The Winter 2018 TV Preview: Every Show You Need To Know About

You’re not wrong: Every time you look at your DVR, there are fewer and fewer new episodes of your favorite shows. This Is Us is already on hiatus. Grey’s Anatomy will be gone for weeks. Even Riverdale has but one episode left in 2017.
But, worry not. Once the holidays are over, television will be in full swing again as we head into 2018 winter TV. That means, networks will return many of the wonderful shows that have been off the air for an eternity — looking at you The Bachelor and UnReal — while also premiering a host of brand new series, like Freeform spin-off Grown-ish. All together, it’s a lot to take in, between the broadcast networks, cable channels, and all the streaming content out there.
To help you figure out what’s actually worth your time, we put together a gallery of all the shows you’ll actually be obsessed with from January 2018 and beyond. Keep reading to see what needs to be added to your seriously empty DVR ASAP. You should probably stock up on snacks now since you won’t be leaving the couch after January 1.
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The Bachelor (ABC)

Monday, January 1 at 8 p.m. ET

Fan-favorite Peter Kraus might not be the 2018 Bachelor, but that doesn't mean we're all not going to watch anyway.
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LA to Vegas (FOX)

Tuesday, January 2 at 9 p.m. ET

As the trailer suggests, LA To Vegas will do the hard work of proving the Mile High Club isn't as sexy as we all pretend it is. And for that, we can already agree it's necessary.
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Grown-ish (Freeform)

Wednesday, January 3 at 8 p.m. ET

Welcome to A Different World 2.0, this time with Black-ish's Zoe Johnson leading the university-set sitcom spin-off. The ABC alum will battle the trials and tribulations of a Gen Z college freshman, and we couldn't be more excited to see what that brings.
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The X-Files (FOX)

Wednesday, January 3 at 8 p.m. ET

In a world that gets weirder and weirder every day, it's time to find out if even the aliens and monsters of The X-Files can surprise us anymore.
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9-1-1 (FOX)

Wednesday, January 3 at 9 p.m. ET

The extremely busy producing duo of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are always their best when their forego their tendency towards camp for realistic drama (just look at American Horror Story season 7).

So, the pair's upcoming 9-1-1 should fair better than the late, beloved-but-bonkers Scream Queens, as the new drama explores the tense lives of emergency responders. Yet, in true Murphy-Falchuk fashion, they did bring along two of their AHS faves: the great Angela Bassett and Connie Britton.
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The Chi (Showtime)

Sunday, January 7 at 10 p.m. ET

Master Of None writer-star Lena Waithe was the feel-good Emmy win we all wanted. Now, she has a show of her own in The Chi, a coming-of-age story centered in the titular Windy City's South Side neighborhood.
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The Fosters (Freeform)

Tuesday, January 9 at 8 p.m. ET

This is the only midseason premiere bouncing around on this preview, as the family drama returns from a break so long, it feels like a between-seasons hiatus. While the Fosters premiere will definitely be heavy — remember Callie Foster (Maia Mitchell) is still stuck seeking asylum in a church with her DREAMer pal — the upcoming season won't be all dark.

During a post-5A conversation, showrunner Joanna Johnson assured me, "What we really want to do also [in season 5B] is have some lighter stories and some fun, really human stories."
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Alone Together (Freeform)

Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET

If you love Grown-ish, Freeform hopes you'll stick around for millennial buddy comedy Alone Together, starring Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Esther Povitsky. While we're all used to a sitcom whose entire premise is "two best-friends fall in love," this comedy swears — swears! — its leads truly aren't meant for each other.

This just might be the anti-rom-com we need while You're The Worst is on hiatus.
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Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams (Amazon)

Friday, January 12

Usually, the comments section of a YouTube video is a trolling hellscape, but, the leading statement for Electric Dreams is pretty spot on: "Black Mirror Prime."

The Amazon drama is also a sci-fi anthology investigating just what will happen as technology and humanity continue to merge.
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Divorce (HBO)

Sunday, January 14 at 10 p.m. ET

Sarah Jessica Parker's Frances is officially, as the title suggests, divorced. So, now what? I would wager hijinks and awkward situations.
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Victoria (PBS)

Sunday, January 14 at TBA

Since all true Anglophile will definitely be done with The Crown season 2 by mid-January, PBS is here with your fix: a lush, British accent-filled drama about a different legendary English queen, Victoria.
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The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)

Wednesday, January 17 at 10 p.m. ET

Miami + murder + Murphy (and Falchuk) = all we could really ask for in the new year. Well, that and more Darren Criss, and ACS has already promised to deliver that as well.
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Lip Sync Battle (The Newly-Minted Paramount Network)

Thursday, January 18 at 9 p.m. ET

Sometimes you simply need to watch celebrities duke it out over highly-produced karaoke battles, which sometimes include surprise guests. And, we can expect LSB will attempt to be extra eye-catching this time around, as the new season will launch the Paramount Network, which was formerly Spike.
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Grace And Frankie (Netflix)

