If you’re like us, you’re always looking for new TV shows to watch. And in 2017, there is certainly not going to be any shortage of new things to check out. Already this year, we’ve seen many shows make their premiere, including Emerald City, Taboo, and Riverdale.
Now that February has hit, there are even more new television shows coming soon. Hopefully, at least some of these shows will actually be good and we’ll all walk away with a brand new favorite series to talk about. Unfortunately, not every new show lands, and it’s quite possible that some of the shows listed below will be entirely forgettable.
But if you want to know what you’ll be watching soon, premiere dates, and on what network these new shows will make their debut, we’ve got you covered with our ultimate guide of all the new TV series coming in 2017.
Note: this includes every show that was announced at the time; however, depending on when you’re viewing this, it may not include shows that have been announced since then. I tried hard to include as many as possible and will occasionally update when more shows are announced.
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Loosely based on Wizard of Oz lore, Emerald City puts a Fantasy spin on the classic tale. Adria Arjona plays Dorothy Gale in this dark, action-packed adventure. She ends up in Oz by way of a tornado, and aside from the presence of iconic characters, this is mostly where the similarities to the source material end.
Emerald City presents a mystical war-torn Oz governed by an all-powerful wizard played by Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil, Law & Order).NBC bills the show as “an empowering tale of a young woman finding her true strength and identity even as she battles to bring a divided world together.” Also rounding out the cast are Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Lucas), Joely Richardson (Glinda), Ana Ularu (West), and Gerran Howell (Jack). So far, it’s garnered fairly mixed reviews. Most of us at
NBC bills the show as “an empowering tale of a young woman finding her true strength and identity even as she battles to bring a divided world together.” Also rounding out the cast are Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Lucas), Joely Richardson (Glinda), Ana Ularu (West), and Gerran Howell (Jack). So far, it’s garnered fairly mixed reviews. Most of us at Nerd Much find it to be a fresh, interesting take on an old classic and can’t wait to see how the series unfolds.
The Mick, FOX
Kaitlin Olson is, in my opinion, the most underrated comedic actor. Her physical comedy alone is incredibly. She is great on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and it was only a matter of time before she got a starring role in a show that fully features her talents.
The Mick is that show. FOX bills The Mick as a “no-holds-barred single-camera comedy that gives new meaning to the phrase ‘dysfunctional family.’” The premise is fairly simple, albeit ridiculous: parents of a filthy rich family have to flee the country to avoid jail-time and their kids are left in the care of their loud, brash, degenerate aunt Mickey (Olson). As I already said, Olson is fantastic, but the kids are really great too.
As I already said, Olson is fantastic, but the kids are really great too. The Night Of’s Sofia Black-D’Elia plays the ambitious, uptight 18-year-old Sabrina; Thomas Barbusca (Preacher, American Horror Story) is Chip, “an arrogant, entitled neo-con-in-the-making with an extremely punchable face” (this description from the official site was too funny not to quote); and the most adorable kid I’ve ever seen, Jack Stanton, plays the seven-year-old Ben.
Raising Hope’s Carla Jimenez is also really funny as the kids’ nanny/housekeeper Alba and Scott MacArthur’s (Angie Tribeca) Jimmy is no slouch either. The Mick was created/written by the Chernin Brothers (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Pariah) and produced by them as well as Nicholas Frenkel, Oly Obst, and Randall Einhorn, who also directed the pilot. Kaitlin Olson is also a co-executive producer. So, I love this show – it’s like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with a more mainstream appeal. Sure, it’s not the funniest or most moving show on TV, but something about it just really clicks, and I think that something is the great performances and fearless writing. Hopefully,
Sure, it’s not the funniest or most moving show on TV, but something about it just really clicks, and I think that something is the great performances and fearless writing. Hopefully, The Mick will last on FOX for a long time.
Starring Luke Roberts (Holby City, 300: Rise of an Empire) as Eric Beaumont, Ransom tells a story inspired by the real professional experiences world-renowned crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert and his partner Marwan Mery.
Beaumont understands criminals better than most and that’s why his team is brought in to resolve the most difficult ransom and kidnapping cases. Eric’s exceptional powers of manipulation make him one of the best in his line of work, but they also complicate his relationships with friends, family, and colleagues.
The rest of the negotiation team consists of aspiring investigator Maxine Carlson (Sarah Greene), ex-cop Zara Hallam (Nazneen Contractor), and psych-profiler Oliver Yates (Brandon Jay McLaren). The newest member, Maxine, is eager to impress the rest of the team but a secret from her past threatens the fabric of the group and even the great Eric Beaumont seems able to resolve the situation.
Ransom was created by David Vainola (Diamonds, Combat Hospital) and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, Man in the High Castle). It’s gotten mixed to negative reviews, garnering a 43%, with a Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus the states “Ransom is a typical network procedural that lacks any originality or excitement.” As always, I would recommend to judge it for yourself, but if you don’t like this genre to begin (as I don’t) I wouldn’t bother.
