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17 Most Hotly Anticipated New TV Shows Still To Come In 2018

 

 

2018 has already been another good year for TV, if not quite as Earth-shakingly great as last year (but given we’d already had The Leftovers Season 3 AND Twin Peaks: The Return by this point, that’s to be expected).

Atlanta has given us the clearest display yet of Donald Glover’s talents, even more so than This Is America, with the writer/director/star taking his series to strange new heights in its second season, be it a heartbreaking school story or donning whiteface to parody Michael Jackson. HBO’s Sharp Objects has provided a satisfyingly strange summer mystery, evoking memories of True Detective in all the best ways. And GLOW is just about the most fun you can have while taking your clothes off and putting spandex on instead.

The next big new series on the way arrives this week, in the form of Amazon’s Jack Ryan series, although the John Krasinski vehicle has received mixed reviews. Even beyond that, though, and despite the fact we’ve had the major awards contenders and there are only three months of the year left, there are still some big things to come on the small screen in 2018.

17. The Purge (USA)

USA

After four movies over the past five years, becoming one of the world’s biggest horror franchises in the process, The Purge is moving to TV.

Billed as a 10-part television event, the series will, like the movies, predominantly be set on Purge night – the 12-hour window where all crime, including murder, is legal in this dystopian vision of America.

It’ll follow four separate storylines on the night itself, but also use flashbacks to explore who these characters are when it isn’t the Purge, casting more light on the universe’s version of the United States and delving deeper into what drives people to such violent acts. Set after the first two movies but before Election Night, the USA Network series comes from franchise creator James DeMonaco.

Air Date: September 4

16. Mayans MC (FX)

FX

Four years on from Sons of Anarchy wrapping-up, Kurt Sutter is going back to the world of motorcycles and mayhem, this time joining forces with James Elgin for a spin-off series focusing on the Reaper’s former rivals, Mayans Motorcycle Club.

Set two-and-a-half years after SoA in-universe, the show revolves around Ezekiel ‘EZ’ Reyes (J.D. Pardo), the gifted son of a Latino family who is on a crusade of violence. A lot of the elements that made the original series are going to be present, including some returning faces, but with a heavier look at Latino culture as well.

The early reviews have been tentatively positive, and there’ll at least be a rabid fanbase waiting to see how this one turns out.

Air Date: September 4

 

15. Manifest (NBC)

NBC

One of the buzziest new fall network shows, Manifest tells the story of the passengers on Montego Air Flight 828 who, after a turbulent but relatively short flight, land to discover the years have passed in the outside world and everyone considered them missing and dead.

They attempt to reintegrate themselves back into society, but start experiencing strange phenomena. There are some very heavy, deliberate Lost vibes here, which hasn’t worked well for new shows in the past, but it’s an intriguing prospect nonetheless.

Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, and J.R. Ramirez lead the cast of the NBC series.

Air Date: September 24

 

14. You (Lifetime)

Lifetime

You follows Joe, a bookstore manager who falls in love with a e named Beck, quickly becoming obsessed with her. From there, things get even creepier, with Joe using the internet to stalk her and find out every scrap of information that’s already out there, which he then uses to make her fall in love with him.

Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley stars as Joe, with Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) onboard as Beck. Created by Sera Gamble (Supernatural, The Magicians) and Greg Berlanti (Arrowverse), the series is based on the book of the same name by Caroline Kepnes.

Air Date: September 9

 

13. Camping (HBO)

HBO

U.S. audiences might not be too familiar with the original Camping, a six-episode series created by Julia Davis, which saw a group of old friends go on a camping trip in Devon and tensions arising.

The American version, then, aims to replicate its comedic success while transplanting the show to the States: starring Jennifer Garner and David Tennant, and created by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, this take sees Walt, Kathryn, and a group of friends going off to celebrate the former’s 45th birthday and get back to nature, before things go awry.

Air Date: October 14

 

12. Forever (Amazon)

Amazon

Amazon have arguably found more success with their original comedies than they have dramas so far, at least in a critical sense, and Forever should help continue that streak.

