UK Air Dates for US & Cult Shows in 2016
Lots and lots of UK premiere dates (and returning shows) for the first half of the year and beyond! As always, if there’s any TV Show you’d like to see a UK tv premiere date for, just leave it in the comments, and we’ll do our best to find it for you. 🙂
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GREEN = Shows in this colour are returning for part 2 of a season.
(TBC) = To be confirmed. If a show is listed as (TBC) this means it’s either not an official date from the channel, or is subject to change.
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Max and Caroline have been back in November and January in the past
Police orientated Chicago Fire spinoff. Usually airs in the Spring in the UK.
William H Macy stars in another American remake.
Robot Wars returns to BBC2 with all new updated bots battling it out to be Robot Wars Champion! Starts filming in March, and on screen ‘soon after’ according to ginormous headed host Dara Ó Briain. We’ve put it in Spring for now, but could be Summer depending on your definition of ‘soon’!
Romantic drama starring Andie McDowell as a small town judge. Filmed in Vancouver and set just down the road.
New series from the creators of Veronica Mars. Airs on CW in the US this Autumn.
A brother and a sister raise a teenager, while helping each other out with dating
Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns as Selina Meyer in Armando Iannucci’s fantastic comedy.
Two girls in their twenties medicate their way through life in New York
Set in Victorian London, this British-American series sees classic fictional horror characters causing havoc. Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season which with air in May, just 2 days after the US (was April, but moved due to production delays). Click here to listen to our interview with Victor Frankenstein himself, Harry Treadaway.
The show has already been picked up for a total of 100 episodes, and the plan is to basically run solidly for the next 2 years – only breaking for holidays, sports events, and the other usual things that make the US schedule so erratic. They said it’ll work out about 45 episodes a year from Jan 2013 but the show ended on its 100th episode.
Final run from episodes 83-100
Gerard Depardieu stars as the mayor of Marseille in this political drama from France
Some students in New York discover that magic is real.
Jane Fonda stars in this comedy about two women whose husbands fall in love with each other. Also starring Martin Sheen
A six-part sitcom about the life of William Shakespeare from Ben Elton starring David Mitchell. It’s 1592 and Will Shakespeare is just at the beginning of his extraordinary career. The series will focus on both Will’s family and professional life and include the surprising stories of where many of his ideas came from. Also featured are his wife Anne and his extended family, his servant Bottom, his friends Kate and Marlowe, his theatrical troupe, and his rival Robert Greene.
Canadian horror anthology
Gritty Italian mafia drama comes to the satellite channel.
Machiavellian politics & finance drama starring Damian Lewis as a brilliant but cut-throat hedge fund boss, and Paul Giamatti as a U.S. Attorney. It’s also going to land on Sky Boxsets on the 12th May, so you can binge watch your way through the whole lot!
Was called The Frankenstein Code, then Lookinglass, and finally Second Chance… Stars Robert Kazinsky as a corrupt policeman is brought back from the dead, as you do, with nods towards Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein. Given it’s woeful ratings, it’s highly unlikely to get a 2nd season…
Described as ‘Entourage for Geeks’, and is the best half hour comedy on tv right now.
Sharlto Copley and Michelle Forbes star in this new show about a special police division that investigates super-power cases. 10th March in US, later in Europe. Commissioned by, and first airing on the Playstation Network, it’s now coming to regular (but not cable) TV on Spike.
The first series aired on Living, while the second and third were on alibi. The 4th and 5th and 6th are available on iTunes, with up to season 5 on Netflix. Universal will be running the series from the start.
Spanish prison thriller with hints of dark humour.
AMC tackles the American nuclear project known as the Manhattan Project in this new drama
Cold war spy espionage drama set in the 1980s. First two seasons aired on ITV, with seasons three and four on ITV Encore. Renewed for a 5th & final 6th season in the US.
New werewolf show starring Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V) as Elena Michaels, the only female werewolf in existence. Canadian show, which airs on Space in Canada and SyFy in the US, and most recently on Syfy in the UK from the beginning
Drama about a former convict who assumes the identity of the sheriff in a small Amish town. Final season is wholly available on Sky on Demand, as well as being broadcast on Sky Atlantic.
