2017 has been a turbulent year. The political strife and societal issues have informed everything — including TV. We’ve seen a lot of shows this year take on the issues we’re seeing in the real world head on and it’s made for some great TV moments.
As we move into the new year, we can only expect that attention to issues of the world to invade all of the new shows coming our way. But we can also expect a few new guilty pleasures to tear us away from the problems of the world and provide a bit of an escape. Keep your eyes out for these 18 shows premiering in 2018!
Cloak & Dagger (Freeform)
Premiere date: TBD 2018
A new Marvel TV show is coming to small screens, but this time it’s not on Netflix. Freeform is adapting the Marvel comic into a 10-episode series. The show follows two teens from different backgrounds who get superpowers and find that they work better when they’re together. And obv they’re falling ~in love~ during it all because it’s Freeform after all! Their superhero names are “Dagger” — for her ability to emit light daggers — and “Cloak” — for his ability to bring darkness around his foes. Thus, Cloak & Dagger. A show set in the Marvel Universe that focuses on teens is a concept that hasn’t been explored yet so this is for sure a show to check out. The series doesn’t have a set air date yet but it will be early next year.
Kiss Me First (Netflix)
Premiere Date: TBD early 2018
Netflix is adapting yet another young adult novel this year and with the success of 13 Reasons Why in 2017, we’ve got high hopes. This year, it’s Kiss Me First, which tells the story of a gamer named Leila who meets party girl Tess in one of her video games. When Tess goes missing, Leila assumes her identity and finds an extreme secret attached to her disappearance. The show is going to have live action and computer-simulated elements to give the feel of the gaming world. The show will be jointly produced by Netflix and E4, AKA the people who brought hit teen drama Skins to the world — so here’s to hoping it’s half as good as that coming-of-age show. Netflix hit it out of the park with their 13RW adaptation, so here’s to hoping they can do it again!
The Resident (Fox)
Premiere Date: January 21, 2018
Gilmore Girls‘ Matt Czuchry and Revenge‘s Emily Vancamp take the lead in this Fox Medical Drama. The show premieres mid-January, so we won’t have to wait too long to see Matt’s cocky doctor character, Dr. Conrad Hawkins, come to life.
Premiere Date: March 2018
NBC’s new thriller is definitely for the modern age. A former hostage negotiator played by Sarah Shahi must use her skills to get people out of a virtual reality program when they become lost in the simulation of living out their dreams. And obviously, since this is a network drama, she has a dark and stormy past and must work to fix herself as she saves others. So classic. The show seems intriguing and, most importantly, different than most things on TV these days.
LA to Vegas (Fox)
Premiere Date: January 2nd, 2018
This new comedy gives us a glimpse inside the wild flights from LA to Vegas where bachelor parties and 21st birthdays alike are all prepping for a wild time. The show explores the relationships between the crew — and the relationships some of the crew members have with regular passengers. It’s set to take off in less than two weeks, so I’d start cueing up that DVR now. We could all use some laughs after this year!
Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac & The Notorious BIG (USA)
Premiere Date: February 27th, 2018
True crime fans are definitely going to want to tune in for this. Especially true crime fans that are also into ’90s rap. This scripted series follows the murder investigations of the iconic rappers and the impact of their death on those around them. The anthology series will spend its 10-episode run exploring the dueling investigations into the controversial murders of the music legends. The series starts off in late February and we can already tell it’ll be appointment television.
Life Sentence (The CW)
Premiere Date: Spring 2018
Now we know Pretty Little Liars fans have had a gaping hole in their hearts where the show used to be but luckily, one of the biggest actresses on the show is back for a new series — this time, it’s a comedy! Lucy Hale stars in Life Sentence, a CW show (they’ve really been upping their game lately!) about a young woman who finds out that she’s actually in remission from terminal cancer. While she’d previously been living like she was dying (she thought she was!), she’s now got to figure out how to live like she’s got some solid years left. Elliot Knight (who played Merlin on Once Upon a Time) also stars!
Heathers (Paramount Network)
Premiere Date: Early 2018
If you’re a fan of the cult-classic film, Heathers, then you’re probably incredibly excited for the 2018 TV reboot! The storyline will have a modern approach — which sadly, means no shoulder pads — but happily, means a LOT more diversity. Jasmine Mathews, Brendan Scannell and Melanie Field will play the Heathers and Grace Victoria Cox and James Scully will be Veronica and J.D., respectively. Trust us when we say these are names you’re going to want to know. We also know that Selma Blair will be playing one of the Heathers’ mothers. Double score! While we don’t have an official premiere date yet, it’s safe to say we’re patiently awaiting!
