24 January 2018

2018 TV Preview: Four Series to Look Forward To

By // TV

After airing their Christmas specials – usually in early December – most series go on hold, leaving their fans with nothing but board games and casinos to amuse them. But the holiday season is over, and this means that brand new things will come to a screen around us – either in the form of new episodes or news about series to be looking forward to in the new year. Like the ones below.

Castle Rock (Hulu)
Castle Rock is a fictional town in Maine, USA, invented by famed American horror writer Stephen King. As the title of the series suggests, it will be a horror series – actually, an anthology series based on the stories of the writer that happen in the fictional town: It, Dolores Claiborne, Needful Things, Salem’s Lot, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, Dreamcatcher, Night Shift, The Green Mile, Misery, Hearts in Atlantis, The Shining, The Mangler, Four Past Midnight, Different Seasons, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, and The Night Flier (at least these are the ones mentioned in its trailer). Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason will serve as writers and executive producers along with J. J. Abrams. The premiere date has not been set but it will definitely happen in 2018.

Maniac (Netflix)
If dark comedy is your thing, you’ll be glad to hear about Maniac, Netflix’s upcoming series. It is about two patients in a mental institution that dream up a fantasy world for themselves, where anything can happen – and usually does. The lead roles in the series will be played by Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, with the series created by Patrick Somerville. The series is a remake of a Norwegian series aired in 2014, and will “air” this year.

Monsters (Channel 4)
Gareth Edwards’ Monsters was not a blockbuster – the science fiction horror flick about Andrew, a photojournalist taking an heiress across alien-infested Mexico and back into the United States, made on a $550,000 budget only grossed $4.2 million worldwide. But it was a memorable big-screen debut for the director, getting critical praise as well as six British Independent Film Awards nominations and a Saturn for being the “Best International Film” in the year of its release.

Now the UK’s Channel 4 plans to revive the story as a TV series, with Ronan Bennett (Public Enemies, Gunpowder) will serve as a showrunner, with Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith writing. There’s no word on who will be cast in the leading roles – the original actors, Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able, will not be returning for the series. Expect the series to debut toward the end of this year or at the beginning of 2019.

Cosmos (National Geographic / FOX)
Fox revived Carl Sagan’s iconic 1980 series Cosmos in 2014 to huge critical success – Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey received 12 Emmy nominations and numerous awards, along with criticism from the religious right. Now, Fox plans to bring the series back on the screen for a second season, with the subtitle “Possible Worlds”. Host Neil deGrasse Tyson and producer Seth MacFarlane will return.

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