Friday, January 19

We could all use a feel-good family comedy that's also very, very real about the sex lives of septuagenarian ladies.
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The Resident (FOX)

Sunday, January 21 at 10 p.m. ET

Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry) is a handsome doctor now! Or at least that is how I will look at the new medical drama, where Czuchry plays a genius, demanding, and yoga-obsessed doctor.
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Counterpart (Starz)

Sunday, January 21 at TBA

What if you found out there was another parallel version of the world. And a parallel version of you? And that person is an appears to be a assassin? And now another assassin from that parallel world is here and might murder your spouse? J.K. Simmons must answer all of those questions and more — like, "Hey, isn't Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd) pretty handsome as a brunette?" — in Counterpoint.
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The Alienist (TNT)

Monday, January 22 at 9 p.m. ET

If you felt like Alias Grace needed more Dakota Fanning, generally disturbing visuals, and a dash of Mindhunter's essence, TNT has the show for you.
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Mosaic (HBO)

Monday, January 22 at TBA

This Steven Soderbergh-produced newbie brings a "choose your own adventure"-style to a fictional murder mystery. There's even an app to let you map out your own path in the Mosaic world.
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Waco (Paramout Network)

Wednesday, January 24 at TBA

The Paramount Network isn't only opening with the aforementioned Lip Sync Battle. The new net will also give viewers Waco, a six-part drama inspired by the eventual deadly chaos at infamous cult leader David Koresh’s Waco, Texas, compound.
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Altered Carbon (Netflix)

Friday, February 2

After the success of Stranger Things and Black Mirror, we know Netflix can do sci-fi. This time they're at it again with Altered Carbon, which shows the futuristic mayhem that is wrought when human consciousness can be downloaded and placed into a brand new, obviously gorgeous, body.
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Here & Now (HBO)

Sunday, February 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Alan Ball's new family drama focuses on a couple raising three adopted children, and one biological child. One of their kids starts seeing hallucinations, which may or may not be real.
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UnReal (Lifetime)

Monday, February 26 at 10 p.m. ET

Bachelor Nation's dark satire had a rocky sophomore year, but I have faith it can return to its former glory for season 3. Especially since show-within-a-show Everlasting has ditched its Bachelor vibes for a version of The Bachelorette, complete with a brand new suitress in fictional tech queen Serena (Caitlin Fitzgerald).
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Good Girls (NBC)

Monday, February 26 at 10 p.m. ET

Retta, Christina Hendricks, and Mae Whitman join forces to rob banks, handle organized crime, and save their families in the upcoming NBC comedy. Who said women can't "have it all"*?

* In this case, "it all" means a small fortune, but also mounting comedic anxieties.
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Heathers (Paramout Network)

Tuesday, March 6 at TBA

Greetings and salutations, I could personally not be more excited for this reboot of the 1988 cult classic, reimagined with three inclusive Heathers, including a plus-size and fierce mean girl, a young woman of color, and, even, a teenage boy.
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Rise (NBC)

Tuesday, March 13 at 10 p.m. ET

All of the over-the-top emotionality of This Is Us, now with high school musical theater and the voice of Moana, Auli'i Cravalho.
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Jessica Jones (Netflix)

Friday, March 18 at 3 a.m. ET

At long last, Netflix's best Marvel superhero is back for a second season. Despite how tight-lipped the streaming service has been about the upcoming season, we can all rest assured Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) will remain as sarcastic, determined, and kick-ass as ever, which is all we could ever ask for.
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Billions (Showtime)

Sunday, March 25 at 10 p.m. E.S.T.

Another season, another epic battle between hedge fund billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and United States Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti).
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Siren (Freeform)

Tuesday, March 29 at 8 p.m. ET

This new Freeform mermaid drama aims to answer the age-old question of, "What would happen if Ariel made it to shore and she was much more Jaws than The Little Mermaid?"
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Insatiable (Netflix)


Among Netflix's many upcoming 2018 freshman series, Insatiable sounds like one of the most exciting offerings.

Once a CW pilot, the dark dramedy follows what happens when a disgraced lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach (Dallas Roberts) begins managing a former bullied teen (Debby Ryan) who's now out for revenge against her tormentors.
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The Umbrella Academy for @netflix Oh...and I’m playing the big tall fella....naturally

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The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)


This upcoming superhero show has Tom Hopper, AKA Hot Dickon From Game Of Thrones, Robert Sheehan, the relentlessly charming Irish import you might remember from the UK Misfits, and Ellen "No Explanation Needed" Page.

I would say that's all you need to know about the upcoming Netflix drama, but, then again, it's also inspired by a graphic novel written by Gerard Way. You know, My Chemical Romance's frontman and the bandleader of the Black Parade.
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Maniac (Netflix)


This show is to blame for Jonah Hill's wild pigtails, but I'll forgive Maniac thanks to it's truly rad premise. The new show, directed by the wonderful Cary Fukunaga and co-starring Emma Stone, is about a man in a mental institution who lives out a fantasy life in his dreams.
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