TV to be excited about in 2022

Whatever the brand-new year has in shop for you, there’s one favorable you can depend on — and ideally it’s not your quick Covid test: New television.

While not whatever here has a best date set yet, here’s a take a look at what we prepare for being a few of the noteworthy newbies and more.

The year 2021 was among give-and-take for programs based upon real occasions. For each intellectual and psychological present — like Hulu’s “Dopesick” — there was an “Impeachment: American Crime Story.” What does 2022 hold for ripped-from-the-headlines television? Let’s look more detailed:

“Pam & Tommy” (Feb. 2, Hulu) – The eight-episode series informs the story of how starlet and design Pamela Anderson and Motley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee’s sex tape was taken and after that offered without their approval. A brand-new trailer was launched today.
“Inventing Anna” (Feb. 11, Netflix) – Developer and manufacturer Shonda Rhimes checks out the tale of notorious founded guilty scam artist Anna Sorokin, who pretended to be a rich German heiress.

“The Thing About Pam” (March 8, NBC) – Renée Zellweger produces and stars in this Dateline investigation-turned-series about the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria (Katy Mixon) and the weaves that caused the conviction of Pam Hupp (Zellweger).

“The Dropout” (March 3, Hulu) – In this restricted series, Amanda Seyfried stars as Elizabeth Holmes, the previous CEO and creator of Theranos, the stopped working blood screening start-up. Holmes was condemned today on 4 charges of defrauding financiers.
“The First Lady” (Showtime) – Viola Davis. Michelle Pfeiffer. Gillian Anderson. Yes.
“Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty” (March, HBO) – Magic Johnson might not be thrilled about this program, however a great deal of individuals are. From Adam McKay (director of “The Big Short” and “Vice”), the program has to do with Johnson’s increase to legend status and Lakers owner Jerry Buss’s decision to construct a basketball tradition.

“Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” (Netflix) – Sure, there’s been no scarcity of Dahmer tales informed throughout the years, however this one from Ian Brennan and Ryan Murphy, starring Evan Peters, guarantees to go into elements of this serial killer’s story that have not been checked out previously, like the White opportunity and cops incompetence that enabled Dahmer to get away repercussions for so long.

“Love and Death” (HBO Max) – This restricted series from David E. Kelley informs the story of Texas homemaker, worshiper and axe killer Sweet Montgomery (Elizabeth Olsen).

Budget plan busters

A fight scene from "House of the Dragon."

For a take a look at the tasks that have some officers bursting their piggy banks, I turn it over to CNN’s Brian Lowry:

“In the game of streaming, you get attention (and subscribers), or you die, which explains the ‘No guts, no glory’ investment in major fantasy series. While there aren’t any sure things, two slated for this year come with about the strongest pedigrees that the medium can offer, which will only heighten questions on whether they live up to the hype.

‘House of the Dragon’ (no premiere date, HBO) – Matt Smith (‘Doctor Who,’ ‘The Crown’) is part of the ensemble in this ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel, set 200 years before the flagship series, based on George R.R. Martin’s book ‘Fire & Blood.’ The series follows a battle for power (what else?) during the Targaryen dynasty, so yes, there will be dragons, and yes, there will be blood.

‘The Lord of the Rings’ (Sept. 2, Amazon) – Like ‘House of the Dragon,’ the Amazon series will be a prequel, set thousands of years before the events in J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Moreover, Amazon isn’t shying away from the fact that show is going to be enormously expensive — with a reported budget between $400 million and $500 million — with Amazon programming chief Jennifer Salke telling the Hollywood Reporter last year, ‘This is a full season of a huge world-building show. The number is a sexy headline or a crazy headline that’s fun to click on, but [the budget] is really building the infrastructure of what will sustain the whole series.’ Amazon also took the somewhat unusual step of announcing the premiere date 13 months in advance, the better to build the drumbeat for the show’s arrival. Whether it will be the one series to rule the fall remains to be seen.”

Marvel-ous aspirations

Lowry likewise lets his geek flag fly in previewing Marvel’s programs for Disney+:

“After a quartet of series that began with ‘WandaVision’ and concluded less memorably with ‘Hawkeye,’ Disney has another volley of shows coming to its streaming service. But unlike the opening salvo that featured well-known Avengers characters, this batch reaches into a lesser-known second tier of comic-book heroes, marking an expansion of its universe.

