Although the fall TV season’s in full-throttle, some of our favorite shows have yet to return to the small screen. Despite popular shows like Walking Dead, having just started airing new episodes, autumn isn't exactly the best time of year for new and returning shows—spring and summertime have become more synonymous for anticipated mid-season replacements. With only a couple of months left in 2014, it’s not too early to sift through the 2015 TV calendar, when a number of shows will air on TV and stream exclusively on the internet. It's also a time when we'll bid a farewell to few shows, so commence the mourning process now.
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10 Downton Abbey
The fifth series of the phenom mini-series is currently airing on ITV in the UK, but U.S. audiences will have to wait until January 4th to find out what further adventures await the Crawleys. Beginning in the year 1924, the nine new episodes will feature Mary Crawley caught in a love triangle, Lady Edith still having the crap kicked out of her and Mr. Bates questioned for murder. Plus, there will certainly be beautiful 1920s costumes and a lot of tea.
Following the trials and tribulations of U.S. Marshal, Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), Justified’s coming to what will probably be a gun-slinging ending when the show wraps up next year. The sixth and final season starts airing in January on FX. Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt will join the cast as guys who will most likely give Raylan and the state of Kentucky, some unwanted trouble.
After five low-rated seasons, NBC canceled the meta-comedy in May, but Yahoo! Screen came to the rescue and picked the show up for a sixth season to stream online. The cast and show-runners will return for the Yahoo series, with Donald Glover (Troy) still not part of the cast. Also a no-show is Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), who had to drop out to take care of her ailing dad. The new season starts filming this fall and new weekly episodes should be available to stream sometime in the new year, if not sooner. Greendale lives!
Fans probably won’t discover the aftermath of season two’s grizzly finale until April or May, when new episodes will air. Season three will see Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) living in Florence, Italy and Gillian Anderson now a series regular. The second half of the season supposedly will begin an adaptation of Red Dragon, so be prepared for more violence and interesting dinners.
6 Broad City
The first season of the half-hour Comedy Central sitcom aired from January to March of this year, and was successful enough to be renewed for a second season. The show follows fictional versions of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer living their low-income and pot-fueled lives in NYC. The women originally started the show as a web-series, then Amy Poehler and Comedy Central picked it up. The second season’s expected to debut in January, so get ready to laugh aloud at absurd situations.
5 Parks and Recreation
The season sixth finale saw Amy Poehler and crew, jumping three years into the future, which will supposedly continue in the seventh and final season, airing sometime this winter. Since its debut in 2009, Parks has become an Emmy-nominated staple but has always struggled in the ratings. In the final 13 episodes, fans will see Leslie Knope balance raising triplets and managing her job for the Midwest Regional office of the National Parks Service. The producers stated the show will jettison its usual mockumentary format for something different. Basically, anything and everything will happen to Leslie this season.
4 Mad Men
AMC anointed us with one of the best shows of the new century, but like all good shows, it must end. The seventh and final season was split into two installments, with the first airing last April to May. Seven more episodes remain, which probably will start airing in April of 2015. SPOILER: The first half of season seven ended on Don and Megan talking divorce, and Bert Cooper dying. Will Mad Men's conclusion finally address all of the fans’ burning questions?
3 True Detective
The first season of HBO’s True Detective almost caused the internet to melt down. So far, the new season will entail Colin Farrell playing a character named Ray Velcoro and Vince Vaughn playing Frank Semyon. The heralded cop series will consist of eight episodes set in California, with the first two episodes being directed by Fast and Furious 6 director, Justin Lin. The plot will center around three police officers (a third cop, supposedly played by a woman, has yet to be cast) and a criminal coping with “a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.” Look out for a summer release.
2 Wayward Pines
The FX series from M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) was teased during the summer of 2013, but an air-date still hasn't been confirmed (supposedly it's winter 2015). Matt Dillon, who stars in his first TV show, plays a U.S. Secret Service agent, investigating a couple of missing persons in Wayward Pines, Idaho. The cast centers around a slew of Oscar-nominated/winning thespians: Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard and Juliette Lewis. The 10-episode mystery promises to be weird like Twin Peaks and will hopefully not be too confusing.
1 Better Call Saul
Breaking Bad ended in 2013, but it’ll sort of continue in this loose spin-off. Breaking Bad show-runner, Vince Gilligan co-created Saul, which follows Bad’s comic relief Saul Goodman lawyer, several years before the plot of Bad starts. The show’s set in 2002 and features Goodman, aka Jimmy McGill, practicing unethical law. Jonathan Banks, who played Bad’s Mike Ehrmantraut, will reprise his role, but the rest of the cast will be new characters. AMC has so much faith in the show that they already renewed it for a second season.
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