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The TV shows to see in 2017

2017 looks set to bring a lot more to the TV front than I think we can even handle. Whether it’s the return of Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, the continued fight against Negan and The Walkers or even the Scout Regiment taking on the man-eating Titans, there will be so much for you to get into your schedule in the next 12 months. Without further ado, here are the shows you need to watch out for…

The Walking Dead

Season Seven started with the death of two series regulars at the hands (or bat) of new bad guy in town Negan. The series did need a bit of a breather after the frantic opening episode, but now we are about to go straight to war. Rick has been brought to pieces, seen some horrific sights and powerless to stop this new enemy. With the group reunited, it looks like the atlanta survivors will bring all their resources together to take down the nasty Negan once and for all…but will they succeed?

Samurai Jack

It is always horrible when a show finishes without it having a proper ending, but we are finally close to getting a finale to this brilliant cartoon. After 13 years, we will finally get the conclusion to Jack’s story of revenge against Aku. From the information I have seen, it is believed that the story will follow a much older Jack as he looks to finally rid the world of his evil. I can’t wait to see the epic conclusion and await the episodes that shall be upon us soon.

Not Going Out

Sadly, there isn’t many UK sitcoms which really hit the mark. Not Going Out has been a good source of laughs over the year, and I am glad that it is coming back in a few days time. The comedy follows Lee (Lee Mack) and his wife Lucy as they continue through their life a number of years after the last series, now being the parents to three children. Look out for favourite characters such as Daisy and Toby in the new series and many more hilarious moments to come (plus we know there will be another two series after this).

Red Dwarf XII

Red Dwarf has proved to still be a very popular sitcom, and last year’s Series XI gave us some truly fantastic episodes. With situations such as Lister losing his kidneys and a Rimmer Quartet, the show really hit a stride which it hadn’t seen for over 20 years. Filmed at the same time as Series XI, there will be a lot more laughs to come when Dave airs the next six episodes of Britain’s longest-running sitcom. Also, if you want to know what the episodes will be called, check out the cock-up on the series XI Blu-Ray with the episode titles (99% sure they are Series XII titles).

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Iron Fist

Netflix and their partnership with Marvel has paid off incredibly well so far. Daredevil was indeed a revelation to TV, Jessica Jones gave one of the greatest hero/villain dynamics I had ever seen on screen and then we also had Luke Cage’s own series and the introduction of The Punisher! Coming in March, Iron Fist will be the last piece of The Defenders puzzle to be released. Focusing on Danny Rand, a man who calls upon an ancient power to help him fight his enemies. The early previews look just as promising as the previous Netflix series and I can’t wait to binge on this one.

Taboo

This show I probably know the least about, but it does look very interesting. Tom Hardy leads the cast in this drama about a man who returns to Britain from Africa with a handful of stolen diamonds and revenge in mind after the death of his father. The show was actually conceived by Hardy and his father, and the previews look mesmerising. The eight-part series begins in just a few days and I look forward to providing my views on the show when it finally airs.

The Punisher

Earlier I mentioned the last main character we had yet to see from the Netflix/Marvel agreement, but this is indeed a show that so many people begged and pleaded for since Jon Bernthal was cast in the role. The show will bring Bernthal’s Punisher front and centre and see him reunite with Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen and joined by another impressive cast. This show already looks to be a must watch for 2017, but there is yet another Netflix one that people will be flocking to.

The Defenders

Netflix and Marvel have been building towards this since the beginning, and we are now just a few months away from seeing Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones leading the cast as the titular Defenders. Plus, we have Sigourney Weaver taking the role of the main villain (how could you not love that?). With a huge number of returning cast members and the promise of a truly epic crossover, 2017 will indeed be a high point for Marvel TV shows.

Game Of Thrones

Is there a bigger show in the world than Game Of Thrones? This show has for the fifth year in a row been the most illegally downloaded TV show and still attracts millions of viewers on each episode. Following the latest shocks in Westeros, we are finally getting to the last few episodes and a shortened Season Seven (with a six episode Season Eight next year) will see The Starks rise once again and the big battle with the Targaryen army and the white walkers being huge obstacles to come to the land.

