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50 TV Shows You’d Be Crazy To Miss in 2019

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2018 was a colossal year for TV, and that reflected on all of us here at Consequence of Sound. As we launched the early phases of our growing television coverage, we were immediately struck by the colossal burden that attempting to cover broadcast and streaming television in this era puts on a viewer. FOMO doesn’t even begin to cover it; we live in a time of honest-to-Christ overwhelm when it comes to picking shows.

It doesn’t help that so, so much of what’s on TV right now is absolutely fantastic. No matter your genre or stylistic preferences, there are probably several shows you’re obsessed with right now, and as you’ll soon read, there are a new deluge of debuting shows set to occupy even more of your time. Some of the biggest showrunners and filmmakers working today have projects coming out through various streaming services. Venerated documentarians will bring their craft to the limited series format. The medium will continue to re-tell real life, using the past in order to understand the present in new and essential ways.

(Read: Top 25 TV Shows of 2018)

Yet not everything will be so unfamiliar. We’ll get to return to Hawkins, and say hello to some of our favorite young adventurers. We’ll bid farewell to a number of beloved shows, including one of television’s absolute biggest. We’ll enter a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity, and not for the first time either. Whatever you want to watch, rest assured that 2019 will have something you know you’ll love, and a mess of other shows just waiting to be discovered, sitting right at your fingertips.

Good luck.

–Dominick Suzanne-Mayer
Film Editor

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Broad City

Broad City (Comedy Central)

Broad City (Comedy Central)

Release: January 24th via Comedy Central

Why We’re Excited: All good things come to an end, and while Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson will forever be friends, we will have to wave goodbye to them. Yep, after five seasons, the incredible Comedy Central series is coming to an end. But, before we reach for the tissues, we’ll have 10 whole episodes to get through, which should be more than enough time to adjust to their departure. Not really, but we’ll deal. Maybe. On the plus side, the two have worked out a deal with Viacom to produce three new programs for the future: Mall Town USA, Platinum Status, and Young Professionals. Three phoenixes out of the ashes? Yas. ::sobs:: Queen.::sobs:: –Michael Roffman

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Release: January 25th via Netflix

Why We’re Excited: It’s been confirmed that the upcoming fifth season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will be the show’s last, marking one of the first times that Netflix has allowed one of its series to conclude at a logical point, rather than a) far too soon or b) several seasons past its necessary lifespan. Instead, co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock will say goodbye to Ellie Kemper‘s scrappy, endearing, hopelessly behind-the-curve heroine with the show’s now-signature mix of pitch-black comedy and genuine, unironic optimism. Plus, we get to spend a few more episodes with Titus Andromedon. How can we say no? —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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One Day at a Time

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One Day at a Time (Netflix)

Release: February 8th via Netflix

Why We’re Excited: Raise your hand if you thought that one of Netflix’s buzziest series of recent years would be a laugh track-heavy sitcom about a family dealing with the tough lessons of everyday life. Now put ’em all down, you liars. What co-showrunners Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce have done with the ’80s sitcom in its reboot is nothing short of miraculous, doing what All in the Family (also a Norman Lear-affiliated project) did several decades ago and turning the traditional TV sitcom into a way to play out some of our most difficult dialogues, from gun ownership to mental illness to PTSD to the pressures of cultural assimilation for immigrants in America. We’re sure that the upcoming third frame will be no less hard-hitting, in its charming, TGIF-invoking kind of way. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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The Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

Release: February 15th via Netflix

Why We’re Excited: Fans of My Chemical Romance will get a nice Valentine from Gerard Way this year with The Umbrella Academy. Based on the singer’s Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels, the complex series follows a group of children who were inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy, only for a handful of them to be adopted by a billionaire who raised them to save the world as part of the titular group. Got all that? It’s a little messy of a pitch — and that’s only half of it — but we’re intrigued nonetheless, especially based on the cast alone, which includes Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, and Mary J. Blige. Consider us enrolled. –Michael Roffman

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Documentary Now

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Documentary Now! (IFC)

Release: February 20th via IFC

Why We’re Excited: It’s been over two years since the incredible second season of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen‘s mockumentary series. Of course, this isn’t any average show. Each season is essentially a collection of major productions, and the top-notch quality proves that time, effort, and dedication goes into each and every parody. Needless to say, the wait was worth it as the two have one hell of a season three waiting for us. In addition to tackling more recent docs like Wild Wild Country and Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, the next run of mocks will get some A-list support from 2018 Comedian of the Year John MulaneyCate Blanchett, Michael Keaton, Owen Wilson, and Michael C. Hall. Can’t wait.–Michael Roffman

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Shrill

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Shrill (Hulu)

