Every 2021 TV Show Premiere Date You Need to Know About

We hope you like always having something in your queue.

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'Foundation' | Apple TV+
'Foundation' | Apple TV+

In 2020, many people had more time than they expected to sit on their couches and watch countless hours of television. So far, 2021 hasn't been much different. The good news is that there's plenty of returning favorites and highly anticipated new shows to look forward to. Here are the upcoming 2021 TV series to put on your radar, and for even more things to watch in 2021, check out our annual summer preview and our lists of upcoming Netflix and HBO Max originals.

ALSO SEE: Our frequently updated list of the Best TV Shows of 2021

Q-FORCE

Netflix, September 2
Archer won't be the only adult animated show about spies for long. That's also the premise of Netflix's Q-FORCE, but it focuses on a group of LGBTQ+ secret agents as they try to prove themselves in their intelligence agency. Sean Hayes, Patti Harrison, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Metcalf, David Harbour, and others are among the cast.
(Watch the trailer)

What We Do in the Shadows (Season 3)

FX, September 2
Now that Staten Island's bloodsucking gang knows their human familiar Guillermo is a vampire hunter, they'll have to deal with that in Season 3 of this comedy spun-off from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's film of the same name. As always, it should be a ghastly good time.
(Watch the teaser)

The D'Amelio Show

Hulu, September 3
The final season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians aired this year, just in time to make room for a new reality TV family. The D'Amelio Show focuses on the family life and career of teen stars Charli D'Amelio, a dancer who has one of the biggest followings on TikTok, and her pop star sister Dixie.
(Watch the trailer)

Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles

Disney+, September 3
Pop phenom Billie Eilish released her gorgeous sophomore album Happier Than Ever this summer, and to celebrate, she's dropping a special concert documentary on Disney+ to go with it. The special, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Patrick Osbourne, finds her performing the record in full from LA's Hollywood Bowl and features footage of Eilish highlighting the favorite parts of her hometown.
(Watch the teaser)

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'Money Heist' Season 5 | Tamara Arranz/Netflix

Money Heist (Season 5)

Netflix, September 3
After five seasons, yet another one of your Netflix obsessions is coming to an end. The first half of the Spanish hit heist show arrives in September, and then you'll have to hold out until December for the rest. 
(Watch the trailer)

Countdown: Inspiration4Mission to Space

Netflix, September 5
Have you ever wanted to see what it's really like blasting off into outer-space? This docuseries is potentially as close of a chance as many will ever get. The series is Netflix's first-ever real-time doc, following the launch and mission of SpaceX's Inspiration4 mission. Two episodes of air on September 6, with the third coming on the 13th, and the fourth sometime in late September.
(Watch the teaser)

Billions (Season 5B)

Showtime, September 5
At last: We finally have our Billies back. The first half of Season 5 aired back in spring 2020, with production shut down mid-way through the season due to the pandemic. Now we'll finally get to see those five remaining episodes of the season, and scheme our way across the finance world of NYC with Axe and Chuck.
(Watch the trailer)

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'Impeachment: American Crime Story' | FX

Impeachment: American Crime Story 

FX, September 7
If all of the real-life impeachment drama of the past couple of years wasn't enough for you, this Ryan Murphy-produced FX miniseries about President Bill Clinton's 1998 impeachment should at least provide some historical perspective. Like the previous two American Crime Story seasons, the casting makes this an event: Clive Owen will play Clinton, Sarah Paulson will play Linda Tripp, and Booksmart breakout Beanie Feldstein will play Monica Lewinsky, who signed on as a producer for the series.
(Watch the trailer)

On the Verge

Netflix, September 7
French actress Julie Delpy (Before series) co-created, wrote, and stars this dramedy set in LA that follows four different women on the verge of a mid-life crisis.

