2020 TV premiere dates: When your favorite show returns, and your next one starts
Are you ready for spring and summer TV?
Let's be honest: the television calendar isn't what it used to be. Gone are the days when you could just wait until the fall for your favorite shows to return. But with old and just-launched streaming services and shortened seasons for shows thanks to disruptions from the coronavirus, you need to keep a constant eye on the latest premiere dates.
New shows are getting a boost from well-known stars including Mark Ruffalo, Anna Kendrick and Elle Fanning.
Check out our calendar below to make sure you don't miss the return of your favorite series or the start of a new show you'll fall in love with (all times EDT/PDT).
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"The Eddy" (Netflix): The story of a former successful pianist-turned embattled club owner is told over eight episodes. Producers include Damien Chazelle ("La La Land").
"I Know This Much is True" (HBO, Sundays at 9): Mark Ruffalo pulls double-duty playing a pair of twin brothers in the limited series in which one brother suffers from mental illness.
"Amy Schumer Learns to Cook" (Food Network, Mondays at 10): So many are cooking in quarantine, including comedian Amy Schumer, who is social distancing with her husband, chef Chris Fischer, on Martha's Vineyard. Schumer goes from stand-up to sous-chef for this cooking show.
"Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics" (Netflix): Famous faces share their experiences with psychedelic drugs in this documentary.
"The Great" (Hulu): Elle Fanning portrays former empress of Russia Catherine the Great in the comedy that also stars Nicholas Hoult.
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"Snowpiercer" (TNT, Sundays at 9): Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs star in the sci-fi show, based on the 2013 film from Bong Joon-ho ("Parasite") that's been gestating for years. It's also been years since the world has frozen over, and those who still linger are on train that is continuously on the move.
"Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert" (ABC, Sunday, 10): The special was filmed last September at L'Olympia Theater in Paris and features the Grammy-winning musician singing songs from her latest album, "Lover," to an "intimate crowd of fans from 37 countries," according to a news release.
"DC's Stargirl (CW, Tuesdays at 8, and DC Universe): The series focuses on teen Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) who has enlisted the help of budding heroes to battle the bad guys.
"The Genetic Detective" (ABC, Tuesdays at 10): True-crime fans may have a new favorite. Genetic genealogist CeCe Moore helps solve cases utilizing crime scene DNA.
"Holey Moley II: The Sequel" (ABC, Thursdays at 9): The game of golf might be mini, but the grand prize is huge. Putt-putt fanatics face off in each obstacle course-filled episode with hopes of returning for the finale, where one will sink the $250,000 pot.
"Labor of Love" (Fox, Thursdays at 9): A dating-style show in which a 41-year-old woman selects from 15 potential mates to impregnate her and let their "paternal sides shine." Kristin Davis ("Sex and the City") hosts.
"America’s Got Talent" (NBC, Tuesdays at 8)
“World of Dance” (NBC, Tuesdays at 10)
"Craftopia" (HBO Max): YouTube star crafter Lauren Riihimaki hosts the artistic showdown where contestants ages 9-15 compete.
"Legendary" (HBO Max): Heroes may get remembered, but you know what they say about legends. Voguing teams stage balls with hopes of impressing celebrity judges including stylist Law Roach, actress Jameela Jamil, dancer Leiomy Maldonado, and rapper Megan Thee Stallion.
"Love Life" (HBO Max): Anna Kendrick stars in this anthology series charting one woman's romantic relationships over the course of her life.
"Looney Tunes Cartoons" (HBO Max): Classic Looney Tunes personalities will be featured in 80 new episodes featuring Bugs, Daffy and the gang.
"The Not Too Late Show with Elmo" (HBO Max): There's a new talk show host in town. The "Sesame Street" resident's series will be star-studded, featuring interviews with "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon, stand-up comedian John Mulaney, actress Blake Lively, Grammy-winner Lil Nas X and more.
"On the Record" (HBO Max): The documentary depicts how Drew Dixon made the choice to go public with her accusations against Russell Simmons. Other accusers of the business man – Sil Lai Abrams and Sheri Sher – are also featured in the work that examines how accusations by women of color are treated. Simmons has previously denied all allegations against him: "These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual."
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"Ramy" (Hulu): Co-creator and star Ramy Youssef earned a Golden Globe in early January for his performance on the series going into its second season. Mahershala Ali will guest star in the new installment.
"Celebrity Family Feud" (ABC, Sundays at 8): Let's hope the stars featured on this season – like the cast members of “Jersey Shore,” “Queer Eye,” “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “The Hills” – give good answers.
"Match Game" (ABC, Sundays at 10): Bob Saget, Christie Brinkley, Vivica A. Fox and more stars attempt to mirror contestants' answers.
"Quiz" (AMC, Sunday at 10; then Sundays at 9 June 7 and 14): The three-part series depicts the story of Major Charles Ingram and his wife Diana, who were accused of conspiring with an audience member to cheat on the U.K. edition of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" in 2001.
"Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story" (USA Network, Tuesdays at 10): Amanda Peet (Betty Broderick) and Christian Slater (Dan Broderick) help bring this true story of the demise of a marriage and the earth-shattering aftermath to the small screen.
"Fuller House" (Netflix): The streaming service releases the final episodes of the "Full House" spinoff that followed Danny Tanner's adult daughters D.J. and Stephanie and their families.
“Dear…” (Apple TV+): The 10-part docuseries celebrates the lives of well-known figures – Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Stevie Wonder and more – through letters from people who have been affected by their careers.
"RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" (VH1, Fridays at 8)
"13 Reasons Why" (Netflix). The final season.
