Best In Show: What to Watch This Winter

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Emerald City

Who: Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Dracula)

What: In yet another “dark reinvention of a childhood favorite,” The Wizard of Oz meets American Horror Story in the modern day.

Why you should care: All the friends of Dorothy will be there.

January 6 on NBC

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Riverdale

Who: A cast of cute unknowns and out super-producer Greg Berlanti (Supergirl, Brothers & Sisters).

What: In yet another another “dark reinvention of a childhood favorite,” the Archie comics become a soap described as a teenage Twin Peaks. Hmmm … bring us the next Log Lady, and we’ll talk.

Why you should care: Star KJ Apa, a New Zealand import, has the shortest surname and the most impressive abs of the season.

January 26 on CW

Marvel’s Iron Fist

Who: Finn Jones (Game of Thrones)

What: Despite the title, this is not a documentary about a Castro club in the ’70s. An orphaned superhero with a sweet chest plate avenges dead parents, fights villains, punches through walls, etc.

Why you should care: Marvel Comics + Netflix = shows you’ll be expected to talk about at parties (see Jessica Jones, Daredevil).

March 17 on Netflix

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One Day at a Time

Who: Rita Moreno (Rita Fucking Moreno!), Justina Machado (Six Feet Under)

What: ¡Eso es todo! The classic single-mom sitcom is remade with an intergenerational Latino family by original producer Norman Lear.

Why you should care: The legendary Moreno and Lear in a revisal of the slightly campy ’70s show (will “Dammit, Julie!” be uttered or cowl-neck sweaters be worn?) must not be missed.

January 6 on Netflix

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The Young Pope

Who: Jude Law

What: This ten-episode series presents the life and times of the first American pontiff—along with Law’s bare ass, which is fully visible in episode 3.

Why you should care: Did we stutter?

January 15 on HBO

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Taboo

Who: Tom Hardy, Jonathan Pryce, Franka Potente

What: Oi, fit swashbuckler! A big British galoot (Hardy, who also produces the show) is an avenging adventurer in the nineteenth century.

Why you should care: It is not the series adaptation of the Boy George musical. (God is apparently still not dead.)

January 6 on FX

 

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Harlots

Who: Samantha Morton, Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey)

What: Po-faced prostitute (Morton) and posh-faced prostitute (Findlay) are prostitutes in the best little whorehouse in 1700s London..

Why you should care: Prostitutes! A historical drama about hookers is such a natural, we’re shocked HBO didn’t get there faster.

March 29 on Hulu

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