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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