30 Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2022

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There are a few trends that emerge for 2022 when it comes to television. The influx of movie stars to the small screen continues, for one thing, with Ewan McGregor, Michelle Pfeiffer, Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Olivia Colman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and more playing featured roles in big properties.

It’s also the year when a number of long-awaited genre properties (with relatively huge production budgets) will be making their debuts: We’re getting Halo, The Sandman, and prequels to The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, hopefully spread out at least a little bit over the next 12 months to keep us nerds entertained all year long.

But more importantly, it’s a year that seems determined to prove that TV, after years of being seen as secondary to film, is where the biggest and most exciting stories can be told, and compellingly so. Not all of the shows on this list will blow us away in terms of quality, but we can’t wait to see how they tackle the complex, intriguing, and fascinating stories promised.

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Ozark (Season 4, Part 1) (Netflix)

Created by: Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams
Cast: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Julia Garner, Alfonso Herrera
Premiere Date: January 21st

It’s the beginning of the end for Jason Bateman and Laura Linney’s crime-doing pair, and while we don’t know yet when the final ending will be released on Netflix, the first part of Season 4 does show signs that all of the chickens are coming home to roost — the chickens, in this case, being terrible decisions that the Byrdes have made over the years. Ozark isn’t the sort of show which cries out for a happy ending, but it does deserve a complete one, and here’s looking forward to seeing how all those loose ends get tied up. — L.S.M.

The Gilded Age (HBO)

Created by: Julian Fellowes
Cast: Christine Baranski, Cynthia Nixon, Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Denée Benton, Louisa Jacobson, Taissa Farmiga, Blake Ritson, Simon Jones, Harry Richardson, Thomas Cocquerel, Jack Gilpin
Premiere Date: January 24th

Do you like Downton Abbey, but wish the characters didn’t have all those fancy, hoity-toity accents? Well, you’re in luck: Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is here with a new series for HBO set in New York during the late 1800s — a time of incredible prosperity for America, and the rise of a nouveau riche clashing with the values of the old-money aristocrats of the time. At the center of it is a war between two women: the blue-blood Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and recently-wealthy upstart Bertha Russell (Carrie Coon), with all the costumed frippery and withering stares one can expect from Fellowes. — Clint Worthington

The Afterparty (Apple TV+)

Created by: Chris Miller
Cast: Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao, Ben Schwartz, Ike Barinholtz, Ilana Glazer, Dave Franco, Jamie Demetriou, John Early
Premiere Date: January 28th

Apple TV+’s respectable penchant for delivering boatloads of money at A-list creators for off-the-wall concepts continues apace with The Afterparty, which sees an ensemble cast (including Tiffany Haddish, Ilana Glazer, Sam Richardson, and others) trying to solve a murder mystery at their high school reunion. Each of the first season’s eight episodes will follow one character’s account of the events, filtered through a different film genre — musical, film noir, action movie, what have you. It’s a concept that could get tiresome quick, but since genre-bending wunderkinds Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are at the helm (Miller directs all eight episodes), we’re optimistic. — C.W.

Pam & Tommy (Hulu)

Cast: Lily James, Sebastian Stan, Seth Rogen, Nick Offerman, Taylor Schilling
Premiere Date: February 2nd

Does every news and/or tabloid event of the ’90s really warrant its own eight-part miniseries? Pam & Tommy suggests that it might, exploring the dissemination of a famous sex tape from a number of colorful angles, taking a closer look at the guy who stole it (Seth Rogen), sex symbol Pamela Anderson (Lily James), and disagreeable drummer Tommy Lee (Sebastian Stan), among others. (Oh, and Jason Mantzoukas voices Tommy Lee’s um, “drumstick.”) Craig Gillespie has experience bringing this sort of material to life in I, Tonya, while writer Robert D. Siegel knows his way around characters on the cultural fringes from his work on The Wrestler and Big Fan. — Jesse Hassenger

Inventing Anna (Netflix)

Created by: Shonda Rhimes
Cast: Anna Chlumsky, Julia Garner, Katie Lowes, Laverne Cox, Alexis Floyd, Arian Moayed, Anders Holm, Anna Deavere Smith, Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney
Premiere Date: February 11th

Shondaland feels like the right home for this more-thrilling-than-fiction tale of Anna Delvey (Julia Garner), a Russian-born con artist who successfully tricked multiple banks, New York high society — and one unsuspecting Vanity Fair employee — into believing she was a German heiress intent on launching her very own private members’ club/art foundation in between luxury vacations to Morocco and living the life of a Manhattan socialite.

