Most anticipated TV events through the rest of 2018
For TV lovers, there’s no season more exciting than the fall. After all, it’s during the autumn months that the majority of networks and services drop their most hotly anticipated programs. Between exclusive events, the return of old favorites, and the debut of new shows, viewers have a slew of reasons to hunker down in front of the television. And in the age of peak TV, there have never been more outstanding options to choose from. In other words, if someone can’t find something to relish, he or she just isn’t looking hard enough.
But which TV events are viewers anticipating the most for the remainder of 2018? To find out, Stacker turned to Wikipedia pageviews to get a sense of what people are interested in watching this year. Once there, Stacker collected the page view data for TV program events in fall, including exclusive events, TV films and specials, premieres of new shows, finales, and landmark episodes. The reviewed data was collected by over a six-month period, from March 11, 2018, to September 11, 2018, and the 50 programs with the most page views were gathered for this list. Counting down from #50, here are the most anticipated television events through the rest of 2018.
#50. The Good Cop Premiere
Date airing: Sep. 21, 2018
Six-month Wikipedia pageviews: 56,032
From the creator of “Monk” comes this equally quirky police show, in which a disgraced former NYPD officer lives under the same roof as his son, a thoroughly honest detective. Adapted from an Israeli series of the same name, the show stars TV legend Tony Danza as the former cop, and Josh Groban as his son. Being that “The Good Cop” airs on Netflix, all 10 episodes will drop at once. In other words: prepare to binge.
#49. The Dragon Prince Premiere
Date airing: Sep. 14, 2018
Six-month Wikipedia pageviews: 58,408
Seasoned writer Aaron Ehasz teamed up with video game director Justin Richmond to create this animated series for Netflix, about two princes and the elfin assassin sent to kill them, who team up to transport a mystical dragon egg across a perilous landscape. On the visual front, the series employs both anime-style and 3D animation, while the story blends elements from popular franchises like “Game of Thrones,” “Lord of the Rings,” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”
#48. The Kids Are Alright Premiere
Date airing: Oct. 16, 2018
Six-month Wikipedia pageviews: 61,183
Bearing no affiliation with the hit 2010 indie movie of the same name, this ABC ensemble comedy takes place in the 1970s and follows two Irish Catholic working-class parents as they raise a family of eight children. Funnily enough, “The Kids are Alright”—which is the name of a popular song by The Who—was previously a working title for “That 70s Show”. This is the second recent attempt by ABC to air a show about a family of Irish Catholics. The earlier attempt, a single-camera comedy called “The Real O’Neals,” ran for two seasons before being canceled.
#47. The Kominsky Method Premiere
Date airing: Nov. 16, 2018
Six-month Wikipedia pageviews: 61,874
Sitcom prodigy Chuck Lorre created this upcoming Netflix series, which chronicles the exploits of a once-famous actor named Sandy Kominsky (played by Michael Douglas). With his glory days long behind him, Kominsky makes a living as an acting coach, imparting his revered method upon a range of young and beautiful talent. Alan Arkin, Sarah Baker, and Lisa Edelstein co-star.
#46. The Haunting of Hill House Premiere
Date airing: Oct. 12, 2018
Six-month Wikipedia pageviews: 69,071
Like a number of movies before it, this Netflix series adapts a famous horror novel by Shirley Jackson. Produced by Steven Spielberg and created by Mike Flanagan (of “Oculus” fame), the show centers on a group of siblings who grew up in the world’s most famous haunted house. Now adults, the siblings must return home to confront the deadly spirits of both past and present.
#45. Life-Size 2
Date airing: December
Six-month Wikipedia pageviews: 77,650
A sequel to “Life-Size” from 2000, this Disney TV movie sees Tyra Banks reprising her role as Eve, a magic doll with the ability to spring to life. While Lindsay Lohan tackled the lead in the original, she won’t be playing a prominent role in this 2018 follow-up, presuming she appears at all. Instead, the story centers on a woman named Grace (Francia Raisa), CEO of the toy company that manufactures Eve dolls, who finds herself facing a series of crises in both her personal and professional life.
#44. The Conners Premiere
Date airing: Oct. 16, 2018
Six-month Wikipedia pageviews: 80,034
Anyone with Internet access in 2018 knows all about Roseanne Barr and her unceremonious firing by ABC. In the wake of her departure, the show will go on. Specifically, ABC will premiere “The Conners” this October, in which Roseanne’s character is rumoured to have died from a drug overdose.
#43. The Cool Kids Premiere
Date airing: Sep. 28, 2018
Six-month Wikipedia pageviews: 80,651
Co-created by Charlie Day of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” this Fox sitcom takes place in a cozy retirement center, where three close friends are the most popular kids in school, proverbially speaking. However, that all changes with the arrival of a rebellious elderly woman, who’s duly prepared to challenge the throne.
#42. I Feel Bad Premiere
Date airing: Sep. 19, 2018
Six-month Wikipedia pageviews: 82,806
In this NBC sitcom, a woman named Emet (Sarayu Blue) juggles the respective roles of wife, mother, and video game designer, all while striving for absolute perfection. As the story progresses, Emet learns instead to embrace—rather than resolve—life’s imperfections. Anchored by the protagonist’s unique-but-relatable perspective, the show explores a range of modern themes through a distinctly comedic lens.
#41. The Neighborhood Premiere
Date airing: Oct. 1, 2018
Six-month Wikipedia pageviews: 84,591
In the vein of hit shows like “Black-ish,” this CBS sitcom follows an overly friendly white man (Max Greenfield) from the midwest as he moves his family to a tough Los Angeles neighborhood. Living right next door is Calvin Butler (Cedric the Entertainer), who doesn’t know what to make of his new, insufferably amicable neighbor. Jim Reynolds created the series and reportedly based it on his own personal experiences moving to Los Angeles.2018 All rights reserved.