Make Strides Like A Runner

To all new runners!
 
Running
 
It may look easy watching as runners stride effortlessly as they go, but there’s technique to what they’re doing. Personal trainers and instructors will tell you it’s all in the form.
 
In order to be a better runner, you must run the proper way which involves using several muscle groups. It’s also important to warm up before running.
 
stretching-exercises
 
By warming up, you are decreasing the risk of injury as well as preparing your muscles for the run. So when warming up, make sure to warm up everything! Your chest, shoulders, core, back, arms, calves, and quads!
 
With all of this in mind, you are now set to go.
 
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MTV2 Reveals Collaboration With World Star Hip Hop, Two New Series On the Way

MTV2 today announced the debut of two new series, “World Star TV” – the first TV show from the famed World Star Hip Hop; the sketch comedy show “ADD-TV” from the media powerhouse co-founded by legendary media mogul Russell Simmons; and the third season of “Uncommon Sense” hosted by Charlamagne Tha God which will now air live from MTV’s headquarters in New York City.

“These new shows from two of the noisiest and most relevant digital brands speak to the same young, diverse audience as MTV2, and working to bring their voices to TV is a natural fit,” said Eli Lehrer, Head of Development for MTV and Executive Vice President of MTV2. “A new live version of ‘Uncommon Sense’ is an exciting reinvention of the show that will allow Charlamagne to showcase his unique skill-set and tremendous hosting talent.”

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“World Star TV,” a 10-episode weekly series set to debut on February 3 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, will be hosted by Chris Powell, known as Comedian CP who has been featured in All Def Digital’s recent HBO standup comedy special “All Def Comedy” and Fox’s “Empire.” Chris will hold court in the World Star VIP Lounge and be joined by a panel of comedians, correspondents and cultural tastemakers who will offer hilarious commentary on the funniest clips from the wildly popular digital destination, World Star Hip Hop. The series will also include original sketches and man-on-the-street segments, along with celebrity guests from a pool of today’s hottest names in rap.

“ADD-TV,” the three-episode half-hour special series will air immediately following “World Star TV” at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT and will bring the best of All Def Digital’s content to a linear platform. Each episode will feature top emerging comedians, social media influencers and All Def Digital’s in-house talent and staff in various segments and sketches that address cultural, racial and gender stereotypes, or situations that are just plain funny, through ADD’s unique brand of comedy.

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“Uncommon Sense Live” will premiere live on February 24 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT following an all-new episode of “World Star TV.” Heading into its third season, MTV2 is reinventing the Charlamagne Tha God-hosted series as a live weekly destination to make “uncommon sense” out of the news stories striking a chord with today’s younger generation. Viewers will also have the opportunity to call or Skype in as Charlamagne and guests have in-depth, open and real conversations exploring all sides of an issue.

“World Star TV” is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with World Star Hip Hop and Five All in the Fifth Productions. David Eilenberg, David George, Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh, Brian Zagorski, Lee “Q” O’Denat, Doug Banker and Rob Anderson serve as Executive Producers.

“ADD-TV” is produced by All Def Digital. Russell Simmons, Chris Conti and Harris Sherman serve as Executive Producers.

“Uncommon Sense Live” is executive produced for MTV2 by Charlamagne Tha God, Annie Gillies, Brian Saracusa and Darin Byrne.

Is Parkour A Sport? It Is in the UK.

Britain has become the first country officially to recognise Parkour as a sport after approval by the four Home Country Sports Councils was confirmed on Tuesday.
 
“This is brilliant recognition for a discipline that started off as child’s play with my friends almost 30 years ago,” said Sebastien Foucan, the president of Parkour UK, in a statement.
 
Parkour, which involves running, climbing and jumping acrobatically around buildings and over terrain, was founded in France in the 1980s as Art du Deplacement — later taking its name from the French word ‘parcours’ (course or route).
 

 
The recognition by Sport England, sportscotland, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland means Parkour UK becomes the official national governing body and can apply for lottery and state funding to support development.
 
