With the arrival of a new year comes an array of exciting new TV shows to keep us entertained, as the small screen continues to evolve to meet the demands of the modern consumer. Television networks are taking on the film industry with cinematic, big-budget programmes to keep viewers hooked, while the huge popularity of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu has led these companies to produce their own original series, rather than purchasing from rival channels. Additionally, the increasing reliance on mobile devices has helped reinvent the way we watch TV, allowing consumers to download or stream their favourite shows while on the go; giving them the power to choose when and where they tune in.
As a result, there’s more competition than ever to keep viewers engaged, meaning TV fans are more spoilt for choice than ever before. Part of Trendstop’s work as trend forecasters is to monitor the cultural landscape and analyse the essential shows that will influence consumers in the year ahead, keeping you a step ahead on what to watch. Here, the Trendstop team round up the Top Five TV shows we predict will have everyone talking for 2016.
American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson
Starts February 2 2016 on FX
Created by the team behind American Horror Story, American Crime Story is a new anthology series following the true stories of some of history’s most notorious criminals. The first season will focus on the 1994 murder trial of OJ Simpson, complete with an all-star cast like Cuba Gooding JR, John Travolta, David Schwimmer, Sarah Paulson and Selma Blair.
Game of Thrones: Series Six
Starts in April 2016 on HBO/Sky Atlantic
While not a new show in itself, Game of Thrones continues to influence as one of the biggest highlights in the yearly TV calendar. Its epic scope, fantastical storylines and intricately woven narrative has helped garner a huge fanbase all over the world since its opening season in 2011. 2015’s Series Five left viewers on a much-talked-about cliff-hanger with the death of Jon Snow, although HBO have prompted a slew of fresh Internet rumours with a recent teaser poster showing the character apparently alive.
The Get Down
Start date TBC 2016, Netflix
Film director Baz Luhrman (of Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet and The Great Gatsby) makes his TV debut with The Get Down, an ambitious musical drama series set in 70’s New York City. The show follows the lives and music of a gang of South Bronx teens, exploring the way New York gave birth to punk, hip-hop and disco when it was at the brink of bankruptcy. Stars include Jimmy Smits, Justice Smith and Herizen Guardiola.
X Files: The Truth is Still Out There
Starts January 24 2016, Fox
Following the ongoing trend for 90’s nostalgia, The X Files has been rebooted for 21st century audiences with its first new chapter in 14 years. The highly anticipated series will reprise the roles of FBI special agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson), as they continue their search for truth in the paranormal.
Start date TBC 2016, Amazon Prime
Bryan Cranston (who played science-teacher-turned-crime-lord Walter White in Breaking Bad) has produced an original drama series for Amazon Prime, starring Giovanni Ribi. The plot centres on a con man who, having left prison, assumes the identity of his cellmate Pete to escape his past, before moving in with Pete’s family and joining their bail bond business – to unexpected results.
Ones to Watch
Alongside our Top Five TV Shows, other Ones to Watch in 2016 include:
- 11/22/63 (February 15 2016, Hulu) – Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, a high school teacher (James Franco) travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President Kennedy.
- Love (February/March 2016, Netflix) – Judd Apatow (known for Girls and Bridesmaids) makes his streaming debut with a comedy that follows two young friendsas they attempt to navigate the highs and lows of modern dating.
- Westworld (Start date TBC 2016, HBO) – A dark, all-star sci-fi thriller written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park) and produced by J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), set in a futuristic theme park called Westworld.