10 New Midseason Shows That Are Worth Watching
Fall of 2016 brought us several great freshman comedies and dramas, but there’s still plenty to look forward to. There are a slew of high-profile new TV shows set to make their debut this midseason, including Netflix’s latest solo Marvel series, Iron Fist and a new FX drama featuring Tom Hardy. Below, check out 10 new midseason shows you won’t want to miss out on.
1. Emerald City, January 6
The Wizard of Oz gets a dark and sexy makeover in NBC’s upcoming surreal fantasy drama. The modern reimagining of L. Frank Baum’s legendary book series follows Dorothy as she’s transported by tornado into a mystical land of dark magic and realms battling for supremacy. Along with her for the ride is her loyal pet Toto, who is now a K9 police dog. Vincent D’Onofrio will play the Wizard while Adria Arjona will play an older version of Dorothy Gale.
2. Taboo, January 10
Tom Hardy created, co-wrote, and stars in this upcoming eight-episode drama, that also co-stars Oona Chaplin, David Hayman, Michael Kelly, and Jonathan Pryce. The miniseries follows adventurer James Delaney as he returns to Britain from Africa along with 14 stolen diamonds in order to seek vengeance for the death of his father. Directing duties will be split between Kristoffer Nyholm (The Killing), who will helm the first four episodes and Anders Engström, who will direct the latter half of the season.
3. A Series of Unfortunate Events, January 13
Based on the children’s novel series of the same name by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler), the upcoming Netflix series will follow the orphaned Baudelaire siblings — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny — who are sent to live with their distant cousin, Count Olaf, who plots to steal their inheritance. Once he loses guardianship of the children, he follows them to each subsequent housing placement, always wearing different disguises and attempting to take their fortune. Neil Patrick Harris will play the villainous Count Olaf, while Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes will co-star in the eight episode season.
4. Sneaky Pete, January 13
A year after the pilot first premiered on Amazon, the Bryan Cranston-produced drama will finally debut its full freshman season. The show stars Giovanni Ribisi as a con man, who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. He moves in with Pete’s unsuspecting family and is roped into the family’s bail bond business. In order to keep the charade up, he plays the part of a skip tracer, taking down criminals worse than himself and discovering a family life he never had.
5. Riverdale, January 26
The CW will add another comic-inspired series to its lineup with Riverdale. The show will be a darker, contemporary take on your favorite Archie comic book characters, exploring the surrealism of small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. Penned by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Glee, Big Love), the show will mark the latest small-screen title from Greg Berlanti, who executive produced Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, and Luke Perry will star in the series.
6. Powerless, February 2
NBC will unveil a funnier side of the DC universe this year with Powerless. Part workplace comedy, part superhero story, the half-hour show will star Vanessa Hudgens as Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster who specializes in providing coverage to regular people against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. When Emily courageously stands up to a larger-than-life superhero, she accidentally becomes a cult “hero” in her own right — even if it’s just to her group of lovably quirky co-workers. Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk, and Christina Kirk will co-star.
7. 24: Legacy, February 5
Corey Hawkins will take over for Kiefer Sutherland in this buzzed about spinoff, which chronicles military hero Eric Carter. When Carter returns to the U.S., trouble follows him back — compelling him to ask the Counter Terrorism Unit for help saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest terror attacks on American soil. Miranda Otto, Teddy Sears, Dan Bucatinsky, Coral Pena, and Charlie Hofheimer round out the cast.
The show will have a two-night premiere, starting on Sunday, February 5, after the network’s broadcast of Super Bowl LI, and continuing on Monday, February 6.
8. Legion, February 8
Set in the X-Men universe, Legion will star Dan Stevens as David Haller, the mutant son of Charles Xavier. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David has been shuttled in and out of hospitals ever since. After an encounter with a fellow psychiatric patient, he is confronted with the possibility that the visions he’s been seeing are actually real. Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Aubrey Plaza, and Jeremie Harris will co-star in the Marvel-inspired show, created by Fargo‘s Noah Hawley.
9. Big Little Lies, February 19
Based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling book of the same name, the forthcoming miniseries follows three mothers of kindergartners whose seemingly perfect lives take a dark turn and unravel to the point of murder. The show will feature a star-studded ensemble cast, including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley as the three lead characters. Alexander Skarsgard, James Tupper, Kathryn Newton, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, and Zoe Kravitz will also co-star. The project also features some great talent behind the camera: Jean-Marc Vallée, the director of Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, helms all seven episodes of the series.
10. Iron Fist, March 17
Netflix’s anticipated next Marvel series will star Finn Jones in the lead role of Daniel Rand aka Iron Fist. The hero fights against the criminal elements corrupting New York City with his master kung-fu skills and ability to summon the power of the fiery Iron Fist, which strikes opponents with superhuman impact. Jessica Henwick and David Wenham will also star in the show, which marks the last solo hero series between Marvel and Netflix before its team-up series, The Defenders.
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