HBO Max’s Peacemaker, which is based on the DC Comics character, premieres January 13 while fellow comics series Naomi premieres January 11 on The CW. The coming months will also see TV adaptations of novels like The Man Who Fell to Earth for Showtime and The Old Man for FX as well as adaptations of true-crime books like Love and Death for HBO Max.

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Add these to recent hits like Shadow and Bone, The Queen’s Gambit, The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones and you notice a pattern: Some of the most talked-about TV series of the past few years are all based on novels and other published works. So what will the next hit be? We’ve rounded up a list of books, comic books, and graphic novels currently in development as TV or streaming series that have the potential to become the next big Certified Fresh thing.

We’ll update our list as new information becomes available with new titles added, projects that have been canceled, release dates announced, and stars that have been attached. As with all good reading material, make sure to bookmark it.

Did your favorite book that is becoming a TV series not make our list? Is there a book you’d like to see made into a show? Tell us about it in the comments!

Alex Cross

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Characters from author James Patterson’s books.
The Fanbase: Fans of Patterson’s novels and their adaptations, as well as works by similar authors like Jeffery Deaver (The Bone Collector).
What We Know So Far: Variety broke the news in 2020 that Amazon Prime Video was developing the series.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Morgan Freeman has starred as Alex Cross in two film adaptations —  Kiss The Girls and Along Came a Spider — of Patterson’s works, and Tyler Perry played him in one Alex Cross. All are very much not Certified Fresh. TV adaptations of Patterson’s work have fared somewhat better.

All the King’s Men

Network: TBD
Based On: Kennedy Ryan’s book series.
The Fanbase: The three-book series, which includes the best-seller Queen Move, follows best friends who dedicate their lives to electing leaders who support their visions. Topics like Native rights, missing and murdered indigenous women, climate change, pay equity, and voter suppression make the book series incredibly relevant right now.
What We Know So Far: The Traveling Picture Show Company is producing the limited series. More details are forthcoming.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It’s a topical piece and with the right backing (say, a plug from Stacey Abrams or Michelle Obama), it could win in a landslide.

All The Light We Cannot See

Network: Netflix
Based On: Anthony Doerr’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel
The Fanbase: Although this limited series will be executive produced, and directed, by Stranger Things’ Shawn Levy and written by Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight, this is more of a war story with mixes of star-crossed love and something that may be the answer to immortality.
Everything We Know So Far: Netflix conducted a worldwide search of blind and low-vision actresses for the female lead, Marie-Laure, finally casting actress Aria Mia Loberti. The character is a French teenager who is blind and who is caught with her father in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Through her dad, a master locksmith at Paris’ Museum of Natural History, she hears stories of the Sea of Flames, which will grant immortality. Her path collides with Werner, a German soldier who becomes smitten with her.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It’s a great move in favor of representation that Netflix cast such a wide net to find Marie-Laure. But there also needs to be a way to make Werner sympathetic. And then there’s the risk of making this story appear more than just a hokey take on a Dan Brown novel or an Indiana Jones movie.

American Born Chinese

Network: Disney+
Based On: Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel
The Fanbase: Mixing in several genres, the action-comedy about a teen-aged child of immigrant parents who becomes entangled in a battle of Chinese mythological gods after he meets a new foreign exchange student has a lot going for it.
Everything We Know So Far: Kelvin Yu (Bob’s Burgers) and Charles Yu (Legion, Westworld), are writing and executive producing with the former serving as showrunner. I Know What You Did Last Summer’s Lana Cho is also working on the project, as a co-executive producer. Shang-Chi’s Destin Daniel Cretton is also involved.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Comparisons will likely be made to Amazon’s Invincible (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; the series is Certified Fresh).

Anansi Boys

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Neil Gaiman’s 2005 novel.
The Fanbase: Gaiman’s fans are already fierce devotees, as evident by Amazon’s second-season order of the adaptation of his and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. This six-part limited series has some character overlap with Gaiman’s American Gods (which had its own Starz adaptation) but is not considered a spin-off or sequel.
Everything We Know So Far: The story focuses on Charlie Nancy, a young man who is used to being embarrassed by his estranged father (that would be Mr. Nancy from the Gods universe). When his father dies, Charlie learns that he was Anansi: the trickster god of stories — and that Charlie has a brother named Spider. Now the boys are together, with one determined to make the other’s life more interesting (i.e. more dangerous). Gaiman serves as co-showrunner with Douglas Mackinnon and Hanelle M. Culpepper will direct the pilot. Malachi Kirby will star.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: We probably should take Good Omens’ 84% Tomatometer rating as a sign that Amazon knows how to handle Gaiman’s work.

Anatomy of a Scandal

Sienna Miller

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Network: Netflix
Based On: Sarah Vaughan’s 2018 novel.
The Fanbase: People who love well-acted and quippy dramas about rich people and their problems of privilege, a la Big Little Lies.
What We Know So Far: Focusing on women caught in the wake of a scandal rollicking through an elite British circle, the six-part anthology comes from names like David E. Kelley and House Of Cards’ Melissa James Gibson. The cast includes Michelle Dockery and Sienna Miller (pictured).
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Pretty good. Kelley’s Emmy-winning Big Little Lies has a cumulative 89% Tomatometer score with two Certified Fresh seasons.

Baahubali: Before the Beginning

Network: Netflix
Based On: Indian author Anand Neelakantan’s trilogy.
The Fanbase: Fans of Neelakantan’s novels, but also those who enjoy shows about strong female heroines. And maybe also fans of The Crown, Netflix’s hit series about the ascention and reign of a female monarch.
What We Know So Far: Meant to run six seasons (two seasons per title), the story follows Sivagami, a character who rises from a defiant girl to a not-to-be-messed-with queen. Set in Mahishmati, the story coincides with a time when that ancient Indian kingdom becomes powerful. Indian actress Mrunal Thakur stars.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Netflix’s original Indian programming like Sacred Games and Leila have gotten fairly strong reviews. There’s a chance for this to do better if it finds an international audience.

Bad Monkey

Network: Apple TV+
Based On: Carl Hiaasen’s 2013 novel.
The Fanbase: The show is created by Bill Lawrence, who is riding high after the success of his Ted Lasso, and stars Vince Vaughn, who has his own fan base. There’s also a monkey.
Everything We Know So Far: Maybe this is the consolation prize for Fletch devotee Lawrence? According to the logline, Vaughn plays a “one-time detective demoted to restaurant inspector in Southern Florida. A severed arm found by a tourist out fishing pulls Yancy into the world of greed and corruption that decimates the land and environment in both Florida and the Bahamas.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: it’s a quirky, dark comedy that could be a great bookend to Ted Lasso’s quirky optimism.

The Ballad of Black Tom

Network: AMC
Based On: Victor LaValle’s 2016 horror novella based on H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, “The Horror at Red Hook.”
The Fanbase: Those who enjoyed Amazon’s Them, HBO’s Lovecraft Country, and WGN’s Underground.
What We Know So Far: This is a retelling of a story by noted racist H.P. Lovecraft from the point-of-view of a young Black man from Harlem. AMC announced in 2017 that it was developing the project and then things went quiet, but in February 2021, the cable channel announced that it was partnering with sister channel Shudder on a yet-to-be-titled horror anthology series that would focus on “stories of Black horror from Black directors and screenwriters” — LaValle being one of them. Perhaps his Black Tom adaptation will be part of this?
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Pretty good if it secures the pedigree of those shows that appeal to the same fanbase — or juggernauts like HBO’s Watchmen or FX’s American Horror Story.

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Network: AMC and Spectrum
Based On: Hugh Howey’s 2015 novel.
The Fanbase: Howey already has a huge fanbase and AMC is also adapting his Wool (see below). But the story, which is a sci-fi thriller about two people trapped together at the end of the known universe, could bring in an audience similar to The Expanse or other popular properties.
What We Know So Far: Ready Player One’s Zak Penn is creating and adapting the series with Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey (pictured) executive producing and starring as Aster, a woman who mysteriously finds her way to a lighthouse in the darkest recesses of the universe. Homecoming star Stephan James will also star.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Headey’s fanbase coupled with the love of the books could make this a beacon of light for the networks.

Black Cake

Network: Hulu
Based On: Charmaine Wilkerson’s 2022 novel.
The Fanbase: Those interested in a globe-trotting adventure story that’s got more twists than an episode of Finding Your Roots.
Everything We Know So Far: Women of the Movement creator Marissa Jo Cerar is adapting the story with Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment also executive producing. According to Deadline, the plot follows “a runaway bride named Covey [who] disappears into the surf off the coast of Jamaica and is feared drowned or a fugitive on the run for her husband’s murder. Fifty years later in California, Eleanor Bennett, a widow in her 60s, loses her battle with cancer, leaving her two estranged children a flash drive that holds previously untold stories of her journey from the Caribbean to America.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Despite inevitable comparisons to the movie Titanic this cake sounds delicious.

The Bonfire of the Vanities

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Tom Wolfe’s 1987 novel.
The Fanbase: If done well, prestige TV and literary snobs who flock to elite Emmy darlings like AMC’s Mad Men.
What We Know So Far: Wolfe’s novel was a scathing attack at the classism and racism of 1980s New York. This project, which was announced in 2016, comes from Chuck Lorre with Boardwalk Empire’s Margaret Nagle writing. While it may seem odd that the guy known for middle-of-the-road multi-camera work like Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory is involved with something like this, remember that he also did critical darling The Kominsky Method for Netflix.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It can’t be any worse than Brian De Palma’s 2008 movie version. With the right casting and prestige-TV production value and storytelling, the novel’s themes may strike a cord with modern audiences.

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Marlon James’ Man Booker Prize–winning 2014 novel.
The Fanbase: Jamaican author James’ book follows the 1976 assassination attempt on Bob Marley through the 1980s crack wars in New York and beyond. Fans who are interested in social justice and those who were drawn to films like Judas and the Black Messiah might come out for this.
What We Know So Far: THR reported in 2017 that HBO was adapting the novel as a limited series with Insecure’s Melina Matsoukas on board to direct and James writing the script while Empire’s Malcolm Spellman would executive produce and serve as showrunner.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: With that pedigree, pretty good.

The Case of Cyntoia Brown

Network: Starz
Based On: Cyntoia Brown-Long’s 2019 memoir, Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System.
The Fanbase: The limited series is inspired by Brown-Long, who served 15 years of a life sentence for killing a man when she was 16 (something she has maintained was an act of self-defense). The fanbase could bring in true-crime fanatics like those who campaigned for the release of Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery, as well as prison reform advocates like those who watched director Ava DuVernay’s documentary film, 13th.
Everything We Know So Far: Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and La La Anthony are executive producing while Power Book III: Raising Kanan’s Santa Sierra is writing.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Given the current political landscape and the focus on police and prison reforms, this could be a major cultural talking point.

The Change

Network: TBD
Based On: Kirsten Miller’s 2022 novel.
The Fanbase: The Hollywood Reporter, which announced the deal, describes the book as a “feel-good feminist revenge fantasy” that centers on 40-something women who find that they have unexpected powers — powers they use to hunt down serial killers and settle old scores.
Everything We Know So Far: Bruna Papandrea’s production company, Made Up Stories, is adapting the novel with True Blood and Supernatural alum Raelle Tucker writing the script.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: This Change could be good.

The Changeling

Network: Apple TV+
Based On: Victor LaValle’s 2017 horror-fantasy novel.
The Fanbase: The book, which depicts a woman seemingly going through postpartum depression before she commits a heinous act and then disappears into an enchanted world, has won many awards in the horror and fantasy genres. It also could appeal to new parents, both those suffering from postpartum depression and their partners and loved ones who are watching them do so.
Everything We Know So Far: After being in development at FX, Apple TV+ ordered it to series in August 2021 with LaKeith Stanfield set to executive produce and star. Cruella’s Kelly Marcel is writing and executive producing and Insecure’s Melina Matsoukas is directing and executive producing.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: This could be a change, both for how we perceive horror series and for how we perceive depression.

Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Jo Piazza’s 2018 novel about a cutthroat and politically ambitious heroine.
The Fanbase: People who enjoyed shows like HBO’s Veep, the 1999 movie Election or other sardonic stories about determined people who must weight the consequences of success.
What We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2019 that Julia Roberts — then just coming off of Amazon’s Homecoming — was in discussions to star and executive produce this limited series. It was going to be adapted by playwright and creator of ABC’s Brothers & Sisters, Jon Robin Baitz.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: On the one hand, people may revel in watching Julia Roberts get her hands dirty in a political romp. On the other, we may all be too burned out with actual political mudslinging to invest interest.

City on Fire

Network: Apple TV+
Based On: Garth Risk Hallberg’s 2015 novel.
The Fanbase: It’s a period-set whodunnit (and by “period,” we mean the early aughts) written and executive produced by some folks who know that era better than anyone: The OC and Gossip Girl’s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.
Everything We Know So Far: Set in 2003 New York, the story follows what happens when an NYU student is shot and killed when she’s alone in Central Park. According to the lonline, “her friends’ band is playing her favorite downtown club but she leaves to meet someone, promising to return. She never does. As the crime against Samantha is investigated, she’s revealed to be the crucial connection between a series of mysterious city-wide fires, the downtown music scene, and a wealthy uptown real estate family fraying under the strain of the many secrets they keep.” Wyatt Oleff is one of the stars and Jesse Peretz will direct, according to Deadline.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Stories told in reverse and with surprise reveals about who people really are have worked wonders for recent dramas like Freeform’s Cruel Summer and HBO’s Mare of Easttown

The Cleaners

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: The Ken Liu short story that appeared in the 2020 fairy tale-themed anthology Faraway.
The Fanbase: Although it’s loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea, think more sci-fi fans of shows like Amazon’s The Expanse than those who enjoy battling princesses and witches in ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
What We Know So Far: In 2020, Deadline reported that The OA writer Dominic Orlando and Carnival Row star Orlando Bloom were involved in adapting Liu’s near-future set story about inanimate objects that carry their owners’ experiences with them so that they can be re-lived through touch. The eponymous “cleaners” are charged with sanitizing these pieces so as to relieve their own emotional burdens.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It sounds more like Black Mirror meets Beauty and the Beast — both of which have high Tomatometer scores.

The Consultant

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Bentley Little’s 2015 novel, Basgallop.
The Fanbase: Audiences who understood the brilliance of the Comedy Central series Corporate as well as anyone part of 2021’s Great Resignation (or who wished that they could be).
Everything We Know So Far: Christoph Waltz stars in this dreamed that, according its logline is a “workplace thriller that explores the sinister relationship between boss and employee, asking how far we will go to get ahead, and to survive.” Servant’s Tony Basgallop is the creator and showrunner while WandaVision’s Matt Shakman is the director.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Provided it doesn’t bring about too much repressed memories of bad employment, it couldn’t hurt to visit for at least one consultation.

