I miss when shows were a center we could all meet at. Game of Thrones, and Stranger Things are the only two we can do that with in 2018. But, without the former this year, and the latter losing some of its luster, we’re left with finding something for us all to share. I hope something on this list causes that. Let’s watch some serialized storytelling.
My Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2018
Atlanta (Season 2 March 1st FX)
There’s not much to say that hasn’t been said! Donald Glover is back with the most anticipated return of 2018. He and his brother Stephen will no doubt meet expectations. If you haven’t seen the first season, umm, what are you doing? Why isn’t that on your watchlist? It’s better than that other show you are watching. It’s funny and relaxing too. So you can watch it before bed. It’s surreal, honest, and well made. Just get it in your eyeballs.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs ( Mini-Series into a movie TBA 2018 Netflix)
What’s that? You’ve never heard of this one. Well that’s not surprising! Unless you are paying close attention to the filmmakers Joel & Ethan Coen you could miss this announcement. They are always going against the expectations. No Country For Old Men came at a time they had made a string of their worst films in the comedic persuasion. Refreshing their careers with that one and turning out some of their best work soon after changed how people saw them. They were already considered the quintessential American storytellers, and then became Oscar winning geniuses. For this year, they had planned Buster Scruggs to be a film, but they had so much material the brothers Coen decided to make a short season of anthology western stories with a film to follow soon after. The plan, as last I read, is to have 6 episodes in anthology fashion, individual stories each episode, and then a film. If you haven’t seen many of their films, get on that. I recommend almost all of them. This show has begun filming and might even be done. It’ll premiere in accordance with Annapurna sometime this year.
Big Mouth (Season 2 TBA 2018 Netflix)
Nick Kroll and his comedy friends have made a sweet, heartwarming, dirty animated delight. The Hormone Monster is one of the great creations in TV. A voice cast that includes John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Jason Mantzoukas, Jordan Peele, Jenny Slate, Kat Dennings, and so many more. It’s about going through puberty from both sexes. Such a pleasant surprise that I could watch again and again. Watch this with people who can take a dirty joke.
Here and Now (Premiere February 11th HBO)
This is one I know very little about. This one is from Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball, and stars Holly Hunter. That’s about all I need. I know it’s about a progressive, educated family that has adopted 3 kids of different races. I’m honestly not sure what else happens but I would love to see a show that can handle all this well and I have faith in it. I may be way off but I have a strong urge to watch this in a month.
Legion (Season 2 TBA 2018 FX)
Showrunner Noah Hawley is one of the best and hardest working guys in TV. He made the Fargo anthology series, then this show, and is working on a Cat’s Cradle adaptation for FX as well. This one is very surreal telling in the superhero genre. It’s about David Haller, Professor X’s son, with his uncertainty in his mental health and struggles to figure himself out. The cast is GREAT, the filmmaking is GREAT, and if you can handle the weirdness and occasional jumbled plot points you will enjoy this show. There are sequences in this season of TV that are better than almost anything you’ll ever see. If you love X-Men, David Lynch, or Mr. Robot give it a shot.
Maniac (Mini-Series TBA 2018 Netflix)
Cary Fukanaga is the director of True Detective Season One and is back with a full season of television directed by him. He made the 2015 film Beasts of No Nation, and decided to step away from the IT remake of last year after creative differences on how aggressive they wanted to be. His reportedly was going to be a very hard R rated movie. His new series stars Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, and Justin Theroux. It is about an institutionalized man dreaming of a new life in a fantasy world. I don’t know much beyond that. There’s some pictures of skinny Jonah Hill looking rough and I have hope this will be one of my favorite shows of 2018.
Mindhunter (Season 2 TBA 2018 Netflix)
David Fincher made some really good TV in 2017 and it should be back with more of the fascinating story about FBI serial killer profilers. They interview the worst criminals in America to try to learn to predict behavior, and find other killers. Check out for fans of Zodiac, Se7en, and any serial killer material.
Mosaic (Mini-Series January 22nd HBO)
Steven Soderbergh made an app. His new show for HBO is an app. It’s been an app for a little while and will finally air later this month. What? Well, what I mean is, this is a series that was on app as a choose-your-order series. That means you could choose who you follow and what storylines you watch. It’s the first of its kind and could be a look at the bleak future for storytelling. But, it’s got a solid cast, weird idea, and will be edited into a series for TV on January 22nd. Honestly, I can’t prepare you for what this is and I’m just as curious.
Sharp Objects (Mini-Series TBA 2018 HBO)
Gillian Flynn, writer of Gone Girl, has a new series adapted from her novel. The series is created by Marti Nixon. Nixon has written episodes of Mad Men, created UnReal, and written multiple movie scripts. Now she has this 8 episode crime mystery starring Amy Adams about a reporter returning to her hometown to cover a murder. From the director of Dallas Buyers Club, Wild, and Big Little Lies Jean-Marc Vallee. I have pretty high hopes for this even though I probably shouldn’t. Side note! Sophia Lillis, aka Beverly from IT, plays young Amy in flashbacks so you’ll see why Amy should be adult Beverly in IT Chapter 2.
Waco (Mini-Series January 24th Paramount Network, used to be SpikeTV)
Yes, SpikeTV is no more. I’m sorry to you all. This is as hard of news as I’ve had to deliver to anyone. We can talk about this if you need to. Sure, SpikeTV is gone, but smile because it happened. Pros v Joes, Slamball, Boondock Saints edited version, 1000 Ways to Die, and Manswers will live on in your heart. Even when SpikeTV go away, the feelings don’t really go away. That’s just the SpikeTV wave. But, now we have to learn to embrace a giant movie studio deciding to get into cable TV storytelling. That’s actually pretty cool. They could’ve just been a streaming service. Clearly their scope is bigger than that. Evidenced by this first big show they have. Taylor Kitsch stars as the enigmatic cult leader David Koresh and this show chronicles what happened with that entire event back in 1993. Michael Shannon, Supergirl herself Melissa Benoist, Julia Garner, John Leguizamo, Andrea Riseborough, Rory Culkin, Paul Sparks, and Shea Whigham. I’m very hyped for this and I hope it’s a nice start for a new network.
Here’s some returning or new shows on my favorite Networks/Platforms
Returning Shows on Netflix
Glow (Season 2 TBA 2018)
New FX Show
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (Anthology Series Season 2
Premiere January 17th)
Returning Shows on FX
Better Things (Season 3 TBA 2018)
The Americans (Season 7 March 28th)
Returning HBO Shows
Big Little Lies (Season 2 TBA)
Crashing (Season 2 January 14th)
New Hulu Shows
Castle Rock (Premiere TBA)
The Looming Tower (Premiere February 28th)
New and Returning Amazon Shows
Phillip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Already available on Prime)
Catastrophe (Season 4 TBA)
Major McKeithen studies acting & improv at The Second City and iO in Chicago. Follow him on Twitter for all the LA to Vegas hot takes you can handle.