2016 was a bumper year for television and the airwaves are looking to get even more crowded in 2017. Want to know how you'll be spending your evenings over the next 12 months? Well, strap in, sit back and prepare yourself for our (nearly) exhaustive list of all the shows you need to have on your radar this year.
1 January (CBS) in the US. UK TBA. Leaving American-conquering Nazis behind, The Man In The High Castle producer Frank Spotnitz has teamed with writer David Vainola to focus on kidnappers and ransom holders (is that actually a thing?). The series centres on hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont (Luke Roberts) and his team, as they tackle dangerous criminals around the world and, presumably, negotiate with them.
1 January (PBS/BBC One).
Ah, Sherlock, we’ve missed you so. While Benedict Cumberbatch has been busy taking on the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Doctor Steven Strange, it's good to have him back where he belongs: teaming up with Martin Freeman’s Dr. John Watson as the iconic detective in three new adventures inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Incidentally, have you any idea how difficult it is to mention Sherlock and not comment on a game being afoot or using the world 'elementary'?
2 January (Freeform) in the US. UK TBA.
Sounding a bit Dead Zone-ish, the premise has a man in his early twenties awakening from a twelve-year coma to discover he's now endowed with supernatural abilities (it happens). Holden (Burkely Duffield) uses said powers to enter worlds...well, beyond our own, and winds up neck deep in a shady conspiracy. Created by Adam Nussdorf, producers include Tim Kring (Heroes) and David Eick (Battlestar Galactica).
2 January (Freeform) in the US. 3 January (Netflix) in the UK.
A more adult approach is on the cards for this small screen Mortal Instruments spin-off this year. In the second season, Clary Fray’s evolution as a Shadowhunter continues, as does the growing conflict with the rogue Shadowhunters — made up of her father, Valentine, and 'The Circle' — which threatens the world of mundanes (humans). New challenges, new showrunners and a new tone. Woth keeping an eye on if you enjoy a bit of warlock/vampire/fairy action and, let's face it, who doesn't?
3 January (Fox) in the US. 20 January (Sky Living) in the UK.
Get ready for one last round of crime-fighting with Emily Deshanel’s forensic anthropologist and archaeologist, Dr. Temperance 'Bones' Brennan, and David Boreanaz’ FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth. The show's twelfth and final Season will consist of just a dozen episodes before we bid the show a fond farewell. On the plus side, this now frees up Boreanaz for that Angel reunion we’ve all been waiting for.
3 January (Fox) in the US. UK TBA.
Kaitlin Olson is Mackenzie Murphy, a woman who, while coping with the fact that her husband has fled the U.S. to avoid federal fraud charges (not as uncommon as you'd think), finds herself becoming the guardian of her wealthy sister’s children. Sounds like a family drama, but it's actually a foul-mouthed comedy.
4 January (Fox) in the US. UK TBA.
The Lee Daniels Empire strikes back with a companion piece to his hit music series. This follows three performers who have to somehow survive the rigours and ruthlessness of the music industry as they try to achieve their dreams and make it big. Playing the trio are newcomers Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady, supported by Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt.
6 January (NBC) in the US. UK TBA.
We may not be exactly dancing our way down the Yellow Brick Road to see this wizard, drawn from the demented imagination of Tarsem Singh, who directs all ten episodes. Vincent D’Onofrio is the great and powerful Oz in an adaptation that seems to have more in common with Game Of Thrones than L. Frank Baum. Adria Arjona is twenty-year-old Dorothy Gale, who, along with a police dog, finds herself drawn into “a mystical land of competing realms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy.” Where the hell did we put those ruby slippers?
6 January (NBC) in the US. W in the UK.
Grimm's particular brand of supernatural crimefighting is getting ready to come to an end. David Giuntoli is back as “Grimm” Nick Burkhardt, a detective who also happens to be the latest in a long line of hunters of the creatures of legend (many of whom have apparently inspired creatures of folklore). Season six consists of thirteen episodes and will lay the series to rest once and for all.
6 January (Fox) in the US. UK TBA (Universal).
Like it or loathe it, the Hollow continues into its fourth season this year. The death of Nicole Beharie’s Lt. Abbie Mills has set the series on a new course, with Ichabod Crane (Tom Milson) relocating to Washington DC where there seems to be plenty of horrible things going on (on and off screen). There, Crane works with Homeland Security special agent Diana Thomas (Janina Gavankar), and “supernatural archives” workers Jakes Wells (Jerry MacKinnon) and Alex Norwood (Rachel Melvin). They’ll go up against Malcom Dreyfuss (Jeremy Davies), described as 'a dark version of Crane'.
