TV's Biggest Upcoming Shows To Watch In 2020 (And Beyond)
In many ways, 2019 felt like a transitional period for TV. After much build-up, Disney and Apple launched their own much-hyped streaming platforms at the tail end of the year, and they will be joined in 2020 by a variety of other services, including WarnerMedia's HBOMax and Peacock from NBCUniversal--as well as the recently released Quibi. For the first time in years, Netflix's dominance over the streaming market is in question.
But while the future of streaming is uncertain, for now, it's great news for audiences. In order to gain subscribers in this highly competitive market, all the platforms and networks had lined up a seriously impressive slate of shows in 2020. We were all set to enjoy a mix of returning series, new adaptations of much-loved novels and comic books, and some intriguing new titles.
But of course, a lot has changed since the start of the year. The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has caused major disruption across the entire entertainment industry, with shows and movies getting postponed and delayed on what feels like a daily basis. As a result, many of the series that were scheduled for the next few months won't appear until later in 2020--and shows that we expected to premiere in the fall may not arrive until 2021.
Nevertheless, there's plenty to look forward to, even if we have to wait a while to see it. And there are shows being released over the next few months, including the new Netflix comedy Space Force, the new DC series Stargirl, and a variety of titles debuting on the new short-form video platform Quibi. So here's our guide to the biggest series to watch in 2020 and beyond...
Netflix, May 29
The Office's Steve Carell and Friends star Lisa Kudrow team up for this upcoming Netflix workplace comedy that is a bit different from what you expect. Carell plays a four-star general who is put in charge of the newly created Space Force and given the job of getting Americans to the moon again, while Kudrow plays his long-suffering wife. The short trailer released in April didn't reveal any footage but with two comedy icons in the leads and a supporting cast that includes John Malkovich and Ben Schwartz, hopes are high that this will be something special.
The Twilight Zone, Season 2
CBS All Access, June 25
The first season of Twilight Zone--hosted by Jordan Peele--was easily the best original series from CBS All Access in 2019. It encapsulated what the original series was all about, while adding a modern twist to it. Back in May, a second season of Twilight Zone was announced. There is still very little known about Season 2, like the release date or who is involved on the show, but it is expected to hit the CBS streaming service in 2020.
Netflix, July 3
A Grudge reboot movie arrived earlier this year, and a Netflix series arriving this summer. Very little is known about the show, but there is an official synopsis for Ju-On on its Netflix landing page: "The J-Horror classic franchise Ju-On was actually based on real events that occurred over four decades--and the truth is even more terrifying." The overall story for the Ju-On series follows a vengeful curse that behaves more like a virus, killing its host and moving on to infect someone else. S
Based on a novel by Matt Ruff, this show follows three people traveling across the country during the Jim Crow-era of America--the 1950s--as one of them searches for his missing father. The three come across a few threats, including racist America and monsters from the writing of HP Lovecraft. The series stars Michael Kenneth Williams, Montrose Freeman, Courtney B. Vance, and Jonathan Majors.
The Mandalorian Season 2
While The Rise of Skywalker might have divided both audiences and critics, The Mandalorian seems to have made almost everyone Star Wars fan happy. Season 1 of the first ever live-action Star Wars TV succeeded in the difficult task of presenting a show with entirely new characters that still captured the spirit of what fans love about the franchise, as well as introducing the world to the pop culture phenomenon that is Baby Yoda. Season 2 started shooting back in November, with Jon Favreau acting as showrunner once more, and production has already wrapped. It is unknown whether events of this year will delay its Fall arrival on Disney+, but with any luck, we'll still see it this year.
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier
Disney+ may not pump out the quantity of original content that Netflix does, but it does have the most-hyped shows and movies, primarily from the worlds of Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2020, we'll get our very first MCU show in the upcoming year with The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan return to play their respective roles, and they'll be joined by Daniel Brühl reprising his role of Zemo from Captain America: Civil War.
Doom Patrol Season 2
DC Universe/HBO Max
DC Universe's Doom Patrol is the streaming service's best show. It's weird, wild, and completely unpredictable, unlike any other superhero show on television. However, it's also on DC Universe, a very niche service that caters to primarily to comic book readers. However, with Season 2 on the horizon, it was announced that the show would also be coming to the upcoming streaming service HBO Max, so more people will get to see moments like Brendan Fraser playing a robot or people going into a pocket dimension which is contained within a donkey. Doom Patrol is such a unique TV show, and Season 2 will be a must-watch. While there is no release date set yet, there is a chance it could launch with HBO Max in May.
CBS, Fall 2020
Cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter got his own TV show a few years ago, and now it's the turn of his Silence of the Lambs nemesis, FBI Agent Clarice Starling. Clarice stars Rebecca Breeds (Pretty Little Liars) in the title role, and the show is set six months after the events of Silence of the Lambs. Hannibal showed that there was plenty of mileage left in that character, so with any luck this new look at Starling should prove to be a successful new addition to the roster of great crime TV shows. It also stars Kal Penn (Designated Survivor), Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead), and Nick Sandow (Orange is the New Black).
The Right Stuff
Tom Wolfe's classic non-fiction book about the development of the NASA space program was adapted for the big screen in 1983, and will now get a new TV version. The show is produced by National Geographic, and will take a "gritty, anti-nostalgic look" at this momentous chapter in American history. The cast includes Jake McDorman (Limitless) as Alan Shepard, Michael Trotter (Inhumans) as Gus Grissom, Patrick J. Adams (Suits) as John Glenn, and James Lafferty (One Tree Hill) as Scott Carpenter. It's executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and premieres on Disney+ in the fall.