British government Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch said she was pleased with the move.
 
“I want people to get out there and find the sport and physical activity that appeals to them and Parkour is certainly a fun, creative and innovative option,” she said.
 
Foucan performed Parkour as the villain Mollaka in the 2006 James Bond movie ‘Casino Royale’.
 
While the potential dangers and anti-social elements, such as trespass and damage to property, have been highlighted in some media coverage, the recognised version is more carefully controlled.
 

 
“Parkour/Freerunning is now in the vast majority of primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities all over the UK,” said Parkour UK chief executive Eugene Minogue.
 
“We have built a qualified workforce of over 600 people, we have led the development of a British, and now a European standard for Parkour equipment. As a result, there are now more than 50 Parkour Parks across the UK.” (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis)

Cold and Flu Season: How-to Decipher the Color of Your Phlegm

THE DREADED cold and flu season is well and truly upon us, but many of us find it difficult to decipher between the two.
 
Watery eyes, a runny nose and general lethargy are among the common health ailments that strike us down when the silliness of the festive season subsides.
 
A persistent chesty cough has swept the nation this year, even plaguing Queen Elizabeth II.
 
Coughing up phlegm goes hand-in-hand with this particular predicament. While revolting, the sticky substance can signal a lot about the state of your health.
 

Many of us find it difficult to decipher between cold and flu


 
Speaking to MailOnline, she said: “The fact you have a runny nose or are coughing up phlegm shows your body is fighting off infection and, hopefully, eliminating it from your body.”
 
Dr Brewer also said the colour of your phlegm can reveal how serious your infection is.
 
She continued: “If it’s very discoloured, as in green or brown, or blood-stained, it’s wise to seek medical advice from a pharmacist or your GP.”
 

Phlegm can signal a lot about the state of your health


 
The expert explained phlegm and mucus works to protect our bodies by keeping our airways, lungs and nasal passages moist.
 
Its sticky consistency works to trap dust, pollution and allergen particles to prevent them reaching our lungs.
 
Mucus, commonly referred to as phlegm or snot, also contains immune cells and antibodies that help fight infection.
 
Our bodies constantly produce the substance, but if there is an excessive amount or it is ‘off colour’, it could signify a more serious infection.
 
According to Dr Brewer, if your mucus is white it signals the tissues in your nose have swollen up.
 
She said: “If you cough up white phlegm it may mean you have an upper respiratory tract infection such as a cold, or an allergy, which can cause congested sinuses.”
 
Healthy people coughing up a substance that is yellow or green are likely fighting a bacterial or viral infection. This could be caused by sinuses, or the lower respiratory tract.
 
For people suffering chronic lung disease, secretions of this colour could suggest an infection, and professional advice is recommended.
 
If you notice pink or red coloured mucus, it could be the sign of a chest infection and urgent medical attention should be sought.
 
Dr Brewer advised the darker the phlegm, the more likely you are to have something serious going on.
 
Brown or black coloured mucus – most typically seen in smokers – could be a sign of fungal or bacterial pneumonia, which is linked to long-term inhalation of irritants or dust.
 
In this case, make it your first priority to see a GP.

Will Ronda Rousey Return to MMA? Mental Health Being Questioned

If you thought Ronda Rousey’s 2015 defeat to Holly Holmes signalled the end of her MMA career, the beating she took at the hands of Amanda Nunes in December would seem to be the final nail in the coffin.
 
The psychological toll of Rousey’s first professional loss over a year ago, which sent her into hiding for six months, has been compounded by the defeat to Nunes, who knocked out Rousey in less than a minute.
 
As a result, Rousey’s future in the octagon is in doubt, while some worry about her mental state.
 
Her recent Instagram post suggests the soon-to-be 30-year-old is at least beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
 

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Overconfidence, holding false beliefs of invincibility, and aggressive competitiveness motivated by unresolved anger are just some of the psychological traps athletes can fall into which can make overcoming major upsets especially difficult.
 
