With 2017 firmly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to take a look at what TV has in store for us in 2018. As with last year, studios and networks are preparing to flood our screens with content and it can be a tad overwhelming. I’m fully expecting plenty of shows to surprise me that I haven’t even thought about or heard of. That’s the beauty of this era in TV. But even at this early stage in the year, there are already a few shows I’m already looking forward to watching. Let’s take a look at six shows coming out this year that should be on your radar:
Sharp Objects (HBO)
After the massive success of Big Little Lies, HBO is adapting another novel for TV with Sharp Objects which is based on the Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name. Sharp Objects stars Amy Adams as crime reporter Camille Preaker who returns to her hometown after a stay in a psychiatric hospital to investigate the murder of two little girls.
Aside from the plot synopsis and a few pictures, HBO hasn’t released much about Sharp Objects yet. But with direction from Big Little Lies helmer Jean Marc-Valle and writing by Marti Noxon and Gillian Flynn, there’s plenty to be excited about.
Sharp Objects premieres this summer on HBO.
Altered Carbon (Netflix)
I’m a sucker for science fiction so this big-budget series from Netflix (with a rumored production budget of $7 million an episode) is right up my alley. Altered Carbon is based on the 2002 novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan and stars Joel Kinnaman as Takeshi Kovacs who is brought back to life after 300 years to solve the murder of billionaire Laurens Bancroft (played by James Purefoy from The Following).
If you needed another reason to be excited, the pilot episode is directed by Miguel Sapochnik who brought us some of the best Game of Thrones episodes. With lavish production values and thrilling fight scenes, Altered Carbon looks to scratch that Blade Runner/Matrix itch in your life.
All 10 episodes of Altered Carbon premiere February 2 on Netflix.
Barry follows a low-rent assassin (played by Bill Hader) from the Midwest who goes to LA for an assignment and ends up joining a local theater troupe. With such an absurd and unique premise, I can’t help but be interested in Barry. Very little is known about the show at this time and I believe that will work to its benefit. The less we know going into this one, the better. I have almost no expectations for what this show could be and that makes me very excited.
Barry premieres Sunday, March 25 at 9:30 P.M. on HBO.
The Looming Tower (Hulu)
With The Looming Tower Hulu looks to continue its hot streak of original series’. The 10-episode limited series stars Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, Michael Stuhlbarg and Alec Baldwin and is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Lawrence Wright. It follows FBI and CIA agents who investigated the rise of Osama Bin-Ladin in the years before 9/11.
As one of the darkest days in US history, 9/11 is a tough subject for any piece of media to examine but I’m hopeful that this show will tackle this subject with the reverence that it is due. I was 7 when The Towers fell and I confess that there is much about the events preceding that awful day that I don’t know. So, I’m hopeful that The Looming Tower will provide some valuable insight into this period.
The Looming Tower premieres Wednesday, February 28 on Hulu.
Have you ever wanted to watch a show where a disgraced magician named Cameron Black works for the FBI as a “Consulting Illusionist?” If so, then Deception is the show you’ve been waiting for. This is one of those shows where I really wish I could see how the pitch meeting went.
Writer: “Well you see, he’s a magician.”
ABC Executive: “Go on”
Writer: “And he solves crimes for the FBI. We call him a ‘Consulting Illusionist.'”
ABC Executive: *Orders 100 episodes*
The trailer alone pretty much locked me in for at least 5 episodes. I really can’t wait for this show. It’s going to be so bad and I’m going to love every minute of it. I think I might quit my job and become a Consulting Illusionist for the FBI.
Deception premieres Sunday, March 11 at 9 P.M. on ABC.
Of all the shows I’ve talked about in this post, Counterpart might be the one I’m most excited about. First and foremost, the show features Academy Award-Winner J.K. Simmons playing two different versions of himself. That was pretty much all I needed to watch. On top of that, the show combines the genres of science-fiction and espionage to tell a story that asks questions of identity and what makes us who we are.
In a nutshell, Counterpart follows Howard Silk (Simmons) who works a low-level position at a UN agency in Berlin. After being denied a promotion to a senior position, Silk discovers that below his agency lies a passageway to a parallel version of Earth. When Silk’s doppelganger crosses over and demands to see him, a chain of events soon unravels that reveals both sides are on the brink of war with each other. Now Silk must work with his *ahem* counterpart, to uncover a vast conspiracy and put a stop to those responsible.
Counterpart combines the best of shows like Fringe and The Americans with a killer lead performance at the center to deliver one of the most exciting shows I’ve come across in a long time.
Counterpart premieres Sunday, January 28 at 9 P.M. on Starz. You can view the first episode early on Starz.com now.
So which of these shows are you most excited about? Are there any others that I didn’t mention that you’re anticipating? Let me know in the comments!