The Circle (Season 3)

Netflix, September 8
Bless: The hit Netflix reality series (that did social distancing and Zoom hangs before the rest of the world ever did) is back. New episodes will air weekly.
(Watch the teaser)

Wu-Tang: An American Saga (Season 2)

Hulu, September 8
It's been almost two years since this Hulu drama about the rise of rap icons Wu-Tang Clan premiered, but it's finally coming back. Executive produced by The RZA and Method Man, the new installment sees Bobby (Ashton Sanders) trying to rally the group to pursue music and navigate the business, despite facing disillusionment, living in the projects.
(Watch the trailer)

Lucifer (Season 6)

Netflix, September 10
Lucifer once made a deal with the Devil to find a new life with more seasons on Netflix, but that deal is coming to an end, now that the show is wrapping up with a sixth and final season. The last installment sees Lucifer wrestling with becoming God himself.

LuLaRich

Amazon Prime, September 10
For the Fyre Fraud documentarians latest chaotic subject, they dug into the a legging-selling pyramid scheme called LuLaRoe for this four-part docuseries.
(Watch the trailer)

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'American Rust' | Showtime

American Rust

Showtime, September 12
Mare of Easttown took TV by storm earlier this year, and if it left you feeling devoid of a highly specific Pennsylvania accent and a big name playing a detective on a depressing case, American Rust might be for you. Jeff Daniels stars in the crime series, based on Philipp Meyer's novel, about a police chief in the Rust Belt who must investigate a murder that's eerily close to home.
(Watch the trailer)

Scenes From a Marriage

HBO, September 12
HBO is remaking Ingmar Bergman's classic 1973 Swedish limited series, which was recut as a film and won a Golden Globe. The new five-part version comes from Hagai Levi (The Affair, In Treatment) and brings over the contemporary star power from Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac, who play a wife who feels unfulfilled in her marriage and a husband desperate to keep them together.
(Watch the trailer)

Ultra City Smiths

AMC, September 13
This show has it all: A stacked cast starring Kristen Bell, an intriguing plot about cops mining corruption in their department to solve the mysterious murder of a local politicians… and stop-motion animation created by salvaged baby dolls.
(Watch the trailer)

Y: The Last Man

FX on Hulu, September 13
Against all odds—after years of going through different potential showrunners and lead actors—this adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's popular comic is finally hitting the air. The 10-episode sci-fi series imagines a future when all mammals with a Y-chromosome are wiped out, save for one man named Yorick Brown (Ben Schnetzer) who must navigate this new world.
(Watch the trailer)

Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol

Peacock, September 16
If you were wishing for nothing more than another Da Vinci Code movie starring Tom Hanks, might we suggest you direct your attention to this series instead. Based on another one of Dan Brown's books featuring his iconic, puzzle-solving character Robert Langdon, this show finds him in his younger days when he's hired by the CIA to follow some clues when his mentor disappears.
(Watch the trailer)

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'The Premise' | FX on Hulu

The Premise

FX on Hulu, September 16
This comedic anthology comes from B.J. Novak (The Office) and features a different story every episode that delves into different social and political topics pressing society today. Expect shocking, cringe-worthy plots about controversial police officers with scandalous sex tapes, pop stars trying to give back in inappropriate ways, gun lobbyists, and more, and a cast featuring the likes of Jon Bernthal, Beau Bridges, Kaitlyn Dever, Lucas Hedges, and O’Shea Jackson Jr. and others.
(Watch the trailer)

Chicago Party Aunt

Netflix, September 17
You may have seen comedian Chris Witaske's Twitter persona Chicago Party Aunt cracking jokes about the Cubs on your Twitter feed every now and then, but now he's turning it into an adult animated comedy. Lauren Ash (Superstore) leads the voice cast as the titular Second City resident who's stuck in the '80s and her family and friends are voiced by the likes of Witaske himself, Jon and Ike Barinholtz, Katie Rich, and others.
(Watch the trailer)

The Morning Show (Season 2)

Apple TV+, September 17
The latest season of this Apple TV+ awards favorite follows the bombshell of last season's finale, which found Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon's characters exposing the truth about their toxic workplace on air. Julianna Marguiles joins the cast this season. 
(Watch the trailer)

