2016 left us with no shortage of nerdy television shows to watch and we can sit back and relax without fear since 2017 will be no different. Not only are will boob tube lovers be treated with continued seasons of Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who (Finally!), and much more; some amazing new series are set to premiere this year, which every nerd should put on their must watch list.
A Series of Unfortunate Events – Netflix – January 13th, 2017
Though it was already adapted into a film back in 2004, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is being adapted into an ongoing television series for Netflix. A Series of Unfortunate Events follows the turbulent lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after their parents’ death in a fire. The children are placed in the custody of a murderous relative, Count Olaf, who attempts to steal their inheritance and, later, orchestrates numerous disasters as the children attempt to flee his clutches. Neil Patrick Harris will be helming the project as Count Olaf alongside with Patrick Warburton playing Lemony Snicket in a narrative role. The show appears to follow the style perfected in the 04 film and looks to be an entertaining oddity to the Netflix library. The entire series will be dropped on Netflix as an eight episode series in mid-January making for a President’s Day weekend of binging all the more enticing.
Powerless – NBC – February 2nd
DC has been no stranger to great television and that is due to the amazing characters they have developed off the pages of comics and onto the small screen. The likes of Oliver Queen, Barry Allen, and more have been lighting up the airwaves, but have you ever stopped to consider the dangers they pose to regular folks? That’s the premise for Powerless debuting on NBC this year. Powerless follows run-of-the-mill human, Emily Locke, as she begins working for a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that develops specialized products used to make normal people feel a little safer around all the metas flying/running around. The theme centers on how a person doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero. Expect it to be something like a comedy of errors, especially with great comedy actors like Christina Kirk, Danny Pudi (Community’s Abed), and Alan Tudyk.
Marvel’s Iron Fist – Netflix – March 17th, 2017
Netflix is continuing to develop Marvel series following the success of their recent hits, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. Iron Fist follows a similar premise of a street-level super hero fighting for justice in the big city. Danny Rand is a martial artist who returns to the Big Apple after 15 years abroad to reclaim his family’s company, but must choose whether or not his duties as Iron Fist supersede his familial responsibilities. It looks to be an internal battle between what’s right and what must be done, which is a similar premise to DC’s take on Oliver Queen on Arrow. If the success of all the preceding Netflix/Marvel shows are any indication, this will be just as excellent.
American Gods – Starz – April, 2017
Neil Gaiman’s award winning novel is finally coming to television in a new series developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green for Starz. Gaiman is attached as executive producer so creator control will be there. The book is is a huge sprawling epic story about the nature of American belief. The series will follow the same theme of the old gods versus the new gods as Odin, called Wednesday, travels across America with his bodyguard Shadow Moon who was recently released from prison. American Gods features everyone from Jesus to Thor as well as new gods Technology and Money among others. Stories about eating tiger balls, man-eating vaginas, fatal, blowjob-related vehicular mishaps and post-mortem conjugal visitation (lady Zombie). No, that’s not a shroom induced fever dream. That’s Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, and it’s coming to TV?
Star Trek: Discovery – CBS All Access – May 2017
Ever since the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise in 2005, there has been a lack of Trek on television, but that moratorium is finally coming to an end with the upcoming series, Star Trek: Discovery. Creation for the series was helmed by Bryan Fuller who helped build the series’ story arc. The first season will consist of 13 episodes and follow the adventures of the crew aboard the USS Discovery approximately one decade prior to the events of the original series. Not much is known about the overall story arc other than it will revolve around an aspect of Trek lore that has been hinted at or referred to, but never explored in other series.
Inhumans – ABC – Fall, 2017
The story of Black Bolt and the royal family is finally coming to television after a two episode arc is premiered in IMAX this fall. Not much is known about the story, but it is clear that this series will be based off the comic characters and have nothing to do with the Inhumans from ABC’s Marvel: Agents of SHIELD, which has altered their story significantly. Following the IMAX premiere, the show will move to ABC where they will air six subsequent episodes. The Inhumans are a group of uniquely powered individuals who reside in the blue area of the moon and are the result of a genetic breeding program run by an alien race known as the Kree. Like the X-Men and the mutants who fill their ranks, all adult Inhumans have super powers which often bring with them strange physical mutations like scaled skin, hooves instead of feet, tentacles instead of eyes, or, well, there’s the one guy who’s basically a dog. They’re biggest plot device is that they are a family and “you don’t mess with family!
Bill Nye Saves the World – Netflix – 2017
After 19 years, Bill Nye the Science Guy is finally back on television with a new series! The format will be quite different from his previous show as well as everything else on this list since it will be a talk show. He will explore the relationship between science and the zeitgeist while touching on politics and pop culture. Along for the ride will be some correspondents to include YouTube channel Veritasium’s creator and host, Derek Muller, comedian Nazeem Hussain, and others. The release date is not set, but it will premiere sometime in 2017 on Netflix in a weekly format.
Big Hero Six the Series – Disney XD – 2017
When Big Hero 6 hit theaters in 2014, it was an expected hit and it was only a matter of time before that success was capitalized upon in other formats. BH6 is based on a Marvel comic of the same name, but it is heading to the small screen this year. Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley of Kim Possible fame have been developing the series for Disney XD. The series is set to take place right after the events of the film and will be presented in a traditional 2D animation style. All of the characters from the film are expected to return alongside most of the original cast members providing their voices to the show.
Marvel’s The Defenders – Netflix – 2017
Marvel’s The Defenders is the answer to the question, ‘What would a crossover of all these successful shows on Netflix look like?’ We are finally going to get that answer when The Defenders premieres sometime in 2017. The Defenders is the name of a superhero team made up of mostly street-level superheroes in New York City. They specialize in taking down mystic and supernatural forces. One of the unique things about the Defenders is that it’s a team comprised mostly of misfits and outsiders who usually lead their own solo missions and have their own agendas. The Netflix miniseries will feature Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones teaming up for a fight none of them could handle on their own. A release date has yet to be set and the series will only see a limited 8 episodes but seeing all four of these amazing street-level characters brought together will be akin to seeing the Avengers together for the first time on screen.
Marvel’s The Punisher – Netflix – 2017
It’s no wonder a series was green-lit following John Bernthal’s remarkable performance as the titular Punisher in Marvel’s Daredevil season two. The entire season was devoted to developing the character alongside Murdock’s Daredevil and the only outcome is a Punisher series, though little has been released about its details. Marvel’s The Punisher is set to be released sometime in 2017 and will consist of 13 episodes. As long as Marvel/Disney stick to what already works and let Bernthal loose as Frank Castle, The Punisher series is going to provide an emotional dimensional anti-hero dishing out gory, tragic and brutal justice.