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!

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

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

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

    4. Taken 3, Jan. 9

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

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

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

    8. Mommy, Jan. 23

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

    10. Fortitude, Jan. 29 (Pivot)

    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)

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

    13. Jupiter Ascending, Feb. 6

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

    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)

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

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

    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)

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

    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)

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

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

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

    28. Dig, March 5 (USA)

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

    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)

    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)

    34. Cinderella, March 13

    35. The Royals, March 15 (E!)

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

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

    38. Bloodline, March 20 (Netflix)

    39. Insurgent, March 20

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

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

    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)

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

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

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

    47. Lizzie Borden Chronicles, Spring TBA (Lifetime)

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

    49. Grace and Frankie, Spring TBA (Netflix)

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

    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)

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

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

    55. The Comedians, April 9 (FX)

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

    57. Ex Machina, April 10

    58. Avengers: Age of Ultron, May 1

    59. Far From the Madding Crowd, May 1

    60. Wayward Pines, May 14 (Fox)

    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)

    64. Tomorrowland, May 22

    65. Spy, May 22

    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

    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

    70. Inside Out, June 19

    71. The Brink, Summer TBA (HBO)

    72. Humans, Summer TBA (AMC)

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

    74. Descendants, Summer TBA (Disney Channel)

    75. Zoo, Summer TBA (CBS)

    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)

    78. Ted 2, June 26

    79. Magic Mike XXL, June 29

    80. Sense8, July (Netflix)

    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

    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

    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

    90. Goosebumps, Aug. 7

    91. Straight Outta Compton, Aug. 14

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

    93. Black Mass, Sept. 18

    94. Everest, Sept. 18

    95. Hateful Eight, Fall TBA

    96. Indian Summers, Fall TBA (PBS)

    97. The Intern, Sept. 25

    98. Difficult People, Oct. 1 (or so?) (Hulu)

    99. Agent X, Fourth quarter TBA (TNT)

    100. Victor Frankenstein, Oct. 2

    101. The Walk, Oct. 2

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    And speaking of child actors who have carefully and intelligently transitioned to adult careers, Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Philippe Petit, the man who walked on a high-wire between the two World Trade Center towers. If you have seen Man on Wire, the Oscar-winning 2008 documentary about Petit and his feat, you will remember that he is a complicated person. It's too early to say, of course, but I do wonder whether this might be JGL's first Oscar bid for Best Actor.

    102. Vacation, Oct. 9

    103. Untitled Steven Spielberg movie, Oct. 16

    104. Crimson Peak, Oct. 16

    105. Jem and the Holograms, Oct. 23

    106. Silence, November TBA

    107. Spectre, Nov. 6

    108. Peanuts, Nov. 6

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    On Thanksgiving, I purchased A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving for my children to watch. There's the story we've all seen many times when everyone invites themselves over to Charlie Brown's house, even though he is supposed to go to his grandmother's, and chaos ensues. But also among the purchased offerings was the Peanuts gang enacting the story of the Mayflower crossing, and then the first Thanksgiving. I was catching bits of it as I prepared for our guests to come over, and it was sort of hilarious to see Lucy yelling at the captain of the Mayflower about how uncomfortable they all were. But at one point I walked in, and my 4½-year-old son turned to me and said, "Why do they all die?" and I realized that perhaps the story of the Pilgrims had been told too well. The point is: As an adult, I really value the totally age-inappropriate humor of Peanuts, and not only did I survive it, but I often think of the things I learned from Charles M. Schulz. (The concept of psychiatry, for one.) This trailer is Snoopy-focused, and…I just don't know. But maybe if my kids see it, they won't ask me why everyone dies? I'm torn.

    109. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, Nov. 20

    110. The Good Dinosaur, Nov. 25

    111. The Martian, Nov. 25

    112. Badlands, Winter TBA (AMC)

    113. In the Heart of the Sea, Dec. 11

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    Ron Howard directed this adaptation of the National Book Award-winning nonfiction book of the same name, by Nathaniel Philbrick. This is the true story that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby-Dick. And indeed, the whale stuff looks terrifying in the trailer. There will probably be cannibalism in this movie? There was in the book. Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, and Cillian Murphy co-star, and Ben Whishaw plays Melville.

    114. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Dec. 18

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    Let's be honest. Should I have thrown the entire rest of this list in the garbage and just had one thing to be excited about, J.J. Abrams' Star Wars reboot? It's possible! That it's coming so late in the year gives rise to all sorts of fears, such as what if the zombie apocalypse happens before Dec. 18? Or what if an evil AI eats the movie and it ceases to exist? After the first teaser arrived Thanksgiving weekend, I think that even the most jaded among us who thought we were over it realized that the idea of more Star Wars (especially good Star Wars) is pretty damn wonderful.

    115. Sisters, Dec. 18

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    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler play estranged sisters whose family home is being sold, and thus they must come home (to become un-estranged, I imagine). If you are a fan of the Fey-Poehler union, this is the movie that was previously called The Nest.

    116. The Revenant, Dec. 25

    117. Mission Impossible 5, Dec. 25

    118. Joy, Christmas TBA

    119. Freeheld, 2015 TBA

    Freeheld is based on an Oscar-winning documentary short from 2007 that marked a step in the fight for same-sex couples' marriage rights in New Jersey. Julianne Moore will play a New Jersey detective dying of lung cancer who seeks to leave her pension to her partner, played by Ellen Page. Ron Nyswaner, who was nominated for an Oscar for Philadelphia, wrote the screenplay, and Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist), is Freeheld's director.

    120. Knight of Cups, 2015 TBA

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    Not only should Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups — starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Natalie Portman — come out in 2015, but it's possible that it will be one of three movies by the secretive director to be released in the next year or two.

    121. Westworld, 2015 TBA (HBO)

    122. American Crime Story, 2015 TBA (FX)

    123. By the Sea, 2015 TBA

    124. The Little Prince, 2015 TBA

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    This movie comes out in France in Oct. 2015, and it will be released in the U.S. But so far, there's no date for it. Watch the enchanting trailer and hope!

    125. Legend, 2015 TBA

    126. Ash Vs. Evil Dead, 2015 TBA (Starz)

    127. The Jungle Book, Moved to 2016!

    This post is being continually updated with new images, trailers, release dates and any other information that makes it better and more helpful, not to mention accurate.