Conversations With Friends

Joe Alwyn

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Network: Hulu
Based On: Sally Rooney’s 2017 debut novel.
The Fanbase: Those who loved Hulu’s adaptation of another Rooney novel, Normal People.
What We Know So Far: Joe Alwyn (pictured), Jemima Kirke, and Alison Oliver star in this 12-episode series about two college friends and former partners who become obsessed with a married couple a few years their seniors.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Just make sure to give Alwyn a chain necklace.

A Cool Breeze on the Underground

Network: TBD
Based On: Don Winslow’s mystery, the first in his five-book series.
The Fanbase: Mystery buffs who also enjoy stories of London’s punk scene with maybe a sort-of wink-wink, nudge-nudge to the genre because …
Everything We Know So Far:Knives Out’s Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman are two of the producers of the series, according to Deadline. Bad Education’s Cory Finley will write, direct and executive produce the story of a young private investigator hired to find a prominent senator’s daughter who has gotten involved in London’s violent, drug-fueled punk scene.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: A Cool Breeze could easily be a hot watch with a killer soundtrack.


Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Jonathan Parks-Ramage’s 2021 novel, Yes, Daddy.
The Fanbase: People who enjoy dark psycho-thrillers like Netflix’s You or Elite.
What We Know So Far: The series’ lead character is Jonah Keller, a recent New York transplant with dreams of becoming a famous playwright. Until then, he starts dating an older, successful one. Things go awry when Jonah goes to the Hamptons with his beau.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It could easily become a cultural talking point about consent and abuse, à la FX on Hulu’s A Teacher.

Daisy Jones & the Six

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Taylor Jenkins Reid’s 2019 novel.
The Fanbase: Rock fans who like to go behind the music.
What We Know So Far: Partly inspired by Fleetwood Mac, Daisy Jones stars Riley Keough (Elvis’ granddaughter!) as the face of a 1970s rock band that exploded out of the L.A. music scene — and then broke up at the height of their fame. It’s told in documentary style with “interviews” with the band. Other stars include Camila Morrone, Sam Claflin, and Suki Waterhouse.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The show is on many outlets’ most anticipated new releases lists.

Dark Winds

Network: AMC
Release Date: 2022
Based On: Tony Hillerman’s Leaphorn & Chee book series.
The Fanbase: The buzz-words “Western noir thriller” associated with it could bring in an audience interested in series like FX’s Justified (which itself is based on characters created by the late author Elmore Leonard — whose work has had its own dealings with AMC). But, according to the press release, it’s also a period drama about “two Navajo tribal police officers in 1971 on the hunt for the perpetrators of multiple, yet seemingly disconnected crimes.” There has been a push for greater representation of Native and Indigenous talent on screen, as seen by the Peacock comedy Rutherford Falls and the FX series Reservation Dogs.
Everything We Know So Far: Fargo’s Zahn McClarnon, who is also an executive producer, and Roswell, New Mexico’s Kiowa Gordon star in a series created and executive produced by Graham Roland and with Vince Calandra serving as showrunner and executive producer. Other notable executive producers? George R.R. Martin and Robert Redford. The Americans alum Noah Emmerich and The Office’s Rainn Wilson also appear. The first season will be six episodes.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: All of this sounds like prestige drama gold.


Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Octavia Butler’s 1987 science-fiction novel.
The Fanbase: Sci-fi fans who’d like to see more stories of women of color in that space.
What We Know So Far: From IndieWire: Heroine Lilith Iyapo was rescued by aliens after a nuclear war wiped out most of the human race, including her husband and son. Now, two centuries later, she must help her saviors resurrect our species.” Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY production company is producing and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s Victoria Mahoney will write and direct.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Butler’s books are beloved and this is the first book in a trilogy, so it’s a good bet that this series could be around for a while.


Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Catherynne M. Valente’s 2017 novella, The Refrigerator Monologues.
The Fanbase: People who like wry takes on the superhero genre, like Amazon’s The Boys, as well as people who like wry takes on female assassins, like AMC and BBC America’s Killing Eve.
What We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2018 that Whip It’s Shauna Cross was developing the story about five women who meet in purgatory and discover that their entire lives were spent in service to various male superheroes — and died because of it. Now they are discovering their own powers.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It would make a nice companion piece to The Boys, which has two Certified Fresh seasons.

Devil in Ohio

Network: Netflix
Based On: Daria Polatin’s 2017 novel as well as a true crime.
The Fanbase: A young adult take on the Single White Female-like genre.
Everything We Know So Far: Emily Deschanel plays Suzanne Mathis, a psychiatrist who makes the ill-advised decision to take in a patient, a teen-aged runaway from a cult. This doesn’t go over well with her own daughter when her family’s new tenant begins to sleep in her bedroom, edge her out of her position on the school paper, and flirt with her crush.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The eight-part limited series could be a way to bring together fans of young-adult fans, true-crime junkies and anyone else who likes fascinating mysteries.

The Devil in the White City

Network: Hulu
Based On: Erik Larson’s 2003 historical non-fiction about the 1893 Chicago world’s fair and H. H. Holmes, a serial killer who was lurking around the city at the same time.
The Fanbase: People who enjoy historical drama and true crime.
What We Know So Far: Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company bought the film rights in 2010, but it was announced as a limited series for Hulu in 2019. Martin Scorsese is also an executive producer.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It could make a killing.


Network: HBO Max
Release Date: 2022
Based On: DC comic series
The Fanbase: It’s a “superhero” show about a medic stuck in the aftermath of a bloody civil war. Couldn’t be more topical.
What We Know So Far: In 2020, HBO Max gave a series order to this four-part project from Ava DuVernay and Westworld’s Roberto Patino. Set in the near-future when America is at odds and Manhattan is a demilitarized zone, Rosario Dawson stars as a medic attempting to find her lost son. Benjamin Bratt also stars as the leader of a powerful street gang.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It has the right pedigree.

The Downstairs Girl

Stacey Lee author of The Downstairs Girl

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Network: TBD
Based On: Stacey Lee’s 2019 young-adult historical fiction.
The Fanbase: Those who loved Netflix’s Bridgerton and The CW and HBO Max’s Gossip Girl series as well as period-set stories of race with an upstairs-downstairs dynamic like Apple TV+’s Dickinson.
What We Know So Far: Aminta Goyel is adapting the half-hour series about a Korean teen secretly living in a basement with her guardian in 1890 Atlanta. By day, she’s a maid to one of the city’s wealthiest families. By night, she pens an anonymous newspaper column that discusses race, gender bias and the women’ movement. Bound Entertainment is producing.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Let it embrace anachronistic music and language and it could be the next Dickinson or Underground.

Dune: The Sisterhood

Network: HBO Max
Based On: Frank Herbert’s book series.
The Fanbase: Fans of Dune in all its iterations.
What We Know So Far: HBO Max gave a straight-to-series order for the TV series, meant to accompany the 2021 film starring Timothée Chalamet. Showrunner Jon Spaihts left the project in 2019. Then, of course, the coronavirus hit and release dates and schedules shifted. In 2021, <I>Variety reported that Diane Ademu-John was named showrunner and that it will be a prequel series “told through the eyes of a mysterious order of women known as the Bene Gesserit.” Denis Villeneuve will direct the pilot.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Too early to tell.

The Eagles of Newark

Network: TBD
Based On: James Overmyer’s book, Queen of the Negro Leagues: Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles.
The Fanbase: Sports fans, activists and anyone who likes a limited series that (according to the press release) “chronicles the dramatic efforts by tenacious civil rights activist Effa Manley and her husband Abe as they embark upon a risky business venture – starting their own ball club in the raucous world of the Negro Baseball Leagues.” (Manley was the first, and, so far, only woman to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame).
Everything We Know So Far: Alcon Television Group has acquired the rights to the book, and to the limited series adaptation written by Byron Motley and Jeffrey Miiller. Anya Adams is directing the pilot.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Very good. But it may have competition. Amazon Prime Video will soon have a series version of A League of Their Own, co-created by and starring Abbi Jacobson, and Apple TV+ is adapting the baseball biography, If You Were Only White: The Life of Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige.


Network: TBD
Based On: Ursula K. Le Guin’s book series.
The Fanbase: Those who enjoy the dense and immersive book series, which includes an array of interesting characters — many people of color.
What We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2019 that film producer Jennifer Fox was working with studio A24 to develop the series.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Fans will be expecting greatness, having been burned before by not-so-great 2004 miniseries that aired on what was then called the Sci Fi Channel.

The Essex Serpent

Tom Hiddleston in The Essex Serpent

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Network: Apple TV+
Based On: Sarah Perry’s 2016 novel.
The Fanbase:  Romantics who like to debate where faith and science meet. If the 1893 setting is kept, fans who like their historical fiction with a dash of the supernatural like BBC series The Living and the Dead or film The Woman in Black.
What We Know So Far: It’s an English drama about a widow who, now released from her abusive marriage, set out for the village of Essex because she hears there might be a mythical serpent there. Claire Danes plays the widowed Cora, while Tom Hiddleston — pictured above in a first-look image from the series — will play Will Ransome, the trusted leader of a small rural community. Mrs. Wilson’s Anna Symon is adapting the novel and Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant) is directing.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It has a wealth of talent on board and is being distributed by Apple TV+, which routinely strives for prestige-TV quality. Chances seem pretty solid.


Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Janice Y. K. Lee’s 2016 novel.
The Fanbase: Centered on the close-knit expatriate community in Hong Kong, the series could draw an interest in travelers or even those who relate to series about deep female friendships like HBO’s Sex and the City.
What We Know So Far: Nicole Kidman’s production company optioned the book and, in 2019, The Farewell’s Lulu Wang signed on as an executive producer. It’s also been reported that Big Love’s Melanie Marnich and Australian writer Alice Bell will serve as co-showrunners.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: If the series can capture the book’s social satire, it should score with both viewers and critics.

The Fall of the House of Usher

Network: Netflix
Based On: Edgar Allan Poe’s stories.
The Fanbase: It’s a Mike Flanagan-created limited series based on America’s most notoriously creepy writer. In short: the fanbase is horror nuts.
Everything We Know So Far: Midnight Mass’ Flanagan created the series and will direct for episodes (Michael Fimognari will direct the other four). Stars include Mark Hamill and Carla Gugino.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It’s based on multiple works from Edgar Allan Poe — but how, and what, that means could be tell-taling. (Is it an anthology? Is it several stories woven together?).

Felix Ever After

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Kacen Callender’s 2020 YA novel.
The Fanbase: Trans people, their families and others interested in seeing a love story centered on a Black, queer teen.
What We Know So Far: Amazon announced it had bought the rights to the book in August 2020 — just a few months after it was released.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: If done well, it could find a comfortable place in Amazon’s library comparable to the one Love, Victor has at Hulu.

The Final Girl Support Group

Network: HBO Max
Based On: Grady Hendrix’s 2021 novel.
The Fanbase: Horror fans who enjoy tongue-in-cheek references to the genre.
Everything We Know So Far: Charlize Theron and It’s Barbara and Andy Muschietti are developing the book as a TV series. According to Deadline, it focuses on a “Los Angeles–based therapeutic support group for six ‘final girls’— survivors of mass-murderer rampages whose experiences inspired the slasher franchises that saturated horror cinema in the 1980s and ’90s, earning them minor celebrity.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It certainly has the right pedigree taking a stab at it.

The Firekeeper’s Daughter

Michelle and Barack Obama

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Network: Netflix
Based On: Angeline Boulley’s 2021 novel.
The Fanbase: Anyone interested in a teen-age (reluctant) super sleuth who takes down authority and who also happens to draw upon her knowledge of chemistry and the Ojibwe traditional medicine to crack the case.
What We Know So Far: Barack and Michelle Obama optioned the novel for a TV adaptation before its debut as part of their Netflix-based production company, Higher Ground. The press release notes that “Mickey Fisher (Reverie, Extant) will serve as showrunner, and will co-write with Wenonah Wilms (Horsehead Girls) who will also serve as an executive producer” and that “like author Boulley, Wilms is from the Ojibwe tribe (Sault Ste. Marie and Red Cliff bands, respectively) and will bring her lived experiences to this series.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Hoping it will be more like Veronica Mars than Nancy Drew.


Network: HBO
Based On: Octavia Butler’s 2005 sci-fi novel.
The Fanbase: Butler’s fanbase is a devout one (see other titles on this list). But this project also comes with big-named executive producers like Issa Rae and J.J. Abrams attached. Oh, and this story is about vampires.
Everything We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2021 that Sonya Winton-Odamtten and Jonathan I. Kidd had a pilot script deal with HBO for an adaptation of the book, with both Rae and Abrams serving as EPs. The story follows a young amnesiac who realizes she’s actually a genetically modified, middle-aged vampire.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Abrams was an executive producer on Lovecraft Country for HBO, which employed both Kidd and Winton-Odamtten and was a hit even if its run was cut short. Rae has also had tremendous success at HBO. This, plus the sci-fi vampire angle could make it a huge draw.

Fleishman Is in Trouble

Network: FX on Hulu
Based On: Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s 2019 novel.
The Fanbase: Divorcees going through a mid-life crisis and people who enjoy poppy storylines on the subject. Also, lots of journalists and literati who may be hate-watching and hoping for schadenfreude.
What We Know So Far: Journalist Brodesser-Akner’s debut novel was a smash hit when it was published, telling the story of a man separated from his wife and trying dating on for size through the eyes of a long-time friend who is also stunted in her marriage. Jesse Eisenberg and Lizzy Caplan will star.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Hard to say. The plot is a slow burn given that it doesn’t involve something more attention grabbing like a murder mystery or assault.

Friends Like These

Network: TBD
Based On: Kimberly McCreight’s 2021 literary thriller
The Fanbase: Those enjoy the “people locked in a house” trope — especially if those people have lots of dirty secrets about one another.
Everything We Know So Far: Amblin TV is developing the series with McCreight. According to Deadline, the plot follows “five friends who gather at a picture perfect country house in the Catskills for a co-ed bachelor weekend.” Except these friends are also bound together by the mysterious death of another member of their circle and they’re also there to stage an intervention for one friend’s opioid addiction.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: This is one of many series that could be part of the trend of bottle TV series (i.e. shows filmed in one location due to COVID and/or costs). It could be a fascinating hit like the film Knives Out. But it’s hard to say how campy and fun a show could be if it’s also discussion serious topics like opioid addiction.

