This is part of our 2020 Preview. Follow along as we explore all the things that have us mildly hopeful in the new year. We know, we know, you’ve barely even changed your calendar to 2020. But the folks here at Film School Rejects are always looking ahead to the next great thing, and as we head into a new year -- and decade -- of television, there are a whole lot of next great things worth considering. Plenty of exciting new TV projects that are currently in development didn’t make this list, if only because their announced production schedules (or lack thereof) indicate they’ll likely not be ready to air in 2020. The Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings, and Taika Waititi’s Time Bandits are all high-profile projects that we’re drooling over, but they seem more likely to be finished in 2021. The same goes for some of our favorite returning shows, like Euphoria, Stranger Things, and Succession, whose high-quality production may mean longer wait times between seasons. In the meantime, we’ve got your guide to every prestige project, returning favorite, and intriguing reimagining worth checking out in the new year. 30. Ratched TV power player Ryan Murphy's big Netflix deal hasn't exactly had the most promising returns so far (see, or don't: The Politician), but Ratched seems poised to deliver exactly the type of soapy, shocking drama Murphy's fans crave. The series will show the evolution of Nurse Ratched -- yes, the one from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest -- from newbie to monster, and the role will be filled by none other than Sarah Paulson. Come for the fan-favorite actress, stay for the hugely impressive supporting cast, a near-endless list of greats including Cynthia Nixon, Corey Stoll, Sharon Stone, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Don Cheadle. Where to watch: Netflix When to watch: TBA 29. Locke & Key An adaptation of Joe Hill's popular graphic novel series has been in development in one form or another for close to a decade now, but it's finally happening! The brutal and mysterious series follows a grieving family who moves into an austere Massachusetts house that holds many secrets, including keys with magical properties. A trailer drop seems imminent, but for now, the series' Instagram page is sharing a series of eerie teasers that may double as clues to the story. Where to watch: Netflix When to watch: February 7th 28. Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Penny Dreadful was the best show that no one watched. Or rather, the Showtime gothic horror series had a vocal, passionate fanbase, but remained underseen for its three-season run. After four years away, though, the show is poised to return in a new iteration, with a new subtitle and, more importantly, an all-new cast of characters. Game of Thrones icon Natalie Dormer stars as Magda, a demon she has called "an agent of chaos." The sequel series is set in 1930s Los Angeles and centers on Magda and her sister Santa Muerte (Lorenza Izzo), who at least shares a name (if not more) with a holy figure of Mexican Catholicism. The series sounds as if it may be politically tinged horror, as supporting characters include a councilman, a union leader, and an architect. Maybe The Wire by way of Latin-American folklore? We're on board for that. Where to watch: Showtime When to watch: TBA 27. Little Fires Everywhere [embed]https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=d7gBZU4ksC4[\/embed] One of the most ubiquitous novels of 2017 is making the jump to the screen with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington both in front of and behind the screen. The two produced the series, which is written by Liz Tigelaar, and they star as two very different mothers whose lives become intertwined through their children. Like Witherspoon's previous project, Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere is a drama that centers around families, forged relationships, privilege, and mysterious past events that will eventually come to light. You may as well stamp "prestige drama" on this one -- hopefully in a good way. Where to watch: Hulu When to watch: March 18th 26. Fargo Season 4 After an up-and-down third season, I wasn't sure anything would bring me back for Fargo's fourth outing, but I was wrong. Two words: Timothy Olyphant. Or, wait, if that's not your thing, here are some more: Chris Rock. Jason Schwartzman. Ben Whishaw. Uzo Aduba. The plot of Noah Hawley's generally excellent anthology series involves two warring Kansas City families, but I'd tune in to see these people read the phone book. There's no trailer for this one yet, but fingers crossed we get one of those badass list-of-names teasers à la The Irishman. Where to watch: FX When to watch: TBA 25. The Mandalorian Season 2 I know The Mandalorian's first season just ended, but when it comes to massive Disney projects, it's never too late to look ahead, and the series is projected