Entertainment Spring 2016 TV preview: 'Pee-wee's Big Holiday,' 'Rush Hour,' 'Roots' and more shows to know By Scott A. Rosenberg email@example.com Updated March 2, 2016 1:43 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email This spring, your television will be bringing back some familiar actors and shows. Comedians George Lopez, Andrew Dice Clay and Pee-wee Herman are all making their return, the seminal “Roots” miniseries is getting remade and the “Rush Hour” and “The Omen” film franchises are getting the weekly treatment. Here are 30 new shows you need to know about this season. 'The Family' Photo Credit: ABC / KC Bailey The missing son of a politician, believed to have died, returns years later. But is it really him? Starring Joan Allen, Alison Pill, Zach Gilford and Liam James. (March 3, ABC, 9 p.m.) 'Late Night Snack' Photo Credit: TruTV This 10-episode series is a collection of short live-action and animated pieces from Alec Baldwin, Esther Povitsky ("Last Comic Standing") and other funny folks. (March 3, TruTV, 11 p.m.) 'Damien' Photo Credit: Ben Mark Holberg Continuing the story from the 1976 horror flick "The Omen," Damien Thorn is all grown up and has to deal with being the Antichrist in this series. Starring Bradley James. (March 7, A&E, 10 p.m.) 'Of Kings & Prophets' Photo Credit: ABC This biblical drama, based on the Books of Samuel, is centered on King Saul (Ray Winstone) and future King David (Olly Rix). The Old Testament show, from Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, who both wrote the film "Exodus: Gods and Kings," is said to be "violent" and "sex-drenched," according to showrunner Chris Brancato in an article from The Hollywood Reporter. (March 8, ABC, 10 p.m.) 'Underground' Photo Credit: Sony Pictures / Skip Bolen The Underground Railroad is dramatized in this new series starring Aldis Hodge, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Christopher Meloni. (March 9, WGN America, 10 p.m.) '60 Days In' Photo Credit: A&E To show what life is like in jail, seven innocent people volunteer to spend 60 days incarcerated at Indiana's Clark County Jail. (March 10, A&E, 9 p.m.) 'Flaked' Photo Credit: Netflix "Arrested Development" star Will Arnett returns to Netflix with this comic drama about a Venice, California, local who lives a life of lies that he is struggling to keep together. (March 11, Netflix) 'The Characters' Photo Credit: Netflix / K.C. Bailey Up-and-coming comedians Lauren Lapkus, Kate Berlant, Dr. Brown, Paul W. Downs, John Early, Tim Robinson, Natasha Rothwell and Henry Zebrowski each get a half-hour episode of the series to themselves to show off what they can do, no holds barred. (March 11, Netflix) 'Party Over Here' Photo Credit: Fox Fox gets back into the late-night sketch comedy game with this new Saturday night laughter, produced by Lonely Island. Of course, they were the folks who did "Saturday Night Live's" Digital Shorts. (March 12, Fox, 11 p.m.) 'Little Big Shots' Photo Credit: NBC / Paul Drinkwater Steve Harvey continues to host everything, including this new variety show featuring talented children. Let's see if he reads those cards correctly this time. (March 13, NBC, 8 p.m.) ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’ Photo Credit: CBS / Darren Michaels Another spinoff of a long-running procedural series on CBS, imagine that. Gary Sinise, Alana De La Garza, Daniel Henney, Tyler James Williams and Annie Funke star in this derivative show about an FBI team in the International Division. Basically, they do whatever they do on the original show, but abroad. (March 16, CBS, 10 p.m.) 'Pee-wee's Big Holiday' Photo Credit: Netflix The word of the day is revival! Judd Apatow produces this new Pee-wee Herman movie, where he goes on holiday. Also starring Joe Manganiello, Jessica Pohly, Alia Shawkat and Stephanie Beatriz. (March 18, Netflix) 'Crowded' Photo Credit: NBC / Justin Lubin Patrick Warburton and Carrie Preston play Mike and Martina, parents who are dismayed when not just their two kids (Miranda Cosgrove, Mia Serafino) move home, but Mike's parents (Stacy Keach, Carlease Burke) also decide to live there. From Suzanne Martin, creator of "Hot in Cleveland." (March 20, NBC, 9:30 p.m.) 'The Catch' Photo Credit: ABC / Richard Cartwright There's a new village in Shondaland! Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Allan Heinberg are behind this new drama about a private eye and her fiance, who turns out to be a con man. Starring Mireille Enos and the always wonderful Peter Krause. Enos is pretty great, too. (March 24, ABC, 10 p.m.) 'The Path' Photo Credit: Screenshot via Hulu From Jason Katims, executive producer of "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood," comes this star-studded drama about life in a cult featuring Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy. (March 30, Hulu) 'Lopez' Photo Credit: Getty Images George Lopez, of the long-running eponymous series, makes his return to sitcom life with this semi-autobiographical series dealing with class issues. Did you know that "George Lopez" ran for 120 episodes? Me neither. (March 30, TV Land, 10 p.m.) 