At long last, those holiday shows are over. Midseason shows are rolling out.
Some actually beat us to the punch. Fox’s “LA to Vegas” and “The X-Files,” ABC’s “Child Support” and “The Bachelor,” Freeform’s “black-ish” spinoff “grown-ish” — they’re already on.
But there’s more to come. A lot more. Which should be no surprise. When ABC last summer announced its five new fall series, it also announced six more for midseason — a clear signal that, after years of hype, year-round premieres were finally the real deal. (Fox announced three shows for fall and another three for midseason.) And these weren’t just fillers like game shows, either. Five of ABC’s six midseason arrivals are scripted, while the other is a big-deal revival of “American Idol.”
More channels, too, are spending seriously on throughout-the-season originals. The Paramount Network launches Jan. 18 (replacing Spike) as that studio’s up-the-ante entry in the basic cable “quality series” field pioneered by FX and AMC.
And then there’s streaming, whose top-level competitors sense blood in the waters of traditional TV. Look below for yet more series from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Crackle, plus fresh contenders like Sundance Now.
Too much TV? Too bad for us. The torrent continues.
Here are 24 shows to look for.
'The Chi' (Jan. 7, 10 p.m., Showtime)
This is us, too — young adults, parents, schoolkids, entrepreneurs trying to stay safe on the mean streets of Chicago’s tumultuous South Side. From Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe (“Master of None”) and multi-awarded rapper Common, it’s a deeply human portrait of a too-often stereotyped slice of society, shot in real locations. With Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore, left, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Yolanda Ross, Sonja Sohn, Steven Williams.
'Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams' (Jan. 12, Amazon)
The sci-fi auteur’s short stories are adapted in this 10-tale anthology by the likes of Ronald D. Moore (“Outlander”) and Travis Beacham (“Pacific Rim”). With Bryan Cranston, Vera Farmiga, Mireille Enos, left, Greg Kinnear, right, Terrence Howard, many more.
'Victoria' (Jan. 14, 9 p.m., PBS/13)
“Masterpiece” hit returns with Jenna Coleman now playing a mother as well as Britain’s 19th century queen, faced in season 2 with industrialization and famine. Diana Rigg arrives as a common-sense duchess.
'Black Lightning' (Jan. 16, 9 p.m., CW/11)
Cress Williams stars in the DC comics adventure of a school principal whose need to help his troubled community pulls him back into his old masked superhero role.
'The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story' (Jan. 17, 10 p.m., FX)
Producer Ryan Murphy follows his initial O.J. Simpson season with this look at the fashion designer’s life and 1997 Miami murder. With Edgar Ramirez, pictured, Ricky Martin, Penélope Cruz, Darren Criss.
'Grace and Frankie' (Jan. 19, Netflix)
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are back for season 4 as the odd couple turned best friends after their husbands leave them for each other.
'Blue Planet II' (Jan. 20, 9 p.m., BBC America)
Under the “Planet Earth” umbrella, presenter David Attenborough returns to his 2001 ocean docuseries turf, now with vastly improved technology that goes deeper and closer. Premiere night simulcast on AMC / IFC / Sundance / WE.
'The Resident' (Jan. 21, 10 p.m.-ish after football, Fox; then Monday at 9)
Fall’s biggest hit had ABC’s young “good” doctor learning the ropes. Now it’s Fox’s turn. Matt Czuchry, left, takes the title role, battling modern medicine’s financial and political pressures. With Bruce Greenwood, Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal, right.
'The Alienist' (Jan. 22, 9 p.m., TNT)
Caleb Carr’s crime novels fold historical characters into 1890s New York City mysteries, as adapted for TV by Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective”). With Dakota Fanning, left, Daniel Bruhl and Luke Evans. Brian Geraghty portrays Teddy Roosevelt.
'Bellevue' (Jan. 23, 10 p.m., WGN)
“True Blood” star Anna Paquin plays a cop seeking a disappeared transgender teen. Canadian series with Shawn Doyle, Sharon Taylor, Allen Leech.
'Waco' (Jan. 24, 10 p.m., Paramount Network)
Twenty-five years after the deadly Branch Davidians standoff, this scripted six-parter revisits the crisis. With Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, pictured, John Leguizamo. (Also debuting: A&E documentary “Waco: Madman or Messiah” Jan. 28-29.)
'One Day at a Time' (Jan. 26, Netflix)
Season 2 of producer Norman Lear’s familycom update follows three generations of Cuban-Americans led by Justina Machado’s military veteran mom. With Rita Moreno, Todd Grinnell, Stephen Tobolowsky.
'A.P. Bio' (Feb. 1, 9:30 p.m., NBC)
Glenn Howerton leaves always-sunny Philly for Toledo, where his ex-Harvard scholar becomes a wild high school teacher vexing principal Patton Oswalt.
'Here and Now' (Feb. 11, 9 p.m., HBO)
America’s cultural polarization gets examined by Alan Ball (“Six Feet Under,” “True Blood”) through two connected multiethnic families. Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter head one of them in this darkly comic drama.
'The Walking Dead' (Feb. 25, 9 p.m., AMC)
Season 8’s last episodes continue the graphic novels’ “All Out War” tale, before sending Lennie James off to spring companion series “Fear the Walking Dead.” Pictured: Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus
'Living Biblically' (Feb. 26, 9:30 p.m., CBS)
Jay R. Ferguson, pictured, decides to live his life strictly by the Bible. With Tony Rock, Ian Gomez, Camryn Manheim, David Krumholtz.
'Good Girls' (Feb. 26, 10 p.m., NBC)
Suburban moms break bad for big bucks. With Christina Hendricks, left, Mae Whitman and Retta.
'UnREAL' (Feb. 26, 10 p.m., Lifetime)
Season 3 picks up from a rocky second season that shook fans’ faith in this scripted “bachelor” show’s backstage savvy. This time, conniving producers Shiri Appleby, center, and Constance Zimmer, right, contend with a female contestant (Caitlin Fitzgerald, left) and her hot-dude suitors.
'Unsolved' (Feb. 27, 10 p.m., USA)
Subtitled “The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” it’s a scripted true-crime serial with Josh Duhamel as a cop investigating those late-’90s deaths. With Marcc Rose (Tupac Shakur in “Straight Outta Compton”), right, and newcomer Wavyy Jonez, left.
'Jessica Jones' (March 8, Netflix)
Season 2 of Marvel’s (arguably) best superpower series brings back Krysten Ritter (seen here with David Tennant) as the hard-drinking private eye. New to cast: Janet McTeer, J.R. Ramirez.
'American Idol' (March 11, ABC)
A new network brings back the reality competition that started it all. Ryan Seacrest returns, with new judges Lionel Richie, left, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.
'Instinct' (March 11, CBS)
Alan Cumming stars as ex-CIA professor who joins NYPD detective Bojana Novakovic, left, to thwart a serial killer. With Naveen Andrews, Sharon Leal.
'Roseanne' (March 27, ABC)
The Conners come back for a 21st century look at making-ends-meet family life. (Never mind the previous finale Dan’s-dead deal.) Everybody’s on board — Roseanne Barr, TV hubby John Goodman, sis Laurie Metcalf, and offspring Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman and (original Becky) Alicia Goranson. Plus Johnny Galecki, Estelle Parsons, Sarah Chalke (new Becky, playing somebody else), other returnees.
'The Handmaid's Tale' (April, Hulu)
Season 2 of streaming’s first top-drama Emmy winner. Trophy-takers Elisabeth Moss, pictured, Alexis Bledel, Ann Dowd continue the future-fertility tale based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopic bestseller.