Winter 2016-17 TV Premiere Dates

Holidays and the Super Bowl aside, the Winter Doldrums surely earn their nickname—particularly if, like me, you live in the Chicago area. Fortunately for us couch potatoes (and who isn’t this time of year?), the Winter 2016-17 TV schedule is full of new entertainment & returning favorites to pass the time until it’s safe to leave the house once again.

New Winter TV Premieres

Though Winter isn’t typically a time to debut new shows, several networks have bucked the trend in recent years—and 2016-17 will be no different.

It’s Always Sunny star Kaitlin Olsen will take the lead in FOX’s half-hour comedy The Mick, which premieres on New Year’s Day. NBC’s dramatic take on The Wizard of OzEmerald City, kicks off the same week; the show has been delayed for some time, and features a grown-up Dorothy (Adria Arjona) & Law & Order: CI‘s Vincent D’Onofrio as the Wizard.

HBO’s latest drama The Young Pope, which has already debuted in other countries to favorable reviews, hits the premium network on January 15th. It features Jude Law as the first American-born Pope in history, with Diane Keaton and James Cromwell also appearing.

FOX’s long-awaited reboot of 24 will air immediately following the Super Bowl on February 5th. Netflix has several new shows set for Winter 2016-17 as well—including two animated series (Trollhunters and Pacific Heat), a Mythbusters–esque pop science show by the fellas involved with the original, and Ricky Gervais’ revival of his The Office character in February’s David Brent: Life on the Road. Also, the eight-episode adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will air its first season on January 13th.

Returning Favorites

One of 2015’s best new showsThe Man in the High Castle, returns to Amazon for season 2 on December 16th; Netflix’s much-maligned (but, nonetheless, popular) Fuller House streams on December 9th; and PBS’s highly-rated Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, will be back for its fourth season on New Year’s Day.

FOX’s Bones and New Girl both return on 1/3 (the former for its final season), while sister-station FX welcomes back It’s Always Sunny and Man Seeking Woman the following night. Later that week, Nashville will make its debut on CMT after being axed from ABC’s lineup, NBC’s Grimm will kick-off its final 13-episode season, and, on January 15th, Showtime’s Homeland returns for a new adventure.

Worth noting: though not on the list yet, we do expect that AMC’s Better Call Saul will return for season 3 at some point before the Winter draws to a close.

Winter 2016-17 TV Specials

The holidays mean plenty of empty space on broadcast schedules; and what a better way to fill those than with Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa-themed specials?

FOX has Taraji P. Henderson (better known as Empire‘s “Cookie”) hosting a holiday special on December 8th, while the CW heavies-up on the Christmas spirit the week of December 12th—with Greatest Holiday Commercials 2016The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time, iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball Tour, and the 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade airing on consecutive nights.

Fellas, take note: the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show hits runways on 12/5. And NBC will continue the live-musical trend on December 7th, when Hairspray Live! debuts at 8pm.

For the rest of the Winter 2016-17 TV premiere schedule, check out the table below.

(All times in CST)

