American Gods (TV)
Best-selling author Neil Gaiman’s creations rarely go beyond print, and for good reason. The worlds he creates are so expansive, so fantastic, that unless you’re talking about animation, it’s just tough to translate his vision onto screens.
After several stops and starts, Starz, the same network that had Spartacus, plus on-going series Power, and Outlander, has released the trailer for American Gods, based on the 2001 novel, with the series set to air next year.
While the premise isn’t exactly new, “old mythological gods versus shiny new corporate technological gods!”, Gaiman’s treatment is chockfull of fascinating characters, led by the protagonist Shadow, who gets hired by Mr. Wednesday, later revealed to be the Norse god Odin, to do odd jobs with him across the USA.
Starz has come up with a fantastic partner for Gaiman in Bryan Fuller, last of Hannibal and the short-lived but well-loved Pushing Daisies. Known for striking visuals and a great hand when it comes to serialized story-telling, this is a match made it heaven.
Legends of the Hidden Temple (TV movie)
Nickelodeon is riding the nostalgia wave. Not only are they bringing back Hey Arnold, the orange blimp is bringing back an old favorite – game show Legends of the Hidden Temple, albeit in the form of a TV movie.
The Hidden Temple in question in the movie is framed as jungle attraction in a theme park-esque setting. As is usually the case in these movies, a trio of kids, led by 100 Things to Do in High School’s Isabela Moner, sneak in, and discover there’s plenty more going on. Like a green monkey, The Steps of Knowledge, the Shrine of the Silver Monkey, temple guards, and of course, talking stone idol Olmec (though he doesn’t get to speak in the trailer).
Your younger siblings will probably love this, while you get to soak in your childhood memories for the movie’s duration.
Sherlock Season 4 (TV)
It’s easy to forget about Sherlock. Since the series began, all the way back in 2010, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have moved onto bigger things, namely a ton of movies. Steven Moffat, the show’s co-creator, along with Mark Gatiss, has also been busy with all things Doctor Who.
After the end of Season 3, which took place in 2014, fans got a trippy, one-episode special at the start of 2016. Since then, nothing. Until now.
Fans got a glimpse of Sherlock season four with a special teaser trailer. Due back in January 2017, things look very dark from London’s premier detectives, which is appropriate give the events of previous episodes. Will the long wait be worth it? Make watching the three new episodes one of your New Year’s resolutions and we’ll see what happens.
The creators say this is, according to a press interview with Entertainment Weekly, “the darkest season yet and still obviously full of laughs and fun.” Almost certainly set to air before 2017.
Star Trek: Discovery (TV)
Speaking of Bryan Fuller, in addition to American Gods, he’s also set to run Star Trek: Discovery, the classic sci-fi series’ return to television. Teaming up with Alex Kurtzman, who has TV hits like Alias, Fringe, Hawaii 5-0, and Sleepy Hollow on his resume, we don’t actually know a lot about the series. Heck they haven’t really casted anyone yet. But if it’s in the spirit of the new movies (it won’t be connected to the film series however), it should be worth watching.
To explore more strange new worlds in January 2017. ST: Discovery Premieres on the CBS Television Network with all subsequent episodes available exclusively on CBS All Access.
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