Gang Leader for a Day

Network: AMC
Based On: Sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh’s memoir of the same name.
The Fanbase: People interested in what it means to be Black and poor in notoriously racially-divided Chicago.
What We Know So Far: Venkatesh’s bestseller chronicles what happened when he, a wide-eyed sociology student, planned to interview members of the nation’s largest public housing project. A gang leader told him that, if he really wants answers, he needs to experience it first hand. AMC announced in 2017 that it was developing the project with with Hand of God’s Ben Watkins writing and serving as an executive producer with others like actor-producer Ed Burns.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Too early to tell.

Girl Waits with Gun

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Amy Stewart’s 2015 novel.
The Fanbase: Fans of The Alienist, Miss Scarlet and the Duke, Enola Holmes, Godless, and similar historical fiction featuring fearless, crime-fighting women.
What We Know So Far: The book is inspired by Constance Kopp, one of the United States’ first female deputy sheriffs, a title she earned in 1914. If that premise isn’t enticing enough, Deadline reported in 2018 that it will be written by Veep’s Jennifer Crittenden and Gabrielle Allan and produced by Elizabeth Banks and her husband, Max Handelman, who were producers on the Pitch Perfect films and Hulu series Shrill.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: We’ll have to wait and see if it comes in dead or alive, but stories of early gun-toting female law enforcement types seem to be a hit with critics and earn Fresh Tomatometer scores.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Stieg Larsson’s Millenium book series.
The Fanbase: Variety reported in 2020 that this series would concentrate on hacker-with-anger-issues, Lisbeth Salander (sorry to fans of the books’ other protagonist, Mikael Blomkvist).
What We Know So Far: No writer or cast has been announced, but attached producers include Rob Bullock (The Night Manager) and Andy Harries (The Crown). Variety also noted that this “will not be a sequel or continuation of the story from the books or the films into which they were adapted. It will instead take Salander and place her in today’s world with a wholly new setting, new characters, and a new story.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Two of the five films based on the series earned Certified Fresh badges, one was Fresh, and two were Rotten. It’s hard to say without actors, writers, or directors attached, but if we trust in trust in the producers’ previous work and Amazon Studios productions based on books like Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Alex Rider, and The Boys, it looks promising.

The Girls on the Bus

Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec

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Network: Netflix
Based On: A chapter of Amy Chozick’s 2018 book, Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns and One Intact Glass Ceiling.
The Fanbase: People interested in the unglamorous world of political reporters who spend years on the campaign trail — and the sometimes unlikely allies they make along the way.
What We Know So Far: Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) and Arrowverse creator Greg Berlanti (both pictured) are executive producing the series with Plec writing along with Chozick. With a title meant to subvert Timothy Crouse’s 1973 book The Boys on the Bus, this story will concentrate on four female reporters. Do note, however: Deadline reported in 2019 that the series will feature fictional candidates.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Could it end up like HBO’s The Newsroom? Or Amazon’s Good Girls Revolt, which fared better, but was (infamously) canceled anyway. Or maybe, with the right cast, it will soar like feature film A Private War, which starred Rosamund Pike as a war correspondent. Plec and Berlanti both have fairly good Tomatometer track records, though this series most likely has no vampires or superheroes.

Glowing Up

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Anne Camlin’s graphic novel, Mismatched (which, in itself, is based on Jane Austen’s Emma).
The Fanbase: Not to be confused with the movie Clueless, this modernist retelling of Emma is a queer-friendly half-hour adult animation musical. Most Austen fans would probably be down for this interpretation.
Everything We Know So Far: According to Deadline, the story focuses on “Evan Horowitz, an out and proud Latino/Jew amateur matchmaker and wannabe makeup influencer. Evan is an old-school romantic who dedicates himself to getting true love to trend at his high school in Queens — through singing, dancing, and contoured cheekbones.” Gloria Calderón Kellett executive produces through her overall deal with Amazon along with Will Graham and writer-executive producers are Debby Wolfe and Marcos Luevanos.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It could have the appeal of Hulu’s warm teen dramedy, Love, Victor, and teen-set musical movies and plays like Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Great Circle

Network: TBD
Based On: Maggie Shipstead’s 2021 novel.
The Fanbase: Those fascinated with alternate timelines as well as early 20th Century news stories like aviation, Prohibition and war.
Everything We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2021 that Erik Feig’s Picturestart had optioned the novel, which takes place over two timelines and follows “Marian … an Amelia Earhart-like female pilot whose audacious dream is to circumnavigate the globe north-south over the poles and whose storyline spans from the 1930s to the 1950s” and “Hadley … a present-day disgraced actress offered to play Marian in a biopic to revitalize her career.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The book has a huge — and growing –fanbase of literati, which means that this could be the dinner party show for the prestige TV set.

Green Lantern

Network: HBO Max
Based On: The DC Comics character
The Fanbase: Shocking no one, the 10-episode series counts Greg Berlanti as a co-writer and executive producer. But the streaming service option means that things can get more creative than they might have been able to on broadcast TV.
Everything We Know So Far: According to Variety, Finn Wittrock stars as Guy Gardner, “a hulking mass of masculinity” and “embodiment of 1980s hyper-patriotism.” But, you know, likable. The article also reports that the “story spans decades and galaxies, beginning on Earth in 1941 with the very first Green Lantern, secretly gay FBI agent Alan Scott, and 1984, with cocky alpha male Gardner and half-alien Bree Jarta. They’ll be joined by a multitude of other Lanterns — from comic book favorites to never-before-seen heroes.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: If it’s anything like the other shows in the Berlanti-verse, we’re looking at an easy six-season run.


Network: Netflix
Based On: Matt Wagner’s comic book series.
The Fanbase: Not fans of Beowulf, you can bet on that. This is about a vengeance-seeking grifter who partners up with those in the criminal underworld.
Everything We Know So Far: The eight-episode series stars Abubakr Ali as Hunter Rose/Grendel and is written and show-run by Resident Evil’s Andrew Dabb.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Dark comics have done well for Netflix (see also: The Umbrella Academy). So this one could find an audience who enjoy quirky humor with their supes.


Network: TBD
Based On: Cole Brown’s 2020 book, Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World
The Fanbase: Those who understand the struggles and stereotypes that face mixed-raced people. According to Deadline, “through a series of personal anecdotes and interviews with his peers, [Brown] transports us to his adolescence and explores what it’s like to be young and in search of identity. He digs into the places where, in youth, a greyboy’s difference is most acutely felt: parenting, police brutality, depression, and dating, to name a few.”
Everything We Know So Far: Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi and her mother/business partner, Keri Shahidi, are developing the book as part of their deal with ABC Signature.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It will be interesting to see how this show compares to what has already been covered in Grown-ish as well its sister shows Black-ish and Mixed-ish.

The Gryphon

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Wolfgang Hohlbein’s 2000 novel.
The Fanbase: German author Hohlbein brings with him a huge audience already. But fans of Stephen King’s work will also appreciate it …
What We Know So Far: … Because, according to a 2021 Variety article, the plot revolves around three outsiders who deal with a monster. Showrunners Erol Yesilkaya and Sebastian Marka are turning the book into six, 45-minute episodes.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Too early to tell. But executive producers Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann were producers on 2007 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner The Lives of Others, and the series is being made by W&B Television — which produced three-Certifed Fresh-seasons sci-fi hit Dark for Netflix — in cooperation with DogHaus Film for Amazon Studios.

Half Bad

Network: Netflix
Based On: Sally Green’s young adult book series.
The Fanbase: Those who enjoy supernatural stories as allegory, such as HBO’s True Blood.
What We Know So Far: Green’s stories are set in a world where witches and humans live together. Some witches are deemed “good” (or White) and some deemed “bad’ (or Black). Nathan is a teenager who is half White and half Black and therefore known as a Half Code. Variety reports that Giri/Haji creator Joe Barton is adapting the books and that Andy Serkis is an executive producer.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Giri/Haji is Certified Fresh at 100%, and, though better known to audiences as an actor, this show brings Serkis to the producing table. The Magicians author and Time magazine book critic Lev Grossman listed Half Bad, among the best books of 2014, calling it “an enthralling fantasy in the Harry Potter tradition.”

Harry Potter


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Network: HBO Max
Based On: J.K. Rowling’s book series.
The Fanbase: Fans of the beloved books and movies (although there still may be some backlash to Rowling from members of the trans community regarding prior comments).
What We Know So Far: The Hollywood Reporter broke the news in early 2021 that a live-action TV series based on the Harry Potter series was in extremely early talks and that no writer or cast had been set yet.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Every property in the filmed Harry Potter universe, save the most recent, has been Certified Fresh. Protego!


Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Sara Holland’s 2020 novel.
The Fanbase: Those who enjoy stories of teens who discover they have access to hidden powers or other dimensions, such as Freeform’s Shadowhunters or HBO’s His Dark Materials.
What We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2020 that Amazon was developing the series with Divergent writer Evan Daugherty. The story follows a teenager who discovers the Colorado hotel she’s staying in for the summer has portals to other realms.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It’s too early to tell. But with the right star-powered casting …


Network: Netflix
Based On: Alice Oseman’s graphic novels.
The Fanbase: Fans of YA queer-centric rom-coms like Hulu’s Love, Victor or even Netflix’s Sex Education.
What We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2021 that Netflix would be turning the novels into an eight-part series with Oseman writing and Welsh director Euros Lyn (Doctor Who) directing. The story follows teen boys at an all-boys British grammar school who fall hard for each other. It also takes on more nuanced subjects like mental illness. The cast includes Joe Locke, Kit Connor and William Gao.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Oseman is untested as a TV writer, so it’s a bit too early to tell. But Lyn won a BAFTA TV Award for Last Tango in Halifax, and his experience as a director also includes Torchwood, Broadchurch, Happy Valley, Daredevil, His Dark Materials, and other titles that boast Certified Fresh seasons.

The Henna Artist

Network: Netflix
Based On: Alka Joshi’s 2020 novel
The Fanbase: Bridgerton buffs who’d also be interested in period pieces not set in England.
Everything We Know So Far: Freida Pinto stars as Lakshmi, the most in-demand henna artist of 1950s Jaipur. She’s got all the tea on the city’s wealthiest women but she also has some secrets of her own. According to Deadline, Sri Rao is producing the project through his Sri & Company, which has a mission “to tell stories that center on South Asian characters and artists, with a particular focus on women and the LGBT community.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Period-centric soap fans will want to have the details of this story tattooed all over them.


Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Eoin Colfer’s 2020 novel.
The Fanbase: Entertainment Weekly described it as “Pete’s Dragon, but, like, an adult thriller version of that.”
What We Know So Far: The animated fantasy series from Artemis Fowl’s Colfer was in early development at Amazon as of 2020. Nicolas Cage voices a dragon with interesting tastes in pop culture and a love of vodka. He used to be great, but now lives in a shack in the Louisiana swamp. It’s there that he strikes up a friendship with a young boy from a local moonshine mob.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Hopefully for Cage and his fans, this adaptation will fare better than Artemis Fowl.

High School

Network: IMDb TV
Based On: Twin sisters, and musicians, Tegan and Sara’s 2019 memoir.
The Fanbase: Those who enjoy YA stories about first loves and first songs that also explore the queer experience.
Everything We Know So Far: Clea DuVall will write and direct several episodes of the half-hour series that is, to quote the press release, “told through a backdrop of 90s grunge and rave culture, the series weaves between parallel and discordant memories of twin sisters growing up down the hall from one another.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The show could easily find an audience similar to something like Hulu’s PEN15 or less raunchy classics like The Wonder Years.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


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Network: Hulu
Based On: Douglas Adams’ radio series and reading material.
The Fanbase: The cult around this sci-fi story is strong.
What We Know So Far: Deadline broke the news in 2019 that Carlton Cuse and Jason Fuchs were adapting the series about Arthur Dent, a Brit and the last surviving human after aliens destroy Earth.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Good, although it would be fitting if it got a Tomatometer score of 42.


Network: TBD
Based On: Kennedy Ryan’s book series.
The Fanbase: Set in the world of the NBA, this romance series about three different couples with connections to the sport could bring in fans of series like BET’s The Game.
What We Know So Far: News of the rights aquisition only recently hit, with The Traveling Picture Show Company producing the limited series. No development team has been announced yet.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It could be a slam-dunk for romance fans, but it’s still early in the game.

House of the Dragon

Olivia Cooke, Emma D'Arcy, Matt Smith, and Paddy Considine

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Network: HBO
Based On: George R.R. Martin’s 2018 book, Fire & Blood.
The Fanbase: People still mad about the Game of Thrones finale.
What We Know So Far: The prequel to Thrones is co-created by Martin and Colony’s Ryan Condal with Miguel Sapochnik and Condal serving as showrunners. Centering on a civil war in House Targaryen, it sets in motion events that eventually lead to the early seasons of GOT and reminds fans that history is written by the victors. Stars include Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, and Paddy Considine (pictured above). HBO is also reportedly working on three more Thrones series based on the history of the Seven Kingdoms, Essos, and beyond.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The talent attached almost guarantees an engaging series. If HBO provides the support it gave the original show, securing high Tomatometer scores should be a breeze.

Read Also: “Everything We Know About Game Of Thrones Prequel Series House of the Dragon

If You Were Only White: The Life of Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige

Network: Apple TV+
Based On: Donald Spivey’s 2012 biography
The Fanbase: It’s a story not just about the famed baseball player who didn’t get enough mainstream credit, but also about the Negro League Baseball and inherent racism in the sport. This means it could attract history buffs, sports fans and anyone else who wants to learn something.
Everything We Know So Far: Variety reports that Apple has acquired the rights to the book and that Earvin “Magic” Johnson is producing.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: When done right (i.e. without relying on tropes like white saviors), projects like this can do very well. The film 42, which is about Jackie Robinson, is Certified Fresh.

The Inheritance Games

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ 2020 novel.
The Fanbase: Secret passages, puzzles, a surprise fortune and a squabbling rich family? Think: the movies Knives Out and Clue or Peacock’s adaptation of Karen M. McManus’ One of Us Is Lying.
What We Know So Far: Deadline broke the news in 2020 that the book had been optioned ahead of its release and that Notorious co-creator Josh Berman was executive producing.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: May the series be the surprise windfall that we all deserve.

The Inheritance Trilogy

Network: TBD
Based On: N.K. Jemisin’s popular sci-fi book series.
The Fanbase: Those who enjoy stories of gods battling mortals and the fight to save humanity from a corrupt family that dominates it all.
What We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2021 that Searchlight TV had optioned the series and that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Studios would also be producing with the aim of turning the source material into an “epic, live-action ongoing fantasy series.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Think: HBO’s Game of Thrones meets Starz’s American Gods — between them lies a Certified Fresh score.

