‘The Amazing Race’

theamazingrace_s26_Aly_SteveIt’s an all-reality show night on the Tiffany network (it’s old school reference … look it up). After the premier of 30th edition of “Survivor,” stick around for the 26th season premiere of “The Amazing Race, a multiple Emmy-winning trek around the world. To start things off on the first leg, 11 new teams make their way through a muddy obstacle course. Phil Keoghan (and his expressive eyebrows) is back as host. 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, on CBS.

‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’

agent-carter-hayley-atwell-jpgThis latest spinoff series from the ever-expanding Marvel media universe has been a breath of fresh air for television viewers this winter. Partly because of the postwar 1946 period setting — those killer-diller cars and costumes are the cat’s meow — but mostly due to the no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners, lead performance by Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter. 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, on ABC.

‘Better Call Saul’

1artssaulThe much-anticipated spinoff of “Breaking Bad” opens with a moody black and white sequence featuring our hero, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), in present-day Omaha, Neb. We then flash back six years ago when he was a small-time Albuquerque, N.M., public defender named Jimmy McGill trying to keep his head above water. Creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have set the series in the same sun-baked, bleak world as “Breaking Bad,” and it’s great to see Odenkirk back in this character’s skin (and Michael McKean is delightfully weird as Jimmy’s older brother). Oh, and if the last few seconds of the premiere don’t seal the deal for you, you might want to look elsewhere for your TV entertainment. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, on AMC.

‘Fresh Off the Boat’

fresh_off_the_boatThis new comedy feels like it could fit right in to the Wednesday night block of family-oriented programs on ABC. It’s set in the 1990s and follows a 12-year-old and the members of his family who move from the Chinatown section of Washington, D.C., to Orlando, Fla. Series premiere 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, on ABC.

‘Shakespeare Uncovered’

ShakespeareBonneville-980x475Long before he played the Earl of Grantham on “Downton Abbey,” Hugh Bonneville understudied Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films) in a London production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’’ The second season of this series begins with the two actors discussing Shakespeare’s mischievous comedy.“What fools these mortals be,” indeed.10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, on KCTS


sirensIt’s season two for this comedy from producer Denis Leary (“Rescue Me”). It follows the professional and personal (and more likely than not crude) adventures of three Chicago EMTs (Michael Mosley, Kevin Bigley and Kevin Daniels).

Season premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, on USA.



This engaging drama series (based on Elmore Leonard’s novella “Fire in the Hole”) enters its sixth and final season with the promise of a final showdown between Deptuty U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and longtime criminal Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins). This show has featured some great writing and acting in past seasons (R.I.P. Margo Martindale’s Mags Bennett) and will truly be missed. Season premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, on FX.


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