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127 New Movies And TV Shows To Be Really Excited About In 2015

From Better Call Saul to Westworld, and Fifty Shades of Grey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, there are a lot of new film and television offerings to look forward to in the next year. In chronological order!

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1. Marvel’s Agent Carter, Jan. 6 (8 p.m. on ABC)


Hayley Atwell, who played Peggy Carter in the two Captain America films, along with the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, takes Peggy's game to TV this time. Agent Carter will air for seven episodes during the hiatus for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Her Peggy is shrewd and calm — and is also subject to the limitations that trapped women in 1946, when the show is set. Yet while she's largely dismissed at work, she's valued by Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper, also reprising his Captain America role), who enlists her to fight against…something. Yes, these Marvel stories pretty much always lose me with their Big Bads. But that's OK: The fun is in Peggy's undercover work, her confidence, and in this show's slick production design.

2. Empire, Jan. 7 (9 p.m. on Fox)


I can’t tell whether Empire is an answer to my soapy needs, or a big old mess — or maybe both, which…yay! In the Lee Daniels-directed pilot, Terrence Howard plays the head of a music company — an EMPIRE, in fact — who wants his three sons to compete over who will succeed him (because he is secretly ill): Yes, someone makes a King Lear joke. It’s a good premise, and Timbaland does the music. But what sends it over the top is that his ex-wife, Cookie, is played by Taraji P. Henson, and in the pilot she gets out of prison after many years. After a few years as a staid cop on Person of Interest, it’s as if Henson wanted especially to burn it down as Cookie. She is amazing. And her clothes are amazing (see above). In Cookie we trust.

3. Babylon, Jan. 8 (10 p.m. on Sundance)


I'm not going to lie: Somehow I had misheard or misread what Danny Boyle's Babylon was about, and went into it thinking it was science fiction. As the first episode went on — in which Brit Marling plays the new head of PR for Scotland Yard, and James Nesbitt is the head of the police — I was very confused. But I was also thinking I pretty much liked it! Eventually, I looked at the screener's box, and saw it described as a workplace satire. Ha! This one's for Anglophiles, Marling obsessives, and Boyle completists (I am 1½ of those things).

4. Taken 3, Jan. 9


I am getting the impression through social media that everyone feels so burned by Taken 2 that the only people excited about Taken 3 are me and my colleague Jarett Wieselman. Our enthusiasm is big, though, so don’t discount us! I will literally see any movie in which Liam Neeson plays a Terminator-like fixer. I thought we all agreed about that as a culture.

5. Togetherness, Jan. 11 (9:30 p.m. on HBO)


HBO sent out all eight episodes of Season 1 of Jay and Mark Duplass' Togetherness, and I am here to tell you that I loved it so much that I would like to sit down with each of you to convince you to watch it. Office hours will be TBA. For now, I will issue the broad statement that this comedy — which revolves around a solid and loving, but sexless, Los Angeles couple, Brett and Michelle, played by Mark Duplass and Melanie Lynskey — is something special. Duplass collaborator Steve Zissis and Amanda Peet, who, as far as I can tell, has never had this good of a part before, make up the rest of the core cast (as Brett's best friend and Michelle's sister respectively). Not much happens on this show that doesn't just seem like ordinary life (though there is an attempted sex scene in the second episode that defies logic, and had me screaming with laughter). But if you loved Transparent, another comedy/drama that feels real and looks like an indie movie, watch Togetherness. (And if you haven't watched Transparent, are you crazy? Go watch it!)

6. Grantchester, Jan. 18 (10 p.m. on PBS)


I have my weak spots. And a period British crime show set in a small English village, well — bye. You could basically dress up garbage in old-timey costumes, give it British accents, throw in a murder, and I’d watch. Grantchester is not garbage! Robson Green plays a cop, James Norton plays a minister, and they team up to solve crimes in 1953. Hi. Yes. This runs on Masterpiece Mystery! in the post-Downton Abbey timeslot through Feb. 22.

7. The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, Jan. 19 (11:30 p.m. on Comedy Central)

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The “Senior Black Correspondent” of The Daily Show — whose credits include creating The Bernie Mac Show and numerous writing/producing/acting gigs — will take Stephen Colbert’s place on Comedy Central’s lineup. Only the clinically insane are not excited to see what Wilmore does with his show.

8. Mommy, Jan. 23

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Mommy was easily one of the most discussed movies out of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and its writer/director, the 25-year-old French-Canadian Xavier Dolan, was Cannes’ “it” auteur. Soon, American audiences can finally see the movie, which BuzzFeed News’ film critic, Alison Willmore, called an “an audacious, stylish, impressive family drama.”

9. Backstrom, Jan. 22 (9 p.m. on Fox)


We’ve all seen this show before: A brilliant puzzle-solver, cranky to the point of sociopathy, can’t get along with anyone, is an addict, and can barely function, but he is excellent at his job. I really liked it when it was called House! And I’ve mostly enjoyed the episodes of Backstrom I’ve watched (with one big qualifier later in this paragraph), in which Rainn Wilson plays Backstrom, a Portland, Oregon, police detective who is a brilliant puzzle-solver, and is cranky to the point of sociopathy, etc. His signature technique is saying “I’m you…” and then imagining what the other person’s thoughts are — and that could get old. But Hart Hanson, the creator of Bones, is in charge here, and he knows what he’s doing with this sort of show. (It’s based on a series of Swedish crime novels by Leif G.W. Persson.) The supporting cast — particularly Dennis Haysbert, Thomas Dekker, and Genevieve Angelson (who replaced Mamie Gummer) — is good too. However: I do want this show to jettison Backstrom’s racist jokes, so prevalent in the pilot. I don’t care if they’re native to the book series (and I refuse to check whether they are). It’s not transgressive, it’s not brave. Enough with this bullshit.

