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2017 TV Guide

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2017 TV Guide

Last year had lot of great TV-Series such as The Magicians, Westworld, The Expanse and so on. The 2017 is very soon and i decided to compile a list of very remarkable new tv-series coming up for the year. Unlike other sites i won’t be listing reality TV-series, Specials or Sports broadcasts here obviously – there will be healthy mix of new series all around the world, but majority will be English speaking ones. I Shall keep updating this article and the year goes by and more announcements and trailers come up available.

As what comes to the year as whole, it has been reported that 2017 will have more original programming compared to 2016, which is rather shocking since its very hard to keep up with all these tv-series that just keep coming out and quality level is also rather high, only recently Marco Polo was canceled, which was rather a big project by Netflix while it didn’t satisfy everyone, but those who it did really loved it. But that is just a one example of how serious TV-space is going to be in future.


Winter 2017 in TV

The very start of the year 2017 in January seems to have lot of different historical, comedy, Scifi series in store which is rather packed, when we move towards February / March there isn’t as many new TV-series starting during that period, but overall i think everyone are able to find something worth while from the Winter season if not you can always watch lot of the good leftovers from December and 2016 in general.


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The Mick

This is something that i will check out personally it can be funny, but i don’t see how the concept can work for multiple seasons really however or hold the appeal for whole season for that matter.

Synopsis: This single-camera comedy from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia veterans John Chernin and Dave Chernin features one of the stars of that show, Kaitlin Olson, as the lead. She plays a “brash, blue collar, two-bit hustler” who avoids all responsibility—until her wealthy sister flees the country to evade legal issues, leaving her to care for her sister’s three very spoiled children. The Night Of‘s Sofia Black D’Elia also stars.


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Beyond

This series seem to have some type of a Kyle XY vibe to it, i don’t go in with lot of expectations, but it could be decent Teen Scifi series. Only time will tell if its any good or not

Synopsis: A young man awakens from a 12-year coma with special powers in this sci-fi thriller produced by Tim Kring (Heroes). New episodes will air weekly on Freeform (starting with tonight’s 2-hour premiere), but all 10 episodes will be available immediately on demand and on Hulu beginning tonight.


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The Emerald City

Out of the all Winter trailers ive watched so far this has to be one with highest ceiling to succeed and become really a big hit. I think it could potentially be darker version of Once Upon A Time. The story about Wizard Of Oz is something that is familiar to many and there has been at least one previous mini series about it. But surely this series has to be one to watch from the winter season.

Synopsis: NBC’s long-delayed Wizard of Oz reboot is a much darker, more-adult take on the classic story. For one thing, Dorothy (True Detective’s Adria Arjona) is no longer a child; she’s 20 years old, and even her canine companion has been upgraded to fierce police dog. Also on board are Joely Richardson as Glinda and Vincent D’Onofrio as the Wizard of Oz. Together, they find themselves in a land of “competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy”—in other words, the network is going for more of a Game of Thrones vibe. Tarsem Singh directs all 10 episodes, so expect something gorgeous, over-the-top, and confusing. Special two-hour premiere.


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One Day At The Time

I never been a huge fan of sitcoms there is couple i really enjoy like Community, Phoneshop, Campus and Big Bang Theory (In the very beginning, before it became boring). Hollywood and TV-industry must be lacking lot of ideas if you intend to reboot a sitcom? I mean c’mon, but the series doesn’t look that bad however i might watch a pilot and see how i grow into it.

Synopsis: This re-imagining of the 1970s Norman Lear sitcom centers on several generations of a Cuban-American family, and is again produced by the now-94-year-old Lear. All 13 episodes stream today.


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Taboo

I think it goes without saying that Tom Hardy is rather impressive actor and he has done lot of great roles in the past such as Bane from Batman etc. Taboo seems to have very interesting story and setting overall what makes it more exciting is that Ridley Scott serves as producer – i am big fan of his work especially the Alien series. I’m very excited about Taboo lets just say that!