Castle Rock (Hulu)
Premiere Date: TBD 2018
If you love Stephen King, you will love this new series. J.J. Abrams helms this show that encapsulates some of Kings’s most beloved works, some mythical storytelling, and rural Maine into a crazy epic story. Castle Rock, Maine has been part of many of Kings novels — both as the main setting and as a place people just pass through. And now the threads that he has sewn together through his works are finally weaving a clear picture as this show pulls plots and characters from his books and turns them on their head. That means you could see Pennywise from It and Annie Wilkes from Misery in the same place! It’s a must-watch for any horror fan.
The Alienist (TNT)
Premiere Date: January 22nd, 2018
This TV adaptation of the novel by the same name is set in 1896 in New York City as a string of young male prostitutes are murdered. An “alienist” — i.e. a criminal psychologist — is called upon by the police commissioner to conduct a secret investigation. Oh, and the commissioner? Just a young Teddy Roosevelt before his presidential days. The show has a promising blend of historical fiction and thrills guaranteed to hook you. Plus, the show is only eight episodes, constituting a perfect binge-watch!
Child Support (ABC)
Premiere Date: January 5th, 2018
The world doesn’t need any more TV game shows, sure, but they’re just so fun. Mindless television is sometimes the best television after a long day, week, or life. Fred Savage and Ricky Gervais take the helm of this show that asks contestants ten questions that they must get correct. If they miss a question, though, they can be saved by one of five children if they answer the question correctly. It’ll be interesting to see the stuff that kids know way more about than adults because it’s fresher in their minds. I learned about Mesopotamia a decade ago, but this kid had a test on it last week — winner, winner, chicken dinner!
Premiere Date: TBD 2018
A dark-comedy Netflix series directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone. Exuse me while I scream with excitement. The series will revolve around the fantasy worlds of two patients in a mental institution — Hill and Stone. Bringing these two talents together for the first time since their Superbad days is going to be amazing. Now can we get a concrete premiere date?!
Roseanne Revival (ABC)
Premiere Date: March 27, 2018
The domestic goddess is back! The queen of blue-collar America is returning to TV with her crazy family in tow next year and we couldn’t be more excited. Roseanne Barr brings the cast back together for more laughs, while presumably ignoring the entire finale season (and especially that series finale!). With the popularity and quality of the Will & Grace revival, we have high hopes for this one!
The Chi (Showtime)
Premiere Date: January 7th, 2018
Lena Waithe has made waves as a writer and actor from her work on Master of None and now she’s heading her own series. The Chi gives a glimpse into life in the South Side of Chicago. The show follows various residents in the community as they live in the changing world around them. The show promises to be timely and relevant, giving a voice to people whose stories aren’t usually told on TV. If her work on Master of None is an indication (it did win her an Emmy!), this will be great.
Sharp Objects (HBO)
Premiere Date: Summer 2018
Gone Girl fans, listen up! This adaptation of one of author Gillian Flynn‘s other thrillers is sure to capture your attention. The TV show stars Amy Adams as Camille Preaker, a reporter who returns to her hometown to investigate the murder of two little girls. She’s forced to confront her controlling mother, strange half-sister, and her history of self-harm on her trip home. Anyone who has read the book knows what an intense thrill ride the story is, and the show will be no different. The other adaptations of Flynn’s works have been films, so having eight episodes to flesh the story out and build suspense will surely make it all the more terrifying.
Good Girls (NBC)
Premiere Date: February 26th, 2018
This show took all your faves and threw them into a heist. Well, basically. The show, starring Retta, Mae Whitman, and Christina Hendricks, follows three women who rob a supermarket to make ends meet. When they get away with the robbery, they must learn how to deal with what they’ve done and never get caught. It’s a crazy caper that’s usually reserved for men on TV shows, but this time around the women get to have the fun and experience the danger.
The Assasination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
Premiere Date: January 17th, 2018
The newest installment of the anthology series American Crime Story follows the notorious murder of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. This show is not only digging into the details of the murder but it’ll give us Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace, which is all kinds of amazing.
The story of Versace’s death is sad and shocking, as he was a seemingly random victim of the killer’s murder spree. He was killed on the steps of his home after coming in from a morning walk, and his killer committed suicide with the same gun days later without providing answers for his crime. The world lost a fashion icon that day, but at least we’ll have this show to revel in the salacious details.
Premiere Date: January 3rd, 2018
We’re following Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi) as she goes to college in this spinoff of the hit comedy Black-ish. The show explores Zoey’s life as she moves away from home and learns that adulthood is not always what you think it’s going to be. Considering how hilarious and poignant Black-ish always is, there’s no doubt that this younger, fresh take on one of the series best characters won’t be just as great.