I have good news for ardent TV fans: this is the year of spin-offs and miniseries. This year will host superheroes, princesses, famous feuds, and bikers. With a whole host of new comedies and dramas being released in 2017, here are ten new shows that everyone should be sure to watch.
1. Making History
Anyone that enjoys time travel movies and television is sure to enjoy FOX’s new comedy, Making History. Debuting on March 5, a professor and his colleagues attempt to improve their lives after he invents a device that allows them to travel through time. Making History is currently certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and stars Adam Pally as “Dan” and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) as Deborah.
2. The White Princess
For lovers of historical dramas, The White Princess offers a glimpse into the life of the “White Queen’s” daughter and her 1486 marriage to Henry VII. One of several miniseries due to be released this year, The White Princess, stars Jodie Comer, best known for her roles in Thirteen and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. The premier will air on April 16 on Starz.
Disney fans of all ages will be pleased by the upcoming animated series featuring their favorite long-haired princess. Beginning on March 24, Rapunzel will go searching for adventure after laying down her crown and postponing her marriage. Most cable providers offer the Disney channel so start searching and set those DVRs to the next big thing in princess TV.
Some amazing ventures into pop-culture history will be featured in Feud: Bette and Joan beginning on March 5. This star-studded anthology series of famous feuds will include the likes of Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Alfred Molina, and Stanley Tucci, among many others.
5. Chicago Justice
Taking advantage of the popularity of their three existing programs, NBC is adding another dimension to the Chicago franchise. Fans will have the opportunity to join the state attorney’s team of prosecutors and investigators as they take on high profile cases while also juggling city politics. Chicago Justice is due to premiere on March 5.
6. Mayans MC
Fans of the FX original series, Sons of Anarchy, will be thrilled to see the return of the club’s rivals-turned-allies in Mayans MC. Starring Edward James Olmos and John Ortiz, this spin-off will introduce prospect Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, known as Pardo played by Richard Cabral (End of Watch). A fall premiere is in the works, but a date has not yet been released.
7. The Good Fight
Another spin-off comes from the creators of The Good Wife. Starring Christine Baranski, The Good Fight began airing on February 19 on CBS All Access. After three episodes, this first original scripted series to be offered from All Access is getting great reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
The massive fan-approved series, The Big Bang Theory has led creators to give viewers a look into Sheldon’s odd personality with a TV movie simply titled Sheldon. Because it is still in the pre-production phases, there are few details, but it is clear that it will focus on everyone’s favorite neurotic genius.
9. Marvel’s Inhumans
Slated for a Fall premiere, Marvel’s Inhumans will focus on the isolated community of superhumans introduced in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Featuring the adventures of the Inhuman Royal Family, the newest installation has cast Anson Mount (Safe, Non-Stop) as Black Bolt and Sonya Balmores as Auran.
10. Big Little Lies
Airing since February 19, Big Little Lies is a miniseries is based on the 2014 Liane Moriarty novel of the same name. With a stellar cast that includes names like Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley, HBO has pulled out all the stop to tell the story of three mothers whose perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.
Everyone needs the chance to relax and enjoy some good television once in a while. Luckily, the variety of new programming coming available in 2017 is sure to please. So be sure to take a gander at the history, sci-fi, or kid-friendly shows and see if one, or maybe more, will be right for you.