TV shows new, returning in 2017: The premiere dates you need to know


If it seems like a new TV series premieres every day now, you’re not far off.

“Peak TV” — today’s record deluge of scripted shows — was coined as a term last year by FX Networks chief John Landgraf, after his research team counted 419 original series presented in 2015 by broadcast networks, cable channels and streaming services. (That’s up from 216 shows in 2010.)

That number again went up in 2016, to an FX research tally of 455.

You can’t watch them all. We can’t list them all. But we can pinpoint highlights among the flurry coming up in coming weeks.

Could TV’s 2017 total hit 500? Start counting.

'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' (premieres May 19 on Netflix)

14. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix). The sophomore season
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Titus (Tituss Burgess) channels Beyonce's visual album, "Lemonade," this season while Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) continues to reclaim her life after being rescued from a Doomsday bunker. 

'Sun Records' (premieres Feb. 23 at 10 p.m. on CMT)

Sun Records (Feb. 23, CMT) Eight-part limited series
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Eight-part limited series depicts ’50s rock’s Million Dollar Quartet — Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash — under producer Sam Phillips (Chad Michael Murray).

'The Blacklist: Redemption' (premieres Feb. 23 at 10 p.m. on NBC)

The Blacklist: Redemption (Feb. 23, NBC) Spinoff with
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Spinoff with Ryan Eggold and Famke Janssen as a team, along with Edi Gathegi of operatives atoning for criminal pasts.



'Crashing' (Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on HBO)

Crashing (Feb. 19, HBO) Judd Apatow produces, with
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Judd Apatow produces, with Pete Holmes, pictured, as a suburban dude switching gears to try stand-up comedy.

'Big Little Lies' (Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO)

Planet Earth II (Jan. 28, Saturday at 9,
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In David E. Kelley’s dark dramedy, three mothers of first-graders descend into murder. Limited series with Reese Witherspoon (also producing), Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Adam Scott. Pictured: Witherspoon, left, Woodley and Kidman.


'Planet Earth II' (Thursdays at 9 p.m. on BBC America)

Girls (Feb. 12, HBO) Sixth and final season
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Seven-part sequel to 2006’s natural-world smash, now employing improved technology (4K Ultra-HD). David Attenborough narrates.



'Girls' (Sundays at 10 p.m. on HBO)

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan in "The Walking
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Sixth and final season for Lena Dunham’s one-time sensation of young women making their way through New York City jobs, dating and friendships.

'The Walking Dead' (Feb. 12)

Reign (Feb. 10, CW) It’s Queen Mary (Adelaide
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Eight episodes finish a seventh season controversially dominated by baddie Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, pictured).





'Reign' (Feb. 10)

LEGION -- Pictured: (l-r) Rachel Keller as Syd
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It’s Queen Mary (Adelaide Kane, left) vs. Queen Elizabeth (Rachel Skarsten) in season 4 of the young-cast historical drama.

'Legion' (Feb. 8 on FX)

APB: PITCH:L-R: Justin Kirk and Caitlin Stacey in
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Adapted from Marvel Comics: Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) stars as a psych patient beginning to realize that his visions and voices may be real. With Rachel Keller (“Fargo”), left, Jean Smart, Bill Irwin and Dan Stevens, right. 

'APB' (Mondays at 9 p.m. on Fox)

24: Legacy: Corey Hawkins in 24: Legacy coming
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Justin Kirk, left, stars as a billionaire who reboots his troubled Chicago precinct with a private police force. Natalie Martinez plays an ambitious cop.



'24: Legacy' (Mondays at 8 p.m. on Fox)

The Carbonaro Effect (Feb. 1, truTV) Season 3
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Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton”) as a young Army Ranger out to thwart a terror attack, in real-time against a ticking clock. Also with Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits. Premieres in the post-Super Bowl slot.

'The Carbonaro Effect' (Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on truTV)

The Expanse (Feb. 1, Syfy) From the James
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Season 3 starts in Chicago for Oakdale-raised trickster Michael Carbonaro.



'The Expanse' (Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Syfy)

Riverdale -- "Pilot" -- Image Number:RVD101g_BTS_0281.jpg -- Pictured
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From the James S.A. Corey novels of space-colony conflict, this second season unspools the conspiracy behind human experiments and resource exploitation. Pictured: Shohreh Aghdashloo, left, and Frances Fisher.

