Breaking through in a Peak TV world of more than 500 scripted originals is a challenging task. That’s why top showrunners and stars continue to be in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming platforms look to cut through the cluttered landscape with familiar faces. Spinoffs and reboots are also in high demand, as most come with a preexisting viewership that reduces costs associated with marketing and promotion.
The Chi (Showtime, Jan. 7)
Fresh off her Emmy win for writing Netflix’s Master of None, Lena Waithe returns with a coming-of-age ensemble drama about a group of characters navigating the South Side of Chicago. Waithe created the series, starring Jacob Latimore, Yolanda Ross and Jason Mitchell, with Common also exec producing.
Maniac (Netflix, 2018)
The dark comedy, directed by True Detective Emmy winner Cary Fukunaga, boasts some major star power in Oscar winner Emma Stone, Jonah Hill and Justin Theroux. Based on a 2014 Norwegian comedy, the original Maniac revolves around Espen, a mental patient at a psychiatric ward who escapes reality and lives in a fantasy world in his mind.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix, 2018)
Prolific producers Ethan and Joel Coen (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men) will make their small-screen debut with the Western anthology. Written and directed by the brothers, the series will feature six tales about the American frontier, each telling a distinct story about the American West. Tim Blake Nelson stars as Buster.