Pass the Remote: What New or Returning Midseason Shows Are You Looking Forward to Most?

Hello and welcome to the first edition of Pass the Remote in the year 2016. Our weekly roundtable took a few weeks off for the holidays, got a little too smashed on Aunt Julia's Super Secret Stash, and has only just now recovered. Do NOT ask us what was in that stuff and definitely don't ask us about anything that happened between December 23 and January 20. And if you saw us, you did not see us, got it? Good. 

So television is back! We've got new shows debuting and old favorites returning and that's what were here to talk about this week:

What new or returning midseason shows are you looking forward to most?

Noel Kirkpatrick: Why, hello, The 100, Marvel's Agent Carter, and American Crime. So glad you could come back to my TV. I've missed you. Be it post-apocalyptic survival or lady super-spy or serious explorations of American life, these itches have gone unscratched for too long, so I'm glad you're back! As for any new shows joining you, Angie Tribeca and the War & Peace miniseries are the only new shows I'm pretty pumped for. I mean, I could be excited about The Catch but that doesn't premiere until March and that's just so far away...

Tim Surette: Person of Interest, duh! J/K, we still don't know when that will be back. The midseason show I'm most excited for is Season 2 of Better Call Saul, because this is the season that we really figure out where this show can go and how it will get there. Count me in for Season 4 of Vikings as well, which gets no respect among critics because it's seen as a bunch of bodybuilders running around in skirts, but it's so much more... well, a little more. And there are a couple of new shows that I'll be watching closely: Hulu's The Path, from Jason Katims, and WGN America's Outsiders, which might be good backwoods battlin'. 

Kaitlin Thomas: At the top of the list is the just returned third season of The 100 followed closely by Season 2 of Better Call SaulMarvel's Daredevil, and Marvel's Agent Carter. Enver Gjokaj is a national treasure and I will fight you if you disagree. As for new series, like Tim I'm looking forward to seeing Aaron Paul and Hugh Dancy in Jason Katims' new series The Path because Aaron Paul crying is one of my favorite things. I'm also super into SundanceTV's new miniseries Hap and Leonard, which stars James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams as two dudes from Texas who get caught up in a get-rich-quick scheme.

Andy Daglas: My sitcom diet is pretty robust but there's always room to add New Girl. I'm very excited to see what Marvel's Agent Carter will do in its sophomore season, maybe with a little more breathing room to be its own corner of Marvel's TV universe (although its teased Doctor Strange tie-ins could be bonkers fun or a total mess, and there's really no third option). Speaking of "bonkers fun or total mess," hello there DC's Legends of Tomorrow. And I'm counting one of my midseason favorites, Galavant, even though its season is already more than half over.

MaryAnn Sleasman: SUPERNATURALLLLLL!!!1!! And Grimm because even though the "Juliette lives!" angle is the most predictable thing ever, I still want to see what they do with it.

Megan Vick: I have a calendar reminder set for Suits because the idea of Mike actually facing consequences for so many seasons of fraud is insane, and also I miss Donna every day that show is not on the air. I'm also stoked to see The Carmichael Show return because it's been a really long time since a sitcom has made me laugh out loud and made me think at the same time. On the new front, I am morbidly curious what Ryan Murphy's take on O.J. Simpson will look like with American Crime Story and I wouldn't mind a premiere date for Julie Plec's Containment because I am here for virus romance stories.

Cory Barker: There's a few big returnees that I can't wait to see more of, namely Better Call SaulSurvivor, and (gulp) Blindspot, but there are so many new shows coming at the early part of 2016 that I'm really just looking forward to sampling it all. Could WGN's Outsiders be terrible and reductive? Will The Night Manager fall under the weight of massive expectations? Will the combined tear-generating powers of Aaron Paul and Jason Katims offer humanity the alternative energy source we've been looking for? I HAVE NO IDEA, but it's going to be fun finding out. 

Now it's your turn! Head to the comments to share what shows you're most looking forward to. We'll choose our favorites and highlight them next week.


The Winners' Couch


Waaaay back in the day, like, in the middle of December, we asked you about your favorite thing to watch on TV in 2015. Here were some of our favorite responses!

