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2018 has been yet another year absolutely stuffed with more TV shows than any normal person could ever hope to watch, and despite being in October there are no signs of Peak TV slowing down anytime soon.

Just this month, for example, we’ll see the releases of The Haunting Of Hill House, Marvel’s Daredevil Season 3, Making A Murderer Part 2, Castlevania Season 2, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and that’s just on Netflix.

There are many more major series on the horizon, new and returning, both for the end of this year and to come in 2019 as well, ranging across a variety of streaming services (some of which don’t even exist yet) and more traditional networks. We may not know too much about them just yet, but the first glimpses offer up hints of what’s to come and help whet the appetite for your favourite to return or next TV obsession.

11. Future Man (Season 2)

Hulu/EW

Hulu’s Future Man was a solid hit for the streaming service when it debuted last year, telling the story of a video game-loving janitor who finds himself involved in a real-life version of his favourite game and having to save the world.

Starring The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson, the comedy will be back for a second season, and EW unveiled a big first look at the new run of episodes earlier this month, including the rather intriguing one of Josh Futturman above.

It promises that the series will largely remain in one timeline in Season 2, staying put in 2062 and showing Josh dealing with the consequences of his actions and being a fish out of water. Season 2 will arrive on Hulu on January 11.

10. Catherine The Great

Sky

Having played Queens Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II, Charlotte, and even Snow, Dame Helen Mirren is once again tackling the role of royalty. This time she’s moving away from the British monarchs, though, and instead to Russian Empress Catherine the Great.

Catherine ruled Russia from 1762-1796, following a coup d’état when her husband died, and under her reign the nation grew to become recognised as one of the greatest powers in Europe.

The four-part miniseries, a co-production from HBO and Sky, will chart the latter years of her reign as she revitalised Russia. Pictured here in her chambers, Mirren certainly looks the part, and it looks like being the kind of grandiose, opulent contender to The Crown’s, er, crown. Support comes from the likes of Jason Clarke and Rory Kinnear, with the series likely to hit in 2019.

9. Knightfall (Season 2)

History

A History channel series, Knightfall tells the story of the fall, persecution, and burning at the stake of the Knights Templar at the command of King Philip IV of France in 1307, focusing on fictional Templar leader Landry du Lauzon.

The series will be back for a second season, which will further delve into the search for the Holy Grail, but most excitingly is the addition of Mark Hamill to the cast.

The Star Wars legend will play Talus, a veteran of the Templars who survived captivity for 10 years, and is now back to train new Order initiates. The first image of Hamill was unveiled a couple of weeks ago, and he looks rather brilliant, and not too far away from what Luke Skywalker would look like given another decade on Ahch-To. Knightfall Season 2 is set to be darker and grittier than the first, and will air on History in 2019.

8. MotherFatherSon

BBC

BBC’s MotherFatherSon marks the first lead TV role in Richard Gere’s career, and they recently released the first look at the Pretty Woman star in the show.

Gere will play Max, an American businessman and media mogul with outlets in London and around the world. His son Caden, played by Billy Howle, runs the UK newspaper arm and is set to follow in his father’s footsteps, before his self-destructive lifestyle threatens to bring everything down, with consequences for the family, the business, and the country. Helen McCrory will also star as Max’s ex-wife, Kathryn, and the series comes from Tom Rob Smith, who wrote and produced the superb American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

7. Tin Star (Season 2)

Sky

Sky Atlantic’s Tin Star proved to be an entertaining vehicle for Tim Roth in its first season, and his Chief Jim Worth will be back for more in its second season, from which the first image was revealed last month, with Roth front and centre.

The second season picks up where the first left off, with Jim in the Canadian Rockies feeling isolated, and his daughter Anna seeking refuge away from her own parents, before a bigger threat forces them back together.

6. Peaky Blinders (Season 5)

BBC

BBC’s huge hit Peaky Blinders will be back for a fifth season next year, and with filming underway of released the first image of Tommy Shelby, who is now a Member of Parliament.

The image features Shelby riding horseback, which comes from the setting of the new series: 1929, with the world in turmoil after the stock market crash. As per the official synopsis, when “Shelby is approached by a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realises that his response will affect not just his family’s future but that of the entire nation.”

5. Lucifer (Season 4)

Netflix/EW

Cancelled by Fox back in May, Lucifer has been given a second life thanks to Netflix, with the streaming service picking the show up for a fourth season. EW unveiled a first look at the season, which introduces us to the new villain of the show, Eve.

Yes, that’s the same Eve from the Garden of Eden, aka the original sinner. Played by Inbar Lavi, Eve has abandoned Adam and is back on the radar of Lucifer, as shown in the image above where she’s waiting for him in a bar, drinking… an apple martini, of course.

It’s unclear what Eve wants, but it could be revenge given Lucifer tempted her out of Eden so long ago, while Season 4 also has to deal with the cliffhanger of Chloe saying his devil face.

4. The Umbrella Academy

Netflix

Netflix are branching out further into the comic book world, with this adaptation of Gerard Way (yes, the former lead singer of My Chemical Romance)’s comic of the same name.

The Umbrella Academy is made up of seven people who were all born on the same day in 1989 to different, unconnected women (a total of 43 infants were born then) and were adopted by Richard Hargreaves, who trained them to one day save the world. With Hargreaves dead, the family – now in their 30s – must reunite to solve the mystery of their father’s death and prevent a global apocalypse, all while struggling to get along with one another.

The first look images reveal the main cast, which includes Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, and Mary J. Blige, with the show expected to arrive on Netflix in February.

3. The Little Drummer Girl

AMC

One of the most exciting shows on the horizon for the remainder of 2018, the second John Le Carre adaptation from BBC and AMC looks just as good as, if not even better than The Night Manager.

The Little Drummer Girl follows young actress Charlie as she finds a holiday romance with a man called Becker, who turns out to be an Israeli intelligence officer, sucking her into a game of espionage. The impressive cast boasts Alexander Skarsgård, Florence Pugh, and Michael Shannon, who are the focus of the first look images (courtesy of EW), although a first teaser has just dropped online as well.

AMC/EW

The series premieres on November 19.

2. Arrowverse Crossover/Batwoman

The CW

Although the Arrowverse is back up and running for the year, one of the most anticipated events is the annual crossover. This season it’ll take place over three nights, running across Arrow, Supergirl, and The Flash, with an Elseworlds storyline that involves the superheroes travelling to Gotham City and includes Superman, Lois Lane, and most notably, Batwoman.

Ruby Rose has been cast as Kate Kane not only for the crossover, but also for a pilot that will quite possibly become a full series in its own right. Whether it’s just the one episode or dozens, the first look at her in costume is worth getting excited about.

1. The Mandalorian

Lucasfilm

13 years after George Lucas announced plans for Star Wars Underworld, a live-action TV series set in a galaxy far, far away is finally happening.

Set to be a big part of the launch of Disney’s streaming service next year, The Mandalorian will follow a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. Jon Favreau is writing and producing the series that he created, while the list of directors includes Dave Filoni and Taika Waititi. Reports suggest it’ll have a budget of around $100m for its first season, and the early signs are very promising.

 

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