Weekend Update Spinoff Hits Primetime Slot This Summer

After seeing all time highs in ratings this season, it has been officially announced that Weekend Update will have a brief showing during the summer weeks that SNL will be off air.
 
Colin Jost and Michael Che will remain as hosts of the show, and it is likely that other members of the SNL cast will be making appearances to the show as the popular characters that they portray in the skits.
 

 
Previously, there were rumblings of a Weekend Update spin-off in the works, as Saturday Night Live has seen a spike in ratings with the political climate in the US. It is the first time in over 8 years that the show has seen this much success in ratings, and the first time in over 24 years that they have broken records in the amount of viewers that the show has pulled in love.
 

 
This isn’t the first time that a Weekend Update spin-off has occurred in the history of the show, as back in late 2008 NBC tried the same thing with the presidential election occurring at the same time.

‘Clueless Gamer’ Develops Into TV Show, Won’t Star Conan O’Brien

Comedian and late night TV host Conan O’Brien’s Clueless Gamer segment is being spun into a series, apparently, TBS president Kevin Reilly has revealed.

He told The Hollywood Reporter that production on the show, which will apparently retain the name Clueless Gamer, will begin in February. According to Reilly, the new Clueless Gamer series will keep the same general formula as the existing web series where Conan plays video games and makes fun of them, oftentimes with celebrities at his side.

Some video games pay to be on Clueless Gamer as a form of advertising, but the show has apparently been such a hit that publishers are now just giving Conan their new games in hopes that he’ll promote them.

“We’ve gotten to the point where video game companies are sending us their new product for us to play and make fun of because it’s been such a huge success,” Reilly said. “We’re going to go into production on a series of that.”

Earlier this week, it was reported that the show Conan would end its daily run and become a weekly series, not unlike Samantha Bee’s show on the network. Reilly confirmed that Conan won’t shift to a once-a-week schedule, at least not yet, though he acknowledged the show will evolve.

“It’s a distinct possibility that the show may evolve, but that’s going to come from Conan as more of these things take shape,” he said, adding that for now, it’s “business as usual” for the show.

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Reilly pointed out that some of Conan’s YouTube videos have been massively popular, picking up 30 million or more views. He’s also done sponsored spots, like this hilarious one with Taco Bell, and traveled around the world to film specials in places like Germany and Cuba.

“All of this is saying that he’s beginning to evolve what his brand is and what it could mean as a talk show in the digital age,” Reilly said. “So we’ve been talking about formalizing all of this and taking it to the next step. He came to me a couple of months ago, and said let’s talk about how he can balance that with the rigors of a daily talk show.

“I think it may very well change, but he hasn’t really got his hands around what it will be. It’s going to be up to him. I’m not forcing him to do anything.”

Conan has a contract with TBS through 2018, and Reilly said you can expect the comedian to renew that deal.

“We’re going to be in business with him for a long time,” the executive explained. “Television is going to continue to be a huge part of his presence, but you can also anticipate a series of announcements between now and the upfronts [in May] that will shed even more light on what we’re talking about.”

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Normani Kordei Gets Some Solid ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Advice From Zendaya

Looks like dancing is what’s up on Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei’s plate! The girl group recently won Favorite Music Group at the Kids’ Choice Awards and now singer is ready to tackle “Dancing with the Stars.”
 

 
The latest season for the dance competition will debut March 20. Along with Kordei, the ‘Bachelor’ Nick Viall and gymnast Simone Biles will be joining the competition along with other stars for the 24th season of the show.
 
Not only does Kordei have her fans rooting for her for every week she’ll be competing, but season 16 runner-up Zendaya, is also rooting for the Fifth Harmony member.
 

 
Sitting down with Clevver TV for an interview, the runner-up exclaims that Kordei is going to win.
 
Dancing with Kordei for the season will be Zendaya’s previous partner, Val Chmerkovskiy who is also a two-time winner.
 

 
For Kordei, Zendaya has one solid piece of advice, which is to make sure Chmerkovskiy eats because when he doesn’t, he’ll get hangry.
 
And according to Zendaya, when he’s grumpy, he just keeps on rehearsing.
 
Sounds like some really good advice! Watch the newest season when it airs in the next few days!

