It's a new year. What does that mean? Well, aside from resolutions that probably won't be kept, it actually means we get some new TV shows in 2017. And that's pretty exciting. Because it looks like there are some great ones heading our way soon. So you better get your DVRs ready, because you don't want to miss a minute.
As good as the offerings have been from Netflix and even the regular sources like broadcast and cable TV, we are a feisty lot and that means we always want something more. Something fresh. Something new. A show that gets us to binge watch. We need an obsession. Well, the time to decide what that is has arrived, and the upcoming TV shows planned for early 2017 have us beyond excited.
Some of the offerings on this list are reboots/redos of old shows. Others are old shows reimagined. They are made new by putting them in a 2017 milieu. And we also have brand spanking new 2017 TV shows that appear to be pushing envelopes, subverting genres and continuing to make this Golden Age of TV sparkle.
2016 was one of the most interesting years on record. We, sadly, had a lot of death. Mixed in with that was a divisive election (no matter which side you were on), and a lot of politics that happened outside the scope of their regular channels. However, through all of that, we had some really excellent TV choices to serve as a mirror and remind us that, good or bad, time is a transient thing and it too shall pass.
So it is with great excitement, and a little help from TVGuide.com that we bring you 14 new shows that will get you excited in 2017. They come from a myriad of layers and perspectives. At the same time, they also seem to comment on this new year in ways not probably expected when they were first made.
Big Little Lies (February 19)
With a cast that includes Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman heading to HBO, that just sounds like a great show. Add to this that we see these three mothers in perfect suburban paradise, only to find out that they are not, and Big Little Lies starts to look like one of the best new TV shows in 2017. Clocking in at a svelte 7 episodes, we think this show could be this years True Detective.
One Day At A Time (January 6)
This new TV show initially debuted in the mid-1970s and had a 9 season run. It must be pretty good if its an upcoming TV show in 2017, right? Well, it has been given the Netflix treatment so that tells you something right there. This biggest difference is that this show now focuses on a Cuban American family dealing with the world as it is today. If anybody can make a reboot of older show feel fresh, Netflix is the company to do it. With a cast that actually looks like America, the trailer for this show had us at the first frame. Add to this that original show creator Norman Lear is still involved, and that is worth your tune in time alone.
24: Legacy (February 5)
Agent Eric Carter comes to find out that people from his former Ranger unit are being killed. Never one to stand by and just let things happen, Carter realizes he must act before he gets acted upon. Following the classic 24 hour mode of the original show, while making it very 2017, 24: Legacy seems destined to leave another one. The new TV shows in 2017 all seem to be bringing something special to the table. 24: Legacy does that while recalling a glorious past. It arrives on Fox.
Riverdale (January 26)
This oddball revising of the world of Archie sees the town of Riverdale turned upside down. That is probably why it is one of the most anticipated upcoming TV shows in 2017. It almost takes on David Lynchian proportions as Archie and the gang find themselves trying to solve a murder. Everything about this show seems supercool and if this holds up (and we have no reason to think it won't), Riverdale might just be the best of the new 2017 TV shows.The CW has found much success with its superhero comic book adaptations. Now it takes on a whole different kind of comic book genre.
Beyond (January 2)
Take The Dead Zone, mash it up with The Manchurian Candidate, and you have an entirely new TV show in Beyond. This mystery from Freeform tells the story a Holden. After being in a 12 year coma he suddenly finds that he can do things he never was able to do before. This story peels the onion in episode after episode, however, it gets more complex layers with each peel. For a TV show to be this nuanced really shows you how far the medium has come in 2017. Something tells us we'll be excited about it in 2018 as well.
Powerless (February 2)
Set in the world of the DC Universe, Powerless shows us how the world deals with the destruction caused by superheroes and super-villains. As always, DC tries to merge big ideas with even bigger production value. The result? A show that makes everybody realize that even "regular people" can achieve superhuman things. This is just the kind of positive message we need from 2017 TV shows. It is coming to NBC
Emerald City (January 6)
This long overdue show from NBC takes us into the world of The Wizard of Oz in a very big way. It all starts when a tornado takes Dorothy Gale from Lucas, Kansas, to the magical land of Oz. Suddenly, a disastrous event, known as The Beast Forever, is put in motion. Things that are old being made new again are nothing new. However, The Wizard of Oz is sacred to many and it will be awesome to see that world expanded upon. Also, Vincent D'Onofrio is back doing TV, people! As far as upcoming TV shows in 2017, this one might just have the largest and oldest built in audience.
The Arrangement (March 2017)
Considering the state of the United States at this present time, The Arrangement seems poised for controversy. The set up is simple, a TV actress is offered $10 million to marry one of Hollywood's biggest stars. On the face of it, this show might seem daft and perfunctory. However, the folks at E! always seem to have something up their sleeves, and we get the feeling that The Arrangement, like the subject matter it is examining, will contain more than meets the eye.
Taken (February 27)
Set before the events in the Taken movies, we get to see the early years of Bryan Mills. This man with the "special set of skills" finds himself dealing with a tragedy beyond words. Never one to let anybody get away with anything, Mills uses his skills to get the person who wronged him. This new TV show seems like some straight ass-kicking fare from NBC and that sounds great to us.
Six (January 18)
As far as upcoming TV shows in 2017, this mini-series from History seems both political and fascinating. A Team of Navy Seals is on orders to take out a Taliban leader. However, things gets very complicated when the SEALS discover that there is an American involved with strong ties to said Taliban leader. Examining the curious links the U.S. has in the many parts of the world where we have conflicts (and interests), Six seems poised to be a breakout show in 2017. And with the 2017 TV shows already raising a high bar even higher, that is certainly saying something about Six's prospects.
Imposters (February 7)
The lovely Inbar Lavi plays a woman who cons men and women into thinking she is the only one for them. Then, once she takes everything they have, like any good con artist she vanishes. However, this show isn't just about her cons. It's also about the people she has relationships with and what happens when they won't let things go. For new TV shows in 2017, it is all about holding and engaging an audience every step of the way. Everybody loves a good con and in TV, where the cons are long, this one seems like it might be the best and most layered confidence game of all. This one is coming to Bravo.
The Mick (January 1)
The Mick might just be the best time you're going to have on TV in 2017. Mackenzie "Mickey" Murphy (Kaitlin Olson) is a tough woman who moves to an affluent area in Connecticut to raise her sister's kids. Her sister has left the US to avoid the Feds. Mackenzie soon realizes that taking care of a bunch of kids that are not yours is really, really tough. Olson is always great on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. We have a feeling she's going to be equally as awesome in this offbeat 2017 TV show from Fox.
Legion (February 8)
FX is getting into the superhero business in a big way this winter. With big ties to the X-Men Universe, this new TV show seems like a truly smart, sci-fi, action drama. The show follows David Haller (Dan Stevens). He is a man with great powers. The big issue is that they push his mind to the brink of insanity. As a man with multiple personalities, Haller seems close to letting it all go until he meets a woman who just might change things. Comic books + smart TV = MUST SEE. Legion seems so supercool and fan worthy, the only thing it has to do now is live up to its own hype and history.
Sneaky Pete (January 13)
In this Amazon original, Giovanni Ribisi plays a con man who picks up the identity of his ex-prison cellmate; Pete. He takes up residence with Pete's family (who he hasn't seen in forever) and suddenly finds himself courting danger and everything else he's trying to get away from. Oh yeah, and he's also hiding from a nefarious gangster played by some guy named Bryan Cranston. Face it, the 2017 TV shows rule.