This year began with a bang as Season 4 of Sherlock finally came to us after a long hiatus. With such a promising start, things are only looking up when it comes to TV series this year and now is a good time to stock up on some great shows which we’re waiting to sink into as soon as they premiere. Before you ask, we’re not includingHomeland and Game of Thrones, which both come out with new seasons in 2017 because we know you’ll see them anyway!  

The Young Pope

Just how badass can Jude Law get? You’ll know when The Young Pope opens on HBO. The show has the actor playing a young, narcissistic and Machiavellian pope with a formidable opponent in the form of his surrogate mother, Sister Mary (Diane Keaton). Helmed by the hottest Italian director in town right now, Paolo Sorrentino (remember Youth and The Great Beauty?), The Young Pope promises a dark and decadent story about priests in high towers. The series has already aired in Europe and has been green-lighted for a second season. God bless our souls!  

American Gods

The most talked-about trailer at the San Diego Comic Con, American Gods seems to be worth the wait. The show features ancient Norse gods living as ordinary humans and has such names as Bryan Fuller, who made theHannibal TV series, to amp it up. Since the show is based on the amazing book by Neil Gaiman, we’re expecting great things from this one.  


Oh my Hardy! This delectable-looking eight-part series is set in 1814 and features the exploits of James Delaney (Tom Hardy) who returns to Britain to take over his father’s shipping business after stealing diamonds from Africa. Critics have raved about Hardy’s performance, while Taboo’s superb VFX and supporting cast have already propelled it to cult status amongst fans.  


The sheer number of superhero movies we’ll be queuing up for in 2017 is astounding. Which is why DC Comics’ first-ever comedy show featuring superheroes needs to be applauded. Powerless features Vanessa Hudgens, as Head of Research and Development at Wayne Enterprises, who is tasked with creating life-saving products for ordinary humans who invariably suffer when superheroes fight super villains. This geeky and funny look at real-world problems in a superhero setting will be a welcome relief from all the heavy-duty action stuff we’ll be seeing in the movies.  

Prison Break

When it first premiered on television, Prison Break was the best thing on the small screen. It’s convoluted yet humane cast of characters and Michael Scofield’s (Wentworth Miller) determination to get his older brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), out of prison for a crime he didn’t commit towered above everything else at the time. Now, the same cast is back for a limited-edition series and it looks like fans can’t wait for it.  

The Son

Let’s forgive Pierce Brosnan for the silly fiasco of the Pan Bahar ad. After all, if the trailer of The Son is anything to go by, the former James Bond actor seems to have more than redeemed himself. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Philipp Meyer’s novel gets the small screen equivalent of The Revenant, and is set in lawless Texas amidst the oil boom that created America.


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