to have a fall 2020 return. Will Mando (Pedro Pascal) find the land of Yodas, and if so, will any of them be as cute as OUR Baby Yoda? Did Carl Weathers and Gina Carano just wander off forever? Can we get the baby another ass-kicking nurse droid? The neo-Western space series' first season was a refreshing departure from usual Star Wars fare, and it'll be interesting to see which direction a second season takes. We'll find out soon enough. In the meantime, I'll be playing Ludwig Göransson's banger of a theme song on repeat. Where to watch: Disney+ When to watch: TBA 24. The Outsider [embed]https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=I03MAkQ_OyM[\/embed] One of two Stephen King projects on this list, The Outsider is one of the master of horror's newest books (released in 2018) and is already getting the HBO treatment. King's adaptations have historically covered a range of tones, but this one still manages to set itself apart in a trailer that at first seems more like a true-crime story than a supernatural thriller. Jason Bateman, Ben Mendelsohn, and Cynthia Erivo star in the miniseries, which, if it's anything like the book, begins with the arrest of a popular teacher accused of murder and evolves into a tense and twisted horror story with a lot on its mind. Esteemed writers Richard Price and Dennis Lehane are penning the majority of the season's screenplays. Where to watch: HBO When to watch: January 12th 23. Gossip Girl Sure, the original series ended with a reveal that's universally acknowledged as convoluted and crummy, but fans still went wild at the thought of more Gossip Girl when the series' continuation was announced last year. The new version will take place several years after the original and focus on the new relationship teens have with technology -- vis à vis, of course, the titular havoc-wreaker. Though little else is known about the new series, returning executive producer Joshua Safran has promised audiences more representation in terms of both LGBTQ+ characters and characters of color. Also, Kristen Bell is back! Where to watch: HBO Max When to watch: TBA, but the platform launches in May 22. We Are Who We Are Everything Luca Guadagnino does is interesting, and after Call Me By Your Name, the vibrant, surprising director has legions of fans for life. His latest project, billed as an HBO limited series, is as intriguing as one would expect. The series follows American teens coming of age at a military base in Italy and stars Chloë Sevigny, Kid Cudi (you read that right!), and IT and Shazam! breakout Jack Dylan Grazer. Where to watch: HBO When to watch: TBA 21. Sex Education Season 2 There are plenty of final seasons we're anticipating this year, but a show has to really start with a bang to crack the list for a sophomore season. And Sex Education certainly did! The raunchy yet heartfelt British series has all the makings of a new teen classic, from a group of dynamic characters -- chaste yet sexually knowledgeable Otis (Asa Butterfield), cool as a cucumber Maeve (Emma Mackey), excitable fashionista Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), and liberated mom Dr. Milburn (Gillian Anderson) -- to a plot that's at once hilarious and surprisingly sex-positive. Here's hoping the second season keeps the series' winning streak going. Where to watch: Netflix When to watch: January 17th 20. The Haunting of Bly Manor Another highly anticipated sophomore outing is 21st-century horror master Mike Flanagan's follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House, which is set to put a new spin on a classic novella. Henry James' 1898 horror story The Turn of the Screw is an unsettling read involving a nanny and two kids who are both adorable and potentially haunted. If Hill House is any indication, Flanagan's version may be a loose adaptation, and like all his works, it will likely focus on emotional themes as well as authentic scares. First season cast members Victoria Pedretti, Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Kate Siegel will all return in different roles. Where to watch: Netflix When to watch: TBA 19. Schitt's Creek Season 6 [embed]https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=1mzdm3gzraI[\/embed] Across the span of its first five seasons, Schitt's Creek has evolved from a relatively mild fish-out-of-water sitcom to a rewarding and hilarious Emmy-nominated show about an over-the-top family following their (smaller than expected) dreams. The final season's arrival has been heralded by an impressive billboard celebrating its central gay couple and a very on-brand trailer that promises lots of laughs and celebration. With the last batch of episodes just around the corner, it'll be time for goodbye sooner than we're prepared for. Luckily, Catherine O'Hara's iconic creative pronunciations will live on via endless rewatches. Where to watch: PopTV When to watch: January 7th 18. