March TV premieres: What’s debuting and returning?

By Chuck Barney | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group February 28, 2018 at 2:12 pm The shows just keep coming. And there’s no let-up in March. To help you get with the program, here’s a list of TV series — on broadcast networks, cable and streaming sites — that are debuting, or returning, in the month, including the Oscars (March 4). New shows are listed in CAPS: March 1 “Gotham,” midseason premiere (8 p.m., Fox) “SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO” (9 p.m., Fox) “Atlanta Robbin’ Season” (10 p.m., FX) “MUSIC CITY” (10 p.m., CMT) March 2 “Once Upon a Time,” midseason premiere (8 p.m., ABC) “MasterChef Junior,” 2-hour premiere (8 p.m., Fox) “FLINT TOWN” (Netflix) March 4 The 90th Academy Awards (5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET, ABC) “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access) March 7 “LIFE SENTENCE” (9 p.m., The CW) “Hap and Leonard” (10 p.m., Sundance TV) “HARD SUN” (Hulu) March 8 “THE OATH” (Crackle) “Jessica Jones” (Netflix) March 9 “Sneaky Pete” (Amazon Prime) “Love” (Netflix) “COLLATERAL” (Netflix) March 11 “American Ninja Warrior” (7 p.m., NBC) “American Idol” (8 p.m., ABC) “Timeless” (10 p.m., NBC) “DECEPTION” (10 p.m., ABC) March 12 “Mary Kills People” (9 p.m., Lifetime) March 13 “RISE” (10 p.m., NBC) “FOR THE PEOPLE” (10 p.m., ABC) March 15 “Flip or Flop Vegas” (9 p.m., HGTV) March 16 “ON MY BLOCK” (Netflix) March 18 “Little Big Shots” (7 p.m., NBC) “INSTINCT” (8 p.m., CBS) “GENIUS JUNIOR” (9 p.m., NBC) March 20 “Shadowhunters” (8 p.m., Freeform) March 21 “KRYPTON” (10 p.m., Syfy) March 22 “STATION 19,” 2 hour premiere (9 p.m., ABC) March 23 “Santa Clarita Continue Reading

February TV premieres: What’s debuting and returning?

By Chuck Barney | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: February 1, 2018 at 6:27 pm | UPDATED: February 2, 2018 at 3:32 am And the shows just keep coming. To help you get with the program, here’s a list of TV series — on broadcast networks, cable and streaming sites — that are debuting, or returning, in the month of February. Also included: dates for the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics. New shows are listed in CAPS: Feb. 1 “A.P. BIO” (Sneak preview, 9:30 p.m., NBC) Feb. 2 “ALTERED CARBON” (Netflix) “ABSENTIA” (Amazon Prime) “Strike Back” (9 p.m., Cinemax) “2 DOPE QUEENS” (11:30 p.m., HBO) Feb. 3 “The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar,” TV movie (8 p.m., Lifetime) Feb. 4 Super Bowl LII (3 p.m. PT, NBC) Feb. 7 “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” (8 p.m., CBS) “QUEER EYE” (Netflix) Feb. 9 Winter Olympics, Opening Ceremony (8 p.m., NBC) Feb. 11 “OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT” (8 p.m., Showtime) “HERE AND NOW” (9 p.m., HBO “Homeland” (9 p.m., Showtime) Feb. 12 “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (9 p.m., The CW, midseason premiere) Feb. 16 “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon Prime) “EVERYTHING SUCKS” (Netflix) Feb. 18 “THE JOEL MCHALE SHOW WITH JOEL MCHALE” (Netflix) Feb. 23 “The Tick” (Amazon Prime) Feb. 24 “NOTES FROM THE FIELD” (8 p.m., HBO) Feb. 25 “Ash vs. Evil Dead” (9 p.m., Starz) “The Walking Dead” (9 p.m., AMC) Feb. 26 “The Voice” (8 p.m., NBC) “iZombie” (9 p.m., The CW) “LIVING BIBLICALLY” (9:30 p.m., CBS) “GOOD GIRLS” (10 p.m., NBC) “UnREAL” (10 p.m., Lifetime) “MCMAFIA” (10 p.m., AMC) Feb. 27 “UNSOLVED” (10 p.m., USA) Feb. 28 “THE LOOMING TOWER” (Hulu) “Survivor” (8 p.m., CBS) “Designated Continue Reading

