Ava DuVernay Central Park Five

16. Central Park Five

Ava DuVernay has assembled a remarkable cast –  Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo and more – to tell the true story of a miscarriage of justice. In 1989, five teens from Harlem “were incorrectly convicted first in the media and then twice in the courts for the brutal rape of a jogger in the NYC park.” In the midst of public opinion outcry, Donald Trump even took out a full-page ad in all four of New York City’s major newspapers calling for the death penalty to be brought back in NYC specifically for the accused men. Years later, even after they were exonerated, Trump refused to apologize. DuVernay’s Netflix series will track the story from 1989 all the way to 2014, when the men were cleared. DuVernay is a powerful filmmaker, and she’ll no doubt turn this material into a timely, important miniseries. (Chris Evangelista)

I am the night review

15. I Am The Night

Hollywood is littered with great director-actor pairings, and Patty Jenkins and Chris Pine are poised to be the next one. Though they’ve only collaborated on the Wonder Woman movies thus far, the director and actor have brought out the best in each other — Jenkins with her big-budget gamble as the first female director of a superhero film, and Pine in his battle for the title of best Chris. Since Pine’s endlessly charming but ego-free performance in Wonder Woman, the actor with leading-man good looks has proved that he’s willing to frequently play second fiddle to female stars, as he will again in TNT’s pulpy noir series I Am The Night. Jenkins directs the six-episode limited series following a young girl (India Eisley) teams up with Pine’s tabloid reporter to uncover the mystery behind the Black Dahlia murders. It’s a fresh approach to a series of murders that we’re all familiar with, and features Pine as a hardboiled reporter — what’s not to love? (Hoai-Tran Bui)

Modern Love cast

14. Modern Love

Based on the popular New York Times column, Amazon’s upcoming anthology series Modern Love “will explore love in its multitude of forms – including sexual, romantic, familial, platonic, and self love.” The cast is great – Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, John Slattery, Catherine Keener, the list goes on – but I’m most excited for this because it’s written and at least partially directed by John Carney, the director of delightful musicals like Once, Begin Again, and Sing Street. This is his first big TV series, and I’m excited to see what the stories he tells under such a broad umbrella. Fingers crossed for a musical episode or two. (Ben Pearson)

fosse/verdon teaser

13. Fosse/Verdon

Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams are a pair of acting heavyweights whose combined talents are almost as equally impressive as the legendary duo they’re set to portray in Fosse/Verdon. Rockwell dons a balding cap and some extra weight to play the famed Broadway choreographer and filmmaker behind classics like Cabaret, Chicago, and All That Jazz, while Williams plays his creative and romantic partner Gwen Verdon. Based on the book Fosse by Sam Wasson, and executive produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Fosse/Verdon promises to be as electric as Fosse’s works. The brief teaser trailer for this biographical series already nails Fosse’s particular eclectic style and the demanding persona that made him one of the most influential figures in American entertainment. (Hoai-Tran Bui)

creepshow tv series

12. Creepshow

Shudder – the must-have streaming service for horror fans – is bringing Stephen King and George Romero’s Creepshow back from the dead in the form of a TV series. Make-up artist and director Greg Nicotero is behind the show, which will run 6 episodes and adapt stories from Stephen King, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale and more. Creepshow’s anthology format makes it ideal for TV, and if it can match the charm and spirit of the original film, as well as the practical make-up and monster effects, we’re all in for a treat. (Chris Evangelista)

The Righteous Gemstones - Danny McBride

11. The Righteous Gemstones

Danny McBride, Jody Hill and David Gordon Green have already given us comedy gold on HBO in the form of Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals. Now they’re back for round three, and this time they’re taking down the establishment of mega churches and phony televangelist families who use their faith and congregations to fuel their greed and deviance. Danny McBride is playing John Goodman’s son in this movie, and that’s really all we need to know in order to tune in. (Ethan Anderton)

good omens trailer

10. Good Omens

David Tennant playing a smarmy demon? Michael Sheen playing his uptight angelic counterpart? It’s a match made in heaven. And add on acclaimed sci-fi author Neil Gaiman making his debut as a TV series showrunner, and you’ve got one of our most anticipated shows of 2019. Good Omens presents a satirical vision of the Apocalypse, in which an angel and a demon, having become reluctant friends over the eons, team up to stop the end of the world. The 1990 fantasy novel by Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett was a pitch-perfect exercise in wry, caustic comedy, and with Gaiman as the writer and showrunner for the series, it’s likely that the Amazon series will be true to that offbeat tone. The star-studded supporting cast including Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, and Frances McDormand as the voice of god is just icing on top of this divine cake. (Hoai-Tran Bui)

what we do in the shadows tv series teasers

9. What We Do in the Shadows

Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows is only one of the funniest movies ever made, so of course the television version should be on your radar. Although Clement and Waititi aren’t running the show on a day-to-day basis, they wrote the pilot and have set this show squarely in the same universe as the film. Instead of following vampire roommates in Wellington, New Zealand, this FX series follows a group of vampires getting by in Staten Island, New York City, where they settled hundreds of years ago after never getting around to conquering the continent in the name of their European bloodsucker masters. It remains to be seen if this show will be as droll, silly, smart, bloody and emotionally real as the film, but we’re rooting for it.  (Jacob Hall)

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