Television is no longer when the big talents start and the old talents go to die. For a good few years, we’ve come to accept that television is offering us some genuinely great entertainment. Many have been hailing the last few year as television’s second golden age. People are more willing to use the long-format, episodic nature of television to tell complex stories filled with detail.
There are some great shows out there already, of course. But with the next season of Game of Thrones so far off in the distance, you may be wondering what you should turn to next. Well, here’s a list of upcoming shows that could very well be your new favourites!
So hey, when was the last time you saw Katherine Heigl? You know the one, she was in Grey’s Anatomy and was the pregnant one in Knocked Up. She’s been having a hard time getting work recently. A variety of reasons have been thrown around; it seems likely that it’s because people don’t’ really like her. That being said, the upcoming television series Doubt, with Heigl in the lead, looks promising. She will play a defence attorney who falls in love with her client, despite the fact he may have committed a horrific crime.
The show will also star the awesome Laverne Cox, a.k.a. Orange Is the New Black’s Sophia. She’ll actually be the first transgender actress to play a transgender character as a series regular on a broadcast network.
Thought 24 was over? Well, it still is, sort of. Although it seems to have resurrected itself a few times, it looks like the Jack Bauer-led series is now gone. A spin-off series, 24: Legacy, is due to air in February 2017. There aren’t too many plot details at the moment. We know that it will involve a badass main character attempting to prevent terrorist attacks on American soil. Wait, wasn’t that the exact same premise of the original show?
Stranger Things will be debuting this month on Netflix. It’s been billed as a strange throwback to the 80s works of Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter. So, basically, it’s going to be a weird sci-fi / horror series. Sounds good to me! You can read more about it at www.netflixupdate.com/new-netflix-original-series-coming-july.
Is there a trend happening at the moment? A trend of classic movies being taken and turned into TV shows? It may have seemed strange a few years ago, but that seems to be what’s happening now. Perhaps producers have been feeling encouraged by the critical praise that the Fargo TV series has received. (Seriously, if you haven’t seen that series then you should definitely check it out. It’s every bit a worthy translation of the 1996 Coen brothers’ classic!)
Well, the latest TV show to be spun from a film is the upcoming The Exorcist. A psychological thriller set in Chicago, it’s currently filming and is expected to be released sometime in 2017. You can read more about it at http://deadline.com/2016/05/the-exorcist. (And yes, as the link suggestions, Lethal Weapon is also being turned into a TV show. Yay?)
Ryan Murphy is, hands down, one of the most prolific people in television today. He’s created a bunch of very popular shows, including Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story, and Scream Queens. Many would say that these shows are mostly kinda trashy but are still very fun. Of course, Ryan Murphy has also shown his talent in more hard-hitting dramas. This year, he debuted his new show, American Crime Story. As anyone who saw its first season, The People v. O. J. Simpson, can tell you, it was utterly fantastic.
Murphy is showing no signs of slowing down. With American Crime Story, he found himself at the helm of three shows that are currently still in production and on the air. But that doesn’t seem to be enough: he’s putting out another. Feud will be airing sometime next year. It has a killer cast, include Jessica Lange, Stanley Tucci, and Susan Sarandon. Brad Pitt has also signed on as the executive producer! You can read more about the show’s premise at http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/feud.
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale is a 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. It’s a dystopian novel. It depicts a United States that has had its government overthrown by totalitarian Christians. This new society subjugates women in extreme ways; the novel explores how the female characters try to find agency in this world. Like pretty much everything Atwood has written, it’s disturbing, funny, insightful, and deeply imaginative.
Some of you may have seen the 1990 film adaptation of the book. Well, disregard it; it was awful. The upcoming television show will be airing in early 2017 on Hulu, the streaming service. Details are being kept under wraps at the moment. All we really know is that it will star Elisabeth Moss as the lead character. And yes, she’s the fantastic actress who played Peggy in Mad Men. I’m fairly sure it will be better than the film!
The untitled Woody Allen TV series
It still doesn’t have a name, but it is happening! The legendary comedian and film director Woody Allen is writing for TV for the first time in fifty years. He will be writing and directing all six episodes of this upcoming comedy series for Amazon Studios. It has a very interesting cast list: Woody himself will be one of the lead characters, and one of the others is being played by Miley Cyrus!
So, will it be any good? Well, I hope so. Woody Allen doesn’t have a flawless record with his most recent films, that’s for sure. But in the last few years, he has given us Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine, which were both critically acclaimed and won Oscars. So maybe that’s the kind of quality we can expect in this series. Having said that, he did recently claim that the whole thing was a “catastrophic mistake”. Let’s just hope that’s some good-old self-deprecating humour, I guess?MarkMeets Website