February 2018 TV Premieres: Over 40 New And Returning Shows Airing

February isn’t exactly overflowing with TV premieres, but there’s still plenty to watch. Over 40 new and returning TV shows are airing this month. Those looking for something new have so many series premieres to choose from. Thrill seekers should check out “Castle” alum Stana Katic’s new drama Absentia, about an FBI agent taking back her life after being declared dead. For those who like their criminals a little more light-hearted, “Good Girls” is NBC’s new dramedy about three moms who decide to take control of their lives by becoming robbers. Retta, Mae Whitman and Christina Hendricks star. “Good Girls” is one of several new TV shows premiering in February. Photo: Josh Stringer/NBC Comedy fans will want to check out “2 Dope Queens.” Jessica Willliams and Phoebe Robinson take their popular podcast to HBO with four specials this month. Plenty of longtime favorites will also return. “Big Brother” is back with a celebrity edition, “The Walking Dead” returns and “When the Heart Calls” comes back. Check out all the February TV premiere dates below (all times are EST): Thursday, Feb. 1 “AP Bio” Season 1, NBC, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 “Absentia” Season 1, Amazon “Altered Carbon” Season 1, Netflix “Strike Back” Season 5, Cinemax, 10 p.m. “2 Dope Queens” Season 1, HBO, 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 “Bethenny & Frederick” Season 1, Bravo, 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 “Queer Eye” Season 1, Netflix “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition,” CBS, 8 p.m. “Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block,” Syfy, 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 “Fate/Apocrypha,” Netflix Sunday, Feb. 11 “Here and Now” Season 1, HBO, 9 p.m. “Homeland” Season 7, Showtime, 9 p.m. “Private Eyes” Season 1, ION, 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 Continue Reading

January 2018 TV Premieres: Over 60 New And Returning Shows Airing

New TV shows are coming back! The holiday reruns will end as soon as January starts, and it looks like this winter will bring more new TV shows than ever. Over 60 new TV seasons and series will start. Longtime favorites like “The Bachelor,” “X-Files,” “Drunk History” and more will return. Among the returning TV shows is “Nashville,” which will kick off it’s sixth and final season in 2018. Expect Deacon (Charles Esten) to keep developing feelings for Jessie (Kaitlin Doubleday) while Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) gets involved with an odd new group. Meanwhile, several new TV series will also premiere. “WAGS” is getting a new Atlanta-set spinoff while “Love & Hip Hop” heads to Miami. However, the TV event that everyone will be talking about is “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” The new drama explores the murder of Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramírez), who was shot and killed by Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) in 1997. Below is a list of new season and series premieres in January 2018 (All times listed are EST.), but if you’re looking for when favorites like “This Is Us,” “Arrow,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and others come back from their holiday hiatus, check out the midseason premiere dates list. Monday, Jan. 1 “Lovesick” Season 3, Netflix “The Bachelor” Season 22, 8 p.m., ABC “Better Late Than Never” Season 2, 9 p.m., NBC “Love & Hip Hop: Miami” Season 1, 9 p.m., VH1 Tuesday, Jan. 2 “Ellen’s Game of Games” Season 1, 8 p.m., NBC “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” Season 4, 8 p.m., TLC “Intervention” Season 20, 9 p.m., A&E “LA to Vegas” Season 1, 9 p.m., Fox “Married at First Sight” Season 6, 9 p.m., Lifetime “Hunting Hitler” Season 3, 10 p.m., History “I Am Jazz” Continue Reading

‘Shooter’ TV premiere delayed in wake of Dallas police attack

A sniper television drama set to premiere next week has been delayed in light of the recent deadly attack on Dallas police officers. The new series "Shooter," starring actors Ryan Phillipe and Omar Epps, has been pushed back a week — set to air on July 26 instead of the intended July 19 date, USA network announced Monday. "In light of recent tragic events and out of respect for the victims, their families and our viewers, we have decided to postpone the premiere date for the upcoming USA Network series Shooter to July 26," the network told the Hollywood Reporter. Five officers were killed in Dallas when a heavily armed gunman opened fire at a police brutality protest on Thursday night. "Shooter" is an adaptation of the 2007 Mark Wahlberg film of the same name. Both are based on the novel "Point of Impact" by Stephen Hunter. The upcoming show, like the movie, will focus on an American veteran sniper who is framed for murder and fights to clear his name. Wahlberg serves as executive producer for the series. The postponing of the show comes a month after network TNT said it would delay the opening of "The Last Ship" out of respect for the victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre. The episode in question featured a shooting at a Vietnamese nightclub. Continue Reading

