Most anticipated TV shows of 2019

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May 9, 2019

Most anticipated TV shows of 2019

In August 2015, FX CEO John Landgraf said that the television industry had hit "Peak TV" — a point of saturation from which the flood of scripted shows would begin to slow. Instead, the opposite has happened, with the insatiable appetites of streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Apple, YouTube, and Disney leading to an unprecedented boom in original content. In 2018, a record 495 original TV shows hit small screens on networks, cable, or in some other form. Netflix alone is expected to spend $15 billion on original content in 2019.

HBO spent $15 million apiece on the final six episodes of "Game of Thrones." But of course, in the case of "Thrones," the investment is fully worth it. The third episode of the final season, which aired on April 28, had been seen by an astounding 38 million viewers by April 30. Every network and streaming service is desperately searching for its own "Thrones"-level megahit. It's what led Disney to spend $100 million on its "Star Wars" show and Amazon to spend $500 million on its "Lord of the Rings" fantasy epic. However, for every boom, there are many more busts; for every "Walking Dead," there is many a "Camelot," "Terra Nova," or "The Event."

Though it can feel overwhelming at times, the flood of original shows is nothing but good news for the viewers at home. Never has there been more diversity of stories, characters, or points of view on television than right now. But it does pay to have a trusty guide to help you spot the most anticipated shows on the horizon for 2019. In an era when nearly 500 new shows arrive to your television each year, we at Stacker are happy to aim your focus in the right direction. These are the 50 most anticipated TV premieres still to come in 2019, based on how many times their Wikipedia page was viewed between January 1 to April 28 of this year.

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#50. First Wives Club

- Tentative release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: BET
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 11,027

Based on the 1996 film of the same name, “First Wives Club” is a 10-episode show that follows three college friends who reunite as their marriages fall apart. The singer Jill Scott, comedian Michelle Buteau (“Someone Great”), and Ryan Michelle Bathe (“Empire”) star in the show by Tracy Oliver, who co-wrote “Girls Trip.” The show was originally set to air on Paramount Network, but has moved to BET.

#49. Molly of Denali

- Tentative release date: July 15, 2019
- Network: PBS Kids
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 12,310

“Molly of Denali” is an animated adventure comedy that follows 10-year-old Molly Mabray, who helps her parents run businesses in an Alaskan village and explores the area with her dog and friends. The show is the first U.S. children's show to feature an Alaska Native as a main character. The show is aimed at kids ages 4 to 8, and because it's a PBS show, it also has an educational focus.

#48. Jinn

- Tentative release date: June 13, 2019
- Network: Netflix
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 13,815

“Jinn” tells the story of a group of Arab teenagers who must battle an evil supernatural force called Jinn, all while going to school, gossiping, and falling in love. “Jinn” will be the first Arabic-language Netflix original series. It takes place in Jordan and is directed by Lebanese director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, whose film “Very Big Shot” won him many film festival awards. Netflix hopes the original content will help it grow subscription numbers in the Arab world.

#47. Ambitions

- Tentative release date: June 1, 2019
- Network: Oprah Winfrey Network
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 13,847

“Ambitions” is a family drama set in Atlanta that follows a lawyer (Robin Givens) married to the city's mayor (Brian White), who dreams of taking over her family law firm. The show is based on a concept from producer Will Packer (“Girls Trip,” “Little”) and will air on Oprah's channel, OWN. Kevin Arkadie, who created the 1990s show “New York Undercover,” is the showrunner.

#46. The Last Kids on Earth

- Tentative release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: Netflix
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 16,172

Based on Max Brallier's best-selling books, “The Last Kids on Earth” will be a star-studded animated series that follows a 13-year-old and his crew of friends as they live in a treehouse, eat candy, and fight zombies in the post-apocalyptic suburbs. Netflix brought in some incredible actors to voice the supporting characters, including Mark Hamill, Catherine O'Hara, Bruce Campbell, and Rosario Dawson. Nick Wolfhard, the older brother of Finn Wolfhard of “Stranger Things,” will voice the main character.

#45. On Becoming a God in Central Florida

- Tentative release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: YouTube Premium
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 16,245

Kirsten Dunst is producing and starring in this dark comedy set in 1990s Florida. It features a water-park employee who works to infiltrate the leading ranks of a billion-dollar pyramid scheme in the vein of Amway. George Clooney is also producing the show, which originally was connected to AMC, but has since jumped to YouTube Premium. Esta Spalding (“Masters of Sex,” “The Bridge”) will be showrunner.

