8 Of The Best TV Shows To Look Forward To This Year
2017 granted us a killer season of ‘Game of Thrones’ and the blessing that was Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, but if you thought that was all the major production companies had to offer us, you’ll be pleasantly surprised this year.
There are quite a few amazing shows lined up for 2018, but it would take quite a while to list them all. So, to save time, we’ve picked out the top 8 that we’re most excited for this year.
Check them out below:
Release date: 13 March 2018
This TV series has been described as a gritty cross between Glee and Friday Night Lights, which is one of the most unexpected combinations we’ve ever seen. It’ll follow the students and teachers of a sketchy high school as they try to put on a performance of the highly-acclaimed (and sexually-charged) musical Spring Awakening.
The stellar cast of this upcoming show is more than enough reason for viewers to tune in. Auli’i Cravalho, who voiced Moana in 2016, will be starring alongside Josh Radnor – who played Ted Moseby in How I Met Your Mother.
Oh – and did we mention that this series is produced by the makers of hit broadway musical Hamilton? Because it is.
Release date: 22 January 2018
Dakota Fanning makes a (long-awaited) return in this chilling TNT drama, which stars Daniel Brühl of Goodbye Lenin! (great film, by the way) and Luke Evans, who fans will probably recognize from 2016’s The Girl on the Train.
Set in New York, 1896, the series – deemed a psychological thriller – will see a journalist (Fanning) and investigative team try to solve a series of brutal murders. Think Penny Dreadful, but less lustful demons and more twisted humans.
Release date: Spring 2018 (although one Redditor reckons it’ll be either April 22 or April 29, due to Emmy eligibility rules …)
Who – in this climate – isn’t excited for the second season of Westworld? We’ve certainly been waiting long enough for it – and the first season really didn’t help by ending the way it did.
It wouldn’t be so far-fetched to call Westworld the science-fiction counterpart to Game of Thrones – as the world truly does respond to the series in almost same way that it does to the hijinks of Westeros. Prepare yourselves for outlandish theories, speculations, spoilers and twitter-reactions, because, come this Spring, we’ll be faced with all the fan-hype all over again.
Release date: The first quarter of 2018 – aka. much sooner rather than later.
Now, this is one that we’re cautiously excited for. “Cautious” because this is Heathers we’re talking about. The iconic 80’s film, starring a young Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Sex, murder and killer mean girls? What more could one possibly want from a film?
Or rather – a TV show, since that’s what this film will be adapted into this year. Winona’s classic character of Veronica Sawyer will be played by Grace Victoria Cox, a fairly new face in Hollywood – having only appeared in Under the Dome and Showtime’s recent Twin Peaks revival. The 1988 film will be getting a millennial reboot that no-one asked for, with millennial-pink fur coats to match. All we need is an avocado-themed title song and the package will be complete, right? It’s understandable that we’re cautious.
As Veronica herself would say – Oh, f**k me gently with a chainsaw.
Release date: Sometime this year?
Now, we don’t have much information about this upcoming TV show, but we’re already absolutely beside ourselves with excitement. First of all, the series will centre around two patients in a mental home and the fantasy worlds that they create, but that’s not all – Jonah Hill and Emma Stone will both star, and, judging by the images, we’re in for one kaleidoscopic treat.
To top this already quite alluring cake, Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, True Detective, Beasts of No Nation) will be directing the series. Cary Fukunaga, people. The man who not only has creative vision for days, but also managed to chop off his man-bun and still maintain his good looks. What-a-guy.
Atlanta: Robbin’ Season
Release date: Seeing as the first season dropped in September 2016, we’re going to take wild guess and say the upcoming season will follow suit …
Donald Glover has officially left the music scene to pursue his growing acting career, and we couldn’t be more conflicted about that decision. On the one hand – Childish Gambino (Glover’s music name) gave us some of the greatest hits of the last couple years (Redbone, 3005 etc.) but, at the same time – it can’t be denied that the guy can act his socks off. We’re still hoping that he changes his mind and decides to do both, but, seeing as he’s returning with another season of his hit-show Atlanta this year – we’ll keep schtum and accept it for now.
Indeed, Atlanta is returning for another round – which it annoyingly refuses to call a second season – and has added the somewhat catchy name of ‘Robbin’ Season’ to its title. The first series was too good for words, hailed by fans and critics alike, and, after having scooped several Emmys last year, we’re sure that Donald Glover, Keith Stanfield (Get Out) and Brian Tyree Henry will have even more outlandish satire to offer us this time around.
Release date: 2 February 2018
This TV show will be hitting Netflix worldwide this February, which means that there isn’t much time until we’re blessed by its seemingly unconventional tale.
Adapted from a popular sci-fi novel of the same, this show will not only star Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad, The Killing) as a guy who dies, then wakes up 3 centuries later in a completely different (slightly hotter) body – but it will also have a famous Game of Thrones director – Miguel Sapochnik, the one who did The Battle of the Bastards – at the helm of one its episodes.
Release date: 24 January 2018
We’re definitely excited about this show – as evidenced by the many articles we’ve done about it in the past. Based on a real cult group that literally ended in flames, – The Branch Davidians, to be more specific – this six-part show will focus on the infamous 51-day showdown between the cult-members and police back in 1993 that ended in the deaths of pretty much everyone locked in the building (which, as mentioned before, went up in literal flames).
The whole cult was headed by a honey-tongued mystery man named David Koresh, who will be played by Taylor Kitsch (True Detective, Friday Night Lights). Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Nocturnal Animals) will also star in the show as the FBI’s Head of Crisis Negotiation Unit, Gary Noesner.
Release date: 18 January 2018
Once season seven of Game of Thrones ended in 2017, fans were left deflated at the thought of having to wait two whole years for the final season – especially with that fireball of an ending. But, with almost too good timing, the trailer for Brittania dropped – and fans rejoiced that we’d at least have something just as bloody and brutal to tide us over until 2019.
Britannia has since been hailed as the ‘new Game of Thrones‘, which, we think, is a pretty bold statement to make. Having said that, however, this action-packed trailer gives us reason to believe it, so here’s hoping that the show lives up to the hype.
Are there any TV Shows that you’re excited for this year? Let us know in the comments!
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