Jesse Custer is a preacher from a small Texas town who just happens to be possessed with Genesis, a half angel, half demon entity. Stars Dominic Cooper (aka Howard Stark & Ian Fleming), and produced by Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen.
The Royle Family’s Sue Johnston and Craig Cash star in this brand new British comedy set in the run-down clubhouse of fictional non-league football team Redbridge Rovers.
Historical drama from US channel History, first UK run courtesy of Amazon Instant, then airing on the History Channel UK.
Drama from the stable of Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy,How to Get Away with Murder), about a fraud investigator who is poised to be the victim of a fraud by her fiancé.
New mini-series coming to Sky Arts from the pen of award-winning novelist Neil Gaiman.
New drama from the makers of Damages, starring Kyle Chandler and Linda Cardellini
The Musketeers plus Marc Warren, return for a third and final series.
The BBC will launch a new motoring entertainment programme in 2016 with Chris Evans. It’ll be the third programme with the name Top Gear.
Tv adaptation of the Scream movie series. Airs on MTV in the US and Netflix in the UK.
Rapper 50 Cent (about 30p) exec produces (and occasionally pops up on screen) in this series about a drug lord who runs a nightclub starring Omari Hardwick. Besides iTunes/Amazon/Blinkbox and other pay-per-view streaming services, the first 2 seasons land on Netflix UK on 1st April 2016.
Liev Schreiber returns as a man who can solve all the difficult problems of Hollywood’s rich and famous.
American musical drama starring Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights, Spin City) and Hayden Panettiere (Heroes). Season 4 moves from More4 to Sky Living.
A Canadian detective series with a hint of Columbo (in that we the audience are told before the protagonists who the baddie is).
Hotelier Alex Polizzi returns to inspect and correct troubled British hotels.
Who’s that (new) girl? It’s that Zooey Deschanel (you know, the one whose sister is in Bones!)
A crime reporter gets divorced then returns to her hometown of Aarhus in Denmark
Based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and artist Paul Azaceta, follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate — and the fate of the world — forever.
Ashley Jensen (Extras) stars as PR-guru turned-amateur-sleuth Agatha Raisin as the bright and witty murder mystery returns with eight stories based on MC Beaton’s bestselling whodunnit novels.
Two FBI agents go missing in this mystery from M Night Shyamalan. Season 1 began on the same day as the US (so actually before them due to the time difference) – with season 2 coming to us a couple of weeks after them.
Join Dara, Hugh and guests for more fun at the expense of current affairs.
The firefighters and medics of Engine 51 are back in the UK courtesy of Sky Living… Previously it aired in Oct, and then June. Begins from the start on 5USA from 2nd March
Remake of the 2005 BBC Two series, this version stars Kim Cattrall as Davina as a woman going through a mid-life crisis.
Cancelled by CBS, then almost resurrected by TNT and Lifetime but ultimately renewed by CBS and subsequently cancelled again, then resurrected AGAIN for a fourth season on A&E who’ve now cancelled it again! It’s somewhat the Rasputin of tv shows… Assuming Sky do pick up season 4, it probably won’t air till the Summer.
Brilliant Netflix Original drama about a socialite who ends up incarcerated in a women’s prison.
A Dutch series about a young couple, having recently lost a baby, realising their nice neighbours may not be entirely as they seem
A global catastrophe wipes out most of the life on the planet, again. This time, the cast and crew of an American navy destroyer are amongst the only ones left, and with the help of Michael Bay, have to find things out.
Animals become smarter and start making a series of planned attacks on humans in this new series from James Patterson.
A Belgian series about five sisters who are very close, who decide to bump off the nasty husband of one of them, and who then have to deal with the consequences.
From Netflix comes this new series about a young Marco Polo in the Mongol court.
A crew wakes up aboard a spaceship and has to work out why they are there.
A young boy disappears in 1980s Indiana
Will Arnett’s voice stars in this sitcom where humans and animals live side by side
New drama remake based on the 1987 CBS show of the same name, which was inspired by the famous fantasy tale… Beauty in this version is Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk with ‘The Beast’ played by Jay Ryan (Terra Nova). Incredibly, and against all odds, again, it got a renewal for a 4th season (the last though)… clearly someone in BatB’s production team has dirt on The CW… 😉
The BBC has broadcast series 1, 2 and 3, with seasons 4-7 coming to Dave.