Release: March 15th via Hulu

Why We’re Excited: Lindy West’s acerbic 2016 memoir was fast-tracked for TV production, and it’s easy enough to see why. West’s book balances a razor-sharp sense of humor with genuine insight about what it’s like to be an unrepentant, unashamed plus-sized woman getting on with her life in a world custom-built to remind her constantly of her own alleged failings. Aidy Bryant steps in as West’s proxy for the Hulu series, as a struggling journalist attempting to take care of everyone from herself, to her ailing parents, to an endless parade of unbearable boyfriends. Bryant is one of SNL‘s most engaging comic discoveries of recent years, and we’re hoping that Shrill gives her the breakout platform she deserves. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Jane the Virgin

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Jane the Virgin (The CW)

Release: March 27th via The CW

Why We’re Excited:  It would be unfair to suggest that The CW heads this year into some dark days. The network that dares to defy (™) has of late made a habit of also denying the idea that ratings matter when you’ve got a critical darling on your hands, championing shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (ending this spring) and the daffy delight that is DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow (currently on a well-earned mid-season hiatus) even when the viewership numbers aren’t mindblowing. Exhibit A: Jane The Virgin, Jennie Snyder Urman’s tender, thoughtful telenovela, equal parts hilarious and heartrending, at times swooningly romantic and others refreshingly, even distressingly frank. The entire cast is superb, but when Jane has moved on, we’ll most miss Gina Rodriguez’s winning, series-anchoring performance, and can only comfort ourselves with her burgeoning movie career — that, and her status as the new Carmen Sandiego. Jane the Virgin has long been one of TV’s most reliable pleasures, and we’re much mistaken if it won’t remain that right on through to the end of this final season. —Allison Shoemaker

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What We Do in the Shadows

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What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

Release: March TBD via FX

Why We’re Excited: Ever since Taika Waititi‘s 2014 original hit theaters, we’ve been waiting to sink our teeth into a sequel. For awhile, Waititi and co-writer Jemaine Clement had been teasing of a followup involving the werewolf gang, but we’re admittedly stoked that we get even more story with a series. Granted, the show won’t have the principal cast from the film, but the brain trust is behind the scenes, and if we’re being frank, Waititi has yet to really let us down this far into his career. Besides, what’s to worry about when you’ve got Matt Berry of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace involved. If there’s anyone who knows how to make spooky silly, it’s that guy. Seriously, seek out Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. –Michael Roffman

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Fosse/Verdon

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Fosse/Verdon (FX)

Release: April TBD via FX

Why We’re Excited: 

Let’s divide this one into two sections, shall we?

READ THIS CHUNK IF YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHO BOB FOSSE AND GWEN VERDON ARE, DON’T GOOGLE, JUST READ THIS: Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell are doing a series for FX. They are two of the best actors alive, taking their talents to television’s most reliable hitmaking network (apologies to HBO, but it’s true). If you need information beyond this, I don’t know what to tell you. Just trust me. This will be worth your time.

READ THIS CHUNK IF YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHO THE FUCK THEY ARE: I don’t need to sell you, but please, let’s try to keep the fact that this series centers on Fosse, one of the most notable choreographers and directors in the history of theater (and a great filmmaker to boot), and Gwen Verdon, one of Broadway’s greatest dancers, from those who might shy away if they knew that musicals were involved. Genius often comes with a cost, so expect a lot of darkness here—some of it probably communicated in dance, as the network has confirmed that some of Fosse’s visceral choreography will be used—but a lot of tenderness, too. Executive producers include Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen, Thomas Kail and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Nicole Fosse, Rockwell, Williams, and Joel Fields (The Americans), among others. Into it.

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Killing Eve

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Killing Eve (BBC America)

Release: April 7th via BBC America

Why We’re Excited: In a year flush with great television, Killing Eve still set itself apart from the crowd as one of 2018’s best shows, to say nothing of its best debut. Phoebe Waller-Bridge (whose black comedy Fleabag will also return on Amazon Prime later this year) finds dramatic and comic tones unlike anybody else working on television right now. After all, she took one of the more generic crime procedural setups imaginable (a low-level MI-5 operative finds herself embroiled in a cat-and-mouse game with a globe-trotting assassin) and turned it into a sandbox for Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, who turned that premise into a minefield of bloody, brilliant, psychosexual mind games. This can’t return soon enough. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer
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Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones Season 8

Release: April 14th via HBO

Why We’re Excited: Without leaning too hard into hyperbole, the final season of Game of Thrones will be the television event of the year. Think about it! One of the biggest shows of all time — the first of its kind, when you really break it down — is coming to a full-on cinematic conclusion. What’s more, the series is reaching an end before its source material, which also seems unprecedented. To top it all off, each of the six episodes are reportedly 90 minutes each, making this final run more of a movie marathon. Whether this shatters expectations or ends in disappointment, the series will certainly dominate the television medium for a good month and some change. Be prepared for a long, long Winter. –Michael Roffman

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NOS4A2

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Zachary Quinto in NOS4A2, photo by Zach Dilgard/AMC via Entertainment Weekly

