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Every New and Returning TV Show We're Excited to See This Fall

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'Fargo' Season 4 | FX
'Fargo' Season 4 | FX

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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Peacock

AP Bio

Peacock, September 3
Peacock made sure school would at least stay in session in Toledo, Ohio, where this sitcom starring Glen Howerton as a begrudged high school biology teacher takes place. The show originally aired on NBC where it was canceled in summer 2019 after just two seasons until the streamer fortunately revived it for a third. -- Sadie Bell
(Watch the trailer)

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Coco Van Oppens/HBO Max

Raised by Wolves

HBO Max, September 3
More like 'raised by androids.' This sci-fi epic created by Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) and features Ridley Scott's TV directorial debut follows a pair of androids tasked with raising human children on a faraway planet. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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Acorn TV

The Sounds

Acorn TV, September 3
This thriller from New Zealand follows a married couple who moves to a small, new town to get away from their overbearing family -- a plan that goes awry when the husband goes missing and his disappearance opens old wounds. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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Diyah Pera/Netflix

Away

Netflix, September 4
Hilary Swank stars in this sci-fi space weepy from the team behind Parenthood and Friday Night Lights as an astronaut running an international crew on a years-long mission to space. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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Amazon Studios

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
(Watch the trailer)
 

Power Book II: Ghost

Starz, September 6
Starz' long-running hit Power may have concluded earlier this year, but there's even more Power coming for fans of the crime series. This spin-off picks up shortly after original series' finale, with many cast members returning including Michael Rainey Jr. and Naturi Naughton, following Tariq's quest to get his mother out of jail for taking the fall for her son's murder. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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Hulu

Woke

Hulu, September 9
Cartoonist Keith Knight is among the writers of this dramedy inspired by his own life, focusing on a Black artist (played by Lamore Morris of New Girl) on the brink of success who witnesses an altercation involving the police that sends him down a spiral of "wokeness." The series sounds like it couldn't be more timely. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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Simon Ridgway/Netflix

The Duchess

Netflix, September 11
Comedian Katherine Ryan wrote and stars in this upcoming British comedy about a woman based in London struggling with single motherhood. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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Ludovic Robert/HBO

The Third Day

HBO, September 14
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 trailer)

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Yannis Drakoulidis/HBO

We Are Who We Are

HBO, September 14
Call Me By Your Name filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is headed back to Italy for an HBO miniseries. Featuring names like Kid Cudi, Chloë Sevigny, and Mia Goth, the series has an exceptionally cool cast, and follows American teenagers (including the wonderful Jack Dylan Grazer of It fame) coming of age on a military base. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

Archer

FXX, September 16
Believe it or not, Sterling Archer is finally waking up from that coma. While the animated series has taken its plot to totally divergent yet inventive heights like a noir-ish LA and outer-space as its lead has been comatose, Season 11 will take him back to his own reality. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

Sing On!

Netflix, September 16
A handful of international versions of this new reality show have already aired on Netflix, but now the competition talent series is making its stateside debut, and only this version is hosted by Tituss Burgess. Tailormade for karaoke fans, it's basically one big karaoke competition where participants win big based on their ability to hit the notes and match the original vocal performances of the songs they take on.  -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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Peacock

Departure

Peacock, September 17
Christopher Plummer's not just coming to TV, he's coming to Peacock. The actor stars with Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) in a six-part, Canadian-originated thriller that follows the mysterious investigation of a passenger plane that disappeared over the Atlantic. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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Sundance Now

One Lane Bridge

Sundance Now, September 17
A six-part fantasy thriller from New Zealand about a Māori detective who develops a supernatural ability while investigating a death that took place at Queenstown's One Lane Bridge. -- SB

Spides

Crackle, September 17
Crackle is trying harder than ever to become everybody's favorite streaming service, now moving into an ad-supported video-on-demand system and pumping out more original content. Spides is an example of that Crackle original programming, about a new club drug that leads to a series of murders and disappearances in Berlin. -- SB

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Apple TV+

Long Way Up

Apple TV+, September 18
When Apple announced its streaming service, it boasted just how many celebrity names were attached to their projects. And they were right! There's a lot of celebs involved! Including Ewan McGregor, who documents his motorcycle trek across Central and South America in this docuseries. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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Hulu

PEN15

Hulu, September 18
Time to set your buddy status as "Away" because this aughties-set comedy is coming back. If the concept of two adult comedians, Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, playing 13-year-olds navigating middle school skeeved you out with Season 1, it's time to quick being a literal loser and tune in because this Lonely Island-produced comedy is one of the bests on TV. -- SB
(Watch the trailer

