16 New TV Series Premieres to Watch This February
Audiences have a whole slew of new shows to look forward to in the coming month. There are plenty of highly anticipated comedies and dramas set to make their debut over the next few weeks, including new originals from Netflix and several spinoffs, including Fox’s 24: Legacy and CBS’s The Good Fight. Below, check out 16 new TV series premieres to watch this February.
1. Madiba, February 1
BET’s six-hour miniseries chronicles the life of Nelson Mandela, starring Laurence Fishburne as the iconic activist. Based on two of Mandela’s books, Conversations with Myself and Nelson Mandela by Himself, the project tells the story of a younger Mandela during the early ’60s as he deals with the political unrest engulfing South Africa. Shot in South Africa, Madiba reveals the tactics he and his collaborators used to bring attention to their movement. The series will air in three parts, on February 1, 8, and 15.
2. Powerless, February 2
NBC will unveil a funnier side of the DC universe this year with Powerless. Part workplace comedy, part superhero story, the half-hour show will star Vanessa Hudgens as Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster who specializes in providing coverage to regular people against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. When Emily courageously stands up to a larger-than-life superhero, she accidentally becomes a cult “hero” in her own right — even if it’s just to her group of lovably quirky co-workers. Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk, and Christina Kirk will co-star.
3. Superior Donuts, February 2
Based on Tracy Letts’ play of the same name, the upcoming CBS sitcom will revolve around the relationship between the owner of a donut shop (Judd Hirsch), his new employee (Jermaine Fowler), and the shop’s various patrons. Katey Sagal, David Koechner, Maz Jobrani, and Anna Baryshnikov will co-star in the comedy, which will air as a “special preview” on February 2, following The Big Bang Theory. Superior Donuts will then move to its regular Monday, 9 p.m. EST time slot on February 6.
4. Training Day, February 2
CBS’s new crime thriller will serve as a follow-up to the 2001 film of the same name. Set 15 years after the movie, the show follows Officer Kyle Craig (Justin Cornwell) as he infiltrates the LAPD’s Special Investigation Section by becoming partners with Detective Frank Roarke (Bill Paxton), whose off-the-books record has attracted the attention of the LAPD. Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, Lex Scott Davis, and Julie Benz co-star.
5. Santa Clarita Diet, February 3
This upcoming Netflix comedy stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant as a married couple who work as real estate agents in Santa Clarita, Calif. The couple’s lives take a dark turn after Sheila (Barrymore) goes through a dramatic change. Ricardo Chavira, Skyler Gisondo, and Liv Hewson will co-star in the 13-episode freshman season.
6. 24: Legacy, February 5
Fox will extend its 24 franchise with this spinoff, starring Corey Hawkins as military hero Eric Carter. When he returns to the U.S., trouble follows him back — compelling him to ask the Counter Terrorist Unit for help saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest terror attacks on American soil. Miranda Otto, Teddy Sears, Dan Bucatinsky, Coral Pena, and Charlie Hofheimer will co-star in the show, which will have a two-night premiere, starting on Sunday, February 5, after the network’s broadcast of Super Bowl LI.
7. Detroiters, February 7
Executive produced by Lorne Michaels and Jason Sudeikis, this forthcoming Comedy Central series stars Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson as two best friends and fledgling ad men with the aspiration to build a local advertising empire. Though they don’t have money or connections, the two are determined to turn their hometown back into the glittering jewel of the Midwest that it once was.
8. Imposters, February 7
This dark comedy from Bravo, stars Inbar Lavi as a con artist who gets men and women to fall in love with her, only to rob them of everything and leave. Her cons are put at risk of falling apart when three of her victims team up to track her down. Rob Heaps, Parker Young, Stephen Bishop, Brian Benben, and Katherine LaNasa co-star.
9. Legion, February 8
Set in the X-Men universe, Legion will star Dan Stevens as David Haller, the mutant son of Charles Xavier. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David has been shuttled in and out of hospitals ever since. After an encounter with a fellow psychiatric patient, he is confronted with the possibility that the visions he’s been seeing are actually real. Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Aubrey Plaza, and Jeremie Harris will co-star in the Marvel-inspired show, created by Fargo’s Noah Hawley.
10. Doubt, February 15
This CBS legal drama stars Katherine Heigl as Sadie Ellis, a brilliant attorney at a boutique firm. Her career is put in jeopardy when she starts to fall for her charismatic client, Billy Brennan (Steven Pasquale), who is accused of murdering his girlfriend 24 years ago. Laverne Cox, Dule Hill, Dreama Walker, and Elliott Gould co-star.
11. Big Little Lies, February 19
Based on Liane Moriarty’s best-selling book of the same name, the forthcoming miniseries follows three mothers of kindergartners whose seemingly perfect lives take a dark turn and unravel to the point of murder. The show will feature a star-studded ensemble cast, including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley as the three lead characters. Alexander Skarsgard, James Tupper, Kathryn Newton, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, and Zoe Kravitz will co-star. Jean-Marc Vallée, the director of Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, helms all seven episodes of the series.
12. Crashing, February 19
The Judd Apatow-produced comedy, written by and starring Peter Holmes, follows a sweet, wholesome comedian who has nowhere to stay when his wife leaves him. He ends up crashing on the couches of New York’s finest comics, including Sarah Silverman, T.J. Miller, Hannibal Buress, and Artie Lange. In addition to serving as producer on the series, Apatow helms the pilot episode.
13. The Good Fight, February 19
The Good Wife alums Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo will reprise their respective roles as Diane Lockhart and Lucca Quinn in this upcoming offshoot. The show will pick up 12 months after the events of The Good Wife’s series finale. It follows as an enormous financial scam destroys the reputation of young lawyer Maia (Rose Leslie) and wipes out the savings of her mentor, Diane. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, the two join Lucca at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms.
The show will air its premiere episode on CBS, before moving exclusively to the network’s streaming service, CBS All Access.
14. The Blacklist: Redemption, February 23
NBC’s spinoff of The Blacklist will follow undercover operative Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) as he joins forces with Susan “Scottie” Hargrave (Famke Janssen), the president of a covert mercenary organization that attacks problems that the government won’t touch. As they team up to infiltrate the dangerous world of deadly criminals, Tom kicks off a personal mission to find out more about his own mysterious past.
15. Taken, February 27
Described as an origin series to the popular film franchise, the NBC drama follows former CIA agent Bryan Mills in his younger days, as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the incident, he also plots to exact revenge. Clive Standen stars as Mills, while Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Monique Gabriela Curnen, and James Landry Hebert co-star.
16. When We Rise, February 27
Written and created by Dustin Lance Black, this ABC miniseries chronicles the personal and political struggles of a diverse family of LGBTQ people who helped pioneer an offshoot of the Civil Rights Movement in the 20th century. The period drama tells the history of the modern gay rights movement, starting with the Stonewall riots in 1969. Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths, Carrie Preston, and Michael K. Williams co-star.
The eight-hour show will be divided into seven installments, with Gus Van Sant directing the first two-hour part and Dee Rees, Thomas Schlamme, and Black helming the ensuing episodes.
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