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Every New and Returning TV Show We're Excited for in 2020

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'Cursed' | Netflix
'Cursed' | Netflix

The sheer number of scripted television shows being produced each year — a whopping 532 series aired across all networks, cable, and streaming services in 2019 — is staggering, and that doesn't even factor in the zillions of reality shows perpetually pumping out episodes. But while the percentage of quality shows has fallen over the past decade as a result, there's never been more to love or a wider variety of programming to watch. We're into it.

What notable new and returning shows are on tap for 2020? Just bookmark this curated list of the most promising new TV series and returning favorites coming to a small screen near you, and you'll always be in the know.
Also read: Netflix originals we're excited to see this year

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Netflix

Warrior Nun

Netflix, July 2
Oh, lord: This fantasy series is about a demon-hunting nun. Based on a graphic novel, this series follows a young woman who wakes up in a morgue with an artifact stuck in her back, learning she now has powers and is divinely chosen to be involved in a war between Heaven and Hell. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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Kailey Schwerman/Netflix

Baby-Sitters Club

Netflix, July 3
The Baby-Sitters Club is back in business. The beloved YA book series, which was previously adapted as both a series and a movie in the '90s, is returning with an all-new cast on Netflix. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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Amazon Studios

Hanna

Amazon Prime, July 3
Hanna isn't the only highly skilled teenage assassin. Season 2 of this Prime drama inspired by the 2011 film of the same name is set to explore other young people like Hanna, now that she's discovered she's not the only one of her kind. -- SB 
(Watch the teaser

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Netflix

Ju-On: Origins

Netflix, July 3
That creepy ghost from The Grudge isn't done haunting you yet. The franchise that began in the '90s is actually a pretty big deal in Japan, having launched 13 total movies, including several American remakes, and now it's getting a Netflix series. The Japanese show will explain the disturbing incidents that took place in the classic haunted house decades ago. Happy haunting! -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

Desus and Mero

Showtime, July 5
The boys are back! The late night show is returning with a new slate of guests for a virtual edition that was filmed in quarantine. -- SB

Outcry

Showtime, July 5
Documentarian Pat Kondalis (Disgraced) latest subject in this upcoming docuseries is Greg Kelley, a former high school football star who is in prison and seeking exoneration for the conviction of molesting a 4-year-old boy. The grave, unsettling story is said to examine the case and how it's left a Texas town divided, considering the conviction was based on the victim's word alone, potentially leaving a real perpetrator at large. -- SB 
(Watch the trailer

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Ben King/Netflix

Stateless

Netflix, July 8
Cate Blanchett is one of the creators behind this Australian series that already aired down under to acclaim and is now headed stateside. Stateless explores Australia's flawed immigration system and tells stories inspired by true events, following four very different families escaping various circumstances whose lives become intertwined while stuck in an immigration detention centre. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

Cake

FXX, July 9
You can settle into something delicious this July because more outrageous, bit-sized animated shorts from the series Cake are on the way. -- SB

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HBO Max

Close Enough

HBO Max, July 9
Close Enough was close to airing back in 2017 on TBS, but then the adult animation project got shelved. The series from Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel about a young couple and their 5-year-old daughter living in an LA duplex will finally get to see the light of day, though, on HBO Max. -- SB 
(Watch the trailer) 

Expecting Amy

HBO Max, July 9
This three-part documentary featuring Amy Schumer isn't quite a comedy special but a look at her life while she was still touring even as she was enduring a particularly difficult pregnancy. --SB
(Watch the trailer)

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Netflix

Down to Earth With Zac Efron

Netflix, July 10
Zac Efron is getting his own Gwyneth Paltrow Goop Lab-like treatment. He's keeping things grounded and down to Earth, though -- traveling across the globe with wellness Darien Olien to find the most sustainable ways to live. Right on, man. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

Greatness Code

Apple TV+, July 10
Apple's getting into even more short-form content and sports docs. This seven episode docuseries features famous athletes including the likes of Lebron James, Alex Morgan, Usain Bolt, and others discussing pivotal moments of their careers. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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Apple TV+

