While the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to extend its branches from movie theaters, to primetime broadcast, and finally to a popular streaming franchise on Netflix, Marvel's X-Men Universe (whose rights are owned by 20th Century Fox) is only now beginning to take root with television audiences. "Legion," created by "Fargo" mastermind Noah Hawley, is the first live-action TV series based on an X-Men comic book and tells the story of Charles Xavier's son David Haller (Dan Stevens), a mutant whose psychiatric illness turns out to endow him with a set of incredible powers. Joining Haller is his girlfriend Syd Barrett (Rachel Keller), a character whose name comes from Syd Barrett of the rock band Pink Floyd, a band which had an important influence of Hawley. Premieres Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX. And on DStv FOX (125)
Veteran TV viewers expecting the fast-paced, suspense-filled by-the-hour storytelling of the original "24" will find plenty familiar in this FOX reboot. But, alas, don't expect any Jack Bauer in your viewing future, not even a cameo by fan-favorite Kiefer Sutherland, who instead opted to star in ABC's "Designated Survivor" this season. This time around, "Legacy" will showcase the precarious fortunes of war hero Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins), whose return to American soil has embroiled him in so much danger that he has to turn to a counterterrorism expert (Miranda Otto) to help thwart a serious attack on the country. While viewers won't get to see Sutherland back in the "24" universe, they will be treated to at least one familiar face: Carlos Bernard will reprise his role as former counterterrorism analyst-turned-villain Tony Almeida. FOX is clearly excited to bring a new chapter of the "24" franchise to viewers: The show is set to debut directly after Super Bowl LI. Premieres after Super Bowl LI on Sunday, Feb. 5, on FOX. And on DStv FOX (125)
If sheer star power is a requirement for your viewing consideration, you'd hardly do worse than this comedy-drama series from noted TV executive producer David E. Kelley. His latest project, a miniseries based on Liane Moriarty's novel of the same name, tells the sordid and tortured tale of three competitive and overly-engaged mothers of first graders. The cast includes Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, and Shailene Woodley, to name a few. Also interesting: Both Kidman and Witherspoon serve as producers on the project, which consists of seven episodes but took five months to film. Premieres Sunday, Feb. 19, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. And M-Net Edge (102)
Fans of Neil Gaiman's popular fantasy-mythology novel have been patiently awaiting a TV adaptation for quite some time. In fact, the author has been in talks to bring his book to the small screen since 2011. But it was only after Fremantle Media acquired rights to the work in 2014, and after it was announced that Bryan Fuller ("Hannibal") and Michael Green ("Heroes") had signed on to the project, that an "American Gods" television series became a reality. Ricky Whittle plays enigmatic Shadow Moon, while Ian McShane plays the equally mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who gives Shadow an offer he simply can't refuse. For those of you keeping count, this marks the second time McShane has starred in a Gaiman adaptation: He appeared as Mr. Bobinsky in 2009's Coraline. Premieres sometime in 2017 on Starz.
When Netflix signed a deal to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe to streaming audiences, it agreed to launch four drama series, each focusing on a different superhero. But also part of that deal was to create a miniseries that would bring the four drama series together, culminating in one interconnected streaming Marvel ecosystem. "The Defenders," set to launch sometime in 2017 and comprising eight episodes, unites "Daredevil," "Jessica Jones," "Luke Cage," and "Iron Fist" for an epic face-off against evil in New York City. The exact nature of that evil and the characters embodying it have yet to be disclosed. Stay tuned, Marvel fans. Premieres sometime in 2017 on Netflix.
Few TV shows burned as bright as David Lynch and Mark Frost's original 1990 "Twin Peaks," which lasted only two seasons but managed to become a genuine cultural phenomenon with its cinematic storytelling, quirky characters, and equally novel storylines: It's why the series remains a cult favorite among viewers and influential to scores of TV writers and producers. Lynch and Frost are back with a continuation of the story with a miniseries that picks up on the action in the present day. Joining both Lynch and Frost is Kyle MacLachlan as Agent Cooper. The producers were able to reenlist much of the original cast, though there are some notable absences, including Michael Ontkean, who has since retired from acting. Most important to note for diehards is the return of Log Lady Catherine E. Coulson, who was able to film scenes before her unfortunate passing in late 2015. Premieres sometime in 2017 on Showtime.
New York City's gotta be one tough place to live because Marvel is bringing yet another vigilante with a catchy name to help clean up the streets. For this series, the fourth of Marvel's massive megadeal with Netflix, viewers meet Danny Rand, a billionaire Buddhist monk who returns to the Big Apple after 15 years. As to how he's been filling all that time? Well, as the teasers pointedly demonstrate, Rand's been learning the fine art of kicking ass, courtesy of some serious martial arts training. Finn Jones stars as Iron Fist Danny Rand. Joining him are Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing and reportedly Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), whose appearance would make her the only actor to appear in four Netflix Marvel series. Premieres Friday, March 17, on Netflix.
Given Tom Hardy's popularity with IMDb users the past few years, it should be little surprise that his latest TV project charts on this list. The eight-episode gothic miniseries, for which Hardy serves as co-creator along with his father and head writer Chips Hardy, whisks viewers to 1814 London to follow the travails of a man long thought to be dead who finds himself ensnared in conflict with a global shipping empire. Tom Hardy plays that man, James Keziah Delaney, and fans who have come to appreciate the British actor's portrayals of morally challenged and ambiguous characters will have plenty to enjoy in this visually intriguing FX series. Also worth noting: "Peaky Blinders" creator Steven Knight also serves as co-creator here. Premieres Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
Proving yet again that he's one of Hollywood's most versatile and all ages-friendly actors, Neil Patrick Harris returns to the small screen as cantankerous Count Olaf in this eight-episode adaptation of Lemony Snicket's (AKA Daniel Handler) widely beloved series of children's novels. This adaptation should be particularly faithful as Handler serves as both executive producer and writer. Rounding out the cast as the three Baudelaire orphans are Malina Weissman as Violet, Louis Hynes as Klaus, and Presley Smith as Sunny. Premieres Friday, Jan. 13, on Netflix.
As the title suggests, this is a nine-episode sequel to FOX's popular "Prison Break," which ran for four seasons in the middle of the last decade. "Sequel" picks up the story some seven years after the events of the original show's series finale. The series welcomes back original creator, Paul Scheuring, in addition to its two main characters, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) and Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), even though Michael was apparently dead last viewers saw him. Also returning are a slew of familiar faces in reprised roles: Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar and Paul Adelstein. Premieres sometime in 2017 on FOX.