2016 was a weird year for television. While there were a few things I was interested in, some of the shows I liked best from 2015 didn’t have new seasons and the things I was excited about in 2016 didn’t particularly deliver. It’s a new year, though, and I think it’s going to be at least a marginally better one for television. Several of my favorite shows are returning, and there are a handful of new things coming out that I’m really looking forward to. Here are the things I’m most excited about.
Emerald City – January 6 on NBC
I don’t necessarily think Emerald City is going to be good, but it looks gorgeous (all ten episodes are directed by Tarsem Singh) and I’m shamefully susceptible to dark, gritty reimaginings of well-loved stories.
The Expanse – February 1 on Syfy
The Expanse is the best sci-fi show since Battlestar Galactica, and it’s coming back in less than a month. I finally got around to reading the second book of the series, Caliban’s War, last month, and it’s only made me much more excited to see how the show adapts it. Also, I finally get why everyone is so excited about Bobbie Draper, and I cannot wait.
Powerless – February 2 on NBC
Listen, I don’t know what the deal is with this show. The concept seems fun, and it’s got a few actors in it that I like, but we’re less than a month from its premiere date and there’s no proper trailer for it. I haven’t seen any teasers or ads or any evidence that NBC is interested in promoting this show at all, and that has me worried. Still, I’m going to tune in on February 2 and give it a chance, even if all this lack of promotion doesn’t seem to bode well for it.
iZombie Season 3 – April 4 on The CW
iZombie is one of my favorite shows of recent years, just in general, and season two ended with a pretty significant game changing event so I can’t wait to see what happens next.
The Handmaid’s Tale – April 26 on Hulu
I’d love it (I’m sure we we all would) if this new adaptation hadn’t turned out to be much more timely than expected, but it’s hard to dampen my enthusiasm for anything Margaret Atwood-related.
Doctor Who Series 10 – April on the BBC
I’m probably less excited about the actual show than I am about this being the final year of Steven Moffat as show runner, but new companion Bill seems cool.
Star Trek: Discovery – May on CBS
Information is still only slowly coming out about this show, but there is no universe in which I’m not over the moon thrilled about a new Star Trek show. This is probably the show I’m most looking forward to in 2017.
Into the Badlands Season 2 – Spring/TBA on AMC
Into the Badlands is the best show of 2015 that didn’t get nearly the amount of attention and praise that it deserved. After taking until halfway through 2016 to even confirm season two, AMC still hasn’t given an exact air date for it. I will literally drop everything to watch this show whenever it appears, though.
American Gods – TBA on Starz
I’m not a huge Neil Gaiman fangirl, but I loved American Gods when I first read it almost fifteen years ago. I’m down for a TV adaptation of it.
The Shannara Chronicles – TBA on MTV
It’s definitely a somewhat unpopular opinion, but I kind of loved The Shannara Chronicles last year. There’s no announced date for it, but I can’t imagine MTV dragging it out til 2018.