10. Fortitude, Jan. 29 (Pivot)


The still-new cable channel for millennials — a description that eats itself with its own lack of logic — gets into scripted drama with Fortitude, starring millennial-bait Stanley Tucci. It’s a murder mystery that takes place in an Arctic town. Michael Gambon, Richard Dormer, Christopher Eccleston, and Jessica Raine also star.

11. Fresh Off the Boat, Feb. 4 (8:30 p.m. and 9:31 p.m., and then on Feb. 10 goes to its regular Tuesday timeslot at 8 p.m. on ABC)


I’m really rooting for this super charming, sharp sitcom, the first to revolve around an Asian-American family since Margaret Cho’s All-American Girl (also on ABC) in 1994. It’s adapted from writer Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name. The show is set in the mid-’90s, and young Eddie (Hudson Yang) loves hip-hop and Shaq and just wants to fit in at his new school in Orlando. Eddie’s parents, played by Randall Park (Kim Jong Un in The Interview!) and Constance Wu, are excellent characters so far. (I feel like I need to get to know Eddie’s siblings and grandmother more, but it’s early days.) Nahnatchka Khan of the cut-short-before-its-time Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 is the showrunner, and Huang is a producer.

12. Allegiance, Feb. 5, (10 p.m. on NBC)


When the broadcast networks sent out their pilots in the spring, Allegiance was one of my favorites. Hope Davis and Scott Cohen play ex-KGB spies who have turned into upper-middle-class New Yorkers — until they’re once again conscripted by Russia, under duress, to do spy shit. If you’re a fan of FX’s The Americans, you’ll want to check this out. Will this show fly on NBC? I feel like it could get canceled halfway through the airing of the pilot. But life is full of surprises, and maybe with its fancy lead-in, the transplanted Blacklist, it will survive. Oh, and speaking of NBC offerings for 2015: Heroes Reborn is still meant to happen sometime this year, but since it hasn't started production, there's not even a vague date for it, according to a network spokeswoman.

13. Jupiter Ascending, Feb. 6

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The Wachowskis’ sci-fi movie is the only entry on this list that was also on last year’s list. Yes, it got bumped from a big July opening to February. Which is, you know, not a great sign. But with the Wachowskis, they do take their time, and, to me, it’s always worth seeing what they come up with — and, yes, that counts for Cloud Atlas too! Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, and Eddie Redmayne co-star.

14. The Jinx, Feb. 8 (8 p.m. on HBO)


I’m sure I will love many things in the year to come. But one I know I am excited about now is The Jinx, HBO’s six-part documentary about alleged murderer Robert Durst. Andrew Jarecki, the Capturing the Friedmans director, already made a movie about this topic: 2010’s All Good Things, in which Ryan Gosling played the wealthy, mysterious Durst. Now HBO will show Jarecki’s seven-year exploration of Durst’s life and possible crimes — and Durst participated in the documentary! I screamed when I received this press release from HBO. If you want to read more about this insanity, here’s a great New York Times story from 2010 about All Good Things. Get excited with me!

15. Better Call Saul, Feb. 8 (10 p.m., and then moves into its Mondays at 10 p.m. timeslot on Feb. 9 on AMC)


Breaking Bad was one of my favorite shows of all-time, but I don’t know what to think about Better Call Saul. I especially don’t know what to think because I still haven’t seen even the pilot — which is weird, considering how long this show has been brewing (it was delayed once). I love Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks, and I love Saul and Mike. I want to love Better Call Saul! Maybe I’m trying to lower my expectations because I fear being let down. AMC has already renewed it for a second season, so that’s a good sign. Fingers crossed.

16. The Slap, Feb. 12 (8 p.m. on NBC)

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The playwright Jon Robin Baitz has written this eight-episode “event series” (as the kids call them these days, and by “kids” I mean network executives). Lisa Cholodenko (of The Kids Are All Right and, more recently, Olive Kitteridge) is directing it. The story revolves around a family party in which a child is slapped by an adult who is not his parent (Zachary Quinto is the slapper). I can’t quite tell what happens from there, but the logline says the incident brings forward “a chain of events that will uncover long-buried secrets within this group of friends and family.” Nothing wrong with that! The Slap has a great cast: In addition to Quinto, it stars Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman, Thandie Newton, Melissa George, and Thomas Sadoski. It's based on an Australian series that itself was based on a novel, both also called The Slap, because that is a good title.

17. Bosch, Feb. 13 (Amazon Instant Video)


This new Amazon offering was in the same batch of pilots as the wondrous Transparent, and the difference between the two — Transparent is a seriocomic family show with a queer essence, and Bosch is a pretty standard mystery drama — demonstrates that Amazon is using its versatile model for both broad and niche shows. Titus Welliver — so often a side character, but here the lead — plays Harry Bosch, the hero of Michael Connelly’s Los Angeles-set crime novels. The show is written by Connelly and Eric Overmyer (of The Wire, the Law & Order franchise, and many more shows). The pilot was a nice adaptation: Will the series just seem like a CBS drama? Maybe. Is that OK, or is it strange on a streaming service? I don’t know!