The Institute

Network: TBD
Based On: Stephen King’s 2019 novel.
The Fanbase: It might sound like an ouroboros given how often this show pays homage to King, but fans of Netflix’s Stranger Things.
What We Know So Far: In 2019, writer David E. Kelley and director Jack Bender, who have already worked together on an adaptation of King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy for Mr. Mercedes, announced plans to adapt the book as a limited series. It follows a boy with special powers who is kidnapped and sent to live in an institute where a staff perform various experiments on him and other students. He escapes and a small-town sheriff is on the case.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Mr. Mercedes has one Certified Fresh season and an overall 91% score. How special are these powers?

Interior Chinatown

Network: Hulu
Based On: Charles Yu’s National Book Award–winning novel.
The Fanbase: It’s a story of assimilation, typecasting, and career versus family — one or all which are relatable to most everyone.
What We Know So Far: Variety broke the news in 2020 that Hulu was developing a series based on the novel with Yu, who has written for shows like HBO’s Westworld and Facebook Watch’s Sorry For Your Loss.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Part of the creativeness of the book is that it’s written like a film script. Half the work is already done! Now it’s just a matter of casting.

Interview with the Vampire

Network: AMC and AMC+
Release Date: 2022
Based On: Anne Rice’s book series.
The Fanbase: Rice’s cult series helped popularize the vampire genre and people are still fascinated by the Tom Cruise-Brad Pitt film adaptation from the 1990s.
Everything We Know So Far: Sam Reid stars as the intoxicating Lestat de Lioncourt, the mentor to narrator, vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Vampires had a moment in the aughts with shows like True Blood and The Vampire Diaries. The comedy What We Do In the Shadows mocks this world and received Emmy attention for it. Is that genre still undead?

Invitation to a Bonfire

Network: AMC and AMC+
Based On: Adrienne Celt’s 2018 novel inspired by writer Vladimir Nabokov’s intense marriage.
The Fanbase: It’s a psycho-thriller set at an all-girls boarding school in New Jersey during the 1930s and focuses on a naive groundskeeper who is obsessed with the school’s newest faculty member, an enigmatic novelist. She becomes ensnarled in a lethal love triangle with him and his bewitching wife.
Everything We Know So Far: Physical’s Rachel Caris Love is credited with creating the project, which AMC announced in 2021 was being developed with a core group of writers for its ““scripts-to-series” model. (The network opens rooms to develop prospective series that would move straight-to-series.)
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It’s a sexy thriller that’s inspired by one of the most famed novelists of the 20th century. It could definitely light a spark with audiences.


Network: Freeform
Based On: Stephen King’s 2013 novel.
The Fanbase: Given the network, expect PG-13 spooks like Apple TV+’s Home Before Dark.
What We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2018 that Chris Peña (Jane the Virgin) and Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Stoning of Soraya M.) were writing the pilot and that the plot centers on “a college student who takes a summer job at an amusement park in a North Carolina tourist town, confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child and the way both will change his life forever.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It could bring in the YA crowd à la the network’s smash, Pretty Little Liars.

Kay Scarpetta

Network: TBD
Based On: Patricia Cornwell’s character from her crime book series.
The Fanbase: Those who enjoy the best-selling franchise as well as crime buffs and people who enjoy lady crime-solvers like TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles or NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Everything We Know So Far: Jamie Lee Curtis, who is a friend of the author, is working with Blumhouse TV to develop a one-hour series based on the books that follow a a forensic pathologist who — as Variety points — has been at the “center of 24 crime thrillers.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: This is one of a handful of projects about female detectives that are in the works. It could easily make a killing with the same demographic who came for Rizzoli & Isles.


Network: FX
Based On: Octavia E. Butler’s 1979 novel.
The Fanbase: People who appreciate how different genres can be used to discuss historical fiction, à la shows like Amazon’s Them or HBO’s Watchmen.
What We Know So Far: According to Variety, the show — which is only so far at the pilot stage — follows “Dana, a young Black woman and aspiring writer who has uprooted her life of familial obligation and relocated to Los Angeles, ready to claim a future that, for once, feels all her own. But, before she can get settled into her new home, she finds herself being violently pulled back and forth in time to a nineteenth-century plantation with which she and her family are most surprisingly and intimately linked. An interracial romance threads through her past and present, and the clock is ticking as she struggles to confront the secrets she never knew ran through her blood.” Watchmen’s Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is writing the pilot and executive producing and Janicza Bravo is directing it. Other executive producers include The Americans co-creators Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields. Mallori Johnson is starring with other cast members including Micah Stock, Ryan Kwanten, Gayle Rankin, Austin Smith, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy and David Alexander Kaplan.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: With that pedigree, the show could easily find some kindred spirits among critics.

The Kingkiller Chronicle

Network: TBD
Based On: Patrick Rothfuss’ fantasy book series.
The Fanbase: Those who love the books — and especially those who love the man spearheading the adaptation, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
What We Know So Far: The series, which follows adventurer and musician Kvothe as he narrates his life to a scribe, is not the easiest to adapt because it’s not told in a linear fashion. Showtime had planned to take on the project in 2017 and then backed out. And Miranda told Entertainment Weekly in 2020 that the story is “still a code that’s waiting to be cracked.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Good. If they can ever figure out how to tell it.

Kinsey Millhone Book Series

Network: TBD
Based On: Sue Grafton’s murder series, also known as the Alphabet series.
The Fanbase: Grafton, who died in 2017, was a best-selling novelist and her fans will want to find a way to stay connected with her.
Everything We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2021 that A+E Studios had landed the rights to adapt the books, which focus on dogged private investigator Kinsey Millhone. Each book was known for starting with a letter from the alphabet, with “Y” is for Yesterday being the final installment.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: H is for hit?

Lady in the Lake

Network: Apple TV+
Based On: Laura Lippman’s 2019 novel
The Fanbase: True-crime fanatics who enjoy period dramas and vigilante heroines.
What We Know So Far: Set in 1960s Baltimore, Natalie Portman plays Maddie Schwartz, a housewife and mother who becomes an investigative journalist after a murder goes unsolved. Her actions put her in contact with Lupita Nyong’o’s Cleo Sherwood, a hard-working mother who is also trying to advance Baltimore’s Black progressive agenda. Honey Boy’s Alma Har’el is directing and co-wrote the limited series. In addition to its stars, executive producers include Jean-Marc Vallée.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Pretty good. It has the star power to be Apple TV+’s answer to Hulu’s Certified Fresh limited series Little Fires Everywhere.

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

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Network: Apple TV+
Based On: Walter Mosley’s 2010 novel.
The Fanbase: Those who enjoy a creative take on a murder mystery and a complex look at aging.
What We Know So Far: Samuel L. Jackson stars in the six-part limited series about a man with dementia who has been all but forgotten by his family (and himself). But a sudden lucidity may help him solve his nephew’s death. Other cast members include Walton Goggins and Omar Miller.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Good. Mosley is a deeply admired writer with a lot of credits. The film Devil in a Blue Dress is Certified Fresh with an 88% Tomatometer score.

The Last Thing He Told Me

Network: Apple TV+
Based On: Laura Dave’s 2021 suspense novel.
The Fanbase: Fans of Julia Roberts, in particular, the mysteries she’s starred in like Amazon Prime Video series Homecoming and films The Pelican Brief or Conspiracy Theory.
What We Know So Far: Jennifer Garner will star, replacing Julia Roberts, in this limited series about a woman whose husband unexpectedly vanishes. Dave is co-creating the series with Spotlight writer Josh Singer.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It has a thriller element that could make the Twitterverse — and critics — very happy.

The Lincoln Lawyer

Network: Netflix
Based On: Michael Connelly’s book series.
The Fanbase: Fans of Connelly’s Mickey Haller, a Los Angeles attorney who takes on cases big and small from the back of his Lincoln Town Car.
What We Know So Far: Originally set up at CBS, the series counts David E. Kelley as an executive producer and stars The Magnificent Seven’s Manuel Garcia-Rulfo. According to Connelly’s letter on Netflix’s press site, “season 1 will consist of 10 one-hour episodes and will be based on the second book in the series, The Brass Verdict.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Solid. The Matthew McConaughey film adaptation of the books is Certified Fresh with am 83% Tomatometer.

Lives of the Mayfair Witches

Network: AMC and AMC+
Based On: Anne Rice’s book series.
The Fanbase: Horror and suspense novelist Rice is more known for her work in the vampire genre (and AMC is also developing a series based on her Interview with the Vampire because of it), but her fanbase also knows her history with witches as well.
Everything We Know So Far: In August 2021, AMC announced that it had opened a writers’ room to explore developing Rice’s book series, which follows a neurosurgeon who discovers she’s an unlikely heiress to a family of witches. Masters of Sex’s Esta Spaulding and Michelle Ashford are writing and executive producing.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The witches and vampire craze had a resurgence in the mid-aughts thanks to shows like The Vampire Diaries and True Blood. But they were mostly thought to be campy or for teens. Can prestige television change that?

Lockwood & Co.

Network: Netflix
Release Date: 2022
Based On: Jonathan Stroud’s book series.
The Fanbase: Could it be a show with kids that’s not actually a kids’ show like Stranger Things? Or a silly comedy about spooky creatures like What We Do in the Shadows or Ghosts?
What We Know So Far: Edgar Wright’s production company has teamed with Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish and others on an adaptation of the book series about a group of kids who fight spirits and other villains.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: This clearly has the power to be very, very funny.

The Lord of the Rings

clockwise from top left: Robert Aramayo (photo courtesy of Amazon), Nazanin Boniadi (Steve Mack/Everett Collection), Joseph Mawle (Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images), Owain Arthur in Hard Sun ‘Not the End of the World’, (Season 1, ep. 105 (photo: Mark Johnson / ©Hulu/BBC / Courtesy: Everett Collection), Ismael Cruz Cordova at 54th New York Film Festival, October 14, 2016 (Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection), Morfydd Clark (Wolf_Marloh), Charlie Vickers (Taylor Rettke), Tom Budge (Pier Carthew), Tyroe Muhafidin (Samson Makumbe), Sophia Nomvete (Max Parker)

(Photo by clockwise from top left: courtesy of the actor; Steve Mack/Everett Collection; Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images; Mark Johnson / ©Hulu/BBC / Courtesy: Everett Collection; Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection; Courtesy Amazon Studios: Wolf_Marloh, Taylor Rettke, Pier Carthew, Samson Makumbe, Max Parker)

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Release Date: September 2, 2022
Based On: J.R.R. Tolkien’s book series
The Fanbase: Tolkienites and others who want to see how this thing plays out.
What We Know So Far: An all-star cast and an extremely expensive production will focus on a story set way, way before the events of The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings. Click to see Rotten Tomatoes’ detailed run-down of what’s in store for the series.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Every Lord of the Rings film title in the franchise is Fresh, except the last (which just barely misses it), and the appetite for adaptations of Tolkien’s stories is there. Everyone will be watching, including some who will have schadenfreude if this fails, but if the production value holds up from films to series, it should score high.

Read Also: “Everything We Know About The Lord of the Rings Amazon Series

The Lost Apothecary

Network: Fox
Based On: Sarah Penner’s 2021 historical novel.
The Fanbase: Those who enjoy a period drama with a feminist bent.
Everything We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2021 that Fox is adapting the book, which “is centered around a secret apothecary shop that caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.” Deadline also reported that the hunt was on for a writer and executive producer.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It could end up like HBO’s The Nevers, which got mixed reviews, or Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, which got a better reception. But it’s hard to know how much edge a show like this could have on broadcast TV.

Love and Death

Network: HBO Max
Release Date: 2022
Based On: Jim Atkinson and Joe Bob Briggs’ true-crime story, Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs, as well as other reporting.
The Fanbase: Those who know that salacious gossip isn’t just limited to the church potluck.
Everything We Know So Far: Elizabeth Olsen stars in the series about Candy Montgomery, the Texas housewife who took an axe to her church friend, Betty Gore, in 1980. David E. Kelley is writing the project and is re-teaming with his Big Little Lies friend, Nicole Kidman, who is producing.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It has all the allure and sensationalism that made projects like Richard Linklater’s Bernie, a film about a bizarre crime in a small Texas town, a Certified Fresh hit.

The Magpie Murders

Network: PBS Masterpiece
Release Date: 2022
Based On: Anthony Horowitz’s 2017 novel.
The Fanbase: People who like their murder mysteries with puzzles and blood.
What We Know So Far: Horowitz, who also created the British series Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders, is adapting his story into a six-part limited series about a book editor who must search through the pages of her star writer’s unfinished novel to find clues as to how he died.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: As long as audiences don’t get impatient and try to Google for spoilers …

The Maidens

Network: TBD
Based On: Alex Michaelides’ 2021 novel.
The Fanbase: It’s a Cambridge-set whodunnit that could appeal to Anglophiles and mystery lovers.
Everything We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2021 that Miramax Television and Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell’s Stone Village were adapting the book, which follows “a brilliant, but troubled, therapist [who] travels to Cambridge to comfort her” niece after the girl’s best friend is murdered. But, the article continues, the therapist’s “alma mater has changed, and a cult like group of students led by a new professor has overtaken the culture.” British writer Morwenna Banks is adapting the book.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The deal was done ever before the book came out, so it will depend a lot on how much buzz the source material can build before the adaptation airs.

Malibu Rising

Network: Hulu
Based On: Taylor Jenkins Reid’s 2021 novel, her follow-up to her best-selling novel Daisy Jones & the Six (which is also being adapted).
The Fanbase: The books have a devoted following already and Amazon’s adaptation of Daisy Jones is already highly adaptation.
Everything We Know So Far: The Hollywood Reporter broke the news in 2021 that Little Fires Everywhere’s Liz Tigelaar would be adapting the book, which is set in 1983 and follows the four children of famed rocker Mick Riva as they throw their annual end-of-summer party and begin to confront family secrets.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Tigelaar already had success adapting LFE, which is also a period project about a family of four children. But the project is still in very early development.

A Man in Full

Network: Netflix
Based On: Tom Wolfe’s 1998 novel.
The Fanbase: Those who enjoy the writings of the man in white who don’t know if that Bonfires of the Vanities TV adaptation will ever see the light of day (see above).
Everything We Know So Far: The Hollywood Reporter wrote in 2021 that Regina King and David E. Kelley were working on a six-episode adaptation of Wolfe’s second novel. He’ll write and serve as showrunner and she’ll direct the first three episodes. The limited series follows an Atlanta real estate mogul facing sudden bankruptcy. According to THR, “political and business interests collide when he defends his empire from those trying to capitalize on his fall from grace.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Kelley has called this adaptation “a passion project for me” and King clearly has had success in front of, and behind, the camera. But given the amount of projects Kelley has in the works (gestures at this list), can he have time to do Wolfe’s story justice?