Release: April 30th via AMC

Why We’re Excited: Joe Hill’s 2013 riff on vampire myths is a must-read among horror circles today, and naturally, we’re intrigued to see how it translates to the screen. The story follows a young working-class artist who discovers she has a supernatural ability to keep track of a creepy, seemingly immortal child predator named Charles Manx. It gets crazier! Manx feeds off the souls of children and deposits them into this wintry imaginationland, where every day is Christmas and happiness is the law. C’mon, you won’t find a more original premise than that all year, and with Zachary Quinto as Manx (see above), we probably won’t get a more memorable villain, either. Maybe we’re bias, seeing how it’s Stephen King’s son, but we’ve got a thirst for this one. –Michael Roffman

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Veep

Veep (HBO)

Veep (HBO)

Release: Spring via HBO

Why We’re Excited: One of the smartest and sharpest comedies to ever grace HBO is coming to an end. Even worse, the final season will be its shortest, with only eight episodes. Still, there’s nothing wrong with something that’s short and sweet, and judging from all the teary photos the cast and crew have been sharing on Instagram, this last outing looks to be just that. In hindsight, we should be so lucky. Given everything this series has gone through — from showrunners departing to harrowing medical scares with its leading star — this last run is a gift. A gift that’s been boxed up in cynicism and wrapped up in vitriol, the likes of which have made Veep the most essential political farce of the 21st century. Rest assured, the Emmys will be watching. –Michael Roffman

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The Good Fight

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The Good Fight (CBS All Access)

Release: Spring via CBS All Access

Why We’re Excited: What do I have to do to get you people to watch The Good Fight? Perhaps you’re of the belief that to watch it, you must have seen The Good Wife, Michelle and Robert King’s lauded CBS legal procedural. Rest assured, you do not: While you may occasionally want to dash off to Google a character to find out if they appeared on the mothership, you won’t have any trouble following the action. Maybe you’re unaware that this series, which centers on Fight standout Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), has done a better job of addressing the surreality of life in the Trump era than any series or film out there? Well, it has, and that’s even more true of the exemplary second season than it was of the first. Or is it simply that you, like many others, are tired of sexy lawyer programs? I feel you, I do — but this is no ordinary sexy lawyer program. The ferociously smart, often funny, always gripping, and surprisingly surprising series contains multitudes, and as a bonus, these lawyers and investigators curse like motherfuckers. So sure, it’s lawyers, and yes, they’re sexy, but trust me on this one: This is one CBS spinoff sexy layer procedural that is absolutely worth your time. —Allison Shoemaker
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The Twilight Zone

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The Twilight Zone (CBS All Access)

Release: Spring via CBS All Access

Why We’re Excited: In the months since Jordan Peele’s Get Out conquered box offices, awards shows, and top 10 lists alike, Peele has trotted out one in-development project after another, in the realms of both film and television. His TV dance card is particularly full: TBS’s underrated The Last O.G. returns April 2, his documentary series Lorena bows next month, and there are a handful of others as well. But with the possible exception of that little movie he’s got coming out, the most hotly anticipated has to be his revival of groundbreaking classic The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access. That anticipation spiked when it was announced that Peele would serve, Rod Serling-style, as host and narrator; the gradual cast announcements have done nothing to dampen that enthusiasm. Adam Scott? Sanaa Lathan? Kumail Nanjiani, Steven Yeun, Alison Tolman, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise, Jacob Tremblay, Greg Kinnear? Come on. That’s just unfair. And as a bonus, the CBS All Access subscription for which you’ll be shelling out also grants you access to The Good Fight (directly above on this list). Us who?

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Big Little Lies

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Big Little Lies (HBO)

Release: Spring via HBO

Why We’re Excited: After conquering the Emmys, the Golden Globes, and the SAG Awards, HBO was basically like, “We’d be fucking stupid to walk away from this and keep it a limited series.” Alas, the once-limited series now returns, and what was already a star-powered extravaganza now gets even more A-list fuel in the one and only Meryl Streep. Creator David E. Kelley returned to write the next chapter with American Honey director Andrea Arnold stepping in for Jean-Marc Vallée, who will stick around as executive producer. So, there’s a lot of new parts to this well-oiled machine, which gives us enough confidence to believe there’s more story beyond what was essentially a perfect ending. If anything, it’ll be a beautiful watch. –Michael Roffman

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Stranger Things

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Stranger Things Season 3

Release: July 4th via Netflix

Why We’re Excited: Are you kidding? The second season of Stranger Things was a bonafide event — Halloween party everyone was invited to — and the third season looks to be doing just the same thing for the Fourth of July. The fact that the Duffer brothers have been so tight-lipped about what’s to come also helps in keeping us upside down in excitement. After all, we’ve really only seen a trailer for a new mall, featuring everyone’s go-to hunk Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) doing his best Judge Reinhold impression, which will reportedly factor heavily into the new story. Couple that information with this season’s laundry list of influences from the Duffers, ranging from George A. Romero to Cronenberg to John Carpenter’s The Thing, and we’re 100% convinced this chopping mall will have all the right fireworks to keep us inside come Fourth of July weekend. –Michael Roffman