DateTitleGenreNetworkTime
12/1/16NightwatchRealityA&E8P
12/1/16Top ChefReality competitionBravo9P
12/1/16Cheap EatsRealityCooking9P
12/1/16Picasso: A Museum Reborn (Special)DocumentaryOvation6P
12/2/16Pacific Heat (New)Animation/ComedyNetflix12:01am
12/3/16Pete Holmes: Faces and Sounds (Special)ComedyHBO9P
12/3/16Heaven Sent (Movie)DramaLifetime7P
12/4/16The RoyalsDramaE!9P
12/4/16Mariah's World (New)RealityE!8P
12/4/16Guy's Grocery Games: ImpossibleRealityFood7P
12/4/16Hearts of Christmas (Movie)DramaHMM8P
12/4/16Breakthrough Prize (Special)Special/Live eventNat Geo9P
12/5/16Timber Creek Lodge (New)RealityBravo9P
12/5/16The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (Special)SpecialCBS9P
12/5/16Showtime at the Apollo (Special)Comedy/MusicFOX7P
12/6/16The Real Housewives of Beverly HillsRealityBravo8P
12/6/16Knocked Up (New)RealityLifetime9P
12/6/16Reggie Watts: Spatial (Special)ComedyNetflix12:01am
12/6/16Gangsters: America's Most EvilRealityReelz8P
12/7/16Shut Eye (New)DramaHulu12:01am
12/7/16Hairspray Live! (Special)MusicalNBC7P
12/8/16SuperMansion: War on Christmas (Special)Animation/ComedyCrackle12:01am
12/8/16Taraji’s White Hot Holidays (Special)VarietyFOX7P
12/8/16The Selection: Special Operations Experiment (New)RealityHistory9P
12/8/16AloneRealityHistory8P
12/8/16Picasso, The Legacy (Special)DocumentaryOvation6P
12/9/16Mozart in the JungleComedyAmazon12:01am
12/9/16Captive (New)DocumentaryNetflix12:01am
12/9/16Club De CuervosDramaNetflix12:01am
12/9/16Fuller HouseComedyNetflix12:01am
12/9/16White Rabbit Project (New)RealityNetflix12:01am
12/9/16Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour (Movie)Documentary/MusicShowtime8P
12/10/16A Christmas Wedding Date (Movie)DramaLifetime7P
12/11/16Critics' Choice Awards (Special)Special/Live eventA&E7P
12/11/16The Sound of Christmas (Movie)DramaHMM8P
12/11/16The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses MINISERIESDramaPBS8P
12/12/16Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2016 (Special)SpecialCW8P
12/12/16Booze TravelerRealityTravel9P
12/12/16America's Next Top ModelReality competitionVH19P
12/14/16The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time (Special)SpecialCW7P
12/14/16Star (New)Drama/MusicalFOX8P
12/14/16A Pentatonix Christmas Special (Special)MusicNBC7P
12/15/16iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour (Special)MusicCW7P
12/15/16The Selection: Special Operations Experiment (New)RealityHistory9P
12/16/16The Man in the High CastleDrama/SciAmazon12:01am
12/16/1685th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (Special)SpecialCW7P
12/16/16Barry (Movie)DramaNetflix12:01am
12/18/16Rob & Chyna Baby Special (Special)RealityE!7P
12/18/16A Christmas to Remember (Movie)DramaHMM8P
12/19/16America's Got Talent Holiday Spectacular (Special)Reality/VarietyNBC7P
12/20/16Terry Crews Saves Christmas (New)RealityCWTBA
12/20/16Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come (Special)MusicNBC8P
12/20/16Gabriel lglesias: I'm Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry (Special)ComedyNetflix12:01am
12/20/16Andy Richter’s Home for the Holidays (Special)ComedySeeso12:01am
12/23/16A Home for the Holidays (Special)SpecialCBS7P
12/23/16Trollhunters (New)Animation/FamilyNetflix12:01am
12/27/16The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (Special)SpecialCBS8P
12/27/16Chasing Cameron (New)RealityNetflix12:01am
1/1/17Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle IIComedy/RealityComedy Central 11p
1/1/17The Mick (New)ComedyFOX7P
1/1/17SherlockDramaPBSTBA
1/2/17The BachelorReality competitionABC7P
1/2/17MasterChef Celebrity Showdown (Special)Reality competitionFOX7P
1/2/17ShadowhuntersDramaFreeform7P
1/2/17Beyond (New)Drama/SciFreeform8P
1/2/17The Celebrity ApprenticeReality competitionNBC7P
1/2/17Paradise RunReality competitionNickelodeon6P
1/3/17New GirlComedyFOX7P
1/3/17BonesDramaFOX8P
1/4/17Man Seeking WomanComedyFXX9:30P
1/4/17It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaComedyFXX9P
1/5/17NashvilleDramaCMT8P
1/5/17Hell's KitchenReality competitionFOX7P
1/5/17PortlandiaComedyIFC9P
1/5/17Ghosts in the Hood (New)RealityWETBA
1/6/17RosewoodDramaFOX7P
1/6/17Sleepy HollowDramaFOX8P
1/6/17GrimmDramaNBC7P
1/6/17Emerald City (New)DramaNBC8P
1/6/17One Day at a Time (New)ComedyNetflix12:01am
1/8/1774th Golden Globe Awards (Special)Live eventNBC7P
1/11/17Girlfriends' Guide to DivorceDramaBravo9P
1/12/17My Kitchen Rules (New)Reality competitionFOX8P
1/12/17Fancy Boy (New)ComedySeeso12:01am
1/12/17The UCB ShowComedySeeso12:01am
1/12/17Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am (New)ComedySeeso12:01am
1/13/17Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (New)Drama/FamilyNetflix12:01am
1/15/17The Young Pope (New)DramaHBOTBA
1/15/17Victoria (New)DramaPBS8P
1/15/17HomelandDramaShowtime8P
1/17/17Frontline: Divided States of America MINISERIESDocumentaryPBS8P
1/18/17People's Choice Awards 2017 (Special)Live eventCBS8P
1/18/17Six (New)DramaHistory9P
1/19/17How to Get Away With MurderDramaABC9P
1/19/17Grey's AnatomyDramaABC7P
1/19/17ScandalDramaABC8P
1/19/17BasketsComedyFX9P
1/20/17Voltron Legendary DefenderAnimationNetflix12:01am
1/22/17Mercy StreetDramaPBS7P
1/24/17The New Edition Story MINISERIESDrama/MusicBETTBA
1/24/17Face OffReality competitionSyfy8P
1/24/17OutsidersDramaWGNTBA
1/25/17The MagiciansDrama/FantasySyfy8P
1/25/17SuitsDramaUSA9P
1/26/17Adam Newman's Fuzzies (Special)ComedySeeso12:01am
1/28/17Planet Earth II MINISERIESNature/DocumentaryBBC AmericaTBA
1/29/17Black SailsDramaStarz8P
1/31/17The FostersDramaFreeform7P
1/31/17Switched at BirthDramaFreeform8P
2/2/17The Cyanide & Happiness ShowAnimation/ComedySeeso12:01am
2/5/1724: Legacy (New)DramaFox 10p ET*
2/5/17Super Bowl LI (Special)Sports/Live eventFOXTBA
2/6/17APB (New)DramaFOX8P
2/8/17The ExpanseDrama/SciSyfy9P
2/9/17MasterChef JuniorReality competitionFOX7P
2/10/17David Brent: Life on the Road (Movie)ComedyNetflix12:01am
2/12/1759th Annual Grammy Awards (Special)Music/Live eventCBS7P
2/19/17BillionsDramaShowtime9P
2/23/17My Brother, My Brother and Me (New)Comedy/RealitySeeso12:01am
2/26/1789th Academy Awards (Special)Live eventABCTBA
2/27/17Taken (New)DramaNBC9P
2/27/17The VoiceReality competitionNBC7P
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