LUX 2016 Vibe: New TV Shows
This year the small screen promises a mix of royalty, rock n roll and everything in between to mix up our couch bound cozy nights! Here are 6 new shows we can't wait for:
1. Divorce - A woman tries to make a fresh start after a divorce. Airdate has not yet been announced.
The Skinny - Fans of bleak, testosterone-y True Detective style HBO drama might run for the hills at the news that Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to the network, twelve years after Sex And The City wrapped. But we are stoked! The cast is strong: Thomas Haden Church plays her ex-husband, Molly Shannon her best friend, and Talia Balsam, Robert Forster, Tracy Letts and Jemaine Clement all have roles.
2. The Crown - Epic historical drama following the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Production was underway last summer. It should hit Netflix late spring.
The Skinny - With Downtown Abbey wrapping up, costume drama fans are in the market for a new obsession, wish may be granted with Netflix’s, The Crown. Ambitiously setting out to tell the entire life of Britain’s longest-running monarch, it comes from the pen of Peter Morgan, who’s had enormous success with this subject matter!
3. 11.22.63 - A teacher attempts to travel back in time to stop the assassination of JFK. Set to air February 5th.
The Skinny - Aside from the Sound Of Thunder-ish time travel setup, the biggest selling point might be the cast: James Franco somehow found time to play the lead role, while Chris Cooper, Sarah Gadon, Cherry Jones, George MacKay and Josh Duhamel join him. We are loving this cast of eye candy!
4. War And Peace - Miniseries adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel of five aristocratic families around the Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. Airing in the U.K. now, it arrives in the U.S. in two-hour blocks over four weeks simultaneously on three networks — A&E, Lifetime and The History Channel from January 18th.
The Skinnny - This new take, a collaboration between the BBC and the Weinstein Company, might be the starriest yet: Paul Dano and Lily James take the lead roles of Pierre and Natasha, while the supporting cast is a who’s-who of rising British names and established character actors, including James Norton, Tom Burke, Tuppence Middleton, Callum Turner, Greta Scacchi, Aneurin Barnard, Mathieu Kassovitz, Stephen Rea, Brian Cox, Gillian Anderson and, inevitably, Jim Broadbent. Emerging Brit director Tom Harper is directing.
5. Roadies - A comedy-drama revolving around the lives of the makeshift family that work behind-the-scenes on a rock and roll tour. Coming to Showtime this summer!
The Skinny - Sniffs strongly of comeback material. It’s produced by man-of-the-moment J.J. Abrams, it marks a return to the same kind of setting as arguably Crowe’s finest hour, Almost Famous, and it’s co-produced and showrun by My So-Called Life creator Winnie Holzman. There’s a fine collection of actors, too: Carla Gugino, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Luke Wilson, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Luis Guzmán and rapper/actor Machine Gun Kelly. I mean when you say My So-Called Life and Almost Famous in the same sentence, we are sold!
6. Vinyl - Richie Finestra, beleaguered president of a record label, tries to save his business and his soul while negotiating the sex, drugs and other pitfalls of the 1970s rock 'n' roll scene. Release Date: HBO, Sunday February 14th.
The Skinny - The show will star the superb Bobby Cannavale and the always excellent Olivia Wilde alongside Juno Temple, Max Casella, Ray Romano, Andrew Dice Clay and more, with Scorsese himself directing the two-hour pilot and Mark Romanek on board to helm at least one other episode. Diggin!