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A new year means plenty of new television entertainment! Check out these soon-to-be-released series and mark your calendars because it certainly looks like 2018 will be a fantastic time for TV. Which of the following hot shows are you most excited to check out? 

The Alienist
(January 22)

You've probably spotted ads for this mystery drama plastered across social media and billboards, and for good reason: it looks like it could be one of the best shows to hit television this year. Starring Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, and Luke Evans, The Alienist tells the story of a crime reporter who partners with a psychologist in 19th century New York to investigate a serial killer. It promises plenty of ornate costumes, intrigue, and suspense, so check it out on TNT next week. 


Jane the Virgin
Season 4 (January 26)


Thousands of viewers have fallen head-over-heels for this endearing, humorous drama about a young woman who is accidentally artificially-inseminated with a stranger's sperm. Over the course of the last three seasons, she's learned to become a mother to her young son, suffered heartbreak, and pursued a career as a romance novelist. Now, the show will tackle many of the unanswered questions about Jane's love life, as well as her future in the world of writing. Tune in to The CW for the fourth season people have been waiting for.

Altered Carbon
(February 2) 


This Netflix original envisions a world where human consciousness has been digitized and stored in spinal implants. Essentially, humans never die because their consciousnesses can simply be removed and placed into new bodies once the time comes. When a soldier is downloaded into the body of a disgraced cop, he realizes that not every death is an accident in this futuristic world. Watch him unravel the mystery of an important aristocrat's murder next month. 

The Looming Tower
(February 28)


Looking back at the tragedy of 9/11 and the events leading up to it, this show controversially portrays the rivalry between the CIA and FBI during the late 1990s and early 2000s. It also looks back at the war in Iraq and al-Qaeda's relationship with the United States. Since the story is based on Lawrence Wright's Pulitzer-winning nonfiction book, so you know it's going to be incredibly interesting. Catch it on Hulu in late February. 

Marvel's Jessica Jones
Season 2 (March 8) 


If you watched the first season, then you already know why so many people are excited to watch the upcoming season on Netflix. Jessica Jones is a private investigator with supernatural skills, which she uses to track down villainous characters. However, she's no angel herself, and she struggles to piece together a life after experiencing violence and fear at the hands of her old nemesis, Kilgrave. Find out what her next move is when the second installment drops in early March. 

The Handmaid's Tale
Season 2 (April 2018)


This show's Emmy-winning first season was one of the most popular shows in 2017 by a longshot, and people are desperate for more. Although Margaret Atwood's original novel, on which the Hulu show is based, doesn't tell us what will happen in this second season, the show's creators have promised more surprising twists, plenty of drama, and of course, a hefty dose of political upheaval. Use the months before season two's release to binge-watch the first season if you haven't already. 

Heathers (March 2018) 

This 1980s version of Mean Girls is getting a facelift in a new series with more extensive backstories, tons of catty conversations, and the timeless battle for popularity. If you were a fan of the original 1989 Heathers movie, you'll definitely want to check out this updated version of the story which intends to turn the classic ideas of popularity upside down. 


Sharp Objects
(June 2018) 


Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Amy Adams stars in a new series that's sure to make waves once it debuts next summer. Her character, Camille Preaker, must investigate the murder of two young girls in her tiny hometown. Returning home also means dealing with her neurotic mother, a creepy old Victorian mansion, and her own haunting past. Thrilling and captivating, Sharp Objects is one of the series you won't want to miss on HBO this year. While you're waiting, you might want to check out the book by the same name that inspired the upcoming miniseries. 


Castle Rock (TBD) 

It looks like Hulu will be impressing viewers once again with another groundbreaking new series. This one will be based on the storytelling of Stephen King and include famous characters from his beloved works like It and Misery. Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, the 10-episodes of the show will revisit some of King's best themes and ideas while horrifying and thrilling the audience. 

Maniac
(TBD) 


With an impressive cast composed of Emma Stone, Johan Hill, Justin Theroux, Julia Garner, Sally Field, and Jemima Kirke, there's no way this Netflix Original won't make a striking entrance into the world of television. The story is based on a popular Norwegian series and intends to convey plenty of dark humor while blurring the lines between reality and imagination. Two patients are stuck in a mental institution, and they aren't quite sure where their fantasies begin and end. Keep your eye open for more news once the show's release date has been announced. 

Big Little Lies
Season 2 (TBD) 


Admit it: almost everyone you know has told you to check out this series, and if you haven't yet, you should. It swept the Golden Globe Awards, as well as the Emmys, and it now intends to earn even more attention through the second season full of mystery and lies. Keep your eyes peeled for more information and prepare to fall even more in love with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and the other fantastic cast members. 

Westworld 
Season 2 (TBD) 


People couldn't stop talking about the first season of this revolutionary show, and now it plans to return with even more worlds, twisted mysteries, and insane themes. It's worth checking out just for the epic effects and complex plotlines, so watch for the announcement of its release date sometime later this year. 

Homecoming
(TBD) 

Expected to debut in the latter half of 2018, this Amazon show will star Julia Roberts, Colin Belfast, and Walter Cruz as they tell the story of a woman who is trying to piece together the truth behind a secret government program. It was originally based on a podcast, so many fans are excited to see how the creators bring the tale to life on screen.


Are there other shows you're excited to watch this year? Leave more recommendations and news in the comments below! 

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