What a year 2016 has been! I’m looking forward to ringing in the new year and I’m especially looking forward to some great TV!
As the year comes to a close, you can’t help but reflect on all of the loss we’ve experienced. From Alan Rickman (Professor Snape), to David Bowie and most recently, Carrie Fisher, our beloved Princess. Families, friends, fans and popular culture are still reeling. To be sure, there have been many positives to look back on. However, I bet most of them are more personal. It’s nice to think about something good. Something positive. Even if it is something a simple as our favourite TV shows returning.
Winter/ Spring 2017
In addition to the return of our favourites like The Walking Dead (February 12th), there are some great new TV shows on the horizon. Some are remakes of popular shows. Some are making an elaborate comeback. One thing’s for sure, we won’t be lacking for diversity or quality.
Game of Thrones
In case you have been living under a rock, Game of Thrones is based on a series of dark fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, it has several plot lines and a large ensemble cast. The first story arc follows a dynastic conflict among competing claimants for succession to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, with other noble families fighting for independence from the throne. The second covers attempts to reclaim the throne by the exiled last scion of the realm’s deposed ruling dynasty; the third chronicles the threat of the impending winter and the legendary creatures and fierce peoples of the North.
Game of Thrones is coming back with its final season and it is expected to be a doozy. It feels like we have been waiting forever and unfortunately we will have to wait a little longer. Due to the lack of bad weather(?) season 7 isn’t expected to grace our TV screens until the summer. But it is coming I promise!
Remember this show? If you don’t maybe you remember your mother watching it like I do. Twin Peaks is the original dark psycho-drama. The very first of its kind on TV. Created by Mark Frost and David Lynch. It follows an investigation headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) into the murder of the homecoming queen (Sheryl Lee) in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Washington. Its pilot episode was broadcast on April 8, 1990 on ABC. Seven more episodes were produced, and the series was renewed for a second season that aired until June 10, 1991.
Due to extreme pressure by fans, the name of the murderer was revealed halfway through season 2, leading to the early demise of the series. Twin Peaks has been heralded as the “Best TV Drama of All Time” and as such cultivated a massive fan base.
Well fans can rejoice 25 years later complete with the original cast, Twin Peaks returns in 2017. Premiere date is scheduled for Spring 2017.
Into the Badlands
Into the Badlands is a genre-bending martial arts drama loosely based on classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West.” The series chronicles a post-apocalyptic America free of guns, and controlled by feudal barons, in which a ruthless, well-trained warrior Sunny (Daniel Wu) and a young boy embark on a journey to find enlightenment.
Another fabulous show that we’ve been waiting on for eons… Into the Badlands premieres in March 2017 on AMC.
In a world where humanity must cope with the collateral damage of superheroes and supervillains, Emily Locke begins her first day as Director of Research & Development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her expectations far exceed those of her new boss and office mates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.
Personally, I can’t wait to see this show! Powerless premieres February 2, 2017 on NBC.
Medical resident, Olivia “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver) is turned into a zombie while attending a boat party. To cope with her new appetite for brains, Liv takes a job at the King County Morgue. In order for Liv to survive, she eats the brains of murder victims whose bodies are delivered to the morgue. Her secret is guessed by her boss, Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti. Gradually, Ravi becomes Liv’s friend and confidant, and as a scientist, he is intrigued with Liv’s condition. Whenever she eats a victim’s brain, Liv temporarily inherits some of their personality traits. She also experiences flashbacks which often give her clues about the murder. Those visions can be generally triggered by sights (events or objects) or sounds (repeated sentences). Liv uses this new ability to help the Seattle Police Department solve crimes, passing herself off as a psychic consultant, while Ravi works to develop a cure for Liv’s affliction in hopes that one day she will resume her former life.
iZombie is loosely based on a comic of the same name by Vertigo Comics (DC) and is frikin awesome! (Sorry, I kinda like this show). The release date for season 3 is still up in the air but it will likely be late Spring 2017.
A new show for HBO, The Deuce gives us a look at life in New York City during the 1970s and ’80s when porn and prostitution were rampant in Manhattan. It stars a glittering cast of Hollywood A-listers such as James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal and looks to be very promising. The Deuce premieres some time soon in 2017. Sorry guys, no official date yet.
Looks like we have a lot of quality TV to look forward to in the new year! I for one can’t wait. Make sure to check Rants & Raves for updates and news on all your favourite shows!
We wish you a happy and healthy 2017!