The scandal took the media by storm following Anna’s arrest (due in part to a well-timed profile in The Cut), and as the Netflix adaptation prepares to roll out on February 11th, we’re still left grappling with whether Anna’s story is a condemnation of the value we place on image, status, and power — or a masterpiece built on the altar of American ambition. — Glenn Rowley

Bel-Air (Peacock)

Developed by: Will Smith, Morgan Cooper
Cast: Jabari Banks, Adrian Holmes, Cassandra Freeman, Olly Sholotan, Coco Jones, Akira Akbar, Jimmy Akingbola, Jordan L. Jones, Simone Joy Jones
Premiere Date: February 13th

The story behind Bel-Air is every aspiring director’s dream. After Morgan Cooper’s modern-day trailer take on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air went viral, he was recruited by Will Smith himself to develop a reboot of the beloved show. Based on the official trailer, the series looks like it has more depth than the “gritty reimagining” description it’s been tagged with and, more importantly, doesn’t appear to take itself too seriously.

The original tackled plenty of serious topics in the first place — the infamous scene of Smith’s father abandoning him once again comes to mind — so creating a dramatic version really isn’t as much of a stretch as some people made it out to be. — Eddie Fu

Severance (Apple TV+)

Created by: Dan Erickson
Cast: Adam Scott, Zach Cherry, Britt Lower, Tramell Tillman, John Turturro, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Walken
Premiere Date: February 18th

In today’s remote-work-happy world, it’s become even harder to separate your work life from your personal life. But what if you could pull it off, right down to separating your memories between the two? That’s the pitch for creator Dan Erickson and director Ben Stiller’s series for Apple TV+ about a mysterious company called Lumon that uses technology to enforce such a work-life separation, and the fallout that occurs when one worker (played by Adam Scott) starts to question its efficacy. It’s a cool idea, and Stiller is a skilled director with the right material; we may no longer be in the office, but maybe Severance will test whether we can truly stop taking our work home with us. — Clint Worthington

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 4) (Amazon)

Created by: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Cast: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle, Tony Shalhoub
Premiere Date: February 18th

Midge is back soon, and oh how we’ve missed our quick-talking comedienne. Season 3 of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s period piece left off with its lead in some hot water, and this new chapter of the show might be the first time we see the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel herself face some serious consequences. Rachel Brosnahan is so strong in the central role, and the show really soars because the colorful ensemble cast (particularly Alex Borstein, Marin Hinkle, and Tony Shalhoub) rises to the challenge of supporting her. Plus, this season includes a new appearance in the form of Milo Ventimiglia (Jess himself!), all starting February 18th on Amazon. — Mary Siroky

Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber (Showtime)

Created by: Brian Koppelman, David Levien
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kyle Chandler, Kerry Bishé, Babak Tafti, Mousa Hussein Kraish, Hank Azaria, Elisabeth Shue, Uma Thurman
Premiere Date: February 27th

This is going to be a stacked year for tales of con artists, scammers, and flimflammers of all kinds, but this series tracks a story that the most number of people might be at least a little aware of — given that it involves a service that still gets a ton of use: Uber. Super Pumped has a great behind-the-scenes pedigree, including Billions executive producers Brian Koppelman and David Levien, and a promising cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kyle “Texas Forever” Chandler. All it has to do is make an IPO fight into compelling drama… which may not be too hard, given the volatile personalities on hand. — L.S.M.