Despite the mounting odds against her successful return, elite-level sports psychologist Douglas Smith has faith that Rousey can get back on top of her game but says it will be impossible for her to do it without the right kind of help.
 

Distorted identity


 
Prior to getting into mixed martial arts at age 21, Rousey had a long career in elite sport, competing in judo at two Olympic Games before retiring in 2008.
 
Based on how devastated she seemed after her MMA defeats, she may have had little sense of her identity outside of sport — something Smith says is “extremely common,” especially among athletes who become stars at a young age.
 
“When there’s isn’t the balance, there aren’t other areas where they can be a ‘star’ in the sense of self-esteem,” says Smith, who has worked with high-profile athletes from various sports. “It’s very understandable for someone to [mentally] crash when there’s an injury or there is a major defeat or loss.”
 
Smith says that, in order to be mentally heathy, athletes must have the tools to deal with all scenarios— wins, defeats and extreme injury.
 

‘Anything is possible’

 

 
A triumphant return to the octagon may seem unlikely at the moment for Rousey, but Smith believes it’s possible if she works at it.
 
“The whole mental side of sport is about resilience, and that doesn’t come because you are born with it,” Smith says. “It’s something that must be developed and trained. I know a lot of athletes don’t believe they can create miracles, but they can.
 
“There are countless examples of athletes that are able to achieve the seemingly impossible — Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile in 1954, or Gordie Howe playing processional hockey into his 50s. So anything is possible if you get the right kind of help.”
 
Whether or not she continues her MMA career, Rousey’s legion of fans certainly hope she gets whatever help she needs.

Viceland Announces: What Would Diplo Do? Starring James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek is set to play a fictional version of DJ Diplo in Viceland’s first scripted TV show.

According to Deadline, the actor, known for roles in Dawson’s Creek and The Rules of Attraction, will headline What Would Diplo Do? as well as write, executive produce and act as showrunner. The Grammy award-winning musician will also produce for the Vice-owned channel.

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“The show doesn’t take itself too serious, but it’s not cynical,” Van Der Beek said. It’s been described as a “collection of parables” that can be likened to Louie and This is Spinal Tap.

“I’ve enjoyed deconstructing my own image quite a bit over the years, but to have the chance to do it with a global megastar like Diplo who’s letting us to do something fun and ridiculous that few people have the balls to allow is crazy,” said Van Der Beek, who played himself in sitcom Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. “To get to work with this creative team within a Viceland aesthetic is fun on a whole new level.”

The show will also be overseen by film-maker Spike Jonze, who acts as Viceland’s co-president. It stems from a concert promo starring Van Der Beek called Day in the Life of Diplo.

“When James was in the office a few weeks ago, he told me the storylines he had sketched out, they were, of course, funny; one even got me emotional, which made it that much more funny,” Jonze said. This idea has gotten inside James which makes me really excited to see what he makes and happy to have it on our channel.”

The Best Wellbeing Trends to Start 2017

Recovery

More and more people seem to be taking on bonkers endurance challenges, from ultramarathons to Tough Mudders. Even the average high-intensity gym class is about pushing your body to the limit. But now there’s a growth in classes focusing on stretching, recovery and calm. In Japan, the practice of wrapping babies in muslin cloth, otonomaki, is now being tried on adults, apparently to help stretch the limbs and comfort them.

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Personalised nutrition

Confused by different diet plans? Now you can go one better by assessing exactly what works for your body. Pure Genetic Lifestyle uses your DNA to formulate diet plans and advise lifestyle changes, while supplement company VITL has launched an app to assess and monitor your nutritional needs.

