2021 TV premiere dates, from 'Hawkeye' to 'Cowboy Bebop' and 'The Wheel of Time'

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While the world remains in flux as the result of a global pandemic, TV shows continue to offer a distraction and be a source of comfort to those socially distancing.

In November, what's old is new again. Networks and streaming platforms continue to reach to the past for inspiration. Seven former strangers, who were picked to live in a house and have their lives taped, reunite for "The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles" (Paramount+). A “Nash Bridges” TV movie (USA Network) also debuts next month, as does the revival of "The Game" (Paramount+), last seen in 2011.

Our calendar of major highlights ensures you won't miss the return of your favorite series or the start of a new show you'll fall in love with. (All times EDT/PDT.)

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Cordell Walker (Jared Padalecki, center) returns home to Austin and has trouble reconnecting with kids (Kale Culley and Violet Brinson) in "Walker," a new reboot of the 1990s Chuck Norris TV show.
Cordell Walker (Jared Padalecki, center) returns home to Austin and has trouble reconnecting with kids (Kale Culley and Violet Brinson) in "Walker," a new reboot of the 1990s Chuck Norris TV show.

Oct. 28

"Love Life" (HBO Max, Thursdays)

"Walker" (CW, Thursdays at 8)

Oct. 29

"Colin in Black & White" (Netflix): Former NFL player and activist Colin Kaepernick narrates this drama, co-created with DuVernay, centered on the athlete's adolescence. The series addresses the obstacles he faced as the Black adopted child of a white family.

Nov. 5

"Dickinson" (Apple TV+)

"Big Mouth" (Netflix)

Nov. 7

*"Yellowstone" (Paramount Network, Sundays at 8)

Nov. 11

"The Game" (Paramount+): The 2006-09 series (which returned on BET in 2011) moves from San Diego to Las Vegas for its latest revival that will feature some original cast members as well as new actors. "The Game," which previously wrapped in 2015, provides "a modern-day examination of Black culture through the prism of pro football."

"Paris In Love" (Peacock, Thursdays): Wedding planning for Paris Hilton's three-day celebration are captured in this docuseries. Hilton and venture capitalist Carter Reum became engaged in February. Episodes release weekly.

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Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd star in Apple TV+'s upcoming “The Shrink Next Door.”
Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd star in Apple TV+'s upcoming “The Shrink Next Door.”

Nov. 12

"The Shrink Next Door” (Apple TV+): Paul Rudd stars as a celebrity psychiatrist who takes advantage of his relationship with a patient (Will Ferrell) in this dark comedy series that also stars Kathryn Hahn.

Nov. 16

"The Flash" (CW, Tuesdays at 8)

"Riverdale" (CW, Tuesdays at 9)

Nov. 18

"The Sex Life of College Girls" (HBO Max, Thursdays): This new comedy, co-created by Mindy Kaling, follows college roommates embarking on their first year at a distinguished New England college.

Nov. 19

"Cowboy Bebop" (Netflix): A group of bounty hunters are on the lookout for the most villainous felons in space, based on an anime.

"The Great" (Hulu)

"The Wheel of Time" (Amazon Prime): Based on the 14-book series by author Robert Jordan (and, after his death, Brandon Sanderson), "Wheel" stars Rosamund Pike andtakes place in a fantasy world in which certain women and men are able to perform magic, although men who can "channel" are dangerous and eventually go insane.

Jeremy Renner (as Clint Barton) and Hailee Steinfeld (Kate Bishop) star in Disney+'s series "Hawkeye."
Jeremy Renner (as Clint Barton) and Hailee Steinfeld (Kate Bishop) star in Disney+'s series "Hawkeye."

Nov. 24

"Hannah" (Amazon Prime)

"Hawkeye" (Disney+): The skillful archer Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) pairs up with another master of the bow and arrow Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) in the latest Marvel series.

"The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles" (Paramount+): Cast members and roommates first introduced in 1993 will return to their original house in Venice beach.

"Selling Sunset" (Netflix)

"True Story" (Netflix): Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes star in the limited series centered on a world-famous Philadelphia comedian "forced to answer the question of how far he'll go to protect what he has."

Nov. 27

“Nash Bridges” (USA Network, 9): Stars of the CBS series (1996-2001) – Don Johnson and Cheech Marin – reunite in this TV movie that revisits the San Francisco P.D. detectives.

Dec. 1

"Lost in Space" (Netflix)

Dec. 17

"The Witcher" (Netflix): Henry Cavill's stoic fantasy hero returns for a delayed second season, nearly two years after the first became a Netflix hit.

