ByEmily Browne, writer at Creators.co
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Emily Browne

has had such an extraordinary year, primarily thanks to the explosive sixth season of Game of Thrones and sleeper hit , which galloped to the top of the ratings week after week. Westworld's season finale was watched by 2.2 million people, and as HBO winds down its 2016 schedule, all eyes turn to what's in store for the next 12 months. Check out HBO's exciting 2017 teaser trailer — or, your first look at Game of Thrones Season 7:

Looks like HBO ain't hanging up that Stetson just yet. The channel is introducing several new shows which will premier in 2017 — all with stellar casts and impressive budgets. Here's a little more about what we can expect from HBO's new original shows:

1. 'Big Little Lies' (Premiers: February 19, 2017)

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Alexander Skarsgård, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern

A quick glance at the cast of Big Little Lies proves that HBO really is shooting for the stars. Directed by Wild's Jean-Marc Vallée, the mini-series deals with motherhood and murder in California's Monterey County.

2. 'The Young Pope' (Premiers: January 15, 2017)

Starring: Jude Law, Diane Keaton

You may have already caught The Young Pope on Sky Atlantic or Canal+, but the acclaimed drama will premier on HBO in January, kicking off the 2017 roster in serious style. The series stars Jude Law as the newly appointed and controversial Pope Lenny Belardo, a power-hungry and controlling Pontiff who's radical ideologies conflict with those of the Vatican.

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3. 'The Deuce' (Premier: TBA)

Maggie Gyllenhaal in 'The Deuce' [Credit: HBO]
Maggie Gyllenhaal in 'The Deuce' [Credit: HBO]

Starring: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Sex sells, and HBO are hoping their new drama can cash in. Charting the rise of the porn industry in New York's Times Square, the series will explore a seedy underbelly which grew into a global phenomenon — alongside the rise of HIV, the drug epidemic and the grit of 1970s New York.

4. 'Room 104' (Premier: TBA)

[Credit: HBO]
[Credit: HBO]

Starring: James Van Der Beek, Dendrie Taylor

From the Duplass Brothers (Togetherness, Animals.) comes Room 104, an anthology series set entirely in room 104 of a completely average American hotel. Each episode will share a different story based around the characters who pass through the hotel.

5. 'Crashing' (Premier: February 19, 2017)

Starring: Pete Holmes, Lauren Lapkus, Artie Lange

A comedian heading back out into the big wide world after his wife leaves him is the premise of Judd Apatow's upcoming new comedy Crashing.

Alongside HBO's brand spanking new dramas, there are also original movies and documentaries, including the highly anticipated Beware The Slenderman which will explore the phenomenon behind the creepypasta and the true crime it inspired. Finally 2017 will see the return of Veep, Last Week Tonight, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Silicon Valley, the final season of and, of course, the hotly anticipated seventh season of — we even got our first two second sneak peek, which frustratingly gave zero new info about the upcoming season.

[Credit: HBO]
[Credit: HBO]

While HBO staples Game of Thrones, Veep, Ballers and Girls are all returning as per usual, it is incredibly unlikely that we will see Westworld Season 2 anytime before 2018, but in the meantime HBO is keeping your appetite for well-written original drama sated with this excellent roster of brand new content.

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