Happy New Year Everyone – I genuinely hope your holiday was as amazing as mine – #TakeMeBack. The best thing about starting a new year is all the possibilities that come with a new beginning. And also all the new TV shows that will begin airing. Around this period, all our favourite shows that were on breaking will also return.
I’m pretty excited about 2018’s line up – some really good shows are coming to TV this year – 2017 was amazing (TV wise) but 2018 is going to be better.
Here are some of the shows you need to get excited for:
If you’re a fan of the hit comedy show – Black-ish, then you’ll love this one. It’s brought to you by the same writers, the same network (technically) and it follows Dre’s oldest child – Zoey – as she goes off to college and learns about life, alcohol, boys, adulthood and the fact life doesn’t always go your way. While it is definitely targeted at a younger audience, we can still be sure that people of all ages will enjoy this modern college comedy. It’s worth giving a try.
2. Black Lightning
Yaaaaay. You know I am total DCTV fangirl, right? So yes, any addition to the line up is fine by me.
This new show is said to be set in a world independent of The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. But we’ll see…we were told the same thing about Supergirl, remember? And the found their way around that.
So, yeah, here’s the official synopsis for the show:
Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Ann McClain), and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe-haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero in his community.
Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning, but he left the Superhero days behind. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought.
Sounds good, right? I’ll be here for this one.
3. Cloak & Dagger
Another comic book entry because, tbh, this list will not complete without TWO. This is from Marvel. We have to admit that Marvel has been killing it on TV front this past year, right? From The Runaways to The Gifted (which is technically FOX) and the new season of Agents Of Shield, you can’t say they don’t know what they’re doing.
Cloak & Dagger are two of Marvel’s lesser-known heroes but that shouldn’t be a problem – we’ve seen what Marvel has done with lesser-known characters before; yes we’re looking at you Guardians of the Galaxy. So we’re sure they’ll do some good with this one.
Here’s the official plot of the show:
This live-action interracial romance follows Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart—but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.
Technically, this premiered in 2017 – but the show begins in full force in 2018 and lemme tell you, I can’t wait. J.K Simmons is, as always, brilliant in this. I watched the pilot episode and I absolutely loved it. Granted, I went in biased because it had Olivia Williams in it, Harry Llyod and the man of the hour – J.K Simmons.
Let’s be honest though, anything J.K. Simmons does is pure gold, so this will be no exception.
Here’s the official plot of the show:
Described as an espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist, “Counterpart” tells the story of Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic UN agency who is turning the last corner of a life filled with regret, when he discovers the agency he works for is guarding a secret: a crossing to a parallel dimension. Through Howard and his “Counterpart” on the other side, Prime, the show will navigate themes of identity, idealism, what ifs, and lost love.
I just feel the need to point out that Howard’s ‘Counterpart’ is a complete bad ass and J.K Simmons bring his ‘A’ game when portraying both characters so very differently.
5. L.A. To Vegas
I was hesitant about including this one because I wasn’t too crazy about the premise. However, the reviews are in and it seems that the show is turning out better than expected. I don’t think anyone had high hopes for this show but it has nonetheless beaten expectations.
Dylan McDermott was the break out star of this show; while not typically known for his comedic roles – he stole the show in this one.
An ensemble workplace comedy about a group of underdogs trying to find their place in the world, set on the Friday night flight from LAX to Vegas and the returning flight on Sunday, who all share the same goal: to come back a winner in the casino of life.
I know the synopsis sounds simplistic – but trust me, I think this is one you ought to give a chance to. It’ll be worth it.
6. Life Sentence
“Stella (Lucy Hale) has lived the last 8 years of her life making everyday count. 8 years ago she was diagnosed with cancer, but when she finds out that her cancer has been cured, she struggles to make some life choices and figure out how she’s going to have to learn to live with all the choices she made when she decided to “live like she was dying”.”
I really pray this show goes the way of The Bold Type. I know they have nothing in common, especially in terms of the premise but I don’t know… I just get the same vibe about it – as in, you go in looking for something to watch to while away a time and then you come away absolutely in love with and rooting for the characters. The strength of this show will lie in character developments and how they’ll this story – they shouldn’t shy away from the big moments, either – Just my opinion though 🤷🏽🤷🏽🤷🏽