2019 was a banner year for premium television (See Watchmen, Mandalorian, The Morning Show) but 2020 looks to be even more remarkable, given the slate of series and star power set to debut. Here’s six shows to stream in the New Year!
“The Devil in the White City”
On Hulu, Leonardo DiCaprio will star and produce (along with Martin Scorsese) the TV adaptation of Erik Larsen’s best-selling novel “The Devil in the White City” about two men inexplicably linked by the Chicago World’s Fair (one an inventor, another a serial killer). It’s said to be the most daring since “The Handmaid’s Tale” made the service a must-subscribe.
Apple TV is bringing Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” back to television 30 + years after its run on NBC. The “Twilight Zone”-esque anthology will once again feature self-contained, mind-bending plots, and the director is sparing no expenses: each episode is said to be costing $5 million.
FX brings history to life with “Mrs. America,” a series that follows the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and the backlash led by firebrand Phyllis Schlafly, played by Cate Blanchett.
Netflix brings one of the most memorable literary characters to the TV screen with “Ratched,” the nutty nurse made famous in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” starring Sarah Paulson.
“Star Trek: Picard”
Sure to be a hit with sci-fi fans is “Star Trek: Picard,” set 20 years after the film Star Trek: Nemesis. Reprising his role as the captain is Patrick Stewart, who must deal with the fall out of the explosion of the planet Romulus. The series, which premieres Jan. 23 on CBS All Access, also includes the return of Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes.
“Jurassic World: Cretaceous”
Perhaps the most anticipated drama of 2020 is Netflix’s “Jurassic World: Cretaceous,” about six not-so-smart teenagers who go on an adventure trip to Isla Nublar, only to become prey for dinosaurs wreaking havoc on the island.