For many people the holiday seasons is all about family and relaxing. For me, as a certified TV and pop culture geek, it’s always been the sad time when I have nothing to watch, because most U.S. TV shows go on hiatus.
Come January I’m more than happy to welcome them back and start talking about them on social media again. Of course, midseason also means a whole bunch of brand new shows to look forward to. So here’s a list of midseason premieres and corresponding hashtags to watch out for.
10. Game of Thrones (returning)
I’ve rage-quit Game of Thrones a long time ago, but I know that a lot of people still look forward to this show’s return. Just beware, if you strictly adhere to the “read first, watch later” principle, you’ll have to let this season remain unwatched, because — to no one’s surprise — George R.R. Martin is behind on his writing schedule, and the next part of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga won’t be out before the TV equivalent hits the screens.
Game of Thrones returns on April 24 on HBO
Hashtags: #GoT #ASOIAF
9. Fuller House (new, reboot)
The main target audience for Fuller House, a reboot of the 90s series Full House, is damaged children of the 90s. Our reasons for watching this show will be one or all of the following:
- We want to know what the actors look like now.
- We want to find out if some of the actors actually acquired acting chops over the past 20 odd years.
- We’re hoping uncle Jesse will return.
- We have a masochistic streak.
Fuller House premieres on February 26 on Netflix
Hashtags: #fullhouse #fullerhouse
8. Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (new)
Shadowhunters is based on the wildly popular Young Adult novels “The Mortal Instruments” by Cassandra Clare. The series is about a New York City teenager who discovers she’s really a demon-hunting human/angel hybrid. It’s expected that those who’ve already gotten sick of The Vampire Diaries will lap this up. (That totally includes me, by the way.)
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments has premiered on January 12 on Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family)
Hashtags: #shadowhunters #freeform
7. Billions (new)
Remember Life? Remember Homeland? Remember how Damian Lewis has perfected playing great guys you just wish you could trust? In Billions Lewis plays a hedge fund manager who appears like a modern day Robin Hood, while Paul Giamatti plays the grim U.S. Attorney who goes up against him.
“Sometimes a great cast can make all the difference between enjoyable television and mediocrity,” reads a review on IGN.
Billions premiered just last weekend, on January 17, on Showtime.
The 100 (returning)
If you’re not already watching the post-apocalyptic sci fi show The 100, then you should definitely start now. The show hits its stride after a few episodes and had me mainlining the first two seasons last spring. You can still do the same, because the first two seasons are streaming on Netflix right now.
The 100 returns on January 21 on CW.
Hashtags: #the100 #the100season3 #clexa #bellarke
5. House of Cards (returning)
Netflix has been rather prolific lately, but its flagship series may still very well be House of Cards. President Underwood is returning for a 4th season, so look forward to more politics and power plays. Fans, who were a mite disappointed by season 3, are hoping that this season House of Cards will return to its former glory.
House of Cards returns on March 4 on Netflix.
Hashtags: #houseofcards #FU2016
4. Downton Abbey (returning one last time)
While British TV viewers have already said their goodbyes to Lady Violet and her family during the 2015 Christmas special, American fans have barely just begun their last season with the inhabitants of Downton Abbey. I won’t spoiler anyone. But let it be said, that you can definitely look forward to a few more Lady Violet bon mots before it is all over.
Downton Abbey has returned for its last season on January 3 on PBS.
Hashtags: #downtonabbey #downton #downtonpbs
Accounts: Fake Lady Violet
3. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (new)
First came Arrow, then came The Flash, and now in 2016 comes DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, assembling some of the favourite cast-off characters from the other two shows, among them Firestorm and White Canary.
Given how the CW loves doing crossover episodes, chances are that, if you’re already watching Arrow and The Flash, they’ll have you glued to Legends of Tomorrow in no time.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premieres on January 21 on CW.
Hashtags: #LegendsOfTomorrow #DCLegends #DCweek #Arrow #TheFlash
2. War & Peace (new, mini series)
I’ll be honest: I spent most of the first episode of War & Piece with the “War and Peace” Wikipedia page open on my phone, because I kept getting confused with all the characters and their complicated family trees. But, at least, the cast is great and worth watching this for. Paul Dano is convincingly cringeworthy as hapless Pierre Bezukhov, and then you’ve got Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea, Lily James, etc.
War & Peace premiered in the U.S. on January 18 A&E, Lifetime, and History Channel (simulcast).
1. The X-Files (new & returning)
It’s not a reboot! It’s a revival. After having been off the air for almost 14 years, with a few movies thrown in, Mulder and Scully are back to solve the unsolvable. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reprise their original roles for 6 episodes — and potentially more seasons, if the those episodes do well. The fans of The X-Files have never really let go and are elated that the truth is, apparently, still out there.
Now, I’ve always been too chicken for X-Files.
But if you aren’t squeamish you can use this handy guide to help you pick the most important episodes to watch. According to the guide you’d need about 4 days of pretty much full-time-devotion to make it 😉 But, I’ll be honest, the trailer is tempting even me.
I really want to know, which TV shows are you most looking forward to in 2016?