With a new year comes new seasons and, sometimes, new series that are sure to continue TV’s ridiculously hyped, massively dominating medium for fiction storytelling.
We took an all-too-long break from some of our favorites, but for your viewing pleasure, we have listed some of the most anticipated TV shows for 2013. Enjoy!
‘Game of Thrones’ (HBO)
Oh man, let’s just start with what we’re all looking forward to the most. “Game of Thrones” enjoyed a phenomenal second season, so much, that it was actually the most pirated show of 2012. I won’t dive into the horrible ways HBO restricts access to its content, but for those of you who’ve seen the show, legally or illegally, you’re probably shaking with anticipation over what’s to come of the Starks, Lannisters and the rest of those fighting from King’s Landing to the north side of The Wall.
Science fiction blog io9 breaks down the full list of characters for Season 3, which starts up March 31. All the familiar faces (minus the headless Ned Stark, of course) will be there, along with some new ones as well.
‘Zombieland’ (Amazon Instant)
I’m not usually too optimistic for original online content, but there’s something about “Zombieland” going to Amazon Instant that gets me excited. If you haven’t seen the cinematic feature, you’re really missing out. Even for an action-comedy, it’s one of the better zombie flicks made in the past 10 years. And now that the show is positioned to avoid some of the pitfalls of cable TV (see HBO comment above), we can expect a gruesome and hilarious spin-off that hopefully won’t hold back.
The original Amazon show won’t feature any original cast members, but instead will follow a new group surviving in the “Zombieland” world we got to know in the movie.
‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ (Cartoon Network?)
Now that Disney has made Episode VII official with its announcement of J.J. Abrams as director, a whole new world of opportunity appeared to open for the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” I put a question mark by the network above because Disney is now poised to wind down the series, or scrap it entirely. But the chance to tell a new side of the stories that could blend into the new movies is very exciting.
Darth Maul, the villain from “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” plays a vital role in the animated show. Perhaps some of his story could be brought into the new sequels in 2015?
‘The Walking Dead’ (AMC)
Since the now one-eyed Governor put Daryl and his brother into the circle-of-death at the end of “The Walking Dead” mid-season finale, we’ve known the Woodbury story arc was destined to involve some serious payback. Rick Grimes and company will find no peace with such a twisted maniac entrenched so near their new prison digs.
If you haven’t read the comics (like me), there’s really not telling where this could go. But perhaps we’ll once again see some surprising casualties as the group is ultimately forced to abandon the prison grounds.