It used to be that the television season ran from September to May and that was that. Over the last couple of years, TV has become a year round endeavour, with series premiering at various times of the year. As 2015 comes to a close, it’s time to look forward to 2016 and pick the series that I think might be worth giving a whirl. There’s plenty to choose from, depending on what you’re looking for.
The quintessential, high stakes and even higher reward, cat and mouse drama that the network is known for, this show is anchored mainly by its cast. Paul Giamatti is one of those actors that instantly make your production better (we’re going to pretend that The Amazing Spiderman 2 never happened, okay?) and this one seems to have the excess and illusion that make this kind of show must watch TV. Billions is set to premiere on January 17, 2016 on Showtime.
BILLIONS is a bold, contemporary drama that melds the worlds of ultra-wealth, influence and corruption as personified in two highly ambitious opposing figures: hard-charging, blue-blooded, politically connected U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and brilliant, calculating, blue-collar billionaire hedge fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis). Set amongst the Machiavellian machinations of New York City power politics and finance, BILLIONS weaves a complex, intricate narrative featuring a high-stakes game of predator-versus-prey. Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile and Condola Rashad also star.
If fantasy is more your thing, then you’re in luck. MTV, which has managed to carve out an interesting niche for itself in regards to developing their own programming, is bringing the world created by Terry Brooks to life. Now, I will fully admit to having not read the source material, but I’m a sucker for fantasy and the trailer was intriguing enough to at least get me to watch the pilot episode. The Shannara Chronicles is set to premiere on January 5, 2016 on MTV.
Coming to MTV in January 2016, ‘The Shannara Chronicles’ is a new TV series based on the best-selling fantasy novels by Terry Brooks. Set thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization, the story follows an Elven Princess, Amberle, a half-human half-elf, Wil, and a human, Eretria, as they embark on a quest to stop a Demon army from destroying the Four Lands.
What do you get when you add Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Dominic Cooper, a bad ass comic and AMC? Something pretty freaking amazing! This is my most anticipated show of the New Year, and that may or may not have everything to do with Dominic Cooper. The fact that it’s on AMC helps too, as the network has shown it’s not afraid to shy away from some pretty dark stuff if the story calls for it. Preacher is set to premiere sometime in 2016.
Preacher is the story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse embarks on a journey to, literally, find God, joined by his ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun).
The first season on this true crime anthology series takes a look at the ‘trial of the century,’ and is subtitled, The People v. O. J. Simpson. The show will focus on the details of some of history’s most famous criminals and cases, with famous actors filling the role of the people involved. It remains to be seen how accurate of a portrayal this show will ultimately be, and just how much poetic licence the showrunners take, but it should be a fun ride nonetheless. American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson is set to premiere on February 2, 2016.
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the first installment of the new limited series from prolific producer Ryan Murphy, will debut on FX in early 2016 with an all-star cast portraying the key figures in the infamous O.J. Simpson murder trial. The cast includes Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer as defense attorney Robert Kardashian, Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, and Bruce Greenwood as Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti.
Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, the limited series is a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers. It explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.
Okay, so this one might not be for everyone, but as a huge fan of Shonda Rhimes, I can’t leave it off the list. And there’s no denying that the Hollywood heavyweight knows how to draw audiences in. While her shows have a tendency to get a little soapy (I personally think that Grey’s Anatomy should have ended a season or two ago), but it’s not going to stop me from checking this one out. Whether it keeps me engaged remains to be seen.
Alice Vaughan (Mireille Enos) is LA’s top private investigator — and the one woman you don’t want to mess with. But when her fiancé (Peter Krause) cons her out of millions and disappears, Alice goes on a private mission for payback. No matter where it leads or the secrets she must keep along the way, Alice will stop at nothing to catch her man. From the producers of “Scandal,” “Greys Anatomy” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” “The Catch” is a one-hour drama starring Mireille Enos, Peter Krause, Alimi Ballard, Jay Hayden, Jacky Ido, Rose Rollins, Elvy Yost and Sonya Walger. The Catch is executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Allan Heinberg and Julie Anne Robinson.
There are of course, plenty of other series and shows that are premiering next year that didn’t make the list. Shows like Legends Of Tomorrow, The Ranch, The Colony, Lucifer and Love are also on my list to check out. These are just the ones that are a for sure. There are also plenty of returning favorites, like Marvel’s Agent Carter and The X-Files to keep us busy in the dreary winter months. So, set those PVR’s now, because the new crop of television standards will be here before you know it.
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