New Doctor Who, Netflix’s Bodkin, and more new TV this week

The barrage of TV — and great TV — continues apace in 2024, with plenty of intriguing new and returning shows launching their seasons this week.

The headline item: Ncuti Gatwa’s tenure as the Fifteenth Doctor starts in earnest this week, with two new episodes following up on the winter specials from late 2023. But that’s not all — Netflix has a new murder mystery set in Ireland starring Will Forte, Interview with a Vampire returns for its long-awaited second season on AMC, and Apple TV has their seemingly contractually required new sci-fi series of the month.

Here are the best new TV premieres and finales coming to TV this week.

New shows on Netflix


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Genre: Murder journalism investigation mystery
Release date: May 9, with all episodes
Showrunner/creator: Jez Scharf
Cast: Will Forte, Siobhán Cullen, Robyn Cara, and more

An American podcaster (Will Forte) hoping to reconnect with his Irish ancestry heads to a coastal town in Ireland, where he works with an investigative journalist (Siobhán Cullen) to dig into the sudden disappearance of three residents.

New shows on Disney Plus

Doctor Who

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Genre: Time-tested time travel sci-fi
Release date: May 11, with two episodes
Showrunner/creator: Russell T. Davies
Cast: Ncuti Gatwa, Millie Gibson, and more

Doctor Who is back! After a trio of 60th anniversary specials (and a Christmas special) teed up showrunner Russell T. Davies’ return to the show and Ncuti Gatwa’s introduction as the Fifteenth Doctor, their time together starts in earnest with two new episodes.

New shows on Hulu

Black Twitter: A People’s History

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Genre: Docuseries
Release date: May 9

This three-part docuseries based on a WIRED article tells the story of how Black users on Twitter helped make the platform the powerhouse it was.

New shows on Max

Pretty Little Liars: Summer School

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Genre: Teenage mischief (and murder)
Release date: May 9 with two episodes
Showrunner/creator: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Lindsay Calhoon Bring
Cast: Bailee Madison, Chandler Kinney, Zaria, Malia Pyles, Maia Reficco, and Mallory Bechtel

The second season of the fourth series in the Pretty Little Liars franchise is here. After the tragic events of the first season led to understandably poor grades, the girls have to go to summer school to advance to junior year. But another mystery — and potentially another killer — lurk around the corner.

New shows on Prime Video


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Genre: Reality stars reality show competition
Release date: May 9
Host: Daniel Tosh
Cast: Reality show stars

14 reality stars compete in a variety of challenges in what looks like Prime Video’s answer to The Traitors.

New shows on AMC Plus

Interview with a Vampire season 2

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Genre: Horror romance (ish)
Release date: May 12, with one episode
Showrunner/creator: Rolin Jones
Cast: Jacob Anderson, Sam Reid, Bailey Bass, and more

The long wait is over. AMC’s excellent Interview with the Vampire adaptation finally returns for a delicious second season.

New shows on Apple TV Plus

Dark Matter

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Genre: Sci-fi
Release date: May 8 with two episodes
Created and based on the book by: Blake Crouch
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Connelly, and more

Apple TV Plus’s latest sci-fi series has a few things going for it: Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Connelly as leads; alternate dimension hijinks; Jimmi Simpson. But perhaps most intriguing is the fact that Dark Matter author Blake Crouch is writing the television adaptation as well, and serving as an executive producer on the project.

New shows on Crunchyroll

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc

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Genre: Demon Slayer
Release date: May 12
Based on the manga by: Koyoharu Gotouge
Cast: Natsuki Hanae, Akari Kitō, and more

Demon Slayer is back! Per the official synopsis: To the Hashira Training… The members of the Demon Slayer Corps and their highest-ranking swordsmen, the Hashira. In preparation for the forthcoming final battle against Muzan Kibutsuji, the Hashira Training commences. While each carry faith and determination within their hearts, Tanjiro and the Hashira enter a new story.