The 10 Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2019

Michael Sheen and David Tennant in Good Omens (2019)
Michael Sheen and David Tennant in Good Omens (2019)
Chris Raphael, Amazon

This year is going to be nothing short of amazing for television. The recent premiere of HBO’s True Detective was a hit with fans, and it came right after the announcement of the official premiere date of Game of Thrones's final season. But there's lots more to look forward to on the small screen this year. Here are 10 of the most anticipated TV shows of 2019.

1. Game of Thrones // Season 8

It goes without saying that TV watchers are most excited for Game of Thrones in 2019. The hit show, which has won multiple Emmy Awards since its debut in 2011, is returning for its eighth and final season with six movie-sized episodes. Saying the hype is real would be an understatement. The series will return to HBO on April 14, 2019.

2. Stranger Things // Season 3

A still from 'Stranger Things'
Netflix

Stranger Things was an instant hit for Netflix when it premiered in 2016. Since then, the series has garnered a huge fan base as well as six Emmy Awards. The highly-anticipated third season will debut on Netflix on July 4, 2019.

3. The Mandalorian // Season 1

With Disney+ debuting this year, Star Wars fans are extremely excited for the live-action series The Mandalorian, created by Jon Favreau. Apart from a promising cast that includes Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, and Werner Herzog, episodes are set to be directed by a host of notable names, including Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard. The series will debut on the Disney+ streaming service sometime in 2019.

4. Veep // Season 7

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep
HBO

HBO's critically acclaimed political comedy Veep is coming back for its seventh and final season this year. The Julia Louis-Dreyfus-led comedy—which has earned the actress a record-setting six Emmy Awards for playing the same character in the same series—will return later this year.

5. Watchmen // Season 1

Comic book fans are in for a treat this year as DC’s Watchmen series, created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, is set to be adapted for HBO with Damon Lindelof (Lost) as writer and executive producer. Fans have high hopes it will be more successful than the 2009 Zack Snyder film.

6. Barry // Season 2

Bill Hader stars in 'Barry'
John P. Johnson, HBO

Bill Hader, Henry Winkler, and Stephen Root in one show is pretty much automatically good comedy, and Barry found a solid fan base with its first season. Both Hader and Winkler went on to win Emmys for their roles as lead and supporting actor, respectively, in the HBO series. Season two will debut later this year.

7. Good Omens // Season 1

Fans were excited to hear the novel Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman would be getting a TV adaptation, which is even better considering Gaiman is penning the script and will serve as a showrunner. The series, simply called Good Omens, stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant as the personifications of good and evil (respectively) and will debut on Amazon Prime this year.

8. Killing Eve // Season 2

Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh in 'Killing Eve'
BBC America

Fans of Sandra Oh were ecstatic over her leading a new TV show, and Killing Eve did not disappoint in its first season. Oh recently won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama for her role, and it’s obvious that people want more. The second season will premiere on BBC America on April 7, 2019.

9. The Twilight Zone // Season 1

Fans of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone might have been tempted to roll their eyes at the idea of another reboot ... until they learned that Jordan Peele, who won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Get Out in 2018, was involved. The show will premiere on CBS All Access this year.

10. Big Little Lies // Season 2

Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley in Big Little Lies
HBO

The outstanding cast of Big Little Lies, including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott, Zoë Kravitz, and Alexander Skarsgård, made it a no-brainer success story for HBO. For its first season, the series won four Golden Globes, as well as a whopping eight Emmys. To make the anticipation even greater for Season 2, they went and added the Meryl Streep to the cast. The second season is expected to premiere sometime in 2019 on HBO.

8 Sequels That Received Oscar Nominations for Best Picture

Jasin Boland, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Jasin Boland, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

It’s rare when a movie sequel manages to stand up to the original entry in a film series. Even rarer? When a sequel is so good that it nabs an Oscars nomination for Best Picture. Here are eight movies that did just that.

1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

When Mad Max: Fury Road was released in theaters in 2015, no one thought that it would be a critical darling—or an awards contender . But when the Academy Award nominations were announced in 2016, the latest entry in George Miller’s Mad Max franchise earned a whopping 10 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Fury Road is the fourth installment in the series and was the first to hit theaters in 30 years (since the release of 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome). It’s also the first movie in the franchise to receive any recognition from the Academy.