Starring the great SNL alums Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen, the series follows married couple June and Oscar who, as per the description, “live a comfortable but predictable life in suburban Riverside, CA. For 12 years they’ve had the same conversations, eaten the same meals and taken pleasant vacations at the same rented lake house. But after June talks Oscar into shaking things up with a ski trip, the pair find themselves in completely unfamiliar territory.”

With two talented stars, and a pair of excellent writers – and Parks and Recs veterans – behind the show in Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard, there’s great potential for something sharply written and completely hilarious here.

Air Date: September 14

 

 

11. The Haunting Of Hill House (Netflix)

Netflix

Shirley Jackson’s classic horror novel has proved ripe for adaptation since its publication in 1959, spawning two movies adaptations which shared the name The Haunting, but were otherwise radically different.

Enough time has passed for the 1999 version to be forgotten – or at least forgiven – and now Netflix are taking a new stab at it, coming from Mike Flanagan, who made Gerald’s Game for the streaming service last year.

The show will follow a family in the present day and the past as they attempt to deal with ghosts both literal and figurative. If they can get it right then it’ll tap into a gap in the market for a great horror series, and Flanagan is one of the best directors working in the genre right now. The cast, meanwhile, includes Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, and Henry Thomas.

Air Date: October 12

 

10. Nightflyers (Syfy)

Syfy

The marketing may be leaning heavily on the fact that this comes from George R.R. Martin – it’s an adaptation of his novella, and he serves as an executive producer – but it’s a much different proposition to Game of Thrones.

The story takes place in 2093, on the eve of Earth’s destruction. It follows a space voyage made up of the world’s smartest scientists, and a telepath, that aims to contact alien lifeforms and find a way of saving mankind. Which, of course, doesn’t go well.

Martin has referred to it as “Psycho in space”, so the horror elements should be just as pronounced as the sci-fi ones, and it sounds like an ambitious effort from Syfy.

Air Date: TBC

 

 

9. Ratched (Netflix)

Universal

There’s a reason Netflix signed Ryan Murphy to a five-year, $300m(!) deal: he makes hit TV shows that win awards and get people talking. His first show for the streaming service looks set to be Ratched, which he’ll produce and direct (at least the first episode) and has been created by Evan Romansky.

Even better for Murphy fans is that it’ll reunite him with frequent collaborator – and one of the best actresses on the small screen – Sarah Paulson, who’ll be taking on the role of Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

Beginning in 1947, the series will chart how Ratched turned from a nurse into a complete and utter monster. The Nurse Ratched audiences know is a vicious, despicable, and morally bankrupt character, so there’s a potentially fascinating downfall to be witnessed here.

Air Date: TBC

 

 

8. Kidding (Showtime)

Showtime

Jim Carrey’s screen appearances have been scant recently, with just two movies to his name his 2014’s Dumb and Dumber To, so Kidding represents something of a comeback for the actor, and it reunites him with the director of one of his best films.

Carrey is reuniting with Michael Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) for the Showtime series, which follows Mr Pickles, a beloved children’s TV icon who has been living in his own world of fairy tales and puppets, and struggles to cope when his family life begins to implode.

It looks like a fascinatingly weird comedy-drama, which should make for the best use of Carrey’s talents in both areas for some time, while support comes from Catherine Keener, Frank Langella, and Judy Greer.

Air Date: September 9

 

7. Into The Dark (Hulu)

Hulu

Blumhouse Productions have, over the past few years, established themselves as making some of the boldest (and best) cinema around, with hits like Whiplash and Get Out under their banner, and now they’re going to try and do the same on TV.

A horror anthology, each episode will be based around a holiday or event connected to the month its released in. So, for example, the first episode will air in October and looks at “the selfie culture of Los Angeles on Halloween night”, while November’s episode takes place on Thanksgiving, when “a year after her mother’s death, Kimberly begins to suspect that she is in danger in the home, but she can’t leave and doesn’t know whom she can trust.”

It’s an interesting, original premise, and one that’s in very accomplished hands.

Air Date: October 5

 

6. The First (Hulu/Channel 4)

Hulu

Is it time for the Pennaissance?

Sean Penn hasn’t been in anything really great for around a decade, so it’s about high time that changed given just how good he once was, and a move to TV could be just what’s needed to shake things up.

