Another year is about to pass and now comes the onslaught of “best of…” or “worst of…” lists and that is fine, I kinda like those lists. But I don’t want to look back, I want to look forward to what is coming next. Here are some new shows coming up in 2016 I can’t wait for.
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS) January 1st – Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat decided to take Sherlock Holmes back to his Victorian London roots with this holiday special. Not much is known about the plot, but who cares! Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are back as Holmes and Dr. John Watson.
The Shannara Chronicles (MTV) January 5th – I have not read the Terry Brooks series the show is based on, but I have been a fan of his for some time. So far the previews look great and MTV is trying their best to make quality content (since they no longer play music videos). Hopefully the budget CGI does not become distracting.
Colony (USA) January 14th – A paranoid and paranormal thriller from the creators of Lost does sound like an interesting show. Hopefully it does not go as off the wall as Lost did.
Legends of Tomorrow (CW) January 21st – So far I like the CWs collaboration with DC Comics. Arrow has ventured into the strange territory, but The Flash remains fun and exciting. I cannot wait for the newest installment to build on the universe created so far.
The X-Files (FOX) January 24th – David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson return as Mulder and Scully who are still searching for the truth in this limited series helmed by Chris Carter. I can remember spending every Friday night for many years watching this show and the teenage Nerdling still inside me is geeking out over this reunion.
American Crime Story: The People vs O.J. Simpson (FX) February 2nd – I have some strangely vivid memories of the Bronco chase thru L.A. and parts of the trial including the reading of the verdict. In fact my teacher stopped class and turned on the TV so we could all watch the jury hand down the “Not Guilty” judgement. The trial and the media spectacle that surrounded it is one of those things where the story could be told exactly as it happened, no liberties taken for dramatic purposes, and it would be more outrageous than anything any writer could come up with. Truth is stranger than fiction.
Vinyl (HBO) February 14th – A drama about the 70’s music scene created by Terrance Winter with Martin Scorsese directing one of the episodes. What can be better than that?
11.22.63 (Hulu) February 15th – I’m in the middle of reading (or listening on Audible) the book of the same name and it is interesting so far, very Stephen King-ish. It was filmed in my hometown of Dallas, Tx (Dealey Plaza is not too far from mine and UberApe’s house) and I am curious as to how this limited series will interpret the book.
The Path (Hulu) March 30th – Aaron Paul returns to TV with this new show about the inner workings of a cult like religion created by Jessica Goldberg.
Luke Cage (Netflix) – Mike Colter returns as the titular hero in his own series. So far Netflix is batting two for two in their Marvel team ups, let’s hope they can keep the beautiful friendship going. Production should start soon.
Preacher (AMC) – I have only read the first entry in this series, but it was one hell of a strange story being set up. Dominic Cooper plays a preacher with the powers of God who is looking to right some wrongs. I am very curious as to how far AMC is willing to go since this comic series has been somewhat controversial.
New shows worth looking at:
Billions (SHO January 17th), Mercy Street (PBS January 17th), The Magicians (SyFy January 25th), Love (Netflix), Stranger Things (Netflix July 15th), The Get Down (Netflix), Sneaky Pete (Amazon)
Returning shows I can’t wait for:
The Bachelor season 20 (ABC January 4th), Agent Carter season 2 (ABC January 19th), Better Call Saul season 2 (AMC February 14th), Daredevil season 2 (Netflix April), Scream season 2 (April 20 MTV), UnREAL season 2 (Lifetime)
Are there any new shows you can’t wait to see in 2016? What about returning shows? Let me know in the comments section.