8 New Mid-Season Shows…

Earlier in the week, I posted my list of the returning shows I am excited about, so here are some new shows to check out.

1. One Day at a Time, the first season was released today, January 6th, on Netflix, stars Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Todd Grinnell, and Stephen Tobolowsky. A newly single Latina mother struggles to raise her teenage children with the help of her mother. It is a re-imagining of the 70s show of the same name, from Executive Producer Norman Lear. I have heard great things about this series and have already watched the first episode, which was really funny but also had a lot of heart. Once I finish writing this post, I plan to watch the rest of the episodes.



2. Taboo, premieres January 10th on FX Networks, stars Tom Hardy, Jessie Buckley, Oona Chaplin, David Hayman, Jonathan Pryce, Franka Potente, Jason Watkins, Jefferson Hall, Ed Hogg, Michael Kelly, Mark Gatiss, Nicholas Woodeson, Stephen Graham, and Tom Hollander. Set in 1814, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who was believed to be long dead, but he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. His father’s legacy has been ruined, and James must protect himself from enemies while discovering his family’s dark secrets. Even after reading that description, I do not really know what the show is about, but it stars Tom Hardy, so I am in.



3. Victoria, premieres January 15th on PBS, stars Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Nell Hudson, Peter Bowles, Catherine Flemming, Daniela Holtz, Ferdinand Kingsley, Tommy Knight, Nigel Lindsay, Eve Myles, David Oakes, Adrian Schiller, Peter Firth, Alex Jennings, and Rufus Sewell. This series is a look at the early life of Britain’s Queen Victoria, from her accession to the throne at eighteen through to her marriage to Prince Albert. I loved the movie The Young Victoria with Emily Blunt, so I am not sure how I will feel about Jenna Coleman in the role, but I will give it a try. As I have said before, and will surely say again, I just find the history of the British monarchy fascinating, and will pretty much watch anything involving them.



4. SIX, premieres on History, stars Walton Goggins, Barry Sloane, Kyle Schmid, Juan Pablo Raba, Edwin Hodge, Dominic Adams, Brianne Davis, Nadine Velazquez, Jaylen Moore, Donny Boaz, and Nondumiso Tembe. This series is inspired by the real missions of Navy SEAL Team Six. Each season will be about a different mission, with the first season focusing on a 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan that goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists. This was originally supposed to be released last summer, but it got delayed. I wrote about it then, and am still really excited about it. The cast is awesome, and I hope it will be a fantastic series.



5. Riverdale, premieres January 26th on The CW, stars K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Casey Cott, Ross Butler, Marisol Nichols, and Luke Perry. The characters are based on the Archie comic books, but this series is a darker look at small town life. I was not sure if I was going to watch this show when I first heard about it, but all of my favorite TV journalists have been raving about it the past few days, so now I have to check it out.



6. Legion, premieres on FX Networks, stars Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Keller, Katie Aselton, Jean Smart, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, and Bill Irwin. Based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, the new series from Noah Hawley is the story of David Haller – a troubled young man who may be more than human. The story is part of the X-Men franchise, but I do not believe it is connected to the movies and is meant to stand on its own. And while I have mostly enjoyed those movies, I am here for Hawley, who also produces the fabulous Fargo, and this incredible cast.



7. Big Little Lies, premieres February 19th on HBO, stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, James Tupper, Adam Scott, Zoë Kravitz, Sarah Burns, David Monahan, P.J. Byrne, Larry Sullivan, and Laura Dern. Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, this series is about three mothers of first graders whose lives are not as perfect as the initially appear. I have not read the book, but the series looks awesome, so I will give it a chance.



8. Marvel’s Iron Fist, the entire season will be released March 17th on Netflix, stars Finn Jones, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, Jessica Henwick, David Wenham, and Rosario Dawson. Based on the comic book series of the same name, this show is about Danny Rand, a martial arts expert with the ability to call upon the power of the Iron Fist. He has been missing for fifteen years, but he returns to New York City to reclaim his family’s company. I have loved the other three Marvel shows on Netflix, so this one is a no-brainer.

For more premiere dates, keep checking this list, as I update it regularly.

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