RuthHarper: "Jessica Jones is not only the best show of the year, it is one of the best shows of all time. I've watched it through three times now. Pure perfection. The casting is perfect, the characters are all complicated and interesting. Kilgrave is a perfectly slimy villain who you spend the entire time wanting to punch in the face, which means he's doing his job. Jessica Jones is a flawed and damaged hero who just can't walk away. Luke Cage is interesting and makes you excited to see what he'll do in his own show. The noir feel of the show combined with the darkness of the overarching plot makes it the most interesting of all the superhero shows."

debbierupert33: "In a tragically under-watched show, the best thing on TV this year was Cuba Gooding playing a coked out, automatic weapon wielding version of himself on the great Comedy Central show Big Time in Hollywood, FL."

wudntulik2know: "Getting On and Transparent, two examples of television with a brain that no one watched." [Editor's Note: We totally watched!]

meandthemajor: "You're the Worst because no comedy has ever made me cry. 'You stayed?'"

ArkhamNative: "So many great TV shows this year, but of all of them, to pick one, I have to say The 100. Story, setting, characters, war atrocities, relationships, .... Yeah. Other height of excellence favorites include Mr. Robot, American Horror Story: Hotel, Manhattan, and maybe Lucy Lawless on Salem. Highly enjoyable great TV favorites include Halt and Catch FireFrom Dusk Till Dawn (the series), 12 Monkeys (the series), Be Cool, Scooby-Doo, and The Wiz: Live."

JamieMartinez2: "Jon Hamm finally winning an Emmy."


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Feb 03, 2016
After seeing season 1 of The Man In The High Castle
I cant wait foe season 2
brilliant show
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Jan 29, 2016
Daredevil, Agent Carter, The path, Stranger things, The walking dead, Love, Umbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, American crime story, The americans, Sense8, Looking, Please like me, Game of thrones...
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Jan 26, 2016
Jessica Jones wasn't such a great show for me and i think at some point it dragged and killgrave just rubbed me off wrong. i will still watch season 2 but my most anticipated is Lucifer and i'm glad it came on yesterday. Also looking forward to game of thrones and castle.
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Jan 26, 2016
Mr. Robot and Tyrant.
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Jan 25, 2016
Banshee! Although I don't want to see it end...
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Jan 25, 2016
New shows: Legends of Tomorrow, The Magicians, The Path, 11/22/63. Returning shows: The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Better Call Saul, Bates Motel. Consider me nailed to the TV screen!
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Jan 25, 2016
I second that. The Expanse is a great show. It was a bit difficult for me to get into, started a few times, but all the belters, OPA, bla bla bla ... gravitation as torture for belters, etc ... so many people that had no tie ... but then it all comes together over the next episodes.
It is the show I look forward to the most...
Then the 2 other suprise shows were ... Wayward Pines ... which I wanted to give the boot after a couple of episodes, but then surprised me... Love it! ... and of Ash vs Evil Dead... Love the humor :)

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Jan 25, 2016
Oh, kind of got carried away, by the various mentions of the staff discussions. The shows I listed where my positive surprise candidates of last year... The ones I'D recommend to people since they most likely skipped these shows ... Not midseason candidates :)
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Jan 25, 2016
I would like to nominate one that is completely away from the TV radar.
The Expanse.
I have read the 3 first books and the universe/story is evolving.
I was surprised that SYFY chan could make a good production and I am always looking forward to the next episode of what will come. One of the most pleasant surprises imo. Also an under appreciated show is the "Middle" it really cracks me up - good show especially Sue.
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Jan 25, 2016
MaryAnn Sleasman speaks my language :) Totally Supernatural and Grimm...
yes those the shows i am most excited to have back and add to them: Limitless - The flash - The Arrow - izombie and the big bang theory,
as for the new seasons i am most exited about Black sails - the 100 and soon Vikings.
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Jan 25, 2016
Returning shows it's Marvel's Agent Carter, The 100 and Teen Wolf (though it's been back a few weeks now). And I'll add Person of Interest even though it doesn't have a date yet.
New shows are DC's Legends of Tomorrow, American Crime Story, and after shielding myself in anticipation of all the "is she crazy?!" looks that no doubt will hit me I'm really liking Second Chance.
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Jan 25, 2016
Hannibal, Community and Defiance. CAN'T WAIT!
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Jan 25, 2016
*sad laugh*
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Jan 25, 2016
Oh, and for the first time in forever (let's call that season five) I am watching Supernatural again and loving it. I kept tabs on it for years, it having been my absolute favorite show, and I am so glad I can finally stand watching it again ánd enjoying it.