CBC Looking to Break New Ground: to Debut Shows Depicting Gritty Realism

From a Mennonite crime thriller to a comedy about the misadventures of new moms, shows in CBC Television’s new winter lineup tap into real life to explore unexpected TV stories.

Set in rural Ontario, Pure is a gritty, fast-paced, crime drama joining the public broadcaster’s Monday night lineup. The series revolves around a newly appointed pastor trying to fight against a surprising and dangerous reality: drug smuggling within his community — a seemingly unlikely tale series creator Michael Amo discovered while researching his Mennonite roots.

CBC TV drama Pure Abel (Gord Rand, at left) and Noah (Ryan Robbins) make their way through downtown Antioch, Ont., in the second episode of Pure.

Like many in the cast, Peter Outerbridge admitted he’d never heard of Mennonite crime syndicates. The notion seemed counterintuitive to him — until he read the research for the series.

“When you watch the show, you are at once struck by how this could never happen, but then as it unfolds, you realize ‘Oh this is exactly how it could happen,’ and it really gobsmacks you,” said the veteran actor, who portrays a villainous mob boss in Pure.

With strong storylines and “awesome” scripts, “this is definitely something that CBC has never done before,” declared actor A.J. Buckley, who appears in the six-part, hour-long drama as a small-town cop finally taking his job seriously.

Catherine Reitman, left, and Dani Kind appear in a scene from CBC-TV’s new comedy Workin’ Moms. (CBC)

Meanwhile, Catherine Reitman is bringing sex, nudity and plenty of breast pumps in action to the public broadcaster in her half-hour comedy Workin’ Moms.

No stranger to getting laughs, she’s a member of Canada’s Reitman moviemaking clan (daughter of Ivan and sister to Jason) and boasts credits that include appearing in edgy comedies like Friends with Benefits and Knocked Up.

The show was born out of a decidedly unfunny stage: Reitman’s struggle with postpartum depression after the birth of her first child. Her husband and Workin’ Moms co-executive producer Philip Sternberg encouraged her to find the funny amid the difficulties — and to write everything down for a potential TV series.

“We shot a sizzle [reel] and we sold it to the CBC the same day we discovered we were pregnant with our second son,” Reitman recalled, adding with a laugh that she wrote the first season while pregnant, “delivered a month early and we went into production when he was three months old … it’s real.”

The four female friends depicted in Workin’ Moms — debuting the first of 13 episodes on Tuesday — are all “highly flawed” aspects of her younger self Reitman said, admitting that putting her personal life out there is terrifying, but necessary.

“These stories need to be based in truth,” she said. “We can add comedy and dimension, but there needs to be kernels of truth.”

Michael: Every Day

Matt Watts and Bob Martin return to CBC-TV in the series Michael: Every Day.

A real-life exercise aimed at getting Matt Watts to overcome his fear of small talk was what sparked the idea of a cerebral comedy about the interdependent relationship between a quirky therapist and his patient.

While Watts’s therapist observed, the actor, writer and co-creator of the comedy Michael: Every Day was required to approach strangers outside Toronto’s Eaton Centre to ask for the time.

“I thought it was so human and so kind of essentially absurd, but at the same time a bit moving,” remarked his co-star and series co-creator, Bob Martin.

“It’s about people’s fears and how something so innocuous can actually be such an obstacle for someone.”

The show is a return to CBC-TV for the pair, longtime friends who had created the earlier, critically lauded series Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays after years of sharing stories about their own personal experiences with therapy.

Canadian actor and filmmaker Don McKellar directs for the six-part season, which takes pride in its Canadian setting with Toronto, Ottawa and other cities prominently showcased.


Pure debuts Monday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. ET (9:30 NT).
Workin’ Moms debuts Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET (10 NT).
Michael: Every Day debuts Sunday, Jan. 15 at 9 p.m. ET (9:30 NT)

Disney Orders Second Season of Big Hero 6

Despite not having been yet aired on television, Disney has gone ahead and ordered a second season of the show that will be airing later this year.
 
The television show, which is a spin-off of the popular 2014 animated film of the same name, pulled in amazing numbers at the box office and even took home the Oscar for best animated feature film at the show.
 

 
Traditionally, when shows transition from the big screen to the small screen, they find that they need to replace the cast, but with the Big Hero 6 television series a majority of the voice cast will be making a return in their respective roles, with the exception of actors T.J. Miller and Damon Wayans Jr., but to make up for it the show creators have made amazing additions to the cast.
 