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier If Captain America is your cup of tea, the project that was planned as the first post-Endgame Disney+ series (until WandaVision moved up its release date) is probably already on your radar. Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes and Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson are a solid dynamic duo on which to build the next phase of Marvel, and recent rumors swirling around a behind-the-scenes photo indicate that the first season of the series may lead directly into Chloé Zhao's big-screen adaptation of Eternals. Much of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is still under wraps, but the series will likely begin by exploring the mantle of Captain America that Steve Rogers left for Sam in the final scenes of Endgame. Where to watch: Disney+ When to watch: TBA 17. The Devil in the White City Leonardo DiCaprio first nabbed the rights to Erik Larson's popular stranger-than-fiction story in 2010, and the story is finally in development at Hulu a decade later with him and Martin Scorsese on board as executive producers. Little is known about the cast, but the nonfiction story woven by Larson is engrossing enough to have us hooked from the get-go. The Devil in the White City follows two men in Chicago in 1893. One, Daniel Burnham, is the architect behind the World's Fair, while another, Dr. H. H. Holmes, is a pharmacist and serial killer who stalks the city around the same time. With DiCaprio and Scorsese at the helm, this will no doubt be a dark and compelling piece of prestige TV. Where to watch: Hulu When to watch: TBA 16. One Day At A Time Season 4 The little show that could was saved by PopTV (the channel behind Schitt's Creek) last year after being canceled by Netflix and shopped around to networks by showrunners Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce. Fans who got #SaveODAAT trending on Twitter are eager to see the series, which is produced by Norman Lear and follows a modern Cuban-American family, back on the air. While the new season is still coming together, cast and crew have been posting behind-the-scenes teasers that show that they're just as excited for the new season as we are. When the heartfelt multi-cam sitcom last left off, Schneider (Todd Grinnell) was on the road to sobriety, Elena (Isabella Gomez) tentatively made up with her father (James Martinez), and Lydia (Rita Moreno) and Dr. B. (Stephen Tobolowsky) were back in Cuba for a surprise trip. Where to watch: PopTV When to watch: March 15. Westworld Season 3 [embed]https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=64CYajemh6E[\/embed] As Westworld makes its third season debut in a post-Game of Thrones world, the sci-fi genre-shifter has a chance to become HBO's new flagship series, and the show plans to wow us. Emerging details about the season indicate that the show has moved beyond its Western roots, and this season, subtitled "The New World," will take place both outside the park and in another themed world modeled after Nazi Germany. The spliced plotlines shown in the trailer above will have to walk a fine line to maintain the show's existential thrills, but by anchoring each plot with one of the two badass female characters -- Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) in LA and Maeve (Thandie Newton) in the Germany plot -- and adding Aaron Paul into the mix, the new season looks as if it's almost too big to fail. Where to watch: HBO When to watch: TBA 14. Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff's book Lovecraft Country mixes supernatural beings and the Jim Crow-era south for a story that's unique and ripe for a screen adaptation. J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele apparently thought so, too, as they're executive producing HBO's take on the novel, which will be directed by True Detective's Daniel Sackheim, among others. All-time great actors including Michael Kenneth Williams and Courtney B. Vance are included in a cast that's led by Jonathan Majors (The Last Black Man in San Francisco). In adapting a book that's fairly well-known but not overhyped, mixing complex topics with entertaining genre fare, and giving the spotlight to a cast of talented, often under-appreciated actors, Lovecraft Country has the potential to become one of the best new shows of the year. Where to watch: HBO When to watch: TBA 13. Better Call Saul season 5 [embed]https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=794ug8p0LOY[\/embed] Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould's Breaking Bad spinoff has always had a much more low-key reception than the series from which it came, but as it approaches the season count of its predecessor, Better Call Saul has more than established itself as one of the best series on TV. Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) is a slippery dude by nature, and when put into the pressure cooker of the Albuquerque crime world, he begins to evolve into his amoral final form -- the Saul Goodman of the title. Gould says the fifth season will see Jimmy trying to make a name for himself as "not just a criminal lawyer but a criminal lawyer," while Mike (Jonathan Banks) gets further embroiled in bloody business with Gus (Giancarlo Esposito). Where to watch: AMC When to watch: February 23rd 12. The Good Place Season 4b "There is no answer, but Eleanor is the answer," Chidi (William Jackson Harper) learned right before The Good Place's midseason finale cliffhanger -- a moment of suspense that's killing us all the more because the series only has a few more episodes left to air. Mike Schur's eccentric afterlife ensemble comedy has evolved into a dozen different brilliant things across its short runtime, and its curtain call will likely be no different. When we left off, Eleanor (Kristen Bell) had just given Chidi his memories back and asked him to design a whole new afterlife, a task that will likely surprise and delight us when the series airs its final four episodes this month -- including a super-sized series finale on January 30th. Where to watch: NBC When to watch: January 9th 11. GLOW Season 4 I, for one, would watch at least five more seasons of Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch's '80s female wrestling dramedy, but I know sometimes it's good to quit while ahead. The fourth and final season will examine that idea, too, as Ruth (Alison Brie) and Debbie (Betty Gilpin), best friends again, are on different pages about the future of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Meanwhile, Bash (Chris Lowell) is going uber-straight to please the new conservative business partners, Sam (Marc Maron) is grappling with his mortality in the face of his secret heart attack, and Cherry (Sydelle Noel) is considering adoption. By this point, GLOW is a well-oiled machine and one of the best portrayals of female camaraderie on television. Whatever it has in store for its grand finale, we'll be there to watch. Where to watch: Netflix When to watch: TBA 10. Sam Esmail's Untitled Battlestar Galactica Spinoff One of the most beloved sci-fi series of all time plus the voice of one of the boldest visual storytellers of the past five years equals can't miss TV. Little is known about this highly anticipated spinoff (or reboot? Based on Sam Esmail's tweet, it sounds like a spinoff), but it's set to debut on NBC's new streaming service sometime in 2020. Where to watch: Peacock When to watch: TBA, although Peacock is set to launch in April 9. Atlanta Season 3 Any year that brings us more of the most surreal and ambitious show on television is bound to be a good year. There's really no way to predict what's next for Donald and Stephen Glover's genre and reality-bending series about the Atlanta rap scene, as each episode of the show's first two seasons has felt completely distinct and unpredictable. Last we checked, Earn (Donald Glover) narrowly avoided being on the outs with Al (Brian Tyree Henry) by planting a gun on their tour-mates while in the airport TSA line. It was a selfish move and a ruthless one, but it demonstrated to Al that maybe Earn does have what it takes to manage him. Though the season was delayed, cast member Zazie Beetz said last year that the show would begin filming in September 2019, so a 2020 release is likely. Where to watch: FX When to watch: TBA 8. Avatar: The Last Airbender The beloved Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender was the defining "chosen one" narrative for a specific generation, and its fanbase has only grown since the 2008 finale. A failed (and white-washed) big-screen adaptation is better off forgotten, but the promise of a new live-action series -- with original showrunners Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko on board -- has had fans buzzing for over a year now. Few details have emerged about the reboot, but Konietzko noted upon the announcement that the new series is committed to being "culturally appropriate," an important element as the show followed the sacred philosophies of several specific Eastern-inspired cultures. Most recently, Jessie Flower (Toph in the original series) let slip some intel, stating that the new series is on track to begin filming in February. Where to watch: Netflix When to watch: TBA 7. Run Phoebe Waller-Bridge's next project. Need we say more? Okay, we'll say a little more. The HBO romantic comedy thriller will star Waller-Bridge alongside Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson, with Waller-Bridge's frequent collaborator Vicky Jones serving as showrunner. The series will follow creature of habit Ruby (Wever) as she chooses to go on an adventure with "her oldest flame" (Gleeson). There's no release date yet, but as soon as we get one, we'll be counting down the hours until the next love story in the vein of Fleabag. Where to watch: HBO When to watch: TBA 6. Hunters [embed]https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=HBGkjmfIzAw[\/embed] I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that Nazi-fighting stories will continue to be popular in 2020, for reasons that should be obvious. Hunters, which is produced by Jordan Peele and stars none other than Al Pacino, is an exciting entry into the "fuck Nazis" subgenre for several reasons. For one, there's the aforementioned Peele and Pacino, plus Logan Lerman in the lead role. For another, the series about a diverse group of 1970s New Yorkers who take it upon themselves to track down former Nazis who evaded justice and moved to the US is a wild plot that's based on a true story. Vigilante sagas are always interesting, and with Pacino taking on the role of a Holocaust survivor, this one is bound to be more interesting than most. Where to watch: Amazon Video When to watch: February 21st 5. American Crime Story: Impeachment If there's one true story that deserves to be re-evaluated in the context of the #MeToo era, it's that of Monica Lewinsky. The podcast Slow Burn has already presented new angles to the story of Bill Clinton's impeachment, but it was only a matter of time before the case got the Ryan Murphy touch. Based on Jeffrey Toobin's book on the subject and produced by Lewinsky herself -- now an anti-bullying activist -- there's no doubt American Crime Story will be a must-watch series of 2020. Murphy's previous installments of American Crime Story have been some of his best work ever, and Impeachment will likely take a self-reflexive approach similar to that of The People vs. OJ Simpson, examining the weight of public scrutiny and the 24-hour news cycle, alongside the so-called "crimes" themselves. Oh, and did we mention Beanie Feldstein is playing Lewinsky and Clive Owen is playing President Clinton? Yeah, that's happening. Where to watch: FX When to watch: September 27th 4. Bojack Horseman Season 6b [embed]https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=1iTMm7agE3M[\/embed] I don't think we need to go over the fact that Bojack Horseman is one of the best gifts the 2010s gave us again, or talk about how it's one of the best shows on TV year after year after year. We've done all that, and if you still aren't convinced after clicking those links, the beautiful, brilliant endcap trailer above does a damn good job of proving it as well. Raphael Bob-Waksberg's deeply humane, endlessly surprising, consistently brilliant series will bow out on January 31st. We're lucky to have witnessed it, and we will miss it dearly. Where to watch: Netflix When to watch: January 31st 3. Y Fans of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's Eisner-winning graphic novel series Y: The Last Man have watched countless plans for an adaptation come together and fall apart since the rights were first acquired in 2007. Finally, there's some footage that seems as if it's going to reach our TV sets. The popular graphic novels follow the titular last man on earth, the only male survivor of a plague that wiped out everyone with a Y chromosome. Diane Lane, Barry Keoghan, Imogen Poots, Lashana Lynch, Marin Ireland, Juliana Canfield, Amber Tamblyn, and Timothy Hutton make up a stellar cast. If all goes well with this one, let's delete the word "unfilmable" from our vocabularies once and for all. Where to watch: FX When to watch: TBA 2. Star Trek: Picard [embed]https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=FySrgrKJguE[\/embed] Patrick Stewart's Captain Jean-Luc Picard! On our TV screens in 2020! I rest my case. Where to watch: CBS All Access When to watch: January 23rd 1. The Stand When IT: Chapter One (2017) broke records and ushered in a boom period of Stephen King adaptations, you could almost hear the sound of millions of fans holding their breath in anticipation of the big, obvious thing we were all hoping for. Well, we can finally exhale, because it's happening. It's really happening! A modern version of The Stand (sorry, 1994 miniseries) is about to exist and be taken in by our eyeballs! King's most beloved, epic, doorstop of a book will be directed by Josh Boone, with King himself as an executive producer and his son Owen producing. The cast list alone is a lengthy read and includes the likes of James Marsden, Amber Heard, Greg Kinnear, Whoopi Goldberg, Marilyn Manson, Nat Wolff, Heather Graham, and more. Alexander Skarsgård will play the big bad man himself, Randall Flagg. Not to put too fine a point on it, but if this version of The Stand is great, legions of King fans will be happier than ever, and if it's disappointing, the world will never hear the end of it. No pressure! Where to watch: CBS All Access When to watch: TBA Even more new and returning shows to keep an eye out for in 2020: AJ and the Queen, Avenue 5, Awkwafina is Nora From Queens, Briarpatch, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Doctor Who, High Fidelity, Kidding, Lizzie McGuire, Mrs. America, Outlander, Shrill, The Sinner, and Snowpiercer.