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Measure results, not pounds

Time to end your co-dependent relationship with the weighing scales – fitness gurus want you to focus on your fitness rather than weight. The same goes for those awful “before and after” pics – it’s about achievements rather than aesthetics. “I do not do before and after pictures. I do before and after Viking Performances,” says the Viking Method’s Svava Sigbertsdottir. “On the first day of the month, we do a certain Viking Challenge. Then we train for a month. On the last day, we repeat the challenge and see how much we have truly progressed.” If it’s good enough for Nicole Scherzinger …

Kombucha

Last year must have been the year of the gut, as we gained new awareness of its effects on everything from weight to mood. Kombucha fermented tea is the latest way to boost your good bacteria, and bottles of the stuff are becoming more popular. In its medicinal-look bottles, Jarr is the hipster’s choice of “booch”.

Crawling

Don’t worry, this isn’t some “discover your inner child” workshop, but a type of exercise. Functional movement – jumping, weaving, crouching – is having a moment, and now crawling is the ultimate way to get in shape. Think army recruit. Or panther. Or lizard. It improves strength, stabilises your core and gets the blood flowing.

Ghee

People were doing everything with coconut oil last year – baking with it, using it on their hair, even stirring it into coffee. Now ghee, or clarified butter, is the latest fat to gain hipster points. The Indian staple has a high smoke point so can be used for cooking and is more easily tolerated by those with lactose intolerance. And, yep, people are already putting it in their coffee.

At-home exercising

On-demand training

Boutique gyms continued to shake up the gym industry last year, with their strobe-lit studios, juice bars and fluffy towels, certainly. But class-based gyms also take a hit on your wallet, so more people are turning to at-home apps and video subscriptions, where you can access a range of classes to suit you. BoxxMethod taps into the boxing craze, or try Yogaia for a huge selection of yoga classes.

Mushrooms

Funghi are having a bit of a renaissance in culinary circles, and it turns out they’re pretty good for our health, too. Mushrooms are one of the only rich food sources of vitamin D, and are also rich in selenium, while some varieties are meant to boost your immune system. Hardcore healthy folk will be supping on chaga tea this year, but making a mushroom soup will work nicely too.

Upcycled sportswear

Nike used to be branded a bit of a villain in the sportswear world, with it’s corporate “big business” ethos, but it has blazed a trail when it comes to sustainability. Last year it revealed that 71 per cent of its products contain recycled material. Now Adidas has produced a trainer, the Adidas x Parley, with an upper made entirely from yarns and filaments produced using plastic salvaged from the ocean.

Charcoal toothpaste

It seems counterintuitive to brush your teeth with something black, but this is the latest in cult dental care – and is supposed to actually make your teeth whiter. Plus, it is non-abrasive, natural, and won’t leave your mouth tasting like a chimney.

Turmeric lattes

Rainbow lattes

If you’re looking to cut back on coffee, there are other alternatives to matcha. Turmeric lattes are already becoming a “thing” – the spice is mixed with frothed nut milk for a bright yellow warming drink that’s rich in antioxidants. The healthy food company Rude Health has experimented with its milks and a rainbow of other ingredients for a range of interesting hot drinks, from charcoal to spirulina and beetroot and ginger, and will be serving them alongside their coffees in its London café.

Nourishing, not detoxing

Rather than cutting out entire food groups in your effort to be healthy, try adding in nutrients. Sprinkle some seeds on your porridge, add some kidney beans to your cottage pie, and think about what you are putting in rather than taking out. The Pure Package has launched a nourishing cleanse for the new year featuring warming soups, protein-packed smoothies and (gasp) even rice and potatoes.

Micellar bars

High-protein products have become a hit, from shakes to snack bars, with even Mars getting in on the action. Micellar casein bars are a bit different, though. They are a before-bed snack for after-work gym goers, meaning your body won’t be stocking up on calories overnight, as the bars instead slowly release protein without the sugar spike.

Hold On For Another Month. Planet Earth II Delayed In America

Fans of Planet Earth will have to wait a little bit longer. Today, BBC America announced the premiere of Planet Earth II has been pushed back to February.

A sequel to the landmark nature documentary, the new series takes viewers on a high-definition “immersive exploration of the islands, mountains, jungles, grasslands, deserts and cities of the world.”