A release date has yet to be revealed for the show, but to tide you over until the show gets a release later this year, here’s a teaser released that you can watch below:
 

‘Carpool Karaoke’ Spinoff Will Have Multiple Hosts

When the new Carpool Karaoke series premieres on Apple Music, there will be someone new in the driver’s seat in every episode. Based on the segment that has become a global and viral phenomenon on The Late Late Show With James Corden, the 16-episode season will pair TV and film stars and pop-culture sensations for half-hour interview and car-singing sessions. Among the celebrity pairings revealed at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday were John Legend and Alicia Keys; Seth MacFarlane and Ariana Grande; Chelsea Handler and Blake Shelton; and Metallica and Billy Eichner.  In one episode, Will Smith rides around with Corden himself.

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Because Corden doesn’t have the time to host the show himself, he and executive producers Ben Winston and Eric R. Pankowski decided to go with a revolving door of hosts and guests instead of picking one host to do all of the driving, as Corden does on his own show. The show will also differ from The Late Late Show segments in that it will feature interviews and exchanges outside of the car and include celebrities from all realms of entertainment.

“We get so many calls from movie stars and other people who want to do Carpool Karaoke but it doesn’t work because on the show it’s about massively selling recording artists,” Winston said. “We wouldn’t do Will Smith on our show.”

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The show is Apple Music’s first TV series and will premiere “soon,” Winston said. Because of Apple’s connection to the music industry, Corden said he felt it was a perfect fit. “There’s a musicality that’s run through that company as long as I can remember,” he said. “I remember so vividly when I got my first iPod and was no longer carrying a Case Logic with 50 CDs in it.”

Corden said he’s proud to expand the concept and share the wheel with others. “I don’t feel like it’s mine, really,” he said. “I just feel like it’s something I’ve been a part of, and now other people can share it.”

‘Superman’ TV Series Won’t Take Flight Anytime Soon

If you tuned in for the first two episodes of Supergirl season 2, “The Adventures of Supergirl” and “Last Children of Krypton” there’s a better than average chance that you enjoyed Tyler Hoechlin as Superman. The show delivered exactly what many fans feel has been missing from recent big screen Superman outings (and several small screen ones, too). While Hoechlin’s Superman costume is of a more modern variety, the feel and performance were very much classic Kal-El.

So what’s a fan to do? Well, for one thing, just remember that Supergirl has been giving fans loving doses of greater Superman mythology for a year now, even when Clark Kent is nowhere to be seen, so there’s still plenty of fun to be had even with Kal-El back in Metropolis. But if you’re feeling greedy, nobody could fault you for dreaming of a weekly Superman spinoff set in this universe, led by Tyler Hoechlin. After all, we haven’t had an actual full-blown Superman TV series since Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman aired its final episode in 1997…and frankly, only its first season is worth revisiting.

But right now, the CW isn’t planning a solo series for the Man of Steel. “Tyler did a great job,” CW President Mark Pedowitz told reporters at the TCA Winter Tour (via Entertainment Weekly). “There’s no plan to do a series. There are no plans at the moment for him to return. If they wish to have him return, we’d love to have him.”

“We’d love to have Tyler back, he’s amazing, he was great in the role,” Greg Berlanti said later. “In success, I think all those things are possible. I’m always the guy who says ‘yes’ if there seems to be an appetite for it and the people involved are really nice.”

Back in August, when asked about whether we could see Tyler Hoechlin headline his own Superman TV series, Supergirl executive producer Andrew Kreisberg (quotes via Collider) was cautious, “I’m not going to sit here and say that there’s never going to be a world in which there is a Superman TV show and that Tyler’s going to star in it. I don’t know what the future holds. But right now, that’s not our focus.”

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As for whether or not Hoechlin will return as Superman this season, all he would offer is “Hopefully. We’re working on it. We’ll see. Hope springs eternal.”

After all, the “S” is a Kryptonian symbol for hope. I’d put a few bucks on Hoechlin suiting up again this year. It does sound like the idea of a solo series is far less likely, but maybe after some of these other shows have run their course, the CW will have room for another cape on their schedule.

