ByKara Hedash, writer at
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Kara Hedash

For a long while, each year when September rolled around it always meant that a heap of news shows were set to premiere — but things have changed. With so many different networks and various ways to watch TV, new shows are premiering all throughout the year. If you are like me (a huge TV show lover) then you are absolutely fine with this trend because now you have something to watch all year round, instead of being overwhelmed in the fall by an overflowing DVR. So far, this year in TV has been underwhelming with no new big shows making their mark — but that is about to change. Here are a few shows that will make their debut later this year that I am looking forward to:

1. 'Preacher'

Network: AMC

Starring: Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joe Gilgun, W. Earl Brown, Tom Brooke

Plot: Based on the comic of the same name, the show follows a preacher named Jesse Custer (Cooper) who has been inhabited by an unexplained entity that gives him an odd power. Custer — along with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and Irish vampire best friend Cassidy — goes on a journey to help him find God. The series is also developed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

2. 'Luke Cage'

Network: Netflix

Starring: Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Frank Whaley, Sônia Braga

Plot: The third series in Marvel's Netflix lineup features Luke Cage, a man with superhuman strength who was once a convict but now fights crime. After appearing in Jessica Jones we will get a more in-depth background into the mysterious character. He makes the move to Harlem and will take on villains such as Cottonmouth and Black Mariah before joining Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist for a series featuring the Defenders.

3. 'Big Little Lies'

Network: HBO

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Alexander Skarsgård, James Tupper, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, Zoë Kravitz, Kathryn Newton

Plot: Based on Liane Moriarty's novel of the same name, Big Little Lies tells the story of three mothers (Kidman, Witherspoon, Dern) who form a close friendship until their children, marital issues, and a murder shake up their lives. The mini-series was able to attract several A-listers to come on board, just as HBO did with True Detective. The show is considered a dark comedy and has very high expectations. Kidman and Witherspoon will serve as executive producers for the project.

4. 'Outcast'

Network: Cinemax

Starring: Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister, Gabriel Bateman, Wrenn Schmidt

Plot: The series is an adaptation from the comic by the same name, which is written by Robert Kirkman, most notably the creator of The Walking Dead comic book series. Outcast is a supernatural horror that tells the story of a man who deals with witnessing his loved ones being possessed by demonic entities. He tries to find the explanation behind the dangerous manifestations and why this keeps happening to the ones close to him.

5. 'Westworld'

Network: HBO

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward

Plot: Based from the 1973 film written by Michael Crichton, the series is described as part science fiction thriller, part western focusing on a futuristic amusement park and the dangerous risk that comes along with artificial intelligence. The executive producers include J.J. Abrams, Lisa Joy, and Jonathon Nolan. There were reports a few months ago announcing that filming was temporarily halted to give the writers a chance to catch up with the scripts but the show is still a go, according to HBO.

Many of these series have been a long time in the making, considering many don't even have actual premiere dates yet. Each series on my list is based on a book, comic, or film so it is clear what kind of shows I steer towards. There are certainly high expectations, considering the networks involved, but that also means more freedom to dive deeper in the stories that deserve to be told.

Update: Westworld has been pushed back until 2017

Sources: Variety,, Deadline, HBO, IMDb, YouTube


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