The Spring TV cycle seems to be stacked with loads of big name celebrities making their first forays into the small screen. Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore and Jude Law all star in shows coming in the next couple of months. At a time when TV seems to be outperforming movies in terms of popularity, this crop of shows seems to be no different. I predict quite a few successes among this group!
The shows listed below are only a selection of the new shows premiering this spring. I’ve only picked what interests me most! They are sorted by network, in no particular order. Let’s get on with it!
Emerald City (premiered Jan. 6)
Who’s in it? Vincent D’Onofrio (he looks like Mark Ruffalo?) and Adria Arjona (True Detective)
What’s it about? As one might assume, it is Oz-related! It’s a re-imagining of The Land of Oz book series. I’m a big fan of “Once Upon a Time” so I’m open to a new fantasy series.
Initial impression: I meant to catch this when it premiered last week, but didn’t end up watching it. My Twitter feed was lighting up with folks tweeting about it, so I definitely want to give it a try. I just really hope it doesn’t turn into one of those “villian of the week” serials.
Powerless (premieres Feb. 2)
Who’s in it? Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Tudyk (YES) and Danny Pudi (Community)
What’s it about? A workplace comedy that focuses on an insurance agency that has to cover damages caused by superheroes.
Initial impression: This show…. it’s definitely one of my top contenders for this new batch of shows. Great cast, interesting premise. DC and NBC, don’t mess it up!
Trial & Error (premieres March 7)
Who’s in it? John Lithgow (Winston Churchill and Barney Stinson’s dad), Nicholas D’Agosto (Gotham, Masters of Sex) and Sherri Shepherd
What’s it about? Set in South Carolina (woop), poetry professor Lithgow is accused of killing his wife and bright-eyed New York lawyer (D’Agosto) comes to his defense.
Initial impression: Oh good, Southern stereotypes on the horizon. In all fairness, this actually looks a little funny. NBC has done well with comedies recently (The Good Place is hilarious) so I have my fingers crossed for this one.
Star (premiered Jan. 4)
Who’s in it? Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality), Lenny Kravitz (giving off some serious Cinna vibes)
What’s it about? Capitalizing on the success of “Empire,” this show follows three young singers as they try to break into the Atlanta music scene with the help of Queen Latifah.
Initial impression: I have never watched Empire but I know it’s been a huge success for Fox. This looks pretty interesting, but I haven’t heard many rumblings since its premiere. I’ll check it out.
The Mick (premiered Jan. 1)
Who’s in it? Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Sofia Black-D’Elia (The Night Of) and some precocious children
What’s it about? Rough-around-the-edges Mickey (Olson) moves to Connecticut to take care of her wealth sister’s spoiler children after she and her husband flee the country to avoid a federal indictment.
Initial impression: I have to admit I was wrong about this one. I thought it looked really funny but wouldn’t do well. But I’m wrong! It’s been a huge hit and I can’t wait to watch the first episode.
24: Legacy (premieres Feb. 5)
Who’s in it? Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, The Walking Dead) and Miranda Otto (Homeland, Lord of the Rings)
What’s it about? Hawkins plays Eric Carter, a military vet and the “new” Jack Bauer, who turns to the CTU to stop a terrorist attack.
Initial impression: I’m getting tired of reboots, prequels and sequels. Other than it being set in the same “universe” I’m not sure how this relates to 24, but it looks interesting enough.
APB (premieres Feb. 6)
Who’s in it? Justin Kirk (who I loved as Uncle Andy in Weeds), Ernie Hudson and a bunch of folks I don’t recognize
What’s it about? A millionaire (Kirk) buys out a precinct of the Chicago PD and brings all kinds of high-tech toys to help find the murderer of his best friend.
Initial impression: I’m totally over crime shows but I love the incorporation of technology that they introduce. Plus anything that has Justin Kirk in it is basically appealing straight to me, so yep I’ll watch this.
Taboo (premieres Jan. 10)
Who’s in it? Tom Hardy, Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) and Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones)
What’s it about? “James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed long dead, he returns to London from Africa in 1814 to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire. But when this legacy is revealed to be a poisoned chalice, with enemies in every dark corner, James must navigate complex territories to avoid his own death sentence.” Basically think Pirates of the Caribbean but without Disney.
