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Kaboom! Magazine.com 19 Most Explosive New TV Shows to Watch in 2019

Kaboom! Magazine.com 19 Most Explosive New TV Shows to Watch in 2019

There is a lot of TV out there. In 2018, a record 495 original scripted shows aired on television or were made available for streaming, meaning that now more than ever the small-screen is your oyster. Looking for a medieval South Korean zombie horror show you can stream from your bed? 2019 has you covered. Been waiting for another adaptation of Watchmen? Sure, take it. So the question isn’t so much what can you watch as it is what should you? Today, Kaboom! guides you through the world of new television with 19 of the most explosive new shows that you need to keep your eyes on in 2019.

19.The Passage (Fox):

Adrenaline junkies need to look no further than The Passage this spring, as the show is one of the rare broadcast originals that breaks through the noise in a television-scape increasingly dominated by streaming sites and premium channels. Based on the best-selling trilogy by Justin Cronin and backed by Ridley Scott, The Passage finds a federal agent (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) risking everything to save a young girl from secretive, dangerous tests that could potentially cure humanity from all disease. If The Passage can avoid the pitfalls of genre clichés, this could be the great sci-fi drama of the spring.

18.I Am The Night (TNT):

Between making Wonder Woman and its sequel, director Patty Jenkins somehow managed to slip in this glossy six-episode limited series that orbits the famous Black Dahlia murder in 1947. Starring Chris Pine as Jay Singletary, a reporter on the trail of the mysterious origins of a young woman named Fauna Hodel (India Eisley), I Am the Night’s descent into L.A.’s underworld looks from the trailer intriguingly like a West Coast version of Eyes Wide Shut. It is all the more intriguing, then, that it is loosely based on a true story.

17.The Twilight Zone (CBS):

If the 2019 version of The Twilight Zone were in any other hands, I would probably throw a fit — as a superfan of original 1960s series, I can’t help but cringe at the idea of a reboot. My worries are significantly assuaged, though, by Get Out director Jordan Peele’s involvement as the host à la Rod Serling. While the original Twilight Zone pioneered as a science-fiction and horror anthology series — one that has been palely mimicked over the intervening decades — it will be interesting to see how the creators approach telling stories about “the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition” in the 21st century. Hopefully this won’t be a weaker version of Black Mirror and will do its grandparent justice.

16.Good Omens (Amazon Prime):

This show is based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – something of a sci-fi writing dream-team – and follows the exploits of the demon Crowley (David Tennant) and the angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen). While opposing forces, the pair have grown accustomed to life on earth, and they work together to try and prevent the impending apocalypse, where all life on the planet will end. While the book is set in 1990, this show is modern day and was filmed earlier in 2018. It’ll span six episodes. Other notable appearances see John Hamm as the Archangel Gabriel, and Frances McDormand as the voice of God.

15.Good Trouble (Freeform):

When the Freeform series The Fosters ended its five-season run last June, heartbroken fans could at least take solace in the impending spinoff Good Trouble, which follows Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) as they move out of the Adams Foster home and to Los Angeles to chase their dreams. Picking up roughly a year after the Fosters finale, Good Trouble catches up with Callie and Mariana as they acclimate to their new roommates (read: lots of new characters) and navigate their way through entry-level jobs at a law firm (Callie) and tech start-up (Mariana), both of which Mitchell has said veer into “quite political” territory. With Fosters executive producers Peter Paige, Bradley Bredeweg, and Joanna Johnson returning — not to mention 2018’s internet boyfriend, Noah Centineo, in a two-episode cameo arc — Good Trouble is positioned to provide a seamless transition for adrift Fosters fans, and maybe pick up some new ones along the way.

14.Fam (CBS):

Nina Dobrev hasn’t had a starring role on a TV show since she left The Vampire Diaries. In Fam, Dobrev stars as Clem, a young woman with a messy past who has finally created the perfect life with her fiancé Nick (Tone Bell). Everything changes when Clem’s unruly 16-year-old sister (celebrity daughter Odessa Adlon) moves in. Hopefully, hilarity also ensues.

13.Shrill (Hulu):

Saturday Night Live star Aidy Bryant is Annie, an up-and-coming Seattle writer, in this adaptation of Lindy West’s 2016 memoir of the same name. Shrill shows viewers the honest perspective of a plus-size woman without making Annie’s weight the center of this story.

12.The Umbrella Academy (Netflix):

This new Netflix series from Steve Blackman (Altered Carbon, Fargo, Legion) is based on the Eisner-winning comics series written by Gerard Way (former leader of My Chemical Romance), which approaches the familiar premise of a dysfunctional superhero “family” (see also: X-Men, Fantastic Four) through an aesthetic lens that splits the difference between Tim Burton and Wes Anderson. The Netflix adaptation looks to follow that stylistic direction as it introduces seven “gifted” children who were adopted by an eccentric billionaire and trained to save the world, only to splinter and drift apart as they entered adulthood. Might a tragedy bring this fractured family back together just in time to face a new threat that’s bigger than anything they’ve faced before? It just might!