Star Trek: Picard (Season 2) (Paramount+)

Created by: Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, Kirsten Beyer, Alex Kurtzman
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, Jeri Ryan
Premiere Date: March 3rd

The first season of Picard… wasn’t great. Despite its potential, and Sir Patrick Stewart slipping back into the 24th century with aplomb, the show suffered from no small amount of clunky contrivances and a finale that spat in the face of its own ruminations on mortality. But the series deserves a chance to live up to its potential, and Season 2 could very well work out the bugs.

Central to that is the return of Jean-Luc’s Puckish frenemy Q (John de Lancie), who changes Starfleet’s past to turn it into a totalitarian state in the future. To put things right, Picard and the crew of the La Sirena will have to jump back to that most dangerous of eras: the 21st century. Here’s hoping this fish-out-of-water story captures enough Voyage Home energy to make the show exciting again. If not, double-dumbass on us for keeping the faith. — C.W.

Atlanta (Season 3) (FX)

Created by: Donald Glover
Cast: Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz
Premiere Date: March 24th

Pardon our French, but f*cking finally! After four years off the air, the Emmy-winning Atlanta is set to pick up where the weird, wonderful, and maddeningly creative series left off. Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) is on a European tour with manager Earn (Donald Glover), best bud Darius (Lakeith Stanfield), and Earn’s sometimes-ex Van (Zazie Beetz) in tow. A trailer released in December promises language barriers, major stages, and the end of racism by 2024 — but the great thing about Atlanta is always what you don’t expect, so we’re tuning in either way. — Ben Kaye

Moon Knight (Disney+)

Created by: Jeremy Slater
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke
Premiere Date: March 30th

Moon Knight will be the first Marvel hero introduced entirely within their own Disney+ series, a new frontier for the MCU. It also looks like it will crack the door open to a violent, supernatural side of the sprawling franchise, what with all the fistfights with demon dog creatures in the trailer. There also seems like a great psychological mystery involved, as Oscar Isaac’s Steven/Marc can’t seem to keep his waking lives straight. Moon Knight is a cult favorite for comic fans, so seeing the Fist of Khonshu come to life will hopefully bring back similar feelings as the first Iron Man film. — B.K.

Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max)

Created by: David Jenkins
Cast: Rhys Darby, Taika Waititi, Kristian Nairn, Nathan Foad, Samson Kayo, Rory Kinnear, Con O’Neill, Vico Ortiz, Ewen Bremner, David Fane, Joel Fry, Guz Khan, Matthew Maher
Premiere Date: March 2022

Why aren’t there more pirate shows? Aside from the extreme costs of doing a period show with a lot of boat sequences, of course. Whatever the reason (it’s the extreme costs, that’s the reason), it’s a thrill to see the genre be revived (as a comedy!) by creator David Jenkins (People of Earth) for HBO Max, with Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords, Wrecked) starring as an aspiring “gentleman pirate.” Also, Taika Waititi directs the first episode and stars as Blackbeard. Now you’re excited, aren’t you? — L.S.M.

The Boys (Season 3) (Amazon)

Developed by: Eric Kripke
Cast: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara
Premiere Date: June 3, 2022

The Boys is never a show you’d accuse of pulling back on the sexual content, but apparently, Season 3 of the hyper-violent Prime Video series will feature a giant superhero orgy known as “Herogasm.” So, if you’re not already invested in the Boys’ ongoing struggle to reveal that the “supes” worshipped as gods by the American public are actually corrupt and twisted individuals, you have that to look forward to. But one of the most impressive things about the series is that while its love of graphic material remains constant, it has gotten deeper and more introspective with the passing of time, and hopefully that other kind of mature content continues to be a factor here. — L.S.M.

Stranger Things (Season 4) (Netflix)

Created by: The Duffer Brothers
Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, Cara Buono, Brett Gelman
Premiere Date: Summer 2022

Finally, it’s time to return to the world of Hawkins, Indiana. Stranger Things was a cultural phenomenon upon release, and fervor around the show has failed to slow through the subsequent seasons. Now, the fourth chapter of the story will perhaps put things to the test: the kids are older, the stakes are different, the Russians are still causing trouble.