12 January (USA) in the US. UK TBA (Sky 1).
Season 2 of this Carlton Cuse-produced sci-fi series continues the story of a family trying to stay together, something made all the more difficult by the fact that the son has been taken prisoner by they extraterrestrial army currently occupying Los Angeles. Dad Josh Holloway is (reluctantly) working with the aliens, while Mum (Sarah Wayne Callies) is part of the resistance. Essentially X-Com 2 the TV show.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events
13 January (Netflix).
From the much loved Lemony Snicket novels, more than the all-but-forgotten 2004 feature film, comes this eight-episode series starring Neil Patrick Harris, Louis Hynes, Joan Cusack and Malina Weissman. The books, of which there are thirteen, chronicles the lives of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, who are repeatedly imperilled by the scheming Count Olaf in a bid to steal their inheritance.
13 January (Amazon Prime).
Imagine Michael Rosenbaum’s Impastor with an even darker edge, and you’d likely have this series, which sees Giovanni Ribisi as a con man who’s worked out his biggest con yet. Specifically, he takes the identity of his cell mate, who's long estranged from his family to the point where no one knows him anyway. Pretty much everything goes wrong when this new life proves to be more threatening than his old one, however. He was probably better off in jail. Executive producers are Bryan Cranston and Justified's Graham Yost.
15 January (Showtime) in the US. UK TBA (Channel 4).
After last year's revitalising, Germany-set season, Homeland's sixth year presents another radical sea change, being set between the election and inauguration of a new president, with Clare Danes’ Carrie Mathison, living in Brooklyn. Carrie is working with an organisation devoted to providing aid to Muslims in America, while Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) is left severely disabled following his exposure to sarin gas. A more thoughtful, less gung-ho series may well be on the cards.
19 January (FX) in the US. UK TBA.
This rodeo clown ain’t laughing. Would you be if you lost your wife and your job at the rodeo? Zach Galifianakis’ Chip has had enough and decides to leave Bakersfield and grabs a train to do just that, but forces — among them the police and the death of someone close to him — draw him back. It may not sound it, but this is actually a comedy and it’s returning for its second season. Galfianakis and Louis C.K. serve as creators/executive producers.
19 January (ABC) in the US. UK TBA (Sky Living).
Rather than work actress Kerry Washington’s real-life pregnancy into the storyline, series creator Shonda Rhimes decided to hold Scandal’s sixth year for a mid-season debut. Washington continues in her role as Olivia Pope, whose specialty is safeguarding the public images of key government officials, even though the same can’t necessarily be said for her or the team she works with. You're either a Shonda person or you're not. If you are then you're likely already counting down the days.
20 January (Netflix).
Last time we saw Jason Momoa, he was holding his breath underwater in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it’s an image we’ll be seeing again as he reprises the role of Aquaman in Justice League. But before that, we’ll see him take on Canada’s fur trade in the 1700s. This show, a joint American and Canadian production, is a historical drama about just that. He may or may not get to kill a guy with a trident.
25 January (Syfy) in the US. UK TBA.
The journey of Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) and the fellow students of Brakebills College continues, but this time they’ve entered the magical world of Fillory where the nature of magic itself is threatened. The question is whether or not Quentin and the rest will be able to combat this threat with their limited skills. We certainly aren't telling, so don’t waste your time asking. Based on the bestsellers by Lev Grossman.
25 January (Hulu) in the US. UK TBA (Amazon Prime).
Life in the Meyerist Movement religious cult has grown more complicated for Eddie Lane (Aaron Paul) in season two. While on a religious quest of sorts, his faith is shaken, while his wife and son remain true believers. Added to all of this is the mystery of the disappearance of the cult's leader, Dr. Stephen Meyer (2001's Keir Dullea).
26 January (CW) in the US. 27 January (Netflix) in the UK
Archie (K.J. Apa), Jughead (Cole Sprouse), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), Reggie (Ross Butler) and the rest of the Archie comic's Riverdale gang are leaping to live action in this Greg Berlanti-produced series. Sounding a bit like it could have a Twin Peaks/Blue Velvet vibe, the show is reportedly going to have a surrealistic take on life in a small town.
Z: The Beginning Of Everything
27 January (Amazon Prime).
A period drama from Tim Blake Nelson, Z casts Christina Ricci in the role of writer and feminist icon Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. Dubbed the first American 'flapper', she was heavily associated with the Jazz Age, alongside her husband, F. Scott Fizgerald. The series begins prior to her first encounter with Scott (David Hoflin) and will chart the pair's romance and marriage.
29 January (Starz) in the US. 30 January (Amazon Prime) in the UK.
The makers of Black Sails have done an admirable job of creating their own take on pirate legends in this series that serves as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, which fictionalises a number of infamous historical freebooters. Hoist the mainsail and ready the cannons for the show's last voyage in this fourth and final season.
1 February (CW) in the US. UK TBA (E4).
Survival has been the name of the game from the beginning, with survivors of a devastated Earth in the future living in orbiting "arks" sending one-hundred young people to the planet's surface to see if it was habitable. For the first three seasons it was a life and death struggle, with humanity seeming to prove victorious. Enter season four, when the world's remaining nuclear power plants start to go into meltdown, and there are no longer any arks to escape to. Time to kiss their asses goodbye? Probably depends on the ratings.
