36 New TV Shows We Still Have to Look Forward to in 2020

The blockbuster movie season was delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but TV is still going strong — for now, at least. With the year halfway over, there are still plenty of new TV shows to look forward to in 2020 thanks to the many, many streaming options available and some quick thinking from the traditional networks. While there's no word yet on when returning favorites like Grey's Anatomy and This Is Us will actually get to film new seasons, Netflix, HBO, Hulu, and the rest of the streamers, networks, and premium channels have enough new shows already filmed (or acquired from abroad) to keep us busy at least through the fall. From the Jordan Peele-produced horror series Lovecraft Country to the Kim Cattrall-led Filthy Rich, the 2020 TV season is just getting started.

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  • What it's about: Set in 1989, this British/Australian import follows a London housewife who is forced to relocate with her kids to her hometown of Newcastle in Australia after her husband's unexpected death. Unfortunately for her, she left town for a good reason, which she's reminded of the minute she shows up on her mother's doorstep.
  • Who's starring: Sarah Kendall, Matt Passmore, Kerry Armstrong, Diane Morgan, and Robert Webb.
  • Release date: July 30 on HBO Max
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In My Skin

  • What it's about: This British coming-of-age comedy has garnered praise across the pond for its painfully authentic depiction of teen life. The series follows 16-year-old Bethan, who is trying to hide her mom's mental health issues from her friends while also navigating school, crushes, and her own anxieties.
  • Who's starring: Gabrielle Creevy, Poppy Lee Friar, Jo Hartley, and Rhodri Meilir.
  • Release date: July 30 on Hulu
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  • What it's about: A group of working-class pals get into trouble and ponder their futures in the fictional small Northern England town of Hawley. Fans of the superhero dramedy Misfits should tune in to this one to see Joe Gilgun turn in yet another incredible performance.
  • Who's starring: Gilgun, Michelle Keegan, Damien Molony, Tom Hanson, and Dominic West.
  • Release date: July 31 on Hulu
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Get Even

  • What it's about: Four teen girls team up to take down bullies at their private high school, but their vigilante justice leads to them being implicated in a crime they didn't commit.
  • Who's starring: Kim Adis, Mia McKenna-Bruce, Bethany Antonia, and Jessica Alexander.
  • Release date: July 31 on Netflix
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  • What it's about: Based on a series of books by M.R. Hall, Coroner follows the recently widowed Jenny Cooper as she investigates suspicious deaths in Toronto. In between the cases of the week, Jenny also deals with anxiety and the pressures of raising her teenage son.
  • Who's starring: Serinda Swan, Roger Cross, Alli Chung, and Andy McQueen.
  • Release date: Aug. 5 on The CW
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  • What it's about: Miss the original Great British Baking Show hosts Mel and Sue? Then you have to watch their new comedy Hitmen, which finds their characters Fran and Jamie becoming accidental killers-for-hire.
  • Who's starring: Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, Sian Clifford, and Asim Chaudhry.
  • Release date: Aug. 6 on Peacock
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We Hunt Together

  • What it's about: Two killers who are bonded by their dark pasts struggle to elude two equally complex detectives in this limited series that explores the complex emotional bonds that draw people together.
  • Who's starring: Eve Myles, Babou Ceesay, Hermione Corfield, and Dipo Ola.
  • Release date: Aug. 9 on Showtime
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Ted Lasso

  • What it's about: Jason Sudeikis revives Ted, the character he played in a series of NBC Sports commercials, for a comedy series about a sweet but bumbling American coach who is recruited to lead an English soccer team. The only problem is he has zero experience with the game.
  • Who's starring: Sudeikis, Stephen Manas, Brendan Hunt, and Hannah Waddingham.
  • Release date: Aug. 14 on Apple TV+
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Lovecraft Country

  • What it's about: Based on a novel by Matt Ruff and hailing from executive producers Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams, Lovecraft Country is a horror-drama about a man named Atticus Black who embarks on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to search for his father. Along the way, Atticus, his friend Letitia, and his Uncle George deal with the horrors of racism and monsters straight out of H.P. Lovecraft's imagination.
  • Who's starring: Jonathan Majors, Courtney B. Vance, Jurnee Smollett, Aunjanue Ellis, and Jamie Chung.
  • Release date: Aug. 16 on HBO
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Dead Pixels

  • What it's about: The gamer life gets the smart comedy treatment it deserves in Dead Pixels, a series about four friends who balance their passion for a fantasy role-playing game with the demands of their real lives.
  • Who's starring: Alexa Davies, Charlotte Ritchie, Will Merrick, and David Mumeni.
  • Release date: Aug. 18 on The CW
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Love Fraud

