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We are in the too-much-television era and there are a lot of shows on the tube to watch (over 400 original scripted series in 2015). And that means that there are quite a number of science fiction and fantasy (plus horror) entries as well. As we head into the mid-part of the 2015-16 season, this list will help you keep track of what’s on, what’s returning, and what’s coming up (through Spring of this year) in the U.S. This list currently has 78 (!) shows and I’m sure I have missed a few (if you know of something I have missed, ping me in the comments). You can see the mid-season schedule of sci fi / fantasy shows at this link and you can follow what’s on each week with our Sci Fi TV Listings. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@SciFiTVSite) for the latest sci fi TV news and notices on what is airing. The links below are to each show’s page on our partner site CancelledSciFi.com where we keep track of their status and likelihood to get renewed or cancelled. So sift through the list and start making your plans on what you will be watching over the coming months because there is plenty of sci fi to keep you busy!
The 100 (CW) Thu 9 PM, 3rd Season Premieres Jan 21st
About: A group of 100 wayward juveniles are sent to a nuclear war ravaged Earth from their refuge in space to determine if the planet is habitable once again.
Comments: This show has struggled in the ratings during its first and second seasons and could be headed into its final year if the numbers do not turn around.
11-22-63 (Hulu) Streaming, 1st Season Premieres Feb 15th
About: Based on the Stephen King book of the same name, this mini-series follows a man who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Comments: This Hulu original mini-series will be available for streaming on February 15th.
12 Monkeys (Syfy) Timeslot TBD, 2nd Season Premieres in April
About: Based on the Terry Gilliam movie of the same name, a man is sent back in time from a post-apocalyptic future to stop the outbreak of a virus that has wiped out most of humanity.
Comments: This show barely registered in the ratings during its first season, but Syfy still gave it a second year to prove itself. If the numbers do not improve, though, that could be its last.
Agent Carter (ABC) Tue 9 PM, 2nd Season Premieres Jan 19th
About: This spin-off from the Avengers movies follows Agent Peggy Carter working for SHIELD’s predecessor Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) in post-WWII America.
Comments: Agent Carter did not fare well in the ratings during its first season, but Disney (which owns ABC) apparently demanded a second year because of the show’s Avengers tie-in. If the numbers do not improve, though, that could be its last.
Agents of SHIELD (ABC) Tue 9 PM, 3rd Season Returns Mar 8th
About: This spin-off from the Avengers movies follows the super-secret organization SHIELD which works to protect Earth from dangerous forces
Comments: This show is currently struggling ratings-wise and could be on its way out despite its third season status. More on the possible scenarios for its future at this link.
American Horror Story (FX) Wed 10 PM, 5th Season Returns Jan 6th
About: A season long horror anthology with a different story arc each year.
Comments: Once a powerhouse series, this one has slipped notably and could be heading into its final season next Fall.
Angel from Hell (CBS) Thu 9:30 PM, 1st Season Premieres Jan 7th
About: In this supernatural comedy, Dr. Allison Fuller has an annoying woman named Amy intrude into her life claiming to be her guardian angel.
Comments: This show was originally slated to debut in Fall but was pushed to mid-season instead (January 7th premiere) which is not necessarily a good thing. But it is part of the CBS Thursday comedy block where it at least has a chance to succeed.
Arrow (CW) Wed 8 PM, 4th Season Returns Jan 20th
About: This series delivers a television adaptation of DC’s Green Arrow comic book character.
Comments: This show continues to perform well for The CW and is on target for a fifth season.
Ash vs Evil Dead (Starz) Sat 9 PM, 2nd Season Airs Fall 2016
About: The unstoppable Ash (played still by Bruce Campbell) is back and kicking butt on the Evil Dead again.
Comments: It has performed well for Starz and was renewed for a second season before its first episode even began.
Beauty and the Beast (CW) Timeslot TBD, 4th (and Final) Season Airs Summer 2016
About: A police detective falls in love with a former soldier who has been turned into a “beast” by government bio-engineering.