"Perry Mason" (HBO, Sundays at 9): Matthew Rhys ("The Americans") stars in the origin story of one of TV's most famous defense lawyers, set in 1931.
"Yellowstone" (Paramount Network, Sundays at 9): Josh Holloway ("Lost") joins the hit Western for its third season.
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"I'll Be Gone in the Dark" (HBO, Sundays at 10): The six-part docuseries, based on Michelle McNamara’s best-selling crime book, centers on California's Golden State Killer.
"The Chi" (Showtime, Sundays at 10): Star and creator Lena Waithe has her sights set on leading Chicago as mayor in the new installment.
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"Making the Cut" (Amazon Prime): "Project Runway" alums Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn host and executive produce the design competition.
"Ozark" (Netflix): Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner return for the third installment of the thriller.
"Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj" (Netflix)
"Call the Midwife" (PBS, Sundays at 8)
"Vice" (Showtime, Sundays at 8): The documentary series, previously on HBO, moves to rival now air on Showtime.
"The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show" (Netflix): A six-episode comedy series show from the comedian.
"Nailed It!" (Netflix)
"How to Get Away with Murder" (ABC, Thursdays at 10): The final episodes for the drama starring Viola Davis, which is ending in May after six seasons.
"Man with a Plan" (CBS, Thursdays at 8:30) Matt LeBlanc's sitcom returns for a fourth season.
"Broke" (CBS, Thursdays at 9:30): Jaime Camil ("Jane the Virgin") and Pauley Perrette ("NCIS") star in the new sitcom centered on a single mom (Perrette) and her new reality when her sister and her brother-in-law (Camil) begin to have money problems and need a place to stay.
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"Home Before Dark" (Apple TV+): A young girl who's arrived in her father's former town begins investigating a cold case.
"Tales from the Loop" (Amazon Prime): According to Amazon the series "explores the mind-bending adventures of the people who live above the Loop, a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe – making things previously relegated to science fiction, possible."
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (ABC, Wednesdays at 10): Jimmy Kimmel hosts a special celebrity edition of the former smash-hit quiz show, 20 years after it began on ABC. Eric Stonestreet and Will Forte are among the guests competing for favorite charities.
"The Good Fight" (CBS All Access, Thursdays): The fourth season of "The Good Wife" spinoff, starring Christine Baranski.
"Killing Eve" (BBC AMERICA and AMC, Sundays at 9): Despite being shot by Villanelle (Jodie Comer), Eve (Sandra Oh) is very much alive for Season 3 of the drama.
"Insecure" (HBO, Sundays at 10): In the show's fourth season Issa (Issa Rae) puts her focus toward a passion project. Meanwhile, Molly (Yvonne Orji) is (gulp!) figuring out how to be in an *actual* relationship.
"The Walking Dead: The World Beyond" (AMC, Sundays at 10): Centered on a pair of female leads, the spin-off looks at "the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse."
"Run" (HBO, Sundays at 10:30): Ruby (Merritt Wever) and her college-ex Billy (Domhnall Gleeson) reunite to honor a pact made nearly two decades ago: That if either of them texted the word 'RUN' and the other replied, they would drop everything and meet in Grand Central Station to travel across America together.
"The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart" (ABC, Mondays at 8): Was ABC inspired by those contestants only looking to further their music careers? This fourth "Bachelor" spinoff new franchise follows 20 men and women looking for love. Contestants will perform solo, as well as in pairs and, hopefully, end up making beautiful music together.
"Celebrity IOU" (HGTV, Mondays at 9): "Property Brothers" Drew and Jonathan Scott help stars like Brad Pitt, Melissa McCarthy and Viola Davis pay back those who have greatly affected their lives by renovating their homes.
"The Baker and the Beauty" (ABC, Mondays at 10): Nathalie Kelley portrays Noa Hamilton, a celebrity who draws the prying eyes of the public and falls for a baker (Victor Rasuk).
"Songland" (NBC, Mondays at 10)
"The Innocence Files" (Netflix): The series tells the stories of those who have been serving sentences for wrongful convictions.
"Mrs. America" (FX on Hulu, Wednesdays): Cate Blanchett stars in the limited series focused on the Equal Rights Amendment.
"What We Do in the Shadows" (FX, Wednesdays at 10): The second season of this comedy based on the movie about show centered on vampires, this time in Staten Island, N.Y. begins biting.
"In the Dark" (CW, Thursdays at 9): Murphy (Perry Mattfeld) faces new challenges as she continues to try and solve the mystery surrounding her friend's death.
#BlackAF (Netflix): "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris takes inspiration from his own life for the comedy, which also stars Rashida Jones.
"Too Hot to Handle" (Netflix): A group of 10 singles come together on this dating series, but aren't allowed to have any sort of intimate contact if they want to walk away with the $100,000 grand prize.
"Fargo" (FX, Sundays at 10): Chris Rock stars as a 1950 Kansas City crime boss in the fourth installment of this limited series. The drama returns for Season 4.
"The Longest War" (Showtime, Sunday at 10): This documentary, from producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa ("Homeland"), examines the United States' presence in Afghanistan, following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"After Life" (Netflix): In the second season of the dramedy, series Tony (Ricky Gervais) attempts to step up when it comes to being a good friend, while still mourning his wife who succumbed to cancer.
"Defending Jacob" (Apple TV+, Fridays): Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery and Jaeden Martell bring William Landay's novel to screen, for the limited series revolving around an Assistant District Attorney feeling pulled between performing his job and the love he has for his child.
Contributing: Cydney Henderson and David Oliver