All The New TV Shows Premiering in 2019 Worth Watching

Andrew Ranells as Blair Pfaff and Don Cheadle as Maurice Monroe in BLACK MONDAY (Episode 1, “365”) – Photo: Erin Simkin/SHOWTIME – Photo ID: BLACKMONDAY_100_5347Showtime

New life, new roster of TV shows that will dominate our Netflix queues and DVRs, our headlines and, let’s be honest, our thoughts.

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Although old standouts are set to return—from Big Little Lies to Game of Thrones—there are plenty of new productions that are sure to become new favorites. Here, we highlight them all:

The Passage

Premiere date: January 14

Network: FOX

Based on a trilogy of novels by Justin Cronin, this Ridley Scott-produced dystopian drama focuses on 1,000 years in the life of Amy Bellafonte. The show marks the return of Saved by the Bell’s Mark-Paul Gosselaar (that’s Zack Morris!) to the small screen and also involves… vampires.

Deadly Class

Premiere date: January 16

Network: Syfy

It’s the 1980s and an unhappy teenage orphan gets recruited to join a secret school training would-be assassins. Does it get more addicting than this?

A Discovery of Witches

Premiere date: January 17

Network: Sundance Now

Witches and vampires join forces to save the world from dangerous creatures in this British television adaptation of Deborah Harkness’ book trilogy, All Souls.

Carmen Sandiego

Premiere date: January 18

Network: Netflix

Nineties favorite Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (which was a board game and a TV series) gets the Netflix treatment and casts Gina Rodriguez as the voice of the protagonist opposite Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard as Carmen’s friend Player.

Black Monday

Premiere date: January 20

Network: Showtime

Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells are the unlikely (and very much anticipated) pair starring in this Showtime production that takes a look at the 1987 market crash.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Premiere date: January 24

Network: Netflix

This Netflix documentary delves into the mind of one of the most infamous serial killers in history, Ted Bundy. Expect archival footage, audio recordings and present-day interviews.

Black Earth Rising

Premiere date: January 25

Network: Netflix

A co-production between the UK’s BBC Two and Netflix, the drama series focuses on the prosecution of international war criminals and stars Michaela Coel and John Goodman. BBC Two aired the first season last year and Netflix will begin streaming it outside of the UK this January.


Premiere date: January 25

Network: Netflix

This is a Korean drama, the second Netflix original of its kind, that has already been green-lit for a second season. It focuses on a crown prince in Korea’s medial Joseon period who sets out to investigate a plague that is taking over the country.

I Am The Night

Premiere date: January 28

Network: TNT

Chris Pine stars in this miniseries based on writer Fauna Hodel’s autobiography. The six episodes, directed by Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins, focus on Hodel’s quest to discover the secrets surrounding her birth, after having been given away by her teenage mother. Warning: the story is connected to the infamous Black Dahlia murder.

Russian Doll

Premiere date: February 1

Network: Netflix

This is a female spin on a Groundhog Day-style story executive produced by Amy Poehler and Natasha Lyonne, who also stars in the show. Do you really need another reason to watch?

American Soul

Premiere date: February 5

Network: BET

This BET show tells the story of how Don Cornelius brought the famous Soul Train dance show to life. Fun fact: Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will appear as, respectively, Gladys Knight and Diana Ross.


Premiere date: February 8

Network: Hulu

Comedians Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play 13-year-old versions of themselves on this series by Lonely Island.

Miracle Workers

Premiere date: February 12

Network: TBS

Steve Buscemi plays god and Daniel Radcliffe stars as an angel in this TBS show executive produced by Lorne Michaels. Radcliffe’s character is tasked to prevent the destruction of Earth by helping two humans fall in love.


Premiere date: February 12

Network: BET

Halle Berry executive produces this series based on the 1992 eponymous movie (deemed one of the best hip-hop romantic comedies of all time) in which she starred alongside Eddie Murphy. Lena Waithe also executive produces.

The Umbrella Academy

Premiere date: February 15

Network: Netflix

The show is based on a comic book series created by My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way. That in itself is reason enough to watch. In case you need more: The show—starring Ellen Page, Tom Hopper and Mary J. Blige—tells the story of over forty infants born on the same day in 1989 to unconnected women that weren’t pregnant the day before.

