Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Denis O’Hare, David Hyde Pierce, Rob Reiner, TR Knight, Richard Schiff, Phylicia Rashad, Mary Mc Cormack, and a whole lot more Created by the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind “Milk,” this incredibly ambitious limited series aims to tell the story of gay rights in America, stretching from the Stonewall riots to the modern day.Get ready for heartache, outrage, period music and a packed cast of great directors, as decades worth of injustice unfold.In the era of TV revivals, this followed such an iconic and unique series that we wonder at what the appetite will be. Network: Netflix Release Date: TBA 2017 Talent: Mary Harron (director), Sarah Polley (writer), Anna Paquin, Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, Zachary Levi, Kerr Logan, Michael Therriault One of two Margaret Atwood adaptations we’re looking forward to this year, this Canadian co-production returns the director of “American Psycho” to murder — specifically, a historical drama about two real-life murders in 1843 Canada.Other than many returning familiar faces (alas, not the Log Lady), we have no freakin’ idea of what to expect… As it’s an Atwood story, there’s a lot more to it, especially when it comes to the relationships between men and woman — something Polley, who’s turned out to be an impressive writer, should be able to mine.Network: PBS Release Date: January 15 Talent: Jenna Coleman, Rufus Sewell, Tom Hughes, Daisy Goodwin (writer), Sandra Goldbacher (director), and Olly Blackburn (director) Coleman wasn’t given a chance to really unleash her full charms on “Doctor Who” after her early episodes, which is why we’re so psyched to see her own the Masterpiece series as Queen Victoria.Following Netflix’s excellent “The Crown,” “Victoria” gives context for Queen Elizabeth II’s great-grandmother, that other long-reigning monarch that changed the world and even had an era named for her.
Directors lined up for this season include “Moonlight’s” Barry Jenkins, by the way, which means “Dear White People” could be premiering with a hint of Oscar gold. Network: HBO Release Date: TBA 2017 Talent: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, David Simon (creator), Michelle Mac Laren (pilot director) “Vinyl” this is not.As the people’s belief in these gods has waned, they’ve now created new gods — Media, Technology, etc. Network: Hulu Release Date: April 26 Talent: Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes, Max Minghella, Ann Dowd, creator Bruce Miller Margaret Atwood’s novel about a dystopian future in the military dictatorship of Gilead, in what was the former United States of America, is even more pertinent now that the national conversation about women’s health appears to be reverting back to a more patriarchal view.We will follow Bryan Fuller anywhere, even if most of his shows break our hearts with their short runs, for his strength of creative vision and full embrace of dark humor. Casting Moss as the protagonist Offred, a Handmaid who is tasked with having sex with her Commander to hopefully bear him a child in an era of rampant infertility, is the first brilliant move the series has made.Despite the departure of Bryan Fuller as showrunner (he’s focusing his energies on “American Gods” instead), we still have faith this will be a new series representing the best intentions of our time: all-inclusive, badass, futuristic and appropriately nerdy, and delving into canon.The casting is already making us happy with its gender and multicultural equality, and the big-screen reboots have teased a taste for this world again. Network: Showtime Release Date: TBA 2017 Talent: David Lynch (EP and director), Mark Frost (EP), Kyle Mac Lachlan, Madchen Amick, David Duchovny, Sherilyn Fenn, Miguel Ferrer, Ray Wise, Russ Tamblyn, Alicia Witt and a slew of new cast members We have been teased with promises of “Damn good coffee,” for three years now, so we are more than ready to return to the small town with crazy, murderous secrets lurking beneath its too-perfect surface.From “The Wire” to “Generation Kill,” “Treme” to “Show Me a Hero,” TV fans have yet to experience a project from the prolific scribe unworthy of the investment required.