The year is off to a strong start but there's still so much more to come. We've listed our most anticipated shows of 2019.
2018 was a strong year for brand-new television shows. So good, in fact, that you're likely still playing catch-up on breakout hits like Barry and Sharp Objects. If you're behind on your viewing, we're sorry to say, things are only going to get worse for you in 2019.
We're barely even a quarter of the way through the year and already there are some stand-out shows ready to stream; Miracle Workers, Love, Death & Robots and The Umbrella Academy are just a few of the shows currently taking up our time.
Without further hesitation, here are Stream Finder's most anticipated TV shows for the rest of 2019.
Just when she thought she was out, they pull her back in. The cult show Veronica Mars is coming back in style, this time as a limited series at Hulu scheduled to premiere *sometime* in 2019 (probably closer to the end of the year, but you never know).
The original series ran for 3 seasons from 2004 to 2007. In 2014, a groundbreaking movie was fan-funded via Kickstarter in record time and saw our faves return to finish off the story, which lacked any sort of closure due to an early cancellation. Interest in the series is still running high, so the limited eight-episode Hulu production, that promises to embrace a darker tone, is shaping up to be an interesting affair.
Most of the original cast is set to reprise their roles in the revival, including Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Ryan Hansen, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III and Francis Capra. They will be joined by Dawnn Lewis, J.K. Simmons and Kirby Howell-Baptiste. While the original series saw Veronica investigate crimes as a teen, the revival catches up with her in present day, when Mars Investigations, her dad's firm, is hired to look into the murder of a student on spring break.
Veronica Mars is streaming on
An Amazon Prime/BBC Two co-production, Good Omens is based on the bestselling novel by renowned authors Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. The story follows an angel, Aziraphale, and a demon, Crowley: two unlikely friends who have grown fond of life on earth. So when Armageddon approaches, they team up to save the world. Based on the trailer, the two are going to be in for an epic ride.
The six-episode limited series, scheduled for release on Prime Video on 31 May 2019, stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen, but the cast also includes Jon Hamm, Anna Maxwell Martin, Josie Lawrence and Benedict Cumberbatch. Due to the excellent ensemble and quality source material, we're pretty sure Good Omens will be a hit.
Good Omens will stream on
This upcoming Netflix animated series is created by Lisa Hanawalt, which should be enough to convince you to add it to your watchlist immediately. Hanawalt is known for her work as production designer and producer for BoJack Horseman, one of the most critically acclaimed Netflix original shows. Plus, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the creator and showrunner for BoJack, will also executive produce.
The new series follows two bird-women, a carefree toucan and an anxious songbird, who live in the same apartment building. Tuca and Bertie, scheduled to arrive on Netflix in the first half of the year, sees popular comedians Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong voicing the lead roles. 10 episodes will initially be available to stream. Since Netflix's track record with animations is stellar, we're expecting this one to rise to the high bar set by the likes of BoJack and Big Mouth as well.
Tuca and Bertie will stream on
Expected to premiere on TNT in the US sometime around June, the Snowpiercer series has been in the works for some time now. Remember the cult 2013 movie starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton? Well, it looks like we're finally getting a worthy TV adaptation, despite the unexpected behind-the-scenes drama.
Based on a graphic novel, the 2013 sci-fi thriller is set in a bleak future where almost all life on Earth has perished. What's left lives on a train that continuously circles the globe, but the carriages are divided by class: while the upper class live in luxury, lower-class citizens aren't faring so well. The movie follows a group of tail passengers as they revolt and try to fight their way to the front of the train. Most likely, the TV show will follow a similar story.
The TNT adaptation will star Daveed Diggs, Jennifer Connelly, Mickey Sumner, Annalise Basso, Sasha Frolova and Alison Wright. Netflix is set to carry the show internationally. If you're a fan of the movie, you should be looking forward to this one.
Stream the 2013 movie on Stan
The Morning Show
Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. Together. On the small screen. Announced back in 2017, this morning-show drama landed at Apple and is finally expected to drop this year, although there's no news yet on how we will be able to stream it. The project was the first purchase ordered by Apple as the giant ventures into TV territory. With such a great cast, it has to be good, right?
Witherspoon and Aniston will be joined by Steve Carell, marking the actor's first regular series role since he left The Office. The series, which follows a group of people working at a morning show, landed a two-season order from the get-go. Needless to say, we can't wait for it to finally hit the Internet. Fingers crossed we won't have to endure any delays.
The Morning Show is rumoured as an Apple streaming exclusive
Jordan Peele's The Twilight Zone
As somebody born well after The Twilight Zone's initial run and even a little too late for Twilight Zone: The Movie, I still feel a connection to the series thanks to the countless nods and straight-up satires from TV shows like The Simpsons. While I've bounced off the series as many times as I've tried starting it, I'm incredibly excited to see what Jordan Peele, who came screaming into the "best horror director" conversation after his debut in the genre with Get Out, does with the anthology formula.
Not only is Peele's company co-producing The Twilight Zone revival but he'll also fill the shoes of the late Rod Serling by hosting the series, introducing each episode with a monologue. If the reports are true, Peele will be joined by an all-star cast for the revival too. Zazie Beetz (Atlanta), Seth Rogen (Freaks and Geeks), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), Jacob Tremblay (Room), Allison Tolman (Fargo Season 1) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) all said to make an appearance.
