These days, a new year means about 500 new chances to find your next favorite TV show. Following the dual strikes of the writers and actors guilds, the slate of shows coming in 2024 may be a little lighter than in previous years, as marquee titles like The White Lotus, Andor, Euphoria, and Stranger Things warm the bench until 2025. But there are still plenty of new and returning shows locking in their premiere dates for 2024 as we type.
Here are the most anticipated shows of 2024, which include everything from the biggest genre releases to dark comedies and more meditative historical dramas.
Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox), the deaf martial artist and leader of the Tracksuit Mafia, is a wanted woman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the events of Hawkeye. Fleeing the wrath of her adoptive uncle turned adversary Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio), Maya heads home to Oklahoma to reconnect with her Native American roots and perhaps take out a few bad guys.
Seth MacFarlane’s trash-talking teddy bear is getting his own origin story with this limited series that expands on the opening scene of the 2012 film. Parenthood’s Max Burkholder steps into the role of Ted’s best friend John, played by Mark Wahlberg in the films. Expect obscenities and insults in every shade of Boston accent.
2023’s breakout competition series rounded up reality show greats and average Joes to compete in the most elaborate murder mystery game ever devised. In Season 2, host Alan Cumming will sequester 20 new contestants including alums from Big Brother, The Real World, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Survivor in a Scottish castle. There, they will have to fight off each other and the planted saboteurs to compile a $250,000 prize for the last one standing. May the best traitor win!
HBO wades back into the choppy waters of its True Detective franchise, this time heading north to the frozen tundra of Alaska with Oscar winner Jodie Foster. The series will follow the investigation into the disappearance of eight men from a research station in a town that experiences night for months out of the year. Between the ice and the darkness, there will be plenty of places to hide the truth, even from the erstwhile Clarice Starling.
Scott Frank, the writer and director of The Queen’s Gambit, recruits Clive Owen for his next endeavor, a neo-noir set in 1963 following a retired San Francisco detective living out his days in France. However, when a convent of nuns is murdered and a former foe reemerges, Detective Sam Spade will have no choice but to delay retirement.
A murder mystery set on a luxury cruise ship. A cast of privileged suspects who wouldn’t think twice about killing to get ahead. And the singular national treasure that is Mandy Patinkin, doing his best Hercule Poirot. Need we say more?
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, the completely unknown producers behind landmark miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific, return to the battlefields of World War II –– only this time from the air. Oscar nominees Austin Butler and Barry Keoghan lead the pilots of the U.S. Air Forces’ 100th Bomb Group, known as the Bloody Hundredth for the heavy casualties they suffered in the aerial battle to stop the Nazis.
Following her triumphant feature directorial debut The Farewell, director Lulu Wang heads to Hong Kong for this adaptation of Janice Y. K. Lee’s novel The Expatriates. Joining her is executive producer Nicole Kidman, who also stars as a member of an affluent community of expatriates whose lives are as rich as they are tragic and oblivious.
Ryan Murphy’s forgotten anthology series that once saw Joan Crawford and Bette Davis duking it out in Hollywood will head across the country to find author Truman Capote (Tom Hollander) tussling with a gaggle of New York City’s high society women known as the Swans. Capote used their private lives as inspiration for his unfinished novel Answered Prayers. Needless to say, they didn’t take kindly to becoming gossip fodder.
Donald Glover and Maya Erskine put the bonds of marriage to the test in this update on the 2005 Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie movie. Glover’s vision for the series takes a slightly different approach as John and Jane Smith work together under a shadowy organization, rather than try to kill each other at the behest of their respective bosses. Joining the fun is a murderers’ row of notable guest stars including Paul Dano, Parker Posey, Michaela Coel, John Turturro, Alexander Skarsgård, and Sarah Paulson.
After being one of the most visible and vocal casts on the picket lines during the writers and actors guilds strikes in 2023, the faculty of Abbott Elementary is back in the classroom with a supersized season. Not only will the season premiere be an hour long, Janine (Quinta Brunson), Ava (Janelle James), Barbara (Emmy winner Sheryl Lee Ralph) and the rest of Abbott will lead a special episode following the 96th Academy Awards on March 10.
Not even World War II could stop the creative forces of Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, and their iconic contemporaries from ushering in the modern age of fashion. Ben Mendelsohn stars as Dior, who rose to prominence during the Nazi occupation of Paris and threatened the supremacy Chanel (Juliette Binoche) held over the fashion world. John Malkovich, Emily Mortimer, and Maisie Williams also star.