  • What it's about: This true-crime docuseries chronicles the search for Richard Scott Smith, a man who has spent 20 years convincing women that he loves them before taking them for everything they have. Now his victims have come together to hire a bounty hunter in hopes of stopping Smith before he can hurt anyone else.
  • Release date: Aug. 30 on Showtime
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Love in the Time of Corona

  • What it's about: Filmed remotely, this four-part comedy chronicles the stories of people searching for love and connection during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Who's starring: Leslie Odom Jr., Nicolette Robinson, Tommy Dorfman, Rainey Qualley, Gil Bellows, Rya Kihlstedt, Ava Bellows, and L. Scott Caldwell.
  • Release date: Sometime in August on Freeform
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  • What it's about: Hilary Swank goes to Mars! OK, you might need more than that: Swank stars as Emma Green, the commander of an international crew on a dangerous mission to Mars, who must leave behind her husband and daughter on Earth.
  • Who's starring: Swank, Josh Charles, Ato Essandoh, and Talitha Bateman.
  • Release date: Sept. 4 on Netflix
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  • What it's about: Based on the life of artist Keith Knight, Woke stars New Girl favorite Lamorne Morris as an up-and-coming cartoonist whose frightening encounter with the police leaves him literally awoken to the systemic racism around him.
  • Who's starring: Morris, T. Murph, and Blake Anderson.
  • Release date: Sept. 9 on Hulu
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  • What it's about: This buzzy Canadian drama has found a stateside home on Peacock, and viewers can expect serious Lost vibes as investigator Kendra Malley delves into the mystery behind the disappearance of Flight 716.
  • Who's starring: Archie Panjabi, Christopher Plummer, Claire Forlani, and Kristen Holden‑Ried.
  • Release date: Sept. 17 on Peacock
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The Comey Rule

  • What it's about: Based on former FBI Director James Comey's book, A Higher Loyalty, this sure-to-be-controversial limited series focuses on the tumultuous 2016 presidential election. Showtime initially scheduled the show to air after this year's election, but the highly anticipated miniseries will now premiere in September.
  • Who's starring: Jeff Daniels, Brendan Gleeson, Kingsley Ben‑Adir, and T.R. Knight.
  • Release date: Sept. 27 on Showtime
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We Are Who We Are

  • What it's about: Set on a United States Army base in Italy, We Are Who We Are follows two American teenagers who come of age.

  • Who's starring: Jack Dylan Grazer, Jordan Kristine Seamon, Chloë Sevigny, and Kid Cudi.
  • Release date: Sometime in September on HBO

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Power Book II: Ghost

  • What it's about: Starz's hit series Power is getting four spinoffs, and this is the first one, picking up almost at the moment the original series ends. With his father dead, Tariq must take part in the family business if he wants to raise enough money to get his mother out of prison.
  • Who's starring: Michael Rainey Jr., Mary J. Blige, Naturi Naughton, and Method Man.
  • Release date: Sometime in September on Starz
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The Good Lord Bird

  • What it's about: Ethan Hawke goes all in for his performance as abolitionist John Brown in the first trailer for The Good Lord Bird. Based on James McBride's award-winning novel, the series is told from the perspective of Onion, a young man who was enslaved before joining Brown's ragtag group of abolitionist soldiers.
  • Who's starring: Hawke, Joshua Caleb Johnson, and Daveed Diggs.
  • Release date: Oct. 4 on Showtime


  • What it's about: Based on a Marvel comic book series, Helstrom is a supernatural story of sibling drama. The story focuses on Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the children of a serial killer who hunts the worst people humanity has to offer.
  • Who's starring: Tom Austen, Sydney Lemmon, Elizabeth Marvel, and Robert Wisdom.
  • Release date: Sometime in October on Hulu
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  • What it's about: Julia Quinn's bestselling novels are coming to life courtesy of Shonda Rhimes's Shondaland production company and Netflix. The series will be set against the backdrop of the sexy and cutthroat world of Regency London's high society.
  • Who's starring: Julie Andrews, Adjoa Andoh, Jonathan Bailey, Ruby Barker, and Nicola Coughlan.
  • Release date: Sometime in the fall on Netflix
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  • What it's about: McDreamy returns to TV in this financial conspiracy series that finds Patrick Dempsey playing — gasp — the bad guy.
  • Who's starring: Dempsey, Alessandro Borghi, and Laia Costa.
  • Release date: Sometime in the fall on The CW
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Emily in Paris