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Mr. Robot

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Mr. Robot (USA)

Release: Summer via USA

Why We’re Excited: Despite being one of cable TV’s lowest-rated programs through most of its third season in 2017, Sam Esmail’s breakout series is getting a proper ending. The upcoming fourth season will be the show’s last, which is hardly surprising, but it at least gives Esmail the opportunity to tie together the stories of E-Corp, mentally unstable hacker Eliot (Rami Malek), his dead father/nefarious alternate personality Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), and the fates of the dangerous figures hovering around him at all times. There’s quite a bit for Esmail to wrap up in just one more season, especially when the show has implied everything from early-series enemies to a Large Hadron Collider being involved in whatever the show’s endgame might be. It’ll sure be something to talk about, one way or another. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Orange is the New Black

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Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Release: Summer via Netflix

Why We’re Excited: In advance of its seventh season’s premiere, Netflix announced that this will be the final run for one of its original flagship series. Orange is the New Black inspired a wealth of conversations about social and political activism during its run, and even if a bit of the luster has worn off the series by now, it’s not for lack of effort on the part of its broad, uniformly excellent cast. At its best, the show has demonstrated its ability to open up far broader conversations about the kind of necessary social change that tends to disappear among so much political muckraking. Litchfield may be far gone by now, and some of its inmates have been released, but the sixth season ended with a devastating new directional shift that the seventh season will surely pick up. The prisons are always full; the only question is who’s getting thrown into them next. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Succession

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Succession (HBO)

Release: Summer via HBO

Why We’re Excited: You could be forgiven for reading a Succession synopsis — mega-rich family of assholes do battle for control over a media monolith — and nope-ing the fuck out of there. We’ve got quite enough of that at the moment, thanks. But Succession is considerably more sharp-toothed than its somber opening titles and “wait, really? Now?” premise would suggest. A biting, blackly comic farce-meets-soap-meets-character-study, HBO’s sleeper hit from Jesse Armstrong (The Thick of It) was, in its first season, home to some of the smartest performances on TV, from Kieran Culkin’s sentient smirk emoji Roman to Sarah Snook’s aptly-named Shiv. But it’s telling that the two who most captivated us were the outsiders, humble middle-class strivers simultaneously buying into and bewildered by the batshit crazy world in which they’ve dug out a place: Matthew Macfadyen’s Tom, a bullied fiancé who bullies in turn, and the hapless Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun), two dipshits who, like the rest of this family, somehow earn our empathy from time to time. What happens to them — to any of them — in this upcoming second season, we’ve got no clue. But we’ll be gawking at them, laughing, hoping we’re never like that, and suspecting that money or not, we probably are. —Allison Shoemaker

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GLOW

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GLOW (Netflix)

Release: Summer via Netflix

Why We’re Excited: The second season of GLOW improved on a terrific rookie outing in just about every possible way, from the increased focus on the personal lives of its motley wrestling crew to its far stronger understanding of what makes pro wrestling such an enduring sideshow attraction. Because of its half-hour structure, it’s the rare Peak TV series that always leaves you wanting more, which is why a third-season (in Vegas!) was an absolute no-brainer. Liberty, Zoya, and everyone else are taking the show (and their own baggage) on the road, and GLOW will surely continue to offer a potent mix of neon nostalgia and moving storytelling. Plus, it’s getting later into the ’80s now, and the glory days of American pro wrestling’s first dominant era won’t last forever. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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The Deuce

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The Deuce (HBO)

Release: Fall via HBO

Why We’re Excited: David Simon and George Pelecanos’ incredible dramatization of 1970’s New York City has been an underrated thrill ride, to say the least. Sadly, like so much of the Big Apple during that era, it’s all coming down in its third and final season. Judging from his past resume, Simon isn’t exactly one to fudge up endings, even if the fifth season of The Wire is admittedly its weakest. He always comes in with a left hook that takes you right out of the picture and into reality, giving you a dose of thematic medicine that lathers the mind, body, and soul. He did in those final moments of The Wire, he really did in that last gasp of 2015’s Show Me a Hero, and he’ll likely do it again as Giuliani comes to clean up 42nd Street. –Michael Roffman

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Awkwafina

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Awkwafina (Comedy Central)

Release: TBD via Comedy Central

Why We’re Excited: 2018 proved to be an exceptionally eventful year for Awkwafina. Between Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians, she spent most of the summer and early fall at the forefront of movie theaters. She hosted SNL. And, in perhaps her biggest coup yet, she’s landed a Comedy Central series order for a show in her own name. Awkwafina will be based on her own upbringing, living in Queens with her father (BD Wong) and nursing dreams of success and stardom. It’s a massive vote of confidence for the hard-hustling comedian, and if she can pull it off, she could join the legendary ranks of Comedy Central breakout stars. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Barry