Created by Adam Nussdorf (Once Upon a Time, TRON: Uprising) and produced Sci-Fi alum David Eick (Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies) and Tim Kring (Heroes, Crossing Jordan), Beyond follows a science-obsessed 25-year-old, Holden Matthews (Burkely Duffield), as he wakes up from a twelve year coma to discover he has new abilities that cannot be explained by science.
His powers don’t seem to have much of a rhyme or reason as they include everything from melting plastic toys with his mind to knocking people over with seismic punches – presumably, he’s some sort of superhero, despite the show not quite being a “superhero show.” Beyond seems to be more of a Sci-Fi thriller akin to Lost or Heroes (makes sense given who is involved) and one of the earliest mysterious involves a dangerous man in a yellow jacket who appears to be part of a larger conspiracy.
Beyond hasn’t done too well critically, but it must be pretty popular because it was renewed for a second season within two weeks of airing (though it should be noted that all the episodes “aired” at once in the On Demand style format that’s become quite popular lately).
Beyond also stars Jordan Calloway as Kevin McArdle, Holden’s pre-coma best friend; Dilan Gwyn as Willa Frost, a suspicious woman who claims to know Holden from his time in a coma; Jeff Pierre as Jeff McArdle, Kevin’s brother and Holden’s former childhood bully; Michael McGrady as Holden’s father, Tom; Romy Rosemont as Holden’s mother, Diane; and Jonathan Whitesell as Luke, Holden’s little brother.
This is actually something I might consider checking out because all of the episodes are available to stream immediately. I was a fan of Heroes and Lost (early on, then hated both), so I’m willing to give Beyond a shot – and I’m sure so will many more people, fellow Nerd Much writers included.
Produced by and starring Oscar nominee Tom Hardy, Taboo tells the story of James Delaney, a man who returns home to London from Africa in to run his late father’s shipping empire. Taboo looks to be a tense, stylistic period drama set in 1814 amidst the end of the British-American war.
The official website describes Delaney’s story as a “combustible tale of love and treachery,” one that is surrounded by dark conspiracies, family mystery, betrayal, and murder. James Delany was once thought to be dead in the West Indies but escapes with diamonds before heeding the call to inherit his father’s business. Taboo is created by Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Locke) and adapted from a story written by Tom Hardy and his father Chips.
Other notable collaborators are executive producer Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Gladiator, Alien) and director Kristoffer Nyholm (The Killing). In addition to Hardy, the cast will also Jonathan Pryce, Jessie Buckley, Oona Chaplin, Mark Gatiss among others. We at Nerd Much have yet to see this series, but I can speak for mostly everyone when I say we are very excited for this one.
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Riverdale, The CW
The man who brought Arrow and Flash to the small screen, Greg Berlanti, is giving Archie and the gang the same treatment. But Riverdale won’t actually be a sitcom like one would expect; instead, it will be a one-hour drama that promises to deliver mystery and suspense a la Twin Peaks.
The Archie comics are a seventy-five year old American institution and Berlanti and company certainly have a lot of weight on their shoulders to make the fans happy. One thing that always bodes well for adaptations is when someone who works on the source material is heavily involved, and that is the case for Riverdale as Archie’s chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sarcasa is set to write several episodes (including the pilot).
A relatively unknown New Zealand actor named K.J. Apa (A Dog’s Purpose) has been cast to play Archie Andrews. He will be joined be Cole Sprouse (Big Dady, Suite Life of Zack & Cody) as Jughead Jones, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, and Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge. I know very little about the world of Archie so I had to defer to IMDB which states Riverdale will be “a subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weidness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.” So it sounds like this might be enjoyable to fans and non-fans alike.
The Young Pope, HBO
From Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), The Young Pope tells the controversial story of Lenny Belardo’s (Jude Law) role as Pope Pius XIII.
When asked what the show is about, Sorrentino replied: “the clear signs of God’s existence. The clear signs of God’s absence. How faith can be searched for and lost. The greatness of holiness, so great as to be unbearable when you are fighting temptations and when all you can do is to yield to them. The inner struggle between the huge responsibility of the Head of the Catholic Church and the miseries of the simple man that fate (or the Holy Spirit) chose as Pontiff.
Finally, how to handle and manipulate power in a state whose dogma and moral imperative is the renunciation of power and selfless love towards one’s neighbor.”It’s also, apparently, about the first American Pope smoking cigarettes and having sex. From Academy Award winners Paolo Sorrentino and Diane Keaton (Sister Mary, the Pope’s adoptive Mother) to the two-time nominated Jude Law, there’s a lot of talent involved in it.
It’s also, apparently, about the first American Pope smoking cigarettes and having sex. From Academy Award winners Paolo Sorrentino and Diane Keaton (Sister Mary, the Pope’s adoptive Mother) to the two-time nominated Jude Law, there’s a lot of talent involved in The Young Pope. I can’t speak for the others at Nerd Much, but I can say I found the pilot to be relatively boring and I didn’t quite care to watch more. I can certainly see why people would like it, and I’m sure it will do well at awards shows — it’s just not for me.
