CBR's Winter 2019 TV Guide to Superhero, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows

Winter is here and with it, a slew of new and returning series set to take over the small screen across broadcast television, cable and various streaming services. Prepare yourself as we allow you to take in the shows hitting the airwaves as early as next week!

While many fans are anticipating the return of shows such as Supernatural and The Walking Dead, two long running series that have extremely devoted fan-bases, there are plenty of new television shows to get excited about including A Discovery of Witches and The Passage.

With over 20 different genre shows set to return this winter, we break down each title below.

The Orville - Dec. 30, Fox

Seth MacFarlane's The Orville, which will feature longer episodes this season, will return to Fox on Sunday, December 30th. The Star Trek-inspired series was renewed for a second season over a year ago, and while little is known as to what will happen in it, MacFarlane has stated that the budget has been expanded, resulting in "feature-quality cinematic work."

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The series was originally hailed as a Star Trek parody when it was first ordered to series; however, ahead of its Season 2 pick-up, two of the show's producers noted that the series was actually a better Star Trek series for some fans than Star Trek: Discovery. And while that is debatable, The Orville has clearly become a credible sci-fi series in its own right.

The Orville stars Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Penny Johnson Jerald, Halston Sage, J. Lee and Mark Jackson.

The Punisher - January, Neflix

Frank Castle is set to return for a second season sometime in January. Unfortunately, little is known about the forthcoming season outside of a few new casting announcements, as the series added Annette O'Toole and Corbin Bernsen. Bernsen (Psych, American Gods) will play Anderson Schultz, a wealthy man used to getting his way, while O'Toole (Smallville) is set to play Eliza Schultz, the wife of Anderson; she's a woman that is accustomed to her wealth and is more-than-willing to manipulate people to get what she wants.

It remains to be seen what The Punisher's future is like on Netflix; however, Jon Bernthal's Frank Castle is set to return as the titular character for a second season in January. Unfortunately, beyond a release month, Netflix has not confirmed exactly when said season will actually premiere.

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In recent months, Netflix has gone on to surprisingly cancel Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil -- a series that was revealed to be doing just fine in the ratings. With that in mind, fans are expecting The Punisher and Jessica Jones to follow suit after their newest seasons air, so it's entirely possible Season 2 will mark the end of Castle's journey on Netflix.

The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal as the titular anti-hero, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Amber Rose Revah.

The Gifted - Jan. 1, Fox

The mid-season finale of The Gifted promised a "gaMe changer," and it looks as though the mid-season premiere will bring just that when the series returns on January 1st with "eneMy of My eneMy."

According to the synopsis for the premiere, the Mutant Underground will find themselves wrestling with the idea of recruiting the Inner Circle to assist them, while Andy will have to decide whether or not he wants to reconnect with his family after learning of his father's powers.

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The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker, Sean Teale as Eclipse/Marcos Diaz, Jamie Chung as Blink/Clarice Fong, Coby Bell as Jace Turner, Emma Dumont as Polaris/Lorna Dane, Blair Redford as Thunderbird/John Proudstar, Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker, Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker, Skyler Samuels as the Frost sisters and Grace Byers as Reeva Payge.

Gotham - Jan. 3, Fox

After five long seasons, Bruce Wayne is finally set to become the Dark Knight in the final season of Gotham. If that wasn't reason enough to be excited about the final season of the Batman prequel, the series is also set to finally introduce a proper version of the Joker and Harley Quinn -- even if the series does avoid using said names -- as well as classic Batman villain, Bane, and Selina Kyle/Catwoman.

With just 12-episodes, it's safe to say the final season is set to go out with a bang as it continues to explore the "No Man's Land" story from the comics in its final season.

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Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Cameron Monaghan as Jeremiah Valeska and Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth. The fifth and final season is scheduled to premiere on January 3.