Little Voice

Apple TV+, July 10
Sara Bareilles may have once sang, "I'm not going to write you a love song," but she sure is writing a lot of them for this upcoming romantic drama. The songwriter made a splash on Broadway writing the original music for the musical Waitress, and now she's moving her talents over to Apple to executive produce and provide music for this series about a musician struggling to make it and navigate life in NYC. -- SB
(Watch the trailer

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Starz

P-Valley

Starz, July 12
This new drama was adapted from Katori Hall's acclaimed play Pussy Valley and focuses on a strip club in the Mississippi Delta, telling the stories of the women who work there. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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Acorn TV

The Nest

Acorn TV, July 13
Martin Compston and Sophie Rundle play a wealthy couple struggling to conceive in this British drama that unfolds into a bit of a thriller once they meet an 18-year-old (Mirren Mack of Sex Education) who seems could be the solutions to all of their troubles. Is she lying about being pregnant a la Baby Mama? Will she back out? Who's to say! But sounds twists are abound. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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Peacock

Brave New World

Peacock, July 15
We all read it in that one class in school, or maybe you skimmed it instead, or maybe you didn't read it and were just lucky with your guesses on all the pop quizzes. But now it's about to be even easier to experience Aldous Huxley's groundbreaking sci-fi dystopia of Brave New World, thanks to a new 10-part miniseries starring Demi Moore and Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story, Hail Caesar!) coming later this year. Set in a future where monogamy, money, and history are outlawed and everyone gets all the drugs and sex they need to stay happy, Brave New World swiftly reveals its aspirational utopia to be anything but. -- Emma Stefansky
(Watch the trailer)

The Capture

Peacock, July 15
Oh, no. One of the first shows from NBC's new streamer is about fake news. In The Capture, Shaun Emery plays a soldier on trial for murder in Afghanistan until his conviction is overturned due to poor footage of the incident… but then is forced to revisit the case again when more footage is unearthed. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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Peacock

Intelligence

Peacock, July 15
Peacock's got original comedies too. David Schwimmer stars in this workplace sitcom about an American who hops across the pond to shake things up at the UK's government agency that handles cyber security. -- SB
(Watch the teaser

Lost Speedways

Peacock, July 15
Lost Speedways is exactly what you think it'd be about: lost speedways. The docuseries is a deep dive into locales that used to be popular NASCAR havens but have since been abandoned. -- SB
(Watch the trailer

Psych 2: Lassie Come Home

Peacock, July 15
Psych ran for eight seasons that wrapped up nearly six years ago, and it got its own original movie. If you thought the Psych heads got more than enough of the detective comedy, think again because a second full-length original movie is headed to Peacock. -- SB 
(Watch the teaser) 

In Deep With Ryan Lochte

Peacock, July 15
Remember Ryan Lochte? The Team USA Olympic swimmer that everyone thought was hot, and then was the center of so-called "Lochtegate" in which the athlete made a false report that he was robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro when he actually drunkenly caused damage to a gas station. He is apparently a changed man now and this reality show is said to illustrate the new-and-family-man-improved Ryan Lochte. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

The House of Ho

HBO Max, July 16
The Kardashians and the Vanderpumps don't have to be the only reigning reality TV families. HBO Max is getting into the mix of reality TV with The House of Ho, a series that focuses on the wealthy Vietnamese-American Ho family based in Texas. -- SB

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The CW

Killer Camp

The CW, July 16
By now, dating reality shows are getting pretty old -- which is why The CW is switching it up with this British show that murders contestants one by one each week. They don't actually die, but Killer Camp is an homage to '80s slasher classics, placing a group of people at a woodsy camp where one of them is actually "a killer" offing other campers as they try to solve the whodunnit. -- SB
(Watch the trailer

30 Rock Upfront Special

NBC, July 16
NBC's new streaming service Peacock is basically one big 30 Rock sketch, as is this one-off special from the beloved sitcom. The cast is back together for this home-recorded reunion, similar to what Parks and Recreation did earlier this year, but the new episode is more so an advertisement for what's happening at NBC than anything else. Sounds like one big ploy from Jack Donaghy. -- SB