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Jan 25, 2016
First and foremost, the only and only show that was not even supposed to get a second season: GALAVANT. It has been gorgeously hilarious once again. I thought I'd stop breathing in that unicorn episode. King Richard and Galavant as BFF's is to die for.
Runner up: The Shannara Chronicles, I can't believe how good it is. Especially after Shadowhunters left me crying, huddled on the floor begging for the cringeworthy script to stop.
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Jan 24, 2016
Marvel's Agent Carter for sure. I surely hope its second season improves to match Hayley Atwell's crackerjack performance.
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Jan 24, 2016
I don't know if April counts as midseason, since it seems it would be more "late" season, but I'm looking forward to Outlander finally coming back on. I'm also excited for whenever Person of Interest comes back. Please don't let this be its last season!
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Jan 24, 2016
The Americans and Person of Interest, among others.
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Jan 24, 2016
Better Call Saull the way.
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Jan 24, 2016
Agent Carter, Lucifer, X-Files, Bates Motel, 12 Monkeys, and POI (whenever CBS finally gets around the showing the best thing they have).
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Jan 24, 2016
Every year, the same thing happens: I feel like I have loads of time to watch new shows because all of my old shows took off for Christmas, so I plan on watching a ton of new shows, but by the time midseason premieres my schedule is somehow flooded. So I always have to drop something. This year, I was looking forward to Agent Carter (LOVED the first season, and so far, I am loving season 2 as well), The 100 (didn't disappoint either), and Galavant (my guilty pleasure). I was also looking forward to DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and while the pilot was rough, I did enjoy it enough to keep watching. I dropped The Shannara Chronicles and Shadowhunters though. The first one looks gorgeous but I couldn't really get into the story, and the latter has a case of baaaaaaad acting I cannot get over.
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Jan 24, 2016
I'm so excited to have Galavant back, I'm still singing my dragon pal and me randomly throughout the day.
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Jan 25, 2016
Hear hear! That unicorn had me laughing so hard I was crying.
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Jan 24, 2016
I love it too, but the season is so short!
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Jan 24, 2016
The 100 & vikings
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Jan 24, 2016
Banshee
Black Sails
Lucifer (that guy is funny!)
Agent Carter
Game of Thrones
Better Call Saul

I'm sure I missed half a dozen others, but I can't list them all!
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Jan 24, 2016
POI whenever they decide to finally show it, Vinyl, Hap and Leonard, BCS, The Path.
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Jan 24, 2016
Really Kaitlin.. no should out for Banshee?
I had to go look up what midseason even mean. It still puzzles me. But seems I had to delete a few shows from the list. Here they are in alphabetical order: Banshee(eee), Better call saul, Daredevil, Game of Thrones, It's always sunny in Philadelphia, Mr. robot, Silicon valley.
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Jan 24, 2016
Banshee doesn't premiere until April, which isn't really midseason (which is hard to define, but Banshee's really got a spring debut). But you KNOW I'm excited for that show to return. Like SO excited.
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Jan 24, 2016
you and me both.
but wow that shortens my list even further
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Jan 24, 2016
The 100. TV just got good again.
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Jan 24, 2016
The 100, Agent Carter, Legends of Tomorrow... And of course Lucifer, Damien - maybe, Daredevil ... wow the devil is so sympathetic lately...
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Jan 24, 2016
The 100 and Agent Carter
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Jan 24, 2016
The 100, Better Call Saul, and 11/22/63.
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Jan 24, 2016
I'll not comment about returning shows, simply because the list would be too long and i'll forget half of them, i'll focus on new show instead,

first on the list, Lucifer, why?
Well it just looks like fun, i'd best describe it as early seasons of Castle if Castle was a fallen angel, and a prick, and even more smug. I know it's just another procedural with a supernatural twist (RIP Forever, taken from us far too early), i just happen to like those.

Second, The Magicians, why?
Think of Harry Potter but without the silly wands, hats, robes and whatnot.
Now think of it as Harry Potter without pre defined morals of good and bad, right or wrong.
Now think of it as Harry Potter with adult content (or atleast some).
Finally, don't think of it as Harry Potter, Narnia or any other well know fantasy book/series/movie, episode 1 spend a good portion getting the viewer invested in the characters but also in the lore, and as we all know, fantasy is asmuch about what was as what is and what will be.

