2018 is upon us, and that means another year filled with tons of TV shows. While some big names such as Game of Thrones and Stranger Things are taking the year off to prepare for their next instalment, there are returning names below that were missing for all of 2017. But the bulk of the upcoming winter – we don’t know much beyond March right now, since that’s how scheduling works – is filled with promising new dramas that could deliver the perfect binge-watch.
Here’s how you can fill your time for the next three months:
When: January 3
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reprise their roles as FBI special agents for an eleventh year in the second year of the show’s revival era, whose rating success (despite negative critical reception) convinced Fox to greenlit a 10-episode new season. The premiere and finale will focus on the long-arc storyline, with the other episodes being standalone, with appearances from Annabeth Gish, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, Karin Konoval, Barbara Hershey, and Haley Joel Osment.
When: January 6 / March 7
Where: BBC One / Hulu
Luther creator Neil Cross is back with a pre-apocalyptic crime drama starring Agyness Deyn and Jim Sturgess as Elaine Renko and Charlie Hicks, two police officers in contemporary London who come across proof that the world is headed for destruction in five years, while on a case involving the death of a hacker. Hard Sun will premiere in January on BBC One with new episodes each week, before arriving in full on Hulu in March.
Star Trek: Discovery
When: January 7
Where: CBS All Access, Netflix
The prequel to the original series returns with Chapter 2, aka part two of its first season, with six new episodes to come. It will culminate the Federation-Klingon war with the crew of the USS Discovery at its centre, while exploring the dynamic relationships between themselves, including the unranked Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), the Spock-like Saru (Doug Jones), ex-POW Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif), openly gay head of science Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp), and manipulative captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs).
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Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
When: January 12
Having lost Black Mirror to Netflix, Channel 4 greenlit this new anthology sci-fi drama based on Philip K. Dick’s various short stories from Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore and Justified’s Michael Dinner, which is coming to Amazon worldwide in January. It’s got an impressive cast across episodes: Bryan Cranston, Steve Buscemi, Terrence Howard, Anna Paquin, Janelle Monae, and Vera Farmiga. The likes of David Farr (The Night Manager), Dee Rees (Mudbound), Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones), and Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) have written or directed an episode.
When: January 16
Where: CW, Colors Infinity
The roster of DC Comics superhero shows on CW expands once again with Black Lightning, making him the first African-American superhero with his own standalone comics. Strangely, it won’t connect to the other DC shows (unlike the four others which have crossover episodes) and will instead focus on the hero’s own journey: coming out of retirement to fight crime and keep his daughters safe. Cress Williams plays the hero, with the show created by Mara Brock Akil (The Game) and her husband Salim Akil.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
When: January 17
Ryan Murphy’s true crime anthology series, which delivered a hit with its exploration of O.J. Simpson’s trial in 2016, is back with a second instalment that focuses on the 1997 murder of designer Gianni Versace (yep, that Versace) by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, based on Maureen Orth’s book Vulgar Favors. Édgar Ramírez and Darren Criss star as Versace and Cunanan, with Penelope Cruz and Ricky Martin also part of the cast.
When: January 18
Where: Sky Atlantic
Set in 43AD, this historical period drama will look at the Roman empire’s invasion and conquest of Britain, led by General Aulus Plautius (David Morrissey), and the resistance put up by the wild warrior women of the Celts, with rivals Kerra (Kelly Reilly) and Antedia (Zoë Wanamaker) forced to work together if they wish to survive. The nine-part series, which has a feature-length premiere, will be available in its entirety on release day.
When: January 21
J.K. Simmons has a dual role in this sci-fi thriller, where he plays a lowly cog in a bureaucratic UN agency who finds out his employers have been guarding a secret: a crossing to a parallel dimension. Simmons’ counterpart – hence the title – in the other dimension is much more than a cog, and the show will explore themes of identity, idealism, what ifs, and lost love. Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd, and Nazanin Boniadi are also part of the cast, while Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) has directed the pilot.
When: January 22