#44. Mrs. Fletcher

- Tentative release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: HBO
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 16,991

Based on the best-selling novel by Tom Perotta, “Mrs. Fletcher” tells the story of a divorcée (Kathryn Hahn) and her 18-year-old son (Jackson White) who both explore and grow in their new realities: empty nest life and college, respectively. The comedy focuses much of its attention on Hahn's emotional and sexual awakening, making for a sort of midlife coming-of-age tale. Nicole Holofcener (“Enough Said”) will direct the pilot.

#43. Undone

- Tentative release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: Amazon Video
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 17,472

“Undone” is an adult animated series by the creator and writer-producer of Netflix's “BoJack Horseman.” Like “BoJack,” the series is a dramedy. This time, showrunner Raphael Bob-Waksberg and writer-producer Kate Purdy tell the story of Alma (Rosa Salazar), who survives a car crash which gives her the ability to travel through time. “Undone” is the first adult animated series made for Amazon Video.

#42. Glitch Techs

- Tentative release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: Nickelodeon
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 17,555

The plot details of “Glitch Techs” are still yet to be revealed, but the impressive chops of the co-creators are enough to get fans excited for the new Nickelodeon animated series. Eric Robles wrote and produced “Fanboy & Chum Chum,” while Dan Milano was one of the minds behind “Greg the Bunny” and “Robot Chicken.” News of a production freeze in January created some uncertainty around the show's fate, but Robles released a message via Instagram explaining that the 20-episode first season would definitely air.

#41. Songland

- Tentative release date: May 28, 2019
- Network: NBC
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 17,843

“Songland” is a new competition show from NBC that will set out to find America's next great songwriter. Like “American Idol” or “The Voice” but for songwriting, the show will have judges with impressive resumes and many Top 40 cameos throughout the season's run. “Songland” features producers Shane McAnally (Sam Hunt, Kelly Clarkson), Ryan Tedder (Taylor Swift, Beyoncé), and Ester Dean (Rihanna, Katy Perry), who will work with the competitors to create hit songs for famous musicians.

#40. When Hope Calls

- Tentative release date: August 2019
- Network: Hallmark Movies Now
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 18,829

A spinoff of Hallmark Channel's most popular series “When Calls the Heart,” “When Hope Calls” will be the first-ever original streaming program from Hallmark Movies Now, the company's streaming service. The show will follow two sisters who were raised in very different circumstances after losing their parents as young children. Lilian (Morgan Kohan) and Grace (Jocelyn Hudon), now adults in the early 1900s, find each other and open an orphanage together. Hallmark Channel completely edited Lori Loughlin out of the sixth season of "When Calls the Heart" after news of her involvement in the college admissions scandal broke.

#39. Godfather of Harlem

- Tentative release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: Epix
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 19,564

In “Godfather of Harlem,” Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker plays mob boss Bumpy Johnson, who has returned to his neighborhood after ten years in prison to find Harlem run by the Italian mob. Johnson's story has been told many times, including most recently in “American Gangster,” but the 10-episode series will take a look at his relationship with Malcolm X and the politics of the era. The show will air on Epix and will also star Vincent D'Onofrio and Giancarlo Esposito.

#38. Family Food Fight

- Tentative release date: June 20, 2019
- Network: ABC
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 19,872

Based on an Australian game show, “Family Food Fight” pits eight families against each other for the crown of “America's No. 1 Food Family.” Under the guidance of host Ayesha Curry, the families will cook their own personal recipes for a panel of judges. The first season will run for eight episodes — at the end of the season, one family will remain.

#37. Looney Tunes Cartoons

- Tentative release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: TBA
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 24,262

Warner Bros. Animation is going back to the basics with its new animated series “Looney Tunes Cartoons,” which revives the timeless characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig for brand new shorts. The studio will produce 1,000 minutes of cartoons (each segment will be between one and six minutes long) and will release them across the studio's platforms: digital, mobile, and traditional television. Some of the old voice actors will return, but there will be a new Bugs Bunny: Eric Bauza, a voice actor with many credits including “DuckTales” and “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

#36. Space Force

- Tentative release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: Netflix
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 24,390

As the real world tips ever closer to an episode of “Veep,” Steve Carell and the creators of “The Office” are making something like a “Veep” and “Office” mashup with their Netflix original comedy “Space Force.” The new comedy, starring Carell and created by Greg Daniels (“The Office,” “Parks and Rec”), will follow the day-to-day lives of the people tasked with running President Donald Trump's quixotic and seemingly unplanned Space Force. It's unsurprising that Netflix would tap Carell and Daniels for a new show, as “The Office” remains by far the most popular show on the streaming service.