There isn't a lot of information surrounding the revival's episodes and format but the titles for two episodes have been teased: Rewind and Nightmare at 30,000 Feet. This suggests the revival will be a mix of remakes and brand-new episodes.
The Twilight Zone will premiere 1 April 2019 exclusively on CBS All Access in the US. The Australian equivalent is the relatively new 10 All Access but if The Twilight Zone boldly follows Star Trek: Discovery, it might be available through a totally different service like Netflix here.
We've reached out to 10 All Access for confirmation but at the time of writing the local streaming service has nothing to announce.
Stream the original series on
Before coming across the trailer, I'd never really thought about the fact that one of my favourite actors of all time, Sam Rockwell (Moon) has existed almost exclusively on the silver screen (bar a few cameos). How we've failed to cast Sam Rockwell in something like Legion or Mr. Robot is beyond me but, thankfully, FX is bringing Rockwell and Michelle Williams to the small screen with the biographical miniseries Fosse/Verdon.
Michelle Williams (who, conversely, got her start on television before her big screen breakthrough with 2004's Brokeback Mountain) stars as one of the greatest Broadway dancers of all time, Gwen Verdon, with Rockwell portraying her filmmaker/choreographer/romantic partner Bob Fosse.
Over 8 episodes, Fosse/Verdon will explore the creative couple's tumultuous 16-year professional and romantic relationship.
Better yet, Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) is on board as executive producer, which is almost a requirement for any good musical these days.
Fosse/Verdon begins on 9 April 2019 in the US on FX. That means it's likely destined for Foxtel here in Australia but exactly when is anyone's guess. Foxtel has a habit of stalling on some fantastic FX shows and this particular one drops less than a week before the final season of Game of Thrones.
Foxtel is the home for FX in Australia
Ever since he got a taste of that kooky Coen Brothers flavour of comedy in O Brother Where Art Thou (2000), Clooney has been trying to bottle some of that magic for his own directorial pursuits: Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, Leatherheads and The Monuments Men all serve up historically accurate drama with a generous side of comedy. And the Coen Brothers love Clooney too! They even wrote a movie for him back in 2017 with dark crime caper Suburbicon.
Throughout all of this, Clooney hasn't managed to capture the same kind of unfettered praise the Coens receive for their more… incidental(?) comedy outings. However, that could all change with the upcoming Hulu series Catch-22.
Based on Joseph Heller's seething satire of the same name, Catch-22 is widely considered the best comedy novel of all time. It's a razor-sharp criticism of war inspired by Heller's own time as a bombardier in World War II. The story follows the life of Captain John Yossarian, a bombardier for the US Army Air Force who finds himself in a bureaucratic stalemate: the only way to dodge his duty is to prove he is crazy, not fit to fly, but the inherent dangers that come with piloting a B-25 bombardier mean that anyone willing to must already be crazy to begin with. Vocalising an aversion to the role would, in turn, prove his sanity. It's a Catch-22.
Clooney's got big army boots to fill but at a skim, it looks like Catch-22's mix of military drama and dark humour could be the perfect fit.
Clooney's Catch-22 adaptation is an original production from Hulu but local punter Stan has already locked down the exclusive rights to stream all 6 episodes when they're released on 18 May 2019.
Catch-22 will stream on
Sam Rockwell isn't the only feature-length diehard who's taking the leap to the television in 2019. The inimitable Alex Garland (Annihilation and Ex Machina) is releasing an eight-episode FX miniseries titled Devs.
The details on this tech thriller are thin at best but what we do know is that Sonoya Mizuno (who absolutely nailed her role in Cary Fukunaga's Maniac) will play the leading role of a "young computer engineer" who suspects the San Fran tech company she works for is behind the disappearance of her boyfriend. Nick Offerman has also been cast in a supporting role and I'm really hoping he gets to play the villain this time around.
Foxtel is the home for FX in Australia
Damon Lindelof, who you likely know as the co-creator of Lost and not the writer/producer of one of the best TV shows of all time, The Leftovers, is taking a wide swing at the "unadaptable" graphic novel Watchmen via HBO.
Lindelof will cleverly elude naysayers and comparisons with the source material by creating an entirely new story set in the Watchmen universe.
The Watchmen TV series will be set some years after the original graphic novel which ended with the decimation of millions in major cities across the globe. This was the "greater good" ultimatum devised by the graphic novel's surprise villain, Ozymandias, to prevent the Holocaust by uniting the US and Russia against a common enemy.
We only have a frame of reference for the timeline because Jeremy Irons (Die Hard With A Vengeance) has been cast as an ageing Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt. With that said, Lindelof would be mad not to at least check in on Jon Osterman/Dr. Manhattan, who escaped to another planet to create life of his own at the end of the novel.
Regardless of whether we see more returning characters from the original, Lindelof has built out an incredibly powerful cast to fill out the the original character line-up: Regina King (The Leftovers), Tim Blake Nelson (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman) and Don Johnson (Miami Vice) are just a few of the confirmed cast members for the upcoming series.
The Leftovers is hands-down my favourite television series ever created and Watchmen single-handedly sparked my ongoing obsession with comic books and graphic novels. I'm not hyperbolising when I say I've never been more excited for a TV series.
Foxtel is the home for HBO in Australia
The most exciting 2019 TV shows
1. Veronica Mars
2. Good Omens
3. Tuca and Bertie
5. The Morning Show
6. The Twilight Zone
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