Young Justice: Outsiders - Jan. 4, DC Universe

The fan-favorite animated series is set to make its return on the DC streaming service, DC Universe, on January 4th. In the recently released teaser for the forthcoming season of Young Justice: Outsiders, the team is officially reunited along with a few new additions. This marks the long-awaited return of the animated series following its cancellation on Cartoon Network two years ago. The new season will see the heroes combat metahuman trafficking around the globe while mentoring the latest generation of up-and-coming heroes.

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Like Titans, the series will not be released all at once. With a 26-episode season, Outsiders will see three new episodes released every Friday -- except on January 25th, when four episodes will be released.

Young Justice: Outsiders stars Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, Stephanie Lemelin, Khary Payton, Alyson Stoner, Eric Lopez, James Marsden, Mae Whitman, Jason Spisak, Zehra Fazal and Troy Baker.

The Passage - Jan. 14, Fox

One of the few new shows on this list, The Passage is based on Justin Cronin's post-apocalyptic book trilogy of the same name. The Passage tells the story of a government experiment titled Project Noah, which is meant to make humans immune to disease, but ultimately ends up infecting the subjects with a vampiric-like disease.

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The television series will focus on the relationship between Mark-Paul Gosselaar's Federal Agent Brad Wolgast and an orphan named Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney). Sent to bring her in as part of the program, Wolgast instead opts to protect her and go on the run in search of safety for the two of them.

The series stars Saniyya Sidney as Amy Bellafonte, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Brad Wolgast, Caroline Chikezie as Project Noah's lead scientist Major Nichole Sykes, Vincent Piazza as the ex-CIA operative Clark Richards, Jamie McShane as former scientist Tim Fanning, Brianne Howey as inmate Shauna Babcock, and Emmanuelle Chriqui as Wolgast's ex-wife, Dr. Lila Kyle.

The Flash - Jan. 15, The CW

The Flash will return on January 15th with "The Flash & The Furious," which promises to be a Nora-centric episode as she's seen speaking with Eobard Thawne, who she has been secretly working with, in the first preview for the upcoming episode.

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Roswell, New Mexico - Jan. 15, The CW

Charmed isn't the only fan-favorite series to undergo a reboot on the CW. The network, which is best known for its superhero properties these days, is set to reboot Roswell with Roswell, New Mexico. After debuting the first trailer for the series during Comic-Con International, the CW finally confirmed the series will premiere on January 15th.

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The series is based on the Roswell High book series by Melinda Metz, and centers on Liz Ortecho, a biomedical researcher who is also the daughter of illegal immigrants, who reluctantly returns to her hometown of Roswell. Upon her return, she comes to learn of the existence of aliens thanks to a former crush. While the series will draw inspiration from the novels, it will also add an immigration spin to the alien tale.

Roswell, New Mexico stars Jeanine Mason (Grey’s Anatomy), Nathan Parsons (The Originals), Lily Cowles (BrainDead), Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars), Michael Trevino (The Vampire Diaries), Heather Hemmens (Hellcats), and Karan Oberoi (Counterpart).

Deadly Class - Jan. 16, Syfy

Deadly Class is based on the comic book series of the same name by Rick Remender and Wes Craig. The comic book series is set in the late 1980's at King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts, a place where the world's top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained.

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Those that are eager to see the pilot for the forthcoming series, SyFy decided to release the pilot episode on its website nearly a month early. (You can watch it now by heading to the network's website!) And while there are some differences between the comic and television adaption, as should be expected, the series is a relatively well-done take on the beloved comic.

Deadly Class stars Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange), Benjamin Wadsworth (Teen Wolf), Lana Condor (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before), María Gabriela de Faría (Yo Soy Franky), Luke Tennie (Shock and Awe), Liam James (The Killing), and Michel Duval (Queen of the South). It is executive produced by Joe and Anthony Russo with Remender serving as both executive producer and co-showrunner with Miles Orion Feldsott and Mick Betancourt.

