5 New Shows in 2016 Worthy of Your Attention

As the new year is upon us it's time to take a quick look at 5 television shows we are eagerly looking forward to and also have a strong chance of being "the next big thing" in 2016. Bring on the stream/downloads and cram sessions.

1. Preacher

The show I am most excited for on the list, AMC are hoping they have another winner on their hands with Preacher. A brief summary of the show is as follows:

Jesse Custer, a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town, is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse, his ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy embark on a journey to, literally, find God.

Now if that synopsis doesn't immediately pique your interest how about these little snippets...

- Preacher is based off of the hugely popular DC comic of the same name.
- There is a character called Arseface, a boy with a gunshot wound to the face.
- AMC are developing the series, you know the same AMC who helmed Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead AND Mad Men.

Release Date: TBC

2. 11.22.63

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the nine-hour limited event stars the forever busy James Franco as a high school teacher who travels back in time to save President Kennedy from assassination.

Since it’s a Hulu original, episodes of 11.22.63 will be released on a weekly basis and only be available to Hulu subscribers. The paywall will definitely hamper viewership, but it will be interesting to see if the show reaches critical acclaim like Casual, another Hulu original which received a Golden Globe nomination. Back tracking to the piece at hand I am a huge King fan, the universe he created is second to none, with many of his books holding a pretty special place in my heart. The only problem being that for every brilliant adaptation of his work (The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining, Carrie, IT, Misery, The MistThe Green Mile and Pet Cemetary to name but a few) there are several straight to DVD dumpster fires (Sleepwalkers, Secret Window, Maximum Overdrive, Thinner and Silver Bullet).

Please be kind and true to King's work Hulu.

Release Date: February 15th (US)

3. Westworld

The next show on the list is coming from HBO, the same company who have produced global juggernauts Game of Thrones and True Detective. Based on a classic Michael Crichton sci-fi film, this is more than just a Westworld remake, it's a re imagining of the entire concept.

The premise of the show is based around an amusement park for adults, where lifelike robots are cast as characters from the wild west. Said robots begin to go berserk thanks to a computer virus (curse you F Society!!) and attempt to leave the park, not only that but the virus makes the robots self aware which then brings in the whole "have you questioned reality?".

The Westworld HBO series is described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin." In typical HBO fashion, expect that "sin" part to come up a lot.

With cast members such as Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood Westworld is certainly primed to be the next big thing on television and yet another winner for HBO.

Release Date: TBC

4. Outcast

In television, there’s one sure-fire way to make yourself a hot commodity: be a major player in the biggest show currently airing on the medium. In this case, that honor currently falls to The Walking Dead, and that hot commodity is its executive producer and source material creator, Robert Kirkman.

Now, with the zombie TV series’ status firmly cemented, Kirkman has been looking for a new home to send a fresh comic book adaptation, Outcast. It turns out that home will be at none other than Cinemax, who have placed a 10-episode first season order on the comic book line created by Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta.

Here is the official description of the show:

Outcast follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate — and the fate of the world — forever.

I for one am extremely curious to see if this next endeavour by Kirkman also turns to gold and judging by the trailer Outcast looks like it will be a dark tale full of scares, tense moments and no doubt scenes that will shock and terrify.

Release Date: TBC

5. Lucifer

This upcoming series  is a loose adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic book character for DC Comic’s series Lucifer. The show will focus on Lucifer (Tom Ellis), who is bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell and resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the beauty of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals.

Lucifer reflects the current trend of television genre mashups, similar to iZombie, which is about a zombie that solves homicide mysteries. There is certainly an appetite for this type of premise (brraaaiinnnss).

Heavy-hitter Jerry Bruckheimer–whose estimated worth is $900 million–is among the show’s executive producers. In August 2005, the three most-watched television programs–CSI; Crime Scene Investigation, Without a Trace, and CSI Miami–were all Bruckheimer productions. However, it’s unclear whether Bruckheimer still has the Midas touch when it comes to ratings. His most recent series for Spike TV, Harvest, was not renewed after ten-episodes, which never premiered. 

Release Date: January 25th (US)

So there you have it, 5 shows worth checking out this year. What do you think? Have any differing opinions or recommendations not listed above? Drop it in the comments below.