Desperate Housewives spinoff
In the 1980s, when British computing pioneers such as Sir Clive Sinclair and Sir Tim Berners-Lee were showing us the future, clever folks in Texas were doing similar things.
Comedy about a successful doctor with an iffy personal life. Cancelled by its US network but saved by Hulu and given a fourth season
Western set after the United States Civil War show returns.
New comedy television starring Don Cheadle & Kristen Bell based on the book ‘House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time.’
American remake of Belgium’s Cordon from Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries/The Originals), set in Atlanta because besides Coke, the CDC is based there.
J Lo stars as an NYPD Detective forced to work with the FBI’s anti-corruption task force after they catch her in a sting.
From the creator of Shameless, this comedy drama follows a police station in a rough part of Manchester.
Prisoner Cell Block H remake is back for a 4th season
The 2nd half of season 7 finally returns to ITV2.
A sort of QI meets Call My Bluff with Lee Mack returns.
Back to the Dog and Dart and apparently moving back to Sky 1.
Fame for Generation Y. A musical drama set in New York.
A genius computer type, eccentric of course, and some other young geniuses team up to save the world weekly via computers. Robert Patrick is also present
New spin off from the CSI franchise, starring Patricia Arquette and James Van Der Beek following the Cyber Crime Division at Quantico, Virginia.
originally paired with Modern Family on Sky1, the Middle has been on Comedy Central since season 5.
Medical drama set in an overcrowded and understaffed ER in LA.
Another new version of Gerry Anderson’s classic, mixing live action with animation!
An army officer returns from fighting nationalist rebels in the colonies only to find his former Cornish life in disarray. Aidan Turner (Being Human) stars.
New horror TV show from Guillermo del Toro, about a vampiric virus that breaks out in NYC. Based on the Chuck Hogan novels, it has recently been given a third season
American remake of the British series about a group of women and their various affairs.
The Rock brings his unique combination of charm and muscle to the small screen in this comedy about a retired sportsman
A return to the slightly odd Arctic town for a 2nd season. Should appear around Oct.
The spiritual continuation of the Clarkson, Hammond & May era Top Gear, which sees the 3 presenters in a big tent in a different worldwide location each episode.
Rising like a phoenix from the flames of BBC cancellation, Ripper Street will return, premiering on Amazon Prime Instant Video, then air on the BBC1 afterwards. Ending with its 5th season.
Irish mother and son go on adventurous trips again.
He’s the greatest. He’s fantastic. Wherever there is danger he’ll be there.
Spinoff from The Closer, and performing well. Usually airs a couple of months after the Us
One of five new live-action Marvel shows on Netflix. Daredevil will be first, then Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, with a 13 episode Defenders series at the end including all the characters.
Yonderland follows 33-year old Mum Debbie Maddox (Howe-Douglas) who unexpectedly finds herself in an extraordinary world inhabited by a collection of eccentric (and usually idiotic) characters, some of whom happen to be puppets, with only an Elf by her side. Click here to listen to our interview with the cast!
Sky’s popular supermarket sitcom returns for a new series
American horror-comedy from Glee and American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy.
Starring Claire Danes, the American remake of Israeli “Prisoners of War”. Usually returns to the US in early October, and shortly thereafter in the UK.
The worst of American criminals continue to be dramatically showcased. Could return in Oct, or may be Jan. We’ll have to wait and see!
The US cable ratings monster returns for a 7th season in the Autumn, usually October. NON-SKY CUSTOMERS: We’ve confirmed with Channel 5 that neither Channel 5 or Spike will air season 6, so your best bet is to Buy it from Amazon Video, or wait a little longer for it to come onto Amazon Prime, if you have a Prime account.
The very long running crime drama returns to Universal.
Each week Micky Flanagan’s Detours will see Micky delve into the past and the present with episode subjects as diverse as: The Monarchy, Men & Women, Patriotism and the Mid-Life Crisis.
Not Yet Scheduled TV Shows 2016
These are shows which we've been told have a UK channel, but there is not enough info out there to predict an air date.
Norwegian drama about a man who leaves Norway for Asia after been acquitted of the murder of his girlfriend, and returns 20 years later as a successful businessman to save the main employer in his small town from bankruptcy.
