The ushering of 2017 has also started the official roll out of a handful of TV shows in the United States, which are not necessarily for critical acclaim but would certainly get people into talking while these gradually soothe their enthusiasm and excitement.
Interestingly, the first anticipated TV show that rolled out this year has some indirect connection with incoming US President Donald Trump.
“The New Celebrity Apprentice” premiered on NBC on January 2 featuring veteran Hollywood action star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as host or employer, which used to be the role of President-elect Trump in the original show entitled “The Apprentice” years back.
A close look at the American film industry indicates that most film production companies are now favoring blockbusters and established film franchises, which leaves talented but not-so-popular actors to run into TV for work and exposure, notes the Business Insider.
The trend actually favored TV viewers as a number of good shows with excellent actors have been filling up the small screen over the last couple of years.
In fact, there was a network study that estimated that the number of original scripted shows will reach up to 500 in 2017, which will be up by about 45 shows from the 455 recorded in 2016.
That is the reason why even the most avid couch potato would not be able to keep up with all the most exciting shows coming his way and that is precisely the reason why DVR ratings or recording of current TV shows are on the rise too.
Other shows coming viewers’ way
In addition to “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” other shows that are drawing enthusiasm and excitement are the “Young Pope” on HBO, “The Good Fight” on CBS, “Marvel’s Iron Fist” on Netflix, “Star Trek: Discovery” on CBS All-Access, “Marvel’s The Inhumans” on ABC, the continuing story of “Prison Break” on Fox, among a host of others.
Set to premiere on HBO on January 15, “The Young Pope” stars Jude Law as the young and charming, Lenny Belardo, also known as Pius XIII, the first American Pope in history. He uses all of his assets to serve his followers as he strives to find God for himself and them.
The TV series is directed by Paolo Sorrentino, the Oscar and Golden Globe winner for “The Great Beauty.”
“The Good Fight” will premiere on CBS All-Access on February 19 and it is the spinoff of the popular “The Good Wife” TV series.
The TV series picks up one year after the events of “The Good Wife” finale. After an enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia, played by Rose Leslie, and wipes out the savings of her mentor Diane Lockhart, played by Christine Baranski, they’re forced out of Lockhart & Lee and then join Lucca Quinn, played by Cush Jumbo, at a new Chicago law firm.
The least ground Marvel series
Originally slated as the last of four character-focused series from Marvel, before “The Punisher” earned a spot on the schedule, “Marvel’s Iron Fist” will hit Netflix on March 17, reports BGR.
Finn Jones plays the role of billionaire Danny Rand, who returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. Of all the Marvel shows, “Marvel’s Iron Fist” has the potential to be the least grounded but in a good and positive way.
CBS’s streaming service, CBS All Access has been keeping details of the first “Star Trek: Discovery” TV series in 11 years under wraps. It’s currently casting, so there isn’t a lot to share right now.
Reports have it that the show, which shall debut in May, takes place about a century after “Star Trek: Enterprise,” the prequel, and a decade before the original series featuring Captain Kirk’s crew.
So far, the cast includes Sonequa Martin-Green as Lt. Cmdr. Rainsford, the series lead; Doug Jones as Lt. Saru, a Starfleet Science Officer; Anthony Rapp as Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer; Michelle Yeoh as Starfleet captain Georgiou; and Chris Obi, Shazad Latif, and Mary Chieffo as the Klingons.