Attack On Titan

Why is it taking so long for this show to come back? This was the anime that hooked me from the very beginning and was only narrowly beaten by Death Note as my favourite anime of the 21st century. The show about the survival of the human race from the man-eating Titans has been a hit worldwide. If you read the manga, you know what is to come. If you follow on a TV level, season two will follow straight on from that last shot of the Titan face in the wall. Eren, Mikasa, Levi and all your favourites will be back from April…but any update on when the western audiences can see it?

Better Call Saul

Very rarely a spin-off show could hold as much interest as its original programme (Frasier being a great example of it done right), but the Breaking Bad prequel/sequel focusing on Saul Goodman has indeed made for captivating viewing. Following from the season two finale, Jimmy/Saul has just been caught on tape by his brother Chuck admitting to his actions of stealing custom from the rival firm. Bob Odenkirk keeps this show exciting and Rhea Seehorn also is a fantastic part of this winning cast.

Silicon Valley

This HBO sitcom took me a while to get into it, I admittedly had to push myself into it three times to get through the first season. But, I was glad I did. T.J. Miller is a brilliant actor and his character Erlich Bachman is truly one of the greatest characters on TV. The show saw the gang having control of their own company and they become a video chat company thanks to the application created by Dinesh. The show may have taken a few episodes to settle on me, but I will be eagerly ready for this.

Star Trek: Discovery

Set before the original Star Trek, this new show has attracted quite a lot of attention before it even shot a second of film. Bryan Fuller (American Gods, Heroes) begun as the mind behind the new show, but then left the project. Then we had the awesome casting of Sonequa Martin-Green taking the lead role as Rainsford. Doug Jones also takes a part in the show and this will be the first Star Trek show which will mostly be online-only broadcasted. Though the details are still minimal, I guarantee so many people will watch it when it is on.

BoJack Horseman

Possibly one of the biggest surprises to many Netflix subscribers, this show almost never had the legacy or fanbase it now has. The show following the actor who made a Full House style show is just engrossing, funny and at times rather heartbreaking. The show had a brilliant season 2 and 3 (Season 1 was hit and miss at best, but can be forgiven). Animation for adults may not be at its peak, but this show is truly above any competition it may have.

American Gods

The adaptation of possibly my favourite ever book will be making its television debut in a few months’ time, and it looks good. Ricky Whittle takes on the role of Shadow Moon, a man recently released from prison who finds himself in the middle of a war between the gods of old and the gods of new. Honestly, this show looks great so far. Bryan Fuller is behind this and I look forward to seeing how he will bring the character of Mr Wednesday to the screen (played by the legendary Ian McShane).

Inhumans

Originally conceived as an entry to Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Inhumans will definitely be event television later this year. Black Bolt and the Royal Family will finally be introduced to us in live-action and the series will actually see its first two episodes released in IMAX! Need more convincing to see this show? It will be part of the MCU (so give us some damn crossovers please) and Scott Buck (Dexter, Six Feet Under) will be the showrunner, and there must be faith from Marvel in him after he lead the upcoming Iron Fist.

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Twin Peaks

Kyle MacLachlan is back…is it actually coming back this year? We don’t know much, but I know people will be happy to see the show come back.

Doctor Who

I had already mentioned why I thought the extended absence of Doctor Who was a bad idea and I still agree with that. ‘The Return Of Doctor Mysterio’ was a fun Christmas special and the trailer for the upcoming series 10 was intriguing. Peter Capaldi is back as The Doctor, this time he will be joined by Matt Lucas continuing his role as Nardole (can we all agree he was brilliant in the newest special?) and Pearl Mackie as Bill. It has been a long wait, but luckily it isn’t too long now till we finally reach that easter (sure it will be easter) start date!