Sex Education (Season 3)

Netflix, September 17
Class will be back in session this fall for the horny high schoolers of Moordale Secondary, and there's a new headmaster (played by Jemima Kirke) cracking the whip in the hallways. Outside of school, there's plenty of unfinished drama waiting for us, including Jean's unexpected pregnancy, Eric and Adam's relationship, Maeve's tragic home life, and whatever the hell Otis is up to.
(Watch the teaser)

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'Teenage Euthanasia' | Adult Swim

Teenage Euthanasia

Adult Swim, September 19
Co-created by Made for Love writer Alissa Nutting, Adult Swim's latest whacky adult animated series is set in a near-future version of Florida where a woman, who was raised in a family funeral home returns and ran away after giving birth as a teenager, returns years later—dead—only to come back to life.
(Watch the trailer)

Alter Ego

FOX, September 22
If you thought The Masked Singer was wild, just wait until you see Alter Ego. Contestants don't put on over-the-top costumes here, they perform hiding behind an AI avatar, and appropriately, Grimes judges them (as does Nick Lachey, will.i.am., and oddly Alanis Morissette).

Dear White People (Season 4)

Netflix, September 22
It's senior year for Justien Simien's Dear White People and the Black students fighting the embedded institutional racism at the mostly white Winchester University. Before graduation day (er, the finale), radio host Sam White (Logan Browning), young politico Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell), investigative journalist Lionel Higgins (DeRon Horton), and co. clash with the mysterious secret order that maintains the university's prestige at all costs.

Star Wars: Visions

Disney+, September 22
It may not be more of The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda, but more Star Wars is coming to Disney+ soon. Visions is (obviously) set in a galaxy far, far away and will be an anthology series created by major anime filmmakers like Hiroyuki Imaishi (Promare), Eunyoung Choi (Ride Your Wave), Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell), and others. 
(Watch the trailer)

The Wonder Years

ABC, September 22
At this point, they've rebooted just about every nostalgia property. The Wonder Years is taking a bit of a different approach, though, focusing on a different coming of age story. This time around, we'll experience all of life's wonders and awkward moments with Dean, a Black boy growing up in '60s Montgomery, Alabama. The show's original star Fred Savage is on as executive producer, and Don Cheadle narrates the voice of grown-up Dean.
(Watch the trailer)

Doom Patrol (Season 3)

HBO Max, September 23
Your favorite group of ragtag superheroes are back. In this installment, the show about members of the super team/support group who all came out of accidents with superabilities finds everybody dealing with the fallout of Dorothy's confrontation with the Candlemaker and Madame Rouge returning from a time machine.
(Watch the teaser)

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'Foundation' | Apple TV+

Foundation 

Apple TV+, September 24
Isaac Asimov took the world of science fiction by storm when he published his novel (and plenty of follow-ups) about a vision of the future in which every major political event is predicted and planned for in advance by "psychohistorians," who have turned seeing the future into a science. This adaptation stars Lee Pace as the Emperor of the Galaxy and Jared Harris as the brilliant Hari Seldon.
(Watch the trailer)

Goliath, Season 4

Amazon Prime, September 24
For the final season of this Amazon procedural, Billy Bob Thorton's character Billy McBride is taking on his biggest case yet to try to take down Big Pharma.
(Watch the trailer)

Midnight Mass

Netflix, September 24
Director Mike Flanagan can't stop churning out that creepy Netflix content. In August 2020, before The Haunting of Bly Manor hit the streaming service in October, the spooky filmmaker started shooting this new series that takes place on a desolate island and follows disturbing events that start to unfold among the community there after a mysterious young priest arrives.
(Watch the trailer)

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'BMF' | Starz

BMF

Starz, September 26
50 Cent is behind this crime drama, which stands for Black Mafia Family, and tells the true story of Detroit-based brothers Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory who ran the drug trade in the city in the '80s. Snoop Dogg is also among the producers, and part of the cast.
(Watch the teaser)

