Fall 2016 wasn’t that great for me when it came to TV. Aside from Westworld, there wasn’t any show that captured my interest that wasn’t reality TV (The Great American Baking Show, anyone?). So I went in search of any new shows premiering this winter that looks worthy of giving a shot. This is the list I came up with.
This show grabbed my attention for being set in 19th century Britain and starring Tom Hardy. It’s an eight episode miniseries and promises to be a dark, gritty, mystery. Tom Hardy plays James Keziah Delaney, a man thought dead, who returns from Africa to claim his inheritance. It premieres on January 10th on FX.
Another FX show! This one is right up my alley: Legion is the codename of David Haller, the son of Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men. Being the son of one of the most powerful mutants, Legion is sure to have his own share of power, however, he is also very troubled. He suffers from multiple personalities and each of those personalities has its own set of mutant powers. I’m not sure how much this show will follow the comics or if it ties in with any other X-Men titles, but I’d be damned if I was going to miss an X-Men show. Also, it stars Dan Stevens as Legion and I’m also a fan of his (he’ll be playing the Beast later this year in the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast).
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Another science fiction, this one based off the book by Margaret Atwood (which, by the way, is a must read for any science fiction reader). This comes at a particular time as it’s about a dystopia where the US has developed into a theocracy and women are particularly subjugated (as you may guess). The book was fantastic and I’m looking forward to the screen adaptation. Maybe I should even re-read the book to prepare?
Iron Fist (Netflix)
Okay, I’m still not over the fact that Netflix/Marvel wouldn’t cast an Asian actor for this role. I know Iron Fist is white in the comics, but since there is so much whitewashing going on already on TV and the big screen, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do the opposite. I still want to check it out and see where the show goes because The Defenders come out later this year, the mash up of the Netflix heroes (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage,and Iron Fist). Luke Cage is supposed to make an appearance in Iron Fist as well, and we can’t go wrong with more Mike Coulter.
Still Star-Crossed (ABC)
I left the best for last. I don’t think this show is getting as much attention it deserves because it looks fabulous! What happens after the events of Romeo and Juliet? Well, this show says that Rosaline and Benvolio are arranged to be married in order to heal the wounds between the Capulets and the Montegues. It’s a period drama with great costumes, star, as well as a very diverse cast. I couldn’t find a premiere date for this but it should be coming soon.
There’s my list! What are you looking forward to this winter?