2018 TV Preview

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As the unending golden age of television soldiers on, it’s become impossible to tell what great new series, or even its second season, might air and how it will be. But we’re definitely excited about more than a few things. From final seasons to new debuts, the 10 (but really 11) shows on this list highlight stories we can’t wait to see play out—and not all of them are for reasons pertaining to quality.


Photo Credit:https://theplaylist.net/new-images-assassination-gianni-versace-american-crime-story-get-glamorous-20170621/The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Not even three weeks into 2018 and likely the most anticipated show of the year is premiering. The long-gestating second season of American Crime Story, following the masterpiece that was The People vs. OJ Simpson, has a lot to live up to. But then what a crime the season will be covering. Penelope Cruz plays Donatella Versace, while Edgar Ramirez plays the titular name. Ricky Martin plays his lover Antonio, and Darren Criss plays the murderer. (Jan. 17 on FX)


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Star Wars Rebels

With The Last Jedi taking practically every box office receipt out there right now, and also resembling a creative return to form for the big screen franchise, we’re holding out hope that the second half of Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels‘ final season sticks the landing for the admittedly uneven show. But just where are the show’s Jedi characters in A New Hope? And, more importantly, we will finally get an answer to what happened to Ahsoka after her confrontation with Darth Vader (Early 2018, likely January, on Disney XD)


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The Marvel Netflix shows took something of a tumble in 2017, but if there’s one of them that can right the ship, it’s Jessica Jones. The show’s first season, which aired all the way back in 2015, was the best season of a live-action superhero series ever, which admittedly raises the stakes behind the scenes. But Krysten Ritter was one of the few reasons The Defenders was watchable at all, and the teased return of David Tenant’s Kilgrave is incredibly exciting. (March 8 on Netflix)


Photo Credit: https://www.aceshowbiz.com/images/news/count-olaf-joins-villain-esme-squalor-in-first-look-photos-of-unfortunate-events-season-2.jpgA Series of Unfortunate Events

I’m sure we’ll likely be given more warnings that continuing to watch A Series of Unfortunate Events will bring us sadness and despair, but season 2 of the wonderfully irreverent adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s beloved novels looks like it will only delight. Covering books 5 through 9, the season will see the bad luck-prone Baudelaire orphans continuing to evade Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) through a posh boarding school, a fancy hotel, a terrifying hospital, and more. Along for the ride this time is Count Olaf’s latest partner in crime Esmé Squalor (Lucy Punch), a trend-obsessed financial advisor who has a mysterious connection to the Baudelaire family. The stakes for Violet, Klaus, and Sunny will be higher than ever, which only means more fun for us. (Early 2018 on Netflix)


Photo Credit:https://www.nytimes.com/watching/recommendations/the-handmaids-taleThe Handmaid’s Tale

Save for the book’s epilogue, season one of The Handmaid’s Tale ended at right about the same spot as the text. That means that season two will head into some uncharted territory. But hey, the best thing that happened to The Leftovers was leaving its source material behind. Whatever happens to June/Offred next, all eyes will be on 2017’s most universally acclaimed, culturally significant new series to do it all over again. (April TBD on Hulu)


Photo Credit:https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/819703/Better-Call-Saul-season-4-release-date-cast-trailer-breaking-badBetter Call Saul

Season three of the acclaimed series pushed Jimmy McGill closer to Saul Goodman than ever before—and even allowed his name to be uttered aloud. Considering Breaking Bad ran only five seasons, Better Call Saul is getting pretty close to the point where the connections between the two series are only going to get bigger, which likely only means good things. (TBD, but probably sometime in the spring so it can compete at this year’s Emmys, on AMC)


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Selina Meyer’s life as a former president was a bit rocky in season 6, which is why it was so exciting to see her announce her new candidacy in the finale. The fact that this will also be the show’s final season seems fitting, as it will be one last shot for Team Meyer to take the White House. I’m sure there will be plenty of stumbling blocks along the way, which will likely only add to the enjoyment. Veep has had a solid run these past few years, and seeing how this talented ensemble cast signs off is something you don’t want to miss. (April TBD on HBO, although this might get pushed back as production has been delayed so that Julia Louis-Dreyfus can undergo cancer treatment. I think I speak for everyone here when I say that we wish her a safe and speedy recovery.)


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We don’t know a whole lot about this new Netflix series other than the big names involved. For one, True Detective and Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga will be helming at least some of the episodes, which is odd because it’s billed as a dark comedy. It also is led by Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, with Justin Theroux, Jemima Kirke, and Sally Field in recurring roles. More as the story develops, but keep an eye out for this one. (TBD, though filming is already done, so maybe spring or summer, on Netflix)


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When FX knows they have a creative hit on their hands, they respond as all lovers of art should: letting the creator take his time. Donald Glover’s series sat out all of 2017 while he shot Solo: A Star Wars Story, but is expected to return sometime in 2018. As one of 2016’s brightest, most promising new shows, we couldn’t be more excited to see what season two has in store. (TBD, but probably the fall, on FX)


Photo Credit:https://decider.com/2017/07/18/house-of-cards-claire-underwood-mvp/Photo Credit:https://www.npr.org/2016/10/10/496958090/i-never-set-out-to-be-an-actor-says-transparent-star-gaby-hoffmannHouse of Cards and Transparent

Two shows that, after both airing their weakest seasons yet, had their leading man taken away. Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor have been awards giants for their respective shows since they started airing, and now the series have to go on without them. House of Cards has already unveiled its plan (a shortened final season focusing on Robin Wright, all of which are good decisions), but Transparent remains in flux. Whatever happens to these once great series, it should be interesting to see how the writers handle the real-world darkness peering into their fictional worlds. (Who f*cking knows on Netflix and Amazon, respectively)



By Matt Dougherty and Mike Papirmeister


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