Z: The Beginning of Everything, Amazon
Z: The Beginning of Everything is a fictionalized biography of Zelda Fitzgerald, the original flapper and wife of literary great F. Scott Fitzgerald. Starring Christina Ricci (Monster) as Zelda and David Hoflin (American Crime) as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Z: The Beginning of Everything follows Zelda from her teen years to a turbulent love affair and finally as one half of the 1920’s Jazz Age “it couple.” Amazon states “the series travels through the wild parties, the wicked jazz, the dissolute artists of the era, as well as the alcoholism, adultery and struggle with dashed dreams and mental illness that characterizes [the Fitzgeralds’] later years.”
Z is billed as a modern take on an iconic love story that played out in speak-easies and salons from Montgomery, Alabama to the Cote D’Azur. The Amazon series is based on Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler and developed for TV by the team of Dawn Prestwich & Nicole Yorkin (Chicago Hope). This should be great for anyone who loves flappers, jazz, and everything else about the roaring twenties.
One Day at a Time, Netflix
Developed by Gloria Calderón Kellett (How I Met Your Mother) and Mike Royce (Everybody Loves Raymond), One Day at a Time is a remake of the Norman Lear sitcom from the 1970s.
The basic premise is relatively the same — it is even filmed in front of a live audience — except the family is now Cuban-American and the setting is Echo Park rather than Indianapolis. The LA Times said “One Day at a Time preserves the domestically framed, socially engaged flavor of the original while mixing in new verve.
And it has turned out very well: smart, fun, big-hearted and less noisy and hectoring than Lear works of old could sometimes be.” Justina Machado
Justina Machado (The Purge: Anarchy, Final Destination 2) plays Penelope Alvarez, a former Afghan War nurse and mother; Isabella Gomez plays her daughter, Elena, a strong-headed feminist; Alex, her socially challenged tween son is played by Marcel Ruiz; Rita Morena (West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain) portrays Penelope’s fun-loving seventy-year-old mother.
The nuclear family is also joined by Todd Grinnel (Nesting) as Schneider and Stephen Tobolowsky (Memento) as Dr. Berkowitz. One Day at a Time feels pretty fresh, despite being a reboot of a forty-year-old show; we’re so used to single-camera shows that aren’t filmed in front of a live audience now. These types of sitcoms aren’t our typical fare at Nerd Much, but I’d be willing to give this one a shot.
“The eight episode first season of Six follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists.
Inspired by real missions, the series authentically captures the inside world of America’s elite Special Operations unit–what these SEALs do, their personal lives, combat and the life-and-death decisions they make to protect and serve their country” (from the History channel site). Six stars Walton Goggins (Vice Principals, The Hateful Eight) as SEAL Team Six leader Richard “Rip” Taggart, Barry Sloane (Revenge) as Joe Graves, Kyle Schmid (Copper) as Alex Caulder, and Juan Pablo Raba (Narcos) as Ricky “Buddha” Ortiz.
The series is created by Academy Award nominee William Broyles (Cast Away, Jarhead) and military special operations veteran David Broyles. The first two episodes are directed by Emmy- and Academy Award nominee Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland, Ray Donovan). I would certainly give the pilot a shot, but it sounds like there are far better movies that tell the same tale as Six. According to the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, the series has had a less-than-positive reaction so far and the critical consensus is that the “engaging characters are intriguing in spite of the show’s trite premise and familiar narrative.”
I would suspect Six dips into pander territory quite a bit, which is why the audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes is a 96% but the critics rating is 55% – a pretty vast difference. One thing is for sure: Walton Goggins is always amazing, so I’m sure Six is no different.
According to Netflix’s press site, “[Frontier] is an action-packed adventure drama following the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade in the late 18th century.”
The series follows Jason Momoa’s (Game of Thrones) character Declan Harp, a part-native American outlaw attempting to shatter the Hudson Bay Company’s monopoly on the Canadian fur trade. Reviews have been fairly mixed so far, but it’s safe to say Frontier is at least unique in that it covers a historical subject we rarely see on television.
The HBC’s Lord Benton (Alun Armstrong) — a man who seems to be the main villain of the series — travels to James Bay to deal with the notorious Harp and along the way he encounters the true hero of Frontier in Irish stowaway Michael Smyth (Landon Liboiron). The cast also includes the rich American entrepreneur, Samuel Grant (Shawn Doyle), a shrewd tavern owner named Grace Emberly (Zoe Boyle), and the alcoholic Father Coffin (Christian McKay). Based on the trailers,
The cast also includes the rich American entrepreneur, Samuel Grant (Shawn Doyle), a shrewd tavern owner named Grace Emberly (Zoe Boyle), and the alcoholic Father Coffin (Christian McKay). Based on the trailers, Frontier seems to be somewhat of a layered mix between FX’s Taboo and AMC’s Turn with a hulking Canadian Khal Drogo as one of the stars.
It’s not quite my cup of tea, and I’ve heard little excitement from fellow Nerd Much colleagues, but I suspect North American history buffs will find plenty to like in Frontier.