Supernatural - Jan. 17, The CW

Supernatural -- "Unhuman Nature" -- Image Number: SN1407c_0160b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam, Misha Collins as Castiel and Jensen Ackles as Dean -- Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC All Rights Reserved

The CW's longest running series, Supernatural will finally return on January 17th. The series, of course, focuses on two brothers -- Dean and Sam -- as they follow in their father's footsteps as hunters of the supernatural.

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While little is known regarding the show's mid-season premiere, it has been confirmed that actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan will return as John Winchester for the show's milestone 300th episode, "Lebanon."

Airing Thursdays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW, Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Alexander Calvert.

Star Trek: Discovery - Jan. 17, CBS All Access

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CBS All Access will premiere the second season of Star Trek: Discovery on January 17th, in a season that is set to up the ante with the inclusion of iconic Trek characters Captain Christopher Pike, first officer Number One, and Spock.

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The forthcoming season will see the crew investigate the arrival of the mysterious Red Angel, a powerful being that is capable of triggering crimson bursts. Understandably, given the figure's powers, Spock fears it could potentially end all sentient life in the galaxy.

Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo, Anson Mount, Ethan Peck and Michelle Yeoh. Also joining the series in Season 2 is Rebecca Romijn as first officer Number One.

A Discovery of Witches - Jan. 17, Shudder & Sundance

After premiering on Sky One earlier this year, A Discovery of Witches, based on the New York Times Bestseller of the same name, is set to finally debut stateside in January. The series, which tells the story of Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer), a historian and witch, who must solve the mysteries of Ashmole 782 with the help of Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode), a vampire -- which, of course, is trouble, as witches are not to trust vampires.

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Unlike the release schedule on Sky One, which aired the series in a weekly format, A Discovery of Witches will be available to binge all at once when it hits Sundance and Shudder in January. In a surprising move, the official A Discovery of Witches account posted a video featuring star Teresa Palmer announcing US fans can actually watch the first two episodes on Sundance & Shudder as of Christmas day while the rest of the series is still set to premiere on January 17th. If you find yourself getting hooked by season's end, don't worry, the series has already been picked up for two more seasons by Sky One.

Based on the novel by Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches stars Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode, Valarie Pettiford, Malin Buska, and Owen Teale.

Supergirl - Jan. 20, The CW

Supergirl in Elseworlds Part 2

The Girl of Steel flies back to the small screen on January 20th when the series returns for its mid-season premiere, "Suspicious Minds." After being fired from the D.E.O. for refusing to reveal her secret identity, Kara finds herself questioning just who she is without Supergirl as her friends and loved ones are put at risk in order to protect her true identity.

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Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers, David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, and Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers.

Charmed - Jan. 20, The CW


The CW's Charmed reboot is set to return on January 20th to conclude its freshman season. Like with the original series, Charmed centers around a trio of sisters that are brought together following the death of their mother and ultimately learn they are powerful witches.

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While the basic concept of the series remains the same, the reboot has opted to go in a much different direction than its predecessor, featuring a diverse cast with an LGBTQ lead. The series has been met with plenty of backlash, both from fans and the cast of the original series, and it appears the backlash may have hurt the series as the ratings have continued to decline. Will the Charmed Ones return for a second season? That remains to be seen. Thankfully, though, fans can still get their witch fix come January when the trio finally return.

Arrow - Jan. 21, The CW

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The CW's longest-running superhero series, Arrow, will return on January 21st following this year's Arrowverse crossover which saw the series see an uptick in ratings. In the mid-season premiere, titled "Shattered Lives," Oliver will go on the hunt for the new Green Arrow -- previously revealed to be none other than Emiko Queen played by Shea Shimooka, Oliver's half-sister.

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Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog, Echo Kellum as Mr. Terrific, Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary, Colton Haynes as Arsenal, Kirk Acevedo as Diaz, and Katie Cassidy as Black Siren.

Black Lightning - Jan. 21, The CW

Black Lightning will return for the second-half of Season 2 on January 21st with "The Book Of Rebellion: Chapter Three: Angelitos Negros." The show's January 21st return will also mark its first night on Mondays, as the series moves from its former Tuesday time-slot.