2 February (NBC) in the US. UK TBA.
This one has the potential to be an amusing look at the flip side of the superhero genre, or a dopey workplace comedy. Let’s hope it’s the former, as it focuses on the employees of an insurance company tasked with working out damage claims created by clashes between superheroes and villains. While the odds are pretty slim we’ll see the likes of Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman — despite the fact that this is set in the DC universe — there is the promise of lesser characters showing up from the comics. The cast includes Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk and Christina Kirk.
2 February (CBS). UK TBA.
A small screen sequel to the movie of the same name, this takes place fifteen years after the events of Antoine Fuqua's film. It's about an entirely different idealistic young police officer (Justin Cornwell) who is appointed to an elite squad at the LAPD where he is partnered with a completely different seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (Bill Paxton). Other stars include Drew Van Acker, Katrina Law, Lex Scott Davis and Julie Benz.
Santa Clarita Diet
3 February (Netflix).
Drew Barrymore stars in her first television series, joining Justified's Timothy Olyphant as married realtors in California's Santa Clarita. They live a pretty average life, along with their daughter, until, as Netflix notes, "Sheila goes through a dramatic change, sending their lives down a road of death and destruction...but in a good way." That "change," incidentally, is that Sheila dies, comes back and survives on eating human flesh. Kind of like Weight Watchers crossed with The Walking Dead.
5 February (Fox) in the US. 14 February (Fox) in the UK.
With Kiefer Sutherland off being President of the United States on Designated Survivor, the producers of 24 have turned to Corey Hawkins for this spin-off series. Hawkins portrays Eric Carter, a former Army Ranger who, upon returning to America, discovers that his anti-terrorist activities have followed he and his squad home. He turns to Rebecca Ingram (Miranda Otto) at Washington DC’s Counter Terrorist Unit for help. Like Live Another Day, the season will have only a dozen episodes and thus take place over that many hours in real time. So, 12: Legacy, then.
6 February (Fox). UK TBA.
Justin Kirk is Gideon Reeves, a tech billionaire who has been given control over a police district in Chicago. His personal agenda is 'to solve the murder of someone close to him'. Also starring Natalie Martinez, Caitlin Stasey and Ernie Hudson, Len Wiseman directs the pilot.
8 February (Syfy) in the US. UK tBA (Netflix).
Sometimes heralded as Syfy's best show since Battlestar Galactica, The Expanse returns this year with more interstellar wranglings. You think things have gotten tense between Russia and the U.S.? That's nothing compared to what's going on between a colonised Mars and Earth Thomas Jane stars as police detective Josephus Miller.
8 February (FX) in the US. 9 February (Fox) in the UK.
The X-Men franchise makes the leap to television, but in a very different form. David Haller, diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child, is now an adult who, through an encounter in the psychiatric hospital he’s in, discovers there may be more to what’s “wrong” with him. No spoilers but whisper it involves mutant genes. Empire spirit animal Dan Stevens stars. Created by Fargo’s Noah Hawley.
12 February (HBO) in the US. February (Sky Atlantic) in the UK.
The comic misadventures of this group of twentysomething women comes to an end with the sixth season. As always, producer/star Lena Durham leads her co-stars and the audience through various humiliations and triumphs in this smart and excruciatingly honest look at contemporary life.
15 February (CBS). UK TBA.
Katherine Heigl is giving television another chance with Doubt, in which she portrays a lawyer at a small firm who starts to fall in love with her surgeon client. Which is all well and good, once you move beyond the fact that he's just been accused of murdering his girlfriend. Co-stars include Steven Pasquale, Elliott Gould and Laverne Cox.
Big Little Lies
19 February (HBO) in the US. UK TBA.
You know the feeling when things are going so well that they’re bound to unravel? That’s the case with three mothers who find everything in their lives starting to fall apart, to the point where they’re swept up in a murder. An all-star cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz.
19 February (Showtime) in the US. UK TBA (Sky Altantic).
It's round two between power broker Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), and this one isn't gonna be pretty as the show enters its second season. Adding to the dramatic import is Showtime's description: "It's law versus money, with power, sex and the soul of New York in the balance." Now that's how you do hyperbole!
19 February (HBO). UK TBA.
Comedian Pete Holmes takes on his first acting role (not counting some voice work) as… a comedian. A comedian named Pete. The premise centres on a, yes, comedian, who is trying to improve his career while coping with the fact that his wife has left him for an Italian boxer called Rocco.
The Good Fight
19 February (CBS All Access).
As CBS All Access attempts to become a major player in original programming streaming, it's kicking things off with this spin-off from The Good Wife. Set a year after events of that show’s final episode, Diane Lockhart’s (Christine Baranski) life savings have been wiped out by a financial scam, resulting in her having to step down from the Lockhart & Lee law firm. This same scam has ruined the reputation of her goddaughter, Maia (Rose Leslie). The two of them end up joining Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at another Chicago firm. Like the original, the spin-off was created by Robert King and Michelle King.
