Here’s hoping your 2017 resolutions don’t include watching less TV, as the new year’s early programming may be even more difficult to resist than the sugar from which you’ll undoubtedly be trying to detox in January. Several new series have piqued our interest while two of our favorites are returning to the small screen, one of which will be taking its final bow. Here, the shows we’ll be binge-watching in early 2017.
The Young Pope
Jude Law, Diane Keaton and HBO? If this show doesn't win, HBO may as well just start diverting their resources into celebrity sex tapes. The Young Pope honestly looks so good we almost want to fast-forward the holidays just to be able to watch it.
Premiere Date: January 15 on HBO
Homeland, Season 6
Homeland has the eerie ability to predict real life events and in the new season, it looks as though Carrie will spend a decent amount of her energy defending Muslim-Americans. The entire sixth season takes place between Election Day and the Inauguration and while we're certain it'll be as riveting if not more so than it has been in past seasons, it may have a hard time competing with the odd reality (Russian interference in the election?) in which we now find ourselves living.
Premiere Date: January 15 on Showtime
Girls, final season
It seems like just yesterday Hannah's parents cut her off in one of the most millennial-defining onscreen moments of all time. Now, the girls are all grown up—kinda. We can't wait to see how this series wraps up, as we're doubting it will be with anything close to resembling a perfect bow.
Premiere Date: February 12
Z: The Beginning Of Everything
Amazon released the pilot episode of this show, which stars Christina Ricci as Zelda Fitzgerald, last year, and we've been waiting with bated breath for the remainder of its first season ever since. We're especially interested in the costumes, and are predicting a '20s resurgence to result from the presumed popularity of Z in the new year.
Premiere date: January 27
Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgård and Shailene Woodley star in this epic limited HBO series, which is based on a book about "three mothers of kindergartners whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder." We can't wait for this insight into how far-from-perfect might be the lives of our flawless-seeming, upper-crust-dwelling mommy friends.
Premiere date: February 3
Santa Clarita Diet
This dark comedy stars Drew Barrymore and Timmy Olyphant as a husband-and-wife duo whose lives are sent down a path of "death and destruction" but "in a good way" after a life change made by Barrymore's character. Netflix has yet to release a trailer for the series, but consider us intrigued.
Premiere date: February 3