Now that we’ve officially made it through the entertainment dry spell that kicks off every new year, EW is looking forward to what 2015 really has to offer. And in order to start your year off right, we’re rounding up our staff picks for what we’re most looking forward to this spring.
What am I most impatient for right now? I’d say temperatures above 30 degrees—though actually, that shouldn’t make much of a difference, since I plan to spend most of the spring in front of one glowing rectangle or another (and, occasionally, an actual stage featuring real, live people). Watching what, you say? Glad you asked:
The Last Man on Earth, March 1: Feeling down because your city also seems to be stuck in a bleak, endless, soul-crushing winter? Just know that it could always be worse: You could be Will Forte’s titular character in Fox’s newest comedy. I’ve seen the premiere of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s triumphant return to television already, and it’s only got me yearning for more. If the entire series is as inventive and flat-out funny as that first episode, this has the potential to be a cult classic on par with Miller and Lord’s last series, my beloved Clone High. (P.S. How great is it that they named their protagonist “Phil Miller,” after themselves?)
The Heidi Chronicles, opening March 19: Elisabeth Moss returning to the New York stage would be exciting under any circumstances—but I’m especially jazzed to see her do it in the first Broadway revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s seminal Pulitzer Prize winner. She’s basically playing Peggy Olson, except more self-actualized and less scarred by a surprise pregnancy.
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, April 5: Yes, I’m serious. Why? Because even though Lifetime’s 2014 Lizzie Borden movie was surprisingly snoozy, Christina Ricci was perfectly cast in the title role—and I welcome anything that gives her a starring part. (I watched Pan Am, you guys. All of it.) Plus, done right, this miniseries could be excellent trashy fun.
Game of Thrones, April 12: It’s a no-brainer to put Game of Thrones on any list of most-anticipated entertainments, but this show’s newest batch of espides is especially noteworthy because it’ll reportedly deviate more from George R. R. Martin’s novels than any season before. Which means that fan rage about the absence of Lady Stoneheart is just the beginning—and I’m champing at the bit to find out what we’ll all be mad about next.
Grace and Frankie, May 8: A new Netflix comedy from Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman? Sign me up. A new Netflix comedy from Marta Kauffman that also features Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, June Diane Raphael, and, most importantly, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as its title characters—two rivals of a certain age who find themselves thrown together when their respective husbands reveal that they’ve fallen in love with each other? Cancel my plans, lock me in my apartment, and throw away the key—I’m not coming out until I’ve devoured all 13 episodes.
Spy, May 22: Yes, Melissa McCarthy’s last big vehicle—Tammy—was largely disappointing. But I’ve got high hopes for her third team-up with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, mostly because it seems like a film that won’t try to wring laughts out of McCarthy acting grotesquely. Plus, it also stars fellow Bridesmaids breakout Rose Byrne, Allison Janney, Jude Law, Jason Statham and… 50 Cent as himself. Maybe he’ll pull a DMX in Top Five?