The Walking Dead
19 February (AMC) in the US. 20 February (Fox TV UK) in the UK.
After finally introducing comic book villain Negan (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the show took on an even darker tone than usual — and may have alienated a chunk of its viewers with one swing of a bat. Hopefully the second half of season seven will allow for some hope and even one or two shafts of light to creep in for our survivors as Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the rest start to fight back. But it's still The Walking Dead, so expect deaths and shocks before this season gasps its last.
The Blacklist: Redemption
23 February (NBC). UK TBA.
This spinoff to The Blacklist stars Famke Janssen as Susan “Scottie” Hargrave, in charge of the covert mercenary organisation Grey Matters. The task for her and her 'employees' is to take on problems that the government can’t. Co-star is the original show’s Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold), who discovered that Hargrave is actually his biological mother. Obviously.
23 February (CMT) in the US. UK TBA.
Intriguing for classic (not classical, just to be clear) music fans is this upcoming series that sees Chad Michael Murray as Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun Records. The show, spanning eight episodes, will show the interconnecting of such legends as Johnny Cash (Kevin Fonteyne), Jerry Lee Lewis (Christian Lees), Ike Turner (Kerry Holliday), and a pre-King Elvis Presley (Drake Milligan). We're all shook up!
27 February (NBC) in the US. UK TBA.
So just who was Bryan Mills before people started trying to make a business out of kidnapping his family? That’s what this prequel to the Liam Neeson films aims to explore. Actor Clive Standen takes on the role of the young Mills and will demonstrate his particular set of skills in a new situation each week.
February TBA in the UK (ITV) TBA in the US (BBC America).
We're headed back to the windswept crime magnet coastal town in 2017, as David Tennant's DI Alec Hardy and Olivia Colman's DS Ellie Miller investigate a new wrongdoing, this time a sexual assault. “This is the final chapter of Broadchurch,” creator Chris Chibnall has confirmed. “We have one last story to tell, featuring both familiar faces and new characters. I hope it’s a compelling and emotional farewell to a world and show that means so much to me.” The series is being wrapped up so Chibnall can become Doctor Who's new show-runner.
5 March (NBC) in the US. UK TBA.
Executive producer Dick Wolf simply can't get enough of Chicago. Having created series focused on the police, fire and medical professions, he's next taking on the law in the Windy City. The cast includes Philip Winchester, Carl Weathers and Nazneen Contractor. We await Chicago Post, Chicago Plumbing and Chicago Nando's with baited breath.
5 March (Fox) in the US. UK TBA
When a professor creates a time machine that he hopes to use to help improve the lives of herself and a colleague. That's the plan, of course things start going horribly wrong when one of them begins dating Deborah Revere, daughter of Paul, the implications of which could result in a very different outcome for American history. It’s a comedy from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the geniuses behind The Lego Movie and the upcoming Han Solo movie.
Shades Of Blue
5 March (NBC) in the US. UK TBA (Sky Living).
While it didn't exactly reinvent the wheel of undercover cop shows, the network is nonetheless sticking with Jennifer Lopez as NYPD Detective Harlee Santos, and her efforts to take down corrupt cops, including co-star Ray Liotta.
Trial & Error
7 March (NBC) in the US. UK TBA.
John Lithgow makes his return to series television as a professor of poetry accused of murder, who professes his innocence, but does nothing that proves it. Sounds like a drama, but it’s a comedy with Nick D’Agosto as Josh Simon, a New York lawyer who finds himself in a small Southern town defending Lithgow.
12 March (ABC) in the US. UK TBA
The anthology series — new story each season, with members of the cast carrying over in different roles (think American Horror Story without the blood). Little is known about season three, except that, according to Deadline, it will deal with “labour issues, economic divides and individual rights.” We do know that cast members expected to return include Regina King, Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton. Cherry Jones and Tim DeKay are among the newbies.
Time After Time
12 March (ABC) in the US. UK TBA.
We know it’s based on the 1979 film, which in turn was based on the Karl Alexander novel, and that it deals with H.G. Wells pursuing Jack The Ripper from 1893 England to America in the present. What we don't know, but which executive producer Kevin Williamson has mentioned, is what events of the series will prove influential to Wells in the creation of his many works of fiction. Invisible men? Morlocks? Martian invaders? It could be interesting.
17 March (Netflix).
Series number four from the Marvel canon (following Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage) comes to Netflix with this show starring Finn Jones as Danny Rand. Orphaned as a child and missing for fifteen years, he arrives in New York City, attempting to claim the family business and fortune as his own. Unbeknownst to anyone, he was raised by Buddhist monks and trained in the “way of the iron fist,” which comes in fairly handy when a new threat rises in the city. Showrunner is Scott Buck, who oversaw the early seasons of Dexter.