  • What it's about: Netflix rescued this long-delayed Darren Star comedy-drama about a Midwest woman who snags her dream job at a marketing firm in Paris.
  • Who's starring: Lily Collins, Kate Walsh, Samuel Arnold, Ashley Park.
  • Release date: Sometime in the fall on Netflix
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Filthy Rich

  • What it's about: Kim Cattrall returns to American TV as the matriarch of a family left in chaos after the death of their patriarch, the wealthy and respected founder of a Christian television network. What the public doesn't know — and must not find out — is that he fathered three children out of wedlock.
  • Who's starring: Cattrall, Gerald McRaney, Melia Kreiling, and Corey Cott.
  • Release date: Sometime in the fall on Fox
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Gangs of London

  • What it's about: Warring gangs fight for control of modern-day London in this intense British import coming to AMC later this year.
  • Who's starring: Ray Panthaki, Sope Dirisu, Michelle Fairley, and Joe Cole.
  • Release date: Oct. 1 on AMC+
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Genius: Aretha

  • What it's about: The third season of NatGeo's Genius anthology series will focus on the life of the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
  • Who's starring: Cynthia Erivo, Courtney B. Vance, Malcolm Barrett, and Patrice Covington.
  • Release date: Sometime in the fall on NatGeo
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Miss Scarlet and The Duke

  • What it's about: Eliza Scarlet inherits her father's private detective agency after his death, but Victorian London might not be quite ready to embrace a bold and bright female detective.
  • Who's starring: Kate Phillips, Stuart Martin, and Ansu Kabia.
  • Release date: Sometime in the fall on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery
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  • What it's about: Designed to make you side-eye your smart devices, Next follows Silicon Valley genius Paul LeBlanc as he begins to realize his AI creation could end the world as we know it.
  • Who's starring: John Slattery, Eve Harlow, and Elizabeth Cappuccino.
  • Release date: Sometime in the fall on Fox
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Resident Alien

  • What it's about: After crash-landing in a small Colorado town, an alien assumes the identity of the local doctor and attempts to blend in with humans, with mixed results.
  • Who's starring: Alan Tudyk, Linda Hamilton, and Corey Reynolds.
  • Release date: Sometime in the fall on Syfy
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The Right Stuff

  • What it's about: Based on Tom Wolfe's 1979 book, The Right Stuff follows a group of astronauts who take dangerous risks to become part of Project Mercury.
  • Who's starring: Patrick J. Adams, Colin O'Donoghue, James Lafferty, and Jake McDorman.
  • Release date: Sometime in the fall on Disney+
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The Salisbury Poisonings

  • What it's about: Inspired by actual events, The Salisbury Poisonings is a nerve-racking thriller that chronicles the events following the 2018 Novichok poisoning crisis in Salisbury.

  • Who's starring: Anne-Marie Duff, William Houston, Rafe Spall, and MyAnna Buring.
  • Release date: Sometime in the fall on AMC

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Selena: The Series

  • What it's about: Acclaimed singer Selena Quintanilla's life was cut tragically short, but Netflix's upcoming drama series focuses on her coming-of-age story as she embraces her love of music to become one of the world's biggest stars.

  • Who's starring: Christian Serratos, Julio Macias, and Gabriel Chavarria.
  • Release date: Sometime in the fall on Netflix



  • What it's about: Black Mirror meets Modern Love in AMC's new anthology series set in the not-so-distant future, when scientists can determine who your soulmate is.

  • Who's starring: Charlie Heaton, Malin Akerman, Betsy Brandt, and Sarah Snook.
  • Release date: Sometime in the fall on AMC

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The Third Day

  • What it's about: A mysterious island is at the center of HBO's upcoming miniseries about a man who encounters a group of people who want to preserve their secluded town at any cost.

  • Who's starring: Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Naomie Harris, and Emily Watson.
  • Release date: Sometime in the fall on HBO

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The Undoing

  • What it's about: A therapist's seemingly perfect life unravels when she discovers that her husband may be responsible for a deadly disaster.

  • Who's starring: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, and Donald Sutherland.
  • Release date: Sometime in the fall on HBO

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The Walking Dead: World Beyond

  • What it's about: The latest Walking Dead spin-off series is the YA vision of the apocalypse that the world needs. Focusing on a group of young people who can barely remember a world before walkers, the series follows their journey beyond the safety zone that their parents established for them.

  • Who's starring: Nico Tortorella, Alexa Mansour, and Aliyah Royale.
  • Release date: Sometime in the fall on AMC