Nuclear Family

HBO, September 26
A three-part docuseries about a lawsuit that unfolded in the '90s, and still affects the family involved today, when a sperm donor tried to gain custody of his biological child who went to a family with two mothers.
(Watch the teaser)

La Brea

NBC, September 28
Get even more freaked out by natural disasters altering the world as we know it with La Brea. Named after LA's La Brea tar pits, the drama follows the frightening aftermath of a giant sinkhole that opens up and swallows businesses and people in LA.
(Watch the teaser)

The Problem with Jon Stewart

Apple TV+, September 30
Jon Stewart is returning to TV for the first time since his hosting duties at The Daily Show ended in 2015. The Apple project, which is already set to run for multiple seasons, is another current affairs series from the political comedian.
(Watch the trailer)

10-Year-Old Tom

HBO Max, September 30
Adults do generally suck. This animated comedy from Steve Dildarian (The Life & Times of Tim) is from the perspective of a 10-year-old who's convinced all of the grown-ups in his life are out to corrupt him.

The Way Down

HBO Max, September 30
This five-part docuseries takes a deep dive into the controversy behind the Remnant Fellowship Church and its founder Gwen Shamblin Lara, who rose to fame in the '80s for developing a questionable Christian weight-loss program.

Maid

Netflix, October 1
Based on the best-selling memoir from Stephanie Land, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive, Margaret Qualley stars in this drama as a young single mother who leaves an abusive relationship and takes a job as a maid to provide for herself and her daughter. Qualley's real-life mother Andie MacDowell is also among the cast, as is Nick Robinson.
(Watch the teaser)

The Walking Dead: The World Beyond (Season 2)

AMC, October 3
Sad that the very-long-running TWD is ending? Well, at least there are the show's several spinoffs. The World Beyond, about the first generation fully raised in the zombified world, is back for a second installment.
(Watch the trailer)

Ghosts

October 7, CBS
Ease into spooky season with this new show. As you can guess, it features ghosts galore—but it's not necessarily scary. The network sitcom, inspired by a BBC comedy, follows a couple who moves to a countryside home, only to discover all of its former residents haunt the halls.
(Watch the trailer)

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Chucky

Syfy and USA, October 12
People are always saying, "That disturbing, red-headed doll just hasn't creeped us all out enough, has he?" So, to give the people what they want, another reboot of Child's Play is on the way—this time in TV form. The show comes from the original Child's Play co-writer Don Mancini, who also directed a handful of the sequels.
(Watch the trailer)

Dopesick

Hulu, October 13
An adaptation of Beth Macy's bestselling book helmed by Danny Strong (Empire) about the epicenter of America's opioid crisis, from the offices of Purdue Pharma to the DEA and the families in small towns it affects on the ground. Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Rosario Dawson, Kaitlyn Dever, and Will Poulter are among the cast.
(Watch the teaser)

Day of the Dead

Syfy, October 15
Chucky isn't the only iconic horror property Syfy is rebooting and turning into a series this fall. The network is also adapting George Romero's Day of the Dead into a 10-episode show, set within the first 24 hours of the zombie outbreak.
(Watch the trailer)

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'I Know What You Did Last Summer' | Amazon Studios

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Amazon Prime, October 15
Continue to fuel your '90s nostalgia with this series remake of the popular teen slasher franchise. The original was stacked with teen stars like Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddie Prinze Jr., but TBD if the newbies in this cast will become Gen-Z icons.