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Netflix

Ratched

Netflix, September 18
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. -- Esther Zuckerman
(Watch the trailer)

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FOX

Filthy Rich

FOX, September 21
When the patriarch of the prestigious Southern Monreaux family dies and leaves his Christian television network fortune left to fight over between his heirs, and illegitimate children, chaos ensues in this very soapy drama. Kim Cattrall is among the stars of the series. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

Agents of Chaos

HBO, September 23
Documentarian Alex Gibney has released a handful of hit HBO docs in the past, including Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, and his latest is a two-parter exploring Russia's interference in the 2016 election. -- SB
(Watch the trailer

I Can See Your Voice

FOX, September 23
You know how The Voice it's all about judging, well, your voice and not appearance? This is literally the opposite of that, for some reason, guessing if a person has singing chops just by taking a look at their face. -- SB

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Netflix

Sneakerheads

Netflix, September 25
Sneakerheads, they're people who go crazy for sneakers! This comedy is about a former sneakerhead who gets himself in a financial jam and enlists his friend on a mission to find a coveted shoe and win back the lost cash before his wife finds out. -- SB

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Apple TV+

Tehran

Apple TV+, September 25
Tehran is the first foreign language series from Apple TV+, hailing from Fauda creator Moshe Zonder. The espionage thriller follows the mission of a Mossad agent embarking on a hacking mission. -- SB

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Amazon Studios

Utopia

Amazon Prime, September 25
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. -- Dan Jackson
(Watch the trailer)

A Wilderness of Error

FX, September 25
Based on Erol Morris' true crime book of the same name, this docuseries explores the confounding case of Jeffrey MacDonald, a high profile doctor who went to prison for allegedly killing his family in 1979 but it remains uncertain whether or not he was wrongly convicted. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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SyFy

Magical Girl Friendship Squad

SYFY, September 26
This animated comedy is part of SYFY's late-night adult animation block and follows two 20-something women who miraculously develop magical powers when a red panda who claims to be the creator of the universe shows up at their apartment and tasks them with saving the world. -- SB 
(Watch the trailer

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SyFy

Wild Life

SYFY, September 26
Another new animated series heading to SYFY, this one follows a group of animal friends trying to stay alive and navigate their new world after the apocalypse. -- SB

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Showtime

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 in 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
(Watch the trailer)

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FX

Fargo

FX, September 27
Oh, dontcha know? Fargo is finally hitting the air! While the Noah Hawley anthology was originally supposed to air in April, after delays due to the pandemic, the latest season of the show -- now set in Kansas City and about the rivalries between a Black and Italian mob -- is ready to premiere. Chris Rock leads the cast and appears alongside Jason Schwartzman, Jessie Buckley, and others. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

Connecting…

NBC, October 1
Too soon for a pandemic sitcom? NBC doesn't think so! Just like how you spent this year chatting with friends via Zoom, this show is literally about some pals doing exactly that. -- SB

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AMC

Gangs of London

AMC+, October 1
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. The thriller will air on AMC's streaming service, AMC+, this year before it airs on the network in 2021. -- SB

Salisbury Poisonings

AMC+, October 1
This BBC One drama is hitting AMC+ ahead of its cable premiere, which will arrive sometime next year. A dramatization of a real event from 2018, it uncovers a poisoning crisis that took place in Salisbury in the UK, involving a Russian double agent and his daughter. -- SB
(Watch the trailer

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Hulu

Monsterland

Hulu, October 2
There's never enough horror anthology shows. Hulu's latest, Monsterland, is inspired by the stories of fantasy writer Nathan Ballingrud and includes eight hour-long episodes about encounters with fantastical creatures. Kelly Marie Tran, Kaitlyn Dever, and Taylor Schilling are among the rotating cast members. -- 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 people like 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)

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AMC

The Walking Dead: The World Beyond

AMC, October 4
Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be more Walking Dead, AMC brings you: more Walking Dead. This series, which is scheduled to hit the air after TWD's Season 10 finale, is set 10 years after the apocalypse and will feature -- gasp! -- female protagonists. -- AS
(Watch the trailer)

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AMC

Soulmates

AMC, October 5 
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

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FOX

neXt

FOX, October 6
neXt, pronounced "next" but spelled neXt because it's an edgy sci-fi drama, follows a former Silicon Valley CEO (John Slattery) who tag teams with a cybersecurity agent to take down a potentially dangerous AI that he created. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