#35. The Gilded Age

- Tentative release date: Spring 2019
- Network: NBC
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 24,972

Created by “Downton Abbey” co-creator Julian Fellowes, “The Gilded Age” tells the story of a nouveau riche family in 1880s New York trying to join the high-society world of the Vanderbilts and Astors. The show has taken a long time to make it to air on NBC; it was first announced by the network in 2012. Michael Engler (“Sex and the City,” “Downton Abbey,” “30 Rock”) will direct the two-hour pilot, which will premiere this spring.

#34. 7 Seeds

- Announced release date: June 2019
- Network: Netflix
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 26,669

This Netflix original is an anime show based on Yumi Tamura's manga series “7Seeds.” The show takes place in a post-apocalyptic future after a meteor has ended all life on Earth. In preparation for the devastation, the government cryogenically froze seven pairs of men and women in the hopes of continuing mankind. Tamura's manga source material ran for almost 16 years.

#33. What/If

- Announced release date: May 24, 2019
- Network: Netflix
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 26,777

The upcoming series “What/If” from Netflix stars Renee Zellweger and was created by showrunner Mike Kelley, who was behind the long-running ABC show “Revenge.” “What/If” will be an anthology series in the style of “American Horror Story,” using each season to answer the following question: what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things? Robert Zemeckis, of “Back to the Future” fame, will produce the show.

#32. The Kelly Clarkson Show

- Announced release date: Sept. 9, 2019
- Network: NBC
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 28,734

This September, "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson will begin hosting an hour-long daytime talk/variety show on NBC right before “Ellen.” Clarkson will include a mix of performances and intimate conversations with famous and average Joe guests. The show will tape live in LA.

#31. Judge Jerry

- Announced release date: Fall 2019
- Network: First-run syndication
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 29,491

Jerry Springer will return to daytime television this fall, but this time he'll be judging his guests from the bench with a robe and gavel. Springer got his law degree before transitioning into TV hosting, and his new show will be more in the mold of “Judge Judy” than his earlier show model. “Judge Judy” dominates daytime ratings, so it's no surprise that Springer would try to enter the courtroom TV space.

#30. Green Eggs and Ham

- Announced release date: Fall 2019
- Network: Netflix
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 31,459

This Netflix animated series reimagines the timeless Dr. Seuss story “Green Eggs and Ham” with the help of an all-star cast of voice actors. The show will star Michael Douglas as Guy Am I and Adam DeVine as Sam I Am, featuring cameos from Tracy Morgan, Diane Keaton, Ilana Glazer, Daveed Diggs, and many more. The kids show cost a reported $60 million, and will follow the two main characters on a 13-episode epic journey.

#29. Snowpiercer

- Announced release date: Summer 2019
- Network: TNT
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 33,763

Based on the 2014 film by Bong Joon-Ho, the TNT series “Snowpiercer” has been a long time coming. Jennifer Connelly will star in the series, set in a post-apocalyptic world in which a high-speed train is the base for humanity. Josh Friedman (who wrote “War of the Worlds”) was initially set to run the show, but he was replaced partway through the process by Graeme Mason of “Orphan Black.” The breakup was not clean, with Friedman lashing out at Mason on Twitter.

#28. The InBetween

- Announced release date: May 29, 2019
- Network: NBC
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 34,152

The new NBC drama tells the story of Cassie Bedford (Harriet Dyer), who uses her ability to see visions of the past and future to help her father and his new detective partner solve difficult and bizarre murder cases. The show was created by Moira Kirkland, who previously wrote for “Madame Secretary” and “Hawaii Five-O.” The show will air on Wednesdays at 10pm.

