Clear your schedule and prepare to clock plenty of couch time: This season’s must-watch shows are finally here!
An American Idol scoping out the next, well, idol: Newcomer Kelly Clarkson makes herself comfortable in The Voice’s rotating coach seats. Meanwhile, vets Adam Levine, Alicia Keys and six-time champion Blake Shelton hope to win big on the NBC singing competition’s 14th season (February 26, 8 p.m.).
Strapped for cash, three overwhelmed suburban moms (Mae Whitman, Christina Hendricks and Retta) rob a grocery store, naturally. That’s just the start of the new dramedy Good Girls (NBC, February 26, 10 p.m.). With a bigger haul than expected, they’re stalked by criminals who want their cash.
She dropped more than 300 pounds and now Mama June Shannon is gaining experience — in dating! When Mama June: From Not to Hot picks up (WE tv, January 12, 9 p.m.), the reality star is struggling to juggle her love life, her strict diet and her relationship with ex Sugar Bear.
After 20 seasons in the U.K., Celebrity Big Brother (CBS, February 7, 8 p.m.) is, at long last, crossing the pond. Though the star-studded cast has yet to be announced — Blac Chyna has been rumored to appear — Julie Chen will continue her reign as host over the two-and-a-half-week competition, which will feature live evictions.
All good things must come to an end. Shonda Rhimes’ political drama Scandal (ABC, January 18, 9 p.m.) will sign off following its final 11 episodes. The finale is tightly under wraps — even star Kerry Washington is guessing what happens next! The quirky comedy Portlandia (IFC, January 18, 10 p.m.) will also wrap its eight-season run.
They kick butt with and without the cape. Though he retired his powers nine years ago, high school principal Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is forced to suit up and save his city as vigilante Black Lightning (CW, January 16, 9 p.m.). Elsewhere in the DC Universe, Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl (CW, January 15, 8 p.m.) is left unconscious from a bloody battle with Reign (Odette Annable). To help defeat the enemy, Mon-El’s Legion of Superheroes come to the rescue.
What comes after a failed happily ever after? Season 2 of HBO’s comedy Divorce (January 14, 10 p.m.). Emerging from the debris of their explosive split, Frances (executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker) and ex- husband Robert (Thomas Haden Church) work to rebuild their lives as singles. She fails at flirting, while he tries on a new look.
The Oscar winner forces a double take. In the spy series Counterpart (Starz, January 21, 8 p.m.), Simmons plays lowly bureaucrat Howard, who happens to discover the government is hiding a parallel universe. In this other world, he finds an identical version of himself with a polar opposite personality.
Yes, paradise isn’t always what it seems. The MTV docusoap Siesta Key (January 15, 10 p.m.) dives right back into the parties, the drama and the romances. While Kelsey, Garrett and Juliette remain entangled in a love triangle, Alex suffers an injury that leaves his jaw wired shut. And, of course, newcomers invade the beach to stir up even more trouble.
Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry) is cocky. That is, until a senior resident opens his eyes to the brutal reality of how hospitals operate on Fox’s The Resident (January 21, 10 p.m.). After all, they can’t save everyone. Now, while romancing a nurse (Emily VanCamp), he sets out on a quest to push boundaries.
There’s a power struggle coming to The Path season 3 (Hulu, January 17). With Eddie (Aaron Paul) declared the heir of the Meyerist cult, his wife Sarah (Michelle Monaghan) now questions her allegiance. Plus, they have a new recruit: publicist Vera (Freida Pinto).
A killer new thriller: Set in 1896, TNT’s The Alienist (January 22, 9 p.m.) brings together social outcasts — a criminal psychologist (Daniel Brühl), a newspaper illustrator (Luke Evans) and a police secretary (Dakota Fanning) — to solve the gruesome murders of boy prostitutes.
Three husbands. Six wives. Twenty-four children. And no drama? Ha! TLC’s Seeking Sister Wife (January 14, 10 p.m.) follows three diverse households — the Alldredges, the Brineys and the Snowdens — as they set out on the emotional and intimate journey of expanding their families … with more wives. They’ll showcase their dates, arguments, decisions to move in together and, yes, even pregnancies.
Bow down to Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson during HBO’s four-part special 2 Dope Queens (February 2, 11:30 p.m.). The comedians — who launched their smash hit podcast of the same name in 2016 — banter about sex, pizza, NYC and more with guests including Sarah Jessica Parker, Tituss Burgess, Jon Stewart and Uzo Aduba.
How well do you know The Fresh Prince? The Color Purple? Here’s the test: Hosted by comedian Tony Rock, BET’s Black Card Revoked game show (January 10, 10 p.m.) — based on the titular party staple — quizzes contestants on pop culture, celebrity, history and politics from an African-American perspective.
UnReal’s unscripted show within a show is letting the ladies call the shots. Season 3 (Lifetime, February 26, 10 p.m.) features Everlasting’s inaugural female lead (Caitlin FitzGerald), or suitress, if you will. But the canny star is onto the manipulative games played by ruthless producers Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and Quinn (Constance Zimmer).
Justin Timberlake scored another set: Fourteen years after he tore off Janet Jackson’s top onstage, the former boy bander teams up with the NFL once more to rock the halftime show at Super Bowl LII (NBC, February 4). Stay tuned after the last play for This Is Us, which earned the coveted postgame slot.
Were the murders of Tupac Shakur (Marcc Rose) and Biggie Smalls (Wavyy Jonez) connected? Detective Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) thinks so. The true-crime series Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. (USA, February 27, 10 p.m.) recounts the investigation into the controversial killings of the rap world’s greatest legends.
On the morning of July 15, 1997, famed fashion designer Gianni Versace returned to his Miami home after grabbing coffee, only to be shot and killed at his door. Ryan Murphy’s latest, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: The American Crime Story (FX, January 17, 10 p.m.), tracks the events leading to that fateful day. Penélope Cruz plays sister Donatella, while Ricky Martin stars as his partner, Antonio D’Amico.
Blending together two contrasting accounts of the tragic events of 1993, the six-part Waco miniseries (Paramount Network, January 24, 10 p.m.) details what really happened during the deadly 51-day standoff between the FBI, fanatical religious leader David Koresh (Taylor Kitsch) and his spiritual sect in — you guessed it — Waco, Texas.
Team USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin, Gus Kenworthy and more hopefuls go for gold at the XXIII Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. But don’t expect to see the Russian flag at the opening ceremony (NBC, February 9). The team was banned from competing after a doping scandal. (Individual athletes must register as neutral.) Well, let the games begin!
Beauty has no boundaries. For the first time in the 23-season history of America’s Next Top Model (VH1, January 9, 8 p.m.), host Tyra Banks drops the strict 18-to-27 age restriction for contestants. Stylist Law Roach, supermodel Ashley Graham and Paper magazine chief creative officer Drew Elliott serve as judges.
When The Walking Dead season 8 resumes (AMC, February 25, 9 p.m.) Chandler Riggs’ Carl Grimes will — in the biggest departure to date from the comic books — succumb to the walker bite on his side. (The death shocked the 18-year-old actor, who believed his mainstay character would transition into power thanks to dad Rick.) Better watch your back.