Anticipation and anxiety are through the roof as Nickelodeon’s beloved animated series finally gets its long-awaited, live-action series adaptation. The story follows Aang, the young Avatar who must master the elements of fire, water, earth, and wind in order to restore balance to the world and defeat the Fire Nation. The stakes could not be higher for fans hoping Netflix doesn’t repeat the nightmare that was M. Night Shyamalan’s film version.
After years of waiting, fans will finally get to see Rick Grimes (Andrew Jackson) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) step back into The Walking Dead universe in a six-episode series that was originally conceived as movies. But don’t expect the greatest love story of the zombie age to be a post-apocalyptic romantic comedy. When the wayward lovers reunite, will they be able to find happiness in a dangerous new world order?
An English sailor shipwrecked in feudal Japan in 1600 comes face to face with a territorial lord and a female samurai in this adaptation of James Clavell’s 1975 epic. FX has been teasing the series since first announcing it during the 2018 Television Critics Association summer press tour. More than five years later, it’s finally ready to unveil its take on one of the most celebrated novels of the 20th century.
Kate Winslet plays the ruler of a small European autocratic country who finds her control deteriorating over the course of a year. Challenging her rule are threats from her own people after the imprisonment of an opposition leader played by Hugh Grant, and from beyond her borders with a visit from the U.S.’s Secretary of State played by Martha Plimpton.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Girls5eva has defied death once again after Peacock jettisoned the show to Netflix. In the musical comedy’s third season, Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Busy Phillips, and Paula Pell hit the road as the unsinkable pop girl group fueled on B.P.E (IYKYK). If you’ve never seen the show, do yourself a favor and watch Seasons 1 and 2, debuting on Netflix along with Season 3.
Abraham Lincoln takes a backseat in his own assassination in this limited series based on James L. Swanson’s book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. Emmy winner Tobias Menzies stars as Edwin Stanton, the secretary of war under Lincoln (played by a transformed Hamish Linklater), who led the search to find arrogant actor turned murderer John Wilkes Booth (Anthony Boyle) and his conspirators. Don’t worry, there are plenty of flashbacks to give history lovers their Lincoln fix.
Kristen Wiig goes back to 1969 to play Maxine Simmons, an ambitious social climber trying to break into the upper crust circles of Palm Beach. But in order to bust through the impenetrable class lines, she’ll have to charm, deceive, and ultimately surrender a part of herself to the women who run this town, including Allison Janney, Laura Dern, Leslie Bibb, and the legendary Carol Burnett. Will it be worth the price of admission? At least Ricky Martin will be there!
Game of Thrones bosses David Benioff and D.B. Weiss leave Westeros behind for this high-concept adaptation of Lui Cixin’s science fiction novel. Essentially, it follows the actions of an astrophysicist whose work at a secret radar base in China in the 1960s leads to a group of modern-day scientists facing humanity’s greatest threat. So nothing too wild. The Terror and True Blood alum Alexander Woo also executive produces.
Annette Benning and Sam Neill star as Joy and Stan, two retired tennis coaches ready to settle into the golden years of their marriage. But when Joy suddenly goes missing, their children (including Allison Brie and Jake Lacy) must investigate the seemingly perfect partnership between their parents, uncovering the dark secrets and deep wounds that go into keeping a family together. The limited series is the latest Liane Moriarty adaptation, following Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers.
Two centuries after nuclear war, a young woman (Yellowjackets’ Ella Purnell) leaves behind the only life she’s ever known in fallout bunkers known as Vaults to travel across the wasteland known as Los Angeles. Based on the widely popular video game, Fallout is among the biggest titles Prime Video has ever released, up there with Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and The Wheel of Time. If post-apocalyptic warfare isn’t your thing, at least there’s the always enjoyable Walton Goggins as the nose-less gunslinger known as The Ghoul.
More than two years after its second season concluded, Netflix’s adaptation of Julia Quinn’s book series will chart the romantic courtship of lifelong friends Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton), affectionately known as “Polin.” This is a bit of a detour from Quinn’s novels, which saves this love story for the fourth installment. But Netflix just couldn’t wait to give Penelope her big moment — even if there’s still the matter of concealing her alter ego as town gossip, Lady Whistledown.
The Summer Olympics are headed to France for the first time since 1924, with Paris serving as the main host city alongside more than a dozen other locations across the country. The games are the first since the 2020 Summer Olympics were delayed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will also be the first time breakdancing will compete as an Olympic sport, so get your Peacock subscriptions now.
One of the few international productions to weather the Hollywood labor strikes of 2023, the Games of Thrones prequel returns with its characters on the brink of war — though let’s be honest, isn’t Westeros always on the brink of war? Following the murder of her son by her uncle, Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy) prepares for battle of bad blood and dragons against her uncles and stepmother Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke).
