Fox premieres a new lawyer show; Disney Channel brings a popular animation to life and Blake Shelton hosts a tribute to Elvis.
Dispatches: Weekly TV news
“America’s Got Talent” is shaking things up this summer with new judges Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough. Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) will be the NBC talent show’s new host, taking over from Tyra Banks. Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel will remain.
“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu’s Emmy-winning dystopian drama, will launch its third season on June 5. The new season will follow June (Elisabeth Moss) as she fights to save the children of Gilead.
Lucy Liu may be saying goodbye to “Elementary” when the series ends in 2019, but she’s sticking with CBS. Liu will star in CBS All Access’ “Why Women Kill,” a dark comedy from Marc Cherry (“Desperate Housewives”). The series follows three women from three different decades who are each dealing with marital infidelities.
Contenders: Shows to keep on your radar
Combining science fiction and comedy, “Weird City” is an anthology series co-created by Jordan Peele and Charlie Sanders (Feb. 13, YouTube Premium). The show is set in the not too distant future metropolis of Weird and each episode deals with an issue related to present day life.
It’s a bro-mance of sorts for Valentine’s Day with “Unrivaled: Earnhardt vs. Gordon,” (Feb. 14, FS1, 10 p.m. ET). The Fox Sports one-hour documentary explores the iconic rivalry between two of NASCAR’s most popular drivers, seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt and four-time champion Jeff Gordon.
“Proven Innocent” (Feb. 15, Fox, 9 p.m. ET/PT) is a new drama series that follows an underdog criminal defense firm. The twist to this lawyer show is that the firm is led by Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre), whose passion for justice stems from her wrongful conviction at age 18, which made her a household name. Kelsey Grammer plays the prosecutor/villain.
If only Madeline Scott could employ the services of crime-fighting teen Kim Possible, she might not have so many wrongfully convicted people to prove innocent. In “Kim Possible,” (Feb. 15, Disney Channel, 8 p.m. ET) the live-action version of the hit animated series, Kim and her sidekick Ron Stoppable begin their freshman year, where stopping supervillains is almost easier than navigating the social politics of high school.
Blake Shelton hosts “Elvis All-Star Tribute” (Feb. 17, NBC, 9 p.m. ET). Adam Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Jennifer Lopez, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Pistol Annies, Darius Rucker, Ed Sheeran, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are set to perform.
Report Card: A look at ratings winners and losers
Winners: “Grey’s Anatomy” will reach 332 episodes on Feb. 28, making it the longest running primetime medical drama in TV history.
Losers: The high school drama “All American” was the CW’s only fall freshman series not to be included in the network’s recent announcement of which shows have already been renewed. While it has not been officially cancelled, it doesn’t look good for the already low rated show.
Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.