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Barry (HBO)

Release: TBD via HBO

Why We’re Excited: Barry could have ended at season one. The finale served as a perfect button for everything the series was trying to say with so much subtlety and the perfect blend of humor and horror. Now, we’re admittedly a tad reluctant to see them tinker with the formula, but we’re optimistic given the talent involved. Bill Hader and Alec Berg served up eight essential episodes last year, and if they keep things slim and minimal, there’s reason to believe this dark comedy has a shell life of at least two more seasons. We just hope this doesn’t turn into Dexter. Please, please, please, TV gods, don’t let this turn into Dexter. –Michael Roffman

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Better Call Saul

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Better Call Saul (AMC)

Release: TBD via AMC

Why We’re Excited: By the end of season four of Better Call Saul, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) had officially become Saul Goodman. Okay, done, kaput, let’s move on, right? Not so fast. His origin story is hardly over. Last month, series creator Vince Gilligan told Entertainment Weekly, “My dream would be that this is somewhere in the same universe of satisfaction as Breaking Bad was. I was so proud to be part of the way we ended Breaking Bad, and that was actually one of the fears of doing this show — that we would tarnish that. Having said that, I think we are closer to the end than to the beginning.” With that in mind, we can probably expect to see more left-of-the-dial hi-jinx from McGi–err, Goodman and finally see how a.) his relationship to Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) crumbles and b.) what will happen to his other ego Gene? It can’t just be Cinnabon. Can it? –Michael Roffman

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Castle Rock

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Castle Rock (Hulu)

Release: TBD via Hulu

Why We’re Excited: “Anything goes” when it comes to Hulu’s Castle Rock. Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason‘s genius extrapolation of Stephen King‘s works proved to be one of the most exciting facets of last summer. Never once did we know what to expect, and while the bits and pieces of King’s Dominion were fun to look out for, the series ultimately thrived from its Darabont-esque drama. “The Queen” and “Henry Bowers” were searing hours of television that haunted for its attention to character and its weighty emotional fiber. Looking ahead, they can really do anything, be it a straight-up monster movie told over 10 episodes or another lucid psychological horror, and that’s part of the excitement. Plus, who wouldn’t want more weekly recaps from our own King podcast, The Losers’ Club? #humblebrand –Michael Roffman

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Catch-22

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Catch-22 (Hulu)

Release: TBD via Hulu

Why We’re Excited: This isn’t the first adaptation of Joseph Heller’s satirical wartime nightmare, but it sure as shit has the potential to be the best. The George Clooney and Grant Heslov-produced six-episode limited series got a straight-to-series order from Hulu, which knows a thing or two about successful adaptations of novels (The Handmaid’s Tale, 11.22.63); while Clooney was originally set to star, his move to a smaller but notable role made room for the addition of the great Kyle Chandler. The once and former Coach Taylor plays Colonel Cathcart, the paranoid, ambitious, ruthless, insecure would-be general who repeatedly moves the finish line on the men in his care during the Second World War, keeping them from fulfilling their required number of missions by simply raising that number again and again. And that’s the timeless pull of Catch-22 — it trades on the notion that what’s senseless is often absurd, and what’s absurd is often funny, but just because you’re laughing doesn’t mean you’re not in hell. —Allison Shoemaker

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Creepshow

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Creepshow (Shudder)

Release: TBD via Shudder

Why We’re Excited: In an age where Black Mirror is all the rage, Creepshow deserves a seat at the table. Stephen King and George A. Romero’s iconic anthology horror film is a perfect series for a streaming service like Shudder. Sadly, the late zombie godfather isn’t around to lend a helping hand, but having longtime genre eye Greg Nicotero involved certainly helps. Also working for this series is the recent announcement that one of King’s grisliest stories — “Survivor Type” off of Skeleton Crew, which is also where Creepshow 2‘s “The Raft” comes from — will be adapted for the screen. As for the original stories, we’re feeling good about those, too, especially the one coming from Workaholics scribe Rob Schrab, who plans to add some supernatural elements to World War II. Hey, it worked for Overlord. By the way, did we mention we have a Stephen King podcast? –Michael Roffman

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Curb Your Enthusiasm

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Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Release: TBD via HBO

Why We’re Excited: Get ready to fix yourself up another Larry David Sandwich because Curb Your Enthusiasm will return in 2019. As HBO confirmed last year, filming has already begun on the 10th season of the series, which should fill us in on what the hell happened to everyone’s favorite bald asshole in the aftermath of his failed musical, Fatwa. Odds are he’s back to his daily life of lunches from hell, country club manslaughters, and incorrigible funeral appearances. Speaking of which, here’s hoping Bob Einstein filmed his scenes prior to his untimely death; after all, a season without the Funkman just doesn’t feel right anymore. However, knowing this series, his death will likely factor into the show in some kind of hilarious way. As David himself said last year, “when one has the opportunity to annoy someone, one should do so.” That’s the LD way. –Michael Roffman