22 March (Fox) in the US. UK TBA.
Torn right from the headlines comes this show about what happens in a fictional North Carolina town in the aftermath of a shooting that seems to have been racially motivated. The cast of this ten-episode series includes Sanaa Lathan, Stephen James, Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss, Stephen Moyer, Will Patton and Jill Hennessy.
29 March (Hulu) in the US. UK TBA (ITV Encore).
The show calls them Harlots, Terry Pratchett called them ladies of negotiable affection. Either way this is a new series about prostitutes, set in Georgian London, and centres around a brothel run by Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton), who does her best to balance her position as a purveyor of sexy times with being a mother.
29 March (ABC) in the US. UK TBA
There are people who have a tough time letting go of their imaginary friends. Alice (Jenna Elfman), a single executive at a public relations firm, certainly thought she had left hers — Mary — back in her childhood. But now Mary is back, in CG glory, ready to 'help' Alice get her life on track as she dates a single father of three. Think a modern day Drop Dead Fred and you won't be far off.
4 April (CW) in the US. UK TBA (Netflix)
As this DC/Vertigo Comics adaptation enters its third season, very little is known beyond the fact that the show seems to be moving into more serialised territory, and away from the brain-eating-of-the-week format that allowed Rose McIver's zombie to assume the personalities of the deceased to help solve crimes. The mythology is growing, and it's all becoming much more interesting.
4 April (Fox) in the US. UK TBA.
Like The X-Files last season, this is a continuation of the show that ran from 2005-2009. Original series stars returning are Wentworth Miller and Dominic Percell (both on DC's Legends Of Tomorrow); Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar and Paul Adelstein. This limited-run series, the plot of which hasn't been released yet, is described as an all-new adventure spanning the globe and featuring the signature thrills and cliffhangers that were hallmarks of the original series. They do remember that Michael died, right?
The Handmaid’s Tale
26 April (Hulu) in the US. UK TBA.
As tales go, this one has certainly got around, moving from novel to film, to opera and, now, a television series. Obviously with The Handmaid's Tale, there's still more to be explored. The ten-episode series, starring Elisabeth Moss as the handmaid in question, is set in a dystopian future where fertility is a rarity and those who are, are forced to live as concubines for the totalitarian rulers of Gilead, which has arisen in what had been part of the United States.
April TBA (Starz) in the US. UK TBA.
Remember that episode of the original Star Trek in which the god Apollo conveyed that he and his kind were banished to nothingness when humanity stopped believing? That notion is greatly expanded upon in Neil Gaiman's American Gods, which is now coming to television. At the centre is Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), who goes to work for Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), who in turn reveals himself to be the Norse god Odin. Shadow Moon has been given the task of traveling across America, retrieving the gods of old who, without people believing in them, assumed the identities of ordinary people. They're needed for a coming war between the old gods and the new, the latter of which are represented by media and technology, among other things. Bryan Fuller and Michael Green serve as showrunners.
April TBA (FX) in the US. UK TBA (Channel 4).
Season three, which will be set in 2010, will be another true crime story, starring Ewan McGregor as both "Parking Lot King of Minnesota" Emmit Stussy and his younger brother Ray, a parole officer. Carrie Coon stars as chief of police Gloria Burle, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ray's girlfriend, Nikki Swango; David Thewliss is an enigmatic loner named V.M. Vargas, Michael Stuhlbarg is Emmit's associate, Sy Feltz; and Jim Gaffigan is police deputy Donny Mashman. If it's even half as good as the first two seasons then this will be essential viewing.
5 May (Netflix).
In season one, eight strangers from around the world found that they were somehow mentally and emotionally connected to each other. They're aided by a 'sensate' named Jonas, who is intent on saving them from a hunter of their kind named Whispers. In season two (which follows-on from the recent Christmas special), they all come together physically as well as mentally to cope with everything that's been happening to them and to fight back against their adversary. More sweaty, eight-way psychic shagfests await.
21 May (Showtime) in the US. TBA Sky Atlantic (in the UK).
We know it’s back, that the first season will consist of eighteen episodes, and that it’s being guided by the original’s Mark Frost and David Lynch; that there are no less than thirty-six actors returning, including Kyle McLachlan as FBI Agent Dale Cooper and David Duchovny as Denise Bryson; plus seventy-four new additions. As far as the plot is concerned….who the hell knows? Nobody’s talking, though we’re sure there will be a mystery to be solved and a lot of questions either left unanswered or so surreally dealt with that the results will be the same. Plus some damn fine coffee.
I Love Dick
May TBA (Amazon).
The Dick in question is a Texas college professor — get your minds out of the gutter, people! — that a married couple with problems (Kathryn Hahn and Griffin Dunne) both actually end up falling for. Kevin Bacon is the titular Dick.
Jean-Claude Van Johnson
May TBA (Amazon).