Absentia

Amazon Prime, July 17
Absentia is going international. In the third season of this thriller, special agent Emily Byrne is on a case that has close ties to her family and takes her overseas. -- SB

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Netflix

Cursed

Netflix, July 17
Based on the comic series by Thomas Wheeler and legendary illustrator Frank Miller (300, Sin City, Batman: Year One), Cursed turns the King Arthur legend on its head, positing that maybe it was Nimue, the fabled Lady of the Lake, who wielded the mythic sword Excalibur. When her dark magic abilities force her to leave her Druid village, young Nimue (Katherine Langford) teams up with a mercenary named Arthur (Devon Terrell) to fight against the Red Paladins and their ruthless leader Uther Pendragon. -- ES
(Watch the trailer)

The Alienist: Angel of Darkness

TNT, July 26
After a two-year break, this popular period piece/murder mystery is back, and Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, and Dakota Fanning have another murderer on their hands. While Season 1 focused on the investigator's search for a serial killer killing boys in late 1800s NYC, Season 2 is about the kidnapping of a newborn. -- SB 
(Watch the trailer

Corporate

Comedy Central, July 22 
Many offices may be teleworking right now, but things are still as normal and as soul-sucking as ever at Hampton DeVille. The workplace comedy will wrap up this summer with its third and final season. -- SB

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Tyler Golden/HBO

Room 104

HBO, July 24
This summer's the last time people will pass through the creepy happenings of this unassuming motel room, as HBO's horror anthology is ending with its upcoming fourth season. Showrunner Mark Duplass will appear in an episode this time around, plus Hari Nef, Jillian Bell, Dave Bautista, and many others. -- SB 
(Watch the trailer

Helter Skelter: An American Myth

Epix, July 26
There's no shortage of documentaries on Charles Manson, and last year -- upon the 50th anniversary of the Cielo Drive murders -- more than a few films around the subject matter like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Charlie Says were released. Now Epix is revisiting the cult leader with a six-part docuseries, and it's definitely one for the true crime fanatics, as it's said to include never-before-seen interviews with Manson family members and reporters from the time. -- SB
(Watch the trailer

Wynonna Earp

Syfy, July 26 
Time to giddy up and hunt some demons because the supernatural Western is finally returning. Hold your horses, though, because it won't be the entire season: Wynonna Earp was one of the many series affected by the pandemic and only has half of the new season complete. -- SB
(Watch the trailer

Maxxx

Hulu, July 28
O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid's Tale) created and stars in this comedy as a former boy band star who tries to facilitate a comeback in his middle age in order to get his supermodel ex-girlfriend (Jourdan Dunn) back. He's said to do so by wrangling together a ragtag crew of his former manager played by Christopher Meloni, his superfan/stalker of a cousin, and a wannabe manager, making for one chaotic comedy. -- SB

The Dog House

HBO Max, July 30
Animal lovers, here come the waterworks. This docuseries, which originally aired on Channel 4 in the UK, is about a dog rescue center in the British countryside and tells the adoption stories of all its four-legged friends. -- SB

Frayed

HBO Max, July 30
This is another British series making its US debut on HBO Max. The '80s-set comedy is about a posh London housewife who is forced to return home to her small Australian hometown and confront why she left years ago. -- SB

In My Skin

Hulu, July 30
Hulu snatched up this coming-of-age BBC production that received a great deal of acclaim across the pond. It follows a Welsh 16-year-old Bethan (Gabrille Creevy) whose experiences are loosely based on showrunner Kayleigh Llewellyn's own, documenting her struggles with teenhood and keeping her home life of her mentally ill mother and alcoholic father a secret from her classmates. -- SB

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Disney+

Black is King

Disney+, July 31
The best part of last year's "live action" Lion King remake wasn't even the movie itself -- it was Beyoncé's accompanying album, The Gift. To bless us all in this hell of a year that 2020 has been, Queen Bey is dropping a visual album for the record about the beauty of Black culture, and it couldn't come at a better time. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)  