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Devs

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Ex Machina (A24)

Release: TBD via FX

Why We’re Excited: Alex Garland’s coming to television. The first television series from the writer-director behind Annihilation and Ex Machina got a series order from FX over the summer, and that announcement was accompanied by the news that Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman, Jin Ha, Alison Pill, and Stephen McKinley Henderson were all joining the cast. That, alone, snagged our interest. But throw in the plot and this show charges up our most anticipated list: it “follows a young computer engineer, Lily Chan, as she investigates the secretive development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in San Francisco, whom she believes are behind the murder of her boyfriend.” Offerman’s the CEO. I repeat: Nick Offerman is playing a powerful, nefarious type on an FX series from the guy who brought you Ex Machina. This is not a drill. —Allison Shoemaker

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Good Omens

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Good Omens (Amazon Prime)

Release: TBD via Amazon Prime

Why We’re Excited: Neil Gaiman is serving as showrunner on this Amazon-BBC adaptation of his comic horror-fantasy novel, co-written with the late, great Terry Pratchett. In it, an angel (Michael Sheen) and a demon (David Tennant) join forces to stop the apocalypse. The greatest hits of Queen are involved. To attempt to explain Good Omens is to fail miserably; just know that it’s daffy and thought-provoking, all in one. We’d be stoked for any adaptation of Good Omens, and the Sheen/Tennant news put a bow on that enthusiasm. And then there is this simple fact, and as far as we’re concerned, it makes Good Omens an absolute lock: Frances McDormand is playing God. —Allison Shoemaker

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His Dark Materials

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The Golden Compass (New Line Cinema)

Release: TBD via HBO

Why We’re Excited: His Dark Materials was never going to make for a good film series. There’s too much going on in Philip Pullman’s psychologically and philosophically dense novels, too many intricacies and layers, too much of the important quiet stuff that so often winds up on the cutting room floor. But the BBC (in the U.S., HBO) adaptation stands a better shot. The network has already renewed this HDM for a second season, which means at least 16 hours in which to explore Pullman’s multiverse, many of those hours spent in the company of the tenacious young Lyra (Logan’s Dafne Keen). Director Tom Hooper’s cast includes James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, and Clarke Peters, among others. Whatever happens, they won’t be racing through the story, and that alone is reason to celebrate. —Allison Shoemaker

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Homecoming

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Homecoming (Amazon Prime)

Release: TBD via Amazon Prime

Why We’re Excited: The first season of Sam Esmail‘s buzzy Amazon series took an unsettling podcast premise (a rehabilitation facility for military veterans suffering from PTSD begins to draw suspicions of secret experiments) and turned it into a taut, nail-biting thriller. The initial Amazon pickup for Homecoming planned on two seasons upfront, so the cliffhanger on which Julia Roberts and Stephan James left audiences won’t be allowed to dangle for too long. Plus, how many dramas in this era give audiences the rare privilege of half-hour episodes? Less is more, which is exactly why we’re waiting for more of Esmail’s nervy, gorgeously shot series. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer
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Lodge 49

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Lodge 49 (AMC)

Release: TBD via AMC

Why We’re Excited: Frankly, we’re just excited that Lodge 49 is coming back at all. Creator Jim Gavin‘s show spent 10 episodes being the kind of inspired, completely singular work which cable networks tend to cancel early, leading to years of fawning editorials about how misunderstood it was in its own time. But much like the creeping eccentricity of the show’s eventual late-season happenings, Lodge 49 has snuck back for more. It would appear that Gavin is only getting started with the strange and even possibly magical places the series could go, and we’re more than willing to follow it as it rambles along. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Mindhunter

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Mindhunter (Netflix)

Release: TBD via Netflix

Why We’re Excited: Even by the standards of prestige TV’s tendencies toward the grim and grisly, Mindhunter began in an unsettling class all its own. The period thriller follows the early days of criminal profiling, when an enterprising group of FBI agents hypothesized that understanding the pathology of a serial killer’s mind was key to capturing them and preventing future attacks. Joe Penhall‘s series followed the moral weight, drawing parallels between the rise of serial violence in America and the death of mainstream culture’s innocence. If this all sounds pretty Zodiac to you, that’s because David Fincher is an executive producer, and directed four of the first season’s ten episodes. And with where things left off, there’s a lot of horrifying ’70s pursuit left ahead for the unit. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Pose

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Pose (FX)

