March is a big month for mid-season series premieres. Football’s over, the awards shows are behind us, and now people can watch their fave shows on the reg again—and maybe even add a few more to their queue. Here are the new series debuting this week we think are worth your precious free time:
The Last Man on Earth
FOX, Sundays at 9:30 p.m. ET
Why we’re watching: Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte returns to the small screen as Phil Miller, literally the last man on earth after a crazy apocalyptic-like disaster. Forte wrote the pilot, and reviews are already strong that it’s all-out hilarious. We're pumped because now we get two hysterical SNL people back-to-back, with this show following Andy Samberg’s wildly funny Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Sunday’s the new Saturday night.
CBS, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET
Why we’re watching: The latest spin-off from the ever-successful CSI brand takes on cyber crime. We’re tuning in because this is the first role we’re going to see Patricia Arquette in since taking home the best supporting actress honor at the Academy Awards. She plays Special Agent Avery Ryan, who along with James Van Der Beek takes on the digital criminals. “We are at a dawn of a new time,” she said during a Q&A about the series. “What does this new technology mean in our lives?” TELL US PATRICIA. TELL US.
Why we’re watching: John Ridley, the writer who won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for 12 Years A Slave, brings his newest project to ABC as the creator, writer, and executive producer of this drama. The show feels like it’s ripped-from-the-headlines, as it focuses on a racially-charged crime and what happens to the families of those in the trial. “When we originally started working on the show, there were times where we thought maybe we were not relevant anymore,” Ridley said during a preview of the show. “The reality is that unfortunately these events remain cyclical in this country."
Why we’re watching: This show is already freaking us out and it hasn’t even started yet—mostly because of its weird interstitials that pop up when we’re watching re-runs of Law & Order: SVU. The executive producers of Homeland and Heroes are behind this 10-episode thriller, which leads us from a single girl’s murder to a much bigger, world conspiracy in Jerusalem. Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche star as the badasses working to disrupt this plan. We’re pumped because it was actually shot in Jerusalem, Mexico, and Croatia. It will look cool, if nothing else.
Why we’re watching: Tina Fey is back with a new show that's out to match the wittiness of 30 Rock. This time, Fey (along with co-creator and 30 Rock producer Robert Carlock) created a comedy that stars Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who escapes a doomsday cult and moves to N.Y.C. on a whim after spotting a rat in a trash can post-Today show appearance. She and her light-up sneakers gets a job as the nanny to an unbearable-but-sweet uptown socialite mom Mrs. Voorhees (Jane Krakowski) and moves in with aspirational Broadway star roomie Tituss (Tituss Burgess). It's all-around adorable with a super sassy side—every line is a zinger. We'll be binging on it just to hear all the outrageous things Mrs. Voorhees says. Krakowski really brings it with another larger-than-life character.