‘She-Hulk’ – Tatiana Maslany (‘Orphan Black’) will only play two roles this time as the title character, who, in the comics, gained her powers after a blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce Banner. It’s not easy being green, but this one might be the easiest sell for the Disney+ marketing team.

‘Moon Knight’ – Basically Marvel’s answer to Batman (although some fans wince at the comparison), Oscar Isaac will star as the caped character, introduced as a villain in the 1970s. Having acquired powers on a trip to Egypt, he definitely boasts the coolest costume of the bunch.

‘Ms. Marvel’ – The teen hero in this new series, a Pakistani-American played by Iman Vellani, will appear in the ‘Captain Marvel’ sequel ‘The Marvels’ next year after being introduced in this origin story.”


The cast of "How I Met Your Father."

Do you ever find out about a program and after that believe to yourself, “I’ll either love this or hate this?” Here we go.

“How I Met Your Father” (Jan. 18, Hulu) – I take a look at my love of “How I Met Your Mother”— on which this program is based — the exact same method some ladies my age take a look at, state, low-rise denims: I enjoyed it at the time. However I am now older, smarter, take pleasure in taking complete, deep breaths and understand my hip bones should have much better than to be tattooed with an exceptionally uncomfortable tan line. All this to say, I’m not sure this formula has even aged as well as jeans with a half-inch zipper.

“Bel-Air” (Feb. 13, Peacock) – Based on the trailer, there may be nothing fresh in this reboot of the ’90s Will Smith show, except in the context of “what in the fresh hell.” But I haven’t seen a screener, so I’m firmly in Camp Skeptical until more information is available.

“Halo” (Paramount Plus) – The trailer for this video game adaptation starring Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief looks vast and expensive. So much so, that I wondered if this show is serving caviar for its first course and Pop-Tarts for dinner, if you know what I’m saying. But it was enough to keep me curious about this long-awaited project.

“A League of Their Own” (Amazon) – This series based on the beloved movie has had a long road and still has no premiere date, but I’d be lying if I said my heart isn’t counting on its success. I love this movie so much that my dog is named Dottie. Our family dressed as Peaches for Halloween. Please don’t mess this up, Amazon.

These could be docu-seriously good

From “Framing Britney Spears” to “Cheer,” docuseries have been on a roll in recent years, with many managing to break through a crowded content field and capture people’s attention. Here are four that I anticipate doing exactly that.

“We Need to Talk About Cosby” (Jan. 30, Showtime) – W. Kamau Bell’s four-part docuseries explores the many layers of the rise and fall of Bill Cosby.

“Janet Jackson” (Jan. 28, Lifetime/A&E) – The two-night documentary is being billed as “the definitive story on Janet Jackson” and it’s sure to cause conversation as the star opens up about her private life in a way we’ve never seen before.

“The Kardashians” (Hulu) – A vague teaser trailer for this new Kardashians project was released on New Years Day and while it revealed very little, you can count that this new show from the family that redefined celeb-reality will not go unnoticed.

“The Secrets of Playboy” (Jan. 24, A&E) – This 10-hour doc goes inside the walls of the Playboy empire because even the company made famous for baring it all still has some secrets.

More picks of note

So many shows, so little time to think of clever sub-categories. Here’s the rest of the possible best:

“Somebody Somewhere” (Jan. 16, HBO Max) — Bridget Everett stars in this heartstring-plucking comedy that looks complete of feel-good messages and self-reflection — my favorite combo, after orange juice and Prosecco.

“The Old Man” (FX) – Production on this series was halted as Jeff Bridges battled cancer, but production resumed, as did the anticipation for the drama about a former CIA agent who finds out he has actually unfinished business. Bridges is joined by John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman and Alia Shawkat.

“The White House Plumbers” (HBO) – “Veep” executive producer David Mandel directs this five-part political miniseries in which Justin Theroux and Woody Harrelson play Watergate masterminds G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt, who, as HBO puts it, “accidentally toppled the presidency they were trying to protect.”

“The Afterparty” (Jan. 28, Apple TV+) – Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind “The Lego Movie,” bring their keen comedic sense to this comedy about a high school reunion turned deadly.

“The Gilded Age” (Jan. 24, HBO) – This Julian Fellowes series has been in the works for about a decade so it appropriately has been saved for last mention in our preview. Cynthia Nixon once again finds herself in a program about ladies in New york city City, just this time it’s embeded in the late 1800s and will likely not include Universe or a questionable Peloton scene. Carrie Coon, Christine Baranski and Denée Benton likewise star.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.