Synopsis: Tom Hardy stars as a revenge-seeking adventurer in this eight-episode conspiracy thriller from Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) that’s set in the early 1800’s. Hardy himself developed the story (along with his father Chips Hardy). Jonathan Pryce, Franka Potente, and Michael Kelly also star.


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Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am

I Don’t have much to say about this based on 1 sketch trailer that i saw, with sketch comedies usually its 50/50 either some of the sketches are good and some are bad, i might give it a look and see if its any good.

Synopsis: New British comedy series starring  Sarah Bishop, Greta Lee Jackson, Adele Vuko


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A Series Of Unfortunate Events

By the looks of it Netflix has sinked some heavy dollars on this series and it does look very appealing based on trailers – i don’t remember much about the original movie except that i went to see it on the movies on my birthday. I believe it will be higher caliber netflix stuff for most part and it could be their best showing in 2017 perhaps, we will see.

Synopsis: Patrick Warburton, Neil Patrick Harris, Malina Weissman, Joan Cusack, and Aasif Mandvi star in this eight-episode adaptation of Daniel Handler’s popular books. Handler himself is writing the series (which will cover the first four books in this first season), with Barry Sonnenfeld directing.


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Victoria

Gotta say i wasn’t really a big fan of The Crown, which seemed to me as over glorification of royalty – but Victoria seems rather more interesting type of character than Elizabeth and also the time period is lot more interesting as a whole – to my liking at least. I Might give it a shot if i ever get out of my TV Backlog, but for those who love British TV-series and nobles i think this might be a perfect series for you.

Synopsis: With Downtown Abbey finished, PBS is turning to another British period drama series to fill its high-profile Masterpiece showcase. Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman and Rufus Sewell, follows the Queen of the same name during her first three years on the throne, beginning when she was just 18.


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The Young Pope

Due to current social climates, Christianity has come under lot of fire and scrutiny while being one the more sensible one’s today compared to other Abrahamic religions, Scientology, Hinduism etc. – so the situation it has created that lot of Christian religion related TV-series gotten lot of flack just even touching subject as a whole, good example being Hand Of God. This series looks very impressive and i think it can be great because Jude Law is great actor and concept seems rather interesting. So i hope people will still check it out even if they are against Christianity as a whole.

Synopsis: Billed as a miniseries (though a second season is unofficially in pre-production), this 10-episode drama from acclaimed director Paolo Sorrentino (Youth, The Great Beauty) stars Jude Law as the (fictitious) first American-born Pope in history. Diane Keaton and James Cromwell also star. The series has already aired in other countries, earning good reviews.


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Six

As many of my own followers know – i’m very big fan of HISTORY channels content in general whatever its Mystery of Oak Island or Ancient Aliens i just love it. Usually HISTORY channels produces lot of stuff with narration but this seems to be fully acted one, which is rather nice change. You don’t have that much actually army related series, most of the focus seems to be in Cop Series or Special investigation units – so in that sense it could be fresh change of pace.

Synopsis: Delayed from its original summer 2016 start, this action-filled drama about the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six stars Walton Goggins (replacing the originally cast Joe Manganiello).


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Riverdale

With Special effects becoming cheaper to do decade by decade we are going to see more TV-series that have more impressive CGI and Special effects which enables producers pick up Comic book’s and turn them into TV-series – This has gone for some time already we got The Walking Dead, The Preacher, iZombie and many others that are based on Comic books. Riverdale seems to be newest addition to that club, i don’t know much about the comic itself but the trailer does seem good and i think it can be the Dark Horse of Winter season or wildcard whatever you wanna call it. I’m keeping my eyes on this one.

Synopsis: The latest CW comic book series comes without a single superhero; the source material here is the 75-year-old Archie Comics series. Greg Berlanti’s latest drama aims to present a “surprising and subversive take” on Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and the rest of the gang from Riverdale, emphasizing the “surrealism” and “darkness” of small-town life. Producers call it a “teenage Twin Peaks,” and, like that show, it attempts to blend murder mystery with high school romance and other elements.


