2017 is going to be a great year for television. There are quite a few TV shows that you should be looking forward to and to make choosing what you watch an easier choice for you, I’m listing six of them today.
Based on the Marvel Comic character of the same name and set in the same universe as the X-Men movies, this series will make its debut on the FX network in the USA in February 2017. The show was created by Noah Hawley (who was also behind the Fargo TV show).
Legion tells the story of David Haller (who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age) and has been a patient in various psychiatric hospitals ever since. After Haller has an encounter with a fellow psychiatric patient, he is confronted with the possibility that there may be more to him than mental illness. Check out the trailer below and you’ll see why I’m excited about it.
This upcoming drama series is based on the characters by Archie Comics and will premiere on the CW at the end of January 2017. It’s a subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.
Riverdale will feature performances by K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Luke Perry, Ross Butler, Casey Cott and Marisol Nichols. I have to admit that this gives off similar vibes than The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars, but I’m definitely attracted to its dark adaptation of the Archie comics.
3. American Gods
This Drama / Fantasy show will make its debut on the Starz network in April 2017. It based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman and was developed by Bryan Fuller (who also brought us Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies and Hannibal) and Michael Green (who’s also been credited for writing episodes for Heroes, Everwood and Smallville and the screenplay for The Green Lantern and Blade Runner 2049).
American Gods tells the story of a recently released ex-convict named Shadow Moon who meets a mysterious man who calls himself “Wednesday” and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow’s life and past. Check out the trailer below and you’ll see why I’m excited about this show:
4. Marvel’s The Defenders
The limited series will premier on Netflix in 2017 and features Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock / Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, and Finn Jones as Danny Rand / Iron Fist, all reprising their roles from their individual series. Élodie Yung also stars as Elektra Natchios (reprising the role from Marvel’s Daredevil).
Yes folks, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist will be teaming up to fight crime in New York City in a TV show. The fact that those 4 names appear in one sentence is exactly WHY you should not be missing this 8 episode series. Check out the teaser tailer below
5. Star Trek: Discovery
This upcoming television series was created by Bryan Fuller (yes the same guy behind American Gods) and Alex Kurtzman (who has also worked on Scorpion, Fringe and other TV shows and who is also directing the 2017 version of The Mummy).
Star Trek: Discovery is set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series and separate from the timeline of the concurrent feature films. Discovery explores a previously mentioned event from the history of Star Trek while following the crew of the USS Discovery. The show will premiere on CBS in May 2017. The geek inside me is extremely excited about this because it’s the first time in 12 years that a Star Trek TV show will be airing on TV. Check out the teaser trailer below:
6. Twin Peaks
This upcoming Drama series was created by Mark Frost and David Lynch and is a continuation of the original series which aired on ABC from 1990 to 1991. It’s directed by Lynch and co-written by Frost & Lynch. The show will air on Showtime sometime in 2017.
Some of the original cast members will be appearing in the show and the plot is completely unknown at this stage, but I’m thinking that it will be just as freaky as the original 90’s show (which freaked me out quite a bit when I was 14). Check out the trailer for the 2017 season of Twin Peaks below:
Well, there you have it, 6 TV shows that I’m looking forward to in 2017. I hope this list makes it easier for you to decide what to watch on TV this year.
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