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January Television Preview

January 2, 2018 | Author: Abdul Majid

In our opinion, there are two types of people in this world: those who look behind, and those who look ahead.

Okay, these sort of categorizations based on general characteristics are obviously ludicrous. That won’t stop us from making them.

2017 was, um, an interesting year – one that historians will undoubtedly study from a multitude of perspectives. There was the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency. There was the start of the #MeToo movement. And there was an unusually high amount of severe storms.

Of course, 2017 also featured some outstanding television, which we recently recapped.

But what’s in store for 2018? Really, there’s only one responsible answer to this question:

Sure, there’s the World Cup, the midterm elections, and the newest Avengers movie. But beyond that, who really knows. We can only look so far ahead.

So that’s what we’ll do. Here’s a preview of what to expect on television this January!

The Chi

Jason Mitchell is a potential Oscar nominee in the near future, thanks to his powerful turn in Mudbound. But even if he doesn’t land a nod, January will be a big month for the young actor, as his new show The Chi premieres on Showtime. The series–about people living in the south side of Chicago–is produced by Lena Waithe, who just became the first woman of color to win the Emmy for Best Writing for a Comedy Series (she works on Master of None). All of this is to say there’s a lot of promise with this show.

LA to Vegas

We know what you’re thinking: another story about people taking a trip to Vegas and getting unreasonably intoxicated. How original, right? Yet in our opinion, just because a premise has been done before, it doesn’t mean it can’t be improved upon. This new NBC sitcom has such potential, thanks to its veteran cast (Dylan McDermott and Peter Stormare star). Early reviews have suggested LA to Vegas is a flight work taking.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was one of the best shows of 2016. Even though there was little about the story we didn’t already know, it was always engrossing. Having such a stellar cast didn’t hurt. That’s why the creators of that series are coming back to FX with a second edition of the series, this time focusing on the murder of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace. Like with “O.J.,” the cast here is exceptional, featuring Academy Award winner Penelope Cruz in the lead role.

Mosaic

Even though he’s not one of the more marquee names, Steven Soderbergh has long been one of the most influential/innovative filmmakers in the film/TV business. Despite “retiring” a few years ago, Soderbergh can’t seem to help himself, as he’s back with Mosaic, an HBO miniseries that already premiered last year… as an app. “Mosaic,” a murder mystery, allows viewers to pick-and-choose the evidence they see, and the camera angles they want to watch. No one can retire when you’re this creative.

Waco

Few news stories captured the attention of Americans in the 90s quite like the siege in Waco did. It’s actually quite stunning to think there’s been no dramatization of the events since… until now. Spike will premiere a miniseries about the dramatic real-life FBI standoff that kept Americans glued to their television sets. The series will star Michael Shannon, as well as Taylor Kitsch as the notorious David Koresh.

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

Despite outstanding reviews, Blade Runner 2049 disappointed at the box office. The brilliant sci-fi epic, based on the writings of legendary author Philip K. Dick, was probably a little too long and slow for general audiences, at least according to producer Ridley Scott. Fans of the author, however, have another chance to enjoy an adaptation of his work, this time on the small screen. Amazon Prime subscribers will get to see many of the author’s short stories in this anthology series that already premiered in Britain to a wonderful reception.

grown-ish

Spinoffs are tricky, and don’t always pan out as you would expect; just ask Matt LeBlanc. That said, it’s hard not to be excited for grown-ish, which will follow the college exploits of Zoey, the eldest daughter from black-ish. The show will be executive produced by Kenya Barris, who is in charge of the wonderful ABC sitcom. The two shows will not share networks, however, as “grown-ish” will be part of Freeform’s lineup.

The Resident

Having been a major part of two of the century’s best shows (Gilmore Girls, The Good Wife), it seemed somewhat inevitable that the charming Matt Czuchry would eventually get his own show. Fox’s The Resident will be that show, it turns out. “The Resident” will detail the dynamics between a young doctor and a resident. The always outstanding Bruce Greenwood will play Czuchry’s older counterpart.

The Alienist

Want to know why the second season of True Detective was remarkably inferior to the first? Sure, it was a different cast, but in our minds, the loss of visionary director Cary Fukunaga was an even bigger loss. This month, Fukunaga is back with a new show for TNT, The Alienist. Based on the acclaimed Caleb Carr novel of the same name, “The Alienist” focuses on a discreet team investigating a series of grisly murders at the end of the 19th century.

Alone Together

If you’re a comedy nerd, a new project from The Lonely Island should always excite you. The phenomenally funny troupe are back with a new show, Alone Together. However, they are acting as producers, not as stars. The Freeform show will feature newcomers Benji Aflalo and Esther Povitsky as two misfits trying to fit in in Los Angeles. Not much is known beyond that, except that Freeform is confident enough in what they have that they have already ordered a second season.