Peak TV is not over yet. The ongoing flood of new platforms and channels, combined with the drift of Hollywood talent from film to television, means that 2018 is going to be bursting with great shows.
Below is a quick guide to the TV shows you should keep an eye out for this year.
1. grown-ish, Freeform, Jan. 3
If you watch black-ish, you know that the Johnsons’ eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) is off to university, and that — as anyone who watched A Different World knows — is an occasion for a whole other show. This charming, slightly messy spinoff has Zoey starting off on the wrong foot at “Southern California University” and trying to figure out how to reconcile her confidence and style with her need and insecurity. (Plus partying. And Adderall. And the semantics of “hooking up.”) Created by black-ish’s Kenya Barris and Larry Wilmore, this is a good show that’s likely to get even better as it finds its sea legs.
2. 9-1-1, Fox, Jan. 3
“When I started to handle the snake, I really started to sweat,” Peter Krause said of a scene he shot on this show. 9-1-1 takes on the lives of people who respond to emergencies, whether on the phone or in person. Connie Britton plays Abby Clark, a phone operator who prefers responding to strangers’ problems to dealing with her own. Angela Bassett plays Athena, an LAPD officer who recently found out her husband is gay. She and Krause’s Bobby Nash — a first responder in the fire department — spend some screen time in the pilot disciplining a young first responder named “Firehose.” If 9-1-1 doesn’t sound particularly original, it sure has a hell of a cast.
3. The X-Files, Fox, Jan. 3
Chris Carter’s famous series came back in 2016 for a 10th season that got lackluster reviews from fans and critics alike. The pressure on The X-Files’ 11th season has tripled thanks to a two-year wait and Gillian Anderson’s recent announcement that this will be her last performance as Agent Dana Scully. Whether you think the new season is great or awful will largely depend on your investment in the show’s mythology vs. its standalone episodes. The new season seems to have responded to the pressure by becoming self-aware: Reddit investigators discovered a secret message in a “squeaky alien voice” in the premiere that, reversed and decoded, says: “If this …read more
Source:: The Week – Entertainment