A ‘Heroes’ reboot leads Thursday TV premieres

Premiere week continues on Thursday, with ABC's Shonda Rhimes dramas turning the lights back on while CBS televises "Thursday Night Football" for the first eight weeks of the season. That leaves NBC, which premieres two new series on Thursday, with, well, one new series and one kind of new series. We'll explain. There's also a new cable fashion show from a proven favorite that debuts late Thursday night. "Heroes Reborn" Premise: A 13-episode "event miniseries" that will reboot the cult hit about ordinary people who discover they have superpowers. The show centers around both new heroes with appearances from cast members of the original series. Cast: Zachary Levi ("Chuck"), Jack Coleman ("The Office"), Gatlin Green ("Criminal Minds"), Ryan Guzman ("Pretty Little Liars"), Robbie Kay ("Once Upon a Time"), Rya Kihlstedt ("Dexter"), Judi Shekoni ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2"), Henry Zebrowski ("Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell"), Kiki Sukezane, Danika Yarosh. Timeslot: Thursdays, 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Fun Fact: Original "Heroes" cast members Greg Grunberg, Masi Oka, Noah Gray-Cabey and Jimmy Jean-Louis are just some of the former regular players who will return. "The Player" Premise: A pit boss in Las Vegas enlists a former military man to stop crimes. Cast: Wesley Snipes, Phillip Winchester ("Strike Back"), Charity Wakefield ("Wolf Hall"), Damon Gupton ("Whiplash"), Nick Wechsler ("Revenge"). Timeslot: Thursdays, 10 p.m. ET on NBC. Fun Fact: This is Snipes' first appearance on television since a guest spot on a 2003 episode of "The Bernie Mac Show." "Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe" Premise: A half-hour fashion talk show that features the Bravo reality star and fashion stylist to the stars discussing the week's best and worst in fashion. Cast: Rachel Zoe ("The Rachel Zoe Project"), Derek Blasberg, Continue Reading

Tuesday night’s TV premieres includes ‘Muppets,’ ‘Limitless’ reboots

Network television’s premiere week continues Tuesday, with ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC rolling out shows that will fight for your viewership over the rest of the season. On Tuesday night, the networks break out three more series, each with a somewhat familiar pedigree. “The Muppets” Premise: The Muppets return, this time in a documentary-style sitcom looking behind-the-scenes at the ABC talk show, "Up Late with Miss Piggy." Cast: All your favorite Muppets are back, plus guest stars already announced such as Reese Witherspoon, Topher Grace, Josh Groban, Laurence Fishburne, Jay Leno and more. Timeslot: Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Fun Fact: This new Muppet series is being run by "The Big Bang Theory" co-creator Bill Prady and former "Simpsons" and "3rd Rock From the Sun" writer Bob Kushell. “Scream Queens” Premise: Like Ryan Murphy's FX hit "American Horror Story," "Queens" is an anthology series, meaning it will feature a completely new story told over the course of each season. The first one will focus on a series of murders at a sorority. Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels ("The Duff"), Glen Powell ("The Expendables 3"), Diego Boneta ("Rock of Ages"), Abigail Breslin ("Zombieland"), Keke Palmer ("True Jackson, VP"), Oliver Hudson ("Nashville"), Nasim Pedrad ("Saturday Night Live"), Lucien Laviscount ("Episodes"), Billie Lourd, as well as Nick Jonas, Arianna Grande, Niecy Nash and Alan Thicke. Timeslot: Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. Fun Fact: Co-creator Murphy describes the show as "'Heathers' meets 'Friday the 13th.'" “Limitless” Premise: A sequel series to the Bradley Cooper movie from 2011, set around a man who discovers that a drug increases his IQ and gives him perfect memory. Cast: Jake Continue Reading

Midseason TV premieres bring Piers Morgan to CNN and quirky ‘Onion Sportsdome’ to Comedy Central

