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Kaboom! Magazine.com 18 Most Explosive New TV Shows to Watch in 2018

Kaboom! Magazine.com 18 Most Explosive New TV Shows to Watch in 2018

There’s nothing better than curling up with a good TV show when you’re trying to recover from last year. However, choosing a new show to watch while you’re recovering is becoming more and more difficult as the number of TV shows only seems to increase each year. Luckily for you, we’ve planned ahead for this and compiled together all of the new shows debuting in 2018 in one easy place. Here are 18 new shows that we feel you will become instant fans of in 2018.

18. Alone Together (Freeform)
Produced by comedy trio The Lonely Island (aka Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone), Alone Together follows two millennial best friends from different backgrounds, played by Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo — who are both also executive producers — as they embark on ridiculous adventures in and around Los Angeles. (Think of it as a co-ed Broad City.) And no, they’re definitely not interested in each other romantically – yet. Freeform is betting big on the show, renewing it for a second season months before the first even premiered.

17. Good Girls (NBC)
Mae Whitman (Parenthood), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Retta (Parks and Recreation) star in this new hybrid comedy-drama about three suburban women struggling to make ends meet. To fix their problems, they decide to rob the local grocery store, but the sh– hits the fan when the cash haul is significantly more than expected and the store manager catches a glimpse of one of them. Matthew Lillard (Twin Peaks), Manny Montana (Graceland) and Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly) also star.

16. LA to Vegas (Fox)
Fox’s new comedy LA to Vegas, which includes Will Ferrell as an executive producer, is a workplace comedy that takes place where happiness usually goes to die: on a tiny, cramped airplane. The series, which stars Dylan McDermott, follows a flight crew and a bunch of eccentric passengers who take the roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas every weekend to try to win big, because apparently neither city has successfully destroyed anyone’s sense of optimism yet. Ed Weeks (The Mindy Project), Kim Matula (UnREAL), Nathan Lee Graham (The Comeback), Olivia Macklin (The Young Pope) and Peter Stormare (The Big Lebowski) also star.

15. Altered Carbon (Netflix)
With its bold colors and sleek design, Altered Carbon is by far the most lavish Netflix series yet. Based on Richard K. Morgan’s cyberpunk novel, the sci-fi series is set 300 years in the future, when human minds are digitzed (called “stacks”) and can be downloaded from one body (or “sleeve”) to the next. The show follows an elite soldier named Takeshi Kovacs, who is played by Will Yun Lee in flashbacks and Joel Kinnaman after Kovacs is imprisoned, downloaded into a sleeve and wakes up centuries later. Hamilton’s Renee Elise Goldsberry, The Following’s James Purefoy and The Killing’s Kristin Lehman co-star.

14. Strike Back (Cinemax)
It’s only been two years since Scott and Stonebridge literally rode off into the sunset as the best bros who ever bro’d, but the exciting and explosive action drama Strike Back, a Cinemax and Sky co-production, is already being rebooted for what is technically its third iteration in six seasons. The 10-episode season will follow the newly resurrected Section 20 on a lethal manhunt to track down a notorious terrorist after a prisoner transfer is ambushed. In a departure from previous versions, the show will feature more of a team element, with a supporting cast who hopefully won’t die nearly as quickly or as often. But lest diehard fans worry the series will be completely changed, there’s still an Australian portraying an American soldier who doesn’t play by the rules and plenty of awesome action sequences to get the blood pumping. Warren Brown, Daniel MacPherson, Roxanne McKee, and Nina Sosanya star.

13. The Alienist (TNT)
Created by Cary Fukunaga – the helmer responsible for all of the first season of True Detective – The Alienist channels a similar macabre vibe as it focuses on a series of male prostitute murders set against an 1896 New York City backdrop. Whereas we began to see the roots of criminal psychology explored in Netflix’s Mindhunter (which was set in the the late 1970s), The Alienist takes it back much further during a time when police procedure was a mix of superstition, luck and rudimentary science. For fans of Jack the Ripper-esque tales, The Alienist should certainly do the trick.

12. 2 Dope Queens (HBO)
Debuts February 2 on HBO. YQY! The popular stand-up comedy/storytelling podcast hosted by Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson comes to HBO in the form of four hour-long episodes directed by Tig Notaro. Each hour will revolve around a particular theme (ranging from “New York” to—ahem—”Hot Peen”) and, like the audio version, each will feature a special interview guest (Jon Stewart, Tituss Burgess, Uzo Aduba, and Sarah Jessica Parker). Stand-up performances come from the likes of John Early, Rhea Butcher, Baron Vaughn, Aparna Nancherla, Jackie Kashian, and more.

11. Corporate (Comedy Central)
Debuts January 17 on Comedy Central. Comedy Central’s edgy new workplace comedy is set within a soulless multinational corporation named Hampton Deville. It stars Matt Ingebretson, Jake Weisman, Anne Dudek, Adam Lustick, Aparna Nancherla, and Lance Reddick (who appears to be following Andre Braugher’s career path from playing a Baltimore cop to starring in a sitcom). Upcoming guests include Natasha Lyonne, Jon Daly, Baron Vaughn, Kate Walsh, Aimee Mann, and Rory Scovel. Want to get an early taste? The first four episodes can be streamed right now via the Comedy Central app and website.