Planet Earth II  debuts on February 18th at 9 p.m. ET/PT on BBC America.

Watch a preview below:

What do you think? Are you a fan of Planet Earth? Are you excited for the sequel series?

Are You an Unhappy Lurker? Time to Ditch Facebook

As the time for New Year resolutions has arrived yet again, factoring prominently on many lists is “spend less time on Facebook.” According to new research out of Denmark, this may well turn out to be a good idea.

A study by the University of Copenhagen suggests that taking a break from the popular social network can boost emotional wellbeing, with the effects especially pronounced among passive users who “lurk” on Facebook without actively engaging with others.

The research showed that the effects of quitting for a week were also notable among heavy users and those who envied their Facebook “friends,” which suggested that people who dwell enviously over other users’ posts may benefit the most from time offline.

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Morten Tromholt, from the Danish university’s sociology department, and the author of the report, said the findings suggested that changes in behaviour – for example “lurkers” actively engaging, or heavy users reducing their time spent on Facebook– could yield positive results.

Tromholt nevertheless indicated that changing behaviour could be difficult, with 13 percent of the study’s participants who were supposed to be taking time out admitting to continuing use of the social network. In such cases it was thought that quitting may be necessary.

The study, which was published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, involved 1,095 participants, 86 percent of whom were women.

They were randomly assigned to two groups: one that stopped using the social network for a week, and one that continued using Facebook as usual.

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On average, the participants had 350 Facebook friends, were aged 34, and spent just over an hour each day on the social network.

Questionnaires conducted at the beginning and end of the week indicated that taking a break from the site increased positive emotions and life satisfaction.

The effects of quitting were found to be greater among heavy users, passive users and those who envied others on the social network.

According to Brenda Wiederhold, editor-in-chief of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking: “This study found that ‘lurking’ on Facebook may cause negative emotions. However, on the bright side … previous studies have shown actively connecting with close friends, whether in real life or on Facebook, may actually increase one’s sense of wellbeing.”

Tromholt suggested that future studies should investigate the effect of quitting Facebook for a greater length of time and look at other social networks.

Awesome Shows Hitting the Airwaves in 2017

More and more, superheroes are encroaching on the world of TV (though not as much as film). But there’s plenty else to look forward to on the small screen in 2017: debuts of promising original shows, new seasons of critical favorites like The Leftovers and Fargo, and the long-awaited return of Star Trek, one of television’s most famous franchises, to its original medium. Below, a list of the 20 most exciting shows in the coming year.

Emerald City

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Friday on NBC
Premieres January 6

In the last 10 years, audiences have gotten Wicked, Oz the Great and Powerful, and a revamped The Wiz, but NBC in its infinite wisdom thinks the world needs a fresh take on The Wizard of Oz, so here’s a “dark and edgy” reboot. Directed by the visually adventurous Tarsem Singh (who made The Fall and the Snow White update Mirror, Mirror), Emerald City features Vincent D’Onofrio as the Wizard, steampunk helicopters, and a German Shepherd Toto. Your best guess as to the point of all this is as good as mine.


One Day at a Time

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Friday on Netflix
Premieres January 6

Though Netflix has experimented with the TV format over the years, it’s beginning to embrace the old-school multi-camera comedy as well, here revamping Norman Lear’s classic family sitcom for 2017 audiences. One Day at a Time is still a laugh-track sitcom about a single mother—Penelope (Justina Machado), a Cuban-American military veteran with a teenage daughter and “socially adept tween” son. Rita Moreno co-stars as Penelope’s grandmother, and early reviews are strong.


Taboo

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Tuesday on FX
Premieres January 10

This miniseries comes from co-creators Steven Knight (who wrote Dirty Pretty Things, Locke, and Allied among others), Tom Hardy, and his father, credited as “Chips” Hardy. Unfortunately, Taboo is not about how Chips got his nickname—it’s an eight-episode story about a mysterious man (played by Tom Hardy) who returns to London in 1814 after years in Africa, seeking revenge on the East India Company for his father’s death.


