Do you feel like there are so many channels with so many TV shows now that it’s impossible to keep up? Well, you aren’t crazy. Not too long ago, it seemed like there was only a handful of channels and programs worth watching. Now, there’s programming on network television, premium and basic cable, and even online streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. 2017 is sure to bring even more shows worth watching. These are a few we’re looking forward to.
1. THE MICK
Kaitlin Olson, acclaimed for playing “Sweet Dee” Reynolds on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, comes to FOX for a starring role in a sitcom about an irresponsible woman put in charge of her law-dodging sister and her husband. With Olson’s comic timing well established after 11 seasons and counting on Sunny, we’re excited to see how she does with a TV show of her own. The Mick premieres on January 1 at 8/7c on FOX.
2. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Remember the Lemony Snicket adaptation starring Jim Carrey that came out in 2004? It’s okay if you don’t, as it wasn’t very good. Rather than cramming the first three books into one movie, this eight-episode Netflix adaptation will cover the first four books, meaning each Snicket installment will get two episodes. Star Neil Patrick Harris (who plays the villainous Count Olaf) assures us it is “very dark.” We can’t wait. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres on January 13 on Netflix.
3. 24: Legacy
No, Jack Bauer isn’t back on TV (at least, not yet), but fans of 24 will be excited to see one of their favorite shows live on. In this reboot, a terrorist attack is imminent and Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins plays a soldier trying to stop it. The hallmarks of 24, such as the real-time pacing and Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) are all back. If it all goes according to plan, we’ll be short of breath before the first episode of the new TV show is over. 24: Legacy premieres after Super Bowl LI on February the on FOX.
4. The Young Pope
Do you know about the first American pope? No? That’s because there has never been an American pope. However, that’s not the case in this series starring Jude Law as the Archbishop of New York who is elected leader of the Catholic Church. It’s a fascinating premise with a great pedigree. In addition to Law, it also stars Diane Keaton and James Cromwell and was created by acclaimed director Paolo Sorrentino. The Young Pope premieres on January 15 at 9:00 on HBO.
5. Training Day
In this adaptation of the film that won Denzel Washington a Best Actor Oscar, Bill Paxton stars as a corrupt LAPD detective who teams up with a new recruit assigned to keep a close eye on him. We’re excited to see how Paxton handles this role and how soon things get intense. Training Day premieres on February 2 at 10/9c on CBS.