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Chiwetel Ejiofor

(Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Network: Showtime
Release Date: 2022
Based On: Walter Tevis’ 1963 sci-fi novel.
The Fanbase: The story, about an alien who comes to Earth in the hope of finding a way to bring his drought-stricken community to our world, has already seen on TV adaptation, a film adaptation starring David Bowie, and a Bowie musical inspired by it.
What We Know So Far: Chiwetel Ejiofor (pictured) is starring in the project while Clarice’s Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet are writing the script. Naomie Harris and Jimmi Simpson also star.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The movie adaptation, as well as the recent Netflix adaptation of Tevis’ The Queen’s Gambit, are hits; Kurtzman and Lumet’s Clarice, however, is not.

The Midnight Club

Network: Netflix
Based On: Christopher Pike’s 1994 novel.
The Fanbase: Fans who grew up on Pike’s YA horror books as well as those by R.L. Stine (whose Fear Street series also got the Netflix film treatment).
What We Know So Far: Variety reports that the 10-episode series, which follows kids at a hospice center who gather to tell ghost stories, includes cast members like The Baby-Sitters Club’s Aya Furukawa and Power’s William Chris Sumpter. It’s created by The Haunting of Bly Manor’s showrunner Mike Flanagan along with Leah Fong.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It has the right set-up, including the involvement of Flanagan, who has a perfectly Fresh Tomatometer record. But will it be too depressing?

Milk Fed

Network: TBD
Based On: Melissa Broder’s 2021 novel.
The Fanbase: Those who enjoy their meet-cutes with a touch of irony.
What We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2020 that Little Fires Everywhere’s Liz Tigelaar had bought the rights to the book and would write the series. According to the article, the plot is about a “love affair between an ambivalently Jewish woman with an eating disorder and the zaftig Orthodox woman who works at her local LA frozen yogurt shop.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Rom-com enthusiasts could lap this up.

Monster of Florence

Network: TBD
Based On: Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi’s sensational best-selling crime book, The Monster Of Florence: A True Story.
The Fanbase: True-crime obsessives who also happen to be interested in governmental surveillance.
Everything We Know So Far: Variety reports that Antonio Banderas will star in the six-part limited series that is being produced by Studiocanal. The article says the story follows what happens when “the investigators become the subject of investigation by the Italian police.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It will depend on the network and marketing campaign, but this one could see a scary high Tomatometer score.

Mouthful of Birds

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Samanta Schweblin’s Spanish-language short story collection, which was published in 2008 and translated into English in 2019 by Megan McDowell.
The Fanbase: Horror, traumatic childhood, violence, madness — if it leans into the absurd, it could be a good fit for fans of Noah Hawley’s Legion or maybe Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. But if drama is more the focus, it might be better suited to fans of Haven or Castle Rock.
What We Know So Far: Hala writer-director Minhal Baig is adapting the horror drama, which Deadline describes as one that “circles madness, trauma, and violence in a darkly absurd, profoundly eerie, and ultimately human way, as our protagonist attempts to come to terms with a traumatic event from her childhood that she cannot remember.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Done right, it could easily be a buzzed-about show of the moment.

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends

Network: Apple TV+
Based On: Amy Silverstein’s 2017 memoir of the support group who helped as she waited for a heart transplant.
The Fanbase: Those who love a tear-jerker.
What We Know So Far: Jennifer Garner stars in the series adaptation, which she is executive producing along with J.J. Abrams and (spoiler alert) Silverstein herself.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: As long as it doesn’t get too mushy.

My Life With the Walter Boys

Network: Netflix
Based On: Ali Novak’s 2014 coming-of-age story.
The Fanbase: The young-adult novel follows an orphaned, teen-aged New Yorker who finds herself suddenly living in rural Colorado with a new guardian and a dozen rowdy kids. It could relate to anyone who always felt they were the Stacy of their Baby-Sitters Club group.
Everything We Know So Far: Variety reports that Melanie Halsall will adapt the book and serve as showrunner and that “the streamer has given the drama series a 10-episode order, with episodes set to be approximately 50 minutes each.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Netflix’s track record with YA has been hit-or-miss. For every BSC or Never Have I Ever, there’s been a Grand Army


Release Date: January 11, 2022
Network: The CW
Based On: Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker’s comic character
The Fanbase: It’s a comic series about a woman of color that’s executive produced and co-written by Ava DuVernay. It’s exactly in The CW’s wheelhouse.
Everything We Know So Far: The Wrap reports that Kaci Walfall stars as an “effortlessly cool and confident high school student” who also has the ability to travel across the multiverse.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It fits nicely in the network’s repertoire of programming that also includes DC’s Stargirl and Kung Fu.


Network: Fox
Based On: Robert C. O’Brien’s Rats of NIMH book series.
The Fanbase: Those who grew up with the children’s book series as well as devotees to Fox’s already strong animated slate.
Everything We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2021 that Fox had given a script commitment to the animated drama and was searching for a writer.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Who doesn’t want to see a story about a mouse who takes her family on a crazy journey that includes discovering a colony of escaped super-intelligent lab rats? (OK, maybe cats won’t like it).

Ninth House

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Shadow and Bone young-adult author Leigh Bardugo’s 2019 novel.
The Fanbase: Ninth House was Bardugo’s first in the adult space. But she already has a loyal fanbase (and probably more so after the TV adaptation of Shadow and Bone, which is part of her successful Grishaverse series, hits Netflix).
What We Know So Far: Deadline announced the news of the deal in 2019 and explains that it is “set at an alternate Yale, Bardugo’s real-life alma mater, where the secret societies guard dangerous, magical secrets, and ghosts haunt the campus.” Bardugo will executive produce the series with her frequent collaborator Pouya Shahbazian (the Divergent film series), who is head of film and TV at New Leaf.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Netflix’s Shadow and Bone adaptation was well received, and Shahbazian most recently produced Certified Fresh films Love, Simon and American Honey. In any case, it’d be nice to confirm many assumptions about what Ivy League colleges’ secret societies are really about.

The Old Man

Jeff Bridges

(Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)

Network: FX on Hulu
Release Date: 2022
Based On: Thomas Perry’s 2017 thriller.
The Fanbase: An action thriller about a retired intelligence officer who learns he’s the subject of an assassination attempt could appeal to mystery fans as as well as those who love classic films like North by Northwest and The Fugitive.
What We Know So Far: Star Jeff Bridges is battling lymphoma, but FX has not announced plans to recast him. Other stars include John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman, Alia Shawkat, and Gbenga Akinnagbe.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Strong Emmy potential for this one.

Olga Dies Dreaming

Network: Hulu
Based On: Xochitl Gonzalez’s novel.
The Fanbase: It’s about siblings in a gentrifying neighborhood who have issues with their politically absent and distant mother. So, anyone who has ever had an awkward night at the dinner table.
Everything We Know So Far: Deadline reports that Hulu has ordered a pilot based on the book, which Gonzalez is writing and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’s Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is directing. Wanda De Jesús and Jesse Williams star.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Feuding families are always interesting to watch, but this one sounds like it could bring in those who enjoyed the conflicts in series like Starz’s Vida.

One Piece

Network: Netflix
Based On: Eiichiro Oda’s popular manga series.
The Fanbase: Those already devoted to the extensive and elaborate world of the long-running series plus those new to the franchise who are interested in a story of a kid made of rubber who hires a band of pirates known as the Straw Hat Pirates to find a mythical treasure.
Everything We Know So Far: The international cast of this live-action series includes Iñaki Godoy, Mackenyu, Emily Rudd, Jacob Romero Gibson, and Taz Skylar. Steven Maeda serves as showrunner and executive producer and Matt Owens serves as writer and executive producer.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: This expensive and elaborate production is one long in the making. It’s also being made for a very niche audience. Here’s hoping that Netflix finds the treasure for which it’s so clearly looking.

Oona Out of Order

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Margarita Montimore’s 2020 novel.
The Fanbase: People who are still talking about Sliding Doors or who question whether they’re doing life right.
What We Know So Far: Deadline broke the news of the adaptation in 2021, describing the premise as “as a sophisticated love story that chronicles a romance interrupted and a lifetime rearranged” and that “it revolves around Oona Lockhart, who at the strike of midnight on her nineteenth birthday wakes to find she is the surprise new inhabitant of her 55-year-old body.” The Expatriates’ Alice Bell is adapting.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Could be quirky enough to work.


Release Date: 2022
Network: Apple TV+
Based On: Min Jin Lee’s 2017 historical fiction.
The Fanbase: An immigration story, but also one that deals with racism and forbidden love, it could find an audience for those who watched AMC’s The Terror: Infamy.
What We Know So Far: Told in Korean, Japanese, and English and featuring an international cast, the adaptation from Soo Hugh (The Terror) will follow four generations of a Korean immigrant family.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Soo’s record as a writer and producer trends Fresh with a 94% Certified Fresh score on the first season of The Terror, co-created by David Kajganich.

Paper Girls

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Author Brian K. Vaughan and illustrator Cliff Chiang’s comic book series.
The Fanbase: The comparisons to Netflix’s Stranger Things are inevitable.
What We Know So Far: Set during Halloween 1988, a quartet of Ohio newspaper delivery girls (played by Sofia Rosinsky, Camryn Jones, Riley Lai Nelet and Fina Strazza) get caught between warring faction of time-travelers. According to Variety, as the characters “travel between our present, the past, and the future — they encounter future versions of themselves and now must choose to embrace or reject their fate.” Comedian Ali Wong will also appear.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Kind of too early to say, but the source material is pretty popular.


John Cena, Danielle Brooks, Robert Patrick, Jennifer Holland, Chris Conrad

(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures; Matt Doyle, Manfred Baumann, Dana Patrick, Helen Palmaira/Courtesy HBO Max)

Network: HBO Max
Release Date: January 13, 2022
Based On: DC Comics characters.
The Fanbase: It’s a spin-off of The Suicide Squad and created by James Gunn with an all-star cast. So, let’s just describe the fanbase as devout.
What We Know So Far: The cast includes John Cena reprising his Suicide Squad role as the show’s titular ruthless killer obsessed with peace at any cost. Danielle Brooks, Robert Patrick, and Steve Agee also star.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Does it really matter what the critics think? Fans will be arguing this show’s merits until the end of time.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Network: Disney+
Based On: Rick Riordan’s book series
The Fanbase: The books have a devout fanbase who were not happy with the film versions.
What We Know So Far: Variety reported in May 2020 that a TV adaptation of the books was in early stages of development and Riordan’s wife, Becky, tweeted that November that a pilot script had been sent to executives.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Between the Star Wars and MCU spin-offs, Disney+ has proven it knows how to make flashy TV takes on known IPs.

The Peripheral

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: William Gibson’s 2014 sci-fi novel.
The Fanbase: Gamers and fans of alternate reality, but also those who believe that everything is connected.
What We Know So Far: The story of interconnected plots focuses on a woman in the near future who doesn’t know if the murder she saw is real or part of a virtual game she is monitoring and a London-based publicist who lives in a post-apocalyptic 22nd century. Variety reports that Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are executive producing and stars include Jack Reynor, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Gary Carr.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: High — if audiences can keep up with the plot twists.

Pieces Of Her

Toni Collette

(Photo by odd Williamson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Network: Netflix
Based On: Karin Slaughter’s 2018 novel.
The Fanbase: Fans of mystery-thrillers, but also maybe of ones that make you question the secrets your parents kept hidden (à la FX’s The Americans.)
What We Know So Far: Created by Fosse/Verdon’s Charlotte Stoudt, Bella Heathcote stars as a woman who begins to question her mother Laura (Toni Collette, pictured) after she easily (and violently) stops a mass shooting. Then people from Laura’s past start to appear, and they must go on the run.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It’s probably also worth noting that Stoudt’s credits also include Showtime’s Homeland and Netflix’s House of Cards.

Pineapple Street

Network: TBD
Based On: Alfred A. Knopf executive editor Jenny Jackson’s debut novel.
The Fanbase: It’s a tale about generational wealth and privilege, which are hot topics right now anyway. But it should be noted that one of Jackson’s writers at her day job is Crazy Rich Asians’ Kevin Kwan.
Everything We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2021 that Picturestart had acquired the rights to the book.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Topics like this can be seen in high-brow programming like Succession to teen dramas like the new version of Gossip Girl. It could easily draw in a fascinated audience who want to enjoy hate-watching the rich.

The Players Table

Network: HBO Max
Based On: Jessica Goodman’s 2020 novel, They Wish They Were Us.
The Fanbase: Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars fans, but also those who like actress Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria) and/or musician Halsey.
What We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2021 that HBO Max was developing the series. It would star the women (the latter in her TV acting debut) as characters from an affluent Long Island community who are attempting to solve their friend’s murder — which means also questioning what happened to them.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The odds seem in its favore: Sweeney has appeared in a good bit of Fresh/Certified Fresh fare, and Annabelle Attanasio (writer-director of 100% Certified Fresh film Mickey and the Bear) is attached to write, direct, and executive produce the series.

The Power

Leslie Mann

(Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Naomi Alderman’s 2016 sci-fi novel.
The Fanbase: The women’s empowerment story you may not have been expecting.
What We Know So Far: Leslie Mann (pictured) stars in the 10-episode series that, according to Elle magazine, “takes place in an era where women develop an electrical current within their bodies, aiding their rise to power across the globe.” The article also reports that Alderman is creating the series and that The Handmaid’s Tale’s Reed Morano is directing.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Mann has a mixed Tomatometer track record, but is ultimately one of Hollywood’s most likable stars. Add a jolt of Handmaid’s Tale talent, and we’d be shocked if it didn’t.

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

Network: HBO Max
Based On: Sara Shepard’s book series
The Fanbase: This version is from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and others, so expect to see some fans of The CW’s Riverdale in addition to PLL die-hards.
What We Know So Far: Chandler Kinney, Bailee Madison and Maia Reficco will star in the new version of Pretty Little Liars that’s coming to HBO Max. Set two decades after a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart, PLL: Original Sin focuses on a new set of teens who find themselves tormented by an unknown “A”ssailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed. Kinney will play Tabby, an aspiring director and horror movie buff who harbors a secret. Reficco will play Not, a striving and sardonic track star who’s working hard to get her life back to normal after a summer spent in juvenile detention.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The original has an 81% series score, but no Certified Fresh seasons. Will this get an A+ with critics? Aguirre-Sacasa could make that happen.