Dec. 19

"1883" (Paramount+): Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill star in the "Yellowstone" prequel that centers on the Dutton family's trip across the Great Plains.

Mayim Bialik stars in Fox's "Call Me Kat," which has been renewed for a second season.
Mayim Bialik stars in Fox's "Call Me Kat," which has been renewed for a second season.

Jan. 13

"Peacemaker" (HBO Max): John Cena stars in the new DC Comics series centered on the "Suicide Squad" character, who's so dead set on peace he's willing to kill for it.

Jan. 21

"Ozark" (Netflix): The first batch of episodes in the two-part fourth and final season of this drama staring Jason Bateman.

Feb. 20

"The Walking Dead" (AMC, Sundays at 9)

Earlier 2021 premieres:

Aug. 6

"Mr. Corman” (Apple TV+): The comedy series centers on Josh Corman (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an aspiring but down-on-his-luck musician who earns a living as an elementary school teacher. Josh has recently experienced a broken engagement and now lives with a friend from high school.

"Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary" (IMDb TV): The country singer and "American Idol" judge gives fans a look at life in the docuseries that incorporates interviews and home movies.

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Aug. 8

"The L Word: Generation Q" (Showtime, Sundays at 10)

Aug. 10

"Stargirl" (CW, Tuesdays at 8)

Aug. 11

"Family Game Fight" (NBC, Wednesdays at 9): Married actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard appear together on the small screen for the first time in NBC's game show, in which they will go head-to-head as members of dueling families of four, with a $100,000 prize on the line.

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Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell bring back "Taste Buds," the game that inspired their new show.
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Aug. 12

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (NBC, Thursdays at 8): The eighth and final season of the cop comedy brings closure to the precinct – and the show's fans.

Aug. 13

"Modern Love" (Amazon Prime): The romantic anthology series based on New York Times columns returns.

Aug. 16

“Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC, Mondays at 8)

Aug. 18

"Awkwafina is Nora From Queens" (Comedy Central, Wednesdays at 10)

"Nine Perfect Strangers" (Hulu): Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy and Regina Hall star in this adaptation of "Big Little Lies" author Liane Moriarty's 2018 novel.

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Aug. 25

"American Horror Story: Double Feature" (FX, Wednesdays at 10)

Aug. 26

"The Other Two" (HBO Max, Thursdays): Molly Shannon is a successful talk-show host mom to a Justin Bieber-like teen star and two siblings with lesser talents in Season 2 of this series, which moves to streaming from Comedy Central.

Sandra Oh as Professor Ji-Yoon in "The Chair."
Sandra Oh as Professor Ji-Yoon in "The Chair."

Aug. 27

"The Chair" (Netflix): Sandra Oh stars in this new comedy as Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, the first female chair of Pembroke University's English department, who is also one of just a few people of color employed by the school.

Aug. 31

"Only Murders in the Building" (Hulu): Steve Martin and Martin Short bring their considerable talents and longtime comedic partnership to TV with a little help from Selena Gomez. All play loners, residents of a swanky Manhattan apartment building who bond as lovers of true-crime podcasts. When there's a suspicious death in the building, they band together to solve it (while making their own podcast, of course).

Sept. 2

"A.P. BIO" (Peacock)

"What We Do in the Shadows" (FX, Thursdays at 10)

Sept. 3

"La Casa De Papel (Money Heist)" (Netflix): The global hit series concludes in two installments, with five final episodes due December 3.

Sept. 5

"Billions" (Showtime, Sundays at 9)

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Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp (left) Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky (right) in "Impeachment: American Crime Story."
Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp (left) Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky (right) in "Impeachment: American Crime Story."

Sept. 7

"American Crime Story: Impeachment" (FX, Tuesdays at 10): The latest chapter of this limited series focuses on the scandal and impeachment of President Bill Clinton (Clive Owen), following his affair with former intern Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein).

Sept. 10

"Lucifer" (Netflix): The sixth and final season of this onetime Fox show turned Netflix hit.

Sept. 12

"American Rust" (Showtime, Sundays at 10): Jeff Daniels stars as a corrupt Pennsylvania police chief in this series inspired by Philipp Meyer’s 2009 novel. After a murder, the chief is left to figure out how far he'll go for the son of his lover, played by Maura Tierney.

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Sept. 16

"The Premise" (Hulu, Thursdays): This new 30-min anthology comedy series from B.J. Novak ("The Office") features a start-studded cast that includes Ed Asner, George Wallace, Tracee Ellis Ross, Daniel Dae Kim, Lucas Hedges, Kaitlyn Dever and O’Shea Jackson Jr.