CBS All Access, Fall
This upcoming year will be a much better one for CBS All Access, as the service has a few new original programs to check out including another adaptation of Stephen King's epic The Stand. Announced back in January 2019, CBS All Access ordered 10-episodes for the miniseries, which revolves around a planet that was destroyed by a plague, and there's a battle between good and evil survivors.
Y: The Last Man is one of Vertigo's most beloved comic books. The series followed a man (Yorick) and his monkey (Ampersand), who were the last two males on the planet after a disease wiped out everything with a Y chromosome. Getting this comic adapted has been a bumpy ride, though. It was a TV show, then a movie, then a TV show once again. Most recently, Eliza Clark (The Killing) has taken over as showrunner, writer, and executive producer. Comic creators Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra spoke about the show at NYCC 2019 saying this will be the series comic fans deserve. Let's hope FX does this amazing comic justice.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond
While The Walking Dead's first spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead, dealt with the start of the zombie apocalypse, this new series is set to focus on younger characters who have grown up during the time of the undead. World Beyond will also run two for seasons, as opposed to the open-ended approach of the other two series, so it'll be interesting to see if this changes the storytelling dynamic. The show was set to premiere this month, but has now been delayed and will arrive later in 2020.
American Horror Story, Season 10
It's almost nine years since the hugely popular anthology show American Horror Story premiered, and the series doesn't show signs of finishing any time soon. In January, it was renewed for another three seasons, and Season 10 will arrive this year. The only image we've seen from the new season so far is this poster, which suggests an aquatic horror theme. The cast this time includes Home Alone star Macauley Culkin, as well as Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd, Finn Wittrock, Lily Rabe, Adina Porter, Leslie Grossman, and Angelica Ross. And fans will be excited to learn that series favorites Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters are also returning.
The Boys Season 2
Amazon Prime Video
The first season of this very adult superhero show arrived on Amazon in 2019, and it was a surprise hit. It followed a group of regular people trying to keep corrupt superheroes in their place. Based on an over-the-top comic of the same name, Season 2 is expected to arrive sometime in 2020. The first season was relatively short, but it is a must-watch for anyone who has Amazon Prime.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous
Building on the world created by numerous big-budget summer blockbusters, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous is an animated series that follows a group of teens who head to an adventure camp on Isla Nubar. And guess what? The dinosaurs on the island escape! The group has to survive and escape the rampaging dinos.
There isn't a lot known about the show at this time. Scott Kreamer and Lane Lueras will serve as showrunners and executive producers for the join and be joined by executive producers Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Colin Trevorrow.
The Haunting Of Bly Manor
2018's The Haunting of Hill House was a smashing-success for Netflix, and GameSpot's #1 TV show for that year. It was one of the scariest TV shows of the year, so it wasn't any surprise when it was announced in February this year that Season 2 is happening. A specific release date hasn't been revealed yet, but it will be arriving in 2020. The new season is based on the 1898 Henry James novella The Turn of The Screw, with showrunner Mike Flannagan will return to direct. Catherine Parker, T'nia Miller (Years and Years, Free Rain), Rahul Kohli (iZombie, Supergirl), and Amelia Eve (Mens Sana, Big Boys Don't Cry) have all been cast. They'll join Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, and Kate Seigel, who return to the series in brand-new roles.
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (Season 2)
Tim Robinson's sketch show I Think You Should Leave was bizarre, easily one of the weirdest sketch comedy series in years. Robinson's unique brand of humor is absurdist and pushes the envelope for how far it's willing to go to deliver its comedy. While we don't know a lot about the upcoming season, series co-creator Zach Kanin told Variety that The Lonely Island will be involved.
Star Trek Discovery Season 3
CBS All Access, TBD
An early teaser for the next season of Star Trek Discovery was released back in October, but there has been very little news since then about when we might see it. However, production has finished on the series, and according to editor Scott Gamzon, work on the series continues remotely, with "post-production, sound, VFX, and editorial all hard at work from our homes." Season 2 ended with Discovery making a huge leap into the future, and at last year's San Diego Comic-Con showrunner Alex Kirkman stated that the next season will "honor canon but shake it up hugely."
Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy
The Transformers franchise continues to grow, with the recent news of a new live-action movie and animated film in development. On the small screen, fans can look forward to this upcoming animated Netflix show. It doesn't have a release date yet, but the first trailer was released in February. It's got a striking look, which combines modern CG animation with a more traditional hand-drawn style, and the story will focus on the battle between the Autobots and the Decepticon on the Transformers planet of Cybertron, as each searches for the Allspark, the mysterious source of their power.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
CBS All-Access, TBD
For many viewers, the best thing about Star Trek Discovery Season 2 was the addition of Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike. Mount wasn't the first actor to play Pike, but his charming, charismatic performance made him an immediate fan favorite, and there were demands for him to get his own show almost as soon as that season ended. In May this year, it was confirmed that this is happening, and Mount, Ethan Peck (as Spock), and Rebecca Romijn (as Number One) will return for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. The new show will be set a decade before the original Star Trek series, and will follow the trio on adventures around the galaxy in the Enterprise.
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