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Netflix

Get Even

Netflix, July 31
More British teens behaving badly are coming down the Netflix pipeline. In this teen show, a group of teenaged girls at an elite private school form a secret society to expose their bullies -- a plan that backfires once they get accused of something they didn't do. -- SB

Muppets Now

Disney+, July 31
It's the Muppets! Now! Kermit and the gang are all back and headed to Disney+ for the Jim Henson and Walt Disney property's first-ever show for the platform. Guests for the first season include Aubrey Plaza, RuPaul, Seth Rogen, and others. -- SB
(Watch the trailer

The Umbrella Academy

Netflix, July 31
The angsty, superpowered teens from the mind of My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way, who wrote the comics this series is based on, are back. -- SB

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The CW

Coroner

The CW, August 5
This series has already aired two seasons in Canada and now it's making its way stateside. The procedural based on M.R. Hall's thriller series follows a coroner in Toronto investigating a string of mysterious deaths. -- SB

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CBS All Access

Star Trek: Lower Decks

CBS All Access, August 6
How many Star Trek shows have been spun-off of the sci-fi series since it first aired? A lot. But how many animated spin-off series have existed? None, until this comedy that's set to debut this August! It comes from Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan and explores the adventures of some of the lowest ranking members manning one of Starfleet's least important ships. -- SB

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Showtime

We Hunt Together

Showtime, August 9
A former child soldier and sex worker are brought together and sent down a revenge-fueled, murderous path in this BBC-produced miniseries. -- SB

YOLO: Crystal Fantasy

Adult Swim, August 9
Animator Michael Cusack was discovered on YouTube by Justin Roiland of Rick and Morty, and now he's bringing his talents to Adult Swim. YOLO: Crystal Fantasy follows two Australian party girls and their misadventures in love and the surrealist outback. -- SB
(Watch the trailer

Ted Lasso

Apple TV+, August 14
American football and soccer in the UK may have little in common, but that doesn't stop renowned red blooded American NFL coach Ted Lasso from stepping in to help a British soccer team get their shit together in this comedy. Jason Sudeikis plays the titular character in this new show that he also co-created, and actually originates in a character he used to play on NBC Sports. -- SB

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The CW

Dead Pixels

The CW, August 18
Gamers, Larpers, fantasy and comedy fans alike, Dead Pixels is for you. The British comedy is about a group of friends obsessed with a medieval video game called Kingdom Scrolls and their struggles both on and offline. -- SB

Lucifer

Netflix, August 21
Netflix picked up this hellish comedy after Satan had his way with it and canceled it on FOX after just Season 3. They aired Season 4 last year, and now everyone's favorite dark angel is coming back for a fifth installment on the streamer. -- SB

Love Fraud

Showtime, August 30
What's love got to do with it? In this crazy true crime docuseries, everything, plus manipulation and emotional abuse. In Love Fraud, documentarian duo Heidi Ewing and Rachel Gady (Jesus Camp) investigate a man named Richard Scott Smith who duped women into relationships and stealing their assets throughout the Midwest for upwards of 20 years, and tell the story of his victims seeking justice today. -- SB
(Watch the trailer

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Disney+, August
Finally, a scripted Marvel series that actually sounds essential: a team-up between Anthony Mackie's MCU character and Sebastian Stan's, both still reeling from the events of Avengers: Endgame-- John Sellers

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Elizabeth Morris/HBO

Lovecraft Country

HBO, August
Horror auteur Jordan Peele's reign on TV is just getting started. The showrunner may already produce series like the recent reboot of The Twilight Zone and Hunters, but now he's headed to HBO. The filmmaker along with Misha Green (Underground) created this horror period piece adapted from Matt Ruff's novel of the same name. Lovecraft Country follows a young man (Jonathan Majors), his friend, and uncle as they travel across '50s Jim Crow South in search of his missing father, confronting the terrors of a racist America and literal monsters inspired by the work of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