You (Season 3)

Netflix, October 15
Murderous creep Joe (Penn Badgley) sets his eyes on a new target of obsession, blonde neighborwoman Natalie, who he peeped engrossed in a book he almost certainly has at least five opinions on. Such wandering eyes when his girlfriend, the equally bloodlusting Love (Victoria Pedretti), is so pregnant! For shame, Joe. Season 3 will also feature an ensemble of the finest LA stereotypes, including a wellness guru, "momfluencer," and tech venture capitalist.
(Watch the teaser)

Fear the Walking Dead (Season 7)

AMC, October 17
You just can't escape the zombies. This Walking Dead spinoff, which stars Colman Domingo and Lennie James, is now onto its seventh season.
(Watch the trailer)

Wakefield

Showtime, October 18
This Australian dramedy is getting a stateside release on Showtime. The eight-episode series follows a nurse who works at a psychological facility and feels like the sanest one there, as he starts to lose his grip.

The Bachelorette (Season 18)

ABC, October 19
Bachelor Nation: 2021 is for you. Although Katie Thurston's season aired in summer 2021, even more Bachelorette is on the way this year. Michelle Young is looking for love, come this fall.

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ABC

Queens

ABC, October 19
A handful of music icons topline this upcoming series. Brandy, Eve, and Naturi Naughton of the group 3LW are among the cast of this drama, which sees a group of former hip-hop stars from the '90s reunite today in their 40s.
(Watch the teaser)

The Next Thing You Eat

Hulu, October 21
Chef David Chang has yet another food series on the way. This docuseries, which he teamed up with documentarian Morgan Neville (Roadrunner) to create, focuses on advancements in food and dining that are changing the way we eat, from innovative technology to farming.

Inside Job

Netflix, October 22
This adult animation series may have the power to get the conspiracy theories really worked up. The comedy set in a world where the Deep State really does exist and focuses on the employees of that office whose job it is to try to keep everything from lizard people to secret societies covered up. Lizzy Caplan and Christian Slater are among the voice cast.

Invasion

Apple TV+, October 22
If aliens invaded Earth, how do you think you would react—like, legitimately? This sci-fi show created by Simon Kinberg (X-Men movies) and David Weil (Hunters) explores various perspectives from across the globe in the midst of an invasion.
(Watch the teaser)

Insecure (Season 5)

HBO, October 24
"If life doesn't look like how you imagined it, does that mean it's a success or a failure?" said producer Prentice Penny about the big theme of Insecure's upcoming season. With Issa and Molly's BFFship in a rocky place, and Issa in an even more confusing situation with boy-of-the-season Lawrence, the next installment is poised to be the most insightful batch of episodes to date.

The 4400

The CW, October 25
Did you watch the USA Network sci-fi series The 4400 when it was on in the 2000s, or have you binged the now-cult series on Netflix? No worries if not: The CW is remaking it. The series focuses on a group of marginalized people who were declared dead or missing decades ago who miraculously return to Earth, without having aged or a memory of where they went. It comes from Anna Fricke, who rebooted Walker, Texas Ranger for The CW earlier this year, and Riverdale co-executive producer Ariana Jackson—but TBD if it'll have a Riverdale-esque tone to it. 

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'Colin in Black & White' | Ser Baffo/Netflix

Colin in Black & White

Netflix, October 29
Award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (When They See Us, Selma) teamed up with Colin Kaepernick to create this miniseries about the former football player and activists's life. Set during his high school years, the show examines his upbringing and what led him to become such an outspoken leader. Kaepernick himself narrates, while Jaden Michael plays him, and Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker play his parents.

Succession (Season 3) 

HBO, October TBA
Who will win a kiss from daddy in this season of corporate heir war Succession? It certainly won't be Kendall Roy, who hung his father Logan out to dry on national TV in the last minutes of the finale over the gross misconduct handling Wayco Roystar's cruise ship scandal. We're delirious to know how this nuclear bomb will rattle the many circles of the loathsome, ultra-wealthy Roy family. 
(Watch the teaser)

Dexter: New Blood

Showtime, November 7
TV fans were ride-or-die for Michael C. Hall's classic antihero character in the '00s… at least until the controversial final season when many felt that the show fell off. Now, your favorite serial killer is coming back in an attempt to rewrite the last installment of the Showtime hit. New Blood features 10 episodes that take place 10 years after the events of the final season, finding Dexter Morgan hiding out under a new identity in a small Upstate New York town.
(Watch the trailer)

Yellowstone (Season 4)

Paramount+, November 7
Yeehaw, baby. Your parents' favorite show Yellowstone is back, and now airing on Paramount+ as one of the service's streaming originals. The Kevin Costner drama picks back up after last season's shocking finale, finally revealing who exactly was shot and continues to follow the war unfolding against the Duttons.