Comments: After three years of low ratings, The CW finally decided they had enough of this series. But it does still have a final season coming in Summer of 2016.
Beowulf (ESQ) Sat 10 PM, 1st Season Premieres Jan 23rd
About: This series re-explores the life of the mythical literary figure Beowulf
Comments: This ITV series has already begun to air in the UK and will start up its run in the the States later this month on the Esquire channel.
Between (Netflix) Streaming, 2nd Season Airs 2016
About: A virus kills everybody over the age of 21 in a small town and the survivors are left to fend for themselves when the government cordons off the area.
Comments: This Canadian-made Netflix original has not received much attention but it has been renewed for a second season on the streaming service.
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Bitten (Syfy) Timeslot TBD, 3rd (and Final Season) Premieres Spring/Summer
About: Based on the Women of the Otherworld books by Kelley Armstrong, the series follows the last living female werewolf who is drawn back into the struggles of her people after trying to lead a “normal” life.
Comments: This series airs on the Space Channel in Canada and Syfy in the States and has developed a loyal following. Its upcoming third season has been announced as its last.
Colony (USA) Thu 10 PM, 1st Season Premieres Jan 14th
About: A family must make difficult choices while living in a world under alien occupation.
Comments: With former Lost alums Carlton Cuse and Josh Holloway attached to this show, there is much anticipation for its arrival. It debuts on January 14th, but you can watch the first episode online at this link.
Containment (CW) Timeslot TBD, 1st Season Not Scheduled Yet
About: Atlanta is quarantined when a virus breaks out and the people in the city find themselves fighting for their lives.
Comments: This series currently does not have a slot on The CW’s schedule and it could end up getting an April start or later. That didn’t work so well for The Messengers last year.
Damien (A&E) Mon 10 PM, 1st Season Premieres Mar 7th
About: This sequel series to the classic 1976 horror film The Omen follows Damien in his adult life as he faces his true destiny to become the Anti-Christ.
Comments: This show gets the post-Bates Motel timeslot which didn’t work out so well for The Returned last year, but which may be a better pairing this time around.
Daredevil (Netflix) Streaming, 2nd Season Airs 2016
About: Based on the Marvel comic book character, this series follows the superhero Daredevil who is blind but who’s other senses are heightened to extraordinary levels.
Comments: The first season of this show was lauded by critics and fans alike and it will be returning for a second year. The character will be crossing over with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist in the upcoming Defenders team-up series.
Dark Matter (Syfy) Timeslot TBD, 2nd Season Airs Summer 2016
About: Six people wake up on a starship with no memories of who they are or why they are there and they find themselves in the midst of a power struggle in their section of the Galaxy.
Comments: This series did not draw huge ratings for Syfy, but it is part of a partnership with the Canadian Space Channel and has been performing well up north. It will be returning for a second season in Summer 2016.
Deadbeat (Hulu) Streaming, 3rd Season Airs 2016
About: A slacker discovers that he has the power to talk with ghosts and he uses this to help them solve unresolved issues from their lives.
Comments: This little-known, Hulu original supernatural comedy starring Tyler Labine has made its way through two seasons and is currently in production on a third.
Doctor Who (BBCA) Sat 9 PM, 10th Season Airs 2016/17
About: The long-lived Timelord known as The Doctor travels through time and space facing off against threats to Earth and other parts of the universe.
Comments: This long-lived show has wrapped up the ninth season of its 21st century revival and is headed into a tenth.
The Expanse (Syfy) Tue 10 PM, 1st Season Continues from December
About: Based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey, this series follows the power struggles between Earth, Mars, and the settlers that have taken up residence in the Asteroid Belt.
Comments: The ratings for this rather expensive show have been soft across its first few weeks, but Syfy is pushing hard for online viewership. And apparently that has been enough to justify giving it a second season.