Desus & Mero

Premiere date: February 21

Network: Showtime

Want to laugh? Tune into Desus Nice and Kid Mero’s new half-hour late-night series (the first ever of its kind on Showtime). Expect fun guests to make appearances as well.


Premiere date: February 21

Network: Pop

Academy Award winner Anna Paquin is a successful American publicist that lives in London but can’t seem to quite figure out her personal life in this six-part original series.

Now Apocalypse

Premiere date: March 10

Network: Starz

The coming-of-age, half-hour comedy is produced by Steven Soderbergh and co-written by sex columnist Karley Sciortino. It focuses on a group of young adults living in a “surreal Los Angeles.”

Turn Up Charlie

Premiere date: March 15

Network: Netflix

Did you know that Idris Elba is also a DJ? See him at work alongside Piper Perabo in this new fictional series in which he plays a DJ and bachelor who becomes a “manny” when strapped for cash.


Premiere date: March 15

Network: Hulu

Another Lorne Michaels project, this one is executive produced by Elizabeth Banks and is based on the Lindy West book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. It follows full-bodied young woman Annie who is pursuing a career in journalism unbothered by the world’s commentary on her weight.

The Act

Premiere date: March 20

Network: Hulu

The network’s first true-crime series (an anthology, to be exact) looks promising. The first season focuses on the viral BuzzFeed piece by Michelle Dean about Munchausen syndrome and the bizarre story of one Dee Dee Blanchard. The latter will be played by Patricia Arquette, a TV role that follows a stunning, Golden Globe-winning performance on Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora.

Mrs. Wilson

Premiere date: March 31

Network: PBS

This Masterpiece series is executive produced and stars Ruth Wilson (of The Affair fame). It focuses on the actress’ own grandmother’s life.


Premiere date: Sometime in March

Network: Amazon

Hanna is about a girl that is raised in the wilderness by her dad and nurtured to be an assassin. The TV series is an adaptation of Joe Wright’s eponymous 2011 movie starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett.

Our Planet

Premiere date: April 5

Network: Netflix

We’ll put it plainly: this is the streaming giant’s version of Planet Earth and it’ll be narrated by Sir David Attenborough. We’re in, obviously.

Les Misérables

Premiere date: April 14

Network: PBS

Another Masterpiece series project, Les Misérables takes the famous Victor Hugo classic and turns it into a six-episode miniseries that is already airing on the BBC in the UK. Dominic West takes on the role of Jean Valjean next to Lily Collins as Fantine and David Oyelowo as Javert.

Grand Hotel

Premiere date: June 17

Network: ABC

Based on the über popular Spanish show of the same name that found an American audience on Netflix, this series is produced by Eva Longoria. Expect a soap-like drama about the scandals plaguing a family-owned hotel in Miami Beach.


Premiere date: Sometime in 2019

Network: Hulu

Yet another adaptation of the Joseph Heller novel, this one will be executive produced and starring George Clooney alongside Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, Christopher Abbott and Giancarlo Giannini.


Premiere date: April

Network: FX

Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams take on the parts of the famous duo made of director/choreographer Fosse and dancer Verdon in this highly anticipated 2019 release.

The Central Park Five

Premiere date: Sometime in 2019

Network: Netflix

This documentary miniseries is from Ava Duvernay and it dissects the way the “Central Park five” case exposed issues with America’s criminal justice system.

City on a Hill

Premiere date: Sometime in 2019

Network: Showtime

Executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, City on a Hill stars Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge and Jonathan Tucker. The plot centers around Bacon’s character’s attempts at taking down organized crime in Boston alongside a DA from Brooklyn, New York.


Premiere date: Sometime in 2019

Network: HBO

Drake! Zendaya! Storm Reid! Algee Smith! The anticipated HBO series focuses on kids navigating high school while trying to make sense of the drama and drugs surrounding them.


Premiere date: Sometime in 2019

Network: HBO

Starring Regina King, Don Johnson and Jeremy Irons among others, this Damon Lindelof production nods to the late ’80s comic book series Watchmen, about heroes saving the world and dealing with the consequences of their actions.


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