2016 was a bright year for TV shows, and 2017 looks to be even brighter. The first few months of the year are dropping blockbuster movie caliber shows in January and February. Here are four of our most anticipated debuts.
‘Legion’ — FX, premieres February 8th, 2017
FX’s new Marvel show could be called Legion: An X-Men Story. For much of the comic book adaptation genre, the costumes change, but the story remains the same:
- A person gets powers
- The person is troubled by their powers
- The person realizes they are supposed to have their powers
- The person realizes they are not alone
I get it, I like it, and I’m sick of it. Having said that, I can’t wait for Legion.
While Legion takes place in the same universe as X-Men, the main character is a mutant and has nothing to do with heroes battling villains. The main character, David Heller, is a mutant and doesn’t know he has mutant powers. The interesting twist is that everyone around him does.
There are way more questions about what this show is than there are answers, which for a genre built on telling its audience everything you need to know about the project in the trailer, is the most refreshing development since Spider-Man’s web shooters became organic.
‘TABOO’ — FX, premieres January 10th, 2017
Legitimate movie star Tom Hardy threatens to pummel you through your television in Taboo, a new miniseries from BBC ONE and FX. Hardy- an honest to God movie star- and his father- a man called Chips- have created the story of James Delaney, a British adventurer, and agent of the East India Company, who returns home to England from Africa with a bag full of stolen diamonds and a heart full of vengeance.
Co-creator Steven Knight describes the role of the East India Company- the monopolistic British trade and exploration organization with charmingly named ships like Red Dragon and Nemesis — as, “the CIA, the NSA, and the biggest, baddest, multinational corporation on earth.” Hardy plays a former agent of the EIC who comes home with a bone to pick with his employers and does so in the only way he knows how — WITH INTENSITY!
Tom Hardy only has to play Tom Hardy; it just depends on what level Tom Hardy gets ordered. He was Bane in The Dark Knight Rises– the man who broke Batman in half- and it was the least intense he has ever been on screen. I have a feeling Taboo delivers Max-Level Intensity Tom Hardy for eight teeth grinding episodes.
‘The Young Pope’ — HBO, premieres January 15th, 2017
Jude Law plays Pope Pius XIII, the brash, bold, American, and Machiavellian YOUNG POPE (real name Lenny Belardo?!?!?!) who is ready to ascend to the top of the Vatican and tell everyone off once he gets there. As you can probably guess from the trailer, he is not your typical pope. He’s a cool pope. A new pope. A YOUNG POPE.
I have a million questions, and the answer to each is the same:
- What if the processional hymn at a Catholic Mass was “I Am A God” and the recessional is “Ultralight Beam? The Young Pope
- What if Joffrey Baratheon grew up to be The High Sparrow? The Young Pope
- What if we made Church the sexiest thing on earth? The Young Pope
- Where can I see a man carried around on a mobile throne like a Roman Emperor? The Young Pope
- Where can I see a British actor do an American accent but also dress and behave like Prince John from Disney’s Robin Hood: The Young Pope
‘Big Little Lies’ — HBO, premieres February 19th, 2017
This past summer, The Night Of grabbed the TV conversation by the throat by watching the ripples from one tragic event spread out the course of eight episodes. My theory is Big Little Lies will exhibit the same type of ripple effect only in a much different socio-economic pool.
The cast is the absolute best of any television show to premiere in the last two years — Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgard, and Adam Scott is a murder’s row.
Set against the backdrop of warring upper-class moms in Monterey, CA, and peppering in all the built-in drama with what looks like a murder cover-up is the type of acidic splash we need to cut through the super rich flavors Girls and The Young Pope leave on the palette.