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) Sun 9 PM, 2nd Season Airs Summer 2016
About: This prequel series to The Walking Dead follows a group of survivors during the early days of the zombie virus outbreak.
Comments: It’s not quite the ratings juggernaut of its parent series, but its debut set a record for cable shows and its viewership is quite high in the current slump era. It returns in Summer 2016 with its second season and expect more to follow.
The Flash (CW) Tue 8 PM, 2nd Season Returns Jan 19th
About: This spin-off from Arrow brings DC’s the Flash to television and expands on the Arrow-verse established in the parent series.
Comments: One of the best performing genre shows currently on television, this one is speeding ahead to a third season and likely a fourth after that.
From Dusk Till Dawn (El Rey) Timeslot TBD, 3rd Season Airs 2016
About: Based on the feature film of the same name, a Texas Ranger chases down the notorious Gecko brothers and their hostages and stumbles upon a vampire conspiracy in a desert bar.
Comments: This original series on Robert Rodriguez’s fledgling El Rey network has not drawn high viewership but has worked its way through two seasons with a third on the way during the second half of 2016.
Galavant (ABC) Sun 8 PM, 2nd Season Premieres Jan 3rd
About: This fantasy musical/comedy follows the dashing knight Galavant who tries to take revenge on the evil King Richard for stealing the love of his life.
Comments: This low-rated series defied all odds by getting renewed for a second season. Getting a third would almost certainly count as a happily ever after.
Game of Thrones (HBO) Sun 9 PM, 6th Season Premieres April
About: Based on George R.R. Martins Song of Ice and Fire books, this adult fantasy series follows the power struggles in the land of Westeros.
Comments: This show has been second to only The Walking Dead in its ratings success among genre shows and looks like it will easily coast through the 8+ seasons planned to tell its tale.
Gotham (FOX) Mon 8 PM, 2nd Season Returns Feb 29th
About: This Batman prequel series follows a young Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon before they assume their iconic roles from the comics.
Comments: This show has slipped notably in the ratings during its second season, but it is still one of FOX’s better performing scripted shows and looks to be on track for a third season.
Grimm (NBC) Fri 9 PM, 5th Season Returns Jan 22nd
About: Police detective Nick Burkhardt finds out he is one of a long line Grimms that protects humanity from the creatures of mythology known as Wesens.
Comments: This show has had a decent run but has slipped notably in the ratings this season and could be on its way out this year or next.
Guardians of the Galaxy (DXD) Sat 9 PM, 2nd Season Airs Fall 2016
About: This animated spin-off from the movie and comics continues the adventures of the space-bound heroes
Comments: It has performed well for an animated series and also has plenty of the requisite merchandising tie-ins. It should stick around for a few years.
Heroes Reborn (NBC) Thu 8 PM, 1st Season Returns Jan 7th
About: This revival series picks up five years after the original series ended and brings in new heroes along with some familiar faces.
Comments: The nostalgia for the original show was not as strong as NBC might have hoped and it looks like it might be limited-run-and-done for this one.
Humans (AMC) Timeslot TBD, 2nd Season Airs Summer 2016
About: Androids known as “synths” have become commonplace and work in servile roles for humans. But one group is expanding beyond their original purpose and becoming self-aware.
Comments: This co-production between AMC and the British Channel One pulled only moderate ratings in the States but performed very well overseas. It is currently in production on its second season which will air Summer 2016.
Hunters (Syfy) Timeslot TBD, 1st Season Premieres in April
About: Based on the Whitley Strieber novel Alien Hunter, this series follows a secret government organization hunting what they believe are aliens.
Comments: This series is currently scheduled to bow at some point in April.
Into the Badlands (AMC) Sun 10 PM, 1st Season Completed
About: In this martial arts drama, Sunny is the regent and protector of one of the seven barons that holds power in their post-apocalyptic world.