18. Fifty Shades of Grey, Feb. 13

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This movie took forever and a day to get going, and for a while it even seemed doomed. But now that it’s about to come out, doesn’t it just seem like it will be huge? The trailers look really entertaining and tawdry. No one knows who Dakota Johnson is (yet), and even fewer people (who aren’t fans of The Fall) know who Jamie Dornan is. But that will all change soon. This one will be fun to see opening night in a theater, I imagine.

19. The Last Five Years, Feb. 13

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Critics were only meh on this musical adaptation at the Toronto International Film Festival. But it has Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in it, so there is that.

20. The Book of Negroes Feb. 16–18 (8 p.m. on BET)

This BET miniseries is based on Lawrence Hill’s well-received novel Someone Knows My Name, and tells the harrowing historic story of Aminata Diallo (played by Aunjanue Ellis). The rest of the cast is good too — Cuba Gooding Jr., Louis Gossett Jr., Jane Alexander — and this is BET’s first miniseries.

21. The Odd Couple, Feb. 19 (8:30 p.m. on CBS)


I have a love for the original Odd Couple television show that is embedded in my bone marrow. (Gross, I know!) So that makes me worried about this updated version — with Matthew Perry as Oscar Madison, and Thomas Lennon as Felix Unger — but also, what if I like it? I would like to like it. And who doesn’t root for Perry? Only monsters, that’s who.

22. The Jack and Triumph Show, Feb. 20 (11:30 p.m. on Adult Swim)

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In thinking about the writing of this list, I have realized that two of my weak spots are at opposite ends of pop culture: cozy British mysteries and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. I have no idea what this crazy show, in which Jack McBrayer and Triumph play former co-stars in a kids' TV series who come together 15 years later (presumably so Triumph can ruin Jack's life), will be, but I am so excited. In the meantime, here's Triumph's YouTube channel. (Robert Smigel, the man behind Triumph, is the creator here.)

23. Focus, Feb. 27

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Could Focus be a return to form for Will Smith, who has had the Tom Cruise problem in recent years of just seeming like he’s too damn weird? He looks like he’s playing a real character for the first time in a while. I can’t tell from the trailer of Focus what its tone is: Smith plays a con artist who becomes involved with another con artist (Margot Robbie of The Wolf of Wall Street), and…cons ensue, I suppose! Question: Are there so many con artists that they run into each other all the time? I don’t think I’ve met one ever. But maybe that’s part of the con! Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who directed Crazy, Stupid, Love., wrote and directed Focus.

24. The Last Man on Earth, March 1 (9 p.m and 9:30 p.m., and then its regular timeslot at 9:30 p.m. on March 8 on Fox)

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Will Forte created and stars in The Last Man on Earth, which I have heard is promising but have not seen. The name of the show is what the show is about. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, whom my colleague (and friend!) Adam B. Vary called "The Blockbuster Bromance That Is Taking Over Hollywood," directed the pilot.

25. Secrets and Lies, March 1 (9 p.m. on ABC)


This murder mystery — Ryan Phillippe's character finds the dead body of a 5-year-old during a rainy morning run — is so trashy and bad that it's almost fun. But not quite. Come for the over-the-top plotting, stay for the piercing glares from Juliette Lewis (she plays a detective), and leave…really soon, I imagine.

26. Battle Creek, March 1 (10 p.m. on CBS)


This show, written by the pre-Breaking Bad Vince Gilligan, was bought with much fanfare as the AMC drama entered its lauded and final days. At the time, the New York Times gushed that Gilligan was the “hottest name in television.” Which he was, I’m sure, but it turns out that Gilligan has little to do with this show, which is being run by House’s David Shore. (Gilligan is focused on Better Call Saul.) I did not love the Battle Creek pilot, which stars Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as mismatched law-enforcement guys; its tone was all over the place. Are we meant to take the crimes seriously, or is this a comedy? I’ll watch a few more, though, to give it a chance. Duhamel and Winters were good.

27. CSI: Cyber, March 4 (10 p.m. on CBS)

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Of all the trajectories Patricia Arquette's career could have taken, with her early start in edgy films such as True Romance, Ed Wood, and Flirting With Disaster, I find it so interesting that she's become a procedural person. First with Medium, and now with CSI: Cyber. (Also: The word "cyber" makes me laugh. So 90s!) In another twist for Arquette, when CSI: Cyber has its premiere, she most likely will have just won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her beautiful, complicated Boyhood performance. Enough ruminations on Arquette's career: This show is pretty much exactly what you think a procedural about an FBI unit in D.C. that investigates cyber (ha!) crime would be. I found her to be slightly miscast here, but who cares? This show is fine.

28. Dig, March 5 (USA)


Dig stars Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche in a murder mystery/Da Vinci Code-ish combo. Tim Kring of Heroes and Gideon Raff of Homeland are its executive producers. The show has been a long time coming at this point, partly because it had to move from Israel during the summer when violence in Gaza made things too unstable for the production to stay there. So what was originally meant to air in the fall as a six-episode "event series" was pushed to March — but in announcing that, USA simultaneously ordered four more episodes as a vote of confidence. (In 2015, USA will also have the drama Complications, coming in the summer, and the recently picked up Mr. Robot, a hacker drama starring Christian Slater.)