Soulmates

AMC, Summer 
Soulmates is basically Black Mirror meets Amazon Prime's Modern Love. Actually from Black Mirror writer William Bridges, the show is also an anthology set in the near future where science has reached a place where it's able to reveal who everybody's soulmate is. Season 1 will feature six different stories with varied tones and new cast members, each telling stories about true love-- SB

The Boys

Amazon Prime, September 4
It's a bird, it's a plane -- no, it's Season 2 of Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen's irreverent superhero show. The action-packed comedy resumes early September, joined by new cast member Patton Oswalt. -- SB
 

The Comey Rule

Showtime, September 27
The prestige shows about the current administration are already on the way. In The Comey Rule, Jeff Daniels takes on former FBI director James Comey to dramatize the events followed by the 2016 election that Comey wrote about his memoir, A Higher Loyalty. Daniels is joined by Brendan Gleeson, Holly Hunter, William Sadler, and many others in the two-part, four-hour miniseries. -- SB

Britannia

Epix, October 4
Amazon originally co-produced this period piece about the Roman invasion of Britannia for its first two seasons, but the streamer dropped out. Don't worry, though: More medieval battles are set to come, just over on Epix for Season 3. -- SB

The Comedy Store

Showtime, October 4
A five-part docuseries about the famed Comedy Store stand-up club is on the way. The storied West Hollywood venue was founded in 1972 and saw many acts come through its doors, helping to launch the careers of acts including Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Dave Chappelle, and many others. -- SB

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Ethan Hawke and Joshua Caleb Johnson | Showtime

The Good Lord Bird

Showtime, October 4
Expect star Ethan Hawke to be at his self-righteous best as militant abolitionist John Brown in this seven-part limited series based on the 2013 novel by James McBride. The book is told from the perspective of a teenage slave (played here by Joshua Caleb Johnson) who joins Brown and his supporters in the bloody, tense period leading up to the American Civil War. Daveed Diggs, as Frederick Douglass, and Lodge 49's Wyatt Russell, as future Confederate general and Robert E. Lee confidante J. E. B. Stuart, also star. -- Anthony Schneck
(Watch the trailer)

The Mandalorian

Disney+, October 
The bounty hunter in a galaxy far, far away (who is single-handedly holding down Disney+'s original content) will return sometime this year. Hopefully there are enough Baby Yoda memes to hold you down in the meantime. -- SB

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AMC

Gangs of London

AMC, Fall TBA
When the head boss of the most powerful crime family in London is killed and it's unclear who ordered the hit, his son and allies enter an underground war with other international gangs in the city as they each fight to become the most influential. -- SB

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Nat Geo/Disney+

The Right Stuff

Disney+, Fall
This isn't the first time that Tom Wolfe's novel about the first Americans in space, known as the Mercury Seven, has been adapted for the screen, but it is the first miniseries based on the work. The Right Stuff takes an exhaustive, anti-nostalgic look at what was the country's first reality show, as the seven astronauts and their families were made into instant celebs because of the insane, amazing things they were about to do. The series will follow the crew from their spacecraft tests in the Mojave Desert all the way to orbiting around our planet. -- ES

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Ludovic Robert/HBO

The Third Day

HBO, Fall
Jude Law leads the cast of this mysterious six-part limited series from Dennis Kelly (Utopia). Blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, the adventure tale finds Law's character Sam traveling to a strange island off the British coast where he comes into contact with its unique inhabitants, eventually clashing with them as he begins to lose his sanity. -- SB
(Watch the teaser)

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Niko Tavernise/HBO

The Undoing

HBO, Fall
Nicole Kidman re-teams with Big Little Lies writer David E. Kelly for this miniseries adaptation of a novel about a successful marriage therapist whose life unravels after a murder. Hugh Grant plays the missing husband -- there's always a missing husband! -- and each episode will be directed by Bird Box filmmaker Susanne Bier, so expect plenty of twists and suspense from this one. -- Dan Jackson
(Watch the trailer)