Even though Wanda Maximoff built the world of Wandavision to contain her perfect life, it was Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) who stole the show. Now on its third title (following House of Harkness and Coven of Chaos), this MCU spin-off is expected to find Agatha facing her own crisis following her run-in with Wanda. Joining her coven as friend or foe are the likes of Aubrey Plaza, Patti LuPone, Sasheer Zamata, and Joe Locke.
Following the chaotic friends-and-family opening of The Bear (the restaurant, not the show), there’s a lot to digest on The Bear (the show, not the restaurant). Carmy (Jeremy Allen White) had a meltdown in the freezer, Sydney (Ayo Edebiri) had her own reckoning and, of all people, Cousin (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) became the steady hand and the guiding force of an otherwise successful evening. When the doors are finally open to the public, all bets are off.
Just in time for our own hellish presidential election year, The Boys is headed to the polls with the stake of the world on the ballot. As Homelander (Antony Starr) starts to shore up support for his political puppet Victoria Neuman (Claudia Doumit), Butcher (Karl Urban) reconvenes The Boys to stop the national nightmare that is a celebrity-minded candidate taking the White House. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Rosemarie DeWitt are among new cast additions.
Charlotte Rampling’s shrouded Reverend Mother made quite an impression in the opening moments of Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 Dune, and now Max is going to the source of her power with this prequel series about the Bene Gesserit. Set 10,000 years before Villeneuve’s adaptation and its 2024 sequel, the limited series will follow two Harkonnen sisters, Valya (Emily Watson) and Tula (Olivia Williams), as they battle dark forces to form the Bene Gesserit.
After eviscerating our political system with his Emmy-winning comedy Veep, Armando Iannucci is back to take a stab at another American institution — the superhero movie. Billy Magnussen, Himesh Patel, and Aya Cash lead this comedy about the cast and crew of a less-than-popular superhero movie trying to find its place in a franchise and IP-driven world, while weathering disasters behind the scenes.
Unstoppable Emmy winner Jean Smart is back behind the mic as iconic stand-up comedian Deborah Vance, who is in the midst of a career comeback after her Las Vegas show was canceled. The new season will follow the aftermath of Deborah becoming a hot commodity after her stand-up special turned into a hit and she fired her assistant Ava (Hannah Einbinder) to set her on her own path.
Not unlike Succession, a HBO series that struck a chord by trafficking in the corruption of money and power, Industry also took its time to grow. But as it heads into Season 3, the hotshots of London’s Pierpoint & Co. investment bank have found a devoted fan base spreading the word of the high-stakes drama like it is gospel. Upping the ante in the new season will be a pair of HBO’s alums — Game of Thrones’ Kit Harrington and Barry’s Sarah Goldberg.
After putting Lestat (Sam Reid) and New Orleans in their past (for now), Louis (Jacob Anderson) and Claudia (Delainey Hayles) head to Paris and join Theatre de Vampires, a troupe of fellow bloodsuckers that includes the infamous Armand (Assad Zaman), Louis’ latest love. As AMC’s stylish anchor for its Anne Rice-inspired Immortal Universe, expect Season 2 to pull out all the stops for the latest chapter of this dark love story.
Robert Durst’s shocking hot-mic confession in the final moments of HBO’s 2015 true-crime docuseries has greatly influenced so much of the true crime trend that followed. But nearly a decade later, director Andrew Jarecki is returning to the case of the now-convicted murderer with new interviews, investigative discoveries and prison phone calls with Durst himself.
Emmy winner Jeff Daniels stars as an Atlanta real estate mogul whose legacy and empire are jeopardized as the vultures descend to pick them clean after his sudden bankruptcy. Created by David E. Kelly and directed by Regina King, the six-episode also stars Diane Lane, William Jackson Harper, Lucy Liu, and Tom Pelphrey.
How does one secure power in the early 17th century? Have your son seduce the king of England, of course. Julianne Moore stars as Mary Villiers, the mother of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (Red, White & Royal Blue’s Nicholas Galitzine), who became the official lover of King James I (Tony Curran). Pillow talk was a real thing, and nothing influences a king more than the person sleeping next to him. Originally produced by Showtime, Mary & George will now air on Starz.
With unrest in the land of Yellowstone, Josh Brolin’s wilder and weirder sci-fi western could rise to take its place. Set on a Wyoming ranch that has a bottomless void on its outer rim, the series also starring Lili Taylor, Lewis Pullman and Imogen Poots is set to return for Season 2 following more than a few revelations that counted time travel as one of least bizarre things going on.
