Every Big TV Show Premiering in December 2019
The year may be winding down, but Netflix, Disney+, and all the rest are still very intent on closing out 2019 with an overwhelming amount of television. To keep you sane as you set about diligently programming your VCR or other newfangled recording device, we've compiled this ridiculously comprehensive list of just about every major television premiere date announced.
After you binge the absolute best shows of the year, tune in for some of the hidden gems and major premieres set to close out the year with a bang. Here's what's slated to hit TV for the rest of the year, and a glimpse at what's coming in 2020.
Note: The asterisks in front of a title indicate that it's a new show.
**The Age of AI (YouTube)
An eight-part documentary about the evolution of artificial intelligence and the scientists at the forefront of the technological innovation. Robert Downey Jr. narrates the series. Watch the trailer.
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family and Good Times (ABC)
The latest installment of ABC's live special Live in Front of a Studio Audience is set to feature recreation of classic episodes of beloved sitcoms All in the Family and Good Times.
A musical drama about the interconnected lives of artists trying to make it in LA. Watch the trailer.
**Wisting (Sundance Now)
A Norweigan miniseries about an investigator on the hunt for a mysterious, violent killer around Christmas.
**A Christmas Carol (FX)
Yet another adaptation of the classic holiday tale by Charles Dickens. This one was co-produced by the BBC and helmed by Peaky Blinders showrunner Stephen Knight, featuring appearances by Guy Pearce, Andy Serkis, Joe Alwyn, and Tom Hardy. Watch the trailer.
**Twice Upon a Time (Netflix)
When a man receives a strange package that turns out to be a way to travel to the past in this French drama, he finds an opportunity to prevent the emotional breakup happening in his life in the present.
**Pick of the Litter (Disney+)
This heartwarming docuseries follows a group of pups through their training as they learn to become guide dogs for the visually impaired. Watch the trailer.
**Trending Fear (Travel)
A writer/illustrator who published a story about his haunting experience that went viral on Buzzfeed will now host a spooky docuseries in which he travel across the US to meet other people with their own paranormal encounters.
**The Witcher (Netflix)
Henry Cavill stars in this adaptation of the popular fantasy series about monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, who unites with a sorceress and princess in order to fight an impending darkness. Watch the trailer.
Food Network Challenge (Food)
This popular competition series is coming back with Ian Ziering as the host.
Carole and Tuesday (Netflix)
The popular anime about two teenage musicians from renowned anime creator Shinichiro Watanabe is back for a second season.
**John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch (Netflix)
The beloved comedian is getting his own children's variety show full of music sketches and appearances by other big celebrities. Watch the teaser.
Lost in Space (Netflix)
Danger, Will Robinson. A continuation of the Robinson family and their robot friend's journey in outer space to make it back to their planet colony. Watch the trailer.
Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 (Netflix)
This popular foreign reality series about young people living in a house together is headed to Tokyo for its next installment.
Murdoch Mysteries (Acorn TV)
A continuation of the long-running British procedural starring Neil Dudgeon.
The first season of this insane thriller aired on Lifetime, but Season 2 found a new home on Netflix. It's set to feature Penn Badgley's terrifying character Joe on the run in LA. Watch the trailer.
**The Gift (Netflix)
Netflix's latest Turkish series is about a painter who finds she may be connected in an unsuspecting way to an Anatolian archeological site. Watch the trailer.
**Dare Me (USA)
A series adaptation of the popular novel by Megan Abbott about two high school cheerleaders' lives that start to unravel when a new cheer coach arrives. Watch the trailer.
**Flirty Dancing (FOX)
A new reality dating show inspired by the UK series of the same name that combines dancing with dating. Actress/dancer Jenna Dewan hosts. Watch the trailer.
**Lost in the Wild (Travel)
An investigative true crime series that looks into mysterious cases of explorers disappearing, often without a trace, in the wild.
**The Neighbor (Netflix)
An adaptation of the popular Spanish comedy about a struggling 20-something named Javier who comes in contact with an alien and unexpectedly becomes a superhero. Watch the trailer.
Big premieres coming in 2020
**Alaska PD (A&E)
A reality show that gives viewers a ride in the patrol car of Alaskan police officers, following along on their 911 calls dealing with crimes, dangerous animals, and weather conditions. Watch the trailer.
Doctor Who (BBC America)
It's been three years since we've seen new Doctor Who episodes -- but it's time to jump back into the TARDIS because the series premieres as soon as the new year hits. Watch the trailer.
**The Explosion Show (Science)
Do you like watching stuff blow up? Then this is the show for you, because it finds a MythBusters host looking into the forensics of different kinds of explosions.
