New shows of 2019: which ones should you be keeping an eye out for?

A new year means new television shows. Here's a look at some of the best new shows arriving in 2019.
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Is it too soon to start thinking about the new shows in 2019? Of course, not! We are about a month into the new year and with a solid 11 months ahead of us, there are a ton of new shows to look forward to. In fact, some of them have already graced us with their presence across network television and streaming platforms—don’t worry, we have got you covered.

Every year brings with it a slate of new shows that will either rise to the top or just crash and burn after a season — or less. Granted, the bad tends to outweigh the good, but we have high hopes in terms of the new shows of 2019. There is a solid genre range this year from sci-fi to drama to comic book to comedy. And there is certainly a lot to look forward to especially considering Disney will launch its streaming service later this year (The Mandalorian, anyone?). We’ve broken down the new shows of 2019 below, and if we happen to miss any, let us know in the comments!

The Twilight Zone

Yes, that’s right, the iconic sci-fi thriller is getting rebooted! Of course, we are a bit skeptical considering the success rate of reboots, but hey, Jordan Peele is the man in charge for this. After gaining much-deserved success with his suspense thriller, Get Out, Peele is taking his talents to the CBS All Access platform for this exciting reboot.

It has been reported that Peele will be sticking close to the original series (thank goodness!), and will revisit some of the most famous episodes of the series. This includes, “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet“, the episode that starred William Shatner. This series already has a solid cast of guest stars that includes The Walking Dead’s Steven Yuen, Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani, along with John Cho, Greg Kinnear, and Alison Tolman. A premiere date for the reboot has not yet been announced but is rumored for a spring release.

Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Who doesn’t love a docu-series based on an actual serial killer? Already streaming on Netflix, The Ted Bundy Tapes gives us a frightening insight into one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history. The docu-series will rehash the details of his crimes, provide interviews with Bundy himself, and give us more background on who he was through the people that actually knew him.

If you’re a fan of true crime and have enjoyed shows like Netflix’s Making A Murderer then it appears The Ted Bundy Tapes should be on your to-watch list for 2019. However, keep in mind that this docu-series will dive into some deep details of Bundy’s life and crimes, so it is certainly not for the light-hearted.

Modern Love

Alright guys, this one certainly has many people excited and here’s why. It stars Anne Hathaway. But that’s not it, this Amazon Prime Video anthology series will also feature John Slattery, Tina Fey, Julia Garner, Catherine Keener, and Cristin Milioti. Now that’s an epic cast. There is no premiere date as of yet, but here is what we know so far.

The series is based on a New York Times column that dissects the concept of love across all kinds of relationships (friendly, romantic, etc). Given the cast and Amazon’s success with anthology series’ (cc: The Romanoffs), Modern Love looks like it just may live up to the expectations we have for it.

Black Earth Rising

Now available on Netflix, Black Earth Rising tells the emotional story of a child who manages to escape the Rwandan genocide. In her adult years, she will be forced to face her terrorizing past as she copes with the life ahead of her. It promises to be a heartbreaking and inspiring story that will leave you in tears. Black Earth Rising stars John Goodman and Michaela Coel.

Watchmen

If you’re a fan of Alan Moore’s brilliant graphic novel Watchmen, or the okay film adaptation by Zach Snyder, then you are probably jumping in your seat right now. Sure, this is another go at the story, but this time Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers) is steering the ship. Not to mention, the series will be an HBO production, which allows production to portray the story without many restrictions. Lindelof will be changing a couple of things about this upcoming series including the time period (set in more modern times) and a different cast of characters.

There isn’t a full-blown trailer for it just yet, but you can catch a glimpse of what to expect in this HBO 2019 promo.

The Umbrella Academy

Amongst the new shows of 2019 is Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy. Based on the Dark Horse comics it’s based on, the series follows a group of children that have been adopted by a wealthy individual. There is something unique about how each of these children came to but what unites them is their superpowers.

Together, the children try to solve the mystery of how their father died and try to put aside their differences to make it happen. Are you excited yet? If not, you will be once you find out who is a part of the cast!

  • Ellen Page (Juno)
  • Robert Sheehan (Mortal Engines)
  • Mary J. Blige (does she even need a reference?)
  • Tom Hopper (Black Sails)
  • Cameron Britton (Mindhunter)
  • Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy)

Check out the trailer below and mark your calendars for Feb. 15th!

The Witcher

Do we have any Witcher fans here? If so, you have most likely heard all about Netflix’s adaptation of the fantasy novel series starring the one and only Superman…er, Henry Cavill, who plays the Geralt of Rivia. Known as a “witcher”, Geralt scours the world hunting down monsters, recruiting help along the way.

The Witcher is expected to premiere sometime in 2019 on Netflix, but until then, be sure to dive into the video games and books, if you haven’t already.

Black Monday

A Showtime series starring Don Cheadle? Sign us up and add this to our list of new shows in 2019 we are looking forward to. Black Monday will rehash the events of the worst stock market crash in history and point the blame at a group of traders that Cheadle’s character is the leader of. The series also stars Regina King and Paul Scheer—so much yes.

Luckily for us, it has already premiered on Showtime!

The Mandalorian

Disney is starting its own streaming service this year, and bringing with it a lot of original content. Amongst this is The Mandalorian which will follow a lone gunfighter as he makes his way across the limits of the universe. There is a lot to be excited for this series including the fact that Jon Favreau is directing and Pedro Pascal (Narcos) is playing the lead. Oh, and Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad has signed on as well. Also, you know, it’s the first ever live-action Star Wars show.

There is no premiere date as of yet, but it is said to be one of the shows launching the streaming service later this year!

Too Old To Die Young

From the director of Drive comes a crime-filled thriller that deals with criminals, the secret underworld, assassins, gangsters, and soldiers from all over the world. You’ll have to check out the trailer to truly understand what this Amazon series has in store for us—but hey, Miles Teller (Whiplash) is in it! A premiere date is yet to be announced.

The above list is certainly not an exhaustive list of the new shows of 2019, but it is a glimpse into what we can expect from the new year. There is plenty more headed our way, some of which we know very little about (Ryan Murphy’s Ratched) and could we also get the second live-action Star Wars show centered around Rouge One‘s Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). Keep an eye out for updates regarding the new year, and let us know if we missed anything above!

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