Alan Ritchson

(Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images)

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Release Date: February 4, 2022
Based On: The Lee Child book series.
The Fanbase: People already tuning into Amazon for its Jack Ryan series or who enjoy other stories of high-stakes investigations like the Bourne movies or USA’s adaptation of Shooter.
What We Know So Far: Variety reported in 2020 that Blue Mountain State and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s Alan Ritchson will star and that first season will focus on the first book in the series, 1997’s The Killing Floor.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Hopefully better than the Tom Cruise–starring film adaptations (the first did decent; the second did not).

Red Rising

Network: TBD
Based On: Pierce Brown’s sci-fi novel series.
The Fanbase: Reviews for the books include comparisons to Hunger Games and Ender’s Game, so people who’d like to see movies like that in TV series form.
What We Know So Far: The project, reportedly, has had a lot of stops and starts. Brown told the Orlando Sentinel in 2019 that “I put together a pretty good team” and that “we’ve been developing it in private so that when we take it out, it fully reflects the vision.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Pretty good if it can ever get made.

The Reunion

Network: TBD
Based On: Guillaume Musso’s 2018 novel, La Jeune Fille et la Nuit.
The Fanbase: Those who like their sexy whodunnits about not-so-well-kept secrets to be filmed in the south of France.
Everything We Know So Far: Variety reported in 2021 that Ioan Gruffudd, Ivanna Sakhno, and Grégory Fitoussi are among the stars in the English-language series about three friends “bound by a tragic secret tied to the disappearance of a high school girl who went missing 25 years ago in the region” who reconnect at a high school reunion. Bill Eagles is directing for MGM International TV Productions.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It could be a grown-up I Know What You Did Last Summer — in either a good or a bad way.


Network: The CW
Based On: Stephen King’s short story, “The Revelations of ‘Becka Paulson.”
The Fanbase: A jaded audience who appreciates the dark humor of series like The CW’s Reaper or TBS’s
Miracle Workers.
What We Know So Far: The CW confirmed it was developing the series in 2020, with Last Man Standing’s Maise Culver serving a writer. The story follows a wide-eyed young woman who accidentally shoots herself in the head with a nail gun, causing an over-it Jesus to force her to be the one to stop the apocalypse by showing why Earth is worth redeeming.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It could work as a snarky take on a procedural, similar to The CW’s iZombie, which has a 90% series score and a Certified Fresh first season.


Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Larry Niven’s sci-fi series.
The Fanbase: Devotees of these books have seen many attempted adaptations explode. They want this one to work.
What We Know So Far: Prolific writer-director-producer Akiva Goldsman is working on the series, telling Collider in 2020 that Game of Thrones’ Alan Taylor would direct the pilot. Set in the future, the story focuses on Louis Gridley Wu — a bored genius who joins a young woman and a couple of aliens on an adventure to explore, and uncover, the mysterious of an area beyond their world.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It had better be (see “the fanbase” above).

The Roald Dahl Story Co.

Network: Netflix
Based On: The children’s book author’s collection of works
The Fanbase: Those who grew up with Dahl’s works like James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory who can also ignore his problematic legacy.
Everything We Know So Far: In 2021, Netflix acquired The Roald Dahl Story Co., which manages the late British novelist’s catalogue of work. How this materializes on screen is yet to be seen.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Did Netflix win the golden ticket or will it end up drowning itself in a chocolate river? It’s still too early to tell.


Nicole Kidman in March 2020

(Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)

Network: Apple TV+
Based On: Cecelia Ahern’s 2018 book of short stories.
The Fanbase: This is anthology series that shows how women of various backgrounds are (or aren’t) surviving. It shouldn’t be hard to find an audience for this post-COVID.
What We Know So Far: Nicole Kidman (pictured) executive produces and stars in the eight-episode series created by GLOW’s Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. Other stars include Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Wever and GLOW lead Alison Brie.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Could this be the primal scream of a show that so many women need?


Network: Hulu
Based On: Curtis Sittenfeld’s alternate history about Hillary Clinton.
The Fanbase: Fans of the former Secretary of State and presidential candidate who believe her husband’s career halted her own.
What We Know So Far: In 2020, Hulu announced that it was teaming with The Affair creator Sarah Treem on this imagination of what would have happened had Hillz not married Bill.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Given how much heat Hulu got for its documentary series about Clinton, we’d say there’s an audience, and if Treem can duplicate her past success, the series has a great chance.

Sag Harbor

Network: HBO Max
Based On: Colson Whitehead’s 2009 novel.
The Fanbase: Fans of Whitehead’s work, as well as others interested in depictions of race and class divides in wealthy suburban America.
Everything We Know So Far: Set in 1985, the series is told from the perspective of a Black teen who is spending his summer away from his Manhattan prep school and in an enclave of the Hamptons that’s populated by affluent Black families. Deadline reported in 2021 that Laurence Fishburne and producing partner Helen Sugland were executive producing and that Daniel “Koa” Beaty is writing the pilot.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Fox’s Our Kind of People has a similar setting and comparisons will be drawn, but others might look to the long-running ABC comedy Black-ish (on which Fisburne appears and where he and Sugland serve as executive producers).

The Sandman

Sandman cast

(Photo by Netflix)

Network: Netflix
Release Date: 2022
Based On: Neil Gaiman’s comic book series.
The Fanbase: Gaiman’s series adaptations like Starz’s American Gods and Amazon’s Good Omens have frequently pleased his fans and expanded his audience.
What We Know So Far: After — fittingly — being stuck in development hell for years, Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg is now heading this series about the king of dreams (Tom Sturridge) who escapes after an 105-year imprisonment and sets about restoring order to his kingdom. Gwendoline Christie also stars as Lucifer with other cast members including Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, and Charles Dance. Note that this story is not directly related to Lucifer, the Tom Ellis series that relies on Gaiman’s interpretation of the fallen angel.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Given Gaiman’s track record, the chances are very good.

Read Also: “Everything We Know About Netflix’s The Sandman Series

Separation Anxiety

Network: TBD
Based On: Laura Zigman’s 2020 novel.
The Fanbase: The short answer could easily be “moms.” But there’s also something there for dog lovers, people going through a mid-life crisis or who are simply anxious (so, everyone).
Everything We Know So Far: Deadline reports that Mare of Easttown‘s Julianne Nicholson will executive produce and star in the series about a middle-aged woman going through marriage trouble and empty nest syndrome who decides to wear her dog in a baby sling. Studio Wiip is developing, but no network or streamer has been announced.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The book is awkward and darkly funny, but also can be very sad. It could bring in people who enjoyed similarly unique works like Showtime’s Work in Progress or Netflix’s Lady Dynamite.

Seven Days in June

Network: TBD
Based On: Tia Williams’ 2021 romance novel.
The Fanbase: Romance lovers, especially those who enjoy steamy sex scenes more than meet-cutes.
Everything We Know So Far: Variety reported in 2021 that Will Packer’s production company partnered with Red Arrow Studios’ Kinetic Content to secure the film and television rights to the story about a successful erotica author and single mother who learns her former flame has returned to town. Packer is quoted in the article as saying “the sexiness, the intensity, the unashamed Blackness makes this an ideal project for us at Team Packer. Tia is so incredibly talented and Kinetic Content are such perfect partners, this is the right project for the right team at the right time!”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The story of mixed connections and honest portrayals of love scenes could bring in audiences who were drawn to Hulu’s Normal People.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Network: Netflix
Based On: Stuart Turton’s 2018 novel.
The Fanbase: A whodunnit that mixes Knives Out with a sort of Freaky Friday–like twist.
What We Know So Far: Sophie Petzal is adapting the story of a murder mystery at a country estate that would be a lot easier to solve if you didn’t keep waking up in someone else’s body.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The plot is intriguing, but will the streamer’s binge-watch release schedule ruin the surprise?


Network: Amazon Prime Video or IMDb TV
Based On: The books in Harlan Coben’s young adult series.
The Fanbase: Coben’s library of books are beloved (as evident by other entries on this list), but this story of an orphaned teen who discovers his new girlfriend — and late dad — may not be who he thought they were, could bring in a captive younger audience.
Everything We Know So Far: Variety reported in 2021 that Amazon Studios was making a pilot based on the first book in Coben’s Mickey Bolitar book series. Shadowhunters’ Ed Decter will serve as showrunner. The Variety article also states that, if picked up to series, the show could stream on either Amazon Prime Video or newer platform IMDb TV. It was later reported that Colin in Black & White star Jaden Michael will lead this cast.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The show could find an audience akin to other programs that are ostensibly about young adults but also entice people old enough to vote and rent cars (see also: Shadowhunters, His Dark Materials).

The Shining Girls

Network: Apple TV+
Based On: Lauren Beukes’ 2013 novel.
The Fanbase: This metaphysical thriller that makes one question what’s really happening and if the narrator is trustworthy could interest people who claim Memento is their favorite Christopher Nolan movie.
What We Know So Far: Elisabeth Moss stars as a reporter who survives a violent attack but whose sense of reality begins to shift as she searches for her assailant. Wagner Moura also stars and Strange Angel’s Silka Luisa serves as showrunner and Phillipa Soo also stars.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Moss’s track record for pretty much everything is rock solid.


Network: HBO Max
Based On: Pamela Ribon and Veronica Fish’s graphic novels
The Fanbase: Those who enjoy female-centric adult animated series like Harley Quinn.
What We Know So Far: Ribon is adapting the half-hour series that Deadline reports is “set in the fast-paced, hard-hitting, super-cheeky, all-female world of banked track roller derby, follows two young women who will have to decide if their budding friendship is stronger than the pull of a team when a win is on the line.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Too early to tell how long this bout will go.

Sleeping Beauties

Stephen King and Owen King's novel "Sleeping Beauties"

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Network: AMC
Based On: The 2017 novel co-written by Stephen and Owen King.
The Fanbase: Exhausted women everywhere.
What We Know So Far: While no casting news has been announced, the logline is an understandable one: “In a small Appalachian town, there’s a strange mystical occurrence that causes all the women to fall asleep, leaving the men to try and rescue them. But do the women want to be rescued?”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: TV adaptations of King’s projects have been hit or miss, and AMC also couldn’t get a strong audience for the adaptation of his other son, Joe Hill’s, NOS4A2.

Read Also:Every Upcoming Stephen King Movie and TV Adaptation

Slow Horses

Network: Apple TV+
Based On: Mick Herron’s spy novels Slow Horses and Dead Lions.
The Fanbase: Those who enjoy a British spy drama with scenery-chewing actors.
What We Know So Far: According to Deadline, Gary Oldman stars as “Jackson Lamb, a brilliant but irascible leader of a group of spies who end up in MI5’s Slough House, having been exiled from the mainstream for their mistakes.” Kristen Scott Thomas stars as a high-ranking MI5 official and Jonathan Pryce and Olivia Cooke also star.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Oldman won raves when he starred in the film adaptation of John le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which is Certified Fresh with an 83% score.

The Spook Who Sat by the Door

Lee Daniels

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Network: FX
Based On: Sam Greenlee’s 1969 novel.
The Fanbase: Although this is a work of fiction, audiences who appreciate stories of government corruption and civil rights like BlackKklansman may relate.
What We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2021 that FX had ordered a pilot of the adaptation of this novel about the CIA’s first Black member. Lee Daniels (pictured) is producing, Raising Dion’s Leigh Dana Jackson is writing, and The Twilight Zone’s Gerard McMurray is directing.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Good, given the success of BlackKklansman and similar recent projects like Judas and the Black Messiah.

A Spy Among Friends

Network: Spectrum
Based On: Ben Macintyre’s 2014 novel.
The Fanbase: Spy seekers, especially those who want Cold War-era clearance.
Everything We Know So Far: Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce star in the story written by Alexander Cary about two spies who were friends — one of whom was deceiving the other the whole time.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: The Americans and Homeland fans will definitely be running surveillance on this show.

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

Network: AMC
Based On: John le Carré’s 1963 novel.
The Fanbase: AMC is hoping to draw an audience similar to those who came out for the Tom Hiddleston–Hugh Laurie adaptation of le Carre’s The Night Manager.
What We Know So Far: The project was announced in 2017 with Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy set to write.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Depends. Night Manager got a ton of buzz. The adaptation of le Carre’s The Little Drummer Girl got good reviews — and a 95% Certified Fresh Tomatometer score — but not as much attention.

The Stationery Shop

Network: HBO
Based On: Marjan Kamali’s 2019 novel.
The Fanbase: It’s a story of star-crossed lovers in 1950s Tehran who reconnect as adults, meaning it could bring in romance die-hards who still cry if they catch The Notebook while cruising through channels but also those who are politically savvy and care about historical cultural affairs.
Everything We Know So Far: Insecure showrunner Prentice Penny and writer-actress Mozhan Marnò are working with author Kamali on the adaptation.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It’s too early too tell. We’ll know more provided the project doesn’t stay, well, stationary.

Stone Junction

Network: TBD
Based On: Jim Dodge’s 1998 novel.
The Fanbase: Set in 1980s California with a sci-fi twist, it clearly draws influence from George Lucas’ work.
Everything We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2021 that Game of Thrones’ Alan Taylor was directing the pilot that “depicts the fantastical childhood and adolescence of Daniel Pearse and culminates with his battle for life against oblivion” that is also “a tall tale of rebellion, romance, revenge, and magic, woven into an American coming-of-age story.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It really depends on the casting and the channel it’s on, but the same kind of audience that came out for the film adaptation of Ender’s Game could enjoy this.

Strange Planet

Network: Apple TV+
Based On: Nathan Pyle’s webcomic and graphic novels.
The Fanbase: The animated series is based on a beloved comic and is co-created by Rick and Morty’s Dan Harmon. The fanbase is plenty there.
Everything We Know So Far: The press release’s logline keeps it simple by stating that Strange Planet “tells profound and heartfelt stories about beings on a distant planet not unlike our own.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It may not be a huge windfall for Apple TV+, but it could definitely bring in the cult audience the already obsesses over other projects in its orbit like Rick and Morty.

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Jenny Han’s book series.
The Fanbase: People who loved Netflix’s whimsy film adaptations of Han’s To All the Boys series.
What We Know So Far: Deadline reports that Amazon has ordered an eight-part series based on the book with Han writing the pilot. She will co-showrun with Haven’s Gabrielle Stanton. Newcomer Lola Tung stars. The story follows a multigenerational family. Plus, there’s a love-triangle involving two brothers.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Fans of the books are already choosing which brother’s team to be on.

Super Pumped

Release Date: February 27, 2022
Network: Showtime
Based On: Mike Isaac’s Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber.
The Fanbase: Tech bros and those who hate them.
Everything We Know So Far: The plan is for the show to be an anthology series where each season — according to the press release — “explores a story that rocked the business world to its core and changed culture.” The first season will focus on Travis Kalanick with Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing the Uber CEO.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It could easily be the next Entourage, Succession, Billions or Silicon Valley. But lots of programs have looked at the sleek business world, including documentaries like Hulu’s WeWork or Nat Geo’s Valley of the Boom. Will audiences (ahem) byte?