When a man in the Middle East claims to be the son of God and builds up a group of devoted followers, a CIA agent gets assigned to his case to investigate what could be a rising cult. Watch the trailer.
**Spinning Out (Netflix)
Kaya Scodelario (Skins) plays a figure skater who gets injured at the peak of her career, but has the opportunity to continue skating if she teams up with a partner. Watch the trailer.
Stephen Dorff stars in this new law enforcement drama, from the writer of Castle, about a sheriff who suddenly becomes the head of the department after the former sheriff dies. Watch the trailer.
**Ghost Adventures: Screaming Room (Travel)
This one's for the Ghost Adventures super fans, as it literally finds the Ghost Adventures team sitting in a room rewatching old episodes, reflecting on their favorite investigations.
**Sex, Explained (Netflix)
A docuseries about everything you ever wanted to know about sex and probably more, from what's really going on with attraction to the history of birth control.
**Thieves of the Wood (Netflix)
A Belgian 18th century period piece about a soldier who returns home from battle and convinces bandits in his village to reclaim their home by stealing from the rich.
77th Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC)
Ricky Gervais hosts the film/TV award show that's fun to watch because it's the one where celebs get to drink (even though this year has very boring nominations).
This 50 Cent-produced drama's final season was split in half, and the final episodes will conclude in early 2020. Watch the trailer.
The Bachelor (ABC)
It's back and dramatic as ever! Will the girls be there for the right reasons? Watch the trailer.
A new neo-noir anthology series produced by Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot) with the first season focusing on the Ross Thomas crime novel of the same name about a political fixer (Rosario Dawson) who goes home to Texas to investigate the mysterious death of her sister. Watch the trailer.
The Sinner (USA)
The latest installment of the mystery series looks at an investigator (Bill Pullman) on the case of what he believes to be a car accident but turns out to be much more twisted. Chris Messina and Matt Bomer also lead the cast. Watch the trailer.
**FBI: Most Wanted (CBS)
As you can probably guess, this new cop series focuses on the branch of the FBI tasked with tracking down the most dangerous criminals. Watch the trailer.
**Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
An upcoming musical comedy about a woman who inexplicably develops the ability to hear other people's thoughts… in the form of… song. Many musical numbers to come. Watch the trailer.
**America's Top Dog (A&E)
Teams of professional police dogs, plus one team of regular household pups, compete in a series of challenges to see who'll be named the goodest boy. Watch the trailer.
A reality series about an extremely competitive cheerleading team in Texas.
**Party of Five (FreeForm)
A contemporary reboot of the family drama of the same name, with this version focusing on the Acosta family children, who must try to survive together when their parents are deported to Mexico. Watch the trailer.
A look into cases of people who own mining claims they purchased at extremely low prices but turned out to discover a great deal of treasure.
**AJ and the Queen (Netflix)
RuPaul co-created and stars in this comedy as a drag queen who sets off across the country to open a drag club, and meets and picks up a runaway child while on the road. Watch the trailer.
**Bill Burr Presents: The Ringers (Comedy Central)
A new stand-up showcase series featuring acts from emerging talents. Watch the trailer.
A Japanese lawyer goes to London in search of his brother, a mobster, who is presumed to be dead, and finds himself caught up in a string of gang crimes in this British/Japanese thriller. Watch the teaser.
**Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector (NBC)
A series adaptation of the popular crime novel of the same name written by Jeffery Deaver about a member of the NYPD who must retire when the serial killer he's tracking leaves him paralyzed. When the criminal resurfaces, the detective is asked to come back on the case. Watch the trailer.
**Medical Police (Netflix)
A pair of doctors in Brazil discover a violent, threatening virus that may be the center of a government conspiracy plot which they race against the clock to treat.
**The Owl House (Disney+)
Disney+'s first original animated series about a teenage boy who's stuck in a dark realm and must fight off evil with his witchy friends. Watch the trailer.
**Until Dawn (Netflix)
A French reality series that places comics in supposedly haunted locations and has them complete spooky tasks to see who can last the longest.
**The Outsider (HBO)
One of Stephen King's latest works is being adapted into an HBO series. The Outsider follows a group of investigators struggling to solve the mysterious murder of a young boy. Jason Bateman stars. Watch the teaser.
Jane Austen's final work, a story about a woman who moves to a small fishing village, will see a series adaptation on PBS. Watch the trailer.
**Meet the Frasers (E!)
Another wild reality show is coming to E! -- this one focusing on a Rhode Island-based psychic medium. Watch the trailer.