Untitled Tina Fey/Robert Carlock Sitcom

NBC, Fall
Good news, The Good Place fans. (Or Cheers fans, we guess. Or Becker fans.) Ted Danson will not be leaving your TV screens for every long. He's back on NBC later this year in a new sitcom from 30 Rock creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The familiar-sounding storyline as a billionaire who gets elected as Los Angeles mayor. It's not at all about Schmichael Schloomberg. -- JS

WandaVision

Disney+, December
It's Scarlet Witch's (Elizabeth Olsen) time to shine. Little is known about the one of many, highly anticipated shows coming to Disney+, aside from it focusing on the Scarlet Witch, The Vision, and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings' character Marvel fans know from the Thor movies). Kathryn Hayn is also there, so consider this a good one. -- SB
(Watch the teaser)

UNSCHEDULED 2020 SHOWS

Alice in Borderland

Netflix
Netflix has dabbled in live-action anime and manga movies, but never a season of television. An adaptation of a manga series written by Haro Asō that ran in Weekly Shonen Sunday between 2010 and 2016 will be the streamer's first. Think of the premise as Sword Art Online, except for adults: Some salty high school boys get transported to the Borderlands, where they have to play survival video games to stay alive. Notably, Alice in Borderland is directed by Shinsuke Satō, who made Netflix's actually pretty good live adaptation of Bleach, so we expect it to deliver. -- Leanne Butkovic

American Crime Story: Impeachment

FX
If you can't get enough impeachment drama from your Twitter feed, this Ryan Murphy-produced FX mini-series about President Bill Clinton's 1998 impeachment should at least provide some historical perspective. Like the previous two American Crime Story seasons, the casting alone should make this an event: Clive Owen will play Clinton, Sarah Paulson will play Linda Tripp, and Booksmart break-out Beanie Feldstein will play Monica Lewinsky, who has signed on as a producer for the series. -- DJ

The Boondocks

HBO Max
Aaron MacGruder's hilarious Adult Swim anime-inspired staple is getting rebooted for HBO's streaming service on a two-season order and a 50-minute special. Details are light, but we do know that Granddad and his grandsons, Riley and Huey, will have to deal with the neo-Nazis that have established a tyrannical regime in their comfortable suburb. The Boondocks never tiptoed around its bold leftist and racial politics, and we can't wait to see what's in store with MacGruder back as showrunner after stepping away from Season 4. -- LB

Bridgerton

Netflix
It's a big year on Netflix for Shondaland! An Anna Delvey series, an adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize-winning book on the Great Migration, former CEO of Reddit Ellen Pao's Silicon Valley memoir -- and this, Bridgerton. Based on the historical romance book series (eight novels and three novellas) written by Julia Quinn, Bridgerton the Netflix TV show will center on debutante Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) hitting the marriage circuit in early 1800s England and her whirlwind romance with bad boy duke Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page). Plus, Dame Julie Andrews plays a high society gossip columnist. -- LB

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FX

Fargo

FX
Youbetcha, Fargo is coming back. Noah Hawley's Coen Brothers-inspired anthology is moving out of the northern Midwest, though, and down to 1950s Kansas City for its long-awaited, fourth installment about battling Italian and black crime bosses. As always, the cast is stacked, featuring the likes of Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman, Timothy Olyphant, and many, many others. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

The Flight Attendant 

HBO Max
Kaley Cuoco produced and stars in this series adaptation of Chris Bohjalian's novel of the same name about a flight attendant who wakes up after a layover in Dubai in a hotel room next to a dead body. As she carries on as if nothing happens and keeps the incident a secret, she wonders if she could be involved in the death, having no recollection of the night before. Definitely not your typical flight attendant! -- SB 

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Cynthia Erivo | Nat Geo

Genius: Aretha 

Nat Geo
Nat Geo's Genius biographic anthology series previously covered Albert Einstein and Pablo Picaso, and now it's turning its focus to one of music's greats, Aretha Franklin. Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, Widows) will be taking on the iconic soul singer, meaning she'll definitely be putting some R-E-S-P-E-C-T on her name. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

