Amazon and Hulu: 12 New Original Shows Coming in 2017
2017 is bringing a slew of exciting new TV shows to the small screen. While Netflix has a bunch of freshman comedies and dramas headed our way, it’s not the only streamer that has several great TV projects in the works. Amazon and Hulu are also set to debut a number of original new series this year. Here’s a look at every new Hulu and Amazon show coming in 2017.
1. Z: The Beginning of Everything, premiered January 27
Christina Ricci stars as Zelda Fitzgerald in Amazon’s original period drama, which starts before the real-life figure meets the unpublished writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film continues through their love affair and eventual marriage. The show, based on Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler, also features David Hoflin, David Strathairn, Corey Cott, Jordan Dean, and Holly Curran.
2. Ronja the Robber’s Daughter, premiered January 27
The anime series, based on the book of the same name, follows Ronja, the only child of a bandit chief, who grows up in a castle in the woodlands of early-Medieval Scandinavia. Her life changes one day when she ventures into the forest and meets a boy her own age, who turns out to be the son of the rival clan chief. The English dub will come to Amazon in early 2017, narrated by Gillian Anderson.
3. Patriot, premiered February 24
The upcoming Amazon drama follows the complicated life of intelligence officer John Tavner (Michael Dorman). His latest assignment is to prevent Iran from going nuclear, which requires him to forgo all safety nets and assume a “non-official cover” as a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm. His mission is jeopardized by the federal government’s incompetence and the intricacies of keeping a day job. Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Kurtwood Smith (That 70’s Show) and Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black) co-star, while Steven Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) writes and directs.
4. National Treasure, premiered March 1
This four part Hulu drama follows aging comedian Paul Finchley (Robbie Coltrane), whose world is thrown into chaos when he is accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl 20 years previously. The series examines the fallout of the accusations and the impact on those closest to him, including his wife and troubled daughter. Julie Walters, Andrea Riseborough, and Tim McInnerny also star.
5. Harlots, premiered March 29
Hulu and ITV are teaming up for this eight-part drama, set against the backdrop of 18th century Georgian London. Based on the stories of real women, the series stars Samantha Morton as Margaret Wells, a woman who struggles to reconcile her roles as mother and brothel owner. When her business comes under attack from a rival madam, Margaret is determined to fight back, even if it means putting her family at risk. Lesley Manville and Jessica Brown Findlay co-star in the series as Margaret’s rival and eldest daughter, respectively.
6. The Handmaid’s Tale, premiered April 26
Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, Hulu’s upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Elisabeth Moss will star as the handmaid in the commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last attempt to repopulate the world. Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Max Minghella, and Ann Dowd co-star in the series.
7. I Love Dick, premiered May 12
Adapted from Chris Kraus’ 1997 cult classic, Amazon’s I Love Dick stars Kathryn Hahn as Chris, a frustrated New York filmmaker who finds herself marooned in Marfa, Texas, where her academic husband has a writing residency. When she meets renowned scholar Dick (Kevin Bacon), the two have an infuriating and beguiling exchange, causing a dramatic awakening in her. Jill Soloway (creator of Amazon’s Transparent) executive produces.
8. The Tick, Aug. 25
Amazon’s getting into the comic book game with The Tick, based on the series by Ben Edlund. The show stars Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Peter Serafinowicz as a strange blue superhero who is called to action after an underdog accountant (Griffin Newman) with zero powers comes to realize that his city is owned by a global super-villain long-thought dead. Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez, and Brendan Hines co-star in the series, which has yet to get a specific premiere date.
9. The Idolmaster KR
Amazon’s upcoming pre-produced South Korean drama, The Idolmaster (styled THE IDOLM@STER.KR) is based on Bandai Namco Entertainment’s video game series of the same name. Set in the world of Korean entertainment production, the show follows a group of young women as they embark on a career in the entertainment industry. Amazon will localize the series into several languages, including Japanese and English, although it’s unclear if the translation will be done via subtitles or a voice-over dub. An exact premiere date is still undetermined.
10. Jean-Claude Van Johnson
Amazon’s new comedy drama stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as a retired martial arts and action movie star who begins working as a private undercover agent. Kat Foster (Your Family or Mine), Moises Arias (The Middle), and Phylicia Rashad (Creed, The Cosby Show) co-star in the upcoming series. The pilot is already available on Amazon and the full season is expected to premiere this year, although an exact release date has not been confirmed.
11. Future Man
This half-hour Hulu series hails from Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sony TV, the same team behind AMC’s Preacher. The high-concept comedy stars Josh Hutcherson as a janitor by day, world-ranked gamer by night, who is tasked with preventing the extinction of humans after visitors from the future deem him the key to conquering a super-race invasion. Derek Wilson and Eliza Coupe co-star in the show, which is expected to kick off its freshman season sometime later this year.
12. Hard Sun
This Hulu drama will star Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn as detectives Robert Hicks and Elaine Renko, who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that comes closer to destruction every day. While Hicks is a great, committed officer, he’s also profoundly corrupt. Meanwhile, Renko is a difficult and damaged, but utterly incorruptible, officer. The duo must learn to work together if they’re going to survive until the end of the world. The series will premiere this year, although a specific release date has yet to be determined.
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