unREAL

Genevieve Buechner and Constance Zimmer star in UnREAL, a Bachelor-, Bachelorette-inspired drama series on Lifetime. 

Although sitting on the couch and watching TV should hardly qualify as a New Year’s resolution, it certainly won’t stop me from kicking off my 2018 with a long lineup of series and season premieres. With most fall shows wrapping up ahead of the holiday season, there’s a serious December dry spell. By January, I’m always anxious for more action-packed entertainment on the small screen. Luckily, the new year looks to deliver.

In the spirit of “out with the old and in with the new,” here are five premieres worthy of a watch in 2018.

The Chi

On the heels of Showtime’s smash hit series Shameless, which debuted its eighth season in November, The Chi’s Jan. 7 premiere welcomes a new crop of south-side residents to the network. This coming-of-age drama follows four kids growing up in Chicago’s toughest neighborhood, detailing the bond and conflict that comes with it. Given my overwhelming affection for the dysfunctional Gallaghers, I’m expecting serious laughter and sentiment from Showtime’s newest series.

Series premiere: Jan. 7, 2018, on Showtime 

Nashville

Nashville is back for its sixth and final season. Marking its second with CMT after ABC’s 2016 cancellation, the show's concluding episodes are set to answer the "will they, won't they?" question between Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten) and close friend Jessie Caine. The series’ final lap is sure to include its signature dose of drama in the country music capital before our favorite crop of crooners takes their last bow.

Season premiere: Jan. 4, 2018, on CMT 

Waco

Based on true events, Paramount’s new mini-series Waco stars Friday Night Lights alum Taylor Kitsch as religious cult leader David Koresh. The show details the infamous Waco siege of 1993. The 51-day standoff between the FBI, ATF and Branch Davidian sect will play out on screen beginning Jan. 24. Long live Tim Riggins!

Series premiere: Jan. 24, 2018, on Paramount Network 

UnREAL

It’s only appropriate that The Bachelor-inspired scripted show, UnREAL is slated for its season 3 premiere just a month following the famed franchise's own winter debut. The series features Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby) and Quinn King (Constance Zimmer) as producers of their own faux reality show, a dating competition where behind-the-scenes manipulation is never-ending in the pursuit of drama. The latest episodes of UnREAL will welcome its first female suitor to the set of Everlastingchanging the entire off-air dynamic.

Season premiere: Feb. 26, 2018, on Lifetime

The Resident

Calling all Gilmore Girls and Grey's Anatomy fanatics. Fox's rookie medical drama, The Resident, stars former "GG" lead Matt Czuchry as senior resident Conrad Hawkins, a bold young doctor doing his best to ignite good in a hospital where integrity is sometimes scarce. With a hot doctor-nurse hookup, professional disputes and charismatic leads, I'm hopeful this will be a Grey's 2.0. We just need a "McDreamy"-caliber nickname for Conrad. 

Series premiere: Jan. 21, 2018, on Fox

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