MTV2 Reveals Collaboration With World Star Hip Hop, Two New Series On the Way

MTV2 today announced the debut of two new series, “World Star TV” – the first TV show from the famed World Star Hip Hop; the sketch comedy show “ADD-TV” from the media powerhouse co-founded by legendary media mogul Russell Simmons; and the third season of “Uncommon Sense” hosted by Charlamagne Tha God which will now air live from MTV’s headquarters in New York City.

“These new shows from two of the noisiest and most relevant digital brands speak to the same young, diverse audience as MTV2, and working to bring their voices to TV is a natural fit,” said Eli Lehrer, Head of Development for MTV and Executive Vice President of MTV2. “A new live version of ‘Uncommon Sense’ is an exciting reinvention of the show that will allow Charlamagne to showcase his unique skill-set and tremendous hosting talent.”

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“World Star TV,” a 10-episode weekly series set to debut on February 3 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, will be hosted by Chris Powell, known as Comedian CP who has been featured in All Def Digital’s recent HBO standup comedy special “All Def Comedy” and Fox’s “Empire.” Chris will hold court in the World Star VIP Lounge and be joined by a panel of comedians, correspondents and cultural tastemakers who will offer hilarious commentary on the funniest clips from the wildly popular digital destination, World Star Hip Hop. The series will also include original sketches and man-on-the-street segments, along with celebrity guests from a pool of today’s hottest names in rap.

“ADD-TV,” the three-episode half-hour special series will air immediately following “World Star TV” at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT and will bring the best of All Def Digital’s content to a linear platform. Each episode will feature top emerging comedians, social media influencers and All Def Digital’s in-house talent and staff in various segments and sketches that address cultural, racial and gender stereotypes, or situations that are just plain funny, through ADD’s unique brand of comedy.

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“Uncommon Sense Live” will premiere live on February 24 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT following an all-new episode of “World Star TV.” Heading into its third season, MTV2 is reinventing the Charlamagne Tha God-hosted series as a live weekly destination to make “uncommon sense” out of the news stories striking a chord with today’s younger generation. Viewers will also have the opportunity to call or Skype in as Charlamagne and guests have in-depth, open and real conversations exploring all sides of an issue.

“World Star TV” is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with World Star Hip Hop and Five All in the Fifth Productions. David Eilenberg, David George, Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh, Brian Zagorski, Lee “Q” O’Denat, Doug Banker and Rob Anderson serve as Executive Producers.

“ADD-TV” is produced by All Def Digital. Russell Simmons, Chris Conti and Harris Sherman serve as Executive Producers.

“Uncommon Sense Live” is executive produced for MTV2 by Charlamagne Tha God, Annie Gillies, Brian Saracusa and Darin Byrne.

The Last Season Of “Game Of Thrones” Will Consist Of Only Six Episodes

‘Game Of Thrones’ fans, the end is near and it’s coming quicker than you’ve probably wished for.
 

 
The TV series showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, revealed during the South By Southwest festival that the eighth and concluding season for the popular show will only consist of six episodes.
 

 
Previous seasons for the show spanned 10 episodes long, but season 7 which is set to premiere this summer July 16 will only have seven episodes.
 
Already with season 7 wrapped up, Beinoff and Weiss are in the process of writing for the last season which will air next year.
 

 
In other related news, Ed Sheeran will be making a cameo in the upcoming “Game of Thrones” season.

Awesome Shows Hitting the Airwaves in 2017

More and more, superheroes are encroaching on the world of TV (though not as much as film). But there’s plenty else to look forward to on the small screen in 2017: debuts of promising original shows, new seasons of critical favorites like The Leftovers and Fargo, and the long-awaited return of Star Trek, one of television’s most famous franchises, to its original medium. Below, a list of the 20 most exciting shows in the coming year.

Emerald City

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Friday on NBC
Premieres January 6

In the last 10 years, audiences have gotten Wicked, Oz the Great and Powerful, and a revamped The Wiz, but NBC in its infinite wisdom thinks the world needs a fresh take on The Wizard of Oz, so here’s a “dark and edgy” reboot. Directed by the visually adventurous Tarsem Singh (who made The Fall and the Snow White update Mirror, Mirror), Emerald City features Vincent D’Onofrio as the Wizard, steampunk helicopters, and a German Shepherd Toto. Your best guess as to the point of all this is as good as mine.


