2017 TV Preview

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As 2016 draws to a close, we’re looking ahead to all the shows we’re excited about for 2017. With so many shows now adhering to a 15-month or longer return time, lots of shows we loved in 2015 didn’t return in 2016. Now, they’re gearing up to return, some with final seasons, some just ready to continue building a legacy. Here are ten shows we can’t wait for in 2017.


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The first big new show of the year is FX’s first foray into superhero television, bringing Fox’s X-Men series to the small screen at last. Following the story of Charles Xavier’s powerful but unstable son, the show sports a strong cast and Fargo‘s masterful showrunner, Noah Hawley. (Feb. 8 on FX)


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Once lauded as one of the freshest comedies on TV, Girls will finally pull the curtain in 2017 with its sixth season. After a comeback season of sorts with season five, Girls is once again positioned to be an important piece of television as it gets to make some final statements on its sometimes lovable and sometimes controversial characters. (Feb. 12 on HBO)


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Based on Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel, helmed by Dallas Buyers Club and Wild director Jean-Marc Vallée, and featuring a cast of veritable superstars including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgård, and Adam Scott, there are so many reasons to get excited for this 7-part miniseries coming to HBO. Moriarty’s story of the ripple effects that lead to a major scandal in a tight-knit, beachside town is ripe for cinematic adaptation. With so many big names involved, it’s sure to make a splash. (Feb. 19 on HBO)


Photo Credit:http://masterherald.com/the-leftovers-season-3-wraps-up-shoot-slotted-for-a-2017-release-lindelof-provides-insights-about-the-upcoming-season/46790/The Leftovers

The best show of 2015 is coming back for its final season in 2017. The Leftovers has never exactly been a ratings hit for HBO, but the critically lauded series has gained a passionate following who swear by it. It was apparently Damon Lindelof’s choice to end the show with season three, but we’re still sad to see it go so soon. (April TBD on HBO)


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With the Christmas special now on Netflix, season two officially got off to a great start and now has us anticipating the rest. The Wachowskis’ insane, cheerful sci-fi series will return later in the year for ten more episodes to finish off season two. If the show keeps up the warm, inclusionary insanity, it’ll be as good as ever. (May 5 on Netflix)


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After the major power shifts at the end of season six, the end of Game of Thrones feels closer than ever. In 2017, we’ll get the penultimate season, consisting of seven episodes. But they promise to be big ones. Will more Starks reunite? Will Daenerys attack King’s Landing? Will the Wall come crashing down? Answers are finally coming, and that makes Thrones more exciting than ever. (Summer on HBO)


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The legendary Bryan Fuller is adapting Neil Gaiman’s novel about the gods of yesterday waging war in the modern world. Starring Ian McShane, Crispin Glover, Emily Browning, and Gillian Anderson, this high-concept fantasy series has a chance to make serious waves in 2017. (TBD on Starz)


Photo Credit:http://www.returndates.com/news.php?id=858The Defenders

Marvel’s Netflix series have been hit and miss, much like the first wave of Marvel films. But remember when they all came together for the now classic first Avengers film? That’s happening again with The Defenders as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist will team up in New York City to take on an unknown enemy, played by the one and only Sigourney Weaver. This one’s got serious potential. (TBD on Netflix)


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Another great series missing from 2016 was FX’s Fargo. Coming back for season three sometime in 2017, the new season stars Ewan McGregor (in two roles, no less), Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jim Gaffigan, David Thewlis, and Michael Stuhlbarg. If that list of names doesn’t get you excited, not sure what does. It should be a hoot. (TBD on FX)



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Aziz Ansari’s hit comedy will return sometimes in 2017. While Master of None‘s first season had more great episodes than actually constructing a great season, it’s a series primed for greatness once Ansari gets a chance to push the boundaries of his series even further in season two. (TBD on Netflix)



What shows are you most looking forward to in the new year? Let us know in the comments below!


By Matt Dougherty and Mike Papirmeister


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