NME previews the TV series you'll find yourself binge-watching over the next 12 months
With new shows from Breaking Bad mastermind Vince Gilligan, 30 Rock creator Tina Fey and The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan, 2015 looks set to be another banner year for TV. Here’s our pick of the brand new comedy and drama series you’ll probably find yourself binge-watching over the next 12 months.
Better Call Saul
Our list of exciting new TV shows for 2015 begins with the Breaking Bad spin-off centred on Walt's dodgy lawyer, Saul Goodman. Star Bob Odenkirk says it's "85 percent drama, 15 percent comedy" and bosses at US network AMC are so confident it'll be a hit, they've already ordered season two. UK viewers will be available to watch on Netflix from February.
Created by Precious director Lee Daniels, Empire is a primetime soap set in the world of hip-hop - Daniels has called it a "black Dynasty". Timbaland is providing original music and Courtney Love will have a recurring guest role as a "hard rock powerhouse". It's already started in the US and should be picked up by a UK broadcaster very shortly.
Thunderbirds Are Go!
To mark Thunderbirds' 50th anniversary, ITV has commissioned a reboot series which replaces Gerry Anderson's rickety puppets with "an innovative mix of CGI animation and live-action miniature sets". All your favourite characters will be back though, with Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike providing the voice of Lady Penelope. Due this spring.
Captain America's leading lady gets her own show, with Hayley Atwell reprising her film role as Peggy Carter, a woman now balancing a routine office job with secret missions for brilliant scientist Howard Stark. Agent Carter premiered in the US this week to positive reviews, but has no UK broadcaster yet, a situation which must surely change soon.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Netflix has snapped up the new sitcom from Tina Fey, which stars Ellie Kemper (The Office/Bridesmaids) as a woman building a new life in NYC after escaping from a cult. Fey won't appear in front of the camera this time, but her 30 Rock co-star Jane Krakowski has a recurring role as Kimmy's boss. All 13 episodes launch in March.
This 10-episode thriller executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) stars Matt Dillon as a US Secret Service agent sent to a small town in Idaho to investigate the disappearance of two federal agents. Expect a mix of twists, dark humour and Twin Peaks-style small town freakiness when it starts on FOX in the UK in May.
Raised by Wolves
Following a promising pilot that aired last Christmas, this comedy from The Times' Caitlin Moran and her sister Caroline returns to Channel 4 for a full series later this year. It's based on the Morans' unusual childhood growing up home-schooled on a Wolverhampton council estate, but set in 2015, which means one sibling is slightly obsessed with Gok Wan.
This Sky Atlantic series follows a murder investigation that's literally chilling - because it takes place in a close-knit community in the Arctic circle. The classy cast includes Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and The Killing's Sofie Gråbøl, so it should be a cut above most British crime dramas. Debuts on January 29.
Netflix has just announced that Marvel's Daredevil series will premiere on April 10 - much sooner than many had expected. Boardwalk Empire alumnus Charlie Cox stars as the eponymous lawyer-cum-masked crime-fighter, flanked by Rosario Dawson as a night shift nurse who helps him out. It looks way better than the dodgy 2003 movie starring Ben Affleck.
This crime drama about the mis-matched partnership between Josh Duhamel's FBI agent and Dean Winters' small town cop sounds unremarkable - until you learn it was co-created by Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan and House's David Shore, and X-Men's Bryan Singer directed the pilot. Debuts in the US later in 2015 and should find a UK home shortly.