Third, Second Chance, why?
Because it got burned to bits on TV.com and it's actually a decent, fun show to watch, it does have some growing to do, but it's not as bad as some people say it is.
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Jan 24, 2016
I have so many shows, I don't know where to start...
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Jan 24, 2016
DC Legends of Tomorrow 100 American Crime Agent Carter
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Jan 24, 2016
Banshee, The Americans, Daredevil, and The Path.

Lol at the Aaron Paul crying statement by Kaitlin being one of her favorite things.
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Jan 24, 2016
Person of Interest, Better Call Saul, 12 Monkeys, Galavant, Shameless, The X-Files, Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, Agent Carter, Survivor, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The 100, Banshee and Daredevil.
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Jan 24, 2016
Lucifer. And I swear, if Tim has a single negative thing to say about it... it would probably just be in the smug little nerd's best interest if someone else reviewed it presuming someone is going to do at least the premiere.
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Jan 24, 2016
Could be worse = Cory Barker
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Jan 24, 2016
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Jan 24, 2016
I didn't realize Constantine was in the same universe, I did see Jeremy Davies in a promo photo for one of Lucifer's upcoming episodes so I wonder if it'll be the same character he played in Constantine.
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Jan 24, 2016
He won't be Richie Simpson as he was in Constantine. Too bad.
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Jan 24, 2016
What do think a "digital pen" is?
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Jan 24, 2016
Anything Marvel. 12 Monkeys and the Americans...oh yeah and Archet.
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Jan 24, 2016
Come on, the only right answer here is The 100, and you know it.
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Jan 24, 2016
I'll only pick one thing so we're not here all day, The Venture Bros. What a great show, and what a nightmarish production schedule, that show's been on the air for over a decade (since 2003) and they're only just now entering their sixth season, so when we get new episodes it's always a little miracle.
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Jan 24, 2016
Person of Interest, Daredevil, Agents of Shield, 12 Monkeys, Major Crimes, and of course, most importantly.... Major League Baseball!! Pitchers and catchers report February 18th.... Play Ball!!!
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Jan 24, 2016
If you need me, I'll be in the corner waiting until Unreal comes back
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Jan 24, 2016
waiting for Halt and catch fire (now that Sherlock is back)
the only thing decent show left to watch
after so many good shows ended or canceled like Da vinci's demons
and Forever
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Jan 24, 2016
The X-Files (obviously)

How To Get Away With Murder (Who wouldn't be after that INCREDIBLE Mid-Season Finale)

Banshee (Stupid Cinemax delaying it)

Agents of SHIELD (Hurry up and finish Shitty Carter)

And hopefully The Path doesn't disappoint - but with a writer as good as Katims and Hugh Dancy and Aaron Paul starring - i expect it to be Must-See TV
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Jan 23, 2016
Returning: The 100, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
New: Superstore, Telenovela, You, Me, and the Apocalypse.
The 100 has already returned, and the premiere was great! Superstore and Telenovela have already started. Superstore is the best new comedy since Go On in my opinion, while Telenovela disappointed.
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Jan 23, 2016
BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
The 100
Bitten
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Jan 23, 2016
Suits! Can't wait to see what happens to Mike.
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Jan 23, 2016
Carmichael Show, The Americans, Salem.
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Jan 23, 2016
Better Call Saul, American Dad, iZombie, and Elementary.
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Jan 23, 2016
Returning shows: The 100, 12 Monkeys, Arrow, The Flash, Elementary, Grimm, Limitless, Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, The Walking Dead, iZombie, Person of Interest, Marvel Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.

New shows: Lucifer, Legends of Tomorrow, Colony, The Magicians, and Hunters.
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Jan 23, 2016
The 100, Jessica Jones, Better Call Saul, Game of Thrones, Blindspot, Person of Interest. Marvel Agents of Shield, The Americans.
And of course, the best TV show: Banshee.
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Jan 23, 2016
I'm already catching up with The Goldbergs.
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Jan 23, 2016
The 100, teen wolf, Grimm, vampire diaries and the originals and supernatural.
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