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The CW

Devils

The CW, October 7
Patrick Dempsey fronts the cast of this thriller based on Italian author Guido Maria Brera's novel about a group of traders at an important investment bank who discover a global financial conspiracy. So, yeah, definitely not your typical CW teen drama or superhero series. -- SB 
(Watch the trailer)

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The Haunting of Bly Manor

Netflix, October 9
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 
(Watch the trailer)

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Nat Geo/Disney+

The Right Stuff

Disney+, October 9
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. -- Emma Stefanksy
(Watch the trailer)

Fear the Walking Dead

AMC, October 11
Gear up for more gut-thirsty zombies because Season 6 of this Walking Dead spinoff is on the way. -- SB
(Watch the trailer)

The Baroness Von Sketch Show

IFC, October 14
It's time to say farewell to The Baroness Von Sketch Show. The show is coming back for one last round of laughs this fall with their fifth and final season. -- SB

Star Trek: Discovery

CBS All Access, October 15
Get ready to board the U.S.S. Shenzou and the U.S.S. Discovery for yet another intergalactic mission. -- SB

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Hulu

Marvel's Helstrom

Hulu, October 16
While Marvel's Runaways may have wrapped up, Hulu's got another superpowered teen show from the comic book giant coming down the pipeline. Helstrom focuses on Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the children of a serial killer who use their dynamic fighting and murderous skills for hunting down bad guys. -- SB

Supermarket Sweep

ABC, October 18
People who got excited when old episodes of Supermarket Sweep hit Netflix (who have already finished their rewatch) will be pleased to know that a new version hosted by Leslie Jones is headed to ABC. -- SB 

Unsolved Mysteries

Netflix, October 19
Netflix's reboot of Unsolved Mysteries proved to be a mega hit when it dropped its first six episodes this July, and to satisfy internet sleuths even more, another six installments are on the way this fall. -- SB

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Charlie Gray/Netflix

The Queen's Gambit

Netflix, October 23
Anya Taylor Joy (The Witch) leads this miniseries adaptation of the book of the same name by Walter Tevis about an orphan who turns out to be an incredible chess prodigy. -- SB 

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Niko Tavernise/HBO

The Undoing

HBO, October 25
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. -- DJ
(Watch the trailer)

The Mandalorian

Disney+, October 30
The bounty hunter in a galaxy far, far away (who is single-handedly holding down Disney+'s original content) returns this year for Season 2. Hopefully there are enough Baby Yoda memes to hold you down in the meantime. -- SB

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PBS

Roadkill

PBS, November 1
Dr. House is no longer a doctor, now he's a British politician. In PBS' latest Masterpiece, Hugh Laurie plays a Conservative Party minister aiding Helen McCrory's prime minister, whose power-hungry career starts to fall apart as his personal life unravels and is made public. -- SB

This Is Us

NBC, November 10
Have you cried enough this year? Well, another season of sob-fest This Is Us is on the way to make you shed even more tears! -- SB

The Crown

Netflix, November 15
Olivia Colman is sticking around for one more season of Peter Morgan's historical drama, but as history continues to progress in the show and it moves into the '80s, a few new, exciting faces are joining Season 4. Make way for Maggie Thatcher and Princess Diana, played by Gillian Anderson and newcomer Emma Corrin, respectively. -- SB

The Reagans

Showtime, November 15
How great: Right after the election, you can keep the exhausting political coverage going with a docuseries on Nancy and Ronald Reagan. The four-part series comes from Matt Tyrnauer (Studio 54) and examines the highs and lows of the presidency that defined much of the '80s. -- SB

No Man's Land

Hulu, November 18
This political drama about the Syrian civil war follows a French man who teams up with a group of Kurdish female fighters as they travel through ISIS occupied territory in search of his missing sister. -- SB

Animaniacs

Hulu, November 20
'90s kids may have missed the Warner Bros. lot-dwelling Dot, Yakko, and Wakko, but because nostalgia is a hell of a drug, they won't have to miss the Spielberg-created cartoons any longer because a reboot is headed to Hulu. This time around, they'll also be joined by Pinky and the Brain for one big Warner cartoon fest. -- SB

Tiger

HBO, December 13
This two-part sports doc chronicles the life of global golf champion Tiger Woods and how he came back after a highly publicized career scandal. -- SB

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CBS All Access

The Stand

CBS All Access, December 17
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
(Watch the trailer)

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

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Disney+
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

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)

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

Mr. Mayor

NBC
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

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

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)

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

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