy Endings' Adam Pally plays Dan, a college janitor who happens to have a time machine, which he uses to go back in time to date Paul Revere's daughter Deborah (Leighton Meester), which inadvertently disrupts the course of the American Revolution. Naturally, he enlists history professor Chris (Yassir Lester) for help. Making History is an uncommonly plot-heavy network comedy, made even tighter by its short (nine episode) first season, which Pally says adds a "sort of Breaking Bad narrative feel to network comedy that you just don't see." It starts in the Revolutionary War era, but will jump around a bunch of times and places, including Chicago in 1919 – a big year for the city that saw the Black Sox World Series gambling scandal and a terrible race riot.

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Marvel's Iron Fist

Marvel's Iron Fist

Netflix Premieres: Friday, Mar. 17

The final chapter in Netflix's Marvel series before The Defenders will focus on Danny Rand (Finn Jones), a young billionaire who was presumed dead after his family's private jet crashed in the Himalayas when he was a young boy. He's returned to New York City more than a decade later to reclaim his father's company only to find out that his father's best friend and former CEO is allegedly dead, and his childhood friends have taken over the business. Danny must find a way to prove he is who he says he is as powerful people attack him to keep him from taking what they've claimed as their own. Luckily, Danny was trained in martial arts during his time away and can use his powers to get to the bottom of the mystery afoot and reclaim his father's business before joining Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) in their band of heroes defending New York City.

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Shots Fired

Shots Fired

FOX Premieres: Wednesday, Mar. 22 at 8:00 PM

The tough conversation surrounding police brutality takes a tricky turn when a young black cop (Mack Wilds) shoots an unarmed white teenager in a fictional North Carolina town. As the community unravels in turmoil and anger, an investigation – led in part by Ashe Akino (Sanaa Lathan) – helps unspool secrets in the police department and the community, upending lives as it unfolds.

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Snatch

Snatch

Crackle Premieres: Thursday, Mar. 16

Did we need a television show based on Guy Ritchie's already perfect British crime caper Snatch? Uhhh, maybe? Rupert Grint and Ed Westwick star in this series that carries on the very British film's spirit – that is, skint blokes getting into Barney with mad lads – in a story about low-level criminals who come across a van full of gold bullion and all sorts of twisted criminal elements. Westwick also shoots a machine gun in a Virgin Mary kimono, so that's cool.

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The Son

The Son

AMC Premieres: Saturday, Apr. 8 at 9:00 PM

AMC's latest series stars Pierce Brosnan and Pierce Brosnan's epic beard in a gripping family saga based on Philipp Meyer's Pulitzer Prize finalist novel of the same name. The 10-episode first season spans 150 years and three generations as it depicts the rise of a ranching and oil dynasty led by Brosnan's Eli McCullough, who transforms from a charismatic family patriarch into a calculating killer as a rise in wealth and privilege creates enemies and long-lasting consequences that affect the entire McCullough family.‚Äč

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Time After Time

Time After Time

ABC Premieres: Sunday, Mar. 5 at 9:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Jack the Ripper's ultimate nemesis was the legendary author H.G. Wells? More importantly, have you ever wondered whether Jack the Ripper and H.G. Wells were actually total babes? These are the important questions ABC's Time After Time sets out to answer. (Spoiler alert: The answers to both are a resounding "YES!") In this cat-and-mouse drama, Sexy H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma) must travel to modern-day NYC to stop his former friend Sexy Jack the Ripper (Josh Bowman) from killing again. It's silly and weird and the perfect thing to watch if you're still missing the gone-before-its-time Forever.

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Trial & Error

Trial & Error

NBC Premieres: Tuesday, Mar. 14 at 10:00 PM

NBC is hoping to finally get its comedy groove back with this mockumentary series about a man (John Lithgow) who's accused of murdering his wife and the lawyer (Nicholas D'Agosto) who's sent to a small town to defend him. While the premise sounds dark enough to be the plot of an AMC drama, Trial & Error demonstrates a surprising ability to mine humor from the most dire of circumstances. The show borrows heavily from NBC laughers like 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, and thanks to strong performances by its two leading men and supporting player Sherri Shepherd, feels like it could eventually stand on equal footing with those predecessors.

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