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25 Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2016

From true-crime recreations to the return of ‘Game of Thrones,’ here’s what we can’t wait to watch this year


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Another year, another round of Peak TV overload: 2016 is promising to be another bountiful 12 months for those bleary-eyed viewers who attempt to keep up with every hot new show and follow every twist and turn of their returning favorites. (Don't even get us started about binging on the back catalogs of critically praised must-see TV: Yes, we'll definitely catch up with the stellar second season of BoJack Horseman this year. Scout's honor.) We've already had a few noteworthy series drop over the last month, from the long-awaited return of The X-Files to the genuinely offbeat Zach Galifiankis sad-clown sitcom Baskets to Showtime's mondo sudsy Wall Street soap Billions. And there's more on the way. Much, much more. 

So we've narrowed down the 25 shows we're looking forward to watching the most in 2016: the buzzed-about pilots, the new batches of our old favorites, the left-field offerings from the streaming services and cable channels that have become go-to stops for quality programming and even — gasp! — a network offering or two. From Westeros to Shondaland, the boogie-down Bronx to the femtastic NYC known as "Broad City" … oh, the places you'll see. Time to get settled on the couch and grab the remote.


‘The Get Down’ (August 12th)

"The paleface media tells us we're all going to hell. But maybe we're just the first ones to light the fire!" Baz Luhrman's long-brewing musical drama aims to succeed where Smash and so many others failed. The Get Down is basically Empire meets Vinyl: A group of teen music hustlers in the South Bronx of the 1970s, looking to make their score in the rapidly expanding New York scene, just as disco, punk and hip-hop are starting to make noise. There's a cast of promising newcomers, plus Jaden Smith alongside the always-stellar veterans Giancarlo Esposito and Jimmy Smits. RS

Atlanta; Donald Glover

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‘Atlanta’ (Fall 2016)

Remember when Donald Glover left Community and you thought, well, great he's got that side career as as a hip-hop star going on, but this hole in my TV-watching heart will never be filled? Well, fret no more: The Man Who Would be Childish Gambino is back, producing, co-writing and starring in this FX show about a young, would-be music-biz player trying to manage his suddenly hot rapper cousin. Whether he's spitting rhymes or trading banter with Danny Pudi, Glover has always had a singular sensibility located somewhere between hip and offbeat; we can't wait to see what he does with this pet project. DF

Tig; One Mississippi; Amazon Show


‘One Mississippi’ (Fall 2016)

Of all of Amazon's recent batch of pilots, this Louis C.K.-produced dramedy about a L.A. stand-up comic/podcast host (stand-up comic/podcast host Tig Notaro) who returns home to the deep South after her mother's passing was the one that impressed us the most. Thankfully, the streaming service-cum-media overload ordered a full series run, which means we'll get more semiautobiographical storylines, lots of Notaro's peerless deadpan humor and the sort of insightful slice-of-life series that, Peak TV era or not, are still in short order these days. Bring it. DF

Roadies; Cameron Crowe; New TV Show; Showtime


‘Roadies’ (Fall 2016)

Filmmaker and Rolling Stone O.G. Cameron Crowe takes us back inside the world of rock and roll obsessives — specifically, the folks who move equipment and make sure the stage is set every time a band pulls into town. Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino star as two of the backstage lifers; J.J. Abrams (when the hell does this man sleep? Does he sleep?!?) and Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis are on board as producers. Play this series loud. DF

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