Whoever thought Jean-Claude Van Damme was so funny? No, seriously, who thought that? In any case, he gets to play a variation of himself as an undercover private contractor who comes out of retirement. Needless to say, mayhem and wackiness ensue.
Star Trek: Discovery
May TBA (CBS All Access). UK TBA (Netflix)
The show, sixth series in the franchise that began a little over fifty years ago, lost showrunner Bryan Fuller, but has gained a number of cast members, including Doug Jones, Sonequa Martin-Green, Anthony Rapp, Michelle Yeoh, Mary Chieffo, Shazad Latif and Chris Obi. Little is known about it beyond the fact that it takes place about a decade before the adventures of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, and the first thirteen episodes will be a single serialised story arc. Will it live long and prosper?
May TBA (Amazon).
You just can't keep Big Blue down as Ben Edlund's creation returns for his third adaptation (having starred in animation and live action before this). Little is known about the direction of the series itself, but the pilot suggests a surreal and wacky take on the ever-burgeoning superhero genre. Peter Serafinowicz is the title character, Griffin Newman his sidekick Arthur Everest and Jackie Earle Haley as nemesis The Terror.
Marvel's The Inhumans
September TBA (ABC).
Moon-dwelling superfolk The Inhumans bring a hitherto untapped area of the Marvel Universe to the screen. Imbued with powers thanks to inhalation of the Terrigen Mists, rather than by mutant genes or workplace accidents, they include a man whose voice can crack mountains, a woman with prehensile hair and a teleporting bulldog. Unusually, the series' two-hour premiere will reach IMAX theatres before debuting on television.
TBA (Syfy) in the US. UK TBA (Syfy UK)
Amanda Schull and Aaron Stanford continue to do the time warp in season three of the apocalyptic series based on Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film. The second season left off with Schull’s Cassie begin captured by the Army Of The 12 Monkeys and brought to the future, where she discovers that the enigmatic “Witness” is a child she and Stanford’s Cole will some day have. That's just the quantum leaping off point of a season that promises to take the characters not only into their futures, but further into the past than ever before.
Richard Morgan’s 2002 novel is the basis of this show, which postulates a future where technology has advanced to the point where the mind can be digitised, and the soul transferred between bodies, resulting in a kind of immortality. The particulars in this one are that an interstellar warrior known as an Envoy finds himself downloaded into a new body on the future Earth, five centuries after his original lifetime. Now if he’s able to solve a murder — which has become a rarity — he’ll get the chance for a new life. Written and produced by Laeta Kalogridis, with James Purefoy, Martha Higareda and Joel Kinnaman starring.
TBA (FX) in the US. UK TBA (ITV Encore)
Remember when tensions were high between America and Russia? You know, the last time before this time? It was the 1980s, height of the Cold War, and Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) are parents of the typical American family...with the exception of the fact that they’re KGB agents operating on US soil. Most impressive about the show as it heads into its fifth season is that the intrigue is somehow improving season to season, the show mastering the idea of taking the road most unexpected.
Big Hero 6
A sequel to the theatrical Disney/Marvel film, this television series will be presented in traditional 2D animation rather than in CG as the film was. In the show, Hiro (Ryan Potter) is attending the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and trying desperately to fit in despite his age. In between he continues to team up with the robot Baymax (Scott Adsit) as well as Wasabi (Khary Payton), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), Fred (Brooks Wheelan) and GoGo (Jamie Chung) to battle evil. Additional characters are Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph), Alistair Krei (Alan Tudyk), and Fred's Dad (Stan Lee).
The horrors of puberty — and let's face it, for most people it was pretty horrible — are explored in this surreal animated series from Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg (a writer for Family Guy). Voicing the two leads are Kroll and Saturday Night Live's John Mulaney.
BoJack has always walked a tightrope between sweet emotion, depression and silly comedy, and dipped further towards its darker edges at the end of last season. But the show, starring the former TV star horse (voiced to great gravelly effect by Will Arnett), always finds a way to make you root for the characters. Not much has been announced about the new season, though there will be spotlight episodes for the likes of Paul F. Tompkins' eager to please labrador Mr. Peanutbutter, which sounds great. It could even be a crossover...
Harry Bosch is back! We just don’t know exactly when he arrives, but season three will see actor Titus Welliver reprising the title role. Season three is expected to adapt elements of author Michael Connelly’s The Black Echo and A Darkness More Than Night, respectively the first and tenth novel in the Bosch series.
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Going into its third season of six episodes (having already been renewed for a fourth), this sitcom continues its funny and frank exploration of the relationship between Sharon Morris (Sharon Hogan) and Rob Norris (Rob Delaney). As gloriously cringe-inducing as it is hilarious. Carrie Fisher will appear in one of her final roles, as Rob's mother.
