This year’s television lineup hints at more superheroes and science fiction thrills by Lauren Marie Paterson

The noise of the holidays is nearing its seasonal end, and thankfully it will be taking the corny Christmas reruns and puke-worthy music with it. Luckily, the “Golden Age of Television” doesn’t seem to be slowing down this year, and there are plenty of new characters and old favorites to be excited about. I’ve researched some of the hottest broadcast and streaming titles in science fiction, comedy and superhero stories set to hit screens in 2016.

COMING SOON

The X- Files

The X- Files are back on their desks once again, and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) going head to head on the hunt for the complicated truth. Picking up thirteen years after the first series left off, the current trailer hints to modern questions about drones, government surveillance, and of course, aliens. Though most of us are still in the dark about exactly what the series’ premise entails, Mulder hints “We’ve never been in more danger.”

Premieres Sunday January 24th 2016 on FOX

American Crime Story

From American horror to American crime, producer Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) is bringing audiences a true crime anthology based on some of the biggest and bloodiest murders in U.S. history. Fans of American Horror Story will be familiar to the format, which will explore a different case each season, rather than a horror story – though I’m sure some of the real stories will be scarier. First on the list? The People v. O.J. Simpson.

Premieres Tuesday Feb 2 2016 on FX

Luke Cage

If you’re already a fan of Netflix’s superheroine Jessica Jones, then you’ve already met Luke Cage. This Marvel character’s past as a fugitive now has him working hard at a bar in New York City, remaking his life with the help of some newly acquired superhuman strength and unbreakable skin. In preparation for ever-more Marvel universe crossovers and overlap between Netflix superhero shows, the teaser trailer for Luke Cage’s upcoming series points to a popular hotspot in Hell’s Kitchen for Daredevil and friends that may be getting a new name.

Premieres in April of 2016.

Jon Stewart’s HBO Project

The man behind the desk since 1999 on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show stepped down as host on August 6th of 2015, one of the year’s biggest celebrity events. Soon after Stewart inked a four-year deal with HBO to produce short-form digital content that “will be refreshed on HBO NOW multiple times throughout the day”  in collaboration with OTOY Inc., a cloud graphics company. As 2016 shapes up to be a big year for the American political landscape, it seems as though fans of Stewart’s sassy political commentary will have plenty more to sip on soon.

Premieres in 2016

Westworld

Blending elements of Western culture with science fiction thrills, HBO’s Westworld promises a wild ride into the imagined future of artificial intelligence. Sharing a name with the 1973 movie written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton (author of Jurassic Park), this new series has been adapted for television by Jonathan Nolan (co-writer Interstellar, The Dark Knight). Lisa Joy and J.J. Abrams are on the producer docket and Anthony Hopkins is on the cast list. The story will follow guests through an American West- themed amusement park of the future, complete with programmed lifelike androids ready for prostitution or a fight to the death, depending on your fantasy.

Premieres in 2016

 

NOW STREAMING

To tide you over until some of the hottest new shows of year hit your screen, try these titles now streaming on Netflix and HBO Now.

 

Master of None

Aziz Ansari stars (and writes) in this comedy series that explores life for the 30-something actor in New York muddling through complications with the modern world of dating, technology and landing a job.

Now streaming on Netflix

Daredevil

Sticking safely to the expected tropes from superhero stories, Daredevil features fun visuals, great villains and a Catholic Marvel hero fighting to save Hell’s Kitchen in New York City while wearing a pair of corny devil horns to do so.

Now streaming on Netflix

Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver

After a summer sub in for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, Jon Oliver scored his own Sunday night slice on HBO where he spends half an hour each week trolling politicians and giving us world and national news from a fresh and international perspective.

Now streaming on HBO NOW

W/Bob & David

Mr. Show is back with Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) and David Cross (Arrested Development) at the helm for sketch comedy that, while often hit or miss, pokes fun at everything from drug commercials to America’s whitewashing of slavery.

Now streaming on Netflix

Jessica Jones

Krysten Ritter stars as superheroine Jessica Jones, yet another Marvel character to headline a Netflix series. on Netflix. Also based in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, Jones’ superhero story follows a dark and cerebral path complicated by existential human flaws.

Now streaming on Netflix