One Day at a Time

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Friday on Netflix
Premieres January 6

Though Netflix has experimented with the TV format over the years, it’s beginning to embrace the old-school multi-camera comedy as well, here revamping Norman Lear’s classic family sitcom for 2017 audiences. One Day at a Time is still a laugh-track sitcom about a single mother—Penelope (Justina Machado), a Cuban-American military veteran with a teenage daughter and “socially adept tween” son. Rita Moreno co-stars as Penelope’s grandmother, and early reviews are strong.


Taboo

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Tuesday on FX
Premieres January 10

This miniseries comes from co-creators Steven Knight (who wrote Dirty Pretty Things, Locke, and Allied among others), Tom Hardy, and his father, credited as “Chips” Hardy. Unfortunately, Taboo is not about how Chips got his nickname—it’s an eight-episode story about a mysterious man (played by Tom Hardy) who returns to London in 1814 after years in Africa, seeking revenge on the East India Company for his father’s death.


A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Friday on Netflix
Premieres January 13

Fans largely derided the 2004 film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s series of dark children’s novels. But an eight-episode Netflix series might prove a better medium for translating the 13-book series, with author Daniel Handler (who penned the books under the Snicket pseudonym) scripting. Neil Patrick Harris stars as the villainous Count Olaf, with Joan Cusack, Patrick Warburton, and Alfre Woodard among the supporting cast.


The Young Pope

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Sunday on HBO
Premieres January 15

Here’s the pitch: Lenny Belardo (Jude Law) is the new pope (the first American in history to hold the position), and boy, is he young. Created by the operatic Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (behind such films as The Great Beauty and Youth), The Young Pope isn’t going for subtlety, but it has already aired in Italy and the UK to critical acclaim. HBO is positioning the show as its big winter prestige drama, and if nothing else, it looks like opulent fun. Diane Keaton co-stars as Lenny’s mentor and personal secretary.


Riverdale

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Thursday on The CW
Premieres January 26

A millennial revamping of the Archie Comics universe, which features a surprisingly buff Archie Andrews (K.J. Apa), a “philosophically bent” Jughead (whatever that may mean), a mysterious past for Cheryl Blossom, and Luke Perry as Archie’s grizzled dad. Betty and Veronica are on board too, of course.  As silly as some of the details might sound, early word on the show is strong, perhaps because it was developed by the veteran comic-book and TV writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.


Powerless

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Thursday on NBC
Premieres February 2

Unlike Marvel’s attempts at television tie-ins to its superhero movies, Powerless (which is connected to the DC comics universe) is a show about ordinary folks trying to live their lives around the chaos of Superman, Batman, and their ilk saving lives. Vanessa Hudgens and Danny Pudi star as office drones working in the bowels of Bruce Wayne’s company, with Alan Tudyk as their tyrannical boss. Essentially, it’s a workplace sitcom, just with superheroes whizzing around in the background.


Santa Clarita Diet

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Friday on Netflix
Premieres February 3

Sprung from the truly underrated comic mind of Victor Fresco (Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Better Off Ted), Santa Clarita Diet might be his first series to not suffer an untimely cancellation despite critical acclaim, thanks to the less ratings-crazed honchos at Netflix. Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star as real-estate agents getting divorced, whose lives then take an unspecified “dark turn.”


24: Legacy

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Sunday on Fox
Premieres February 5

After eight seasons, a revival, and a TV movie, Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer is officially retired, but Fox is reviving the real-time action of 24 yet again, focusing on a new agent at the fictional Counter-Terrorism Unit. Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins), an ex-Army Ranger, is sure to get sucked into many a deadly conspiracy, with Miranda Otto and Jimmy Smits among the ensemble he has to protect. Will the show work without Kiefer screaming into his cellphone?


Legion

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Wednesday on FX
Premieres February 8

Viewers are getting another superhero spin-off show, but this one’s adjacent to the X-Men universe and based on the character Legion, a schizophrenic who realizes there may be more to his diagnosis. Legion is a tricky character to get right, but the show is from the talented Noah Hawley (Fargo) and has a terrific cast, including Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), and Fargo alumnus Jean Smart.


Girls

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Sunday on HBO
Returns February 12

Much ink has been spilled about Girls since its debut in 2012, but this is everyone’s last shot to weigh in on Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham) and company’s antics—season six will be the last. These final 10 episodes will surely air free of controversy and nary a hot take will be written about them, especially ones about what the show has meant for millennial culture.