A series going into the second half of its seventh season might not traditionally be among the most anticipated of the year, but Outlander is standing on the precipice of something big. The final eight episodes of Season 7 will bring the show’s devoted legion of fans to the beginning of the end, with Season 8 planned to be the final run for Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) love story. With a return trip to Scotland and the little matter of the ongoing American Revolution, there will be no lack of dangers ahead.
Colin Farrell’s aspiring Batman adversary Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot aka The Penguin is ready for his moment behind the wheel of Gotham’s criminal underbelly. But following the events of 2022’s The Batman, Oz’s ascendancy won’t be without its hurdles, specifically a challenge for the throne from Cristin Milioti as Sofia Falcone, the ambitious daughter of the city’s former crime boss. Mare of Easttown’s Craig Zobel directs the first three episodes.
Per usual, Netflix is likely to drop countless series in 2024. But among its standout projects is this thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Liev Schreiber as Nantucket royalty who stage the perfect wedding for their son and his bride, only to have a dead body wash up on shore as the worst kind of wedding crasher. Dakota Fanning, The White Lotus’ Meghann Fahy, Eve Hewson, Omar Epps, and Jack Reynor fill out the guest list for this Elin Hilderbrand adaptation.
Fresh off his stunningly intimate work in All of Us Strangers, Andrew Scott steps into the loafers of one of the literary world’s most revered troublemakers in this take on Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley. Set in the 1960s, Tom Ripley finds himself entranced and maybe driven mad by envy and lust when he encounters the luxurious life of Dickie Greenleaf (Johnny Flynn). Initially a Showtime production, it will now air on Netflix.
Clock back in for another shift at Lumon Industries, where the employees sign up for a severance program that separates their work memories from their off-the-clock ones. Adam Scott leads the staff of “innies” who start to suspect the day’s work may have a more sinister motive. The star-studded cast gets a few new staff members in Season 2 including Gwendoline Christie, Merritt Wever, Bob Balaban, and Alia Shawkat.
Many of the franchises that fill the streaming shelves of Disney+ are going through a reckoning at the moment, specifically Marvel. But one series generating unfettered excitement is Star Wars: Skeleton Crew. Led by Jude Law, the coming-of-age story follows a group of kids on a journey to find their way home. For those curious about its place in the universe continuity, the series unfolds around the same time as The Mandolarian and after Return of the Jedi.
Robert Downey Jr. continues his celebrated streak of supporting roles in this dark comedy from director Park Chan-wook about a North Korean spy who finds himself living among a community of South Korean refugees after the Vietnam War. Downey Jr. plays a bit of a shapeshifter in a number of makeup-heavy roles that complicated the main character’s life, which is increasingly torn between his home country and his new circumstances.
Melanie Lynskey takes a break from the Yellowjackets mayhem to play real-life author Heather Morris, who chronicled a love story between two prisoners at Auschwitz II–Birkenau in her 2018 book The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Harvey Kietel and Jonah Hauer-King share the title role of Lale, who was assigned the camp job of tattooing ID numbers on the arms of prisoners during World War II. Despite the circumstances, Lale manages to find love with a fellow prisoner named Gita (Anna Próchniak). Oscar winner Hans Zimmer composed the score.
Disney will begin to tap into its deep bench of animated classics for sequel series on Disney+, including this one focused on Princess Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose) from 2009’s The Princess and The Frog. The film was a powerful step forward for representation among Disney’s princess ranks, and the series will reportedly find Tiana as the newly crowned Princess of Maldonia on a new adventure back in New Orleans.
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The troubled last half of the final season of Paramount Network’s seismic hit will supposedly make its debut in 2024. With Kevin Costner looking beyond his role as patriarch John Dutton III, the future of Taylor Sheridan’s sprawling, multigenerational franchise remains up in the air. But for fans, there’s at least a few branches left to shake on this powerful family tree.
Robert De Niro comes to episodic television with this global disaster thriller about a man pulled out of retirement to investigate a devastating cyberattack. As much of a coup as it is to land De Niro for the series, he doesn’t come alone. Also on board are Connie Britton, Joan Allen, Lizzy Caplan, Jesse Plemons, Gaby Hoffman, Dan Stevens, Matthew Modine, Clark Gregg, and Angela Bassett as the president. The end of the world sure is star-studded!
Hunter Ingram is a TV writer living in North Carolina and watching way too much television. His byline has appeared in Variety, Emmy Magazine, USA Today, and across Gannett's USA Today Network newspapers.
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