29. American Crime, March 5 (10 p.m. on ABC)

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John Ridley, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave, created this crime drama, which will slide into the How to Get Away With Murder spot after that show's season ends. American Crime is quite different from the ShondaLand Thursday offerings — it's really harsh. The pilot sets up a layered murder investigation: Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman play the divorced parents of the murder victim, and Benito Martinez (so compelling on The Shield) is the father of an early suspect in the crime. The pilot is pretty harrowing to watch (especially for network television), and I'm curious about how audiences will react to it. I'm in, though.

30. Chappie, March 6

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Neill Blomkamp’s third feature — he co-wrote and directed District 9 and wrote and directed Elysium — looks wonderfully moving. It’s based on a previous short film he made called Tetra Vaal. (A very short film. It’s only a minute and 20 seconds long, and you can watch it here.) Sharlto Copley, Blomkamp’s muse, plays Chappie, Dev Patel plays its inventor, and most exciting of all, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er of the cult band Die Antwoord also star!

31. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, March 6 (Netflix)


NBC ordered this Tina Fey/Robert Carlock comedy, and then sold it to Netflix — a relief, given the fact that it would have died quickly on NBC and will get to air for at least two seasons on the streaming service. Ellie Kemper plays Kimmy, who has lived in a doomsday cult for 15 years but decides to start life anew in Manhattan. Jane Krakowski plays a self-involved socialite who becomes Kimmy's very reluctant employer.

32. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, March 6

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The least likely blockbuster in recent years, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, gets a sequel. Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel (who opens two movies on one day), and the rest of the gang are back, and John Madden directed this one too.

33. The Returned, March 9 (10 p.m. on A&E)


I have given up wondering why American television so quickly remakes popular international television shows. But I have noticed that they don’t seem to work. (Fox’s Gracepoint and FX’s The Bridge are two recent examples.) The original French version of The Returned aired on Sundance TV last year to what I’m sure was a small audience, so perhaps there is an appetite for this adaptation, starring Mark Pellegrino, Jeremy Sisto, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Its executive producers — Raelle Tucker of True Blood, and Carlton Cuse of Lost (and many others) — certainly have terrific source material here: In The Returned, presumed dead people in a small town show up again, and eerie shit happens. Oh, and don't confuse this show with ABC's Resurrection, which also has the same initial premise.

34. Cinderella, March 13


Disney’s Cinderella, the second of the live-action remakes of its classic stories (the first was Maleficent) stars Lily James (Rose from Downton Abbey) as Ella, Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother, Richard Madden (Robb Stark from Game of Thrones, RIP!) as Prince Charming, and Helena Bonham-Carter as Ella’s fairy godmother. Kenneth Branagh directed it. Delightful!

35. The Royals, March 15 (E!)


E! has made the first three episodes of its first scripted drama, The Royals, available to press. I have had time only to watch the pilot, but I found it to be a trashy good time. Mark Schwahn, who created the long-running teen soap One Tree Hill, created The Royals, and that man knows what he is doing when it comes to this sort of show. Especially with its ridiculously intrusive musical soundtrack sequences for characters who are mourning a loved one! Also, Elizabeth Hurley plays the Queen of England. Come on, that is fucking hilarious.

36. iZombie, March 17 (9 p.m. on The CW)

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iZombie, loosely based on the DC Comics property, has been adapted by Veronica Mars' Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero. And though its supernatural plot diverges wildly from Veronica Mars, that show's devoted fans should like iZombie's snappy dialogue and well-written voiceover. Rose McIver stars as Liv, a talented, hard-working medical student who, against her better instincts, goes to one party — and it happens to be a party overrun by zombies. She wakes up as herself, but zombified, meaning she needs to buy a lot of bronzer, lie to her friends and family, and transfer to the morgue in order to have access to brains to eat. On the bright side, the brains turn her into a good detective, since she can see into the dead's memories once she eats them. I am finding this show to be charming in what I've seen so far.

37. One Big Happy, March 17 (9:30 p.m. on NBC)


Is anyone else ever impressed that Elisha Cuthbert has managed to shed the taint of playing one of the worst characters ever on television? That being Kim Bauer of 24? It was never her fault, god knows: She didn’t write a plot in which she is ensnared by a cougar trap. Anyway, it’s a real accomplishment. One Big Happy was created by Liz Feldman, and executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres. Cuthbert plays Lizzy, a lesbian whose best friend, Luke (Nick Zano), impulsively marries his new girlfriend (Kelly Brook) even though Lizzy and Luke have decided to have a gayby together.

38. Bloodline, March 20 (Netflix)


If you were a Damages person (and I was), you should be excited that the creators of the twisty legal drama — Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman — have a new show. Bloodline stars Kyle Chandler in a family mystery set in humid Florida, and, as Damages did, it flashes forward and back. This show faced some delays, and its creators are perfectionists. I have faith, though.

39. Insurgent, March 20

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The first movie in the Divergent series did well, and it was better than I had hoped — mostly because of its well-chosen cast, led by Shailene Woodley. But this series is marching in one incomprehensibly frustrating direction toward the events of the third book in the series, Allegiant. Which the studio is splitting into two movies, even though the better idea would be to scrap it altogether: It is terrible, and while I would like to think that the filmmakers can salvage the story, I find that unlikely. This is all to say that Insurgent, the middle book, should be an OK stop along the path to hell. (Though its first trailer looks WTF.)

40. The Late Late Show With James Corden , March 23 (12:30 a.m. on CBS)

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The British actor and musical theater star, most recently seen in Into the Woods, takes over from Craig Ferguson in the traditional late-night format most BuzzFeed readers will watch only through YouTube clips. By the way, David Letterman's last Late Show will be on May 20, after 6028 episodes. (CBS has not yet announced when Stephen Colbert will start his Late Show run.)

