11 New TV Shows Premiering in February
February is bringing a slew of new and exciting titles to television, from FX’s latest anthology series to a new rock and roll drama from HBO. With so many varied series headed our way, you’re sure to find a show that will suit your taste. Here are 11 new TV shows premieres to watch over the coming weeks.
1. American Crime Story, February 2
The first season of Ryan Murphy’s upcoming true crime anthology series will chronicle the events surrounding the murder trial of O. J. Simpson. The show features a star-studded cast, including Cuba Gooding, Jr., as Simpson, Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian. Courtney B. Vance, Nathan Lane, Jordana Brewster, Selma Blair, and Connie Britton also co-star. The show will air on FX on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. Eastern.
2. Madoff, February 3
The upcoming ABC miniseries will follow the Ponzi scheme-aided rise and $50 billion fall of Bernie Madoff, with Richard Dreyfuss taking on the role of the now-imprisoned financier. Erin Cummings, Tom Lipinski, Frank Whaley, and Blythe Danner also co-star. The miniseries will air over two nights, February 3 and February 4, 2016.
3. Animals, February 5
The adult animated series focuses on the downtrodden creatures native to Earth’s least-habitable environment: New York City. Whether it’s lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons, or aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity, and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own. The show airs on HBO on Fridays at 11:30 p.m. Eastern.
4. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, February 8
The upcoming late night TBS series will be hosted by comedian Samantha Bee, previously a correspondent on The Daily Show. The show will apply her smart and satirical point of view to current and relevant issues.
5. Not Safe w/Nikki Glaser, February 9
Nikki Glaser heads to Comedy Central next year with her series, which will reportedly include interviews with comedians, pre-tapes, and social experiments. Glaser will also chat with guests about “sex, relationships and other taboo topics.” The series airs on Tuesday nights at 10:30 p.m Eastern.
6. Those Who Can’t, February 11
Those Who Can’t is truTV’s first foray into full-length scripted comedy. The half-hour show follows three trouble-making teachers, played by show creators Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy. More inept than the kids they teach, they’re out to beat the system as they struggle to survive each day on their own terms. Guest stars in Season 1 include Sarah Michelle Gellar, T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley), and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs). The show airs on Thursday nights at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.
7. Vinyl, February 14
Set in the 1970s, Vinyl stars Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, a charismatic New Yorker and the president of the record label, American Century Music. The series explores the sex- and drug-fueled music business at the time of punk, hip-hop, and disco’s breakout, all through the eyes of Richie, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path. The show features a star-studded ensemble cast, including Ray Romano as Richie’s partner with a decade of music experience, Zak Yankovich, and Olivia Wilde, as Richie’s actress-model wife, Devon. The 10-episode first season will air on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern on HBO.
8. 11.22.63, February 15
Hulu is set to make its biggest splash yet with the upcoming miniseries based on the 2011 Stephen King novel. The forthcoming thriller series follows the story of a 10th grade high school English teacher Jake Epping who leads an ordinary life — until he travels back in time to try and prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But his efforts to manipulate history are put into jeopardy by Lee Harvey Oswald and his own personal relationships, as well as the past itself which doesn’t want to be changed. James Franco will star as Epping, while J.J. Abrams will produce. The eight-part series will be released on a weekly basis every Monday.
9. The New Yorker Presents, February 16
America’s most award-winning magazine comes to life in this new docuseries. The show will showcase various content from The New Yorker – including a doc based on Rachel Aviv’s article “A Very Valuable Reputation,” a sketch from Simon Rich and Alan Cumming, poetry read by Andrew Garfield, and cartoons by Emily Flake. The New Yorker Presents premieres on Amazon Video on February 16 and will make available two new half-hour episodes each Tuesday throughout its first season.
10. Love, February 19
Co-created by Judd Apatow, the upcoming comedy series will be a “down-to-earth look at dating,” exploring male and female perspectives on romantic relationships through the characters Mickey and Gus, played by Gillian Jacobs (above) and Paul Rust respectively. The first season will consist of 10 episodes and has been preemptively greenlit for a 12-episode second season in 2017.
11. Fuller House, February 26
Netflix’s Full House revival will feature much of the original cast and will take place in the original house in San Francisco. The series will follow a recently widowed D.J. Tanner-Fuller, who is now a veterinarian and mother of three sons. She enlists the help of her sister Stephanie and her best friend Kimmy — who is now a mother to a teenage girl named Ramona — to move in and help her raise her boys.