Surfside Girls

Network: Apple TV+
Based On: Kim Dwinell’s 2017 graphic novel.
The Fanbase: Who knew there was a Venn diagram intersecting people who love both stories of surfers and ghosts?
Everything We Know So Far: Miya Cech and YaYa Gosselin headline the kids and family story about surfer girls who try to break a curse plaguing a pirate ghost.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It could catch a wave and see success similar to Netflix’s Fear Street adaptations.

Surviving the White Gaze

Network: TBD
Based On: Rebecca Carroll’s 2021 memoir
The Fanbase: Writer and cultural critic Carroll has cultivated a fanbase though these endeavors as well as through her Tweets and her podcast, Come Through. The memoir is also a story of trans-racial adoption and a search for racial identity — topics that are just beginning to receive mainstream attention.
Everything We Know So Far: Carroll is adapting her work as a limited series and MGM/UA Television have acquired the rights.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It’s a very delicate topic that may not find as widespread appeal as some of the other titles on this list. But it could certainly find an audience of those curious to know more about the subjects.

The Sympathizer

Network: HBO
Based On: Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize–winning 2015 novel.
The Fanbase: The book tells the story of a half-Vietnamese, half-French undercover communist agent who was held as a political prisoner during the Vietnam conflict and was forced into a confession. He then lived in exile in the United States.
What We Know So Far: It was reported in 2021 that Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Little Drummer Girl) was directing and that A24 and Rhombus Media were producing. Late that year, it was revealed that Robert Downey Jr. would star and that HBO had ordered the project to series.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It’s a hot-blooded topic that could garner quite an audience with the prestige-drama set.

The Talisman

Steven Spielberg

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Network: Netflix
Based On: Stephen King and Peter Straub’s 1984 fantasy horror novel.
The Fanbase: King fans have been waiting for this one for decades. But its premise could also draw in fans of other series about kids who straddle different worlds, like HBO Max’s Harry Potter series or HBO’s His Dark Materials.
What We Know So Far: With producers including Steven Spielberg (pictured) and Stranger Things’ Matt and Ross Duffer, the plot follows a 12-year-old boy who goes on a quest to find someone who could help his dying mother. The journey takes him to another, much more sinister, version of our world. Stranger Things’ Curtis Gwinn would serve as showrunner.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: According to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news, this has been a passion project of Spielberg’s even before the book was published. But it also may have competition from a film version of the novel, but all signs point to a winner.

Tell Me Lies

Network: Hulu
Based On: Carola Lovering’s 2018 novel.
The Fanbase: Anyone who is still fascinated by past relationships — especially if they were toxic.
Everything We Know So Far: Grace Van Patten plays Lucy Albright, a sheltered college student who has a reputation as an ice queen but is really masking a childhood trauma. Then she meets Stephen DeMarco, who has a dark streak that helps bring her demons to life. Meaghan Oppenheimer is writing the pilot and executive producers include Emma Roberts. The series got a straight-to-series order in August 2021.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It could bring in the appeal of fellow Hulu series Normal People, which is also a book adaptation and has a high Tomatometer score.

This Is Going to Hurt

Network: AMC
Based On: Adam Kay’s memoir, This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor.
The Fanbase: Anyone who spent the quarantine (re)watching NBC’s Scrubs.
What We Know So Far: Ben Whishaw stars as a fictionalized version of Kay, whose memoir AMC says was “scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends” and “tell(s) the unvarnished truth of life as a doctor working in Obstetrics and Gynecology.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: 1. Whishaw. 2. The series is  produced by global content company SISTER (Giri/Haji, Chernobyl, Gangs of London — all Certified Fresh). 3. Lucy Forbes (In My Skin, The End of the F***cking World season 2 — Fresh and Certified Fresh) is confirmed as the series lead director. 4. AMC. Can we call it now?

Three-Body Problem

Liu Cixin's book trilogy, including Three Body Problem

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Network: Netflix
Based On: Liu Cixin’s book trilogy.
The Fanbase: Those searching for extraterrestrial life — and wondering what we do when we find it.
What We Know So Far: Netflix announced in 2020 that it was adapting the comprehensive texts as a series through a partnership with Game of Thrones David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and The Terror: Infamy’s Alexander Woo.* Casting includes Jovan Adepo, Tsai Chin and Marlo Kelly.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Netflix knows the stakes are high to get this one right. Plus, Benioff, Weiss, and Woo have a lot of Certified Fresh seasons between them.

Three Pines

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Louise Penny’s crime novels.
The Fanbase: People who enjoy quirky investigators, especially ones who are French Canadian but who speak English with a British accent.
What We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2020 that Amazon was adapting the books — known for their hero, Chief Inspector Gamache — and The Tunnel’s Emilia di Girolamo will write with Humans director Sam Donovan serving as head director.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It’s a bit early to tell, but both The Tunnel and Humans have Fresh scores, with the latter having one Certified Fresh season.

Three Women

Network: Showtime
Based On: Lisa Taddeo’s 2019 book.
The Fanbase: Those who enjoy inspirational stories about women unleashing their voices and speaking out about what they want. Showtime describes it as an “intimate, haunting portrayal of American female desire” which brings to mind series like the channel’s The Affair.
Everything We Know So Far: Shailene Woodley plays Gia, a writer who encourages three “ordinary” women to tell their stories of relationships: Lina, a homemaker in a passionless marriage, DeWanda Wise’s Sloane, a glamorous entrepreneur in an open marriage, and Maggie, a student who accuses her married English professor of an inappropriate relationship. Laura Eason serves as showrunner and is an executive producer along with Kathy Ciric and Emmy Rossum.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It could definitely bring some sizzle to Showtime subscribers.

A Time For Mercy

Network: HBO
Based On: John Grisham’s 2020 novel, a follow up to his A Time to Kill and Sycamore Row.
The Fanbase: Those who relate to Grisham’s Jake Brigance character, a modern-day Atticus Finch who defends the downtrodden in often racially-charged cases.
What We Know So Far: Variety reports that Matthew McConaughey, who played the character in the 1996 movie adaptation of A Time to Kill will star in this series, reporting that his hero’s latest case is “a young man who killed his mother’s boyfriend, a deputy sheriff, with the boy claiming the man was abusive toward his mother, himself, and his little sister.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It’s certainly topical, A Time to Kill was Fresh, and the McConaughey’s True Detective season 1 performance earned that multiple-Emmy-winning season its 87% Certified Fresh score.

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Network: HBO
Based On: Audrey Niffenegger’s 2003 novel.
The Fanbase: Fans of Starz’s Outlander who wonder what Jamie was up to when Claire was away and others who enjoy a good sci-fi tinged romance.
What We Know So Far: Sherlock’s Steven Moffat is writing this adaptation with Theo James and Rose Leslie set to star as a man who has the ability to travel through time and the spouse whose life is impacted by this power. Game of Thrones’ David Nutter is an executive producer and will direct all of the six-episode first season. Desmin Borges (You’re the Worst) and Natasha Lopez (Runner Runner) also star. Production began in 2021 in New York.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Fingers crossed that it will be better than the 2009 movie version.

Tokyo Vice

Network: HBO Max
Based On: Jake Adelstein’s 2009 memoir, Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan.
The Fanbase: With the first episode directed by Michael Mann and written by J.T. Rogers, this is a story for those who want an adrenaline rush without leaving their living room.
What We Know So Far: Ansel Elgort stars as a Missouri journalist who moves to Japan and gets sucked into the city’s criminal underworld. Ken Watanabe and Rachel Keller also star.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It may depend on if the show can keep this suspense level going for an entire season.

True Blood

True Blood season 1 HBO poster

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Network: HBO
Based On: Author Charlaine Harris’ The Southern Vampire Mysteries book series (also known as the Sookie Stackhouse Novels).
The Fanbase: Fan(g)s who want a re-do of the original series’ final season.
What We Know So Far: TVLine reported in 2020 that HBO was in extremely early stages of developing a reboot of the popular drama series with NOS4A2 creator Jami O’Brien co-writing the pilot with Riverdale’s Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It depends on how enthusiastic HBO is to sink its teeth into more of the edgy soap. Aguirre-Sacasa has a great Tomatometer record.

Under the Banner of Heaven

Network: FX
Based On: Jon Krakauer’s 2003 true-crime story.
The Fanbase: Those who are familiar with the story’s grisly, family-centric murder — as well as those who may be fascinated by the crime and the fundamentalist Mormon beliefs associated with the perpetrator.
Everything We Know So Far: Andrew Garfield and Daisy Edgar-Jones star in the limited series and Dustin Lance Black, who grew up in the LDS church, serves as creator. David Mackenzie is directing.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Expect a lot of backlash from the LSD community, which could only serve to booster exposure for the series, the book and the case. Also, expect lots of Emmy buzz.

Valdemar Universe

Network: TBD
Based On: Mercedes Lackey’s fantasy book series.
The Fanbase: It’s an LGBTQ-positive story of a persecuted and abused son of a noble person who finds himself, and love, in an unexpected place. This could strike a cord with many.
Everything We Know So Far: Deadline reported in 2021 that Jumanji producer Radar Pictures was adapting the series and that EastSiders creator Kit Williamson was adapting it with author Brittany Cavallaro. According to Deadline, “the first season will be adapted from the Last Herald-Mage trilogy, comprising of Magic’s Pawn, which was first published in 1989, Magic’s Price and Magic’s Promise.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Inclusivity and fantasy are two big issues right now …

Vampire Academy

Network: Peacock
Based On: Richelle Mead’s young adult book series.
The Fanbase: Fans of the books include one of the series’ very noteworthy creators — The Vampire Diaries’ Julie Plec. So there’s a lot to bite into there.
Everything We Know So Far: Peacock gave the project a series order in 2021, with Plec co-writing with Marguerite MacIntyre. According to Variety, the plot follows “two young women’s friendship transcends their strikingly different classes as they prepare to complete their education and enter royal vampire society.” A film adaptation bombed when it came out in 2014.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: If there’s anyone who can prove that there’s still life in the hot teen vampire genre …

The Vanishing Half

Network: HBO
Based On: Brit Bennett’s 2020 novel of historical fiction.
The Fanbase: It’s a story of race and family and knowing your ancestry that would interest anyone who ever took a DNA test.
What We Know So Far: Aziza Barnes and Jeremy O. Harris are adapting and executive producing the book about light-skin Black twins from a small Southern town. After they escape to New Orleans, they go their separate ways — one deciding to live her life as a white woman. No casting has been announced, but other executive producers include Issa Rae.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Casting will play a major part in its success, but Barnes, Harris, and Rae all have good Tomatometer track records.


Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: William Shakespeare’s plays
The Fanbase: Those who want to brush up their Shakespeare as well as fans of teen dramas.
Everything We Know So Far: Part of Gloria Calderón Kellett’s development deal with Amazon, she created the show with Roja Gashtili, Julia Lerman and Kelly Younger and, according to Deadline, “takes the classic Shakespearean stories you know and love out of the renaissance and into present-day high school” and follows “the Del Castillo sisters Nico, Delilah, and Inez as they play out familiar stories interweaved together in fair Verona where we lay our scene.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Hopefully it will be more comedy than tragedy.

The Walking Dead Daryl and Carol Series

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 10 - Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

Network: AMC
Based On: Robert Kirkman’s TWD comic book characters.
The Fanbase: Fans of the popular TWD franchise, particularly Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon and Melissa McBride’s Carol Peletier.
What We Know So Far: “They’re going to be off on a different journey,” showrunner Angela Kang told Entertainment Weekly in 2020. “And that show’s going to feel hopefully a little tonally fresh. They’re just in a different stage of their lives and it’s more of a road show, which I think will be really fun.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: TWD fans will quickly devour this show, and TWD has been on a Certified Fresh streak of late. Maybe the series’ final season will tell us more about its spinoff’s chances.

Washington Black

Network: Hulu
Based On: Esi Edugyan’s 2018 novel.
The Fanbase: Those who enjoy period-set event series, particularly ones with Emmy-winning leads.
Everything We Know So Far: The story is centered on the titular 11-year-old boy, who must flee his life on a Barbados sugar plantation after a shocking death. Sterling K. Brown, who is also executive producing the project, stars as Medwin Harris, Wash’s mentor who is known for the larger-than-life persona he gained while traveling the world after a traumatic childhood as a Black refugee in Nova Scotia. Twilight Zone’s Selwyn Seyfu Hinds is adapting the story.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Provided fans don’t get too distracted by seeing Brown in a more ostentatious part that the TV work he’s known for on This Is Us and American Crime Story, this seems like a safe bet.

We Own This City

Network: HBO
Based On: Investigative journalist Justin Fenton’s look at Baltimore police corruption, We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops and Corruption.
The Fanbase: The Wire’s David Simon and George Pelecanos know their brand and are writing and executive producing this limited series for HBO. Their fans also know, and appreciate, their work. Plus, the attention toward campaigns like Black Lives Matter can also bring in another fanbase.
Everything We Know So Far: Set in 2015 in Baltimore during the uprising over Freddie Gray’s death, it follows the struggle to get drugs and guns off the street and the corrupt cop who used his power and exploited his ranking to steal from citizens and skim from drug busts.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Pretty good. Just here’s hoping that it won’t take people as long to find this series as it did for them to discover The Wire.

While Justice Sleeps

Network: TBD
Based On: Georgia politician Stacey Abrams’ 2021 novel.
The Fanbase: The fanbase for Abrams herself, who is worshipped among progressives for her help in recent elections, might be stronger for that of the book — her first to be published under her real name (she published other titles under the pseudonym Selena Montgomery).
Everything We Know So Far: Variety reported in 2021 that studio Working Title Television, which is part of NBCUniversal International Studios, won the rights to the novel in a bidding war. The article includes the following synopsis: “Avery Keene, a brilliant young law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Wynn, whose descent into a coma plunges the court, and the country, into turmoil and turns Avery’s life upside down. She is immediately notified that Justice Wynn has left instructions for her to serve as his legal guardian and power of attorney. Plunged into an explosive role she never anticipated, Avery discovers not only that Justice Wynn had been secretly researching one of the most controversial cases before the court — a proposed merger between an American biotech company and an Indian genetics firm, which promises to unleash breathtaking results in the medical field, but also that Justice Wynn suspected a dangerous conspiracy that infiltrates the highest power corridors of Washington.”
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: While it would be great if Abrams and her brilliant legal mind became the next John Grisham, her supporters would hope that a successful TV show would not mean she’d leave politics.

