2017 has been a great year for television so far, but there is still a great deal of entertainment to look forward to. Here are the ten most anticipated shows still to come in 2017.
10. Twin Peaks
The 26 year wait is nearly over as we return to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. The show, which was created by Lynch and Mark Frost, is one of the most iconic television shows of all time, with its influence still present in shows like Riverdale, Legion, and American Gods to name a few. The new season will pick up the story in the present day with many of the original cast, including Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper, returning for 18 episodes of post-modern mystery. With every episode directed by Lynch, Twin Peaks is going to be something special, and quite possibly the true ending of this singular story.
9. Stranger Things
Stranger Things was the surprise hit of 2016 as the Duffer brothers mixed horror and mystery with nostalgia to create one of the most exciting shows Netflix have released so far. The pressure is on for season two, and whether the show can re-create the magic of the first season. From what we have seen from the show’s first trailer it looks like the town of Hawkins is in serious trouble, with the creators promising more scares and added Ghostbuster reference.
8. Game of Thrones
Season six of Game of Thrones was a hit with both critics and fans, mainly because the good guys won for a change. With the show now only 13 episodes away from the end, the much shorter season seven, which fans have had to wait longer to see, promises to be the television event of the summer. Winter has finally come, and with it the fight between the White Walkers and mankind is set to begin. Add to that Daenerys’s return to Westeros, and Cersei on the Iron Throne, and season seven promises to be insane.
7. Bojack Horseman
Season three of Bojack Horseman ended with the titular movie star at his lowest ebb, which is not to say that the show wasn’t still hilarious. Where the show will go in season four is unclear, but there is the small matter of Mr Peanutbutter’spolitical campaign which promises to skilfully satirize politics in the same way the show has done with the glamour of Hollywoo.
6. Mr Robot
Season two of Mr Robot was a mixed bag to say the least. Despite the excellent performances, and fantastic direction from showrunner Sam Esmail, the show was too busy trying to mystify its audience instead of moving the plot forward. Hopefully season three will be a return to form, and with Donald Trump’s presidency, Elliot may have a lot more to be paranoid about.
AMC’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion’s anarchic comic series was a huge hit in the summer of 2016. With a great cat that includes Dominic Cooper as Reverend Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Tulip, and Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy the vampire, you would be hard pushed to find a more unpredictable group of misfits. Season two see’s the trio on a road trio to find God, but it won’t be easy as with the deadly Saint of Killers on their trail, so expect Preacher to up the stakes of what was already an unpredictable show.
4. Marvel’s The Defenders
Marvel’s Defender shows have been huge hits for Netflix with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist cementing Marvel’s dominance of superhero television as well as film. It was all leading to The Defenders as we will finally get to enjoy these four characters team up crack wise at each other, and save New York from Sigourney Weaver. This is Marvel’s first proper small screen team-up, and with the Arrowverse’s three night crossover both critically acclaimed and attracting high viewership for the CW, The Defenders have some competition, which they will most likely destroy if the first trailer is anything to go by.
3. The Tick
This Amazon original isn’t the first time The Tick has been on the small screen. Creator Ben Edlund, who wrote many of the best supernatural episodes from season 1 to 5, already adapted his comic into a TV show starring Patrick Warburton. That was before the current comic book craze which has allowed Edlund to have another crack at the character, this time played by PeterSerafinowicz of Guardians of the Galaxy fame.
2. The Walking Dead
We can all agree that season seven of The Walking Dead was a steaming pile of walker, with too little story, a main villain that was one-note, and just an overall decline in quality. Now that Negan has been properly introduced, the fightback can begin in earnest. It’s time for a war and if the writers can’t make Rick and the group properly taking the fight to Negan then the show will be DOA.
Mindhunter is Netflix late attempt to get into the serial killer business with David Fincher and Charlize Theron producing. The show, which has already been renewed for a second season is set to drop in October, and stars Jonathan Groff, and Holt McCallany as FBI agents who interview serial killers. It’s hard to ignore the obvious comparisons to the likes of Hannibal and True Detective but, hey, these shows aren’t on anymore, and with Fincher’s love of serial killers, Mindhunter could match up to the hype.