'Rush Hour' Photo Credit: CBS / Richard Cartwright The Chris Tucker/Jackie Chan film franchise comes to the small screen with Justin Hires and Jon Foo taking over the roles of Detectives Carter and Lee, respectively. Expect some culture-clash comedy and big action on this series developed for TV by Blake McCormick ("Cougar Town") and Bill Lawrence ("Scrubs," "Spin City"). (March 31, CBS, 10 p.m.) 'The Ranch' Photo Credit: Netflix "That '70s Show" stars Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson reunite for this series comedy about a failed football player (Kutcher) who heads back home to his parent's Colorado ranch. Masterson plays his brother and, in some inspired casting, Debra Winger and Sam Elliott play his parents. (April 1, Netflix) 'Wynonna Earp' Photo Credit: Screenshot via Syfy.com In this series based on a comic book by tough-guy writer Beau Smith, Melanie Scrofano plays the great-granddaughter of Wyatt Earp and takes on supernatural foes with her demon-killing gun. (April 1, Syfy, 10 p.m.) 'Game of Silence' Photo Credit: NBC / Bob Mahoney The past comes back to haunt five best buds in this drama starring David Lyons, Michael Raymond-James and Larenz Tate. (April 7, NBC, 10 p.m.) 'Dice' Photo Credit: Showtime / Brian Bowen Smith The 1980s artifact Andrew Dice Clay tries to become relevant in the modern world in this semi-autobiographical scripted series. Expect some nursery rhyme humor. (April 10, Showtime, 9:30 p.m.) 'The Girlfriend Experience' Photo Credit: Starz Stephen Soderbergh based this new series starring Riley Keough on his 2009 film about a call girl who offers the girlfriend experience to her clients. Also starring Paul Sparks and Mary Lynn Rajskub. (April 10, Starz, 8 p.m.) 'Jackie Robinson' Photo Credit: Hulton Archive Want your big television event for the spring season? How about a new Ken Burns documentary miniseries about baseball legend Jackie Robinson? The storied American hero is captured in this two-part, four-hour film, airing over two consecutive nights, from the iconic director. Even if you're not a baseball fan, this is required viewing to see how this massively talented athlete handled serious racial strife with grace and class and helped invigorate the civil rights movement. (April 11, PBS, 9 p.m.) 'Hunters' Photo Credit: Syfy "The Walking Dead" executive producer Gale Anne Hurd helms this sci-fi thriller based on the book "Alien Hunter" by Whitley Strieber. The show follows an FBI agent (Nathan Phillips) trying to find out what happened to his wife. Could be aliens! Also starring Britne Oldford and Julian McMahon. (April 11, Syfy, 10 p.m.) 'The Detour' Photo Credit: TBS / James Bridges The great former-"Daily Show" correspondents takeover of TBS continues with this new comedy from Jason Jones and Samantha Bee -- who is killing it on her other TBS series, "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" -- about a family on a troubled road trip. (April 11, TBS, 9 p.m.) 'American Grit' Photo Credit: Fox WWE superstar John Cena hosts this new reality competition series, in which contestants have to work their way through grueling military training. (April 14, Fox, 9 p.m.) 'Containment' Photo Credit: Tina Rowden/The CW / Tina Rowden When an epidemic breaks loose in Atlanta, the city is quarantined and those trapped within the city limits struggle to survive in this new drama. Based on the Belgian TV series "Cordon."(April 19, The CW, 9 p.m.) 'The Night Manager' Photo Credit: AMC This BBC miniseries, based on the acclaimed John le Carré novel of the same name, is a tense espionage thriller featuring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman. (April 19, AMC, 10 p.m.) 'Houdini & Doyle' Photo Credit: Fox We're incredibly excited for this new supernatural investigation series from "House" creator David Shore. Harry Houdini (Michael Weston) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan) team up to solve all sorts of mysteries in London alongside the first woman in the London police force (Rebecca Liddiard). (May 2, Fox, 9 p.m.) 'Roots' Photo Credit: The History Channel via YouTube The famed miniseries is getting remade into a four-night, eight-hour series with an impressive cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, Anna Paquin, T.I. and Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte. (May 30, A&E, History, Lifetime, 9 p.m.) By Scott A. Rosenberg firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Our picks for what to stream on NetflixGet to the couch and get comfortable. 26 shows to watch on Amazon Prime "The Grand Tour," "Mr. Robot" and more series worth your binge time. What to binge-watch if you finished the 'Gilmore Girls' rebootThese shows might just remind you of Stars Hollow. 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