11.The Underground Railroad (Amazon):

After Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk, director Barry Jenkins moves to the small screen: The Oscar winner will direct an 11-episode adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s story of slaves escaping a Georgia cotton plantation via a literal railroad beneath the southern plantations. Whitehead’s novel, published in 2016, was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the 2016 National Book Award, and was a pick for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

10.Carmen Sandiego (Netflix):

Netflix is putting a slightly different spin on Carmen Sandiego. In the animated educational comedy, the elusive woman in red isn’t a criminal in need of capturing — not exactly. This Carmen is more of a Robin Hood type, so while she’s still a master thief, she’s only stealing from bad people and giving back to their victims. In other words, Carmen is the hero now, instead of the villain, even if American law enforcement still sees her as a high-brow robber. With Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) and Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things”) leading the voice cast and stylish, shaded animation, there’s reason to believe this could be a treat for more than just kids.

9.Catch-22 (Hulu):

Previously adapted to film by the late Mike Nichols, Joseph Heller’s classic World War II satire gets a big-budget mini-series treatment in this international co-production. Regular filmmaking partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov (Good Night and Good Luck) are overseeing a cast that includes Clooney, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, and Giancarlo Giannini. Former Girls regular Christopher Abbott stars as U.S. Air Force bombardier John Yossarian, who runs afoul of the self-canceling “catch” of the title: You have have to be insane to want to fly combat missions, but asking to be removed from duty is evidence of a rational mind, and disqualifies an airman from being excused.

8.Swamp Thing (DC Universe):

Yet another offering from DC Universe, and potentially the trippiest one of them all. The verdant heap of vegetable matter known as Swamp Thing has trudged through the pages of DC Comics for decades, racking up existential tales from famed writers such as Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, and Brian K. Vaughan — and now DC is hoping to bring his horror-superhero blend to a new audience. Ol’ Swampy (played by Andy Bean and Derek Mears, in his human and superhoic forms, respectively) is a man transformed into a plant “elemental” who defends the earth while bonding with lady-love Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed, returning to the DC fold after Gotham). Expect pathos.

7.The Witcher (Netflix):

Based on the book series and the popular series of video game adaptations, Netflix is producing a Witcher TV show, starring Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia. The Witcher is set in a medieval fantasy world full of monsters and magic, and Geralt is a monster hunter, someone who’ll happily clear your village of its noonwraith problem if you’re willing to pay his fee. No word on whether the Netflix series will incorporate a story about endlessly gathering finicky potion ingredients so you can make yourself invisible for 30 damn seconds.

6.Law & Order: Hate Crimes (NBC):

The next Dick Wolf drama to serve as ambient noise as you’re making dinner or deep conditioning your hair will be 13 episodes of Law & Order: Hate Crimes. More fast-walking through court houses, more tough-but-empathetic cops, more spotting New York City landmarks, but inside a new division: The NBC drama will follow crimes investigated by New York City’s biased-based task force, an actual group created in 2016 by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

5.Desus & Mero (Showtime):

The brand is strong! The Bodega Boys — Desus Nice and The Kid Mero — cultivated the best, messiest, most fun show on Viceland, where they talked Black Twitter memes and Kanye West in front of a full-size taxidermied bear. But the Boys outgrew their Viceland show, and have now made the move to Showtime. (Also: The shade in Vice cutting the Boys’ contract short when they heard they’re onto bigger and better things.) Mero told The New York Times Magazine that their vision for the show is “mash-up of The Daily Show and the Chappelle show.”

4.Black Monday (Showtime):

First of all: Don Cheadle, Regina Hall, and Andrew Rannells — what a trio. Second, we’re all about exposing the frailty of America’s financial institutions via over-the-top satire. Showtime’s series traces the events that led to the stock market crash of 1987, with Cheadle, Hall, and Rannells playing outsiders trying to break into Wall Street’s very white, very male club. The supporting cast includes big-shouldered coats, big hair, many polo shirts, and lots and lots of cocaine.

3.Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix):

Even true crime aficionados might find this four-part docuseries about serial killer Ted Bundy hard to stomach. Featuring never-before-released interviews with Bundy while he awaited execution for his confessed murder of at least 30 people in the 1970s, Conversations with a Killer satisfies the morbid curiosity of what goes on in the twisted mind of a madman. Premiering on the 30th anniversary of Bundy’s execution, it will be required viewing ahead of the 2019 movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, in which Zac Efron plays the notorious killer.

2.Star Wars: The Mandalorian (Disney+):

At long last, there is finally going to be a live-action Star Wars series for the small-screen. The Mandalorian will be a test of Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, Disney+, although the company has already given the project a major vote of confidence with a $100 million budget and prolific superhero movie director Jon Favreau attached to helm. If “Mandalorian” isn’t ringing any bells, you might want to brush up on The Clone Wars — the Mandalorians were mighty warriors whose armor was worn by bounty hunter Boba Fett. Oh, and apparently Werner Herzog has joined the cast? The series will follow “a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy” and is set to take place after the events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi. While this is one of the most highly-anticipated shows of the year, there is a chance it could be bumped to 2020 as to not overcrowd Star Wars: Episode IX, which comes out Dec. 19.

1.Watchmen (HBO):

Based on the comics, rather than spinning off the movie of the same name, Watchmen follows a group of superheroes who live in an alternate reality where their powers are outlawed and vilified. The events take place 30 years after the comics, and we already know that Don Johnson, Jeremy Irons, and Regina King are all signed up to play (presumably older) characters in the show. Showrunner David Lindelof has said that Watchmen will be contemporary, ask new questions, and “explore the world through a fresh lens”. So expect something pretty special. Given that HBO is launching Game of Thrones S8 in April, it’s sensible to assume this is coming after that show.

What new TV Show are you most looking forward to seeing when it hits the world in 2019? Allow your opinion to be heard by leaving a comment below.