From Succession to The Last of Us, 2023 already looks to be a great year for new seasons of successful TV series. The world’s finest shows are set to entertain us over the next 12 months, as some of our favourite characters return to deliver some epic storylines.
Yet, it can sometimes be tough to predict TV releases. While film companies tend to announce new movies months, or even years, in advance, we sometimes don’t hear about new TV seasons until several weeks before they air.
These tend not to be blockbusters, which means there’s a raft of underrated shows that may appear unexpectedly during 2023 – here are six of them.
Spin-offs from popular TV shows sometimes don’t work out, but in the case of Ahsoka Tano, it’s left fans wanting more.
The popular character from animated Star Wars spin-offs Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars won scores of new fans after featuring in The Mandalorian. The excellent Rosario Dawson plays her, and in Ahsoka, her very own show, she’s joined by Hayden Christensen who also starred in Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Makers Disney+ have remained tight-lipped about a release date, but they did recently tease fans with a reel about upcoming shows, which featured shots of both Ahsoka and The Mandalorian. Watch this space.
Taking place in a busy casino, you might expect the storylines to revolve around characters with signs of problem gambling, but Bust Down actually does a great job of portraying a humorous side to casino life.
The four protagonists are Sam, Langston, Chris, and Jack, four casino workers who try to balance the everyday demands of life with working in a busy venue. There are many moments of great comedy, which have helped earn the show a cult following.
While the second season has yet to be announced, the success of the first in early 2022 means we may get more details at some point soon.
Masters of the Air
Following the huge success of Band of Brothers and The Pacific, there’s still an appetite for more quality war dramas, and this new series produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks doesn’t disappoint.
Based on the book of the same name by Donald L. Miller, it tells the story of the enlisted men in the US army’s Eighth Air Force, known as The Mighty Eighth. Set photos released online suggest that it will also cover life in wartime England and in German concentration camps and feature a cast including Austin Butler and Callum Turner.
After the pandemic paused filming, it’s thought that an announcement confirming the release date will come in early 2023.
After years of speculation, one of the best-selling RPG video games now has a TV adaptation via Amazon Studios.
As you might imagine, there may be some disturbing scenes. Walton Goggin plays a ghoul, a person whose features have been irreversibly damaged by the radioactive fallout, but little else is known about the story.
What we do know is that it could be a lot of fun to watch. Director Lisa Joy described it as a ‘crazy, funny adventure, like none you’ve ever seen before’ in a recent interview. For that alone, it’s worth a try, especially if you’re a keen gamer.
Whether Fallout will arrive in 2023 is unsure, but given the demand by the game’s fanatical fans, Amazon may be pressured into it.
True Detective: Night Country
The baton passes to Jodie Foster the fourth time round, after the likes of Matthew McConaughey and Vince Vaughn took it on in previous seasons. Foster has all the attributes to play a determined, gritty sleuth and her character has a lot on her plate after six men mysteriously vanished in remote Alaska.
Several critics have said they look forward to her portrayal of Detective Liz Danvers who may have one or two secrets of her own up her sleeve.
In a world where we’re used to a sugar-coated version of Hollywood, The Idol lifts the shiny veneer of the world’s most famous entertainment industry to expose a seedy underside.
While it’s worth remembering that it’s only fiction, large parts of it probably ring true for the A-list celebrities that reside there. Lily-Rose Depp plays the hot young singing sensation of the moment who cancels her latest tour due to a nervous breakdown. As she attempts to reclaim her crown, she comes up with some other issues that stop her in her tracks.
The Weeknd works with Sam Levinson, the creator of Euphoria, a series that may have a new release of its own soon, to bring us this miniseries, and he even makes a star appearance himself, proving there’s more to him than just a series of hit songs.