TV Calendar

Below you'll find a constantly-updated list of popular TV shows and the date they'll be premiering or returning to the US and UK. I hope you'll bookmark this page and refer back to it. If there are any corrections that need to be made, or you think another show needs to be included, e-mail me here.


April


30 Apr - CARDINAL BURNS (Channel 4) Series 2 of the sketch show.


30 Apr - ORPHAN BLACK (BBC3) Season 2 of the sci-fi drama.

TBD - EPISODES (BBC2) Series 3 of the Anglo-American comedy about two British writers struggling to adapt their hit show to America. Starring Matt LeBlanc, Stephen Mangan & Tamsin Grieg.


May

4 May - IN THE FLESH (BBC3) Series 2 of the zombie drama.


5 May - 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY (Fox) Revival of the Fox action hit that "ended" in 2010. This new storyline only spans 12 episodes (allowing the writers to jump ahead in time occasionally), and will relocate the action to London and Europe. Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver & William Devane return, alongside Yvonne Strahovski, Judy Davis, Michael Wincott & Tate Donovan.

5 May - LOUIE (FX) Season 5 of the US comedy.


6 May - HANNIBAL (Sky Living) UK season 2 premiere.

6 May - ALMOST HUMAN (Watch) UK premiere of the US sci-fi drama.

7 May - 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY (Fox) UK airdate, although the premiere is simulcast with the US early morning of 6 May (GMT).

8 May - LOUIE (Fox UK) Season 5 of the US comedy.


11 May - PENNY DREADFUL (Showtime) Skyfall director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator) join forces for this TV horror with a delicious premise that brings various horror icons together: Dracula, Dorian Grey, the Wolfman, and Frankenstein's Monster. Starring Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway, Billie Piper & Rory Kinnear.


11 May - ROSEMARY'S BABY (NBC) Four-part miniseries adaptation of the classic horror film. Starring Zoe Saldana. Continues 15 May.

30 May - CROSSBONES (NBC) Season 1 of the pirate drama created by Neil Cross (Luther). Starring John Malkovich & Richard Coyle.

30 May - DEREK (Netflix) Season 2 of the UK comedy.


June


1 Jun - HALT & CATCH FIRE (AMC) New drama about the 1980s personal computing boom. Starring Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy & Mackenzie Davis.


6 Jun - ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix) Season 2 of the prison drama.


15 Jun - THE LEFTOVERS (HBO) Fantasy drama about the consequences of 140,000,000 people vanishing overnight, possibly as part of a divine 'Rapture'. The pilot is directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) with Damon Lindelof (Lost) as showrunner. Starring Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Christopher Eccleston, Ann Dowd, Liv Tyler, Michael Gaston & Charlie Carver.


22 Jun - THE LAST SHIP (TNT) A pandemic kills most of the planet's population, leaving the crew of a naval destroyer as some of the only survivors. Starring Rhona Mitra (Doomsday), Adam Baldwin, Eric Dane & Tommy Savas. Produced by Michael Bay (Transformers).


22 Jun - TRUE BLOOD (HBO) Final season of the vampire drama.

30 Jun - UNDER THE DOME (CBS) Season 2 of the drama about a small community trapped beneath a gigantic impenetrable dome. The premiere is written by Stephen King, who originated the show as a novel.


TBD - THE STRAIN (FX) Adaptation of Guillermo Del Toro's (Hellboy) co-authored comic-book about a vampire contagion that infects New York after a passenger jet touches down at JFK airport. The airwaves are full of vampires, but The Strain promises a return to making them appear violent, ruthless, monstrous and very scary.


July


2 Jul - EXTANT (CBS) Sci-fi family drama about an astronaut (Halle Berry) struggling to reconnect with her family, after a year spent in outer space. Produced by Steven Spielberg, although that means much less in the world of television.

7 Jul - TRUE BLOOD (Fox UK) Seventh and final season of the US supernatural drama.

11 Jul - HEMLOCK GROVE (Netflix) Season 2 of the horror drama created by Eli Roth.

TBA - THE 100 (E4) Season 1 of the US post-apocalyptic drama.


August


20 Aug - LEGENDS (TNT) Sci-fi drama about a CIA agent (Sean Bean) who has the ability to adapt to any given situation. So it's a modern-day The Pretender? Co-stars Ali Larter (Heroes) and Morris Chestnut (Nurse Jackie).


September

TBA - HOMELAND (Showtime) Season 4.


October


TBD - OUTLANDER (Starz) Adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's book saga by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), about a married 1940s nurse sent back in time to feudal Scotland where she falls in love with a young warrior. Starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tpbiaz Menzoes, Graham McTavish, Laura Donnelly, James Fleet & Stephen Walters.


November

TBD - BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC/Netflix) Nothing specific is known about this Breaking Bad spin-off, which may or may not be a prequel to the Emmy-winning phenomenon.... but we do know it'll focus on shady lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) and be lighter in tone, with room for Breaking Bad cameos (suggesting it will be a prequel, if that's not too much of a spoiler). Much of the mother show's crew are working on this one, so expect good things.

Unscheduled, at present...


Summer - THE NEWSROOM (HBO/Sky Atlantic) Third and final season of the news-based drama. Starring Jeff Daniels.

Summer - PENNY DREADFUL (Sky Atlantic) Skyfall director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator) join forces for this TV horror with a delicious premise that brings various fantasy figures from literature together: Dracula, Dorian Grey, the Wolfman, and Frankenstein's Monster. It's maybe just League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for the small-screen? We'll see, but the cast alone is impressive (Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway, Billie Piper and Rory Kinnear) and a key director is Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage).


Autumn - TYRANT (FX) New drama about the son of a Middle Eastern dictator, who left his homeland to raise a family in America, who returns for a nephew's wedding and finds himself embroiled in a violent family drama.

Autumn - DOCTOR WHO (BBC1/BBC America) Series 8 of the sci-fi drama, launching with the 801st episode and with Peter Capaldi as the new twelfth incarnation of The Doctor. The first few episodes are directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers).

TBA - THE FLASH (The CW) Having debuted in two episodes of Arrow's second season last year, speedy superhero Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) now headlines his very own show. Considering the brilliance of Arrow (which was working with a less-known character), hopes are high for this show considering the larger existing fanbase for The Flash. Gustin also proved to be very personable and engaging on Arrow, so I'm expecting good things.


TBA - WAYWARD PINES (Fox) The worrying thing about this new drama is how it barely tries to disguise the debt it owes to Twin Peaks, with a Secret Service agent investigating the disappearance of two colleagues in a spooky small-town. M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) is also involved and directs the pilot. On the plus side, this is apparently an "event series" and will conclude its story in 10 episodes. Starring Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, Juliette Lewis, Hope Davis, Carla Gugino, Shannyn Sossamon & Toby Jones.

TBA - SENSE8 (Netflix) Sci-fi drama about a group of people who are psychically linked and hunted by a unknown agency. Co-created by the Wachowski's (The Matrix) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5), so let's hope that pedigree overcomes what doesn't feel very fresh as a one-sentence summary.

TBA - GRACEPOINT (Fox) US remake of the British murder-mystery hit Broadchurch. David Tennant (Doctor Who) reprises his role as lead detective, working alongside home-town investigator Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad). Co-starring Nick Nolte.

Last update: 24 April 2014