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.

Mark Hamill Confirmed How He'll Be Returning in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

We can always count on Mark Hamill to give us some early intel on the next Star Wars movie—whether the studios like it or not. And earlier this week, the 67-year-old actor came through for us yet again.

While attending the Child’s Play premiere, the Associated Press asked Hamill about The Rise of Skywalker and whether he would be involved in the final film in the Skywalker Saga. Hamill confirmed that he would indeed be making an appearance, and shed new light on how.

When asked if this would be his final appearance in the Star Wars franchise, Hamill replied, “I sure hope so,” before elaborating, “I had closure in [The Last Jedi]. The fact that I’m involved in any capacity is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology where if you’re a Jedi, you get to come back and make a curtain call as a Force ghost.”

The fact that Hamill will appear as a Force ghost doesn’t come as a big shock to fans, as most have been convinced that was the only way he could return to the franchise. (He did die in the previous film, The Last Jedi, after all.) However, suspicious fans have been speculating about other ways he could come back, with some using promotional photos as possible evidence that Luke will be resurrected.

Despite knowing a major part of Luke Skywalker’s return in The Rise of Skywalker, we still have plenty of questions. We’ll just have to wait until the film debuts on December 20 to find everything out.

[h/t Associated Press]

Fans Are Rallying for Macaulay Culkin to Play Joker in The Batman

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990).
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

After months of speculation, it was only recently announced that Robert Pattinson will be the next actor to don the Dark Knight's iconic cape in Matt Reeves's upcoming film The Batman. Unsurprisingly, the response to the casting news was mixed.

While it’s believed The Batman will center around a younger version of Bruce Wayne than we’ve seen previously, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding other major plot points—including which villains will be included, and who will play them.

We Got This Covered reports that various DC characters are being rumored to appear in the film, including Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Firefly, Two-Face, and the Mad Hatter. But fans are desperate to know if the most notable Batman villain will be included on the roster: the Joker.

Though there has been no mention of the Joker in conversations surrounding the new film, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill—nor has it prevented fans from offering up their ideas on who could nail the iconic role, and Macaulay Culkin is apparently at the top of the list.

The former child star has not commented on the validity of the rumors, but many DC fans are on board with it, including digital artist Bryan Zapp who created an image of what Culkin would look like as the Joker.

Meanwhile, Todd Phillips's Joker, a standalone film focusing on the villain’s origin story and starring Joaquin Phoenix, is set to hit theaters on October 4.

Although it could get confusing, The Batman will be part of the DCEU, while Joker will not live in the shared universe, which means there could very well be two portrayals of the same character at the same time. Whether or not Culkin would take on the role—or if there will be a Joker at all—is only up for speculation right now.

[h/t We Got This Covered]

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