10. Counterpart (Starz)
Set in Berlin, the spy thriller stars J.K. Simmons as Howard Silk, a lowly cog at a U.N. spy agency who discovers that the agency can secretly cross into a parallel dimension. Now, the only person Howard can trust is his “counterpart” on the other side. Created by Justin Marks, the series also stars Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd, Nicholas Pinnock, Nazanin Boniadi, Sara Serraiocco, and Ulrich Thomsen. Morten Tyldum, the Oscar-nominated director of The Imitation Game, serves as executive producer and director, so we like to believe he and Simmons first started talking about this during the 2014-15 Oscar season that culminated with Simmons winning for Whiplash.

9. LIfe Sentence (The CW)
In Lucy Hale’s first post-Pretty Little Liars role, Life Sentence centers on Stella (Hale), a woman who has been living with terminal cancer for most of her young adult life. When Stella discovers that she’s cured, she has to learn to live with the choices she made when she decided to “live like she was dying,” and rediscover the family who has been keeping secrets from her. It’s a sweet and heartfelt dramedy that’s sure to soothe your soul.

8. Rise (NBC)
From Friday Night Lights executive producer Jason Katims and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, Rise is inspired by a true story of a real working-class town. How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor plays a teacher who takes over a high school’s lackluster theater department and transforms the lives of seven very different students. Rise combines the “clear eyes, full hearts” mentality of FNL with the toe-tapping aspects of Glee and Smash. If you’re not already sold, let’s put it this way: We haven’t been this instantly smitten with a drama since we watched another NBC favorite, This Is Us.

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7. Sharp Objects (HBO)
If you loved Big Little Lies, get ready for your next TV obsession. Based on the book by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, Amy Adams stars as Camille Preaker, a reporter who returns to her hometown to investigate the murders of two young girls. Sharp Objects was originally set to be a feature film, but HBO acquired the rights and decided to transform the narrative into an eight-episode season, which will be directed by Big Little Lie’s Jean-Marc Vallée.

6. Castle Rock (Hulu)
The year of 2017 belongs to Stephen King as his work was featured in five major adaptations, most notably the record-breaking It. Next year is looking pretty good for the author as well as Castle Rock will combine “the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.” Executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Castle Rock features an impressive cast headlined by Moonlight‘s Andre Holland, who has been deserving of a lead role for quite some time now. We’re all in on this King Universe-spanning interconnected thrill ride.

5. Waco (Paramount Network)
As part of its rebranding from Spike TV to the Paramount Network, the company is presenting a six-part television event focusing on the Waco, Texas, tragedy which claimed the lives of 76 people. It’s based on two biographies, A Place Called Waco, by Branch Davidian David Thibodeau, one of the nine survivors of the final fire on April 19, 1993, and Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, written by the FBI’s Head of Crisis Negotiation Unit, Gary Noesner. Featuring Taylor Kitsch in the role of David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidian cult which initiated the fateful standoff, it also stars two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon in the role of Noesner.

4. 9-1-1 (Fox)
Why watch a normal emergency services procedural when you can watch a Ryan Murphy emergency services procedural? In his team’s hands, Murphy’s dramatization of what happens after people dial those three numbers merges melodrama, raw emotion and over-the-top camp like nobody else can. Another thing separating this procedural from the rest: each of the main characters has serious stuff going on at home, turning the series from a “crime of the week” format into a moving, if at times cheesy, tour de force. Angela Bassett plays no-nonsense cop Athena Grant, who’s coming to terms with her husband’s coming out; Peter Krause is firefighter Bobby Nash with a drinking problem; and Connie Britton is great as Abby Clark, the 9-1-1 dispatcher dealing with an elderly parent. All of them could snap from the pressure of home and work life at any moment — and some of them do.

3. Grown-ish (Freeform)
This long-awaited black-ish spin-off follows eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahadi) as she heads off to college and navigates the highlights and pitfalls of entering adulthood. The show will kick off with back-to-back episodes that include a Breakfast Club tribute. Expect to see Zoey’s parents (Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross) in frequent guest-starring roles. The series co-stars Trevor Jackson as Aaron, a young activist who’s Zoey’s on-again, off-again love interest; and Francia Raisa as Ana, a conservative freshman.

2. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
Ryan Murphy’s second true crime anthology for FX has glamour, celebrity, media hysteria, sex and of course murder as it dramatizes how Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), a gay man himself, shot beloved designer Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) in the final act of a 1997 killing spree. In typical Murphy fashion, the series examines much more than what’s on the surface: Versace looks at how homophobia — internalized in police departments and a gay community that didn’t want negative publicity — contributed to the designer’s death. But in a reversal from the Emmy-winning People v O.J. Simpson, Versace tells the story in reverse, with the first and second episodes about Versace’s murder, and subsequent episodes contextualizing how it all happened. Criss is bound to be an awards darling as soon as the episodes go public; he plays a madman consumed with fame and drug-induced mania driven to do the unthinkable, and according to early buzz, he disappears into the role.

1. The Chi (Showtime)
On the heels of her historic Emmy win for writing Master of None’s “Thanksgiving” episode, Lena Waithe presents The Chi, a coming-of-age story set in her hometown of Chicago. The Chi focuses on the South Side of Chicago, specifically, following the lives of people who, at first, seem to be unrelated. But it’s not long before the truth of their association becomes clear: they’re connected to a murder that begins the series and then another retaliatory killing that has the community on edge. Equal parts tragedy and comedy, The Chi features strong performances from Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton, Mudbound) as talented young chef Brandon trying to stay on the right track; Moonlight star Alex R. Hibbert as Kevin, one of the many kids forced to grow up too soon after he witnesses a murder; and Yolanda Ross (Treme) as Jada, an overworked mom trying to shepherd her son to adulthood.

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