Stranger Things settled into something of a formula in which a ragtag group of young people (plus a select few adults) defeat some version of a monster from the Upside-Down, and it’s one that won’t be sustainable forever. Season 4 provides a chance for the show to break the mold and give Will something to do other than touch the back of his neck in fear. — M.S.

Ms. Marvel (Disney+)

Created by: Bisha K. Ali
Cast: Iman Vellani, Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Matt Lintz, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur
Premiere Date: Summer 2022

Marvel’s grand Disney+ TV experiment certainly paid off in 2021, allowing us to reframe certain characters and fall in love with new ones without being restricted to a two-hour explosion fest. Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated Disney+ shows of 2022 is Ms. Marvel, who is set to be the MCU’s first Muslim superhero.

Not only is the show another example of Marvel’s thorough approach to diversification and representation in Phase Four, it’s also an opportunity to continue looking at the psychological and political implications of the Marvel Universe. And with a clear tie-in to the upcoming Captain Marvel sequel The Marvels, Kamala Khan’s origin story is set to be a foundational moment in more ways than one. — Paolo Ragusa

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Amazon)

Developed by: J. D. Payne, Patrick McKay
Cast: Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Daniel Weyman, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Lenny Henry, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells, Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait, Alex Tarrant, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Sara Zwangobani, Charles Edwards, Will Fletcher, Amelie Child-Villiers, Beau Cassidy
Premiere Date: September 2nd

Another entry in The Lord of the Rings franchise is arriving in fall 2022, and with the events taking place thousands of years before The Hobbit and Tolkien’s original novels, the series is set to be a brand new foray into Middle Earth’s history.

Of course, there’s much to be said about the series’ price tag (which, for around four or five seasons, comes out to $1 billion), the extensive production schedule, and Jeff Bezos’ personal effort to create a show that rivals the epic success of Game of Thrones — but at the end of the day, it’s The Lord of the Rings, a work so rich in detail and legacy that you can’t help but root for the show to succeed. — P.R.

The Crown (Season 5) (Netflix)

Created by: Peter Morgan
Cast: Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce, Lesley Manville, Jonny Lee Miller, Dominic West, Elizabeth Debicki, Marcia Warren, Olivia Williams
Premiere Date: November 2022

Though fans will be forced to wait all the way until next November for its premiere, Season 5 of The Crown promises even more modern-day palace intrigue, with Olivia Colman passing Queen Elizabeth’s gilded scepter to a more-than-able Imelda Staunton. Joining the Harry Potter alum will be Elizabeth Debicki taking over as Princess Diana, Dominic West as Prince Charles, and more. And the best news of all? Despite Netflix’s announcement back in January 2020 to the contrary, the upcoming season won’t actually be The Crown’s last — a sixth season will conclude the story. — G.R.

Andor (Disney+)

Created by: Tony Gilroy
Cast: Diego Luna, Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, Genevieve O’Reilly
Premiere Date: TBD 2022

So far, the Disney+ Star Wars TV shows have focused primarily on mixing new characters with characters from the prequel/Clone Wars era (even original-trilogy figure Boba Fett is played by a prequel actor). Andor is the first one to focus on a character created during the series’ ongoing Disney era — though the show itself is a prequel, following rebel spy Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) during the years before the events of Rogue One. Given how much Fett-style Mandalorian armor we’ve seen in the shows so far, a showcase for a character first introduced a mere six years ago might well feel brand new. — J.H.

Barry (Season 3) (HBO)

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Bill Hader Barry

Barry (HBO)

Created by: Alec Berg and Bill Hader
Cast: Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, Glenn Fleshler, Anthony Carrigan, Henry Winkler
Premiere Date: TBD 2022

It may feel like Barry’s second season aired a lifetime ago, but we promise, it was only 2019. With a third season imminent, the stakes of the final few episodes up until now couldn’t be higher; what began as an understated comedy with a side of action and drama has now become remarkably real and serious, with the show’s titular character facing his biggest challenges yet. And luckily, that also means we get more outstanding performances from Bill Hader, Henry Winkler, and breakout star Sarah Goldberg. — P.R.