Crashing

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Sunday on HBO
Premieres February 19

One potential successor for Girls is another HBO quasi-sitcom shepherded to screen by comedy vet Judd Apatow. Pete Holmes, a brilliant stand-up who has long been in search of the right TV project (his TBS late-night talk show was canceled too soon), created Crashing and based it on his own life in the stand-up world. It follows Pete (Holmes, playing himself), who’s trying to cobble together a living as a comedian while dealing with the collapse of his marriage.


The Good Fight

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Sunday on CBS All Access
Premieres February 19

A spinoff of long-running legal drama The Good Wife, this show is being used to launch CBS’s new streaming service CBS All Access, premiering on the TV network before bouncing over to the online subscriber-only network. Set a year after The Good Wife’s finale, The Good Fight follows Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) as she moves to a new Chicago law firm with her former colleague Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) and her goddaughter Maia (Rose Leslie of Game of Thrones). Delroy Lindo co-stars as a rival attorney.


Iron Fist

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Friday on Netflix
Premieres March 17

The Netflix Marvel universe continues to build out with its most problematic superhero—Danny Rand (played by Finn Jones of Game of Thrones), a billionaire industrialist who has been missing for 15 years and returns to New York proficient in kung fu. Though Rand (created in the ’70s during the first pop-culture boom for martial-arts movies in the U.S.) has always been written as white, he may be an uncomfortable sight for Marvel in 2017, especially after the whitewashing controversy over its film Doctor Strange.


The Handmaid’s Tale

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Wednesday on Hulu
Premieres April 26

Margaret Atwood’s 1985 masterpiece of speculative fiction, set in a totalitarian theocracy where women’s rights have been erased by a religious movement that seized power in the United States, seems quite relevant to the contemporary political mood, and has never gotten a proper adaptation. Hulu is positioning this 10-episode series as its prestige drama of the spring, with Elisabeth Moss starring as Offred; Joseph Fiennes, Samira Wiley, and Yvonne Strahovski co-star.


Fargo

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Returns this spring on FX

No official premiere date has been set for the third season of Fargo, but the cast is as stacked as ever, with Ewan McGregor playing dual lead roles, and Carrie Coon (The Leftovers), David Thewlis, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead all involved. Unlike the last season, the show will be set in the near-present day (2010, according to reports), opening up the possibility that characters from its first season could return (though the creator Noah Hawley is keeping quiet about any plot details).


The Leftovers

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Returns this April on HBO

In its second season, this TV adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s novel The Leftovers built on its promise to become one of the best, most fascinating, confounding shows on television. Perhaps cognizant that his last great show (Lost) lasted a little too long, co-creator Damon Lindelof is ending the show this year, shifting the action to Australia but keeping the entire main cast (minus Ann Dowd’s dearly departed Patti Levin). The show will struggle to top season 2’s episode “International Assassin,” but whatever Lindelof and Perrotta do come up with is sure to be fascinating.


American Gods

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Premieres this April on Starz

A much-hyped adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel, focusing on Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), an ex-con recruited by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), who is recruiting the world’s forgotten gods (to say more would be spoiling). Adapted by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Kings), the series, which was initially in production at HBO, promises to be a suitably epic take on Gaiman’s writing. (The first season will cover only the first third of his novel).


Star Trek: Discovery

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Premieres this May on CBS All Access

The first Star Trek show since Enterprise concluded in 2005, Discovery has a heavy fan burden to shoulder, but an exciting cast and crew aboard. Set 10 years before the original Star Trek series, Discovery will not take place in the world of the recent rebooted film series, instead charting the journey of the USS Discovery after weathering a much discussed but secret “incident” in Trek lore. Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) stars as Rainsford, the ship’s second officer (the first non-commanding officer to headline a Trek series). Like The Good Fight, this show will premiere on CBS then move to its All Access streaming network.


Game of Thrones

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Returns this summer on HBO

Knocked from its usual April perch by a filming schedule that demanded more time in snowier climes (winter has, after all, come to Westeros), the seventh and penultimate season of Game of Thrones will arrive at some point this summer on HBO for an abridged seven episodes. Will George R. R. Martin finish his next book before then? Will Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen become the best of friends? Will Cersei Lannister’s quest for power finally end in glory? All that, and much more, as HBO tries to squeeze as much life out of its big ticket as possible before the whole shebang wraps in 2018.