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Z: Beginning Of Everything

I always been one to avoid 30-60’s time periods because i absolutely find them so boring (Well Godfathers were great) although Zelda’s trailer does look very good for a time period that i don’t care about, i can see lot of people liking it though. Due to my heavy backlog i’m very surely going to pass this one however myself.

Synopsis: Latest Amazon original is a period drama starring Christina Ricci as Zelda Fitzgerald.


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Madiba

Ive come to love mini-series much more these days because i don’t have to spend countless of hours watching them – Laurence Fishburne is rather remarkable actor and Nelson mandela is very interesting character so thats rather neat combo if you ask me, based on the trailer it does look very promising and if i manage to get time, im sure to watch it.

Synopsis: Three-part, six-hour biographical miniseries stars Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela.


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Powerless

I love Danny Pudi and he might be able to save this show – i like the concept because it hasn’t been done before, but i’m not excited though. I think it will be good if they get characters from other DC series to make cameo’s in the show.

Synopsis: Yes, it’s yet another DC Comics series, but unlike the other superhero shows clogging the networks, this one is a sitcom. Vanessa Hudgens stars as an insurance adjuster who helps protect people against the unintended damage caused by crime-fighting superheroes (mostly of the fringe variety, though a major DC character could theoretically appear from time to time). The workplace comedy also stars Danny Pudi, Ron Funches, and Christina Kirk.

  • Trailer: None
  • Channel: NBC
  • Air Date: February 2nd

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Training Days

Seems rather basic cop shit, not gonna bother even looking the trailer through, even if it has super hot Katrina Law in it.

Synopsis: Set 15 years later, this reboot of Antoine Fuqua’s 2001 movie of the same name will be part crime procedural, part serialized story. Making his broadcast debut as a regular, Bill Paxton will play the seasoned but morally ambiguous LAPD detective who partners with an idealistic rookie, played by newcomer Justin Cornwell. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced series also stars Julie Benz, Katrina Law, and Drew Van Acker, with a script from former LAPD detective Will Beall (Gangster Squad).


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24: Legacy

When it was announced that 24 would be rebooted with a black guy as a main lead i was bit worried that they would name him “Jack Bauer” thank god they didn’t, ive always been advocator of staying true to the source material and not changing gender/color/suits of people in comic books for example. This was done very properly in this context where it sets in the same world and same time format and everything. I Liked Corey Hawkins in Straight outtta compton and hes one of the more promising Black Actors out there. I’m not sure should i binge the original series before i watch this, but i can say this could be really good reboot or ghost of a past self.

Synopsis: A reboot of Fox’s one-time hit 24, Legacy will exist in the same universe (and retain the real-time format) but feature a mostly new cast of characters, led by Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, The Walking Dead), who plays a troubled military hero who enlists CTU to save his life and prevent yet another large-scale terrorist attack. Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits, Dan Bucatinsky, and Teddy Sears also star, while Carlos Bernard will return from the original series as Tony Almeida. The two-night premiere wraps up on Monday 2/6 at 8p (the show’s normal timeslot going forward).


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APB

Futuristic cop shows are something i can get behind on, but are they something that everyone will? Seeing Almost Human canceled i kinda became skeptical could this Future-esque format work again in near future, well Continuum did run till end so there is that. Justin Kirk is a great actor and its always pleasurable to see him in screen, i’m gonna take a look at this and see how it goes.

Synopsis: From Person of Interest producer David Slack comes a new crime procedural that’s sort of a cross between that show and Chicago PD. Justin Kirk stars as a Chicago tech billionaire who, fed up with his city’s sky-high crime rate, puts up his own money to privatize the police department’s 13th Precinct and implement cutting-edge technology to fight crime. Natalie Martinez and Ernie Hudson also star, while Matt Nix (Burn Notice) will serve as showrunner. Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow, Hawaii Five-0, Cupertino High School) directs the pilot and produces.


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Imposters

Based on the trailer it does look like a OK series where you have a Inbar Lavi playing different identities and looking different which reminds me bit of Maggie Q in Nikita. At least she is easy on the eyes, i’m gonna take a look at it and see if its any good.

