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When your favorite TV shows return: 'Empire,' other new season release dates

Go ahead and clear your evenings or set your DVR now to make way for new episodes of "UnReal," "American Idol" and more.

"Empire" returns March 28, 2018, at 8 p.m. on Fox. Photo Credit: Fox / Chuck Hodes

Between Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu and a whole list of cable TV stations in the mix, it can be hard to keep track of when your favorite shows return.

Just go ahead and clear your evenings or set your DVRs now to make way for new episodes of "Jessica Jones," "Drag Race" and more.

Below, the dates you need to know.


“The Good Fight” (Season 2): If CBS’ preview tells us anything, it’s that the drama isn’t slowing down in the second season. There’s a “copycat murderer” on the loose in Chicago and trust is at an all-time low within the firm, according to CBS. It premieres on CBS All Access March 4 at midnight.

“Jessica Jones” (Season 2): The New York City-set and filmed production is back on Netflix March 8 more than two years after its debut. This time, the Marvel character is looking to dig into her past to uncover the root of her powers. 

“Love” (Season 3): Gus and Mickey are trying their luck at monogamy — for real this time. The third season will be the last for the Judd Apatow-produced series, so if these two terrible-at-love pals don’t get it together now, they never will. Season 3 hits Netflix in full on March 9.

“American Idol” (Season 16): Technically, “American Idol” is making its debut (not return) on ABC. Ryan Seacrest is ready to return as host, but he’ll be kicking off the show with a new set of judges: Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. Catch it March 11 at 8 p.m.

"RuPaul's Drag Race" (Season 10): It's the 10th anniversary of "Drag Race," so you just know the season will be fierce. The season, premiering March 22 on VH1, will feature extended 90-minute episodes promising more "fashion, lip-syncs and drag than ever before," according to a news release. 

“Empire” (Season 4): The December midseason finale left the Lyon family dynasty in jeopardy -- you’ll have to hold out until March 28 at 8 p.m. to see what their fate holds.

“Scandal” (Season 7): The Gladiators will say goodbye for good on April 19, but there are four more episodes of the Shonda Rhimes series before Quinn Perkins and Olivia Pope hang up the white hat. “Scandal” will return from a midseason break on ABC March 29 at 10 p.m.


“New Girl” (Season 7): Three fictional years will have passed by the time the seventh and final season premieres on Fox. But don’t worry: Nick and Jess will still be happily dating, Schmidt and Cece will be juggling parenting and work life, and newly married Winston and Aly will be expecting a child of their own. The season premiere will air April 10 at 9:30 p.m.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Season 2): Your return to Gilead is scheduled for April 25, when two new episodes of the Emmy-winning series based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel will hit the streaming service.

“Quantico” (Season 3): We knew Alex Parrish’s escape to Italy couldn’t last long. Her laid-back lifestyle comes to a quick end when Shelby is in need of a heroic rescue. The season premieres April 26 at 10 p.m. on ABC.


"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (Season 4): Without revealing much about what troubles Kimmy will get herself into next season, Netflix announced that the series will return May 30. For the first time, it'll be available in two parts, with the second half to premiere later this year. 


“The Bold Type” (Season 2): Freeform’s “bold” series following three young women as they strive to establish their budding careers in New York City’s competitive magazine industry airs its second season June 12 at 8 p.m.

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