In a year already full of cinema and TV releases, there is still a lot to do. For the fall and winter months, streamers and traditional broadcast networks are locked in a race for original content – all looking to grab attention and grow viewership in an already overcrowded industry.
The good news? Lots of new shows for media-hungry TV fans. Here, CBC News has compiled some of the hottest — and some of the lesser-known — shows coming out later this year.
The crown – November
After four incredibly successful seasons, Netflix The crown – a biopic that follows Britain’s Queen Elizabeth from her coronation to increasingly modern events – will be released in November.
After two seasons of Olivia Colman portraying the Queen, English actor Imelda Staunton is set to debut an older, but no less regal, Elizabeth for Season 5.
The series was still filming its sixth season following the day the Queen died earlier this month, leading to a temporary break both on that date and for his funeral on September 19.
At the time, writer Peter Morgan described the new season as a “love letter to her”.
The Walking Dead — October 2
After an incredible 12-year run, The Walking DeadThe main series of will end next month. The remaining eight episodes of the zombie apocalypse show will air starting October 2. Canadian viewers can stream on AMC+ or participating cable companies.
entergalactic — September 30
This Kid Cudi “TV special” ties into the musician’s latest album, featuring co-stars Timothée Chalamet, Macaulay Culkin, Jaden Smith, Vanessa Hudgens and Cudi himself, and uses the increasingly popular pop-art style first popularized by the hit Into the Spiderverse.
The series – which will debut alongside his 10th studio album of the same name – follows Cudi as up-and-coming artist Jabari “as he attempts to balance love and success”.
In a tweet promoting entergalacticCudi (real name Scott Mescudi) described it as “really special”, and that “tempers will melt”.
Kind of — November 15
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Canadian star and writer Bilal Baig’s sleeper hit is back; Kind of launches a new season of Flea bag-character drama in mid-November. The series follows Sabi Mehboob, a gender-fluid millennial trying to get her life going, while dealing with a crumbling family and group of friends.
The second season of the series welcomes new stars, including The children in the roomis Scott Thompson and The Handmaid’s TaleThis is Amanda Brugel.
king of tulsa — November 13
king of tulsa is a popular drama that has something else to brag about – creators Taylor Sheridan and Terence Winter nabbed big-screen legend Sylvester Stallone in his scripted TV debut.
Stallone will appear as Dwight (The General) Manfredi, heading to Tulsa after serving 25 years in an Oklahoma prison, stripping away all the violence and action you’d expect from a Stallone-led production.
Alaska Daily — October 6
ABC (broadcasts on CTV in Canada)
Filmed largely in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, this Hilary Swank story has a somewhat surprising title Alaska Daily. It follows Swank as a disgraced reporter on the trail of crime and murder in the upstate.
And while this isn’t Swank’s first TV project, it’s his first in more than 20 years, since a 1998 appearance on Beverly Hills, 90210.
Shantaram — October 14
Apple TV, like all production houses immersed in the streamer war, continues to invest in original programs. The latest offer is Shantaraman adaptation of the novel of the same name by Gregory David Roberts, which follows Australian fugitive Lin Ford living in Bombay, India.
It stars Charlie Hunnam as Ford and will release three episodes on October 14, followed by weekly Friday releases until its 12-episode run sells out on December 16.
Avatar – to be determined
Adapted from the popular cartoon of the same name, Avatar: The Last Airbender is going for its second live-action remake after director M. Night Shyamalan’s ill-fated 2010 attempt.
The anime-influenced original series followed 12-year-old Aang, who, after spending 100 years frozen in ice, became the last “airbender” – one of four telekinetic groups who control a different fundamental element – responsible for saving the world.
The series features a slew of Canadian talent, from British Columbia’s Gordon Cormier as Aang, and Kiawentiio (the young leader of Tracey Deer’s Beans) with fellow senior, Katara, for Kim’s Convenience Patriarch Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as the adorable Uncle Iroh.
There’s no release date – other than an upbeat “soon” from Netflix. And the series itself is not without controversy: the original creators cut ties with the adaptation in 2020 due to creative differences.
Leave the one on the right in — October 9
Another story that has been adapted, re-adapted and adapted again is here. Leave the one on the right in began life as a Swedish novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, before finding a second life as a haunting film also written by Lindqvist.
This led to another adaptation, called Let me enterfeaturing rising young stars Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloë Grace Moretz.
As a gory tale of a child-vampire befriending an ostracized and bullied boy, the story proved particularly difficult to adapt – with a morbid twist that was largely omitted from both. film adaptations. The series’ recently released trailer hints at as much gore as the novel, with a heavy emphasis on horror and potential deviations from the original.
1899 – to be determined
From the creators of warped time travel series Dark comes another series from another world: Netflix’s 1899. It follows the passengers of a migrating steamer, the same year, who encounter the long-lost ship Prometheus, apparently adrift deserted in the Atlantic Ocean.
The first two episodes – centered on a mystery introduced by passengers discovering a child alone on board the ship – premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival to mostly positive reviews. It is expected to debut later this year.
English – November 11th
First looks at Emily Blunt’s new western series have been described as everything from violentat offerat “crazy“, and continues the trend of actors on the big screen to take to television for new and daring projects – those that promise perhaps more audiences than the increasingly threatened world of cinema.
Blunt has previous television experience, appearing in the ABC miniseries Empire in 2005. Although English looks completely different. Here the edge of tomorrow The star plays Cornelia Locke, an 1890s Englishwoman seeking revenge for her son’s death.
In a interview with peopleBlunt called the joint Prime Video/BBC production an “epic chase thriller” combined with “a love story that unfolds and reigns supreme through it”.