Television's midseason is underway, and in the coming weeks and months, new offerings ranging from a revamped "American Idol" to a medical mystery series starring Dana Delany are on the way. Indeed, in some cases it's as if the networks hit the reset button and roll out an entire new schedule. Here are some of the can't-miss series on the way.JANUARY 11"Lights Out," 10 p.m., FX — Holt McCallany delivers a breakout performance as a former heavyweight champion struggling to overcome physical and financial problems."Onion Sportsdome," 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central — The funny folks at the Onion News Network offer a decidedly quirky, satirical take on sports news.JANUARY 16 10 p.m., TVLand — Betty White, Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Wendie Malick return in a comedy that is better than most on TV these days."Piers Morgan Tonight," 9 p.m., CNN — Journalist, talent show judge and "Celebrity Apprentice" winner Piers Morgan steps into the time slot held for 25 years by Larry King and brings a new take on the interview format. 10 p.m., MTV — A year in the making, MTV launches an American version of a controversial Brit series following a group of teens as they navigate emotions, drugs, sex and more.The fictitous Onion News Network has a satirical take on sports news.JANUARY 19"American Idol," 8 p.m., Fox — The singing competition returns for its 10th season, with new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler on board. Can it return as the ratings king?JANUARY 21"Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," 10 p.m., Starz — This serves as a prequel season to "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," and focuses on the original gladiatorial champion of the House of Batiatus. Expect plenty of sex, violence and intense drama.FEBRUARY 7"The Chicago Code," 9 p.m., Fox — Jason Clarke, who was fantastic in Showtime's "The Brotherhood," plays a tough Chicago detective who barely plays within the rules.FEBRUARY 12"The Sunset Limited," 9 p.m., HBO — Tommy Lee Continue Reading

‘Lost’ premiere gains viewers despite early online leaks; many fans waited for show to air

Nearly 12.1 million viewers tuned into to the "Lost" season premiere Tuesday night, which is 1 million more than the average weekly audience for last season, and under 1 million more than last year's premiere. What makes this increase more remarkable is that some fans who tuned in could have seen it earlier, thanks to an online leak, but chose to wait.Flying in the face of going industry wisdom, "Lost" fanatics were so amped for the TV premiere they refused to watch leaked online material, according to the"Why spoil it now? I'd rather watch it in hi-def and surround sound than ruin the surprise and watch some (low-quality) video," one fan wrote on social networking site, after clips from the opening scene hit the Internet last Friday.Users of one social networking site where a video popped up following a "Lost" season premiere event in Hawaii voted to "bury" the link, rather than circulate it for fellow users to find."We never had a show like 'Lost' before that had these kind of fans that love it so much that they don't want to know what happens before the premiere,"  Michael Benson, co-executive VP of marketing at ABC told the site.Even when the entire episode hit on Monday, fans turned their heads, leaving the videos with only a few hundred hits. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Sweeps month headed for dustbin of TV history

You know the lights have dimmed for television's once-flashy "sweeps month" when the splashiest TV event this November premiered not on TV, but at a movie theater. The two-hour feature "24: Redemption," which leads into the new season of Fox's "24," hits the TV screen Sunday night at 8. But it hit the movie screen Wednesday night in Times Square, to raise money for the African charity Malaria No More. All but a few hundred people, of course, will still be seeing it fresh on TV. Still, the fact that an extended episode of a returning show becomes TV's biggest event of a sweeps month says it all about the state of the sweeps. Things have shriveled mightily from the days when sweeps meant miniseries like "Lonesome Dove," star-studded specials or the TV premiere of a blockbuster film like "The Godfather Saga." No more. The first culprit is money. Broadcast networks gradually decided it was not cost-efficient to spend megadollars creating and promoting something that would at best give them a one-shot spike in the ratings. Over the last decade, it has also become harder to create any kind of television event, period. With cable movie channels today, broadcast networks rarely bother with movies at all, and miniseries lost much of their impact when cable networks began creating short-run series like "The Sopranos" or "Sex and the City." The rhythm of the TV year has also changed. Back when the broadcast networks ruled, November was the peak of the fall season, February was the month everyone holed up inside, and May was the grand finale. So those became the sweeps months, whose audience size was used to set advertising rates. Now, however, cable series can start anytime, and networks are increasingly less wed to a school-year calendar. Fox saves "American Idol" for the beginning of the year, and clearly figures that will also work with "24." NBC would like some sweeps buzz when "ER" ends its 15-year run in February. But ABC's splashiest Continue Reading