The Buzz: TV dramas we’re looking forward to in 2017
2016 was an undeniably strong year for television drama. Production quality for shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld reached impressive new highs, and shows like Stranger Things and Mr. Robot have addicting premises. 2017 is sure to continue the trend of great drama – comedy remains questionable, though, as long as Big Bang Theory reruns continue to draw 12 million viewers apiece. Check out our most anticipated new and returning dramas of 2017, and comment yours below:
Taboo season 1(FX): We don’t really need to know much more about this series other than it stars Tom Hardy to get excited. Hardy will play an explorer who returns to early 1800s Britain after having died ten years previously. Or, so everyone thought. I’ll buy anything that Tom Hardy stars in, and the concept of the story was brainstormed by him and his dad, Chips. For icing on the cake, it’s executive produced by Ridley Scott. FX has been on a hot streak – it picked up Atlanta, Baskets and American Crime Story all in one year. I sense good things. The 8-episode miniseries will premier January 10.
A Series of Unfortunate Events season 1 (Netflix): Despite what Patrick Warburton says, we can’t look away. Like the book series, Netflix’s adaptation will explore dark themes through the eyes of three innocent children who become orphaned after an extremely unfortunate incident. Enter Count Olaf, their despicable foster care parent who only agrees to take care of them because he has an eye on their fortune. He is played by Neil Patrick Harris, who looks like he has finally lost his mind. Judging by the trailer, the production value of the show seems top notch – the first season will explore at least five of the book’s 13-entry series, based on footage in the trailer, meaning five vastly different settings. Whatever the series will bring, it seems like it’s superbly captured the book’s hilariously dark tone. The first season will drop January 13.
Sense8 season 2 (Netflix): Netflix gave us a Christmas gift in the form of a sneak peak to the upcoming sophomore season of its cerebral Sense8. The first season was unlike anything seen on the small screen before – eight strangers from around the world find themselves sharing a collective consciousness. These eight individuals become immersed in each other’s lives, sharing emotions and experiences. After the imaginative events of the first season, the writers are sure to take the continuing story in an intriguing direction. The 10-episode second season will drop May 5.
Star Trek: Discovery season 1 (CBS All Access): While Star Wars is reclaiming its reign over the big screen, Star Trek is trying to return to the small screen. Rather than reboot the franchise, the show will explore new areas of the Star Trek universe. Discovery will follow Sonequa Martin-Green as the lead role of Rainsford, the lieutenant director of a ship discovering new worlds and civilizations. The show will premier on CBS before moving over exclusively to its online streaming service, CBS All Access. Being an online exclusive may limit its audience, but will hopefully expand the creative control showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Herberts have. The first episode will premier in May.
BoJack Horseman season 4 (Netflix): Season 3 saw the fictional Hollywoo’s beloved star BoJack Horseman hitting the lowest point in his already turbulent life. He’s severed every connection he’s had on the show, and achieved his lifelong dreams under false pretenses. It seems like there’s nowhere for the horse to go but up – but, if you’ve watched any of BoJack Horseman, you know that can’t be the case. Will Arnett’s issues with celebrity image and personal relationships have fueled his heartbreaking voice acting for the tragic character. Even after three season, I’m not sure I’m ready for that season 4 might bring.
Twin Peaks revival season 1 (Showtime): It’s intriguing that television has caught up to movies in the sense that old beloved titles are being remade and refreshed to attract new audiences. As we know from recent film revamps, they can be massive successes or crash and burn failures. 1990’s original Twin Peaks is a rightful drama classic, though its 90s filmmaking and acting make it difficult to take seriously today. If a series is in need of a remake, it’s this one. The fact that Kyle MacLachlan has signed onto the project is a good sign, and David Lynch will return as the new show’s creator. Fingers crossed for this one.
American Gods season 1 (Starz): It’s about time we started seeing Neil Gaiman’s books being adapted to television. The prolific writer will serve as an executive producer of his story about fabled gods immersing themselves in modern American life. Ricky Whittle will portray Shadow Moon, a man released from prison and recruited by Odin himself to help him find all the gods across the states. There are New American Gods, who embody things like Media and Technology, who are preparing for battle against the old ones. If the show is halfway near as good as the book, it’ll be compelling viewing.
Atlanta season 2 (FX): Because I felt bad about completely dissing comedies. Creative forces like Donald Glover do exist, and are putting out excellent series like Atlanta. Still, can 2017 please be the death of our obsession with shows like Big Bang Theory?