Comments: This one performed especially well with The Walking Dead as its lead-in and still managed to post decent ratings when it flew solo and it could stick around for a few years.
iZombie (CW) Tue 9 PM, 2nd Season Returns Jan 12th
About: Olivia “Liv” Moore is part zombie and receives flashbacks when she eats the brains of the corpses at the morgue where she works. She uses this knowledge to solve crimes.
Comments: This show pulled decent ratings in its first year but in its second year it is losing a large chunk of its lead-in audience from The Flash which currently has it facing an uncertain future.
Jessica Jones (Netflix) Streaming, 1st Season Completed
About: Based on the Marvel comic book character, this follows a former superhero who now works as a private investigator.
Comments: This is part of Netflix’s Defenders series and Jessica Jones will recur in the other entries in that series (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders). A second season may not be planned for JJ herself.
Killjoys (Syfy) Timeslot TBD, 2nd Season Airs Summer 2016
About: This show follows a group of interplanetary bounty hunters known as Killjoys who try to do their jobs and remain impartial amidst the ongoing power struggles in their system.
Comments: Like Dark Matter, this show is produced through a partnership between Syfy and the Canadian Space Channel. Its U.S. numbers were low in its first season but it still got renewed for a second which will air in Summer 2016.
The Last Man on Earth (FOX) Sun 9 PM, No Scheduled Return for 2nd Season Yet
About: A small group of people have survived a plague that has wiped out most of humanity. But can they survive living with each other?
Comments: This sci fi comedy started with decent ratings, but saw those drop off pretty quickly and it failed to rebuild its audience in its second season. It is currently in limbo and likely will not be back for a third year.
The Last Ship (TNT) Sun 9 PM, 3rd Season Airs Summer 2016
About: After a virus wipes out most of humanity, the USS Nathan James is the last surviving U.S. naval ship and it carries the cure and the hopes for rebuilding civilization.
Comments: This TNT Summer entry has performed well for its network in its first two years and returns for a third in Summer 2016.
The Leftovers (HBO) Sun 10 PM, 3rd (and Final) Season Airs Fall 2016
About: People mysteriously disappear across the planet and the survivors must deal with the repercussions and implications of this global event.
Comments: This show pulled mediocre to low numbers throughout its first two years, but HBO saw fit to give it a third and final season to wrap up its storylines. That will air in Fall 2016.
Legends of Tomorrow (CW) Timeslot TBD, 1st Season Premieres Jan 21st
About: This spin-off from Arrow and The Flash finds time traveler Rip Hunter recruiting people with superpowers to avert an oncoming apocalypse.
Comments: This highly anticipated expansion on the Arrow-verse seems sure to be a hit with its team-up format bringing together the Atom, White Canary, Firestorm, Hawkgirl, Captain Cold, and more.
The Librarians (TNT) Sun 8 PM, 3rd Season Airs Fall 2016
About: The Librarians stand watch over the Library which houses many powerful mythical/supernatural artifacts.
Comments: Not a huge ratings magnet on Sunday nights, but it has done well enough for TNT against stiff competition to earn a third season.
Limitless (CBS) Tue 10 PM, 1st Season Returns Jan 5th
About: Based on the feature film of the same name which starred Bradley Cooper, a drug called NZT-48 expands a man’s brain capacity and he uses this to help solve crimes.
Comments: This show has been doing decent for CBS in its timeslot, but its numbers slipped in late Fall in part due to poor scheduling by the network. It is still looking relatively safe at the moment, though.
Lost Girl (Syfy) Timeslot TBD, 5th (and Final Season) Airs Spring/Summer 2016
About: This series focuses on a succubus named Bo who has steered clear of others of her ilk but finds herself drawn into the power struggles of the supernatural and mythological creatures that have a secret existence in our world.
Comments: This show has had a respected run and wraps up with its fifth season which will finish airing on Syfy during the first half of 2016.
Lucifer (FOX) Mon 9 PM, 1st Season Premieres Jan 25th
About: Based on the DC/Vertigo comic of the same name, Lucifer gets bored with Hell and decides to take up residence in Los Angeles.
