5 American Gods
- UK premiere: TBC
- UK broadcaster: Amazon Prime Instant Video
- Original broadcaster: Starz (USA)
- Showrunners: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green
Basic info: The TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s book about an America which is a battlefield between imported gods from the old world and new gods of things such as fame and technology. Stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr Wednesday and Emily Browning as Laura Moon.
6 Star Trek: Discovery
- UK premiere: May
- UK broadcaster: Netflix
- Original broadcaster: CBS/CBS All-Access (USA)
- Showrunners: Gretchen J Berg, Aaron Harberts
Basic info: A new Trek series, but like the last Trek series, Enterprise, it’s a prequel. Discovery is set not long before Kirk’s celebrated five-year mission on the Enterprise. In a break with tradition the lead character is not a captain but a lieutenant commander, Rainsford, played by Sonequa Martin-Green. In another break with tradition the series will also be serialised rather than episodic. There are also a lot of Klingon characters.
Bryan Singer was developing Discovery but work commitments forced him to drop out. However, a lot of the groundwork developing the series still appears to bear his stamp. The cast includes Doug Jones as Saru, a science officer serving as a lieutenant aboard the Discovery; Anthony Rapp as Stamets, a science officer specialising in space fungi (we await, the line “There’s not mushroom in this shuttle…”); Michelle Yeoh as Georgiou, captain of the USS Shenzhou; Shazad Latif as Kol, commanding officer of the Klingons and protege of T’Kuvma; Chris Obi as T’Kuvma, a Klingon leader who is looking to unite the Klingon houses; and Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, battle deck commander of the Klingon ship.
7 Twin Peaks
- UK premiere: TBC
- UK broadcaster: Sky Atlantic
- Original broadcaster: Showtime (USA)
- Showrunners: David Lynch, Mark Frost
Basic info: The mystery-shrouded new series of David Lynch’s infamous two-season slice of televisual weirdness from 1990-1991 (the trailers certainly aren’t giving much away) sounds like an extraordinary undertaking. Not only does it have a cast of seemingly millions – with notable returnees including Kyle McLachlan as FBI Agent Dale Cooper, Sheryl Lee (as either Laura Palmer or Maddy Ferguson or possibly both), Ray Wise (Leland Palmer), Miguel Ferrer (Agent Rosenfeld), David Duchovny (cross-dressing agent Dennis Bryson) and Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne) and newbies including Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Cera, Amanda Seyfried and singer-songwriter Sky Ferreira – but even the making of it has been unusual (and very, very long). Apparently Lynch has shot the series as if it were one long massive film, and has been busily editing it into episodes. Allegedly he wasn’t even sure how many episodes there would be – that would emerge through the editing. The latest count is nine. Oh, and David Lynch himself will be back in front of the camera too as the hard-of-hearing FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole.
8 The Terror, AMC
- UK premiere: TBC
- UK broadcaster: BT TV
- Original broadcaster: AMC (USA)
- Showrunners: David Kajganich, Soo Hugh
Basic info: BT TV will exclusively premiere new AMC drama The Terror in the UK in 2017. The anthology series, which is executive produced by Ridley Scott, is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Dan Simmons and will air in the UK just minutes after being broadcast in the US. The 10-episode drama has been written by David Kajganich (True Story, A Bigger Splash) and is set in 1847.
When a Royal Naval expedition crew that are searching for the Northwest Passage is attacked by a mysterious predator, what begins is a suspenseful and desperate game of survival. The cast for the drama has yet to be confirmed.