Russian Doll Trailer

8. Russian Doll

Natasha Lyonne has long-deserved a lead role in a high profile series, and we’re glad to see she’s getting it in a new comedy series called Russian Doll. Taking the Groundhog Day formula and mixing it with a late night party, the series follows a young woman named Nadia as she relives the same party over and over again every single time she dies, which is surprisingly often. Natasha Lyonne not only stars, but she also executive produces along with Leslye Headland (Sleeping with other People) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation). Plus, it’ll be on Netflix, so it’s right there to watch at anytime. (Ethan Anderton)

Lovecraft Country director

7. Lovecraft Country

Executive producer Jordan Peele is helping bring Matt Ruff’s novel Lovecraft Country to HBO, and that’s pretty damn exciting. Peele has already proven that he has a gift for telling stories that combine horror and social commentary, and that’s exactly what Lovecraft Country sounds like. The story follows a young black man across 1950s Jim Crow America on a search for his missing father. Along the way, the character must deal with “the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.” Putting an African American character at the center of a Lovecraftian story is a bit of a masterstroke, because as any reader of H.P. Lovecraft (including fans) will tell you, the writer was terribly, blatantly racist. I haven’t read Ruff’s novel yet, but I hope to get to it before the series airs, because this has potential to be something great. (Chris Evangelista)

Too Old to Die Young trailer

6. Too Old to Die Young

I know some people don’t care for Nicolas Winding Refn’s brand of filmmaking – and I get it. He can be pretentious as hell – but I love what he does. For Too Old to Die Young, Refn has teamed with writer Ed Brubaker to tell the story of a cop (Miles Teller) in the midst of an underworld loaded with “working-class hit men, Yakuza soldiers, cartel assassins sent from Mexico, Russian mafia captains and gangs of teen killers.” I can already picture all the neon and gore that’s going to be all over this thing, and I’m thrilled. (Chris Evangelista)


5. Devs

Devs is the first TV series from Alex Garland, the acclaimed screenwriter-turned-director who previously directed Ex Machina and Annihilation. It follows a character named Lily, a young computer engineer played by Maniac’s Sonoya Mizuno “who investigates the secretive development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in San Francisco, which she believes is behind the disappearance of her boyfriend.” Garland has shown a fascinating relationship with technology in his movies, and the promise of another probe into that world combined with the thriller aspects make it an easy entry on this list. (Ben Pearson)

Y The Last Man TV Show

4. Y

After years of development for the big and small screens, an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s Y: The Last Man is finally heading to FX. On the page, this is one of the greatest post-apocalyptic stories ever told: a virus wipes out every male on the planet save two – a young man and his pet monkey. Thus begins a journey across the United States to get to the bottom of it all, a journey that is funny and violent and ultimately heartbreaking. Former American Gods showrunner and Logan, Blade Runner 2049 and Murder on the Orient Express screenwriter Michael Green is at the helm of this one and I can’t wait to see how he brings one of the best comics of all time to life in a new medium. (Jacob Hall)

Twilight Zone Reboot

3. The Twilight Zone

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out was like a feature length segment from The Twilight Zone already, so having him be the mastermind behind the CBS All Access reboot of the classic series is quite enticing. Combine that with the fact that the cast includes the likes of Adam Scott recreating the classic Nightmare at 20,000 Feet segment, along with Kumail Nanjiani, John Cho, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Erica Tremblay, Steven Yeun, and Greg Kinnear, and you’ve got the makings of a certified hit here. (Ethan Anderton)

The Mandalorian set photo

2. The Mandalorian

This is the first Star Wars live-action television series, and honestly, that’s probably all that needs to be said here. But the amount of incredibly talent involved is impressive. The series is produced by Jon Favreau and supposedly takes advantage of next-generation performance capture technology like the tech Favreau employed on The Lion King and Jungle Book. The list of filmmakers involved in directing episodes is insane: Dave Filoni (who some look up to as the next George Lucas), Deborah Chow (who did one of the best episodes of Better Call Saul last season), Rick Famuyiwa (who directed the incredible Sundance film Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (making her directorial debut) and Taika Waititi (you know who he is). The series is set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, following “the travails of a lone gunfighter (Pedro Pascal) in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” The supporting cast ain’t too shabby either: Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte, Emily Swallow and Carl Weathers. (Peter Sciretta)

watchmen tv series footage

1. Watchmen

Here’s a show that should pique the interest of just about everyone. It’s the latest prestigious HBO drama. It’s the new show from Lost and The Leftovers showrunner Damon Lindelof. It’s a superhero show. More specifically, it’s a superhero show set in the same universe as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen, one of the greatest comics of all time. So while this whole thing remains mysterious, its story hidden away under lock and key, every single element here sounds promising and exciting. This is the exact mixture of talent and source material and network to have us quivering with anticipation. What will Watchmen be, exactly? Who knows! And that’s exciting. (Jacob Hall)

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