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The mid-season premiere looks set to pick-up where the fall finale left off as China Anne McClain's Jennifer Pierce remains on the run with Khalil, aka Painkiller. While it remains to be seen just when she finally suits up as a hero, we do know that Jennifer will finally come to terms with her powers when she takes on the Lightning costume and mantle in the show's upcoming episodes.

Black Lightning stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce, Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce/Thunder, Christine Adams as Lynn Stewart, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III as Tobias Whale, Damon Gupton as Billy Henderson and James Remar as Peter Gambi.

The Magicians - Jan. 23, Syfy

The fourth season of SyFfy's The Magicians is set to premiere on Jan. 23. Showrunners John McNamara and Sera Gamble previously revealed at New York Comic Con that Season 4 will pick-up where Season 3 left off -- with the young magicians having had their memories erased and now mystified about who they are and why they're on Earth.

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The popular series, of course, is based on the acclaimed novels by author Lev Grossman, which will be getting the comic book treatment come July, with the first book set to be both adapted and expanded to further tell Alice's story.

The Magicians stars Jason Ralph, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Summer Bishil, Stella Maeve, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Rick Worthy, Jade Tailor, Trevor Einhorn and Brittany Curran.

Legacies - Jan. 24, The CW

The CW's second Vampire Diaries spin-off, Legacies will return for its mid-season premiere on January 25th. The series is centered around Hope Mikaelson, a vampire/werewolf hybrid, who is simply trying to make it in a complicated world while living at a boarding school for the supernaturally gifted. In the mid-season premiere titled "Maybe I Should Start From The End," Hope finds herself desperate to try and save Landon from danger.

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Airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Legacies stars Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson, Jenny Boyd as Lizzie Saltzman, Kaylee Bryant as Josie Saltzman, Quincy Fouse as Milton Greasley/MG, Aria Shahghasemi as Landon Kirby, Peyton Alex Smith as Rafael Waithe and Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman.

The Walking Dead - Feb. 10, AMC

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The long-running zombie drama is set to return on February 10th with the Whisperers. In the series ninth season, the living will be forced to take on a terrifying quiet group of adversaries as Alpha and the Whisperers will (finally) make their on screen debut.

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The new threats are said to be "more disturbing and terrifying than when the apocalypse first broke out," and will hopefully help to bring the series back to its former glory.

The Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Nadia Hilker, Dan Fogler, Angel Theory, Lauren Ridloff, and Eleanor Matsuura.

The Umbrella Academy – Feb. 15, Netflix

The Umbrella Academy, based on the Dark Horse Comics title of the same name by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba, is set to come to life on Netflix when it premieres on February 15th. The series tells the tale of an estranged family of superheroes that investigate the suspicious death of their father Reginald Hargreeves who had adopted the wayward orphans as part of his titular academy to hone their powers and save the world.

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Led by Ellen Paige, who is playing Vanya, the series also stars Robert Sheehan (Misfits), Aidan Gallagher (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn), Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castañeda (Switched at Birth), and Tom Hopper (Black Sails). If you haven't already, you can catch the first teaser trailer for the series by heading here.

Doom Patrol - Feb. 15, DC Universe

Spinning out of the DC Universe series, Titans, the streaming service's second series, Doom Patrol, is finally set to premiere in February. While little is still known about the series, it's expected that the show will follow Cyborg, played by Joivan Wade, as he rallies the team of misfits into action to combat a new threat.

Along with releasing a short teaser of the eccentric group as they posed for a holiday photo, DC also unveiled a series of character posters that gave us our first official look at Robotman (Brendan Fraser), Negative Man (Matt Bomer), Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby) and Crazy Jane. With the focus now off Titans, which just wrapped its first season, it's safe to presume an official trailer isn't too far off now. Reports indicate Doom Patrol has already been renewed for a second season ahead of its series premiere.

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