We’re in a golden age of television, there’s little to deny that, and with each passing month it is very clearly that the small screen is very much in sync with the storytelling scope of many of the cinema offerings populating our multiplexes in this day and age. For every superhero movie there is an expansive television universe captivating us and for every independent movie success there is the guarantee of a breakout show that comes out of nowhere. It’s a wonderful situation for viewers to find ourselves in and it certainly isn’t going to stop, 2017 is a true reminder of that.
Whether it’s the return of your favourite current show, a reunion that you’ve been praying for or quite simply a brand new show that looks unmissable, there’s plenty out there to look forward to. In true Filmoria fashion, we have our own favourites and here are just some of them that we recommend you don’t miss out on.
10. Master Of None Season 2 (Netflix – April TBC)
Aziz Ansari initially won our hearts with his brash and quite frankly hilarious Tom Haverford in hit show Parks & Recreation, but has since moved on to great success with his own Netflix vehicle, Master Of None. The first season of the show was both funny and emotionally gripping, with his character Dev approaching the struggles of relationships and work life with his own unique style. It made for brilliant, understated viewing that was instantly engaging and left us with an ending that demanded a second stint.
Thankfully, Netflix and Ansari and delivering that, with an expected release in around April (yet to be confirmed). Will we find Dev still in Italy and Rachel in Tokyo or will their lives intertwine once more in a ‘happy ever after’? We can’t wait to find out…
9. 24: Legacy (Fox – Feb 5th / Sky One – TBC)
Okay, so we know that 24 simply isn’t the same without Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer, but we all thought it couldn’t work as a limited series and Live Another Day still remained as exciting and action-packed as ever, so hear us out.
Presenting a whole new chapter in the life of the Counter Terrorist Unit, Legacy lands us with a new leading man in Straight Outta Compton‘s Corey Hawkins as war hero Eric Carter and certainly looks like we’ll still get plenty of bang for our buck. We’re willing to give this one a shot to see if there is still life in the show yet, and if all else fails you can always check out Kiefer doing what he does best as the President in Designated Survivor.
8. The Flash Season 3 (The CW – Jan 24th / Sky One – TBC)
For all their misfortunes in the movie world, DC seem to be a pretty good job with their television shows, and the one that stands out from their impressive line-up is The Flash. Halfway through its third season, The Flash seems to be excelling with every series it presents and this latest venture into the trials and tribulations of the fastest man alive, Barry Allen, is no different.
We left the mid-season break with the revelation that speed god Savitar is set to kill Barry’s true love Iris in the near future and there may be nothing Barry can do about it, but we all know that despite his promise to never change the course of history, that is sure to be broken. Expect plenty more drama, emotional angst and impressive visuals when the show returns.
7. Feud (FX / Fox – TBC)
Whatever Ryan Murphy brings to TV land is almost guaranteed to be an absolute hit, especially when he brings along some familiar faces. He struck gold with Glee, and has since revelled in the dark light of American Horror Story, and now the great man is about to take on the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, from their ‘What Happened To Baby Jane’ saga to their Oscar vendetta.
Thankfully, Murphy has some incredible talent on board, including familiar collaborators Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates and the untouchable Jessica Lange, as well as Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon and Catherine Zeta-Jones, in her first television appearance for 20 years. That alone should be enough for you to keep an eye out for this one.
6. American Gods (Starz – April / Amazon – TBC)
UK folks will be all too familiar with Ricky Whittle from his days in Hollyoaks but he’s since cracked American television in The 100 and he’s now set to spearhead the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, with creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green at the helm.
It’s a mysterious story thrusting Whittle’s ex-convict Shadow into a world of new and old gods following the death of his wife. Joining the British star are Ian McShane, Dane Cook, Gillian Anderson, Crispin Glover and Emily Browning.
5. Riverdale (The CW – Jan 26th)
Anyone accustomed with Archie comics will no doubt be readily intrigued to see what Riverdale has to offer when it arrives on American screens at the end of this month. Presenting a mystery taking place in a town that seems, on the surface, to be almost perfect, Riverdale will certainly tick a lot of boxes for something rather different.
As an extra plus point, The CW’s superhero go-to executive producer Greg Berlanti is on production duties here as well so we expect great things when this comes around.
4. Twin Peaks (Showtime / Sky Atlantic – TBC)
And there we were thinking that it just wouldn’t happen…
Thankfully delays have finally turned into a solid 2017 release (albeit still vague on actual dates), but we are indeed getting our first visit to Twin Peaks since over 20 years ago. It’s a show that captivated, disturbed and gripped audiences to become an absolute cult classic and now we’re finally getting a return.
We need not say anymore really, but as an extra bit of good news there will be the returning Kyle MacLachlan and many others, Lynch included, who will be making their returns.
3. Game Of Thrones Season Season 7 (HBO / Sky Atlantic – Summer 2017)
So we may have to wait a little longer than usual for Game of Thrones this year, with an expected release around summer of just after, but it isn’t all bad news for loves of sex, swords and plenty of blood. After all, the delay means that the show runners are clearly determined to make the show even more impressive, especially with a shorter season consisting of seven episodes instead of ten.
This means we are slowly but surely coming to the end of the line and finding out who will rule over Westeros on the Iron Throne, but there’s still plenty to be resolved before we get to that point. This season teases a possible meeting between Jon and Daenerys, the continuation of Arya’s journey from girl to dangerous woman and so much more…
2. Big Little Lies (HBO – Feb 19th / Sky Atlantic – March)
When you’re cast consists of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard (and breathe!) then you know you’re kind of already onto a winner. That’s the case for HBO’s Big Little Lies, debuting in America in February, with a show based on the bestselling book by Liane Moriarty.
Expect as many laughs as you will drama, in a show that that focuses on the lives of three mothers as they go from perfect to something very, very different. We’re sold already!
1. Prison Break (Fox / Sky One – early 2017)
One of the greatest television shows of all time (in this writer’s honest opinion, at least), Prison Break will be reuniting its stars for a new season and we cannot wait. Having already seen both Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller recently unite once again as dastardly duo Captain Cold and Heatwave in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the foundations were built for their return to the Prison Break fold.
How exactly that will happen is anyone’s guess, with Miller’s Michael having been declared dead in a hugely heart-wrenching moment in the show’s last season, but who cares, anyone can be resurrected in TV land, right?! Limited details are known about how the characters we know and love will come back together but we’ll be tuning in when Prison Break finally returns.