New Shows Coming to TV in 2018

TV lovers, get ready to kick off the new year with a bunch of fresh content. Major networks are preparing some gifts for the start of 2018 including comedies and dramas with some notable stars. Here’s a rundown of the new shows to keep on your radar.

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The Crossing
January, exact date TBA

When war refugees start showing up in a small American fishing village, they bring a world altering secret along with them. In turns out they are Americans from a war that isn’t supposed to happen for another 250 years. Steve Zahn, Sandrine Holt, Natalie Martinez and Rick Gomez star.

January, exact date TBA

In what sounds like a retooling of CBS’ The Mentalist, Jack Cutmore-Scott stars as a Las Vegas illusionist who is an FBI consultant. He uses his unique skills to help solve odd crimes. Ilfenesh Hadera, Amaury Nolasco, Lenora Crichlow and Justin Chon round out the cast.

For the People
January, exact date TBA

Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers executive produce this new legal drama that follows the personal lives of defense and prosecution attorneys. Of course expect some courtroom drama added into the mix.

Splitting Up Together
January, exact date TBA

Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson headline this remake of the Danish sitcom Bedre skilt end aldrig, which explores the antics of a couple’s marriage reignited by their divorce. Emily Kapnek, a consulting producer of Parks and Recreation, developed the show for the U.S.

Alex, Inc.
January, exact date TBA

Zach Braff makes his return to full-time TV, starring as a journalist, husband and father who gives up his career to start his own company. This sitcom is based on Alex Blumberg’s podcast StartUp. Tiya Sircar and Michael Imperioli are along for the ride.


By the Book
Feb. 5

Jay R. Ferguson plays Chip Curry, a man who is trying to live life as closely as possible to the teachings of the Bible. Camryn Manheim also stars.

Mar. 11

Alan Cumming plays a former CIA operative brought back to his old life by NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic). Sure, it’s yet another police procedural with a twist, but it’s what CBS excels at.


The Resident
Jan. 21

Matt Czuchry follows up the role of a young idealistic lawyer on The Good Wife playing a young idealistic doctor in this medical drama. Bruce Greenwood, Emily VanCamp, Merrin Dungey and Melina Kanakaredes lend further serious acting chops. The show was also co-created by the writer of Mystic Pizza, Amy Holden Jones.

Jan. 3

Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Rockmond Dunbar and Peter Krause headline the cast of this drama, which follows the lives of first responders in Los Angeles. It’s a project from the co-creators of American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.

LA to Vegas
Jan. 2

Fox’s latest sitcom is set in the comical skies. It focuses on the flight crew and passengers aboard the Friday to Sunday flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.


A.P. Bio
January, exact date TBA

Seth MacFarlane has another comedy series coming to TV, but he’s not starring in this one. Instead, Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt take the reins in this high school-based sitcom.

Good Girls 
Feb. 26

Christina Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman star in this crime drama about three suburban women who rob a supermarket. One big problem: the money they steal attracts some unwanted attention. Matthew Lillard and Reno Wilson also star.

January, exact date TBA

The Mindy Project creator and star, Mindy Kaling, brings a new comedy to NBC. Champions follows Vince (Anders Holm), who is living the dream bachelor life until his old high school fling, Priya (Kaling) introduces him to their 15-year-old son, Michael (J.J. Totah).

Mar. 13

The musical returns to TV in this drama based on the famed theater program at Harry S. Truman High School in Pennsylvania.

January, exact date TBA

When the launch of an advanced virtual reality program doesn’t go as planned, a detective specializing in human behavior is brought in to help deal with the dangerous, unintended consequences. It stars Sarah Shahi, Dennis Haysbert, Jessica Lu and Sendhil Ramamurthy.


Black Lightning 
Jan. 16

DC Comics fans, rejoice. The CW adds this show about a retired superhero forced back into the action when gang crime and corruption escalate in his community. Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, James Remar and Damon Gupton lead the impressive cast. This is sure to fit in well with Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow.

Life Sentence 
spring, exact date TBA

This comedy-drama follows Stella (Lucy Hale), who has her terminal cancer miraculously cured. Now, she finds herself facing all the choices she made when she lived like she was going to die.

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