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25 Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2017

From superhero sitcoms to dystopia-lit adaptations, new ‘Star Trek’ to new ‘Twin Peaks’ – here’s what you’ll be watching this year

It would need to be one helluva year of TV to beat the small-screen gold rush that was 2016 – but damned if 2017 won’t try to give those last 12 months of all-star true-crime recreations, Reagan-era–sploitation sci-fi, beautifully bizarre meta-sitcoms and some genuinely great seasons of long-running dramas (GoT, OITNB) a run for its money. We’ve singled out 25 new shows, returning series and a miniseries or three that we’re looking forward to checking out; in a few cases, release dates will be added once they’re announced. From a new David Simon HBO project to a new Ryan Murphy anthology series, a new Star Trek spin-off (!) to new Twin Peaks episodes (!!!) – here’s what you’ll be watching/streaming/breathlessly tweeting about in 2017.

‘American Gods’

Starz, Apr. 2017
Based on the novel by comic-book writer/fantasy-lit living legend Neil Gaiman and co-created by Hannibal mastermind Bryan Fuller, this Starz series tells the story of Shadow Moon, an ex-con caught up in a war between the old gods of mythology and the new "gods" of American consumerism. The cast is whirlwind blend of oddball actors (Crispin Glover! Gillian Anderson! Cloris Leachman! Kristin Chenoweth!) led by none other than Deadwood's Ian McShane, as Mr. Wednesday, aka Norse god Odin. As a wise man once said, tell your gods to ready for blood. STC


‘Fargo,’ Season 3

FX, Apr. 2017
Showrunner Noah Hawley has defied the odds twice with this take on Joel and Ethan Coen’s classic 1996 movie – so what does he do for Round Three? Recruit what’s arguably the most impressive cast on TV to tell the tale of “Parking Lot King” Emmit Stussy and his ne’er-do-well-brother Ray, both played by Ewan McGregor. Carrie Coon (who’ll also be gracing the final season of The Leftovers, also slated to start some time this month), Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Thewlis, Michael Stuhlbarg, Shea Wigham and Scoot McNairy are just a few of the amazing actors who’ll be on hand to help realize Hawley’s new Minnesota-Nice vision. STC


NatGeo, Apr. 2017
He changed the way we think about life, the universe and everything – if anybody deserves a 10-episode biographical TV series, it's good ol' Albert Einstein. Executive-produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, this deep-dive look into the theoretical physicist's early days, his romantic hits and misses and how, one mass-energy equivalence formula later, he became one of the 20th century's most famous philosopher-scientists. Geoffrey Rush plays the brainiac with the big hair; Emily Watson is his cousin/second wife Elsa. DF

‘I Love Dick’

Amazon, May 12
The most promising (and arguably ambitious) of last year's Amazon pilots, Jill "Transparent" Soloway's take on Chris Kraus' semi-autobiographical, semi-experimental novel puts the mighty Kathryn Hahn in the middle of a love triangle between with her cultural wonk/writer husband (Griffin Dunne) and the cowboy intellectual (Kevin Bacon) who runs an author's seminar in Marfa, Texas. Even if you're not a fan of the justly celebrated book, you'll dig the surgical precision of the satire; Soloway's trademark tragicomic character-study chops, on full display here; Hahn and Dunne's brittle chemistry; and, best of all, a white-hot Bacon playing a combination of Cormac McCarthy, Norman Mailer and every other swinging you-know-what male writer of the 20th century. You'll be hearing a lot about this one. DF

‘Twin Peaks’

Showtime, May 21
"I'll see you again in 25 years": Ok, so the ghost of Laura Palmer may have wound up being off by a year or so when she uttered these immortal words to Agent Dale Cooper. But hey, better late than never. As it stands, the return of David Lynch and Mark Frosts's seminal small-town–noir series – arguably the most influential show for TV's New Golden Age – will pick up with much of the original cast, including Kyle MacLachlan as Coop and Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne, in tow; everyone from Laura Dern to Trent Reznor and Eddie Vedder are slated for cameos. The original Peaks was both heartbreakingly empathetic and pants-pissingly scary; there's no reason to expect the Lynch-directed Season Three won't follow suit. STC

‘I’m Dying Up Here’

Showtime, Jun. 4
Based loosely on William Knoedelseder's seminal book about the Seventies' L.A. comedy scene, this Showtime series stars Michael Angarano, Clark Duke and Ari Graynor as up-and-coming comics trying to infiltrate the era's dog-eat-dog-then-steals-ther-dog's-jokes world of stand-up. Melissa Leo plays "Goldie Herschlag," who we're assuming is based on the Comedy Store's legendary impresario Mitzi Shore; given that Jim Carrey is executive-producing (and per a recent TCA panel, said he contributed plenty of personal stories from those glory days), you should expect lots of authentic desperation about failed Tonight Show auditions and his time in the ha-ha shack trenches. We've got high expectations for this one. DF


‘Game of Thrones,’ Season 7

HBO, Jul. 16
Winter is here – though it probably won’t arrive until summertime. With both the demonic White Walkers and Daenerys Targaryen dragonfire-fueled on the verge of a full-scale invasion, HBO’s flagship series has both postponed its usual spring launch and pared back to seven episodes instead of the usual 10. But as the show pulls further away from its source material and nearer to the end of its eight-season run, our hope – and hunch – is that each episode will be big, bold, and brutal enough to be worth the wait. STC

‘The Deuce’

HBO, Sep. 10
He’s taken on our failing war on drugs, our rough-and-tumble wars overseas and post-Katrina New Orleans – now The Wire‘s David Simon sets his sights on the world of 1970s pornography in the Forty Deuce. James Franco plays twin brothers who construct a skin-flick empire (we’re assuming they’re loosely based on the Mitchell brothers), Maggie Gyllenhaal as a streetwalker with starlet dreams and a supporting cast that includes everyone from past Simon alumni to Zoe Kazan and Ralph Macchio. Yes, there will indeed by sleazy mustaches, thanks for asking. DF

‘Star Trek: Discovery’

CBS, Fall 2017
Let’s boldly (and happily) go where we’ve gone many, many times before! Set roughly 10 years before the final-frontier journeys of the original series, this latest addition to the unstoppable sci-fi franchise will focus on “a never-depicted event in Star Trek history” that fans will supposedly go nuts over; though creator Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) handed over the showrunning reigns late last year, CBS has gone out of its way to say that his original vision for the show has remained intact. A cast that includes The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, fantasy-movie staple Doug Jones and Anthony Rapp will shuttle the USS Discovery past new worlds, new alien races and new adventures that, fingers crossed, will involve the Kobayashi Maru. DF

‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’

Sundance, Fall 2017
The second season of director Jane Campion’s searing neo-noir finds Mad Men/The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss reprising her role as Detective Robin Griffin, this time investigating the death of an Asian girl at Sydney, Australia’s Bondi Beach. Riding shotgun for the investigation are Gwendoline Christie, aka Game of Thrones standout Brienne of Tarth, and a haunting-looking Nicole Kidman. Even in a year where Twin Peaks is returning, this may well be the murder mystery to beat. STC

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