Here are 4 new TV shows premiering in March that you cannot miss.
Does it ever seem like some celebrity relationships are TOO perfect? Well, according to The Arrangement, they just might be. E!'s new guilty pleasure series shines a deliciously juicy light on the messy business of arranged marriages. Josh Henderson (Dallas) plays movie star, Kyle West, who offers working actress Megan (Christine Evangelista) a contract marriage. What is he hiding? Well, his creepy, culty, Scientology-adjacent religion is disturbing, but I'm sure there are far more skeletons and shoe lifts in his closet. A whole series designed to shade Tom Cruise? You had me at hello.
Sign up for The Arrangement every Sunday on E! at 10/9c.
If you're looking for more sophisticated and ripped-from-the headlines programming, you may be surprised to find it on Fox. Shots Fired, starring Sanna Lathan and Mack Wilds, dissects the glaring imbalances in the criminal justice system when an unarmed college student is killed by a police officer. The twist: the college student is white, and his killer is black. It's a provocative twist that just might offer a stance-shifting perspective on police brutality.
Created by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond The Lights, Love And Basketball) and Reggie Prince-Bythewood (New York Undercover), Shots Fired is sure to be arresting television. Tune in on March 22 on Fox at 8/7c.
Executive producer John Singleton's (Boyz In The Hood) take on law and order opts of badassery over brass tacks. BET's Rebel, starring Danielle Moné Truitt and Giancarlo Esposito, follows Rebecca 'Rebel' Knight's journey to seek justice after her brother is killed by the police. Once a by-the-rules cop, Knight trades in her badge for the gritty world of private investigation, which involves meetings in abandoned warehouses, spoken word poetry, and fight scenes in boiler rooms.
Television may be overrun with police dramas, but it's been lacking ones created by black people who can offer a viscerally different take on our justice system and its many failings. It would be a crime to miss this bold new series on BET on March 28 at 9/8c.
The strangely named teenagers in Riverdale have 13 reasons to be terrified. Netflix's 13-episode adaptation of Jay Asher's bestselling YA novel seems to be more engaging, fast-paced and suspenseful than the other new murder-in-high-school drama. 13 follows Clay (Dylan Minnette) who receives a package of tapes detailing the reasons why his friend committed suicide. If the premise sounds grimly exciting, the execution should be even more so: episodes will unfold from both the departed Hannah and Clay's perspectives.
There are so many mysteries to be solved: Which one of Hannah's classmates drove her to suicide? Where did a teenager find a cassette tapes in 2017? How long will it take you to recognize Private Practice's Kate Walsh as Hannah's grieving mother? Binge your heart out on March 31 on Netflix.
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