41. Big Time in Hollywood, FL, March 25 (Comedy Central)

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Alex Anfanger and Lenny Jacobson play brothers who think they are filmmakers, who get thrown out of their parents' house and have to fend for themselves. Kathy Baker and Stephen Tobolowsky play their parents, and more familiar faces (Cuba Gooding, Jr., Michael Madsen, Keith David) will pop up as well. Ben Stiller is an executive producer.

42. While We're Young, March 27

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Speaking of Ben Stiller: When one is a certain sort of middle-aged white person — and I may or may not be that, who is to say — these vicious Noah Baumbach movies really cut to the core. To the core, people. Stiller and Naomi Watts play a middle-aged couple who befriend a younger couple (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). I await this film with an equal mix of eager anticipation and dread.

43. Younger, March 31 (TV Land)

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I have not yet seen Darren Star's new show, Younger, but a few of my co-workers have watched — and liked — the pilot. Sutton Foster, who is always delightful (RIP, Bunheads, I am still not over you), re-enters the job world post-divorce by pretending she is 26. Debi Mazar plays her best friend, Miriam Shor is her boss, and Hilary Duff is her (actually younger) co-worker.

44. The Dovekeepers, March 31 and April 1 (9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on CBS)

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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the husband-and-wife producing team who have gained increasing success in religious television programming (see A.D below as well), are behind this adaptation of Alice Hoffman's 2011 novel. Cote de Pablo, late of NCIS, stars.

45. Weird Loners, March 31 (9:30 p.m. on Fox)


Becki Newton, Zachary Knighton, Nate Torrence, and Meera Rohit Kumbhani play four characters in their mid-30s who live together (I think?) in Queens. I got depressed writing that sentence, but who knows! I root for Newton.

46. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Spring TBA (BBC America)

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The Susanna Clarke novel on which this seven-part series is based is so good — have you read it? Do, if not. Especially because it's hard to describe the plot! It's set in the early 19th-century and there is magic involved.

47. Lizzie Borden Chronicles, Spring TBA (Lifetime)


Having done well as a TV movie earlier in the year (it was called, literally, Lizzie Borden Took an Ax , and it drew 4.4 million viewers), Lizzie Borden's story will continue on Lifetime. Christina Ricci will again play Lizzie, and Clea DuVall will also return as her sister, Emma, for this limited eight-episode series.

48. The Whispers, Spring TBA (maybe?) (ABC)


ABC sent out the original pilot of The Whispers with its new shows, but then it became clear that the show (produced by Steven Spielberg) was going to be significantly overhauled. And perhaps move away from, or reveal much later, that the mysterious force that is making children Do Bad Things is alien? Meaning no one has seen the new version yet, and it's the only one of ABC's midseason shows that doesn't have an airdate. That's the behind-the-scenes stuff: What I imagine is still true is Lily Rabe plays an investigator called in to figure out why the children are Doing Bad Things. And that stuff was certainly creepy in the pilot. We will see!

49. Grace and Frankie, Spring TBA (Netflix)

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When Netflix announced in the spring that it had ordered a show in which Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin will play two enemies whose husbands leave them for each other, it was another press release that caused me to scream out loud. Really, there should be a pre-warning sign — some sort of Bat Signal, perhaps? — for gay people so these sorts of announcements aren't as startling. I need to ease into a Grace and Frankie. The cast has only gotten better: Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen play the husbands! I don't even know what to say about that. Marta Kauffman (of Friends) and Howard J. Morris co-created this show.

50. Marvel's Daredevil, Spring TBA (Netflix)


Another Netflix offering! Daredevil is the first of Netflix's massive deal with Marvel, which will eventually bring Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Iron Fist, and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) to the streaming service. Here, Charlie Cox plays Matt Murdock, and Vincent D'Onofrio and Rosario Dawson also star.

51. Furious 7, April 3

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The enduring, hugely popular, and formerly light Fast & Furious franchise has taken on a tragic dimension after the death of one of its stars, Paul Walker. (He died in an unrelated car crash a little more than a year ago, and the movie's production had to shut down to figure out how to handle his absence.) Will Walker's death — and the way he died — cast a shadow over this film? We will see. The usual suspects, led by Vin Diesel, are back. James Wan directs.

52. A.D., April 5 (9 p.m. on NBC)


The second of the Roma Downey/Mark Burnett miniseries on this list, A.D. is the sequel to the couple's high-rated The Bible on History in 2013. A.D., which premieres on Easter, fittingly picks up after the death of Christ. Greta Scaachi plays Mother Mary.

53. Wolf Hall, April 5 (10 p.m. on PBS)

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Hilary Mantel won the Booker Prize for her 2009 novel Wolf Hall, the story of Thomas Cromwell during the court of King Henry VIII, and the expectations for this adaptation are high. Mark Rylance plays Cromwell, Damian Lewis (Brody!) will be Henry VIII, Claire Foy is Anne Boleyn, and Jonathan Pryce is Cardinal Wolsey. In other words, the casting is perfect. (And if this is as good as people hope, Mantel's sequel Bring Up the Bodies is right there to bring to screen too.)