A Dutch drama about a man falsely accused of a hit and run
Charlie Brooker’s futuristic satire has moved to Netflix…
Doctor Who spin-off set at Coal Hill School. Filming in Spring, and airing later in the year.
Five friends in their 50s, having buried their friend 13 years ago, return to our screens as we revisit the groundbreaking comedy from the turn of the century.
Sitcom by Steve Delaney and Graham Linehan about a ‘show business legend’ (or possibly a self important, elderly, out of work actor…)
William Fichtner Stars as the token American in this European crime series set in a fictional police unit in The Hague. The team includes British, French, German, Italian and Dutch police as well as Donald Sutherland as a Dutch judge.
Crime thriller set in Paris
English language intrigue miniseries from France set in Africa, the Middle East and Europe
Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk till Dawn movie gets a tv overhaul for his own ‘El Rey Network’ in the US, but is airing on Netflix internationally, and (for none Netflix people) coming to Spike in Jan 2016.
Scifi drama from Kudos about a world where humans and robots are identical. It is based on the Swedish series Akta manniskor (Real Humans)
New sitcom starring the towering Greg Davies returns, without Rik Mayall sadly.
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A spy drama from Framce.
Dutch drama about a widow who has to run her late husband’s criminal empire
The boys from the Dwarf are due back in 2016 with a twelfth series in 2017.
New sci-fi show from The Wachowskis (Matrix, V for Vendetta) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) about 8 people around the globe who find themselves telepathically connected. Renewed for season 2 (which should arrive around June if it follows the release pattern of season 1).
Show about a con-man (Giovanni Ribisi) who steals the identity of his ex-cellmate as a way to avoid the wrath of a furious mob boss (Bryan Cranston).
Set in the premise that Germany won the Battle of Britain, this adaptation of the Deighton novel follows an American journalist involved in a murder
New show from Murphy’s Law/The Runaway scribe Alan Cubitt starring Gillian Anderson as a detective in the Northern Ireland Police, and Jamie Dornan (Once Upon a Time’s Sheriff/Huntsman) as the serial killer she’s trying to catch!
Colin Morgan (Merlin, Humans) and Charlotte Spencer (Line of Duty, Glue) star in a new supernatural BBC One drama from Ashley Pharoah (Life On Mars, Ashes To Ashes, Moonfleet) about a brilliant young couple inherit the farm and are determined to start a new life together. But their presence in this isolated corner of England starts to unleash strange, unsettling and dangerous supernatural phenomena that will start to threaten their marriage.
Based on the Philip K Dick novel, this series presents a bleak alternate timeline where the Nazis won the War (as opposed to the bleakness of rampant nationalism and religious extremism). Set, of course, in America, the former USA has been split (much as Germany was in reality) between the Japanese, the Nazis, with a neutral zone in between. It’s produced by Amazon with Ridley Scott and after a successful pilot, a full series has been ordered.
Polish drama about border guards on the Poland-Ukraine border
A three part series about the rise and fall of a Dutch banker
Familiar face Lars Mikkelsen leads a multinational cast in this Danish multi-language cross-border Euro police drama.
We return to the dictatorship from Aberdeen (joke clarification: you know, really the fictional place is called Abbudin, which sounds a little similar, so it’s basically a play on words) for a third series.
Anthony Hopkins stars in this Jonathan Nolan remake of the Yul Brynner film.
The Unknowns - TV shows not yet picked up in the UK or no exact air date info
This is a list of everything else! TV shows people have asked about, but have yet to be picked up by any UK network, or have been dropped by their UK network, or we simply have no air date info about them!
A spinoff of sorts from the original series starring Kiefer Sutherland. This time round, a younger actor, Corey something stars as a Ranger (that’s US Army, not Park) returning home and being faced with a terrorist plot (and a ticking clock).
Adaptation of the Richard Morgan scifi novel developed and produced by Logoeta Kalogridis, the writer of Shutter Island, Terminator Genisys. Show is about a future where your mind can be uploaded into a new body, which is what happens to ex-military criminal Takeshi Kovacs, who must solve a murder in a world where technology has made death practically impossible, in order to gain his freedom.