Release: TBD via FX

Why We’re Excited: Long before it premiered, Pose was already looking unlike anything else on television. The story of New York’s drag ball scene in the 1980s, set against the omnipresent terror of the AIDS crisis, recontextualized queer history as triumphant alongside agonized, humane against past and present times that offered the opposite in return. Renewal was a no-brainer, as eight episodes were hardly enough, and now the show will step forward as one of Ryan Murphy‘s best and most interesting projects going. 2019 will surely bring us more balls, more unforgettable performances, and perhaps most importantly of all, more Pray Tell. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Snowpiercer

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Snowpiercer (Radius)

Release: TBD via TNT

Why We’re Excited: Five years ago, Bong Joon-ho’s unsettling dystopian thriller Snowpiercer offered one of film’s more unique modern visions of what the end times would end up looking like. (Spoilers: like every other era in history, the haves ultimately devour the have-nots.) It also told such a contained story that we’re highly curious what TNT’s confirmed TV adaptation of the movie will look like. There are more than enough hellish corners of the film’s icy world left unexplored for a series, and which ones survivors like Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs will find themselves forced into. Only time will tell. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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The Central Park Five

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13th (Netflix)

Release: TBD via Netflix

Why We’re Excited: Ava DuVernay‘s last collaboration with Netflix resulted in 13th, a searing documentary exploration of the ways in which racist ideology has fueled legal practices in America since its earliest days of existence, and how those ideologies continue to be perpetuated today. Needless to say, we have little doubt that she’ll bring that film’s same sense of time-spanning interconnection to The Central Park Five, her upcoming miniseries about the 1989 scandal surrounding five young black and Latino men who were wrongfully convicted and incarcerated on a battery of charges, after delivering confessions which were later revealed to have been coerced. DuVernay has a precise eye for the way in which fine details can have broad and lasting consequences, making this an exceptional meeting of filmmaker and subject —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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The Crown

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The Crown (Netflix)

Release: TBD via Netflix

Why We’re Excited: We’ll keep this one simple: When Netflix’s critically-lauded, award-winning series about Queen Elizabeth II returns, a whole new cast will have taken over. Helena Bonham-Carter steps into the role of Princess Margaret. Game Of Thrones and Outlander alum Tobias Menzies takes over for Matt Smith as Prince Philip. And Elizabeth? Elizabeth will be played by another queen. Claire Foy’s successor is Olivia Colman, fresh off her award-winning turn as Queen Anne in The Favourite. The fact that Gillian Anderson’s playing Margaret Thatcher is almost too much. —Allison Shoemaker

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix)

Release: TBD via Netflix

Why We’re Excited: Because everything once old is new again, we’ll once again be seeing Frank Oz and Jim Henson’s beloved 1982 cult flick The Dark Crystal. Set before the events of the original film, the 10-episode series will be return to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. Or, more specifically, “When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.” This will mean quite a lot to a handful of fans, and little to others, but it’s worth being excited over if you’ve ever seen the gorgeously designed original. Louis Letterier, of the retconned Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton, will direct the series, and Netflix promises that the show will “combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company,” which should certainly satiate the purists. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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The Mandalorian

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The Mandalorian (Disney+)

Release: TBD via Disney+

Why We’re Excited: A live-action Star Wars television series has been in the cards for, oh, nearly two decades. Now, it’s a reality, thanks to Jon Favreau, who is shepherding this new series into production for Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, Disney+. Set after the events of Return of the Jedi, the series follows a lone Mandalorian gunfighter beyond the reaches of the Republic. Pedro Pascal plays the titular role, topping an all-star cast that includes grizzly bear Nick Nolte, director Werner Herzog, Apollo Creed himself Carl WeathersBreaking Bad villain Giancarlo EspositoSupernatural’s Emily SwallowDeadpool 2’s Gina Carano, and American Gods’ Omid Abtahi. It’ll look incredible, too, as Dave FiloniTaika WaititiBryce Dallas HowardRick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow are all confirmed to direct episodes. This is the Star Wars story you’ve been looking for. –Michael Roffman

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The Politician

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Ryan Murphy (FX)

Release: TBD via Netflix

Why We’re Excited: Ryan Murphy’s shadow extends over much of this era of television, so Netflix landing an exclusive deal with the top-name showrunner is nothing less than a major coup. One of the first shows to emerge from this deal will be The Politician, a musical comedy starring Ben Platt (Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen) as a Santa Barbara politician with aspirations of high office. Each season will reportedly follow a different campaign built around Platt’s character, with Jessica Lange, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dylan McDermott, and January Jones already signed on to star. Expect there to be just a little bit of commentary on the politics of yesterday and today as it goes along, too. We’re not sure why. We just have a feeling on this one. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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The Terror

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The Terror (AMC)

