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Winter Arts Guide: TV picks

Anna Paquin (left) and Genevieve Angelson in “Flack”
Anna Paquin (left) and Genevieve Angelson in “Flack” (Pop TV)

RUSSIAN DOLL It’s “Groundhog Day” all over again, with Natasha Lyonne as the depressed guest of honor at a party where she dies — only to wake up in good health and stuck at the same party. After this happens a few times, she begins to find out more about, well, everything. Set in downtown New York, with sex and drugs and rock and roll, it’s darker than the Bill Murray movie. Lyonne co-created the show with Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland. Feb. 1, Netflix

PEN15 Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island comrades produce this comic, cringey look back at the horrors of adolescence. Series creators Anna Konkle and Maya Erskin play the middle-school versions of themselves, dealing with bullies and crushing on boys. It’s a companion series to Netflix’s “Sex Education” and maybe even Bo Burnham’s movie “Eighth Grade,” as it captures the fear and loathing of the school cafeteria. Feb. 8, Hulu

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Margaret: The Rebel Princess Was she as dramatic in real life as she is in “The Crown”? This two-part documentary looks at the life and times of Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister, who reflected many of the changes of the 20th century. She mixed with celebrities and artists, as well as royals, and she had a number of extramarital affairs. When Netflix’s “The Crown” returns for season three, she will be played by Helena Bonham Carter.
Feb. 10, WGBH-2

Miracle Workers It’s a workplace comedy set in heaven, so comparisons to “The Good Place” are going to be inevitable. But this show is from the unique voice of writer-producer Simon Rich, the guy who made “Man Seeking Woman” into a three-season gem. Plus Steve Buscemi plays God, who is lazy and not always nice, and Daniel Radcliffe plays a neurotic angel. So I’m betting it will have its own identity, and I’m hoping that identity is funny. Feb. 12, TBS

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Boomerang Lena Waithe and Halle Berry co-produce this 10-episode reimagining of the 1992 movie of the same title. The show will follow the kids of the original characters, played in 1992 by Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, and Robin Givens, as they deal with workplace politics that have changed in the decades since their parents dealt with them. Tequan Richmond and Tetona Jackson star. Feb. 12, BET

The Umbrella Academy Oh lordy more superheroes battling evil. But this live-action series, based on the graphic novels by Gabriel Ba and My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, may be a little different. It’s about a group of superhero kids born to random women who were not pregnant the day before giving birth. Some of the kids were adopted by an eccentric billionaire, who was training them to save the world. He has died, and now they are troubled adults. It stars Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, and Tom Hopper. Feb. 15, Netflix

Flack Anna Paquin stars as an American publicist in London in this dramedy. She’s the one who takes care of the PR nightmares caused by her celebrity clients — like Ray Donovan, I assume, but without the guns. Meanwhile, as she prevails at the office, her own personal life is falling apart. Sophie Okonedo and Marc Warren also star. Feb. 21, Pop

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Now Apocalypse Greg Araki has made some apocalypse-ish and queer-themed movies including “Mysterious Skin” and “The Living End.” This comedy, which he’ll write with Vogue sex columnist Karley Sciortino and co-produce with Steven Soderbergh and Gregory Jacobs, is about a group of four friends — in particular Avan Jogia’s Ulysses — dating and pursuing fame in Los Angeles. Ulysses keeps having ominous dreams about a conspiracy; fortune telling or just too much weed? March 10, Starz

The Village This drama is about the people who live in the same Brooklyn apartment building and form a family of choice. Perhaps NBC is hoping to mint yet another weepy “This Is Us”-like ensemble drama? There’s a nurse and single mom raising a teen, a law student with a much older and unlikely roommate, and a family dealing with some ICE-related immigration problems. The cast includes Dominic Chianese from “The Sopranos” and, in a recurring role, Katrina Lenk from “The Band’s Visit.” March 12, NBC

Shrill Aidy Bryant moves outside the “Saturday Night Live” bubble for this story of a plus-size woman who is not obsessed with changing her body — much to the chagrin of the people she meets, including an eager gym trainer, who are uncomfortable with her weight. Adapted by activist Lindy West from her memoir, “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman,” the show finds its heroine also negotiating the world of dating and trying to be a journalist in Portland, Ore. March 15, Hulu

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CORRECTION: A previous v ersion of this story misidentified one of the co-creators of “Russian Doll.”


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