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'The Shrink Next Door' | Apple TV+

The Shrink Next Door

Apple TV+, November 12
The Shrink Next Door brings Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, and director Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer, The Big Sick) together—but it'll be a much darker kind of comedy than fans are used to from them. Based on the podcast of the same name—which became one of those pods that everybody talks about—it examines the true, bizarre relationship between a psychiatrist and his patient who lived next door, whose life he manages to take over. 
(Watch the teaser)

Mayor of Kingstown

Paramount+, November 14
Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan has another show lined up with Paramount+. Like Yellowstone, Mayor of Kingstown is another drama focusing on a powerful family in a unique industry. Here, we have the McLusky family in Kingstown, Michigan where they work as power brokers in an area where private prisons are the only money-making industry. Kyle Chandler and Jeremy Renner lead the cast.
(Watch the trailer)

Yellowjackets

Showtime, November 14
The chances of a plane full of teenagers crashing and forcing them to live in the wild is probably quite rare, but ever since Lord of the Flies was published, it sure has inspired Hollywood to create many different takes on the specific concept. Yellowjackets is one of those, taking on a psychological-horror-leaning, as it follows a high school girls soccer team who crashes in the wilderness, forcing them to go to extreme lengths to survive. What happened in those dangerous woods ends up sticking with them their whole lives, seeing the show play out in two timelines that revisits the women 25 years later. Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis, and ​​Melanie Lynskey are among the adult cast.
(Watch the trailer)

Cowboy Bebop

Netflix, November 19
3, 2, 1, let's jam. A live-action version of beloved space western anime about the adventures of an intergalactic bounty hunter is on the way. John Cho stars as the iconic Spike Spiegel and Shinichiro Watanabe, who created the original, is on as creative consultant—so it's safe to say we're stoked about this one.

The Great, Season 2

Hulu, November 19
Huzzah! More of Hulu's hilarious period piece about Catherine the Great is on the way. This time around, the ruler played by Elle Fanning is pregnant with an heir. 

The Wheel of Time

Amazon Prime, November 19
Amazon seems eager to create the next Game of Thrones-level fantasy hit. Not only is a Lord of the Rings series coming in 2022, The Wheel of Time is another epic high-fantasy series, adapted from Robert Jordan's beloved series that's set in a medieval-inspired future where magic exists. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) leads the cast. 

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'Hawkeye' | Disney+

Hawkeye

Disney+, November 24
Jeremy Renner is taking a break from his music and failed stint as an app developer to return to the MCU. He'll lead Disney+'s latest Marvel series as Clint Barker, who's training a new hero with a knack for archery played by Hailee Steinfeld. Florence Pugh and Vera Farmiga are also among the cast.
(Watch the trailer)

The Beatles: Get Back

Disney+, November 25
Peter Jackson directs this three-part docuseries on The Beatles and the making of their legendary 1970 album Let It Be. The episodes will air consecutively over the course of three days on Disney+, beginning on November 25. 

The Hot Zone: Anthrax

Nat Geo, November 28
Despite Nat Geo's 2019 series The Hot Zone being based on one nonfiction book, the network has done the increasingly popular move of turning the show into an anthology. Round two will again focus on a true-crime incident, this time around looking at the FBI's search for the cause of the anthrax attacks through the mail in the early 2000s. 