A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Friday on Netflix
Premieres January 13

Fans largely derided the 2004 film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s series of dark children’s novels. But an eight-episode Netflix series might prove a better medium for translating the 13-book series, with author Daniel Handler (who penned the books under the Snicket pseudonym) scripting. Neil Patrick Harris stars as the villainous Count Olaf, with Joan Cusack, Patrick Warburton, and Alfre Woodard among the supporting cast.


The Young Pope

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Sunday on HBO
Premieres January 15

Here’s the pitch: Lenny Belardo (Jude Law) is the new pope (the first American in history to hold the position), and boy, is he young. Created by the operatic Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (behind such films as The Great Beauty and Youth), The Young Pope isn’t going for subtlety, but it has already aired in Italy and the UK to critical acclaim. HBO is positioning the show as its big winter prestige drama, and if nothing else, it looks like opulent fun. Diane Keaton co-stars as Lenny’s mentor and personal secretary.


Riverdale

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Thursday on The CW
Premieres January 26

A millennial revamping of the Archie Comics universe, which features a surprisingly buff Archie Andrews (K.J. Apa), a “philosophically bent” Jughead (whatever that may mean), a mysterious past for Cheryl Blossom, and Luke Perry as Archie’s grizzled dad. Betty and Veronica are on board too, of course.  As silly as some of the details might sound, early word on the show is strong, perhaps because it was developed by the veteran comic-book and TV writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.


Powerless

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Thursday on NBC
Premieres February 2

Unlike Marvel’s attempts at television tie-ins to its superhero movies, Powerless (which is connected to the DC comics universe) is a show about ordinary folks trying to live their lives around the chaos of Superman, Batman, and their ilk saving lives. Vanessa Hudgens and Danny Pudi star as office drones working in the bowels of Bruce Wayne’s company, with Alan Tudyk as their tyrannical boss. Essentially, it’s a workplace sitcom, just with superheroes whizzing around in the background.


Santa Clarita Diet

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Friday on Netflix
Premieres February 3

Sprung from the truly underrated comic mind of Victor Fresco (Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Better Off Ted), Santa Clarita Diet might be his first series to not suffer an untimely cancellation despite critical acclaim, thanks to the less ratings-crazed honchos at Netflix. Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star as real-estate agents getting divorced, whose lives then take an unspecified “dark turn.”


24: Legacy

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Sunday on Fox
Premieres February 5

After eight seasons, a revival, and a TV movie, Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer is officially retired, but Fox is reviving the real-time action of 24 yet again, focusing on a new agent at the fictional Counter-Terrorism Unit. Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins), an ex-Army Ranger, is sure to get sucked into many a deadly conspiracy, with Miranda Otto and Jimmy Smits among the ensemble he has to protect. Will the show work without Kiefer screaming into his cellphone?


Legion

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Wednesday on FX
Premieres February 8

Viewers are getting another superhero spin-off show, but this one’s adjacent to the X-Men universe and based on the character Legion, a schizophrenic who realizes there may be more to his diagnosis. Legion is a tricky character to get right, but the show is from the talented Noah Hawley (Fargo) and has a terrific cast, including Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), and Fargo alumnus Jean Smart.


Girls

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Sunday on HBO
Returns February 12

Much ink has been spilled about Girls since its debut in 2012, but this is everyone’s last shot to weigh in on Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) and company’s antics—season six will be the last. These final 10 episodes will surely air free of controversy and nary a hot take will be written about them, especially ones about what the show has meant for millennial culture.


Crashing

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Sunday on HBO
Premieres February 19

One potential successor for Girls is another HBO quasi-sitcom shepherded to screen by comedy vet Judd Apatow. Pete Holmes, a brilliant stand-up who has long been in search of the right TV project (his TBS late-night talk show was canceled too soon), created Crashing and based it on his own life in the stand-up world. It follows Pete (Holmes, playing himself), who’s trying to cobble together a living as a comedian while dealing with the collapse of his marriage.