Reese Witherspoon, left, and Jennifer Aniston in "The Morning Show" on Apple TV+.
Reese Witherspoon, left, and Jennifer Aniston in "The Morning Show" on Apple TV+.

Sept. 17

"The Morning Show" (Apple TV+): The newsroom drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon returns for a second season.

"Sex Education" (Netflix)

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Sept. 19

"Muhammad Ali" (PBS, Sept. 19-22 at 8): Ken Burns presents a four-episode docuseries that traces the life of the boxing legend and activist (1942-2016).

Sept. 20

"9-1-1" (Fox, Mondays at 8)

"Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, Mondays at 8)

"The Neighborhood" (CBS, Mondays at 8)

"The Voice" (NBC, Mondays at 8)

"Bob Hearts Abishola" (CBS, Mondays at 8:30)

"The Big Leap" (Fox, Mondays at 9): Scott Foley, Teri Polo and Piper Perabo star in this new series focused on a down-on-its-luck group that becomes contestants on a reality TV dance program.

"NCIS" (CBS, Mondays at 9)

"NCIS: Hawai'i" (CBS, Mondays at 10): At NCIS Pearl Harbor, the team examines "high-stakes crimes involving military personnel, national security, and the mysteries of the island itself" in this latest spinoff of the hit franchise. ("NCIS: New Orleans" is no more.)

"Ordinary Joe" (NBC, Mondays at 10): Joe Kimbreau (James Wolk) makes a decision at his college graduation that shapes his life. Three alternate realities, stemming from that night, show how different life could be for Joe and the people around him.

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James Wolk as Joe in one of the three possible lives he has in NBC's "Ordinary Joe."
James Wolk as Joe in one of the three possible lives he has in NBC's "Ordinary Joe."

Sept. 21

"FBI" (CBS, Tuesdays at 8)

"The Resident (Fox, Tuesdays at 8)

"Our Kind of People (Fox, Tuesdays at 9): A single mother embarks on a journey to launch her haircare line for Black women and is rocked when she learns something about her mom's past. The cast includes Yaya DaCosta and Morris Chestnut.

"FBI: Most Wanted" (CBS, Tuesdays at 10)

"FBI: International" (CBS, Tuesdays at 9): A new spinoff of Dick Wolf's CBS franchise centers on agents from the bureau's international team, tasked with protecting U.S. citizens all around the world.

"New Amsterdam" (NBC, Tuesdays at 10)

Sept. 22

"Dear White People" (Netflix)

"Chicago Med" (NBC, Wednesdays at 8)

"The Goldbergs" (ABC, Wednesdays at 8)

"The Masked Singer" (Fox, Wednesdays at 8)

"Survivor" (CBS, Wednesdays at 8)

"The Wonder Years" (ABC, Wednesdays at 8:30): This remake of the late 80s/early 90s series follows a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, as seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Dean. Don Cheadle is the grownup narrator.

"Alter Ego" (Fox, Wednesdays at 9): Singers compete using avatars for performances judged by musical artists Alanis Morissette, Nick Lachey, Grimes and will.i.am..

"Chicago Fire" (NBC, Wednesdays at 9)

"The Conners" (ABC, Wednesdays at 9)

"Home Economics (ABC, Wednesdays at 9:30)

"Chicago PD" (NBC, Wednesdays at 10)

"A Million Little Things" (ABC, Wednesdays at 10)

Sept. 23

"Law & Order: SVU" (NBC, Thursdays at 8)

"Law & Order: Organized Crime" (NBC, Thursdays at 10)

Sept. 26

“Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (ABC, Sundays at 8)

"The Simpsons" (Fox, Sundays at 8)

"Supermarket Sweep” (ABC, Sundays at 9)

"The Rookie” (ABC, Sundays at 10)

Sept. 27

"The Good Doctor" (ABC, Mondays at 10)

Sept. 28

"La Brea" (NBC, Tuesdays at 9): When a large sinkhole appears in Los Angeles, victims find "a mysterious and dangerous primeval land" where they must team up in order to stay alive in this new thriller.

Sept. 30

“Station 19” (ABC, Thursdays at 8)

“Grey’s Anatomy”(ABC, Thursdays at 9)

“Big Sky” (ABC, Thursdays at 10): David E. Kelley's hit drama moves to a new night for its second season.

Oct. 1

"Maid" (Netflix): Margaret Qualley stars as Alex, a woman desperate to flee an abusive relationship to improve life for her young daughter. In order to make money, she takes a job cleaning homes. Andie MacDowell, Qualley's mother, plays Alex's mom onscreen.

