So, it’s that season again. The one we desperately wait for ever year. The autumn TV period is usually an exciting one – and this year, it’s not any different. With a horde of streaming services ready to debut soon, there certainly won’t be a lack of content to dive into.
Catherine the Great (HBO/Sky)
This four-part miniseries is an exciting addition to this year’s schedule for a myriad of reasons. First of all, Helen Mirren plays the titular role of Russian empress Catherine the Great. The award-winning actress will step into the lead of Russia’s longest-ruling female leader – a role that seems made for Mirren. The empress ruled the country between 1762 and 1796 and the show will focus on her long-reign along with one of her – many – affairs.
The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
This is first entry on the list that will debut on a service that doesn’t exist yet. The multinational technology company is delving into the world of streaming with the recently announced Apple TV. The streaming service will launch with a set of new shows, including The Morning Show. The story focuses on the world of broadcast morning news and the power dynamics behind the scenes. Jennifer Aniston takes the lead – along with Reese Witherspoon who made waves in HBO’s Big Little Lies – as a TV anchor that reveals that her long-time co-host was fired for allegations of sexual assault. The show boasts a stellar cast from the likes of Steve Carrell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Billy Crudup and Mark Duplass. Besides Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston? Sign me up.
The Witcher (Netflix)
With a host of competition heading towards Netflix, this season will be especially important for the streaming giant. The Witcher is surely a safe bet. Not only is it based on a collection of novels from Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski but it has also been developed into a popular video game series that has enthralled millions. Superman’s Henry Cavill will step into the role of Geralt of Rivia, a lonesome monster-hunter caught in conflict between two nations. Since the (disappointing) conclusion of Game of Thrones, many are already hailing this show as the next fantasy epic. But we’ll see.
The Mandalorian (Disney+)
The Mandalorian marks the first TV show to be set within the Star Wars universe and one of the first to launch Disney’s streaming service. Disney+ will include content from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and 20th Century Fox. Most notably is The Mandalorian which takes place five years after the fall of the empire in the Return of the Jedi. Game of Thrones alumni Pedro Pascal will take on the titular role as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy. Scheduled for eight episodes, the series will be available on a weekly basis veering from Netflix’s bingeworthy format.
Created and developed by Lost’s Damon Lindelof, Watchmen promises to be exciting viewing. Based partly on the DC comic series of the same name, Lindelof is determined for the TV adaption to be slightly different to the original. The show is set in an alternative reality in America where vigilantes and superheroes are outlawed, smartphones and the internet do not exist and where Robert Redford has been president for over twenty years. Only a few of the original characters are expected to appear in the series, making the way for some new ideas in a well-known universe.
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