Editor’s Picks: 10 Shows to look Forward to in 2017

As if we needed any more reason to want to skip the rest of 2016 and fast forward to the new year, the series set to premiere over the next 12 months look extremely promising. Here’s my personal Top 10 of new and returning shows I just can’t wait to delve into.

New Shows

Emerald City, NBC

  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Cast: Adria Arjona, Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Mr Selfridge), Vincent D’Onofrio
  • Episodes per Season: 10
  • Premieres: January 6th

As a long-time fan of The Wizard of Oz and all stories set within that universe (Wicked and Oz the Great and Powerful were even more amazing experiences than watching the original film), I am beyond excited for this dark re-imagining of Dorothy and her ruby red shoes. From what I’ve read so far, the tone is going to be closer to Game of Thrones which makes sense considering that Immortalsdirector Tarsem Singh is attached to it. Also, I’d  watch any show about a badass young woman with a german shepherd by her side.

Legion, FX

  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama
  • Cast: Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Mackenzie Gray, Aubrey Plaza
  • Episodes per Season: 8
  • Premieres: February 8th

If you still haven’t forgiven Dan Stevens for prompting his character’s devastating death on Downton Abbey – during the Christmas episode no less! – now is the time.  Legion sees him assume the role of David Haller, a man suffering from multiple personality disorder, who also happens to be supernaturally gifted. As if these problems weren’t difficult enough to live with individually, each of his personalities controls a different aspect of his power. Sounds like a wild ride if you ask me.

American Gods, Starz

  • Genre: Fantasy, Mystery
  • Cast: Ricky Whittle (The 100), Gillian Anderson (Akte X), Ian McShane
  • Episodes per Season: 10
  • Premieres: TBA

If you watched Stardust or Coraline and thought, “this is super weird, but I’m into it, so let me see more of Neil Gaiman’s stories adapted for the screen”, your wish has been granted: American Gods is a “dark fantasy” tale that blends norse mythology with consumption criticism and a hint of We will rock you (the musical). Although I still haven’t fully grasped the plot details, I’m not at all fussed about it since it was created by Bryan Fuller and if you remember, my review of his earlier show Pushing Daisies is practically a love note to his extraordinary vision and style.

The Defenders, Netflix

  • Genre: Action, Crime
  • Cast: Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Finn Jones (Iron Fist)
  • Episodes per Season: 8
  • Premieres: TBA

Avengers 2.0.? Netflix is joining together its Marvel superheroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Virtually nothing is known about the plot of the team-up series yet, but if it has the film-noir tone of Jessica Jones and the sex appeal of Daredevil‘s second season (according to IMDB, Elodie Yung is back as Elektra), I imagine that it will be a pleasant viewing experience.

Time after Time, ABC

  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Cast: Freddie Stroma (unREAL), Josh Bowman (Revenge), Génesis Rodríguez
  • Episodes per Season: 12
  • Premieres: TBA

Feel free to disagree, but part of the reason why unREAL‘s second season could not live up to its first was the lack of Freddie Stroma. The young Brit just brings an undeniable charisma to the screen and so far has had amazing chemistry with anyone they put him in a scene with. Time after Time pairs him with Revenge-alumn Josh Bowman; the two star as H.G. Wells and legendary serial killer Jack the Ripper respectively. When the Ripper uses Wells’ time machine to escape to the 21st century, the sci-fi author has no choice but to follow and capture him.

Returning

Sherlock, BBC

  • Genre: Mystery, Crime
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss
  • Episodes per Season: 3
  • Premieres: January 1st

Stephen Moffat’s modern re-telling of the super sleuth’s mysteries looks cumberbitchin’ as ever.

The 100, The CW

  • Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Cast: Eliza Griffin, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropolous
  • Episodes per Season: 13
  • Premieres: February 1st

I’d written the show off after last season’s major character exits, but my LORD does this trailer have me excited for more: Octavia turning into a full-on assassin, Murphy getting the love and attention he deserves, Clarke and Bellamy together again – I am sold!

If you’ve never seen an episode of The 100, there is still time to catch up and here are 5 reasons why you should.

The Originals, The CW

  • Genre: Fantasy, Drama
  • Cast: Joseph Morgan, Phoebe Tonkin, David Gillies
  • Episodes per Season: ???
  • Premieres: TBA

Most of the time I can’t with this show, but the latter half of Season 3 was so good, I am willing to give it another chance. At the end of the day, what drives this show isn’t sappy romance, or shock value gore, but the relationship between the Mikaelson siblings. And with where we left off, it looks like we’re going to see a lot more of that in Season 4.

Broadchurch, ITV

  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Cast: David Tennant (Doctor Who), Olivia Coleman (The Night Manager), Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who)
  • Episodes per Season: 8
  • Premieres: TBA

Does this show really need another season? No. It didn’t need a second season either, but since we can’t leave anything of moderate success alone these days, here we are. What persuades me to check out Broadchurch‘s third series anyway is the showrunner’s announcement that it will serve as the last installment in a kind of trilogy, moreover, his promise that it would feel like the first series which really was an outstanding piece of television.

The Get Down, Netflix

  • Genre: Drama, Music
  • Cast: Justice Smith, Jaden Smith (The Pursuit of Happiness), Herizen F. Guardiola
  • Episodes per Season: 12 in total with 6 new episodes coming in 2017
  • Premieres: TBA

Baz Lurhmann’s lush and inventive series about the origins of hip hop music in late 1970s New York deserves more recognition than the media and viewership have granted it. I’ve been clear about what makes The Get Down great in my opinion and I have no doubt that the second half of the series will be equally satisfying to my eyes and ears.

Honorary mentions: Stranger Things (loved it, but it felt concluded to me), HTGAWM (how could you take my baby from me Pete, HOW!?), Stitchers (not happy with a lot of the Season 2 developments such as Cameron cheating on Nina, the whole Camille and Fisher thing and Kirsten’s mommy issues)

Of course, I’m also looking forward to the series finales of The Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf, mostly because I cannot watch these shows continue to ruin characters and relationships I had grown to love – I really wish they had been cancelled sooner. Still, I am holding out hope that something good will come out of these last few episodes.

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