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'The Witcher' Season 2 | Netflix

The Witcher (Season 2)

Netflix, December 17
Toss another coin to your local Witcher: Henry Cavill's brooding, wandering monster hunter Geralt of Rivia is coming back this year with all the "hmms" and "fucks" you could hope for. Video game and book series fans should be in for a little treat—we're betting Season 2 is adapting the first book of the main Witcher series, Blood of Elves. Ciri could be much older; Yennifer should still be on a mission to become the greatest sorcerer; Jaskier, without a doubt, will still be penning his annoyingly catchy bard songs. You can't escape destiny, Geralt.

1883

Paramount+, December 19
It's what TV fans everywhere have been clamouring for: a Yellowstone extended universe. This show also comes from Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan and tells the story of the Dutton family's manifest destiny journey across the west to settle in ye ole, bountiful Montana. Country stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw star, so it's a one big yeehaw time.
(Watch the trailer)

2021 TBA

While 2022 is looking more likely at this point for their premiere dates, the following new and returning shows could still see the light of day in 2021.    

Barry (Season 3)

HBO
Bill Hader's Barry has established itself as some of the most ambitious, darkly comedic shows out there. Chances are, Season 3 is going to be depressing as hell. After taking out a monastery of gangsters he murdered purely out of rage in the Season 2 finale, there's now no denying that the titular hitman bitten by the acting bug is a Bad Guy. He is not a reformed killer; he's a killer-killer. With the cliffhanger that Barry's acting coach Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler) realizes his student's secret as he's being (wrongly) arrested for his cop girlfriend's murder, Barry should come back with a funbag of bleakness.

Dead to Me (Season 3)

Netflix
It's time for Ben's (James Mardsen) dark secrets to take front-and-center in the upcoming season of this addictive series. Stock up on plenty of wine before the Thelma and Louise of streaming—Judy (Linda Cardellini) and Jen (Christina Applegate)—come crashing back onto your screens with their sometimes murderous intent.

Ozark (Season 4)

Netflix
The final season of the tense Missouri-set money laundering saga will be nothing short of shocking, we expect. The Byrdes keep getting deeper in bed with dangerous people—now, the cartel boss Omar Navarro and the FBI—and it's only a matter of time until the blocks crumble beneath them, sending their family and associates into a freefall.   
 

Peaky Blinders (Season 6)

Netflix
Our Peakies! The biggest question at hand after a doozy of a fifth season in Steven Knight's English mob series is: Who betrayed Tommy Shelby and caused his plan to take out political rival and literal fascist Oswald Mosley to fail? (We have some thoughts.)
 

Pieces of Her

Netflix
Toni Collette leads the cast in this adaptation of Karin Slaughter's popular thriller about a woman who tries to stop an active shooter, and the effects it has on her relationship with her daughter, who feels she witnesses a change in her mother after the traumatic interference.

Station Eleven

HBO Max
This adaptation of Emily St. John Mandel's 2014 speculative novel, which followed a troupe of actors and musicians as they traveled an America ravaged by a flu pandemic, doesn't exactly sound like frothy post-2020 escapism. But, given the source material, it should be different from many of the more brutal dystopian tales of recent years. With Mackenzie Davis of Halt and Catch Fire in the lead role, Patrick Somerville (The Leftovers) serving as showrunner, and Hiro Murai (Atlanta) behind the camera, this should be a special one.

Tokyo Vice

HBO Max
The pitch for this HBO Max original, which was delayed by the pandemic but should debut next year, is pretty simple: Michael Mann crime drama. Following an American journalist (Ansel Elgort) as he reports on corruption in Tokyo's elite vice squad in the late '90s, with help from a detective played by Ken Watanabe, Tokyo Vice sounds like a potentially captivating mix of The Insider and another famous Mann production with the word "Vice" in the title. Sign us up!

Uptown

BET
This three-part miniseries documents the story of the iconic Uptown Records, which helped launch the career of huge names in R&B and hip-hop, like Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., Sean "Diddy" Combs, and others. Label founder Andre Harrell, who was previously on board as an executive producer, died in 2020, but the show is still moving ahead. Many of the details are kept under wraps, but it should pay homage to his and his label signees' legacy.

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