#27. A Little Late with Lilly Singh

- Announced release date: September 2019
- Network: NBC
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 34,719

Indian-Canadian comedian Lilly Singh will be replacing Carson Daly in the 1:35 a.m. slot on NBC in her renamed late-night show “A Little Late with Lilly Singh.” Singh first broke through with a viral YouTube presence; her channel has 14.7 million subscribers. The show will be a mix of in-studio interviews and pre-taped sketches. Somehow, in 2019, Singh will be the only woman hosting a late-night show on any of the Big Four networks.

#26. The Righteous Gemstones

- Announced release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: HBO
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 38,721

The new comedy by actor/writer Danny McBride (“Eastbound and Down”) follows the Gemstone family, a world-famous band of televangelists with questionable moral compasses. John Goodman, Adam DeVine (“Workaholics”), and Edi Peterson (“Vice Principals”) round out the Gemstone family in this righteous comedy. It was recently announced that Walton Goggins would be playing a former singing-and-dancing Christian child star that has fallen on hard times.

#25. Kengan Ashura

- Announced release date: July 31, 2019
- Network: Netflix
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 43,881

This Japanese anime show tells the story of a gladiator named Tokita Ohma who fights on behalf of a brutal businessman. In “Kengan Ashura,” moguls wager on these underground battles, risking giant business deals on the outcomes. The Netflix series is based on the manga comic by Yabako Sandrovich.

#24. Carnival Row

- Announced release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: Amazon Video
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 44,718

The upcoming Amazon series is a high-budget fantasy-noir story starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne. “Carnival Row” tells the story of a Victorian city in which local humans must try to live harmoniously alongside mythical creatures who have arrived as refugees from their wartorn homes. The eight-episode series will follow a detective played by Bloom as he investigates the murder of a fairy played by Delevingne. The show replaced its original director Paul McGuigan (“Luke Cage”) with Jon Amiel, who directed the Charles Darwin biopic “Creation.”

#23. Blood & Treasure

- Announced release date: May 21, 2019
- Network: CBS
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 45,036

CBS's “Blood & Treasure” tells the story of a former FBI agent who makes an alliance with an art thief after a terrorist steals an ancient artifact and kidnaps his mentor. The show follows the unlikely pair played by Matt Barr and Sofia Pernas as they chase down the terrorist cell and find themselves in an international and ancient battle. The show airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS.

#22. City on a Hill

- Announced release date: June 16, 2019
- Network: Showtime
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 52,203

A Boston cop story from the mind of Ben Affleck, “City On A Hill” stars Kevin Bacon as a corrupt but well-respected FBI agent who teams with an assistant district attorney (Aldis Hodge) to root out the bad apples running rampant throughout the city's criminal justice system. Affleck had the spark of the idea, which is a true story from 1990s Boston, and gave it to writer Chuck MacLean, who wrote the Showtime series. Matt Damon, Affleck, and Jennifer Todd are the producers of the 12-episode series.

#21. Amphibia

- Announced release date: Summer 2019
- Network: Disney Channel
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 52,495

The Disney Channel animated comedy “Amphibia” tells the story of 13-year-old Anne Boonchuy, who must explore and survive the strange, marshy world of Amphibia that she was mysteriously transported to. The world is filled with frog people and shenanigans ensue. Brenda Song (“The Social Network”) voices Anne in the series, while Matt Braly (“Gravity Falls”) created the show.

#20. Too Old to Die Young

- Announced release date: June 14, 2019
- Network: Amazon Video
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 56,176

From the mind of controversial Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”), “Too Old to Die Young” stars Miles Teller as a police officer dealing with a loved one's death while working to break open LA's dangerous criminal underworld. Billy Baldwin and Jena Malone star alongside Teller in this 10-episode Amazon series. Amazingly, each episode will be close to 90 minutes long.

#19. Infinity Train

- Announced release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: Cartoon Network
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 68,404

Cartoon Network's animated series “Infinity Train” will follow Tulip, an analytical teenager on a mysterious quest to save worlds in need of her help and find out how she got to the strange new reality of infinity trains and cars in the first place. The show is the brainchild of writer Owen Dennis, who worked on “Regular Show,” and will star Ashley Johnson (“Blindspot”) as Tulip.

#18. Close Enough

- Announced release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: TBS
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 69,004

TBS ordered 13 episodes of “Regular Show” creator J.G. Quintel's “Close Enough” in 2017, but the animated series has been slow to hit the air, which has worried Quintel superfans. The series is set to premiere at some point in 2019 and will tell the story of late-20s parents dealing with the realities of parenthood, with a few surrealist touches.