Comments: This show will have The X-Files revival as its lead-in which should help it build an audience. Whether people stick around after that one wraps its six episode runs remains to be seen.
The Magicians (Syfy) Tue 10 PM, 1st Season Premieres Jan 25th
About: Based on the Lev Grossman novel of the same name, this series follows a young man who attends a college of magic in the modern world.
Comments: Syfy gave viewers a sneak peak at this one by airing its first episode after the third installment of their Childhood’s End mini-series. The ratings weren’t great, though, and it remains to be seen how it performs when the series proper starts on January 25th.
The Man in the High Castle (Amazon) Streaming, 2nd Season Airs 2016
About: Based on the Phillip K. Dick book of the same name about an alternate timeline where the Axis powers won WWII and split up the United States in a joint occupation.
Comments: In its first season, this was Amazon’s most streamed original series. A second season is on the way at the end of 2016.
Minority Report (FOX) Mon 9 PM, 1st Season Completed
About: This sequel to the feature film of the same name (which was based on a Phillip K. Dick story) follows the PreCogs from the movie after the Precrime division was disbanded.
Comments: This show counted as a definite flop for FOX and its episode order was cut from thirteen to ten which appears to be a de facto cancellation.
Olympus (Syfy) Thu 10 PM, 1st Season Completed
About: This show follows Hero from Greek mythology as he must face off against the gods and other supernatural beings.
Comments: This one barely registered in the ratings in its first season on Syfy and will almost certainly not return with a second year on that network. Its Canadian home, the Super Channel, might elect to bring it back for another round of episodes, though.
Once Upon A Time (ABC) Sun 8 PM, 5th Season Returns Mar 6th
About: The small town of Storybrooke is the modern day home of many characters from fairy tales and mythology.
Comments: This show is still doing well enough for ABC on Sunday nights, but it may be starting to run out of steam. It looks to have a decent chance of seeing a sixth season, though that may be its last.
The Originals (CW) Fri 8 PM, 3rd Season Returns Jan 28th
About: In this spin-off from Vampire Diaries, the original vampires find themselves in a power struggle with opposing vampire clans, werewolves, witches, and more.
Comments: This show looks certain to get a fourth season because that will get it a better syndication package, but that could be its last.
Orphan Black (BBCA) Timeslot TBD, 4th Season Airs Spring/Summer 2016
About: A woman finds that she is one of several clones and is drawn into a conspiracy around the reason she and her other selves were created.
Comments: This acclaimed series has been going strong for three years now and returns with its fourth season in the first half of 2016.
Outlander (Starz) Timeslot TBD, 2nd Season Airs Spring/Summer 2016
About: A nurse from 1945 is drawn back in time to 1743 Scotland where she becomes involved with the power struggles of that age.
Comments: This well-respected fantasy/soap opera performed decent for Starz in its first year and returns for its second season in the first half of 2016.
Penny Dreadful (SHOW) Sun 9 PM, 3rd Season Airs Spring/Summer 2016
About: An explorer, a gunslinger, and a medium deal with supernatural characters inspired by famous works of fiction such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Comments: This supernatural drama has not garnered high ratings but it has received a fair amount of accolades and recognition. It returns for its third season in the first half of 2016.
Person of Interest (CBS) Timeslot TBD, 5th Season Premiere Not Scheduled Yet
About: A supercomputer created to predict terrorist activity can also detect threats to normal citizens. Its creator secretly uses that information to help people in danger.
Comments: This show has slowly built up a reputation as an important sci fi series because of the AI themes that it explores. Unfortunately, its ratings slipped notably last year and CBS almost cancelled it. But it is coming back for a shortened fifth season which will almost certainly be its last.
Powers (Play Station) Streaming, 2nd Season Airs 2016
About: Based on the comic book of the same name, this show follows a special police force that monitors the activities of superpowered humans.
Comments: This is the PlayStation Network’s first stab at scripted programming and it will be returning in 2016 with its second season.