'Riverdale' (Thursdays at 9 p.m. on The CW)

The Magicians (Jan. 25, Wednesday at 9, Syfy)
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Archie Comics teens as told by producer Greg Berlanti, with stars KJ Apa (Archie), Cole Sprouse (Jughead), Lili Reinhart (Betty), Camila Mendes (Veronica), Ashleigh Murray (Josie). Pictured: Apa, left, Mendes, Sprouse and Reinhart.

'The Magicians' (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Syfy)

Michael Smyth (Landon Liboiron) and Declan Harp (Jason
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Brakebills students search for the fabled-yet-real thrones of Fillory in season 2 from the Lev Grossman books.

'Frontier' (all episodes now streaming on Netflix)

BASKETS -- "Freaks" --Season 2, Episode 1 (Airs
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Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”), right, moves in on Canada’s 1700s fur trade through six episodes of power grabs and cultural conflict.

'Baskets' (Fridays at 10 p.m. on FX)

Kerry Washington returns as Olivia Pope on ABC's
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Second season for this eccentric / endearing portrait of a wannabe clown (Zach Galifianakis, pictured), his peculiar mother (Emmy-winner Louie Anderson) and other oddballs in their orbit.

'Scandal' (Fridays at 9 p.m. on ABC)

Six (Jan. 18, Wednesday at 10, History) Walton
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Kerry Washington’s wild drama of Washington chicanery makes its sixth-season return at a time when reality seems stranger than fiction.

'Six' (Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on History)

Divided States of America (Jan. 17-18 at 9-11,
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Walton Goggins (“The Shield,” “Justified”), pictured, leads this Navy SEAL team drama, “inspired by real missions.”

'Divided States of America' (two-part series available on PBS)

Bravo has just announced air date for “Summer
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Two-part “Frontline” explores social schisms seen during Barack Obama’s presidency and November’s election.

'Summer House' (Mondays at 10 p.m. on Bravo)

The Young Pope (Jan. 15-16, Sunday-Monday at 9,
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Montauk housemates let loose on summer weekends in this unscripted eavesdrop.

'The Young Pope' (Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO)

Patrick Sabongui as Reda Kazem and Claire Danes
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The first American pope? It’s Jude Law, pictured, in this speculative drama of Vatican politics, in 10 parts, run twice-weekly. With Diane Keaton, James Cromwell.

'Homeland' (Sundays at 9 p.m. on Showtime)

VICTORIA- As a new queen, the young Victoria
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In season 6, Carrie (Claire Danes) is in Brooklyn, working as an advocate for Muslim-Americans, while Saul (Mandy Patinkin) remains with the CIA. Pictured: Patrick Sabongui and Danes.

'Victoria' (Sundays at 10 p.m. on PBS)

Neil Patrick Harris in A Series Of Unfortunate
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Jenna Coleman (“Doctor Who”), pictured, is the young queen of 19th century England. With Rufus Sewell, Tom Hughes.




'A Series of Unfortunate Events' (all episodes now streaming on Netflix)

COLONY -- "Somewhere Out There" Episode 202 --
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Neil Patrick Harris, pictured, headlines eight episodes from the Lemony Snicket stories, with Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack, Aasif Mandvi, Malina Weissman (young Kara on “Supergirl”).


'Colony' (Thursdays at 10 p.m. on USA)

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (Wednesday at 10:30,
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Josh Holloway, pictured, and Sarah Wayne Callies fight to keep their family together in a second season of L.A. controlled by alien overlords — he working for them, she among the resistance.

'Full Frontal With Samantha Bee' (Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. on TBS)

Taboo (Tuesday at 10, FX) Tom Hardy stars
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New day / time for this wicked take on current events, likely even more viral during presidential transition. Other comic commentary: “"Real Time With Bill Maher"” (Jan. 20 at 10, HBO); “"Last Week Tonight With John Oliver"” (Feb. 12 at 11, HBO).

'Taboo' (Tuesday at 10 p.m. on FX)

Being Mary Jane (Tuesday at 9, BET) Season
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Tom Hardy stars as a 19th century adventurer who finds his years away in Africa far less dangerous than his return to Britain, where enemies threaten his family empire.

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