Spring TV Scouting Report: 9 New Shows
Those Who Kill (premiered March 3)
Airs: Mondays at 10 p.m. on A&E
What It Is: A brooding homicide detective (Chloë Sevigny) enlists a forensic psychologist (James D'Arcy) to help her get inside the minds of serial killers. But what she really wants to do is find her missing brother.
Why We're Excited: Sevigny, mostly. The Big Love veteran is compelling enough to elevate what might sound like familiar procedural material, and as creepy TV becomes increasingly prevalent, Those Who Kill promises to up the freak-out ante.
Cosmos (March 9)
Airs: Sundays at 9 p.m. on Fox
What It Is: Astrophysicist and pop culture science guy Neil deGrasse Tyson reignites Carl Sagan's cosmic 1980 PBS docuseries, produced here by Seth MacFarlane and Sagan's widow, Ann Druyan.
Why We're Excited: Tyson (a fixture on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report) is as entertaining as he is brainy, and the jaw-dropping visuals make you forget that you're actually learning while watching TV. Cosmos should have a place in science classrooms for years to come.
Resurrection (March 9)
Airs: Sundays at 9 p.m. on ABC
What It Is: On this drama, based on Jason Mott's novel The Returned, residents of a small Missouri town are shocked when their deceased loved ones inexplicably begin reappearing — as their regular selves, not zombies.
Why We're Excited: The French drama series with a similar concept was phenomenal, so we're optimistic that this supernatural tearjerker will have new life in America.
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (March 11)
Airs: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on El Rey
What It Is: A pair of criminal brothers and their hostages must escape a strip club filled with vampires. (Yes, it's based on Robert Rodriguez's cult 1996 thriller.)
Why We're Excited: It's the first scripted original on Robert Rodriguez's new network, and it sounds just crazy enough to be brilliant.
Crisis (March 16)
Airs: Sundays at 10 p.m. on NBC
What It Is: A national emergency erupts after kidnappers ambush a high school field trip attended by the children of Washington, D.C.'s power players.
Why We're Excited: We'll take any excuse to welcome Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney back to TV, of course, but the surprising and suspenseful pilot gives us hope that this Scandal/24 adrenaline mash-up will be worthy of their talents.
Silicon Valley (April 6)
Airs: Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on HBO
What It Is: The Northern California tech start-up scene is skewered in Mike Judge's comedy about four programmers who stumble onto a billion-dollar idea.
Why We're Excited: Office Space creator Judge is the perfect candidate to send up the smarmy start-up origin story. Think The Social Network meets Workaholics.
Turn (April 6)
Airs: Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC
What It Is: This saga of a farmer (Jamie Bell) who becomes a spy for George Washington during the American Revolution is inspired by the real story of the country's first spy ring.
Why We're Excited: AMC's risky period piece is poised to be the network's newest prestige drama — intense, gritty, and packed with all-American adventure (and the occasional Benedict Arnold cameo).
Fargo (April 15)
Airs: Tuesday at 10 p.m. on FX
What It Is: The Coen brothers' homespun murder story gets a unique TV treatment, with new characters and crimes but the same dark humor and ''Minnesota nice'' as the original 1996 classic.
Why We're Excited: Bringing a movie to the small screen doesn't always work out (see: The Firm or My Big Fat Greek Wedding), but with the Coens' stamp of approval and Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman starring, there's no series we're looking forward to more.
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (April 27)
Airs: Sundays at 11 p.m. on HBO
What It Is: Former Daily Show correspondent Oliver takes the helm of his own late-night comedy show, tackling the issues and jokes of the week that was.
Why We're Excited: Oliver impressed last summer during his eight-week hosting stint filling in for The Daily Show's Jon Stewart; he should have no problem commanding a permanent seat.