The First comes from House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, and charts a team of astronauts as they become the first humans to visit Mars. Not only will it deal with the challenges the mission brings, but also the family drama that comes with it.

Air Date: September 14

 

5. The Little Drummer Girl (BBC/AMC)

BBC

The Night Manager was a big success for BBC and AMC, winning a pair of Emmys and a trio of Golden Globes along with lots of acclaim, so it’s no surprise they going back for a second helping of John le Carré.

The second co-production between the pair sees them taking on the author’s 1983 novel The Little Drummer Girl. Another spy drama, on the surface at least, 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.

A mix of spies and romance, the miniseries will be directed by Oldboy’s Park Chan-wook, and the incredible cast features Florence Pugh, Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Shannon, and Charles Dance.

Air Date: TBC (expected November)

 

 

4. Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina (Netflix)

Netflix

Melissa Joan Hart will always be Sabrina to people who were children in the 90s, but thankfully Netflix’s version sounds like it’s a world away from The Teenage Witch.

Based on the comics of the same name, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina promises a much darker, more horror-infused take on the character’s story, with this Sabrina fighting against the forces of evil threatening her family and the world at large.

The early images look great, and the impressive cast includes Michelle Gomez, Miranda Otto, and Lucy Davis, with Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka taking on the titular role.

Air Date: October 26

 

 

3. The Romanoffs (Amazon)

Amazon

Three years after the end of Mad Men comes the return of Matthew Weiner, with a series that brings back some of his old favourites but has an entirely different setup.

The Romanoffs, which received a straight-to-series order from Amazon, will be an eight-part anthology series that focuses on a disparate group of people around the world, linked by the fact they believe to be descendants of the Russian royal family, the Romanovs, who were the last dynasty to rule Russia and whose demise has inspired countless conspiracy theories.

Once again Weiner’s eye for detail and style appears to be evident, while the impressive cast includes Aaron Eckhart, Christina Hendricks, Isabelle Huppert, Diane Lane, Jack Huston, John Slattery and many, many more. Each episode will have a different cast, story, and location, and while the finer points are being kept under wraps, it’s already intriguing.

Air Date: October 12

 

 

2. Homecoming (Amazon)

Amazon

Based on the Gimlet Media podcast of the same name, Homecoming will star Julia Roberts – in her first TV lead role – as Heidi Bergman, a caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Centre, which helps soldiers transition back into civilian life.

One such soldier is Walter Cruz (Stephen James), who is eager to have a fresh start in life, while Heid’s work is overseen by the ambitious and demanding Colin Belfast (Bobby Cannavale).

Four years later, Heidi has a new life of her own, before the Department of Defence finds her and starts asking why she left the facility, forcing her to confront the truths she’s been hiding from.

Billed as a psychological thriller, the series comes from Mr Robot creator Sam Esmail, which means we can expect some thrilling direction and twisty writing. Just as interesting (and exciting) is that, while it’s a drama, the 10 episodes are only going to be half-an-hour in length. Hopefully more shows will follow its lead.

Air Date: November 2

 

1. Maniac (Netflix)

Netflix

The show that’s been at the top of this all year, to be honest: from its cast and crew to its premise, Maniac is an alluring proposition.

Based on the Norwegian series of the same name, Maniac follows the aimless Annie (Emma Stone) and the supposedly schizophrenic Owen (Jonah Hill), as they and 10 others undergo a series of new psychiatric experiments from Dr James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux). Mantleray promises that his new pharmaceutical treatment can repair anything about the mind, from mental illness to heartbreak, with no side effects or lasting damage. The results plunge them into their own fantasy worlds, where Annie and Owen find they’re constantly, inexplicably drawn to one another.

Directed by Cary Fukunaga and written by Patrick Somerville, this has the makings of a mind-bending, surreal dark comedy of the ilk that everyone is going to be talking about. It’s got a great cast, while Fukunaga’s talents for all 10 episodes should ensure it looks great too, and the trailer promised much to be excited about without giving too much away. In short, it looks incredible.

Air Date: September 21

 

 

 

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