The Preacher (AMC) Timeslot TBD, 1st Season Premieres Early 2016
About: Based on the DC/Vertigo comic of the same name, a preacher finds himself possessed by a supernatural power and he sets off on a journey to find God.
Comments: This highly anticipated series has not received a premiere date, but it will likely bow on AMC at some point in Spring.
Salem (WGN) Timeslot TBD, 3rd Season Airs Spring/Summer 2016
About: This supernatural series focuses on the events from the 17th century Massachusetts town that led to the infamous witch trials.
Comments: This WGN scripted original has barely registered in the ratings but apparently has international financing to help keep it afloat. It returns with its third season in the first half of 2016.
Saving Hope (ION) Timeslot TBD, 5th Season Airs Fall 2016
About: A doctor at Hope Zion Hospital falls into a coma but he can see and talk to the spirits of other comatose patients as well as the deceased.
Comments: This aired for one Summer season on NBC, but its Canadian network CTV kept it going and it now airs on ION in the U.S. It returns for a fifth season in the second half of 2016.
Scream (MTV) Timeslot TBD, 2nd Season Airs Summer 2016
About: A continuation of the feature film franchise of the same name, this show follows another series of murders in the town of Lakewood.
Comments: It did not draw huge ratings in its first season, but performed well enough with MTV’s target audience to get a second season which will debut in April.
Scream Queens (FOX) Tue 9 PM, 1st Season Completed
About: The first year of this season-long horror anthology series followed a series of murders on a college campus.
Comments: This highly anticipated show from the creators of American Horror Story failed to generate many sparks with the Nielsens and it could be limited-run-and-done.
Second Chance (FOX) Wed 9 PM, 1st Season Premieres Jan 13th
About: A disgraced police officer is brought back from the dead Frankenstein-like and finds that he has a second chance at life.
Comments: This show has gone through two name changes (previously The Frankenstein Code and then Lookinglass) which is never a good thing.
Sense8 (Netflix) Streaming, 2nd Season Airs 2016
About: Eight people across the world find themselves telepathically linked and also in danger from a group who sees them as a threat.
Comments: The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski teamed up on this Netflix original which has received mixed (often polarizing) reactions from critics and viewers. But it has received a second season order which will stream in 2016.
Shadowhunters (Freeform) Tue 9 PM, 1st Season Premieres Jan 12th
About: This is based on The Mortal Instruments series of books by Cassandra Clare about a group of demon hunters.
Comments: This debuts on Freeform (previously ABC Family) on January 12th.
The Shannara Chronicles (MTV) Tue 10 PM, 1st Season Premieres Jan 5th
About: Based on the Shannara series of books by Terry Brooks, it follows a group of humans, elves, and other fantasy creatures who must work together to protect the Four Lands from the threat of the Demon World.
Comments: This definitely seems like an odd entry for MTV, but the early trailers suggest that it has very good production values and it should draw a fair number of curious onlookers early on at least.
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) Fri 9 PM, 3rd Season Returns Feb 5th
About: Ichabod Crane is revived in the modern world to do battle with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Comments: This show barely averted cancellation after its second season yet has returned to even lower ratings. FOX is shuffling it off to Fridays at mid-season which is almost certainly a burn-off run for what looks to be its final episodes.
Star Wars Rebels (DXD) Wed 9 PM, 2nd Season Returns Jan
About: In this animated series, a group of rebels fights against the Empire in the time between the events of the Episode III and Episode IV movies.
Comments: This show was renewed for a second season as expected and will likely stick around as long as its merchandising and licensing tie-ins remain profitable.
Stitchers (Freeform) Timeslot TBD, 2nd Season Airs Summer 2016
About: A woman finds that she has the ability to be “stitched” into the minds of people who have recently died and uses this ability to investigate their deaths.
Comments: The first season of this show drew pretty low ratings for ABC Family (now Freeform), but it still got picked up for a second year which will air in Summer 2016.
