ByRicky Derisz, writer at
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Ricky Derisz

There's no doubting the calibre of TV keeps improving, year on year. TV budgets can now rival big blockbuster movies, and the byproduct is much, much more quality viewing for us lucky viewers.

If you're struggling to keep up with all the new releases (yeah, we can't wait for Game of Thrones either, but everyone knows about that now, right?) then feast your eyes on all the shows that have (or will) made their debut this year:

1. Big Little Lies

The shows leads, Witherspoon and Kidman
The shows leads, Witherspoon and Kidman

Release date: Not yet announced, but possibly late this year, or early 2017

The show focuses on a group of mom's who become friends after meeting at their children's kindergarden, before things take a sinister turn for the worst.

The stellar cast includes Nicole Kidman and Reece Witherspoon.

2. Divorce

Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker

Release date: Not yet announced

Sarah Jessica Parker stars as a woman coming to terms with — you guessed it — a divorce.

3. Shots Fired

Shots Fired lead, Sanaa Lathan
Shots Fired lead, Sanaa Lathan

Release date: Not yet announced

In the highly charged show an investigator and prosecutor investigate racial shootings in a Tennessee town.

4. Atlanta

Release date: Expected to be released this summer

In the same vein as music industry set Empire, the show centers around two cousins who are attempting to make a success of themselves within the rap industry. The show is created by Donald Glover.

5. The Crown

Release date: Late spring

The costume drama is the most expensive ever made for a streaming company. The show, which'll appear on Netflix, stars former Doctor Who Matt Smith in a leading role.

6. 11/22/63

Release date: Premiered on Hulu in February

James Franco leads this Stephen King adaptation, about a man sent back in time with the task of preventing the JFK assassination.

7. Baskets

Release date: January

Zach Galafianakis co-created and stars in this show about a clown who struggles to find work. Galafianakis' is in safe hands for his first TV appearance; comedy legend Louis CK also helped create.

8. Luke Cage

Luke Cage actor Mike Colter
Luke Cage actor Mike Colter

Release date: September

The show follows Marvel comic book adaptations Daredevil and Jessica Jones on Netflix, putting superhero Luke Cage under the microscope.

9. The Night Manager

Release date: April

Hollywood hot property Tom Hiddleston and House legend Hugh Laurie head up this espionage filled miniseries based on John le Carré's novel.

10. War And Peace

Release date: January

The TV adaptation of the epic novel by Leo Tolstoy comes in the form of a miniseries, depicting the rise and fall of five aristocratic families in imperialist Russia.

11. Hap and Leonard

The shows James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams
The shows James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams

Release date: March

The nicely condensed 6 part debut season is set in a fictional Texas town in the 1980s, following two unlikely protagonists as they help solve crimes for a P.I.

It's got the consistently brilliant OMAR! slash CHALKY WHITE! slash Michael Kenneth Williams in the lead role.

12. The Young Pope

Jude Law as the POPE!
Jude Law as the POPE!

Release date: Not confirmed, but possibly late summer

The award for most pragmatic title goes toooooo... This TV series which focuses on Lenny Belardo, who becomes the youngest pope in history, Pius XIII.

It's basically your chance to see Jude Law dressed as the pope. Come on, what's not to like?

13. Vice Principals

Release date: July

This high school comedy, focusing on the staff, not the students, stars funnyman Danny McBride in a lead role.

14. Preacher

Release date: May 22nd

The TV adaptation of the popular supernatural and risqué comic stars Dominic Cooper in a lead role. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have co-produced.

15. Billions

Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis
Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis

Release date: January

Paul Giamatti takes on Damian Lewis in this Wall Street drama about a prosecutor who tries to take down a rich hedge funder.

16. Love

Release date: February

Another Netflix original, Love tells the story of an unlikely couple. The show has already been picked up for two seasons, and was created by Judd Apatow.

17. The OA

Writers Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling
Writers Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling

Release date: Not confirmed

The show shrouded in mystery has been picked up by Netflix, with little information released about plot details. The show will run for eight, hour long episodes, and was produced by creative duo Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling.

18. Roadies

Release date: June

The comedy drama focuses on those behind-the-scenes at a rock and roll tour. J.J. Abrams is on board to produce, which bodes well.

19. Westworld

Release date: Not confirmed, but possibly summer

Based on the film of the same name, Jonathan Nolan's TV version is set in a futuristic theme park, which uses robot technology to make dreams come true.

20. The Girlfriend Experience

Release date: April 10th

The title refers to our protagonist, who turns to becoming a high class escort to help pay her legal fees. Riley Keough, who has appeared in Magic Mike and Mad Max: Fury Road, will appear in the lead role.

21. The Get Down

Release date: August

Yup, this is another Netflix show. This tells the story of teenagers growing up in the Bronx in the 1970's, and is produced and directed by Baz Luhrmann.

22. Taboo

Release date: Not confirmed, but probably later in the year

Tom Hardy takes on a lead role in this historical drama, set in 1813. Hardy plays adventurer James Delaney, on a path of revenge following his father's death.

It has remnants of the Revenant. Not much more needs to be said.

23. Vinyl

Release date: February

Set in the world of the 1970s music industry, Vinyl focuses on Richie Finestra, the president of a record label. Martin Scorsese co-created with Boardwalk Empire buddy Terence Winter.

What series are you most excited for this year?

Source: Indiewire


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