Veronica Mars (Hulu)
Cast: Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring
Why we're excited: Veronica Mars tried to re-capture the magic that made it a canceled-too-soon cult sensation in the '00s when creator Rob Thomas and star Bell pumped out a Kickstarter-funded movie in 2014. The film was mildly received but now creator Thomas is getting a real chance to resuscitate his no-longer-a-teen detective. Bell has said that the new episodes will be "a much darker world," but we can only assume there will still be loving banter between Veronica and her dad (Colantoni), and the requisite sparks with Logan (Dohring).
Cast: Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Irons
Why we're excited: Damon Lindelof, whose last project for HBO was the brilliantly elegiac The Leftovers, has been tasked with bringing Alan Moore's Watchmen to the small screen. And, boy, is he anxious about it. So anxious that he posted an incredibly long note to Instagram, explaining his intentions. He is not adapting the canonical 12 issues, but instead remixing them, he says. And he has enlisted a top-notch cast to help him, including If Beale Street Could Talk's Regina King and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' Tim Blake Nelson. Hey, whatever happens, at least it won't be the Zack Snyder movie.