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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.

‘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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