Good Omens (Season 2) (Amazon)

Created by: Neil Gaiman
Cast: Michael Sheen, David Tennant
Premiere Date: TBD 2022

Amazon’s devilishly funny Good Omens was so great that there’s reason to be wary of them going back to the well for a second season. (The first season, after all, pretty much covered the entire events of the acclaimed book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.)

But it’s also impossible to resist the improbable alchemy of David Tennant and Michael Sheen as an angel-demon bromance trying desperately to keep the world spinning so they can continue to enjoy its many creature comforts. And with Gaiman returning as showrunner alongside director Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who), who knows what mayhem Aziraphale and Crowley will get up to? — C.W.

Halo (Paramount+)

Developed by: Kyle Killen, Steven Kane
Cast: Pablo Schreiber, Natascha McElhone, Yerin Ha, Charlie Murphy, Jen Taylor, Shabana Azmi, Bokeem Woodbine, Kate Kennedy, Natasha Culzac, Bentley Calu, Jesse Tyler Ridgway
Premiere Date: TBD 2022

It’s been ::checks notes:: nine years since the concept of a Halo TV show first came up in a serious way, but now, it’s actually happening for real. Pablo Schreiber stars as Master Chief in the sci-fi war drama; while it’s unconfirmed as to whether he’ll ever actually take off the helmet (and thus compromise true fidelity to the video game), there will be other human faces on display thanks to a supporting cast including Natascha McElhone and Bokeem Woodbine. Will it be good? Literally impossible to say, at this stage. But it does promise to be interesting. — L.S.M.

House of the Dragon (HBO)

Created by: Ryan J. Condal, George R. R. Martin
Cast: Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Sonoya Mizuno, Fabien Frankel
Premiere Date: TBD 2022

Set 200 years before the tragic (in more ways than one) Game of Thrones Season 8, HBO is ready to wipe the slate clean with House of the Dragon. Meet the Targaryens, riders of dragons and indisputable cause of any upcoming shortage of shock-white wigs. This prequel stars Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as her uncle, Prince Daemon Targaryen, whose name is a not-very-subtle hint at what kind of ruler he’d be. “Dreams didn’t make us kings,” Daemon sneers in the teaser trailer, “Dragons did.” With flying lizards galore, HBO is ready to retake the streaming throne. — Wren Graves

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+)

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obi-wan kenobi first look disney plus teaser ewan mcgregor

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+)

Written by: Joby Harold
Directed by: Deborah Chow
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, Benny Safdie, Maya Erskine
Premiere Date: TBD 2022

We all know the Star Wars prequels were a bit… well, rough. But now that we’ve had a new set of sequels, multiple Star Wars television shows, and about 15 years of distance, it’s refreshing to see that aspects of George Lucas’ prequel world haven’t been tossed aside completely. Obi-Wan Kenobi promises to be the most straightforward reckoning of the events that followed Revenge of the Sith, and with Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen reuniting in their respective roles (amidst an absolutely stacked cast), the show’s creators appear to be working harder than just providing fan service.

Not only is it a relief to see this formerly “precious” content handed off to others, it’s particularly exciting to see Deborah Chow at the helm; the episodes of The Mandalorian that she directed are among the show’s finest, and Obi-Wan Kenobi promises to be the same. — P.R.

Secret Invasion (Disney+)

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samuel l jackson marvel shows secret invasion first look

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in Secret Invasion (Marvel)

Created by: Kyle Bradstreet
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Cobie Smulders, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke, Christopher McDonald, Carmen Ejogo
Premiere Date: TBD 2022

Not a lot is known about this MCU Disney+ series, and that’s probably just the way that Nick Fury likes it. What is known is that this likely plays into the low-key runner that’s been threaded through recent MCU properties about whatever the hell it is that Fury’s been doing lately — or, rather, what Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) has been doing while disguised as Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) here on Earth. Perhaps a little intergalactic conflict called the Kree–Skrull War might come up? Oh, and Olivia Colman’s involved. Really, that’s all that needs saying. — L.S.M.

