It’s almost 2018 so that means lists lists lists lists! Television is still hip and happening. 2017 gave us great new series like Legion and American Gods, but also crappy shows like Iron Fist and The Defenders. So, same as we did last year, here’s a list for brand new television series coming 2018. We won’t feature new seasons of existing shows, or new-ish shows continuing in the new year. All hail the small screen! So, in pretty much a random order, I present to you… the top 10 of 2018’s brand new television.
This is the televised version of the 1988 classic film with the same name. It’s a modern day re-imagining. First off: if you haven’t seen the movie Heathers, stop reading right now and go watch it. It’s the original Mean Girls. The always awesome Winona Ryder is the star. And it has Christian Slater in his prime, so what more could you want? Back to the reboot for television. The premise is pretty much still the same: the Heathers are the cool kids in high school, and outcast Veronica plans to kill them all. Yeah, it’s pretty dark. The television series is all about diversity, as one Heather is a POC and one Heather is a dude. Fuck me gently with a chainsaw, this has to be a great show for a new generation.
Heathers will air on Paramount Network starting somewhere in 2018
2. Castle Rock
If you say Castle Rock, only Stephen King fans will respond with enthusiasm. Castle Rock is a fictional town he created, in which a lot of his stories take place. He did the same with a town called Derry, where IT takes place. And speaking of Pennywise: Bill Skarsgard has one of the leads in this new show. There’s not much known yet about this new series, as this is the synopsis used by pretty much all websites: ‘based on the stories of Stephen King, the series will intertwine characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock.’ But with great source material from a great writer, this has hitseries written all over it. I expect there will be a decent mix of thriller, horror and the supernatural.
Castle Rock will air on Hulu starting (probably) August 2018
3. Sharp Objects
Here’s yet another tv-series based on great source material: the book with the same name my Gillian Flynn. Flynn’s most famous work is obviously Gone Girl, which got a well known movie adaptation. Her other novel, and my personal favorite, Dark Places, was also adapted to the big screen but that adaptation was… well, not so great. But seriously, read these three books as they are pageturners. Sharp Objects features none other than Amy Adams, as a reporter who confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder. This will keep you on the edge of your seat, trust me. And also trust me when I say: the less you know, the better. Except if you read the book, ofcourse.
Sharp Objects will air on HBO starting in the summer of 2018
Just looking at this picture gives me eighties vibes all over. Maybe even more than thinking about Heathers. Maniac is based on a 2014 Norwegion television series. As you can see, the stars for this brand new television series are A-listers. Emma Stone and Jonah Hill star as two patients of a mental institution. The series revolves around their fantasy worlds, as they try to escape their own heads and live a better life in a made-up world. It’s not as harsh as it sounds, as this will be mostly a comedy. It makes me think a bit of The Good Place, a comedy where not everybody knows what’s up as well. If Maniac turns out just as good as The Good Place, we will have a great new show on our hands.
Maniac will air on Netflix starting somewhere in 2018
5. Cloak & Dagger
It’s another Marvel show! This is not part of the Netflix Marvel family, or the Fox Marvel family. Cloak & Dagger is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it shares continuity with the other MCU films and series, like Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. It’s obviously based on the comics with the same name. The series is about Tyrone Johnson (Cloak) and Tandy Bowen (Dagger), two teenagers with extraordinary powers. Cloak can engulf others in darkness and Dagger has the ability to emit light daggers. They both come from different backgrounds and while they are discovering their powers, they also fall in love (aaaaw). If SHIELD is anything to go by, this will be a cool new addition to the Marvel Universe.
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger will air on ABC starting somewhere in 2018
6. Star Wars: Underworld
It’s funny how Boba Fett is one of the most popular (and most cosplayed) characters from the original Star Wars trilogy, as he only has about 18 minutes of screentime in total. He’s in the top 5 of best selling action figures. So it comes as no surprise that Boba Fett is now getting his own tv-series. The casting is great, as Daniel Logan plays Boba Fett. Sounds like a familiar name? That’s because Logan portrayed him (as a child) in the prequel trilogy! Don’t get your hopes up too much though, as Underworld has been in production limbo for ages, and this show might not happen at all. For now though, the IMDb has set a 2018 stamp on this project so that’s why it’s on this brand new television list. It’ll make the wait between The Last Jedi and Episode 9 more bearable though, that’s for sure.
It’s pretty much unclear if Star Wars: Underworld will happen at all in 2018
Ah, another film made into a tv show is on this list. I already talked about the Snowpiercer adaptation, on if it would be a hit or a miss. If done right, it could pretty much be a big hit. And the makers got to snag a pretty big name in Jennifer Connelly (last heard in Spiderman: Homecoming) so there’s that. Other than the casting and the premise (It features the last survivors on the planet. They inhabit ‘The Snowpiercer’, a train that travels around the globe, which is divided into two feuding classes.), not much is known about this television adaptation. So, hit or miss, it still could go either way.
Not much is known yet about the 2018 release date of Snowpiercer
8. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
It seems like there is a theme going on for the brand new television series of 2018: they were movies first. Heathers, Star Wars, and now The Dark Crystal. I’ll say the same as I did with Heathers: stop reading now if you haven’t yet seen the 80’s classic. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra, where three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power and set out to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world. The Age of Resistance is not a re-imagining or sequel; it’s actually a prequel to the beloved Jim Henson movie. Luckily, the Jim Henson Company is on board for this so I have full confidence that this will be some epic television indeed.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will air on Netflix starting somewhere in 2018
It’s sad how a studio with such great animations, makes such terrible live action series (and films). There’s no epic live action DC television show yet. So maybe Titans will be the first? It helps that this won’t be a thirteen to the dozen CW show, as Titans is going to be aired on the DC Comics’ new direct-to-consumer digital service. FINALLY Robin is making it to the small screen (as his last on screen performance was in Batman & Robin and we don’t speak about that film). Teen Titans has been a fun to watch animated show (and obviously, as comic series), this is the first time we’ll see Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy and Raven in real life. The first photo’s show promise, but they are only character shots. We’re still waiting for the first pictures from the show and/or a trailer. So this will be either another miss for DC (which sadly won’t surprise me), or it might just be their first epic brand new television show. Fingers crossed for the latter.
Titans will air on DC’s new digital service starting somewhere in 2018
10. Black Lightning
Personally, I am not looking forward to Black Lightning at all, since I genuinely dislike the DC shows on the CW. I tried them all, and stopped watching them all. But for some people, these shows do work, since they just keep on coming. Here’s what Wikipedia says: Jefferson Pierce, who retired from his superhero persona Black Lightning nine years ago after seeing the effects it had on his family, is forced to become a hero again when the rise of the local gang The One Hundred leads to increased crime and corruption in his community. It’s probably more of the same, but if you do like the CW shows, go for it. You’ll probably like this a lot as well.
Black Lightning will air on the CW starting January 2018
Brand new television: what will you watch?
Seeing this list, one thing is striking: there is no original material on this list. These brand new television shows are all based on books/stories, comics, other tv-shows or films. And while this is no problem at all, as most source material is great, I would really love to see something 100% original in the near future.
From this list, I will certainly go see Heathers, Castle Rock, Sharp Objects, Cloak & Dagger and The Dark Crystal. I might try Maniac, Titans and Snowpiercer if the reviews are mainly positive. I hope that there will be a Boba Fett show in 2018, but I realise the chances are very slim. And I won’t watch Black Lightning. So, what will you see? And are there any shows we missed on this list but should feature in the future? Let us know in the comments!