As television becomes a medium without boundaries, long-canceled shows are returning, prequels and anthologies are proliferating, and the lines between broadcast, cable, and streaming shows are blurring.
Midseason — the months between winter and spring, when new shows once faced less competition — is as full as any fall, with at least three dozen new scripted series scheduled to launch between now and the end of May.
For the first time in years, one of them won't be Game of Thrones. Winter has arrived in Westeros, but the HBO drama isn't expected back until sometime this summer.
There's plenty to see before then, including:
24: Legacy (10:30 p.m.-ish Sunday, after the Super Bowl, 8 p.m. Monday, Fox). The high-adrenaline series gets a reboot with a new star. Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) plays a U.S. Army Ranger who's targeted after the elite unit he led kills a major terrorist leader. Miranda Otto (Homeland) costars as the intelligence officer who oversaw the raid and whose husband (Jimmy Smits) is running for president.
APB (9 p.m. Monday, Fox). A billionaire (Justin Kirk, Weeds) persuades Chicago to let him take over a police district after his best friend is murdered, but he needs help from an actual police detective (Natalie Martinez, Under the Dome) to translate his high-tech solutions into results.
Legion (10 p.m. Wednesday, FX). Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) plays a mental patient whose delusions may be all too real in Fargo producer Noah Hawley's cerebral adaptation of a Marvel comics series. It costars Wilmington's Aubrey Plaza and Fargo veterans Jean Smart and Rachel Keller.
Doubt (10 p.m. Feb. 15, CBS). Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy) stars as a defense lawyer who falls for her client (Steven Pasquale), who may or may not have murdered his girlfriend 24 years ago. Costars include Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) and Elliott Gould.
The Good Fight (8 p.m. Feb. 19, CBS, with subsequent episodes available only on CBS All Access). The All Access streaming service's first scripted original is a 10-episode spin-off of The Good Wife starring Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo. After Diane Lockhart (Baranski) sees her retirement plans disappear in a Bernie Madoff-like Ponzi scheme, she's forced to start over, joining Lucca Quinn (Jumbo) at her firm.
Big Little Lies (9 p.m. Feb. 19, HBO). Reese Witherspoon is at her Type A+ best in David E. Kelley's seven-episode, guilty-pleasure adaptation of a Liane Moriarty best seller about helicopter parents and their secrets. Other stars include Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgard, Zoe Kravitz, and Adam Scott.
Billions (10 p.m. Feb. 19, Showtime). As the second season begins, billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and U.S. attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) find new ways to get under each other's skin, while Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), having shown both the door, finds her skills as a therapist in high demand among power players.
When We Rise (9 p.m. Feb. 27, March 1, 2, 3, ABC). The history of the LGBT rights movement in the United States is told through the stories of its activists. Four-night mini-series from Dustin Lance Black (Milk) stars Rachel Griffiths, Mary-Louise Parker, Guy Pearce, and Michael K. Williams.
Taken (10 p.m. Feb. 27, NBC). Clive Standen (Vikings) stars as Bryan Mills, a Green Beret who's recruited by a secret government unit after a personal tragedy. A prequel to the films starring Liam Neeson, it cements the character's reputation as a guy you're better off not getting close to.
Time After Time (9 p.m. March 5, ABC). Freddie Stroma (UnReal) stars as H.G. Wells and Josh Bowman (Revenge) is Jack the Ripper in Kevin Williamson's adaptation of the 1979 novel and movie about Wells pursuing Ripper across time.
Feud: Bette and Joan (10 p.m. March 5, FX). Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, American Crime Story) launches a third anthology series. The first season focuses on the rocky relationship of Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange), who came together - however reluctantly - for 1962's Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Making History (8:30 p.m. March 5, Fox). More time-travel, this time in comedy: Adam Pally (Happy Endings) stars as a 21st-century time traveler who falls for Paul Revere's daughter (Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl). Wilmington's Neil Casey (Ghostbusters) plays Sam Adams.
The Americans (10 p.m. March 7, FX). This 1980s-set show about Russia trying to shape the course of U.S. history was never meant to be so timely. The new season, scheduled to be the next-to-last, finds suburban spies Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) engaged in a new mission on their country's behalf while their daughter, Paige (Holly Taylor), wrestles with her conscience, and her possible future.
Underground (10 p.m. March 8, WGN America). The second season of the drama about people fleeing slavery introduces Aisha Hinds as Underground Railroad "conductor" Harriet Tubman. University of Pennsylvania graduate John Legend, a producer, has written a new song, "In America," for the season premiere and will appear at some point as abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
American Crime (10 p.m. March 12, ABC). John Ridley's anthology series moves to North Carolina, with stars Felicity Huffman, Regina King, Richard Cabral, and Timothy Hutton cast as new characters in a story touching on human trafficking, the challenges facing family farms, and addiction.
Shots Fired (8 p.m. March 22, Fox). A provocative new limited series from Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights) and Reggie Rock Bythewood (New York Undercover) centers on a police-involved shooting and premieres on the night Empire returns from hiatus.
Imaginary Mary (8:30 p.m. March 29, ABC, moving to 9:30 Wednesdays the following week). Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg) stars as a woman whose childhood imaginary friend (voiced by Rachel Dratch) returns to help her with a new relationship in a show produced by Jenkintown's Adam F. Goldberg (The Goldbergs).
Prison Break (9 p.m. April 4, Fox). Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, and others return for another great escape, in a nine-episode reboot of the 2005-09 series that ended with Miller's character's supposed death.
Better Call Saul (10 p.m. April 10, AMC). Expect the transformation from Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) to Saul Goodman to pick up speed as the Breaking Bad prequel returns for a third season that includes the (re)introduction of one Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito).
Great News (9 p.m. April 25, NBC). Upper Darby's Tina Fey is one of the producers of this comedy about a news producer (Briga Heelan, Undateable) whose show hires her mother (SCTV legend Andrea Martin) as an intern.
The Handmaid's Tale (April 26, Hulu). Margaret Atwood's 1985 book becomes a frightening 10-episode series that feels at least as timely now as it did three decades ago. Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) stars as Offred, a woman enslaved to bear children for one of the leaders of a patriarchal dictatorship in what was once the United States.
Genius. (April 25, National Geographic). Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech) stars as Albert Einstein in a mini-series that's as much about politicizing science as it is a biography of the father of relativity.
American Gods (April, Starz). Ian McShane stars as Mr. Wednesday in an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Hugo-winning novel.
Twin Peaks (May 21, Showtime). David Lynch and Mark Frost continue their twisted story in an 18-episode limited series featuring many cast members from the 1990-91 original, including Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Mädchen Amick, and Ray Wise.