Every once in a while, a TV show comes along that completely transforms the pop culture landscape. Given the recent surge of water cooler programming (Stranger Things, Making A Murderer, Narcos), we’ve narrowed down a list of new and upcoming series that are sure to make their mark and still be ranted and raved about years from now.
Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) thankfully put his foray into music on the back-burner, and has churned out this poignant and compelling comedy-drama centred around two cousins trying to navigate their way through the ruthless Atlanta, GA rap scene. Shot on location, the cinematography is apparently fantastic (as you can gauge from those eerie, backwards TV promos); the soundtrack, assuredly, will be no less outstanding.
Tuesdays at 10pm on FX
Louie writer, producer (and the voice of Bobby on King of the Hill), Pamela Adlon has finally landed her own show, a semi-autobiographical comedy in which she juggles a job, an ex-husband and motherhood. Be warned: this ain’t no Murphy Brown. Booze, pot, biting sarcasm and gnarly sass make this R-rated 10-episode season required viewing.
Thursdays at 10pm on FX
This gory, creepy-looking sci-fi series, produced by JJ Abrams and starring Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins and a slew of other accomplished performers, is based on Michael Chrichton’s eponymous 1973 thriller. Billed as a Dzdark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sindz, this is a serious game-changer for tech-y fans looking to fill the void.
Premieres Sunday, October 2 at 9pm on HBO Canada
Media coverage of women in sports has never been extensive, to say the least. The fact that we really haven’t seen an attempt at a female-fronted sports program (where the heroine is an actual athlete) says a lot about our limited view on the subject. Perhaps that is why this new FOX series about the first woman drafted to a team in the MLB, has come, quite literally, out of left field. Extensive marketing and advertising highlight a premiere with definite promise; subject matter alone all but guarantees a Golden Globe nomination in 2017.
Premieres Thursday, September 22 at 9pm on FOX
The Get Down
Another visually striking production from acclaimed director Baz Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby), The Get Down, set in a vibrant, yet dystopian 1970’s South Bronx neighbourhood, is a musical drama centered around the birth of hip-hop, funk and disco. Featuring a stellar cast and an expectantly throbbing score and soundtrack, this is THE musical event of the 2016 season.
Stream anytime on Netflix