Initial impression: THIS. LOOKS. SO. GOOD. I love Ridley Scott and I’m really intrigued by the trailers so I definitely plan on tuning in to watch this. I love seeing all of these “movie stars” turning to TV series. I think it’s really going to up the quality of TV shows in the coming years.
Legion (premieres Feb. 8)
Who’s in it? Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast, Downton Abbey), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Jean Smart (ICON, yo)
What’s it about? David Haller, a man haunted by visions and voices, comes to find that they may not just be all in his head.
Initial impression: I’m a huge X-Men fan so I’ve been stoked about this series since I first heard about it. Add in Aubrey Plaza and I’m totally there.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (premieres Jan. 13)
What’s it about? Based on the beloved book series, the Baudelaire children are forced to lived with their relative Count Olaf after their parents die in a fire. The children try to escape from his custody after they suspect he only wants to keep them for their inheritance.
Initial impression: This looks like so much fun. I love NPH and while I never read this books, this looks like such whimsical fun and I can’t wait to watch it!
Santa Clarita Diet (premieres Feb. 3)
Who’s in it? Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant (Justified)
What’s it about? Honestly we don’t know much about this series, but it has to do with cannibalism. Go figure.
Initial impression: The trailer for this premiered last night during the Golden Globes and it looked really funny. This will definitely be one I watch and I have a suspicion that it will be another hit from Netflix.
Victoria (premieres Jan. 15)
Who’s in it? Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who), Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle)
What’s it about? The life of Queen Victoria and her ascension to the throne at the age of 18. Basically if you like “The Crown” on Netflix, this is for you.
Initial impression: Call me biased, but whatever took Jenna Coleman away from Doctor Who better be damn good. Shows like this aren’t exactly my cup of tea but I’ll give it a go.
The Young Pope (premieres Jan. 15)
Who’s in it? Jude Law, Diane Keaton
What’s it about? The fictitious Lenny Belardo becomes Pius XIII, the first American Pope in history.
Initial Impression: I saw the trailer for this while watching a Game of Thrones marathon on HBO and was really intrigued. I love Jude Law and the whole premise of the show is really unique. At first I thought it was a movie and immediately wanted to see it.
Big Little Lies (Feb. 19)
Who’s in it? Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgard, Zoe Kravitz
What’s it about? Three mothers seemingly perfect lives in Monterey, California, start to unravel.
Initial Impression: Talk about an ensemble cast! So many of my favorites are in this series. I have a good feeling this is going to be a show that everyone talks about. HBO continues to pump out high quality, wildly popular shows. Has anyone read the book? I wanted to try to read it before I watch it!
Imposters (premieres Feb. 7)
Who’s in it? Adam Korson, Megan Park, and I cannot for the life of me find the name of the lead woman. The IMDB page is bare.
What’s it about? A con-artist serially marries and then bankrupts and blackmails unsuspecting victims. Two of her victims decide to pair together and go looking for her.
Initial Impression: I don’t normally watch shows on Bravo, but this one is on my radar because of one of my favorite actors (Aaron Douglas) being on the show. The premise is really interesting, but since I don’t normally watch Bravo, I’m curious if it’ll catch my interest.
Doubt (premieres Feb. 15)
Who’s in it? Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy), Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) and Dule Hill (Psych, The West Wing)
What’s it about? Heigl is a lawyer that gets involved with her client. That’s about all the info available at the moment.
Initial impression: I’m not into courtroom dramas but the cast looks phenomenal so I’m definitely going to watch.
The Handmaid’s Tale (premieres April 26)
Who’s in it? Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men, The West Wing), Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), Joseph Fiennes
What’s it about? Set in a (not so distant) dystopian future, a woman is forced into a life of sex slavery under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.
Initial Impression: This cast is incredible. I feel like a broken record saying that about so many shows but it’s true! The Handmaid’s Tale was one of my favorite books that I read in school. I remember being so haunted by it. If you haven’t read the book, I highly suggest doing so before the series premieres. You have four months. GO.
What shows are you looking forward to the most this spring? Sound off in the comments!