The Haunting of Bly Manor

Netflix
In 2018 Mike Flanagan freaked everybody out with his contemporary adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House, and he's just going to keep on spooking everybody because he's turning the show into an anthology. Season 2 of The Haunting is inspired by the work of Henry James, focusing on his famous gothic tale The Turning of the Screw. -- SB 

Maniac Cop

HBO
Nicolas Winding Refn, fresh off the visually stunning and wildly overlooked 2019 Amazon Prime crime thriller Too Old to Die Young, adapts William Lustig's gory 1988 slasher cult classic as a (no doubt) visually stunning miniseries. -- JS

Mulligan

Netflix
Not to be confused with 30 Rock creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's new untitled project starring Ted Danson, Mulligan is yet another series the two that they have in the works with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt writer Sam Means. This one is animated and imagines the world post-alien attack as humans try to figure out how to rebuild society (and also survive). -- SB

Nine Perfect Strangers

Hulu
If Big Little Lies Season 2 didn't hit like you wanted it to, Nine Perfect Strangers might just fill that void. Not only is it another adaptation of a book by BLL author Liane Moriarty, it brings back BLL showrunner David E. Kelley and Nicole Kidman. Kidman stars as the director of a wellness resort where nine strangers check in for a 10-day retreat that doesn't turn out to be like what any of them expected. -- SB

The Old Man

Hulu
Jeff Bridges, a major movie star who has yet to make a play for prestige TV glory, stars in this thriller series about a retired CIA officer who wants to live "off the grid." But -- you guessed it -- he keeps getting pulled back into the shady world he thought he left behind. It's adapted from a novel by veteran genre writer Thomas Perry, and also features John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman, and Alia Shawkat in supporting roles. Think True Grit meets The Americans. -- DJ

Raised By Wolves

HBO Max
Ridley Scott is making his TV directorial debut. He serves as director and producer for this sci-fi series created by Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners), and it sounds very much in his wheelhouse as it follows a pair of androids who are meant to raise human children on a new colony plant. -- SB 

Ratched

Netflix
Nurse Mildred Ratched, the terrifying, tyrannical head nurse of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, will go down in history as one of pop culture's greatest villains. And what's a villain without a compelling origin story? The Ryan Murphy-produced Ratched, which stars Sarah Paulson, naturally, will chart the titular nurse's beginnings and rise to power, starting in 1947 and following her on her journey through the mental healthcare system. -- ES

Selena: The Series

Netflix
A biographic series about the life and rise to superstardom of legendary Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla. Christian Serratos of The Walking Dead fame will take on the tragic titular role in this miniseries, which is produced in part by the late singer's family to offer a more well-rounded telling of her life, as opposed to the recent Telemondo series El Secreto de Selena, which focused largely on her 1995 murder. -- SB
(Watch the teaser)

The Stand

CBS All Access
Perhaps no Stephen King book has been called "unadaptable" more than his cinderblock The Stand, and considering how well it went the first time, that may very well be true. That doesn't mean we'll stop trying, and, with the world looking more apocalyptic by the day, maybe there's no better time than now. King himself is directly involved in this adaptation, which will star James Marsden, Amber Heard, Whoopi Goldberg, and Alexander Skarsgård as the villainous Randall Flagg, who plots a hellish takeover of a world ravaged by a catastrophic plague. -- ES

Uptown

BET
This three-part miniseries documents the story of the iconic Uptown Records, which helped launch the career of huge names in R&B and hip-hop like Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., Sean "Diddy" Combs, and others. Casting has been kept under wraps, so it's unclear which label signees will be portrayed, but founder Andre Harrell is on as executive producer so this will offer up an insider's look. -- SB

Utopia

Amazon Prime
While this project, an adaptation of a 2013 British series about a group of young adults who come into contact with a potentially world-altering graphic novel, was originally ordered to series by HBO back in 2014 but eventually fell apart over budget issues. It's since found its home at Amazon with Gone Girl and Sharp Objects writer Gillian Flynn still at the helm. Sasha Lane, Rainn Wilson and John Cusack will play some of the individuals who get pulled into the larger conspiracy that surrounds the comic. -- DJ

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