Winter 2015-16 TV Premiere Dates

While, admittedly, Winter is the most awful time of year weather-wise, television has historically shined when the temps get low. As I glance over the lineup of Winter 2015-16 premiere dates, this upcoming season should be no different than years past.

Several audience-favorites will return from their Winter hiatus in the beginning of 2016, including the second-half of season 6 of The Walking Dead, Gotham, and USA’s Suits. Some of my own favorite new shows of 2014, including season two of both Amazon’s Transparent and AMC’s Better Call Saul which return in December and February, respectively.

Though the obligatory holiday-themed events fill up most of December, Sophia Coppola & Bill Murray’s “A Very Murray Christmas”, debuting on Netflix on 12/4, may just take the honors as best non-“warm & fuzzy” Christmas special of the year.

HBO’s “Vinyl”

There’s also a ton of new series coming up in the Winter months on both traditional networks and streaming-only providers. HBO’s Vinyl (featuring Bobby Carnivale and Olivia Wilde), SyFy’s The Expanse (whose first episode is available online), and Netflix’s Serial/The Jinx-esque Making a Murderer are early favorites for 2016 best new shows list. BBC America will air a new Luther movie featuring Idris Elba, and Netflix will debut a Jon Hamm-centered movie that premiered only in the UK, “Black Mirror”—both in December.  Of course, the 50th Super Bowl will hit CBS on February 7th.

Fox’s anticipated revival of The X-Files and a new Sherlock mini-movie hit the small screen in January. Finally, for any Adam Sandler fans out there, his exclusive Netflix deal will kick off in December, with the premiere of the already cringe-worthy “The Ridiculous Six”.

For the complete list of Winter 2015-16 premiere dates, see the table below. All times are Central, unless otherwise noted.

11/27/15South of HellWE5p
11/29/15It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie BrownABC8p
12/1/15Vice Report: Countdown to ZeroHBO8p
12/2/15Top ChefBravo9p
12/2/15Christmas in Rockefeller CenterNBC7p
12/3/15The Wiz Live!NBC7p
12/4/15A Very Murray ChristmasNetflix12:01a PT
12/6/15Sinatra 100 - An All-Star Grammy ConcertCBS8p
12/7/15U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE: Live in ParisHBO8p
12/8/15The Victoria's Secret Fashion ShowCBS9p
12/9/15Taraji and Terrence's White Hot HolidaysFox8p
12/10/15Michael BublŽe's Christmas in HollywoodNBC7p
12/10/15Dolly Parton's Coat of Many ColorsNBC8p
12/11/15The Ridiculous SixNetflix12:01a PT
12/11/15TransparentAmazon12:01a PT
12/14/15Adele Live in New York CityNBC9p
12/14/15Bolshoi BabylonHBOtbd
12/17/15iHeartRadio Jingle BallCW7p
12/17/15LutherBBC America8p
12/18/15F Is for FamilyNetflix12:01a PT
12/18/15Making a MurdererNetflix12:01a PT
12/18/15Mike Epps: After DarkNetflix12:01a PT
12/20/15The 64th Annual Miss Universe PageantFox6p
12/25/15Black MirrorNetflix12:01a PT
12/29/15The 38th Annual Kennedy Center HonorsCBS8p
12/30/15Mozart in the JungleAmazon12:01a PT
12/31/15Pitbull's New Year's RevolutionFox10p
12/31/15Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016ABC7p
1/1/16Sherlock: The Abominable BridePBS8p
1/3/16Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving LifeFox7:30p
1/3/16Downton AbbeyPBS8p
1/4/16Antiques RoadshowPBS7p
1/4/16The BachelorABC7p
1/4/16The Biggest LoserNBC8p
1/5/16New GirlFox7p
1/5/16The GrinderFox8:30p
1/5/16Agent CarterABC8p
1/5/16Brooklyn Nine-NineFox8p
1/5/16Teen WolfMTV8p
1/6/16Man Seeking WomanFXX9:30p
1/6/16American CrimeABC9p
1/6/16It's Always Sunny In PhiladelphiaFXX9p
1/6/16Comedians in Cars Getting CoffeeCrackle11:30p ET
1/6/16American IdolFox7p
1/6/16People's Choice Awards 2016CBS8p
1/7/16Shades of BlueNBC9p
1/7/16Todd MargaretIFC9p
1/7/16WWE SmackDownUSA7p
1/10/1673rd Annual Golden Globe AwardsNBC7p
1/12/16Pretty Little LiarsFreeform *7p
1/13/16Second ChanceFox8p
1/14/16WorkaholicsComedy Central9p
1/15/16Hell's KitchenFox8p
1/16/16Sesame StreetHBO8a
1/17/1621st Annual CriticsÕ Choice AwardsA&E/Lifetime/LMN7p
1/17/16Angie TribecaTBS8p
1/21/16Dark NetShowtime10p
1/21/16DC's Legends of TomorrowCW7p
1/21/16The 100CW8p
1/23/16Whitney Cummings: IÕm Your GirlfriendHBO9p
1/23/16Black SailsStarz8p
1/24/16The X-FilesÊMINISERIESFox9p
1/25/16Angie TribecaTBS8:30p
1/29/16The Vampire DiariesCW7p
1/29/16The OriginalsCW8p
1/30/1622nd Annual Screen Actors Guild AwardsTBS/TNT7p
1/31/16Grease LiveFox6p
2/2/16American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. SimpsonFX9p
2/5/16Sleepy HollowFox7p
2/7/16Kitten Bowl IIIHallmark11a
2/7/16Super Bowl 50CBStbd
2/7/16The Venture Bros.Adult Swimtbd
2/9/16Tosh.0Comedy Central9p
2/14/16The Walking DeadAMC8p
2/15/16Better Call SaulAMC9p
2/15/1658th Annual Grammy AwardsCBS7p
2/15/1611/22/63Hulu12:01a PT
2/17/16Broad CityComedy Central9p
2/28/1688th Annual Academy AwardsABC3p
2/29/16The VoiceNBC7p

*Freeform is the new name for the ABC Family channel