#17. Creepshow

- Announced release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: Shudder
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 69,097

Based on the 1982 horror anthology film by Stephen King and George A. Romero, “Creepshow” will tell 12 horror short stories over six episodes. The show will air on AMC's streaming service Shudder and will be executive produced by Greg Nicotero of “The Walking Dead.” The segments are written by some horror heavyweights including Josh Malerman (“Bird Box”) and, most excitingly of all, Stephen King.

#16. Pennyworth

- Announced release date: July 28, 2019
- Network: Epix
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 71,622

The upcoming Epix series “Pennyworth” centers on Batman's butler Alfred Pennyworth in the years before the rise of Bruce Wayne. The show takes place in 1960s London and follows Alfred (Jack Bannon) as he forms a security company with Bruce's father (Ben Aldridge). Bruno Heller, the creator of “Gotham” and “Rome,” is the showrunner of “Pennyworth.”

#15. NOS4A2

- Announced release date: June 2, 2019
- Network: AMC
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 77,822

Based on the novel by Joe Hill, “NOS4A2” tells the story of a young woman with the ability to find lost things and an immortal supervillain who feeds off the souls of children. Ashleigh Cummings plays the young woman and Zachary Quinto plays the Big Bad in the AMC show created by Jami O'Brien (“Fear the Walking Dead”). The series will air after “Fear the Walking Dead” on AMC and will be available to stream in its entirety on AMC's streaming service, AMC Premiere.

#14. The Politician

- Announced release date: Sept. 27, 2019
- Network: Netflix
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 80,454

Early last year, Netflix announced that it had signed Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Crime Story,” “American Horror Story”) to a five-year contract worth $300 million. This September, the first new show from Murphy, “The Politician,” hits the streaming service. “The Politician” tells the story of Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a rich Santa Barbara high school overachiever who must ruthlessly battle for the school presidency in order to guarantee the future in politics he desires. The show—which also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, and Zoey Deutch—is a vicious comedy in the vein of “Election” or “Heathers.”

#13. Love Alarm

- Announced release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: Netflix
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 80,800

Based on a comic by South Korean graphic novelist Kye Young Chon, this Netflix original features a software engineer who creates an app that alerts users if anyone within 10 meters has romantic feelings for them. As expected, the so-called Love Alarm has many unexpected consequences, which leads to madness throughout the 12-episode series. “Love Alarm” is the first South Korean original series from Netflix.

#12. L.A.'s Finest

- Announced release date: May 13, 2019
- Network: Spectrum Originals
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 83,254

“L.A.'s Finest” is the first original series from Spectrum, with the first three episodes set to appear on the cable provider's On Demand platform on Monday, May 13. The show is a spinoff of the “Bad Boys” movies and stars Gabrielle Union as Syd Burnett, the character she played in “Bad Boys II.” She is now an LA detective, and she and her partner (played by Jessica Alba) will fight crime and annoy their superiors in the 13-episode first season.

#11. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

- Announced release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: Netflix
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 108,054

A prequel to Jim Henson's classic film “The Dark Crystal,” this Netflix original series will be 10 episodes of action and adventure set in the world of Thra. Louis Leterrier (“Now You See Me”) will direct the show, which is a mix of puppetry and digital effects. Jim Henson Creature Shop will design all the puppets.

#10. Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?

- Announced release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: Boomerang
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 117,007

“Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?” revives the dog and his groovy group of friends for an all-new animated series. The show will air on Boomerang, a streaming service from Turner. Like the original “Scooby-Doo,” the new series will feature guest appearances from celebrity friends, including Ricky Gervais, Halsey, Chris Paul, and Mark Hamill.

#9. Harley Quinn

- Announced release date: October 2019
- Network: DC Universe
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 135,832

“Harley Quinn” is an animated series that will stream exclusively on the DC Universe subscription service (which launched last September). The animated series follows Quinn, a character recently portrayed by Margot Robbie in “Suicide Squad,” as she partakes in her brand of theatrical villainy. Kaley Cuoco of “The Big Bang Theory” will voice Quinn, joining an all-star cast that includes Alan Tudyk (“Rogue One”), Lake Bell (“In a World...”), and JB Smoove (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”).

