We hope you got the chance recently to catch up on all those TV shows you’ve been meaning to watch for the past five years, because your list is about to get much, much bigger.
2016 may have been the worst for a lot of things (Brexit, Trump, the death of David Bowie - please don’t make us go on), but it was in fact a pretty good year for the busy bees of the filming industry.
There’s a whole heap of new shows that were released this year that promise to be completely and utterly binge-tastic. From updated remakes of old favourites to brand new dystopian plot lines, we’re pretty excited to see these new flicks.
TV nights in sorted, so.
1. Taboo: BBC1
In this new 8-part TV period drama produced by Ridley Scott, Tom Hardy will play the lead role of James Keziah Delaney in Taboo,a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself.
2. A Series Of Unfortunate Events: Netflix
Following the miserable lives of three orphan children on the run from an evil man, the kids work together to overcome the absurd situations they continue to find themselves immersed in. Starring Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, this remake looks amazing.
3. Legion: FX
A new Marvel sci-fi X-Men spinoff, Legion stars David Haller, a.k.a. Legion, as an institutionalised mutant man with power beyond comprehension. His power however, comes at the steep cost of David's mind.
Plagued by numerous split personalities - each commanding a different aspect of his power - David is trying to find his way back to sanity. Throw in the girl of his dreams and you’ve got yourself an 8 episode winner.
4. Big Little Lies: HBO
Reese Witherspoon stars in and helped produce this mini-series based on Liane Moriarty's murder-mystery novel, co-starring with Shailene Woodley, Nicole Kidman, and more.
Three young moms are embroiled in a deadly scandal after a kindergarten fund-raiser goes very wrong, but it’s cut with a dark, biting humor that is sure to heat up in this TV adaptation. Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley also star which has made our month.
5. Crashing: HBO
Comedian extraordinare Pete Holmes created and wrote this hilarious new TV series which is directed by Judd Apatow, of the 40 Year Old Virgin fame. The show follows a young comedian (Holmes) whose wife (Lauren Lapkus) abruptly leaves him for an Italian boxer. Expect lots of laughs with this one. Like, LOTS.
6. Feud: FX
A new cracking anthology series from Ryan Murphy, this will tackle a famous argument each season, beginning with the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis on the set of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Luckily, Murphy found two divas fit to fill the roles with Jessica Lange as Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Davis. As if that's not enticing enough, Feud also has Catherine Zeta Jones, Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates. Yasssss.
7. Twin Peaks: Sky Atlantic, 22nd May
More than 20 years in the making, David Lynch has resurrected his two-season mystery soap.Apparently picking up years after the plot of the last series, Kyle MacLachan returns as Special Agent Dale Cooper.
Although no-one really knows when exactly during the year this will be released, we know it will be the highlight of 2017 TV. If you haven’t watched the quirky original, we recommend you do.
8. The Handmaid’s Tale: Channel 4, May 28th
Margaret Atwoods dystopian fiction novel set in a futuristic and fascist America (terrifyingly accurate) will star Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) as lead character Offred. The story unfolds in a totalitarian state facing environmental disaster, where women are viewed as property and spies are everywhere.
A must watch.
9. Guerrilla: Sky Atlantic
Idris Elba is to star in a new drama that follows a young couple in 1970’s London whose relationship and values are put to the test when the liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell.
John Ridley, the screenwriter from 12 Years A Slave joins this exciting project so keep your eyes peeled for this release.
10. The Deuce: HBO, TBC
"A cable show about the early New York porn industry" might sound a tad dodgy, but this show created by David Simon, the genius behind The Wire goes beyond any run-of-the-mill cheap shots.
James Franco stars in two roles: twin brothers Vince and Frankie Martino, who became fronts for the mob-owned Times Square sex industry. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a prostitute who sees promise in porn.
11. Making A Murderer season 2: Netflix, TBC
The documentary programme that got everyone outraged in 2016 returns with new updates about the Averys. This season is going to focus on the new lawyer hired by Avery Kathleen Zellner and Disney’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin.
Even though the premiere date has not been revealed, one of the biggest spoilers of Making A Murderer Season 2 is that this season the focus of the show will be the new evidence, that is about the blood found in Avery’s car, which was placed there and suggests the involvement of another individual. The whole country will be watching this.
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