I know there are hundreds of shows coming back and new ones coming in the next 12 months, but is there anything in particular you are hoping to see? Hope you enjoyed this list and let me know what you are planning to watch this year.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Star Trek: 50 Years Of The Final Frontier

Space…The Final Frontier! These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise (and many others called Enterprise and other names). 8th September 1966 opened up a huge world to millions and has just grown over its life. When the voyages of the starship Enterprise first came to our screens, nobody knew just how big this series would be. Gene Roddenberry presented a show that at first seemed unlikely to ever get made. Production and budget issues was definitely a big factor, with the show almost cancelled before being filmed. Then, the first pilot was made without WILLIAM SHATNER! You heard that right, we almost didn’t have Captain James Tiberius Kirk          in the show. Luckily for us, we got Star Trek and the show then became one of the biggest phenomenon’s in TV history. A lot has happened in these past 50 years; Five live-action TV shows, an animated spin-off, multiple movies and countless other media (video games are a bit hit and miss, but some are worth a crack). This is four reasons why Star Trek will last another 50 years and entertain many more generations of fans…

Shatner vs Picard

Probably the two most iconic captains of Star Trek! William Shatner helped bring the USS Enterprise to superstardom and lead a great mix of characters and get deep into some well thought out stories. Patrick Stewart however, made the impossible task of following such an iconic show a breeze. The captain of the new Enterprise was indeed a hard role to fill, but nobody could beat Stewart for his effortless command and smooth delivery. The years in the Royal Shakespeare Company was just what was needed in Picard and made him a greater captain than Shatner’s Kirk as his words were stronger and more heartfelt. Also, how many alien ladies did Picard cop-off with compared to Kirk? Then again, Kirk was also more likely to get into a fight and was never going to back away from a challenge that put him or his crew in danger.

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Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise

While The Original Series and The Next Generation may arguably be the more favoured series in the franchise, that doesn’t mean we can’t forget about the other shows to come from these. Deep Space Nine was given many connections to both its predecessor Deep Space Nine and the follow-up Voyager. Where DS9 and Voyager may not be as big as TNG, these shows only continued the success of the sci-fi giant. Where the first two Star Trek shows took the world by storm, it was DS9 which really took some much deeper themes to its basis and Voyager had a more isolated feel as it had them 75 years from home after moving many lightyears after a mission to the Badlands. Enterprise, in my opinion the weakest of the shows, has always managed to keep itself distinct in tone and output and for showing the first crew of deep space explorers for Starfleet. Each show keeps its own identity as well as linking in with the franchise as a whole.

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“Live Long And Prosper”

Star Trek has created many famous lines in its lifetime. Spock had his infamous lines, Dr McCoy kept stating he was a Doctor, numerous phasers were set to stun, Picard wanted us to “Make It So” and who can forget “KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNN!!”. The shows and films have created many famous quotes which are still used today. Many of the quotes, particularly those from Leonard Nimoy’s Spock, made a huge dent in pop culture and today retain a more poignant feeling since the passing of Nimoy. Speaking of Nimoy, the title to this part of the article has a greater meaning when mentioning Spock. Leonard Nimoy probably had the greatest and longest connection to the franchise. Spock was featured in numerous shows and films, including the reboot/sequel/prequel in 2009 and 2013’s Into Darkness. Truly he did live long in terms of his character and will forever live on as the Vulcan hero.

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Discovery and The Future

We know that a brand new Star Trek series will begin this January. All we know about the show so far is that the main character will not be a Captain, the show will be set 10 years before The Original Series and it is being made by Bryan Fuller (Heroes, Pushing Daisies, Hannibal, American Gods just to name a few. This guy is seriously awesome!). Discovery will be the first new Star Trek TV series since 2005 when Enterprise finished. After this show, we know another movie is in development and maybe more TV shows could spawn from Discovery. What I do know is that Star Trek has always been a huge brand and it is unlikely it will be coming to an end anytime soon. With such a rich story that they can mine for centuries, Star Trek and the members of Starfleet could potentially go on forever. There is just no visible end to the franchise. The 2009 Star Trek movie proved that the hunger was still there and people still wanted to see The Final Frontier explored by the heroes we have come to know for all these years. Though financial success may not have been as evident in Star Trek Beyond as it was the last two movies, the film was well received and the fanbase will always be happy with a well made story. Let’s hope that we get that from Discovery and all the other shows to come…

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Star Trek: Discovery begins January 2017 on Netflix in the UK

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove