New TV shows: What’s hot, what’s not Reply

By Tristan Davis – Features Editor 

“Vinyl,” HBO – premieres February 14

Brought to you by a lineup of big names including Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter, “Vinyl” stars Bobby Cannavale (“Chef,” “Ant-Man”) as Richie Finestra, a record executive trying to reinvigorate his record label in 1970s New York. Olivia Wilde and Ray Ro- mano will also have lead roles in the seven-episode premiere season.

“Better Call Saul,” AMC – premieres February 15

Fans were delighted with the first season of the “Breaking Bad” spinoff revolving around the con-artist lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk). Odenkirk was awarded the Critic’s Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, and a major reason why the show was renewed for a second season before the premiere episode even aired. This season brings even more of McGill’s antics featuring the fan favorite enforcer Mike Ehrmantraut ( Jonathan Banks).

 

“The Americans,” FX – premieres March 16

This drama has reinvented the theme of suspense in its terrific first three seasons, which follows the lives of undercover spies Phil and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Rus- sell) during the Cold War period in Virgina. Last season put a major character in a brand new role, and featured strong performances from both Noah Emmerich (“The Truman Show,” “Super 8”) and Annet Mahendru (“The X Files”).

“Marvel’s Daredevil,” Netflix – premieres March 18

 

Season one of the Netflix original series received universal acclaim, scoring a 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and pleasing a very harsh Marvel fan base. Charlie Cox starred as Daredevil, a blind lawyer by day and superhuman crime- fighter by night. In December, it was announced that Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead,” “Fury”) was added to the cast, along with series regulars Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson.

“Archer,” FX – premieres March 18

No show on television has changed its plot like “Archer” has; first he’s an FBI agent, then he’s a drug kingpin, and now he works for the CIA. The only consistent factor of the show is that it’s continually funny, gaudy, and original. The all-star comedy ensemble in- cludes Aisha Tyler and Chris Parnell.

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