The Good Fight

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Sunday on CBS All Access
Premieres February 19

A spinoff of long-running legal drama The Good Wife, this show is being used to launch CBS’s new streaming service CBS All Access, premiering on the TV network before bouncing over to the online subscriber-only network. Set a year after The Good Wife’s finale, The Good Fight follows Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) as she moves to a new Chicago law firm with her former colleague Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) and her goddaughter Maia (Rose Leslie of Game of Thrones). Delroy Lindo co-stars as a rival attorney.


Iron Fist

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Friday on Netflix
Premieres March 17

The Netflix Marvel universe continues to build out with its most problematic superhero—Danny Rand (played by Finn Jones of Game of Thrones), a billionaire industrialist who has been missing for 15 years and returns to New York proficient in kung fu. Though Rand (created in the ’70s during the first pop-culture boom for martial-arts movies in the U.S.) has always been written as white, he may be an uncomfortable sight for Marvel in 2017, especially after the whitewashing controversy over its film Doctor Strange.


The Handmaid’s Tale

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Wednesday on Hulu
Premieres April 26

Margaret Atwood’s 1985 masterpiece of speculative fiction, set in a totalitarian theocracy where women’s rights have been erased by a religious movement that seized power in the United States, seems quite relevant to the contemporary political mood, and has never gotten a proper adaptation. Hulu is positioning this 10-episode series as its prestige drama of the spring, with Elisabeth Moss starring as Offred; Joseph Fiennes, Samira Wiley, and Yvonne Strahovski co-star.


Fargo

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Returns this spring on FX

No official premiere date has been set for the third season of Fargo, but the cast is as stacked as ever, with Ewan McGregor playing dual lead roles, and Carrie Coon (The Leftovers), David Thewlis, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead all involved. Unlike the last season, the show will be set in the near-present day (2010, according to reports), opening up the possibility that characters from its first season could return (though the creator Noah Hawley is keeping quiet about any plot details).


The Leftovers

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Returns this April on HBO

In its second season, this TV adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s novel The Leftovers built on its promise to become one of the best, most fascinating, confounding shows on television. Perhaps cognizant that his last great show (Lost) lasted a little too long, co-creator Damon Lindelof is ending the show this year, shifting the action to Australia but keeping the entire main cast (minus Ann Dowd’s dearly departed Patti Levin). The show will struggle to top season 2’s episode “International Assassin,” but whatever Lindelof and Perrotta do come up with is sure to be fascinating.


American Gods

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Premieres this April on Starz

A much-hyped adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel, focusing on Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), an ex-con recruited by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), who is recruiting the world’s forgotten gods (to say more would be spoiling). Adapted by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Kings), the series, which was initially in production at HBO, promises to be a suitably epic take on Gaiman’s writing. (The first season will cover only the first third of his novel).


Star Trek: Discovery

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Premieres this May on CBS All Access

The first Star Trek show since Enterprise concluded in 2005, Discovery has a heavy fan burden to shoulder, but an exciting cast and crew aboard. Set 10 years before the original Star Trek series, Discovery will not take place in the world of the recent rebooted film series, instead charting the journey of the USS Discovery after weathering a much discussed but secret “incident” in Trek lore. Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) stars as Rainsford, the ship’s second officer (the first non-commanding officer to headline a Trek series). Like The Good Fight, this show will premiere on CBS then move to its All Access streaming network.


Game of Thrones

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Returns this summer on HBO

Knocked from its usual April perch by a filming schedule that demanded more time in snowier climes (winter has, after all, come to Westeros), the seventh and penultimate season of Game of Thrones will arrive at some point this summer on HBO for an abridged seven episodes. Will George R. R. Martin finish his next book before then? Will Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen become the best of friends? Will Cersei Lannister’s quest for power finally end in glory? All that, and much more, as HBO tries to squeeze as much life out of its big ticket as possible before the whole shebang wraps in 2018.