Not to be confused with American Crime Story, American Crime is also anthology crime drama.
Norse Gods are living in America and not an almighty Johnson in sight. Based on the Neil Gaiman novel, but probably not going to land till Jan 2017 in the US on Starz, so sometime after that over here!
4th Chicago show, this time covering the legal system of the windy city.
New show starring Hayley Atwell as the daughter of a former president who is blackmailed into becoming the head of LA’s Conviction Integrity Unit.
The theme of stalking is turned into a comedy, a musical comedy at that, with a girl setting her sights on a former school boyfriend.
Following in the footsteps of Hannibal, Bates Motel and countless others, here’s another TV version of a film series, this time about the young antichrist.
Kiefer Sutherland returns to our screens as a US cabinet member that finds himself becoming president after all the people above him in the presidential line are killed.
Allison Tolman (Fargo) stars as struggling millennial Nan, with her life told from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin.
A 10 part anthology series based on the work of Philip K. Dick.
Mark Williams stars as the crime solving priest.
A family of Taiwanese origin moves from Washington to Florida.
Fantasy/Fairy tale themed musical comedy from Dan Fogelman with songs from Alan Menken & Glenn Slater.
The picturesque but drug-ridden towns of Calderdale return for a third series, once again starring Sarah Lancashire. It won’t be soon though, most likely in 2018
Due back in 2014 for the third season which begins in October in the US
A Live-action/CGI show starring Jenna Elfman as a woman and her unhinged imaginary friend.
Tim Allen sitcom. Seems to have been dropped by Sky, and not airing anywhere else at the moment.
Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid are in their seventies and rediscovering love in this romantic comedy
Another Tv series based on a film, this time the Mel Gibson vehicle which spawned three sequels. Announced in May 2016, casting fortunately does not seem to include the Leo Getz character.
Brit Michael Sheen stars in this drama based on real research into sexual dysfunction in the latter half of the twentieth century.
Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs) and Daniel Sunjata (Graceland) star in a show inspired by the true-life stories of cable news producer Wendy Walker and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos, about the interplay of criminal law and the media.
US Drama about a struggle for power and control set in the mysterious hills of modern-day Appalachia. Focuses on the Farrells family, who behave as though they are above the law and are prepared to use any means necessary to protect their off-the-grid way of life in rural Kentucky.
Jim Caviezel and his handy billionaire return for the short (13 episodes) final season.
New limited series bringing back many of the original characters. Due in the US in 2016.
Jennifer Beals stars as a cardiothoracic surgeon who is is paid by a terminally ill billionaire (Matthew Modine) it investigate what happens after death…
Comedy drama about a pathologist in Florida.
Remake of the Australian TV show of the same name about a man who discovers the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime suspect in his death. This version stars Juliette Lewis & Ryan Phillippe.
Denis Leary creates and stars in a comedy about the lead singer of 80s/90s rock band The Heathens, who’s trying to get back on top after 25yrs in the musical wilderness.
Set 16yrs after Vader loses his legs, and 5yrs before Luke whinges about not being able to pick up power converters at Tosche Station, Star Wars Rebels is a new CGI animated series from Lucasfilm about the formation of the Rebel Alliance.
A continuation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, following the backstabbing and treachery or the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lover’s death.
Scifi drama about a Caltech student who is ‘stitched’ into the memories of recently deceased people to help solve crimes…
During WWII, British experts trained Norwegians to sabotage the Nazi nuclear programme
A TV series based on the horror film series.
Drama by US SyFy channel based on James S. A. Corey’s series of novels about a future where humanity has colonized the Solar System. Stars Thomas Jane aspolice detective Josephus Miller and his crew as they unravel a conspiracy that could threaten peace across the entire Sol system. Airs in Dec in the US.
New period drama from Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) set in 1880s New York, a period dubbed the “gilded age” as vast amounts of new money exchanged hands and fortunes were made.
Jon Bernthal as returns as Frank Castle, in his own series on Netflix.
New tv series based on the Shannara books by Terry Brooks from Into the Badlands & Smallville creators Alfred Gough & Miles Millar. Airs on MTV in the US and 5star here.
Demark’s turn again for the remake honours – this time of the serial killer drama.
H.G. Wells in modern times chasing Jack the Ripper.