TV to watch in 2017

Seem like all your TV faves have wrapped up? Get excited about the summer ahead, with our ultimate list of binge-able upcoming series...
Game of Thrones - Up to date.
The Walking Dead – All wrapped up.
Wentworth – Caught up on that.
Stranger Things – Done and dusted.
Younger – Blitzed.
Better Call Saul – Finito.

So once you’ve binge-watched all your current favourites – what’s next?

If you haven’t already gobbled up this riveting mash-up of the science fiction and western genres, then it’s time to meet the ‘hosts’, synthetic androids, and ‘newcomers’, high-paying visitors, who populate the technologically advanced amusement park dubbed ‘Westworld’. This dark odyssey into the unknown is already being hailed a classic. 

Big Little Lies
What a pedigree... From HBO, created by David E. Kelley (Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal), starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Alexander Skarsgard, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern, based on the book by Aussie author Liane Moriarty and from the director of Dallas Buyers Club. This has must-see written all over it. 

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
The girls are back...and even Amy Schumer is excited. After mentioning Schumer in their teaser promo, Amy quickly responded via Twitter, proving she’s an avid fangirl of this beloved show. Long-awaited and highly-anticipated, wonder what’s in store for Lorelai, Rory, Luke and the rest of the quirky characters in the Stars Hollow of 2017? Get the java brewing.

Planet Earth II 
On the news, in the headlines, shared relentlessly online - the scene of the Lizard v. Snakes went viral and has been called the greatest piece of doco footage ever captured. Now you have the chance to watch the entire series that includes this staggering scene... and there are plenty more showstoppers. One of Sir David Attenborough’s finest documentaries ever – the master has done it again. 

Picnic at Hanging Rock
In 1975, Peter Weir’s seminal masterpiece announced the arrival of a new wave of Australian cinema. Featuring that haunting pan-flute score, this evocative tale about the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and their governess on Valentine’s Day 1900 re-ignited our country’s passion for sharing our own stories. Now Foxtel has commissioned a new TV series based on the film- and we can’t wait to see what a 21st century take will look like. Casting underway - so keep a watch for it.

A teen-oriented spin-off of Doctor Who? We’re ready to be schooled! Loaded with fresh faces, the teens of Coal Hill Academy are trying to navigate through the complexities of life - friendships, parents, school, work, hormones, sex - and the existence of extra-terrestrials. There may even be an alien in their midst - and an LGBTQ one at that. What about a cameo from the Doctor himself? “nobody's asked me yet. It would be nice if the Doctor did show up." was Peter Capaldi’s reply.

American Gods
Hype continues to grow for this new series based on Neil Gaiman’s beloved fantasy novel. With character names like Jesus, Shadow Moon and Mr Wednesday, American Gods’ themes delve into the world of ex- cons, the power of the media, the obsession with celebrity, drug culture, mythology, the worship of deities and the war brewing between old and new gods. Wow. Big themes. The creators and cast caused a sensation at San Diego Comic-Con, cementing its place as one of the most anticipated series of 2017

The Young Pope
A Pope like Don Draper or Tony Soprano? Hard to imagine but Jude Law pulls it off. A stitched-up young American Cardinal becomes the first U.S. Pope in history - Pope Pius X111. Now he must run one of the most prestigious and secretive organisations in the world, dealing with cunning subordinates, office politics, Machiavellian manoeuvres and ruthless ambition. Sounds juicy, plus the costumes are cool. Watching Diane Keaton in a nun’s habit is just one of the highlights of this gilt-edged, knife-sharp series.

Animal Kingdom
Remember David Michod’s dark, disturbing, mesmerising Australian film that cut a swath through audiences, critics, film festivals, awards ceremonies; and made Jackie Weaver an international star? Now the U.S. has remade it as a television series and they’ve recaptured the essence of what made the film so great. This might be the best ever TV series based on a movie. Maintaining the grittiness, tension and violence of the film, while further developing the almost incestuous bonds that bind this f**ked up family. Btw: Felicity’s Scott Speedman is still hot.

A sit-com set in the DC universe? Now that’s an original concept, we’re intrigued. What’s it like working as a normal ‘powerless’ office person in a world of superheroes and villains? Lois Lane knew, and now three of TV’s most interesting young names are about to show us - the ‘has-she-ever-been hotter’ Vanessa Hudgens, the slick-talking Danny Pudi from Community and the charismatic Alan Tudyk from the sci-fi western cult hit Firefly. These guys work in insurance, cleaning up the carnage and claims left by superheroes ripping through the city. With great raves at Comic-Con, this has got to be one of 2017’s most original concepts.

HBO’s new cult comedy series based on Issa Rae’s hit web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. 20-something female African American leads are rare on TV, so it’s delightful to see the spotlight shine on these powerful women in such a beautifully realised, hilarious series. Worth it alone for Issa’s improvised rap ‘Broken Pussy’. 2017’s Broad City? You be the judge

Vice Principals
Originally intended to be a feature film, the creators of this gem were so confident of its success, that two series were filmed back to back. And boy did that pay off. If you want to see a Vice Principal who makes Mr G look tame, then enrol at North Jackson High School where Danny McBride (This is the End) and Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight) rule like the scheming, conniving low-life dude-bros they are.

Newton’s Law
Described as Silks meets Boston Legal, this upcoming ‘blue-chip’ ABC drama series stars the always magnetic Claudia Karvan; and comes from the writer of Seachange, Deborah Cox, and the producer of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Fiona Eagger. Karvan has a long and proud history of starring in ground-breaking dramas...and the pinnacle might just be her new role as Josephine Newton, a suburban solicitor who attempts to return to her briefly glorious stint at the Bar. “She’s an unusual heroine for this day and age in that she isn’t flawed. She’s a woman that I would aspire to be. I think she’s kind of magnificent. I’m in love with her” Karvan said in a recent Daily Telegraph article.

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