2. Toy Story 3 (2010)

A still from 'Toy Story 3' (2010)
Disney/Pixar

In 2011, Toy Story 3 was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Animated Feature. Though The King’s Speech ended up taking the night’s top prize, Toy Story 3 (which was named Best Animated Feature) made history that night, as it was the third ever animated movie to score a Best Picture nod; 1991’s Beauty and the Beast and 2009’s Up are the other two films to earn the same accolade.

3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Although the first two installments in The Lord of the Rings trilogy—2001’s The Fellowship of the Ring and 2002’s The Two Towers—were each nominated for Best Picture, it was the final movie that ended up winning the Academy Award in 2004. In fact, The Return of the King won 11 Oscars that year, sweeping every category in which it was nominated, and tying Ben-Hur and Titanic for the most awards received in one night.

4. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

In 2003, The Two Towers won two of the six Oscars for which it was nominated, for Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects. Rob Marshall’s musical Chicago beat it out for Best Picture.  

5. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in 'The Silence of the Lambs' (1991)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

In 1992, The Silence of the Lambs made a clean sweep of the “Big Five” categories: Best Picture, Best Director for Jonathan Demme, Best Actor for Sir Anthony Hopkins, Best Actress for Jodie Foster, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Ted Tally. Although The Silence of the Lambs isn’t a direct sequel to Michael Mann’s 1986 film Manhunter, it’s based on the sequel novel to author Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon, on which Manhunter was based. It also features the character Hannibal Lecter in a major role, who was played by Brian Cox in Manhunter—before Hopkins made the role his own. Got that?

6. The Godfather: Part III (1990)

Though it’s often considered the far inferior film in The Godfather trilogy, The Godfather: Part III received seven Academy Award nominations in 1991, including Best Picture and Best Director for Francis Ford Coppola. Ultimately, it lost to Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves, making it the only installment in The Godfather Saga not to win a Best Picture Oscar.

7. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Al Pacino in 'The Godfather: Part II' (1974)
Paramount Pictures

In 1975, The Godfather: Part II became the first sequel in Oscar history to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. It won the coveted award two years after the original film was named Best Picture. The sequel was nominated for a total of 11 Oscars, with three separate nominations in the Best Supporting Actor category alone: one for Michael Vincenzo Gazzo (who played Frankie Pentangeli) and Lee Strasberg (as Hyman Roth), and one for Robert De Niro, who took home the statuette for playing the younger version of Vito Corleone.

8. The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

Though it lost Best Picture to Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend at the 1946 Oscars, The Bells of St. Mary’s is the first movie sequel to be nominated for the Academy’s biggest prize. The film is a sequel to Leo McCarey’s previous film, 1944’s Going My Way, which won the Oscar for Best Picture a year earlier. While Going My Way and The Bells of St. Mary’s feature different stories and casts, Bing Crosby stars in both movies as Father Chuck O'Malley.

An earlier version of this article ran in 2016.

James Cameron Directed Entourage's Aquaman, But He Could Never Direct the Real One

Tommaso Boddi, Getty Images for AMC
Tommaso Boddi, Getty Images for AMC

Oscar-winning director James Cameron is no stranger to CGI. With movies like Avatar under his belt, you’d expect Cameron to find a particular sort of enjoyment in special effects-heavy movies like James Wan's Aquaman. But Cameron—who directed the fictional version of Aquaman featuring fictional movie star Vinnie Chase in the very real HBO series Entourage—has a little trouble with suspension of disbelief.

In a recent interview with Yahoo!, Cameron said that while he did enjoy Aquaman, he would never have been able to direct the movie itself because of its lack of realism.

"I think it’s great fun,” Cameron said. “I never could have made that film, because it requires this kind of total dreamlike disconnection from any sense of physics or reality. People just kind of zoom around underwater, because they propel themselves mentally, I guess, I don’t know. But it’s cool! You buy it on its own terms.”

"I’ve spent thousands of hours underwater," the Titanic director went on to say. "While I can enjoy that film, I don’t resonate with it because it doesn’t look real.”

While Aquaman was shot on a soundstage, Cameron will be employing state-of-the-art technology that will allow him to actually be underwater while shooting underwater scenes for his upcoming Avatar sequels.

[h/t Yahoo!]

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