Release: TBD via AMC

Why We’re Excited: There’s not much we can tell you about the second season of AMC’s excellent anthology series, the first season of which was one of the best shows of 2018. We know that, like the first, it will see a real historical event overlaid with a fictional horror — this time, “an uncanny spectre … menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific”. We know that executive producer Ridley Scott is still on board, joined now by new showrunners Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein. And we know George Takei’s in the cast. The first season was so good, however, that we could know even less and we’d still be eagerly looking forward to this one. Bring on the scares, AMC. —Allison Shoemaker

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The Underground Railroad

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Barry Jenkins by Jay L. Clendenin // Los Angeles Times

Release: TBD via Amazon Prime

Why We’re Excited: Among numerous reasons, because the entirety of this limited Amazon Prime series will be directed by Barry Jenkins, who hasn’t let us down yet. The series, based on Colson Whitehead’s acclaimed novel of same name, will follow Cora, a young Georgia slave who decides to risk her life by escaping on the titular set of connected passageways and “conductors” to the north. For all of Jenkins’ accomplishments to date, he hasn’t yet tackled a period piece of this magnitude. It’ll be a substantial challenge, but we’re entirely confident that the thoughtful, considered filmmaker won’t miss a step. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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The Witcher

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The Witcher (Netflix)

Release: TBD on Netflix

Why We’re Excited: No, that’s not Orlando Bloom above. That’s Superman himself, Henry Cavill. Wild, right? Based on the book series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski, Cavill will swap colorful tights for fantastic fights as a lone monster hunter, who finds it harder and harder to separate man from beasts. Naturally, his destiny brings him to a sorceress and a young princess and together they’ll fight for yadda, yadda, yadda. Basically, if you’re looking to see Cavill bring more of that machine-gun-arm magic from Mission: Impossible — Fallout, then look no further than The Witcher. Christ, we can’t even imagine how many cosplayers this will inspire. –Michael Roffman

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Tuca and Bertie

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Tuca and Bertie (Netflix)

Release: TBD via Netflix

Why We’re Excited: Netflix continues to serve as a steady home for the oft-embattled subgenre of adult animation with Tuca and Bertie, the brainchild of Bojack Horseman designer/producer Lisa Hanawalt. The series will reportedly follow “the friendship between two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building, Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan, and Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird”. With Tiffany Haddish as Tuca and Ali Wong as Bertie, we expect that this’ll be one of the comedies everybody’s talking about in a few more months’ time, especially if Hanawalt can transpose some of that magic from her current day job. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Veronica Mars

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Veronica Mars (Hulu)

Release: TBD via Hulu

Why We’re Excited:  The best teen in TV history is all grown up and moving to Hulu. Say no more. —Allison Shoemaker

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Vida

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Vida (Starz)

Release: TBD via Starz

Why We’re Excited: One of 2018’s best debuts (and one of our favorite shows of the year) centers on, as Out magazine recently put it, “multiple (read: not just one or two) queer women of color”. That’s from a feature Vida’s showrunner, which sits under the headline, “How Tanya Saracho Made the Most Radically Queer Show on TV”. And, in many ways, it is radical. The dialogue moves between English, Spanish, and Spanglish with ease; it allows all its characters to have complex lives (and sex lives); it tackles issues of gentrification, authenticity, honestly, and change with a willingness to acknowledge all the gray areas found therein. That’s all important. But it’s also quietly, staunchly traditional in one key way: It’s no more or less than the story of a family and a community at a time of upheaval, told with care by the writers, performers, directors, and designers. It’s old-fashioned Good TV, and we can’t wait for its return. —Allison Shoemaker

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Watchmen

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Watchmen (HBO)

Release: TBD via HBO

Why We’re Excited: Because even after all these years, and after all the superhero franchises which have gone on to carry some kernel of Alan Moore’s landmark 1986 graphic novel in their ideological DNA, Watchmen still has a hell of a lot to say about the cultures of then, now, and tomorrow. Built in the same world as the book, in a post-Dr. Manhattan age, Damon Lindelof‘s latest project will see Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Jeremy Irons, and others negotiate the same ideas of fascism, sacrifice, political obligation, and other top-level concepts which originally necessitated the existence of the story in the first place. It’s not like those ideas have fallen out of relevance in the last few decades. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

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Paul Feig by David Dettmann

Release: TBD on NBC

Why We’re Excited: Last year, Paul Feig shifted gears a bit with A Simple Favor, a twisty comic thriller that showed a few different shades of the director’s sense of humor than audiences have been able to enjoy. After all, Feig has often favored broad humor in his set pieces, whether in Bridesmaids‘ infamous dress shopping sequence or, well, basically all of his take on Ghostbusters. We’re then curious which version of Feig will show up for Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, which NBC recently ordered to pilot for him to direct. The show will follow “a whip-smart, socially awkward girl in her late 20s who is suddenly given an extraordinary ability to know the deepest desires of the people around her through songs.” In a moment where musical performance seems to be returning to prominence, we’re hopeful that Feig can take full advantage. —Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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