54. Odyssey, April 5 (10 p.m. on NBC)


This NBC midseason drama is, as its logline says, "Traffic-like," entwining personal, international stories — but instead of the drugs of Traffic bringing the plot together, it is terrorism. Anna Friel, Peter Facinelli, and Jake Robinson (of The Carrie Diaries) co-star.

55. The Comedians, April 9 (FX)


Billy Crystal has not been on primetime series television since his groundbreaking role on Soap from 1977 to 1981 as Jodie Dallas, one of TV's first gay characters. In The Comedians, based on a Swedish show, Crystal plays an established comic who is paired with a younger comedian (Josh Gad) for a late-night show.

56. The Messengers, April 10 (9 p.m. on The CW)

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There is a whole lot going on in The Messengers, and frankly, I don't understand all of it — but it's devil-y and creepy, and those are good things! The actual plot: Something crashes into the New Mexico desert, setting off a chain of mysterious events, and connecting a group of strangers. Plus, there is a devil-y guy. Or maybe he is the actual devil? We're now discussing it at work, and there are differing opinions.

57. Ex Machina, April 10


Ex Machina marks novelist-turned-screenwriter Alex Garland's directorial debut. Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley from Harry Potter) plays a character who "wins" a trip to the house of the mysterious CEO (Oscar Isaac) of the company where he works. There, he discovers that the CEO has developed a very human AI (played by Alicia Vikander). From the trailer, it seems like shit goes down from there.

58. Avengers: Age of Ultron, May 1


It won't be a repulsively sequel-y summer (there are more remakes than usual, though), and it's nice that a good franchise Avengers is what kicks things off in earnest. Lots of Marvel obsessives already know more than I ever will about who Ultron is, but I take it he is very bad — especially because James Spader is playing him. Joss Whedon wrote and directed Age of Ultron, as he did the first Avengers, and the whole gang is back avenging, like they do. Read about Adam B. Vary's set visit on BuzzFeed News!

59. Far From the Madding Crowd, May 1

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Far From the Madding Crowd, an adaptation of the 19th-century Thomas Hardy novel, doesn't necessarily scream BuzzFeed list, right? Oh well! Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation stars Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts (from Bullhead and Rust and Bone), and Michael Sheen. Vinterberg was a co-founder of the Dogme 95 movement (its most famous member is Lars von Trier), and he made its first (and to me, best) movie, The Celebration.

60. Wayward Pines, May 14 (Fox)


Matt Dillon stars as a secret service agent who gets trapped in a creepy town in rainy Idaho. I'm so crazy about Twin Peaks as a cultural artifact that I've found myself watching some very poor imitations. How long I will stick with Wayward Pines, a 10-episode limited series that's based on a trilogy of books by Blake Crouch and brought to television by M. Night Shyamalan, is unclear. What if it gets good, I will say to myself: But it does seem like a low-stakes mess from the two episodes I watched. The good news is that in 2016 (or so) we'll have the actual Twin Peaks back on Showtime!

61. Mad Max: Fury Road, May 15

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Do the Youngs know about Mad Max? I have my doubts. Nevertheless, this reboot by George Miller of his own franchise — starring Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, and Nicholas Hoult — looks badass.

62. Pitch Perfect 2, May 15

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Like so many people, I really appreciate Pitch Perfect — that rare combination of talent (in front of the camera and behind it) — and I love that a word-of-mouth wave propelled it to success. And because it was so unlikely that a movie about a cappella college singing became such a big hit, I've been a little worried about the sequel. Would it seem forced? And who knows, maybe it will. But the trailer looks great, and I love that Elizabeth Banks is directing it this time (she was a producer of the original). Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Austin, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, and the rest of the crew all return.

63. Bessie, May 16 (HBO)


Queen Latifah stars as blues singer Bessie Smith in this made-for-HBO movie directed by Dee Rees (who wrote and directed the 2011 indie movie Pariah). Mo'Nique plays Ma Rainey, Charles S. Dutton plays Pa Rainey, Khandi Alexander is Bessie's sister, and Michael Kenneth Williams plays her husband (though Smith's bisexuality also factors into the story, it seems).

64. Tomorrowland, May 22


The teaser trailer for Tomorrowland revealed very little about what the movie, directed by Brad Bird, will be about. And all along the way, the project has been shrouded in mystery. There's a lot of speculation out there, and maybe some spoilers — or are they foilers? Anyway, you know how to use Google. What we know for sure is that Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Kathryn Hahn co-star. And Bird and Damon Lindelof co-wrote the screenplay (and Entertainment Weekly writer Jeff Jensen shares a "story by" credit with them).

65. Spy, May 22

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In Spy, Melissa McCarthy reunites with Paul Feig, who directed her in her movie-star-making Bridesmaids performance. McCarthy plays a CIA agent who goes out in the field for the first time in order to save the world. Rose Byrne (it's a Bridesmaids reunion!), Jason Statham, and Jude Law also star — I have heard Statham is particularly hilarious here.

66. San Andreas, May 29

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As someone who lives in California, I choose to ignore that the San Andreas Fault exists, so thanks a lot, San Andreas. This movie looks like big dumb fun. I would like for the earthquake (quakes?) itself to take up half the movie, please.

67. Poldark, June TBA


The original incarnation of the soapy Poldark, set in the 18th century, aired on the BBC in the mid-70s, and was shown here on Masterpiece, of course. Now, it's being rebooted. Aidan Turner, who played John the vampire in the U.K. version of Being Human, will be Ross Poldark. I had barely heard of Poldark, but when you come across one of its fans, those people do not fuck around!

