15 New TV Shows Still Poised to Break Out in 2017
2017 has already brought us several great TV shows, but there are still plenty of standout titles on the way. From Netflix’s next Marvel show to HBO’s latest drama to a new X-Men-themed series, these upcoming comedies and dramas are all expected to make a big splash in their debuts over the coming months. Below, check out 15 new TV shows that are poised to breakout this year.
1. The Mist, June 22
Mark your calendars, Stephen King fans: The author is getting yet another screen adaptation this year. Based on the novella of the same name, The Mist follows the residents of a small town as they battle a mysterious mist that rolls its way into the city and poses a new threat.
The Spike series promises to expand on the original story and the trailer is packed with creepy visuals, so King’s loyal readers should have plenty to look forward to.
2. GLOW, June 23
Jenji Kohan, the creator of Orange Is the New Black, brings a new female-driven series to Netflix with GLOW — short for the “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.” The show stars Alison Brie as Ruth Wilder, a struggling and out-of-work actress, who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the world of women’s wrestling.
Grounded by a strong ensemble (also featuring Marc Maron, Betty Gilpin, and Britney Young) and packed with leotards and a lot of ’80s fun, this is a show you’ll want to put on your binge-watching list.
3. Gypsy, June 30
Those looking for a new suspense drama to get hooked on may want to check out this upcoming psychological thriller from Netflix. Gypsy stars Naomi Watts as a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives.
Aside from its intriguing premise, the show also boasts an impressive lineup both behind and in front of the camera. Billy Crudup will star opposite Watts as her husband, while Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam-Taylor Johnson will direct the first two episodes and executive produce.
4. Snowfall, July 5
FX has been on a roll with its new series lately and it hopes to continue that trend with Snowfall. The upcoming one-hour drama chronicles the first cocaine epidemic in early 1980s Los Angeles and its impact on the culture of the city.
Though the show stars a cast of mostly newcomers (including Damson Idris, Isaiah John, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, and Carter Hudson), it hails from an acclaimed Hollywood vet, Oscar-nominated director John Singleton, and has gotten a lot of early buzz.
5. Ozark, July 21
Catch a different side of Jason Bateman in this original Netflix series from rising feature writer Bill Dubuque (The Judge). The actor will take a dramatic turn in the forthcoming show, playing a man who moves from the city to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri in order to pay off a debt to a dangerous drug lord.
In addition to starring in the show, Bateman also executive produces and directs the series.
6. Midnight, Texas, July 24
If you miss True Blood, you should be excited about this new supernatural drama from NBC. Based on True Blood author Charlaine Harris’ novels of the same name, the series revolves around a town that serves as a mysterious safe haven for those who are different — including everyone from vampires and witches to psychics and hit men.
Francois Arnaud, Sarah Ramos, Arielle Kebbel, Peter Mensah, Parisa Fitz-Henley, and Dylan Bruce co-star in the series, which looks like it’ll make for a thrilling summer entry this year.
7. The Sinner, Aug. 2
This upcoming USA Network drama stars Jessica Biel as Cora, a young mother who commits a public act of violence, but has no idea why she did it. It’s a role unlike anything we’ve ever seen from Biel before and she’s backed by a strong supporting cast, including Bill Pullman as the investigator looking into her case and Girls‘ Christopher Abbott as her stricken husband.
8. The Defenders, Aug. 18
All four of Netflix’s street-level Marvel heroes — Daredevil (played by Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) — will join forces in this team-up series. The miniseries event will follow as the group of heroes is brought together to face their biggest threat yet.
The whole season reportedly takes place over the span of just a few days, so fans can expect plenty of fast-paced action.
9. 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) comes to realize that his city is owned by a global supervillain long thought dead.
Those looking for a quirkier take on the superhero genre will want to check out this series, co-starring Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez, and Brendan Hines.
10. Young Sheldon, Sept. 25
If you love The Big Bang Theory, you won’t want to miss out on this Sheldon-centered prequel, starring Iain Armitage. The series will follow Sheldon in his younger years, as he develops his genius and navigates school and life in east Texas.
Jim Parsons, who originated the role of Sheldon on Big Bang, will serve as a narrator, so loyal fans will still get a hint of the original series in the prequel.
11. Mindhunter, October
Netflix is doubling down on its original content this year, so audiences have plenty to look forward to from the streamer in the coming months. But this show, executive produced by Charlize Theron and acclaimed director David Fincher, looks particularly noteworthy. Set in 1979 and based on the book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, the drama will star Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany as two FBI agents who interview imprisoned serial killers to try to solve ongoing cases.
Between the compelling plot and the superb creative team, this series is already shaping up to be a potential standout. The show will premiere sometime this October, although an exact date is still TBD.
12. The Deuce, fall 2017
Of all the promising shows that HBO has on deck for 2017, The Deuce may be the most interesting. Created and written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the upcoming drama chronicles the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York, beginning in the 1970s.
Set largely in and around the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York and detailing the rise of HIV and violence associated with the porn industry, the show features a high-profile cast, including James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Meade, Margarita Levieva, and Michael Rispoli.
13. The Gifted, fall 2017
Marvel TV is pairing with 20th Century Fox for this upcoming Fox series based on Marvel’s X-Men properties. The show stars Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker as two ordinary parents whose lives are turned upside down by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. The family is soon forced to go on the run from a hostile government, joining up with an underground network of mutants in order to survive.
The show is a must watch for fans of the X-Men universe, especially since it’s executive produced by famed X-Men movie director Bryan Singer.
14. Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, fall 2017
If you’re looking for your next true crime fix, Law & Order is here to deliver it to you. NBC’s new true crime anthology series will focus on a different subject each season, with the eight-episode freshman season centered on the case of Lyle and Erik Menendez. The series will dig into the story of the brothers who were convicted of murdering their parents and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole in 1996.
Edie Falco stars as defense attorney Leslie Abramson in the coming series, which airs every Thursday sometime this fall.
15. Future Man, late 2017
It’s hard not to be intrigued by the sound of this freshman half-hour Hulu series, which 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 to be the key to conquering a super-race invasion.
Between the offbeat premise and the strong cast (also featuring Derek Wilson and Eliza Coupe), the show sounds just weird enough to work. The series will kick off its freshman season sometime later this year, although the premiere date has not yet been determined.
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