The Strain (FX) Sun 10 PM, 3rd Season Airs Summer 2016
About: Based on the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, this show follows a group of people trying to keep a vampire plague from spreading across the world.
Comments: This blend of science fiction and the supernatural has pulled decent ratings for FX, but it dropped notably in its second year. It still got a third season pickup, though, which will air in Summer 2016.
Supergirl (CBS) Mon 8 PM, 1st Season Returns Jan 4th
About: This series brings the DC comics character of Supergirl to the small screen.
Comments: It debuted to very good numbers, but then saw its ratings drop off in subsequent weeks. If it returns strong at mid-season, then it has a chance at a second year, but if it remains at its Fall lows then CBS will be hard-pressed to justify renewing this expensive entry.
Supernatural (CW) Wed 9 PM, 11th Season Returns Jan 20th
About: Sam and Dean Winchester are Hunters doing battle with supernatural forces that threaten humanity.
Comments: This one has made it to a record-setting eleventh season and looks to be on target for a twelfth year assuming that the cast and crew are up for coming back.
Teen Wolf (MTV) Mon 10 PM, 5th Season Premieres Jan 5th
About: This more dramatic take on the 80’s feature film comedy follows a teenage boy who gets bit by a wolf and drawn into the world of supernatural creatures.
Comments: This show remains a hit for MTV and resumes its fifth season this month. It has already been renewed for a sixth year which will air later in the year.
Vampire Diaries (CW) Fri 8 PM, 7th Season Returns Jan 28th
About: Teenager Elena becomes involved with two vampire brothers, one of which denies his nature the other of which embraces it.
Comments: Once the flagship show of the younger-skewing CW network, this one has since grown long in the tooth (no apologies for the pun) and has lost much of its audience. I expect it to get an eighth season to wrap up its storylines and that should be it.
The Walking Dead (AMC) Sun 9 PM, 6th Season Returns Feb 14th
About: Based on the comic book series of the same name, Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in the zombie-pocalypse and he must make hard choices to keep his people alive.
Comments: Currently the top rated scripted show on all of television, this one is a powerhouse in its sixth season and will likely remain so for several more years to come.
Wayward Pines (FOX) Timeslot TBD, 2nd Season Airs Summer 2016
About: After an accident, a federal agent finds himself trapped in the mysterious town of Wayward Pines from which there appears to be no escape.
Comments: This show pulled decent ratings for a Summer entry, and after mulling it over for several months FOX finally decided to greenlight it for a second season which will air in Summer 2016.
The X-Files (FOX) Sun 9 PM, 1st (Revival) Season Premieres Jan 25th
About: Mulder and Sculley are back in this revival series that promises to answer questions left hanging by the original show (and possibly also set up X-Files: The Next Generation).
Comments: This seems like a surefire hit with the original actors back on board and Chris Carter again at the helm. And if it does score well in the ratings, I’m betting that FOX will be pushing hard for a second round of episodes.
You Me and the Apocalypse (NBC) Thu 8 PM, 1st Season Premieres Jan 28th
About: This apocalyptic comedy follows a group of people dealing with the reality that a comet is on a cataclysmic collision course with Earth.
Comments: This show looks like a bit of a hard sell and it’s moving into a timeslot that NBC has struggled with of late. It’s possible that the Nielsens could end things for this show before the comet does.
Z Nation (Syfy) Fri 10 PM, 3rd Season Airs Fall 2016
About: In a world overridden by zombies, one man survived bites from the undead and may be the key to saving humanity.
Comments: The numbers for this show slipped in its second year, but it is still Syfy’s top-rated show and will be returning for a third season in Fall 2016.
Zoo (CBS) Timeslot TBD, 2nd Season Airs Summer 2016
About: A group of specialists is pulled together to investigate aggressive animal behavior which is occurring throughout the world.
Comments: This one did not count as a huge ratings success, but it did well enough for a Summer series and CBS decided to give it a second season which will air in Summer 2016.