68. Jurassic World, June 12

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OH MY GOD THIS TRAILER ARE YOU KIDDING ME IT LOOKS INCREDIBLE. The Jurassic movies were never actually good, I'd venture to say, but Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park represented such a technological leap forward that no one cared, right? Jurassic World stars Bryce Dallas Howard (she seems to be playing the Hubristic Scientist Who Fucks With Mother Nature) and Chris Pratt (as the Guy Wearing a Leather Vest Who Says That Was a Bad Idea). But back to what's important: WHEN THE DINOSAUR LEAPS OUT OF THE WATER AND EATS THE SHARK, YAAASS.

69. Infinitely Polar Bear, June 19

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I saw this lovely movie at Sundance nearly a year ago, and I'm so excited that other people will be able to see it too. Written and directed by Maya Forbes, Infinitely Polar Bear is set in 1978, and Mark Ruffalo plays Cameron, a bipolar dad from a monied Boston family who finds himself having to care for his two daughters himself as his wife (Zoe Saldana) gets an MBA in New York City. Predictably, he has his ups and downs, but it's not too dark, and the kid actors (Imogene Wolodarsky, Forbes' real-life daughter, and Ashley Aufderheide) are just terrific. One of the things I liked about it the most was that Ruffalo gets to do something different here, starting with his Boston Brahmin accent. Go see this movie! (Oh, and here's an important note: There will be lots of awesome narrative and documentary films coming out of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and a lot of them will be released later in the year. But we don't know what those are yet!)

70. Inside Out, June 19


Pixar first announced Inside Out, one of its high-concept films, in Aug. 2011 at that year's D23 fan convention. Pete Docter, who was behind the studio's Up and Monsters, Inc., is its director. Inside Out takes place in the mind of a girl who has recently moved with her parents to San Francisco, and her emotions are voiced by actors such as Amy Poehler (Joy), Lewis Black (Anger), Bill Hader (Fear), Mindy Kaling (Disgust), and Phyllis Smith (Sadness). I'm preparing myself to be moved, and probably to cry, starting now.

71. The Brink, Summer TBA (HBO)


Jack Black plays a low-level diplomat in the American embassy in Pakistan who becomes central to an uprising there. In The Brink's two other threads, Tim Robbins plays the Secretary of State, and Pablo Schreiber is a fighter pilot. I don't know. Not to sound like a scold, but from the first two episodes HBO sent out, I feel like The Brink needs to be a lot funnier to overcome the difficulty of being a comedy about the Middle East these days. There's something off in the tone of the humor here, at least in its first two episodes.

72. Humans, Summer TBA (AMC)


AMC (in a co-production with the U.K.'s Channel 4) will air this eight-episode sci-fi drama starring William Hurt, which is based on a Swedish series. People live with robotic servants called "synths," and I imagine that complicated emotional consequences (and other kinds of consequences?) ensue. Also, a representative from AMC tells me that the title for this show might change, so keep an eye out (same with the network's Badlands further down).

73. Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Summer TBA (FX)


Denis Leary returns to FX as a writer/star, this time playing Johnny Rock, an almost-was rock star who screwed up his band's career with his addictions and by having sex with the wife of his best friend/guitar player (John Corbett). In Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Johnny tries to get the band back together.

74. Descendants, Summer TBA (Disney Channel)

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ABC's Once Upon a Time regularly mashes up Disney characters, both classic ones and new entries, but Descendants will be doing that with a twist: In this Disney Channel movie, the kids of Disney heroes and villains all end up going to prep school together. So Kristin Chenoweth plays Maleficent, and her daughter, Mal (Dove Cameron), goes to the school, along with Cruella de Vil's son, Cinderella's son, etc. It sounds like fan fiction, is directed by High School Musical's Kenny Ortega, and looks to have a racially diverse cast. In other words, I think Descendants will be absolutely huge.

75. Zoo, Summer TBA (CBS)

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For the past two summers, CBS has had scripted success with Under the Dome (and it also renewed summer 2014's Extant, despite weak ratings). So the network's ambitions with serialized, adventure-based series continue, and its next big bet will be Zoo. Based on a James Patterson novel from 2012, Zoo sees animals start attacking humans (it's about time, I say!), and people need to figure out why. James Wolk, who is charming but is rarely in anything that stays on (except Mad Men), plays a zoologist (hilariously named Jackson Oz).

76. Un-Real, Summer TBA (Lifetime)

I love the idea of Un-Real so much, so please let it be good: Rachel (Shiri Appleby) works on a Bachelor-like reality show where her job is to get close to the contestants in order to manipulate them. This is, by the way, an actual job on reality shows (the role usually gets some sort of producer title), and I'm obsessed with it, and need to know everything. Constance Zimmer, Craig Bierko, and Josh Kelly also star. Un-Real was co-created by Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, and is based on Shapiro's short film Sequin Raze, which you can watch here.

77. Another Period, Summer TBA (Comedy Central)

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Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindholm write, executive produce, and star in this Comedy Central show set in 1902 in which they play shallow, socialite sisters in Newport, Rhode Island. Christina Hendricks, Paget Brewster, and Jason Ritter are also in the cast.

78. Ted 2, June 26


Ted was a big hit for Seth MacFarlane, then he fizzled as a leading man last summer in A Million Ways to Die in the West. In Ted 2, Mark Wahlberg returns, and MacFarlane will again be the voice of Ted (as well as the movie's director and co-writer).