#8. Pearson

- Announced release date: Summer 2019
- Network: USA Network
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 175,477

A spinoff of the much-loved show “Suits”—which introduced the world to now-Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle—“Pearson” follows Jessica Pearson as she starts work at the Chicago Mayor's Office. Gina Torres plays Pearson on both “Suits” and the spinoff, and she's joined by Eli Goree (“Ballers,” “Riverdale”) and Bethany Joy Lenz (“One Tree Hill”). Adam Arkin (“Suits,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) is the series' showrunner.

#7. Tamron Hall

- Announced release date: Sept. 9, 2019
- Network: First-run syndication
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 195,937

“Tamron Hall” will be a daily talk show hosted by Hall, who made her name as anchor for NBC News and MSNBC. The daytime talk show will cover the news in a conversational tone while also featuring guests “who are shaping the world,” according to the show's producers. “Tamron Hall” is produced by Disney.

#6. Euphoria

- Announced release date: June 16, 2019
- Network: HBO
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 206,091

An adaptation of an Israeli series, HBO's “Euphoria” tells the story of a group of modern high schoolers dealing with the 2019 world of sex, drugs, and Instagram. Drake is producing the show along with Academy Award-winning studio A24. The series stars Zendaya, Maude Apatow (daughter of Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann), and Sydney Sweeney (“Sharp Objects”). Sam Levinson (“Assassination Nation”) wrote all ten episodes of the first season.

#5. The Witcher

- Announced release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: Netflix
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 221,746

This Netflix original series is based on both the series of books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski and the fan-favorite video game series “The Witcher.” The show will star Henry Cavill (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) as Geralt of Rivia, a genetically modified human trained to kill monsters. The story takes place in medieval Poland and may be one of many attempts by the streaming giants to create their own “Game of Thrones.”

#4. His Dark Materials

- Announced release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: BBC One / HBO
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 231,347

Based on the classic trilogy by Philip Pullman, “His Dark Materials” tells the story Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen), who travels to the Arctic to save her friend and then discovers a church studying a species-altering substance called Dust. The series takes place in a fantastical world in which shapeshifting creatures called daemons ride shotgun beside humans. Ruth Wilson, Lin Manuel Miranda, and James McAvoy all star alongside Keen in the show from HBO and BBC One.

#3. Watchmen

- Announced release date: 2019 (not announced yet)
- Network: HBO
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 362,172

Based on the legendary graphic novel by Alan Moore, HBO's “Watchmen” takes place in the world of the original comics but with a reimagined story by showrunner Damon Lindelof (“Lost,” “The Leftovers”). Lindelof compared Moore's original text to “the Old Testament”; as he explained, the new show will feature the same characters—Rorschach, The Comedian, Dr. Manhattan—and what's happened before will be canon, but his show would be something other than a direct sequel. Jeremy Irons (“Reversal of Fortune”), Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), and Don Johnson (“Miami Vice”) will all star in the show, which will premiere on HBO later this year.

#2. Good Omens

- Announced release date: May 31, 2019
- Network: Amazon Video
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 364,806

Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman (“American Gods”) and Terry Pratchett (the Discworld novels), “Good Omens” centers on a demon and an angel at a moment when Judgment Day is just around the corner. Gaiman wrote all six episodes of the Amazon show and will be serving as showrunner, as per the wishes of the now-deceased Pratchett. David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) will play the demon Crowley and Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex”) will play the angel Aziraphale.

#1. The Mandalorian

- Announced release date: Nov. 12, 2019
- Network: Disney+
- Year-to-date Wikipedia page views: 497,728

Costing an incredible $100 million to make, “The Mandalorian” is the crown jewel of Disney's new streaming service, Disney+. The show from Jon Favreau (“Swingers,” “Iron Man”) tells an original Star Wars story of a warrior similar to Boba Fett, taking place right after the action of “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.” Pedro Pascal (“Game of Thrones”) will play the gunslinging bounty hunter who travels to the far-edges of the galaxy—popping into cantinas and riding lizards on Tatooine—in the show's sprawling Star Wars universe. Nick Nolte (“Blue Chips”), Carl Weathers (“Rocky”), and Gina Carano (“Haywire”) will also appear in the series. The show's episodes will be directed by an impressive slate of talent, including Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok”) and Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope”).

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