The New Pope (HBO)
The HBO miniseries The Young Pope is back -- this time as The New Pope. Jude Law will return, following up where the original series left off with his character in a coma, making room for the new pope to move into the papacy, aka John Malkovich as John Paul III. A handful of guests are also set to appear, like Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson. Watch the trailer.
**68 Whiskey (Paramount)
An adaptation of a similar Israeli series, this comedy focuses on a group of medics in Afghanistan working out of a base known as The Orphanage. Watch the trailer.
**Expedition With Steve Backshall (PBS)
A documentary series joining traveler Steve Backshall on his adventurous, often dangerous, expeditions around the world.
Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
This won't be the final season of the comedy series -- it's signed on for one more after this -- so get ready for more laughs from the Jane Fonda/Lily Tomlin buddy comedy.
**Listing Impossible (CNBC)
LA real estate agent Aaron Kirman and his team try to sell multimillion dollar listings that are struggling to get off the market in his reality series.
**Everything's Gonna Be Okay (FreeForm)
A new family dramedy about a 25-year-old still living at home who must step up to help raise his family when their single father becomes sick. Watch the trailer.
**Seven Worlds, One Planet (BBC America)
Another David Attenborough-narrated nature doc from the team behind Planet Earth, featuring the wonders of all seven continents. Watch the trailer.
**Little America (Apple TV)
The Big Sick co-writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon are behind this emotional new anthology which tells a different immigrant story in each of its eight episodes. Watch the trailer.
Sex Education (Netflix)
Season 2 of the heartwarming British teen series about the son of a sex therapist who runs his own underground clinic.
**9-1-1: Lone Star (FOX)
A spin-off of 9-1-1, this version is set in Austin and stars Rob Lowe and Liv Tyler. Watch the trailer.
**Avenue 5 (HBO)
Veep may have just wrapped up, but the show creator Armando Iannucci is already back with a new comedy for HBO. This time he's taking his satirical skills to outer-space making a sci-fi spoof about a fancy vacation space ship. Hugh Laurie, Zach Woods, Josh Gad, and others star. Watch the trailer.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Larry David's comedy is onto its 10th season. Watch the trailer.
**Murdered by Morning (Oxygen)
A true crime docuseries about cases where people's nights took a dangerous turn that led to murder.
**Spy Games (Bravo)
This new reality series puts 10 strangers in a house and has them complete a series of espionage-inspired challenges designed by former CIA agents.
**Street Outlaws: Fastest in America (Discovery)
A drag racing reality competition series.
Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens (Comedy Central)
A semi-autobiographical series created by and starring Awkwafina giving her backstory as Nora Lum, growing up in Flushing, Queens. Watch the trailer.
The Bold Type (Freeform)
More women's media madness en route from the hysterical series. Watch the trailer.
**The Dead Lands (Shudder)
This series from New Zealand, inspired by the culture of the indigenous Māori people, us about a warrior who dies but is sent back to Earth from the Afterlife to make up for his sins. He finds Earth taken over by other evil spirits from the land of the undead. Watch the trailer.
**The Ghost Bride (Netflix)
A Malaysian drama set in the late 1800s about a woman who dies and wakes up in the afterlife, requested to be the ghost bride of a recently deceased, wealthy heir. Watch the teaser.
**October Faction (Netflix)
An adaptation of the Steve Niles and Damien Worm comic series about a family of monster hunters.
Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson play parents to legitimate genius children in this new comedy coming to FOX. Watch the trailer.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)
Season 3 of the teenage witch series.
The Ranch (Netflix)
The Ashton Kutcher comedy's wrapping up with its eighth season.
The Aidy Bryant-starring dramedy about a woman figuring out life, love, and self-confidence in LA is back for a second season. Watch the trailer.
Miracle Workers: Dark Ages (TBS)
The series starring Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi as angels is takes on a much different tone for Season 2, sending them from Heaven down to Earth this time, as they're playing regular people in the medieval era just trying to survive. Watch the trailer.
**Night on Earth (Netflix)
A nature series exploring the wonders of nocturnal creatures that come alive at night.
A dystopian, sci-fi series where everyone is intensely monitored that follows a woman who witnesses a murder on a surveillance camera, and proceeds to investigate on her own.
The Good Place (NBC)
We'll finally know the end to the cosmological journey of Eleanor, Chidi, and co. as The Good Place wraps up with a 90-minute finale.
**The Stranger (Netflix)
A miniseries adaptation of the thriller by Harlan Coben about a man who is approached by a stranger and learns a devastating secret about his family, leading to a series of revealing truths.
BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
The remaining episodes of the beloved animated horseman comedy's final season air this January. Watch the trailer.
**Luna Nera (Netflix)
An Italian series about a woman accused of witchcraft in 17th century Italy. Watch the teaser.
This Norwegian drama imagines a village where climate change is especially pressing, and potentially becoming a new era of Ragnarok-like natural disasters, unless the town can find a solution before it's too late. Watch the trailer.
**Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer (Amazon Prime)
The controversial Ted Bundy fascination will continue into 2020 with an Amazon docuseries about his relationship with longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kendall, told from her directly. Watch the trailer.
**LEGO Masters (Fox)
Will Arnett hosts this creative competition series that challenges teams to make structure out of LEGOs.
Fran Descher is coming back to sitcoms. In this Dan Levy-created series, Adam Pally and Abby Elliot play a couple who must take in his aging parents (Drescher and Steven Weber) when they encounter financial troubles.
**Katy Keene (CW)
Yet another show in the Riverdale/CW universe is on the way. This comedy focuses on aspiring artists in New York -- the titular Katy Keene, a hopeful fashion designer played by Lucy Hale; and her new friend Josie, who just moved to the city from Riverdale to follow a career in music. Watch the trailer.
Edie Falco plays a NYPD cop who moves to LA to become the LAPD’s first-ever woman chief of police in this procedural. Watch the trailer.
High Maintenance (HBO)
The guy has some more deliveries for Season 4. Watch the teaser.
**Locke & Key (Netflix)
The Joe Hill comic of the same name is being adapted for Netflix, following a group of siblings who go back to their family home after their father dies and discovers three keys that turn out to be in the demand of a spirit haunting the house.
The popular political thriller wraps up with its eighth and final season this February. Watch the trailer.
Season 2 of this underrated Jim Carrey-starring comedy was originally set to air in fall 2019, but was pushed back to 2020. Luckily, new episodes -- and guest stars like Ariana Grande -- are on the way. Watch the trailer.
**For Life (ABC)
A drama based on the true story of Isaac Wright Jr., a man who was wrongfully convicted for drug offenses and after being exonerated went on to become a lawyer. Nicholas Pinnock stars, and 50 Cent is on as producer. Watch the trailer.
**High Fidelity (Hulu)
Goodbye John Cusack, hello Zoe Kravitz. The Nick Hornby novel that went on to become a movie is getting a series treatment with Kravitz in the leading role of the obsessive record store owner.
The Real Bros of Simi Valley (Facebook Watch)
Season 3 of Facebook's resident bro comedy about a group of adult bros.
Amy Poehler is one of the creators behind this animated series, and also provides the voice for the main character, a teenaged boy named Duncan who lives an extremely average life. The rest of the voice cast is rounded out by Rashida Jones, Wiz Khalifa, and many others.
**Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (HGTV)
The do-gooder remodeling series is coming back to TV with Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson as the new host. Watch the trailer.
**The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
An eight-part adaptation of the James McBride book about abolitionist John Brown. Ethan Hawke is taking on the leading role and Daveed Diggs will play Frederick Douglass.
**War of the Worlds (Epix)
War of the Worlds is coming to TV. The H.G. Wells story made infamous by an Orson Welles radio performance is now set to take place in present-day Europe, with aliens from another galaxy taking over.
**Year of the Rabbit (IFC)
Another British comedy starring Matt Berry (What We Do in the Shadows, Toast of London). He'll play a Victorian-era detective on the hunt for criminals in London in this new series. Watch the trailer.
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Season 5 of the Breaking Bad spin-off may have been delayed, but it's finally arriving in early 2020.
**Queen Sono (Netflix)
A South African spy series about a secret agent about to embark on her most dangerous mission.
A new-future sci-fi series about a corporate tech mogul who becomes President and is faced by a group of smart teenagers trying to put a stop to his manipulative surveillance system.
**Dispatches From Elsewhere (AMC)
Jason Segel is returning to TV as one of the stars of and the creator/writer behind this fantasy series. The show follows people in Philadelphia, including Sally Field, Andre 3000, and Richard E. Grant, who start to notice a puzzle and challenges from the "Dispatches from Elsewhere" hidden in their daily lives, revealing something magical at work. Watch the trailer.
This docuseries chronicles the life and political career of Hillary Rodham Clinton over the course of four episodes. Watch the teaser.
Cosmos: Possible Worlds (Nat Geo)
Yes, Neil deGrasse Tyson will be voicing this Cosmos reboot, keying you into all the wonders of our universe.
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