Synopsis: New scripted series originally titled My So Called Wife follows a con artist played by Inbar Lavi. Uma Thurman guests.


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Legion

This seems rather more psychological type of a Marvel series and it looks good, but i don’t see how British would have as much effects as some of the US marvel series, so i feel its gonna be much more restrained in that way, also i might have hard time getting into everyone having British accents, but we will see how it turns out.

Synopsis: Take Marvel Comics’ X-Men franchise, add Fargo creator/showrunner Noah Hawley, and you have one of midseason’s most-anticipated shows. Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) stars as the title character, a man diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age who has been in and out of metal hospitals in the years since. (Oh, and he happens to be the mutant son of Charles Xavier.) The excellent cast also includes Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Katie Aselton, Jemaine Clement, and Bill Irwin. The first season will run for just eight episodes. A sneak preview screened recently at New York Comic Con suggested that it will be unlike any other comic book series on TV.


DOUBT stars Katherine Heigl (left) as Sadie Ellis, a brilliant attorney at a boutique firm who starts to fall for her charismatic client, an altruistic pediatric surgeon recently accused of murdering his girlfriend 24 years ago. Working with her at the practice is Cameron Wirth (Laverne Cox), a transgender Ivy League graduate who fights passionately for her clients since she's experienced injustice first hand.  DOUBT will air during the 2016-2017 season on the CBS Television Network.  Photo: JoJo Whilden/CBS © 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Doubt

I never been big on legal dramas, so i’m going to give this a pass and i also believe it won’t run more than one season.

Synopsis: This soapy legal procedural from former Grey’s Anatomy writers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater stars Katherine Heigl as a successful defense attorney who becomes romantically involved with one of her clients (Steven Pasquale), who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. Not exactly groundbreaking stuff, storywise, though it is for another reason: co-star Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) will become broadcast television’s first transgender actor to play a transgender main character. Also starring are Dulé Hill, Dreama Walker, and Elliott Gould.


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Crashing

The concept and the cast doesn’t seem too exciting, no high expectations for this one.

Synopsis: Comedian Pete Holmes plays a New York-based stand-up comic who is forced to re-evaluate his life after he discovers that his wife has been cheating on him. Holmes created the series and serves as a producer along with Judd Apatow. Lauren Lapkus, T.J. Miller, and Artie Lange also star.


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The Blacklist Redemption

I still got the original one to finish or catch up to, but that being said can this series be good without spader? I don’t think so, but there is caviat – they have Terry O’Quinn one of my all time favorite actors in it as well, so maybe it can be good who knows.

Synopsis: This spinoff from hit drama The Blacklist was introduced in a May episode that found Ryan Eggold’s Tom Keen joining up with Famke Janssen’s (Taken, X-Men) Scottie Hargrave, who runs the covert mercenary organization Grey Matters. Edi Gathegi (who plays Matias Solomon) also moves over from The Blacklist to the spinoff, while Unforgettable’s Tawny Cypress joins Redemption as a regular. Terry O’Quinn (Lost) will recur.


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Taken

One thing that is already annoying is the fact that its shares the name with Scifi tv-series that aired back in 2002 which was actually really good series. That being said i don’t think this movie series can be pulled on TV – i don’t think the brand/IP is that strong.

Synopsis: New series serves as a prequel to the Liam Neeson action film trilogy of the same name, centering on a young version of Neeson’s Bryan Mills character (played here by Vikings’ Clive Standen) as he goes about acquiring his particular set of skills. Jennifer Beals plays his CIA boss, while Gaius Charles (Friday Night Lights) co-stars as one of his fellow operatives. Homeland veteran Alexander Cary serves as showrunner, and the films’ Luc Besson will also be on board as a producer.


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Iron Fist

I Like the background story of Iron fist, potentially it could be best of the all marvel tv-series inside Netflix, i’m just not yet sold on the actor just yet.

Synopsis: Fourth Netflix Marvel series stars Finn Jones, David Wenham, Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup, and Carrie-Anne Moss, and comes from Scott Buck (Dexter). All 13 episodes stream today.


 

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