TV Shows to Watch in 2016
Now that Christmas is over, TV schedules can get back into the swing of things with a bunch of new series/seasons for 2016. With virtually every TV show on the planet available in one way or another, we thought we’d give you a run-down of some of the shows you should be looking out for in the new year!
Making a Murderer
Where else could we start but the show everyone is talking about? If you live in a cave and have no idea what Making a Murderer is about, the basic premise is thus: the 10-part documentary follows the story of Steven Avery, a man who is released from prison 18 years after he was incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit. It’s enough of an incredible story without the other nine episodes but Avery soon finds himself behind bars again, this time accused of the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. We’re not going to ruin the rest but unless you get onto Netflix very soon, we guarantee you’ll have it ruined by someone! It is extraordinary.
Mr Robot is for Amazon Prime subscribers. The show follows young, anti-social computer programmer Elliot, played by Rami Malek. By day, Elliot works as a cybersecurity engineer but at night he turns into a vigilante hacker. Soon he’s recruited by the mysterious leader of an underground group of hackers to help bring down corporate America and the company he is paid to protect. It won the Golden Globe for Best Drama only last week with Malek nominated for Best Actor.
American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson
American Crime Story is an upcoming American true crime anthology television series which will look at various crimes throughout popular history. Season 1 will focus on the trial of OJ Simpson. There’s a real buzz around the show, mainly because of the cast; Cuba Gooding, Jr. will play O. J. Simpson, David Schwimmer takes on Robert Kardashian (OJ’s Defence Lawyer) and John Travolta is cast as Robert Shapiro (part of OJ’s team). It’s set for release in the States on FX in early February 2 but as of yet no date is set for the UK. Though with a cast that stacked, you’d have to assume it won’t take long.
The X Files
This one needs little explanation: Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigate strange and unexplained cases. The first series for almost 15 years, the new season will consist of 6 episodes and will hit screens here in February on Channel 5.
The Man in the High Castle
Another Amazon Prime cracker is The Man in the High Castle. Based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, the show is set in an alternative history of the world in which the Axis powers won World War II. The United States has been partitioned into three parts: The Japanese have taken over the Pacific States of America, the Nazis control the eastern half of the former United States and there’ a neutral zone that acts as a buffer between the two areas, called the Rocky Mountain States. It’s a great premise in itself but thankfully it’s backed up by a great plot and brilliantly developed characters.
Vinyl is a show you’re going to hear lots about. The upcoming drama was created by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire) and boasts Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger as Executive Producers. It’s set in 1970s New York and will explore the drug and sex-fuelled music industry as punk and disco were breaking out. Bobby Cannavale leads the cast as Richie Finestra, the founder and president of American Century Records. Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano and Juno Temple also star. The 10-part HBO series will be shown on Sky Atlantic around the 15th February.
Billions follows a ruthless New York attorney, played by Paul Giamatti, as he looks to take down a charismatic 9/11 survivor who is much loved by the community but is also dirtier than a pig in muck in the world of hedge-funding. It’s starting in America on Showtime on 17th January but there’s no planned UK release yet. We’re sure you’ll find a way of watching… expect swears!
Finally, 11.22.63 is the first JJ Abrams project post-Star Wars. The series is an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel about a teacher, played by James Franco, who goes back in time to stop JFK’s assassination. But once back in time he becomes attached to the life he makes in the past. Co-starring Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel and Cherry Jones, 11.22.63 starts in the US on the 15th February on Hulu (a streaming service) but we’re certain it’ll make its way here soon enough.