In 2015, we’ll be saying goodbye to multiple TV shows (“Mad Men,” “Glee,” “Justified,” “Parenthood,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Two and a Half Men,” “The Mentalist,” “Cougar Town”) while welcoming a slew of newcomers, all hoping to be the next “The Walking Dead” or “Scandal.” Here are five notable TV events coming up in 2015.
▪ David Letterman signs off: Letterman wasn’t the most popular late-night host in terms of ratings, but he’s arguably the most beloved and critically adored. He officially steps into retirement on May 20. No doubt the lead-up to his swan song will be stuffed full of star-studded farewells and tear-filled remembrances.
Details: “The Late Show With David Letterman” farewell, May 20, CBS
▪ “Glee” and “Mad Men” final seasons: They’ve both lost some of their pop culture punch (“Glee” especially has taken a nosedive), but both were bona fide phenomenons when they premiered. Now we get to see what ultimately becomes of the gangs of McKinley High and Sterling Cooper.
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Details: “Glee’s” final season begins 7 p.m. Jan. 9, Fox; “Mad Men,” TBA, AMC
▪ “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore”: The late-night merry-go-round continues. Comedy Central lost one of its most prominent personalities when Stephen Colbert left the network for Letterman’s job. Taking over for Colbert is Wilmore, who created “The Bernie Mac Show” and is the “senior black correspondent” on “The Daily Show.” Wilmore won’t be as absurd as Colbert, but expect him to be just as funny.
Details: Premieres 10:30 p.m. Jan. 19, Comedy Central
▪ “Better Call Saul”: If you’ve been jonesing for “Breaking Bad” since it left the air, spinoff “Saul” might give you a fix. It also was created by Vince Gilligan and focuses on lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) before he met Walter White.
Details: Premieres 9 p.m. Feb. 8, AMC
▪ Empire: It’s being billed as prime time’s “first hip-hop drama” (what took so long?). It has cred: “Empire” was created by director Lee Daniels (“Precious”), and Timbaland is one of the producers. The cast includes Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, who know a little something about hip-hop, having both starred in the film “Hustle & Flow.” Will it achieve platinum status or be a one-hit wonder? Stay tuned.
Details: Premieres 8 p.m. Jan. 7, Fox