This winter, there is a great lineup of new shows on the market. Some of the most popular networks like FOX, NBC, CBS, and the CW are airing new shows with lots of acclaim heading into their pilots. A great tool like an antenna lets you watch a bunch of them, just like it did during the holiday season, without the need for paying for cable.
There have always been people who refused to pay for cable for whatever reason, but that number is rapidly rising. More and more people wanted to cut cable due to the sometimes absurdly high prices charged by cable companies. Many services have popped up to serve these cable cutters, like Sling TV. But, the best tool has been around for as long as the television… and that’s the antenna.
The antennas nowadays are much improved since the old rabbit ears many picture when they hear TV antenna. These things let you watch TV in perfect high-definition picture and have impressive reception ranges. They even have won some awards for best consumer product.
Here are some of the best new shows you can watch this winter and the channel you’ll be watching on:
The show features Kaitlin Olson, famous for her work on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as a wild and crazy aunt who is forced to raise her niece and nephews. The kids are spoiled as can be and couldn’t be any more different from Mackenzie “Mickey” Murphy (Olson). The trailer and premise of the show look hilarious and it will be interesting to see how the show pans out over the first season.
When it airs: Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET (premiered January 17, 2017)
When it was announced 24 was returning everyone dreamed of seeing a return of Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland, to the small screen. Alas, Sutherland shot down these rumors, but the core basis of the show looks similar to the previous 24 seasons. If it is anything like the earlier versions, than this could potentially be a can’t miss show.
When it airs: Mondays at 8 p.m. ET (premieres February 5, 2017 following Super Bowl LI)
Many people were surprised when this show was announced, because it seemed like it could be somewhat of a reach. That’s because Riverdale is real-life adaptation of the Archie Comics. The show isn’t a happy-go-luck reboot on the comics either and has more of a suspense/drama feel after a mysterious death of one of Archie’s friends. For Archie fans and TV fans alike, this will be one not to miss.
When it airs: Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET (premieres January 26, 2017)
In another take on an old classic, Emerald City is a new look at The Wizard of Oz. The show will portray all of the stories that led up to the events that took place during the movie. This show was actually in the works as early as 2014, but the project was initially scrapped. Universal had so much confidence in it they re-worked the storyline and will be launching what looks to be a great take on an old story this winter.
When it airs: Fridays at 9 p.m. ET (premiered January 6, 2017)
Powerless isn’t your ordinary superhero show. NBC is taking a satirical look at the blossoming superhero genre and has a seriously great cast lined up for this one including Alan Tudyk, Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, and Ron Funches. The show looks at a world of superheroes from the eyes of the employees at Wayne Security. It is a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that looks to improve the lives of the helpless bystanders affected by the crazed battles of these heroes.
When it airs: Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET (premieres February 2, 2017)
The show Taken is based on the trilogy of movies by the same name. Liam Neeson won’t be making a move to your TV screen, but the main character will be the same as the movies just set in an earlier time. What Taken the show really displays is how Brian Mills, played by Clive Standem, honed those “very particular set of skills” he puts to use later in life to save his daughter.
When it airs: Mondays at 10 p.m. ET (premieres February 27, 2017)
Remember that kick-butt Denzel Washington movie, Training Day? Well, CBS does. In fact, the network remembers it so fondly that it has decided to remake it into a series. The CBS television version features Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell filling Washington’s and Ethan Hawke’s roles, respectively.
When it airs: Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET (premieres February 2, 2017)
Hopefully, you understand the antenna is a valuable tool for anyone without cable. Even new popular services like DIRECTV NOW, which you can learn about here, are great, but one of the big gaps is their inability to get channels like CBS featured in their channel packages. They’re solid services and all, but you really need the antenna to watch all of these great shows this winter!
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