Dear White People
Set at an Ivy League school, this show, based on the 2014 crowdfunded film from Justin Simien, follows a group of black students dealing with the predominantly white student population, having fun with current social mores in America along the way. Says The Hollywood Reporter, “The series is a send-up of ‘post-racial’ America that also weaves a universal story about forging one’s own unique path.” Brandon P. Bell returns from the film, while Logan Browning is replacing actress Tessa Thompson.
As with most things Marvel, details on this one are under wraps. We do know that the eight-hour event series will bring together Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdoch/Daredevil, Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones, Mike Colter’s Luke Cage and Finn Jones’ Danny Rand/Iron Fist, as they go up against uber villain Sigourney Weaver. Not that we’re saying Sigourney is evil. By all accounts she seems perfectly lovely, we just don’t know who she’ll be playing.
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The Twelfth Doctor — Peter Capaldi’s third turn in the role — is coming back. We may have had a taste of what to expect with the Christmas special, The Return Of Doctor Mysterio, which introduced a caped superhero called the Ghost, and a caper involving alien brains being transplanted into humans. But most dire of all? Executive producer Steven Moffat steps down at this conclusion of this season, which happens to be the tenth since The Doctor’s revival in 2005 and the thirty-sixth in all !
Martin, a lonely and philosophical dog, serves as the point of view of this series, which examines the life of his owner, Nan (played by Allison Tolman of Fargo), a struggling millennial who has given up any semblance of a private life by immersing herself in her job at Clark and Bow Outfitters. Based on the web series of the same name.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who ruled supreme over the Mexican drug lords for twenty-five years, is the subject of a series being produced by Chris Brancato. The show will reportedly look at his rise to power, presenting an overall exploration of the drug cartel and focus strongly on the way El Chapo and others actually used social media to refine their images while at the same time threatening other drug lords. Lols.
Fear the Walking Dead
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The idea of doing a spin-off of The Walking Dead may have seemed daft to the outside world when the idea was first bandied about, but now, three seasons in, this Los Angeles-to-Mexico set zombiepalooza has proven a mega-hit in its own right. We're still not entirely sure what the point of it is, given that its origin premise was largely abandoned just three episodes in but the third season is on the way and will consist of 16 flesh-chomping episodes.
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Leaving the angst of The Hunger Games behind him, Josh Hutcherson is lightening it up with this half-hour comedy series. Producing along with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Hutcherson plays janitor Josh Futterman, whose love for gaming comes in handy when he’s approached with a mission of traveling through time on a quest to save the human race from being destroyed. There's hope for all of us.
Game Of Thrones
The shorter seventh season of the series based on George R.R. Martin's epic novels will consist of about seven episodes. Outside of that, little is known about what's to come. Will Daenerys conquer Westeros? Will Cersei's reign be short-lived? Will Jon Snow smile at some point? With just one more season to go, the end is almost in sight.
Gypsy sees Naomi Watts as therapist Jean Holloway who develops intimate and potentially dangerous relationships with her patients. Billy Cuddup, is her (soon-to-be emotionally suffering) husband, Michael.
House Of Cards
Show creator Beau Willimon has left the series, but President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his new Vice Presidential candidate — who also happens to be his wife, Claire (Robin Wright) — will still be scheming and stealing themselves for the final push towards election day during Season 5. Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott are joining the cast, but some old faces, such as Mahershala Ali's Remy, won't be back. Can it conjure up something half as fearful as 2016's own US election? It seems doubtful.
The Last Ship
Coming some time in 2017 is the fourth season of this series based on the novel by William Brinkley, and chronicling the adventures of the crew of Navy Destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James as they work to piece society back together following a global catastrophe. At the same time, they must deal with new military threats from abroad that have arisen from the old. Eric Dane and Adam Baldwin star.
If you’re one of those people who miss HBO’s True Blood, then you may be able to get your fix again, though admittedly without much of the graphic nudity and blood splatter. Like that show, this one is based on the novels of Charlaine Harris and viewers can expect, according to the network, vampires, witches, psychics and hitmen who come to the town of Midnight, Texas, 'a safe haven for those who are different.' Yeah, probably not.
TV execs clearly find something endearing in serial killers or the hunt for them, because it’s a genre that never seems to go out of vogue. Now Netflix has gotten into the game with this adaptation of the book Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. The show will focus on a pair of FBI agents who go to prisons to interview serial killers to gain clues in solving ongoing killings. The agents are played by Holt McCallany and Jonathan Groff. Interesting aside: John E. Douglas served as the inspiration for agent Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon and subsequent novels. Fact!
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Stephen King’s 1980 novella "The Mist" has managed an awful lot of mileage since its publication, not only for the horror anthologies Dark Forces and his own Skeleton Crew, but as a 2007 film directed by Frank Darabont or this new series. The concept is pretty simple: a mysterious mist envelopes a Maine town, unleashing horrors on the populace, and what follows is an exploration of how the characters respond to them. Like Under The Dome, it’s a cool concept that seems to have a limited shelf life, and the question will be how much mileage they can get out of it without diluting the power of the source material.
