Whatever the new year has in store for you, there’s one positive thing you can count on – and hopefully it’s not your quick Covid test: New TV.
While not everything here has a premiere date yet, here’s a look at what we expect are some of the notable beginners and more.
The year 2021 was a year of give-and-take for shows based on true events. For every intellectual and emotional gift – like Hulus’ “Dopesick” – there was a “Trial: American Crime Story.” What does 2022 offer for ripped-from-headlines-TV? Let’s take a closer look:
“The Thing About Pam” (March 8, NBC) – Renée Zellweger produces and stars in this Dateline investigation series about the murder of Betsy Faria (Katy Mixon) in 2011 and the twists and turns that led to the sentencing of Pam Hupp (Zellweger).
“Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” (Netflix) – Of course, there has been no shortage of Dahmer stories told over the years, but this one from Ian Brennan and Ryan Murphy, starring Evan Peters, promises to dig into aspects of this serial killer’s story that have not been explored before, such as the White Privilege and police incompetence that allowed Dahmer to escape the consequences for so long.
“Love and Death” (HBO Max) – This limited series from David E. Kelley tells the story of Texas housewife, churchgoer and ax killer Candy Montgomery (Elizabeth Olsen).
To get a look at the projects where some executives are opening their piggy banks, I’ll send it to CNN’s Brian Lowry:
“In the game with streaming, you get attention (and subscribers), or you die, which explains the ‘No guts, no glory’ investment in big fantasy series. Although there are no sure things, there will be two more this year. around the strongest pedigrees that the medium can offer, which will only raise the question of whether they live up to the hype.
‘House of the Dragon’ (no release date, HBO) – Matt Smith (‘Doctor Who’, ‘The Crown’) is part of the ensemble in this ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel, which takes place 200 years before the flagship series, based on George RR Martin’s book ‘Fire & Blood’. The series follows a battle for power (what else?) During the Targaryen dynasty, so yes, there will be dragons, and yes, there will be blood.
Lowry also lets his nerd flag fly in a preview of Marvel’s shows for Disney +:
“After a quartet of series that began with ‘WandaVision’ and ended less memorably with ‘Hawkeye’, Disney has another salvo of shows on its way to its streaming service. But unlike the opening salvo, which featured well-known Avengers characters batch into a lesser known second series of comic book heroes that marks an expansion of its universe.
‘She-Hulk’ – Tatiana Maslany (‘Orphan Black’) will only play two roles this time as the title character, who in the comics got his powers after a blood transfusion from his cousin, Bruce Banner. It’s not easy being green, but this may be the easiest seller for the Disney + marketing team.
‘Knights of the Moon’ – Basic Marvel’s answer to Batman (though some fans shudder at the comparison), Oscar Isaac will star as the capped character introduced as a villain in the 1970s. After gaining strength on a trip to Egypt, he boasts the coolest costume of the herd.
‘Ms. Marvel ‘ “The teenage hero of this new series, a Pakistani-American played by Iman Vellani, will appear in ‘Captain Marvel’ sequel ‘The Marvels’ next year after being introduced to this story of origin.”
Do you ever hear of a show and then you think to yourself, “I want to either love this or hate it?” Here we go.
“How I Met Your Fader” (January 18, Hulu) – I look at my love for “How I Met Your Mother” – which this show is based on – in the same way that some women my age look at, for example, low-cut jeans: I enjoyed it at the time. But I am now older, wiser, enjoying taking full, deep breaths and realizing that my hip bones deserve better than being tattooed with an incredibly awkward tan line. All this to say, I’m not sure this formula has even aged as well as jeans with a half-inch zipper.
“Halo” (Paramount Plus) – The trailer for this video game adaptation starring Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief looks huge and expensive. So much so that I wondered if this show serves caviar for its first course and Pop-Tarts for dinner, if you know what I’m saying. But that was enough to keep me curious about this long-awaited project.
“A League of Their Own” (Amazon) – This series based on the beloved movie has come a long way and still has no premiere date, but I would be lying if I said my heart does not count on its success. I love this movie so much that my dog is named Dottie. Our family dressed up as peaches for Halloween. Do not ruin this, Amazon.
These could be documentary-good
From “Framing Britney Spears” to “Cheer,” documentaries have been on the rise in recent years, with many managing to break through a packed content field and capture people’s attention. Here are four that I expect to do exactly that.
“We need to talk about Cosby” (January 30, Showtime) – W. Kamau Bell’s four-part documentary series explores the many layers of Bill Cosby’s rise and fall.
“Janet Jackson” (January 28, Lifetime / A & E) – The two-night documentary is being referred to as “the definitive story of Janet Jackson”, and it will certainly create conversation as the star opens up about her privacy in a way we have never seen before.
“The Kardashians” (Hulu) – A vague teaser trailer for this new Kardashians project was released on New Year’s Day, and although it revealed very little, you can count on this new show from the family redefining celeb reality not to go unnoticed.
“The Secrets of Playboy” (January 24, A&E) – This 10-hour doc goes within the walls of the Playboy empire because even the company that became famous for revealing it all still has some secrets.
So many shows, so little time to think about smart subcategories. Here are the rest of the best possible:
“Somebody Somewhere” (January 16, HBO Max) – Bridget Everett plays the lead role in this heartbreaking comedy that looks full of feel-good messages and self-reflection – my favorite combination after orange juice and Prosecco.
“The White House Plumbers” (HBO) “Veep” executive producer David Mandel directs this five-part political miniseries in which Justin Theroux and Woody Harrelson play Watergate backers G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt, who, as HBO puts it, “accidentally overthrew the presidency they were trying to . to protect.”
“The Afterparty” (January 28, Apple TV +) – Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind “The Lego Movie,” bring their sharp comic sense to this comedy about a high school reunion that became deadly.
“The Gilded Age” (January 24, HBO) – This Julian Fellowes series has been around for about a decade, so it has been aptly saved for the final mention in our preview. Cynthia Nixon is back in a show about women in New York City, but this time it takes place in the late 1800s and is unlikely to feature Cosmos or a controversial Peloton scene. Carrie Coon, Christine Baranski and Denée Benton also star.