79. Magic Mike XXL, June 29

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The most hilarious manifestation of the mainstreaming of gay male culture is back for a second go-round. Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, and Joe Manganiello return (Matthew McConaughey does not). Now that he's retired from film, Steven Soderbergh didn't direct the sequel — Gregory Jacobs, Magic Mike's first assistant director, took over. But according to IMDbPro, Soderbergh was its cinematographer and editor? His retirement is strange!

80. Sense8, July (Netflix)

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This Wachowskis series sounds trippy and possibly wonderful. I have no idea what it will be about, of course. But as with all of their projects, I like the spot-the-Wachowskis game that's gone on during its filming, which has taken place all over the world. Here's Lana Wachowski filming at a live-music venue in London; there they are at the San Francisco Dyke March. And so on: The show also filmed in Mexico, Iceland, India, and more. It sounds thrilling and ambitious and I can't wait.

81. Terminator Genisys, July 1

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I don't know. I just don't know. I have always been a fan of this franchise — the first Terminator was a feminist mind-bender — and I want this movie not to be lackluster. What do you think, do you feel like the trailer maybe looks lackluster? I also want to be excited, and not freaked out, by Arnold Schwarzenegger's return here. And I want Emilia Clarke to be badass as Sarah Connor. I want all of those things! Will I get them? I don't know!

82. Minions, July 10

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Holy crap, these scene-stealing little Minions get their own movie. If you have children, know any children, or exist in a place where there are children, you know how big this movie will be. Children love Minions!

83. Ant-Man, July 17

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This movie has had some bumps along the way — the most important one being that Edgar Wright, who was set to direct it, left, and Peyton Reed came in instead. But as a fan of Reed's Bring It On, I say this is a cheerocracy, give him a chance! Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang (Ant-Man); Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Douglas, and many more co-star.

84. Entourage, July 18

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I'm so curious whether anyone who isn't personally involved in Entourage will go see the Entourage movie! Like, I know this show has fans. But has there ever been a TV series that had such active disdain (or indifference) directed toward it that's turned into a film franchise? It's fascinating (and it wasn't easy to get this movie made, as I chronicled here — remember when Mark Wahlberg called some of the actors "greedy"?). That this movie exists seems like a fake Vince Chase movie within a later season of Entourage.

85. Pan, July 24

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Pan, directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice), tells the origins of Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Shapeshifter Garrett Hedlund plays Hook, newcomer Levi Mille is Peter, Hugh Jackman is Blackbeard, and Rooney Mara (controversially) will be Tiger Lily. From the trailer, it looks huge, but is obviously not OK for kids. This movie has "interesting bomb" written all over it to me, but who knows. (It may not end up being interesting, and it may not bomb!)

86. Trainwreck, July 24

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After Knocked Up, Judd Apatow wrote and directed Funny People, This Is 40, and, well...yes. This is the next film he has directed. So it's great news that Amy Schumer wrote and stars in Trainwreck, because she is terrific!

87. Pixels, July 24


You can watch the cool short on which Pixels was based on YouTube: Classic video games invade New York. Neat! Will it be neat when it stars Adam Sandler and Kevin James? I sincerely hope so. Chris Columbus directs.

88. Paper Towns, July 31

In 2014, it was discovered that people will go see movies about teenaged characters who are not vampires and do not live in dystopian worlds, but are the sorts of kids who exist in real life. That revelation was brought about by the success of The Fault in Our Stars, an excellent adaptation of John Green's sobby novel. So, in a clever decision, another Green novel, Paper Towns, has been made into a movie. And it has a similar configuration of behind-the-scenes talent as The Fault in Our Stars (with one on-screen commonality: Nat Wolff is the lead, opposite Cara Delevingne).

89. The Fantastic Four, Aug. 7

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Josh Trank, who directed the inventive Chronicle, will try to break the Fantastic Four film curse. The casting seems like a good start: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell star.

90. Goosebumps, Aug. 7

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Jack Black plays the Goosebumps books' author, R.L. Stine, in this meta-adaptation of the popular kids' horror series. Odeya Rush and Dylan Minnette (RIP, Jerry from Scandal!) also star.

91. Straight Outta Compton, Aug. 14

How great would it be if this movie about the rise of N.W.A. were good? We haven't had any quality biopics about hip-hop: the fictionalized 8 Mile with Eminem is the closest we have come, and that is sad! Straight Outta Compton lingered in development, but finally got going in the past year, with F. Gary Gray —who has directed a ton of videos, along with Set It Off, Friday, and The Italian Job — directing. N.W.A. were so influential, and at the center of such an insane political locus ("Fuck tha Police"), that there is a lot to mine here.

92. The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, Sept. 18


Good lord, I found the first Maze Runner so mediocre, and its cliffhanger ending was so frustrating. I guess they knew that they'd be rushing a sequel to come out a year later? The escapees of the maze will be back, led by Dylan O'Brien.

93. Black Mass, Sept. 18

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If you have heard about this movie already, it is probably as the Whitey Bulger movie with Johnny Depp. Or, if you are of another ilk, the Whitey Bulger movie in which Benedict Cumberbatch plays Johnny Depp's brother. Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) directs.

94. Everest, Sept. 18

Everest is the story of the disastrous 1996 climb that eventually became the subject of Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air (Krakauer will actually be a character in the movie, played by Michael Kelly from House of Cards). Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Robin Wright, and a large cast will climb the mountain. In 3D, no less. Cliffhanger and Vertical Limit fans, let's go see this together!