Jason Bateman returns to the small screen with this show on which he also serves as executive producer and, reportedly, director of five of the ten episodes. In it, Bateman’s Marty, a financial planner, is married to Laura Linney’s Wendy Bird, and together they move their family from Chicago to a Missouri Ozarks summer resort community. The network states that the show will explore "capitalism, family dynamics and survival through the eyes of (anything but) ordinary Americans."
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The second season saw the Peaky boys move from Brummy street gang to dominating most of London, and then, in year three, they started to go international. That is until spoiler everyone got arrested. Will Tommy pull it out of the bag? Will we see enough of Tom Hardy's Alfie Solomon (not possible)? Don't miss it, by order of the Peaky Blinders.
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The trio of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Breaking Bad veteran Sam Catlin were the team to finally crack how to adapt Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's crazed comic book saga for the screen. While changing much, they kept the basic idea of small town Texas Preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), who becomes melded with Genesis, the unholy spawn of an angel and a demon. The end of Season One saw the town of Annville destroyed, leaving Jesse, vampire chancer Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) and hitwoman ex Tulip (Ruth Negga) on the road to find where a delinquent God has gone to. Expect much more madness, especially with the Saint Of Killers, freshly retrieved from Hell, on their tail.
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While everyone expected The Punisher to be a powerful presence on Daredevil in that show’s second season, few thought that Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of Frank Castle would demand his own show, but that’s exactly what’s happened. Beyond the physicality he brought to the role, he almost showed us an alternate Bruce Wayne — a sense of what Batman would have been like if Wayne’s sense of personal loss had nudged him over the line. Expect people to get shot. A lot.
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For the first time since Remington Steele, Pierce Brosnan returns to television in this Western series based on the novel by Philipp Meyer. In it, the man who was Bond plays Eli McCullough, kidnapped and raised by Comanche Native American Indians as a child. As an adult, he brings everything he learned in that environment to the way he handles business, allowing him to grow a cattle empire, which, in the show, he attempts to retain control of while dealing with the Band Wars of South Texas. Kevin Murphy (the TV series Defiance), serves as showrunner.
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A sequel to William Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet, and based on the novel by Melinda Taub, this show, set in 16th Century Verona, is focused on Juliet’s cousin, Rosaline, who is ordered by Prince Escalus to marry Benvolio of Montague to put an end to the feud between the two families. Both endeavour to resolve the conflict on their own. Produced by Shonda Rhimes, and developed by Heather Mitchell, the series stars Lashana Lynch as Rosalie and Wadd Briggs as Benvolio.
TBA (Netflix) Get your Eggos ready, because The Duffer brothers' tribute to all things Amblin/eighties is returning for round two. The plot is entirely under wraps but we hope to see it some time in 2017. Will Barb return? No, probably not.
Designed to be an anthology series in which one story unfolds over the course of a season, the show is based on the 2007 novel by Dan Simmons. Set in 1847, the ten-episode show takes place on a Royal Navy vessel in the Northwest Passage that picks up a predator (with a small 'p') that begins attacking the crew. A bit like Alien (Ridley Scott is one of the producers) at sea.
Thirteen Reasons Why
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Based on Brian Yorkey’s Young Adult novel of the same name, the series takes place in the aftermath of the suicide of high schooler Hannah. She leaves behind a series of cassette tapes to be distributed to thirteen students, each of whom are informed of how they contributed to her death. Passive aggressive much? The series stars Katherine Langford as Hannah (we’re assuming in flashbacks) and Kate Walsh as her mother.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
He’s been preceded in the role by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine, but John Krasinski is undoubtedly hoping to make Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst Jack Ryan his own in the upcoming series. According to Krasinski, season one while represent the equivalent of a ten-hour movie with a theatrical-like budget to match. Additionally, word is that Ryan will find himself in a mission that takes on ISIS. Series creators are Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Kimmy Schmidt’s been on a hell of a journey, escaping from a doomsday cult she had been a part of for fifteen years, and once having done so, moving to New York, acclimating to the real world and trying to make her mark. Along the way she’s met and interacted with a variety of people (including characters played by Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski and Tina Fey, the latter of whom serves as an executive producer). It’s all led by the endearing Ellie Kemper in the title role, whose real-life pregnancy delayed production of season three, but things are moving forward, picking up from the season two finale where she learned from the ex-cult leader (played by Jon Hamm), currently in prison, that they need to get a divorce. Obviously things are never going to be easy where Kimmy is concerned.
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Season five certainly ended with things in disarray, as Selina Meyer, in an extremely close race for President Of The United States, ultimately discovers that she’s lost to Hugh Laurie’s Tom James. Her attempt at securing the position of Secretary Of State is rejected, and she suddenly finds that her and her team are without jobs. Nobody’s talking about season six, but it would seem that possibilities of where the show could go are endless, though no doubt the satire of politics will continue.