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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
Photo Credit: Netflix/Eric Liebowitz

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
Photo Credit: CMT

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
Photo Credit: NBC/Virginia Sherwood

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
Photo Credit: HBO/Mary Cybulski

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)

Reese Witherspoon, Darby Camp, Shailene Woodley, Iain Armitage,
Photo Credit: HBO/Hilary Bronwyn Gayle

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)

Planet Earth II (Jan. 28, Saturday at 9,
Photo Credit: BBC America/Tom Hugh-Jones

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)

Girls (Feb. 12, HBO) Sixth and final season
Photo Credit: HBO/Craig Blankenhorn

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)

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan in "The Walking
Photo Credit: AMC/Gene Page

Eight episodes finish a seventh season controversially dominated by baddie Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, pictured).



'Reign' (Feb. 10)

Reign (Feb. 10, CW) It’s Queen Mary (Adelaide
Photo Credit: The CW/Sven Frenzel

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)

LEGION -- Pictured: (l-r) Rachel Keller as Syd
Photo Credit: FX/Chris Large

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)

APB: PITCH:L-R: Justin Kirk and Caitlin Stacey in
Photo Credit: Fox/Chuck Hodes

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)

24: Legacy: Corey Hawkins in 24: Legacy coming
Photo Credit: Fox/Ray Mickshaw

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 Carbonaro Effect (Feb. 1, truTV) Season 3
Photo Credit: truTV/Stuart Pettican

Season 3 starts in Chicago for Oakdale-raised trickster Michael Carbonaro.

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

The Expanse (Feb. 1, Syfy) From the James
Photo Credit: Syfy/Rafy

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)

Riverdale -- "Pilot" -- Image Number:RVD101g_BTS_0281.jpg -- Pictured
Photo Credit: The CW/Katie Yu

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)

The Magicians (Jan. 25, Wednesday at 9, Syfy)
Photo Credit: Syfy/Carole Segal

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)

Michael Smyth (Landon Liboiron) and Declan Harp (Jason
Photo Credit: Netflix/Duncan de Young

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)

BASKETS -- "Freaks" --Season 2, Episode 1 (Airs
Photo Credit: FX/Colleen Hayes

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)

Kerry Washington returns as Olivia Pope on ABC's
Photo Credit: ABC/Tony Rivetti

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)

Six (Jan. 18, Wednesday at 10, History) Walton
Photo Credit: History/Brownie Harris

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)

Divided States of America (Jan. 17-18 at 9-11,
Photo Credit: District 7 Media/Andrew Geraci

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)

Bravo has just announced air date for “Summer
Photo Credit: Bravo

Montauk housemates let loose on summer weekends in this unscripted eavesdrop.

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

The Young Pope (Jan. 15-16, Sunday-Monday at 9,
Photo Credit: HBO/Gianni Fiorito

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)

Patrick Sabongui as Reda Kazem and Claire Danes
Photo Credit: Showtime/JoJo Whilden

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)

VICTORIA- As a new queen, the young Victoria
Photo Credit: ITV

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)

Neil Patrick Harris in A Series Of Unfortunate
Photo Credit: Netflix/Joe Lederer

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)

COLONY -- "Somewhere Out There" Episode 202 --
Photo Credit: USA Network/Isabella Vosmikova

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)

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (Wednesday at 10:30,
Photo Credit: TBS/Myles Aronowitz

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)

Taboo (Tuesday at 10, FX) Tom Hardy stars
Photo Credit: FX/Robert Viglasky

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.

'Being Mary Jane' (Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on BET)

Being Mary Jane (Tuesday at 9, BET) Season
Photo Credit: BET/Guy D'Alema

Season 4 for Gabrielle Union as a TV host whose personal complications include her parents, siblings and male companions.


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