She-Hulk (Disney+)

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she-hulk tv series marvel show

Created by:

Jessica Gao
Cast: Tatiana Maslany, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Roth, Ginger Gonzaga, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jameela Jamil
Premiere Date: TBD 2022

Give us all the Tatiana Maslany forever! As usual, most details about this new endeavor from Marvel are under tight wraps, but one thing’s for sure without even having seen a trailer yet: Maslany was an incredibly exciting choice for the title character. The Emmy winner showed what she can do for years on the science-fiction thriller Orphan Black, acting circles around most of her peers, and will be able to bring a special kind of heart to a comic book role. The MCU continues to expand, and this is a particularly exciting direction. — M.S.

The First Lady (Showtime)

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Viola Davis The First Lady

The First Lady (Showtime)

Created by: Aaron Cooley
Cast: Viola Davis, O. T. Fagbenle, Michelle Pfeiffer, Aaron Eckhart, Dakota Fanning, Gillian Anderson, Kiefer Sutherland, Jayme Lawson, Judy Greer, Rhys Wakefield, Regina Taylor, Lily Rabe
Premiere Date: TBD 2022

This is one where the casting alone has us sitting up and paying attention, as every person selected to play one of the great presidents’ wives of old is pretty much a dream pick. How the stories of Betty Ford, Michelle Obama, and Eleanor Roosevelt, as played by Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis, and Gillian Anderson, interlock over the course of the series is unknown, but with the great Susanne Bier (The Night Manager, The Undoing) directing, this is a series that promises to be both an awards contender and an engrossing story of how little things have changed over the years, for women connected to power. — L.S.M.

The Sandman (Netflix)

Developed by: Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer, Allan Heinberg
Cast: Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Jenna Coleman, Niamh Walsh, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Kyo Ra, Stephen Fry, Razane Jammal, Sandra James Young, Patton Oswalt
Premiere Date: TBD 2022

Over 30 years after Neil Gaiman published the first installment in his groundbreaking DC Comics series The Sandman, Morpheus/Dream and the whole Endless gang will finally make it to the (small) screen after decades of pre-production hell. Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, and Sanjeev Bhaskar will star in the fantasy series, which will follow Morpheus, the king of dreams, as he sets out on a journey to restore his kingdom after being held captive for 105 years. Fair warning: This will not be the cozy and comforting dream you were hoping Mr. Sandman would bring you. — Gab Ginsberg

The Umbrella Academy (Season 3) (Netflix)

Created by: Steve Blackman
Cast: Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Justin H. Min
Premiere Date: TBD 2022

Before the MCU took over Disney+, The Umbrella Academy was one of the best superhero shows currently streaming. It’s weird, cheeky, and truly original, with a fantastic cast to boot. (And yes, we’re super excited to see how Elliot Page approaches the role of Vanya since coming out as transgender.) Last season ended with the Hargreeves returning to their present after messing with 1963 and laying waste to the Commission; all that mucking about has made 2019 a completely different place, however. Reginald (who, it turns out, is a freaking alien) now runs “the Sparrow Academy” — and Ben is still alive. As The Umbrella Academy said at the end of Season 2: “Shit.” — B.K.

The Witcher: Blood Origin (Netflix)

Created by: Declan de Barra
Cast: Sophia Brown, Laurence O’Fuarain, Michelle Yeoh, Lenny Henry, Mirren Mack, Nathaniel Curtis, Dylan Moran
Premiere Date: TBD 2022

Toss a coin to the very first Witcher. Blood Origin is a prequel that begins some 1,200 years before Geralt of Rivia’s earliest scowl, at a time when an Elvish paradise was interrupted by the cataclysmic introduction of humans. The first trailer showed off Michelle Yeoh’s swordplay savvy, as well as more prosthetic ears than a Star Trek convention. Expect magic, monsters, and gratuitous nudity galore, as Netflix seeks to expand its fantasy-epic empire. — W.G.

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