"S.W.A.T." (CBS, Fridays at 8)

"Magnum P.I." (CBS, Fridays at 9)

"Blue Bloods" (CBS, Fridays at 10)

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Oct. 3

"Call the Midwife" (PBS, Sundays at 8)

"Grantchester" (PBS, Sundays at 9): The final episodes.

Oct. 6

"Bad Sport (Netflix): The docuseries revisits six sports scandals – including the figure-skating controversy at the 2002 Olympics and race car driver Randy Lanier’s pot-smuggling enterprise – with interviews from the competitors, coaches and authorities involved.

"Tough as Nails" (CBS, Wednesdays at 9)

"CSI: Vegas" (CBS, Wednesdays at 10): Actors William Petersen and Jorja Fox reunite in a revival of the 2000-15 forensics drama to solve cases in Las Vegas.

"Young Sheldon" star Iain Armitage
"Young Sheldon" star Iain Armitage

Oct. 7

"Young Sheldon" (CBS, Thursdays at 8)

"United States of Al" (CBS, Thursdays at 8:30)

"Ghosts" (CBS, Thursdays at 9): Samantha (Rose McIver) and Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) turn a property they inherited into a bed and breakfast. Unfortunately, the property is in terrible condition – and full of ghosts only visible to Samantha.

"Bull" (CBS, Thursdays at 10)

Oct. 8

"Nancy Drew" (CW, Fridays at 9)

"Shark Tank" (ABC, Fridays at 8)

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Queen Latifah stars in CBS' reboot of the “The Equalizer.” Edward Woodward originated the role for the 1980s series.
Queen Latifah stars in CBS' reboot of the “The Equalizer.” Edward Woodward originated the role for the 1980s series.

Oct. 10

"The Equalizer" (CBS, Sundays at 8)

"Legends of the Hidden Temple" (CW, Sundays at 8): The network revives the 90s Nickelodeon game show.

"NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS, Sundays at 9)

"SEAL Team" (CBS, Sundays at 10)

Oct. 11

"We're Here" (HBO, Mondays at 9)

Oct. 13

"Dopesick" (Hulu): Michael Keaton stars in the limited series that traces how Oxy-Contin maker Purdue Pharma contributed to the raging opioid crisis.

"DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (CW, Wednesdays at 8)

"Batwoman" (CW, Wednesdays at 9)

“The Sinner” (USA, Wednesdays at 10)

Oct. 14

"Project Runway" (Bravo, Thursdays at 9)

"B Positive" (CBS, Thursdays at 9:30)

Penn Badgley's Joe is a father in the third season of Netflix's "You."
Penn Badgley's Joe is a father in the third season of Netflix's "You."

Oct. 15

"You" (Netflix): Season 3 of the thriller series starring Penn Badgley as a homicidal charmer.

Oct. 17

"Succession" (HBO, Sundays at 9)

Oct. 19

"The Bachelorette" (ABC, Tuesdays at 8)

"Queens" (ABC, Tuesdays at 10): Four fortysomethings (among them Eve and Brandy Norwood) band together in an attempt to regain the fame they had decades earlier as hip-hop icons.

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Chef David Chang explores the origins and history of the food we eat, and where we should go from here, in "The Next Thing You Eat" on Hulu.
Chef David Chang explores the origins and history of the food we eat, and where we should go from here, in "The Next Thing You Eat" on Hulu.

Oct. 21

"The Blacklist" (NBC, Thursdays at 8)

"The Next Thing You Eat" (Hulu): Chef David Chang hosts this comedic and scientific culinary series that examines why we eat what we do, and what might serve a better food future. Chang challenges viewers to ask more questions about our food, the marketing and corporate money behind it and what really gives us nourishment and tastes delicious.

"Sex, Love & Goop" (Netflix): Gwyneth Paltrow is going there – again! The founder of the wellness and lifestyle site Goop returns to Netflix for another informative series. ("The Goop Lab," a series exploring a wellness topic in each of its six episodes, premiered in January 2020.) "Sex, Love & Goop" recruits experts to help couples improve "through more pleasurable sex and deeper intimacy."

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Oct. 22

"Invasion" (Apple TV+, Fridays): Sam Neill anchors a large ensemble cast of everyday people, astronauts and their families whose lives are turned upside down by an alien invasion of Earth.

Oct. 24

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, Sundays at 10:30)

"Insecure" (HBO, Sundays at 10): The final season of Issa Rae's comedy.

Oct. 25

"All American" (CW, Mondays at 8)

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Contributing: Kelly Lawler

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 2021 TV premieres: 'Hawkeye,' 'Cowboy Bebop,' and 'The Wheel of Time'