With Orphan Black in its final season, Game Of Thrones having a later than usual Season Seven & Westworld looking to not have its second season premier until 2018… television marches on. So here are the new shows that could be worth checking out…
Taboo (January 10th, FX)
“Set in 1813, “Taboo” is based on an original story by Tom Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. In Taboo, Hardy plays the lead role of “James Keziah Delaney,” a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a very dangerous game.”
Tom Hardy is great talent, plus Thrones stars Oona Chaplin and Jonathan Pryce are here also. The premise is interesting, and FX has an absolutely fantastic track record. Here’s hoping it delivers
A Series Of Unfortunate Events (January 13th, Netflix)
“After the loss of their parents in a mysterious fire, the three Baudelaire children face trials and tribulations attempting to uncover dark family secrets.”
Based on the iconic 13-part books, the first season which will soon be available on Netflix looks to cover the first four books in the series: A Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window and the Miserable Mill. Expectations are high.
Iron Fist (March 17th, Netflix)
A young man is bestowed with incredible martial arts skills and a mystical force known as the Iron Fist.
The last of the “Defenders” Team up, brings the story of Daniel Rand. Finn Jones is also joined by fellow Game Of Thrones star Jessica Henwick. Comparisons to Jessica Jones, Daredevil and Luke Cage will definitely be made but considering that for the most part, those shows have been successful- Iron Fist looks to continue that.
The Defenders (Unknown, Netflix)
The epic team-up between Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Matt Murdock and Daniel Rand- to fight a villain (which is set to be played by Sigourney Weaver). This is eight episodes long, and has potential to be the most celebrated television event of the year
His Dark Materials (Late 2017, BBC)
Not much has been written about this, and it may be pushed back to 2018, but the BBC have purchased the rights to Pullman’s epic fantasy. So I’d definitely keep track of the news and any updates.
American Gods (Unknown, Starz)
“A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself “Wednesday” and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow’s life and past.”
With Bryan Fuller return to television since the sadly cancelled Hannibal, this time adapting Neil Gaiman’s beloved novel. With an all-star cast including Ian McShane, Demore Barnes, Emily Browning and Gillian Anderson this is set to be a huge success.
Inhumans (Unknown, ABC)
Originally supposed to be a film, this entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe focuses on the Inhumans, a group of superpowered people. Agents Of Shield has touched on them, but this show will obviously give greater scope.
Star Trek: Discovery (Unknown, CBS)
Doug Jones and The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green are in the return of Star Trek, for over 50 years. To say that this is exciting is simply an understatement.
The Punisher (Unknown, Netflix)
Jon Bernthal’s take of Frank Castle was so well received, that they gave him his own show. Gritty, dark, unforgiving… three things we expect from this series. With a new suit, lots of machinery, this is the show for those who like things to be a bit grim.
Any other shows to look forward to? Put them in the comments below!