The holiday break is over, and with the end of the television hiatus enters some exciting and brand new series on television. From biopics, to the revival of classic shows to completely original series, check out 5 of the new television programs that you definitely need to see in the year 2016.
5. Shadowhunters, ABC Family/Freeform (January 12)
When Clary (Katherine McNamara) turns 18, her mother is kidnapped, forcing her to venture into the dark world and hunt down any demon that stands in her way. Clary meets others along her path with similar motives, but has no interest in making friends.
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4. 11.22.63, Hulu Plus (February 15)
As if Star Wars wasn’t enough, JJ Abrams is about to change history again. Literally. In his latest television project based off the Stephen King novel, we explore what happens when high school teacher Jake Epping (James Franco) travels back in time to stop the assassination of JFK. His attempt to do so meets many obstacles including love, fate and Lee Harvey Oswald.
3. Fuller House, Netflix (February 26)
If you spent any time in the ’90s, you without a doubt spent at least one evening in the Tanner house being seduced by Uncle Jesse’s music and laughing your socks off at Uncle Joey’s corny jokes. Well get ready for round 2, because the whole gang (minus the infamous Olsen twins — how rude!) are back for all new episodes in this spinoff series. The show focuses on DJ (Candace Cameron-Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) moving back into the Tanner house when DJ becomes a widow like her father. The Tanners seem to have bad luck in the love department.
2. Shades of Blue, NBC (January 7)
There are plenty of procedural crime dramas out there right now, but there haven’t been many which focus solely on the corruption of law enforcement itself in quite a while. In a Wire-like new drama by NBC, Jennifer Lopez teams up with crime genre veteran Ray Liotta for what looks like a heart-stopping thrill-ride.
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1. Billions, Showtime (January 17)
If you’ve been missing Damian Lewis’ presence in Homeland as much as we have, fear no more. Showtime is bringing back the Emmy-award winning actor and teaming him up with the incredibly badass (and also Emmy-award winning actor) Paul Giamatti for their newest drama. They seem to have jumped on to the growing television trend of the antihero with full force. While this trend seems to be wearing out, if anyone can keep it going, its Lewis and Giamatti.
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