What I’m Looking Forward to in 2017: Television

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.

Resolutions for 2017

So, last year, I had a huge list of ambitious New Year’s resolutions and ended up accomplishing almost none of them because 2016 was such a garbage year in general and for my partner and me in particular. The last couple of days, I’ve been doing my best to mentally and emotionally unburden myself from all that bullshit, though, and it’s going alright. I’m not going into 2017 with no cares or worries, and I’ve got one last bit of 2016 business (wrapping things up with insurance after a car accident I was in the day before Thanksgiving) that I’m only going to be finished with in another week or two. But compared to how tightly wound and overburdened I was feeling even a week ago, I’m doing pretty well.  However, I’m also determined to not go into 2017 with any very high expectations. My failure to achieve goals and milestones last year was a major part of my latter-half-of-2016 malaise, and I’d hate to go through that a second year in a row.

So this year I’m keeping things simple, thinking smaller, and focusing on reasonably achievable goals that I can revisit and expand upon as the year goes on. Secondarily, I’m concentrating on building new routines and recommitting to routines that have worked well for me in the past. No need to reinvent the wheel, right? I was doing pretty well a couple of years ago. Just gotta get things rolling again.

Reading

  • Last year, I read 108 things that counted as books on Goodreads, when I had a goal of just 72. This year, I expect to read about the same, so I’ve set my Goodreads Challenge goal to 104. Two books a week should be eminently doable.
  • Last year I started with a goal of reading one nonfiction book per month. I totally failed at that, but I still think it’s a reasonable goal if I just plan better, so I’m sticking with it this year with the intention of actually do it.
  • I’ve been happy with the diversity of my reading, for the most part, but I’ve been trying to read more short fiction the last few months. To continue that trend, my third reading goal for 2017 is to read at least one collection of short fiction–a magazine, anthology, or single-author collection–each month. With a couple of Kickstarted projects on their way over the next few months and a subscription to Uncanny‘s Year 3, I don’t think this will be a problem.

Writing

  • In the past, I have struggled to stay caught up on writing about the books that I read. This year, I will be writing about everything immediately and before I start my next book. This should ensure a more steady stream of book content on the blog and prevent any mid-year meltdowns over how behind I’ve fallen.
  • I started last year with the goal of writing at least some fiction every month, and I didn’t. I do have some ideas, though. Instead of a word count or other goal, this year I intend to have just one story written and ready to submit for publication by the end of the year.

Health and Fitness

  • Counting calories. It’s not for everyone, but it was working well for me before I broke my foot, and I appreciate the combination of mindfulness and accountability involved with it. I updated MyFitnessPal today and will be back on track with it starting tomorrow.
  • Drink only water. It’s unbelievable the calories you can unthinkingly consume with sugary drinks. And I’m certain that giving up caffeine will have a positive impact on my sleep patterns and energy level.
  • Yoga. Three days a week.
  • Cardio. At least 30 minutes, five days a week.
  • Walking. 2 miles, five days a week.

Cooking and Food

  • Learn to make my own pasta.
  • Cook with a totally new to me ingredient once per month.
  • Make at least one vegetarian meal each week.

Political

  • Call or write to my legislators weekly. A thankless task for a leftist in suburban Ohio, but it ought to be done.
  • Get involved in local government. Currently looking at opportunities in my town.
  • Hit a Nazi with my purse if I get the chance.

Personal and Miscellany

  • Get a tattoo. I’m about 95% certain of what I’m going to get. Just have to find an artist and get it done.
  • Learn a new skill. I’m thinking knitting, but I haven’t decided yet.