The White House Plumbers

Network: HBO
Based On: Egil “Bud” Krogh and Matthew Krogh’s 2009 book, Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices, and Life Lessons from the White House
The Fanbase: History buffs who still enjoy kicking around Nixon.
Everything We Know So Far: Deadline reports that this five-part limited series, which is based on public records as well as the Krough’ book, will look at Howard Dean (Domhnall Gleeson), E. Howard Hunt (Woody Harrelson) G. Gordon Liddy (Justin Theroux) and the men behind the Watergate break-in that led to the end of Richard Nixon’s presidency. Veep executive producers Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck are writing the script with that show’s showrunner, David Mandel, directing.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: With these guys involved, it sounds a lot more enjoyable than Showtime’s The Comey Rule.

Wings of Fire

Network: Netflix
Based On: Tui T. Sutherland’s book series.
The Fanbase: According to the press release, it’s a family-friendly animated series about dragons who “embark on an evolving quest that will bring them face to face with their true selves and the overwhelming scope of this savage war they are destined to bring to an end.”
Everything We Know So Far: Ava DuVernay’s production company is adapting the series with Dan Milano (Glitch Techs), Christa Starr (Mystery Science Theater 3000), Justin Ridge (Star Wars Resistance) serving as showrunners for the 10-episode series.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Netflix’s animated programs have included She-Ra the Princess of Power, Carmen Sandiego and other shows that interest kids without melting parents’ minds. So there’s a wing and a prayer that this one could work too.

The Wives

Network: Amazon Prime Video
Based On: Tarryn Fisher’s 2019 novel.
The Fanbase: People who enjoy saucy thrillers that not only ask how well you know your spouse — but how well do you want to know your spouse.
What We Know So Far: Kayla Alpert is adapting this book about a woman who knows her husband is married to two other women (he only sees her on Thursdays). But her curiosity gets the best of her and she befriends one of them — making her ask a lot more questions about her partner.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Alpert is also an executive producer of Netflix’s Wednesday, which is about the Addams Family heroine. This might suggest that she knows how to fill this with dark comedy and tantalizing scenarios.


Network: Apple TV+
Based On: Hugh Howey’s story as part of his post-apocalyptic Silo series.
The Fanbase: It’s a show about a man who lost his wife after a post-apocalyptic event (no, not that show).
What We Know So Far: Variety reported in 2018 that Into the Badlands’ LaToya Morgan was adapting the series for AMC. Howey may have been getting impatient. In 2019, he tweeted a request for AMC to cast Sam Elliot as one of the leads. The project now has a series order at Apple TV+ with Justified’s Graham Yost writing and Defending Jacob’s Morten Tyldum directing. Dune’s Rebecca Ferguson will play the female lead, Juliette, who is described as “an independent and hardworking engineer” who lives in “a ruined and toxic future where a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep.” Tim Robbins plays Bernard, the head of IT for the Silo.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: Yost has spun stories out of novels before. And he’s got plenty of material to work with for Wool. But can it find an audience among the myriad of other post-apocalyptic programming?

Yellow Bird

Network: Paramount+
Based On: Sierra Crane Murdoch’s 2020 true-crime story, Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country.
The Fanbase: Deadline, which broke the news of the series development, says it’s “described as a true crime show, a family drama and an immersive look at modern Native American life.” According to the article, it follows a woman who was recently released from jail and returns to her life on a North Dakota reservation — where she becomes an amateur sleuth and “ultimately expos[es] a sweeping criminal conspiracy of murder and corruption.”
Everything We Know So Far: Reservation Dogs co-creator Sterlin Harjo and writer-director Erica Tremblay would co-create and executive produce the potential series. Other executive producers include Beau Willimon and Jordan Tappis’ Westward Productions and Michael London’s Groundswell Productions. Lissa Yellowbird, who is the subject of the book, is also on executive producer.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: There’s a lot of never-underestimate-the-underdog energy to this story that could definitely make it a hit. And Harjo’s Reservation Dogs was extremely well received.

The Young Team

Network: TBD
Based On: Graeme Armstrong’s 2020 novel.
The Fanbase: People who know (or need to know) that Scotland is about more than what they see on Outlander.
Everything We Know So Far: According to Variety, Synchronicity Films has optioned the rights to the story. It’s about teen gang members in Scotland’s former industrial heartland of Airdrie, North Lanarkshire.
Chances It Will Be a Certified Fresh Hit: It could be the gritty, honest look at institutional failures and teen (boys) with no other way out a la HBO’s The Wire.

*Full disclosure: The writer of this article is married to Woo (Three-Body Problem). They have two cute children and an extremely photogenic cat.

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In the nascent days of smartphones, micro-blogging, and social media, The CW premiered Gossip Girl, a teen soap about rich kids causing havoc under the watchful eye of a mysterious blogger known only as “Gossip Girl.” It aired for six seasons, starting in 2007, and had an audience so loyal that there are some who are still upset about the finale’s reveal of who was behind that account.

Well, Gossip Girl (and, therefore, Gossip Girl the character) is getting a makeover for the post-millennial crowd. A sequel to the series, which focuses on another generation of elite New Yorkers, premieres July 8 on streaming service HBO Max.

But have things changed that much? Here’s what you need to know about the new take on Gossip Girl.


1. It Boasts a More Diverse Cast

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The first Gossip Girl brought up plenty of important issues, such as consent and cyberbullying. But almost all of its leads were white and almost no one was queer (Ed Westwick‘s Chuck Bass admittance that he’s kissed guys aside). Connor Paolo’s Eric van der Woodsen — the younger brother of Blake Lively’s Serena — comes out to Chuck before his family because he knows Chuck won’t judge him (their mom, Kelly Rutherford‘s Lily, did have a hard time with the news).

The actors who play the kids at the center of the story in the new version come from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. Lead by Jordan Alexander’s Julien Calloway, they include Emily Alyn Lind’s icy bookworm Audrey Hope; Eli Brown’s white, liberal and guilted Otto “Obie” Bergmann IV; Thomas Doherty’s party-loving Max Wolfe; Evan Mock’s pretty but sometimes slow-on-the-uptake Akeno “Aki” Menzies; Zión Moreno’s master of the beauty contour Luna La; and Savannah Smith’s burgeoning publicist Monet de Haan. In the story’s main season 1 plot point, Whitney Peak’s new girl, Zoya Lott, will infiltrate this group.

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Many, like Max and Monet, are openly queer. Max also has openly queer parents, played by John Benjamin Hickey and Todd Almond — as opposed to Leighton Meester’s Blair Waldorf, whose dad Harold (John Shea) was closeted until he left his wife for another man.

“Any show that you work on is its chance to show how you, yourself, have grown and changed and learned,” Joshua Safran, the creator of the new Gossip Girl who also wrote on the original series, told Rotten Tomatoes.

Safran, who is openly gay, employed several queer writers and there were many talks about sexuality — both their experiences with it and how it’s seen today.

“It was important to not make it a story worthy of shame or guilt. Eric’s sexuality was weaponized by Gossip Girl. And that definitely would never happen now,” he said.

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Conversely, in this iteration of the show, Aki begins to question his sexuality.

“We discussed the idea that most television shows these days, posit that it’s easy to come out in this world,” Safran said. “And I think a lot of the world believes that that because the queer community has more rights than we’ve ever had before, even if we still don’t have all the rights that we should have.”

For Aki, “it’s a multiple-season journey for him to gain comfort and clarity about sexuality,” Safran said.

2. Activism and Influencer Culture Are Main Topics

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Meester’s Blair, Lively’s Serena and other characters from the original series mostly took their wealth for granted. They took private jets, rode in limos and basically schemed and harassed each other until they became adults with jobs and amassed more wealth. So did their parents. When Nate Archibald’s (Chace Crawford) family fortune was diminishing, his parents plotted ways to find new investments.

The latest installment discusses generational wealth and inherent privilege — which reflects upon the conversations many actual people are having after the coronavirus pandemic and movements like Black Lives Matter brought these topics to the mainstream. Obie supports those picketing his family’s real estate development by bringing them donuts and volunteers for a non-profit. He and Zoya bond over discussions of classism. Monet and Luna tell Julian to get over her ex in a conversation that dissects the media’s history of bulling newly single female celebrities that includes the line “f-k the patriarchy.”

“If you’re on Tik Tok, if you are on Instagram, if you spend time actually looking at what’s out there, you’ll see how socially conscious young people are these days,” Safran said, “and it doesn’t matter whether they are what their, sort of, economic arena that there is, they actually are all talking about it in a way that we definitely didn’t talk about it when I was their age.”

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The scripts were written pre-COVID and before the Black Lives Matter uprisings and similar events from last year, but Safran said the writers did use the time when production was shut down to fine-tune the scripts. In one episode, Obi and Zoya talk about being at a protest and “they actually both have a framework to talk about, it’s not just like an ideological discussion.”

It was also unclear how well the original crop of kids were known outside of their Manhattan bubble (and with some folks they met in Los Angeles, Paris, or the Hamptons). They weren’t like Paris and Nicky Hilton, who were paparazzi fodder even before one of them got her own reality show. In the current world of being “Internet famous” versus actually famous and what that means for your “brand,” the show also discusses influencer culture. Jordan is popular, in part, because she’s the face of a blue-checked Instagram account that’s largely backed by Luna and Monet.

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In a side-eye of a casting choice, Gossip Girl 2.0 also employs former child fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson — but as Kate Keller, an adult teacher at the school with an unhealthy interest in her students. Mock is also a celebrity skateboarder with his own strong social media following (including Safran, who wrote this part for him because he’s a fan).

However, neither of these two were cast because they have a strong social media following.

With Mock, Safran “wanted to write about the Murdochs and Wendi Deng and base something on that relationship,” he said, adding that his casting director, Cassandra Kulukundis, recommended Gevinson and noting that “Tavi’s Tavi-ness is what makes Kate so great.”

3. Storylines and Dialogue Are More R-Rated

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There was plenty of parental pearl-clutching when the first Gossip Girl premiered and promised sex and more on primetime TV. The brilliant marketing minds at The CW and studio Warner Bros. turned these into campaigns with lines like “OMFG” or (to meet FCC and broadcast standards) simply “OMG.”

Now airing on a paid streaming service and free from these constraints, the new Gossip Girl celebrates with cursing, nudity, and sex acts that aren’t PG (and aren’t appropriate for the youngest of the Gen Z demographic). A storyline sure to put the Parents Television Council on red alert involves cruising in a bathhouse.

Safran noted that the show did have an intimacy coordinator on set and that “we never wanted a sex scene to be gratuitous; it always was character-based.” An example: in the third season, Aki receives oral stimulation from his girlfriend, Audrey. But Safran said this is a “story point. It’s actually a sex act to show a sex act.” The couple also have a conversation in the first episode about fantasizing during intercourse, which Safran said is a scene that’s “about having a partner that doesn’t feel like they should have any ownership of you; that allows you to experience pleasure the way you want to experience it.”

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Doherty’s Max is open about his recreational drug use (he takes Xanax at school, for example). But Safran said that the character also “talks very clearly about how he’s very strong in his boundaries. He only does one line; one drink; one pill.”

This is the antithesis of Westwick’s Chuck, Safran said because that character “will go as hard and far on anything. Max actually knows his boundaries and sticks within them” until an event in the third episode takes him to a dark place.

In an interesting twist, the new episodes of Gossip Girl will air on The CW after they first air on HBO Max. It will be interesting to see what kind of editing occurs.

4. Gossip Girl Sounds the Same …

Gossip Girl Season 1

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… But her range has increased.

Although the face of the titular narrator and chronicler(s) of all of these escapades still remains a mystery to “her” targets, readers in both series have decided that “she” sounds like Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell.

There was never a question as to whether the new show would keep Bell around. Safran said that “if she didn’t want to do it, I don’t know if we would have done it.”

However, her monologue has shifted for this digital age. She no longer addresses just the Upper East Siders, and she’s no longer solely focused on Manhattan. With WiFi connections everywhere, (presumably only private school) kids in all the boroughs now have targets on their backs because, Safran said, the new account will also include tips about kids at other schools.

Perhaps more important: she no longer talks about the “scandalous lives of” these people. Safran changed it to “lies” because she “points out the fact that it’s the change of the show: It’s that social media allows you to get a positive version of yourself.”

5. Who “She” Is Isn’t a Secret

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The first Gossip Girl dragged out the reveal of who was behind the mysterious posts until the final episode when it was revealed that it was Penn Badgley’s Dan Humphrey. In Safran’s version, the reveal is quite obvious early on and it’s not a usual suspect.

“The first time around, the audience didn’t get to partake in watching Dan be the Gossip Girl and do all the things that he was doing,” Safran said. “If you went back and sort of re-edited the show to see him posting everything, you’d see sort of this much more morally complex, dark antihero.”

He adds that “now that you can actually watch what it means to be Gossip Girl and, sort of, the choices you have to make, the things you do that are complicated and morally suspect, but you’re doing it for the right reasons — or so you’re telling yourself — that’s a fresh take on the story. And it’s also something that really make the audience feel complicit in Gossip Girl’s journey in a way that they weren’t allowed to be, by design, the first time around with it.”

Gossip Girl premieres on Thursday, July 8 on HBO Max and debuts the next night at 8/7c on The CW.

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If this heat wave has you sitting in front of your A/C window unit with the television on, now’s the perfect time to bask in some Fresh summer TV. From a long-awaited sequels (Masters of the Universe: RevelationGossip Girl) to the final outing of a Netflix favorite (Atypical), we’ve got plenty to dive into with 11 returning series you should binge-watch this July.

What it is: Saturday Night Live vet Tim Robinson co-created, writes, and produces on this sketch comedy series that became an instant cult favorite with its first season. Through ever-heightening means, the character drives someone into wanting to leave his company.

Why you should watch it: Time to spend a Sunday Funday with these idiots! Robinson is joined by a slew of guests each episode, from Vanessa Bayer to Steven Yeun to Andy Samberg — all of whom are more than game to play in Robinson’s bizarre world. Season 2 premieres July 6 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 1.5 hours (for the first season)

What it is: The dishy primetime drama that made stars out of Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, and others is slated to do it all over again with a new group of heartthrobs playing Manhattan-dwelling teen elite in a sequel story from showrunner Joshua Safran. The best news: Kristen Bell returns as the titular voiceover. Xoxo, Gossip Girl.

Why you should watch it: A sexy, soapy teen drama isn’t doing its job unless it’s attacked by one side of the political spectrum for being too sexy, too soapy, and too corrupting of young minds — and Gossip Girl 2021 got that job without even premiering yet. Catch up on the original that started it all before its July 8 debut on HBO Max.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOWGoogle Play, HBO MaxMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 85 hours (for all six seasons of the original Gossip Girl)

What it is: We all already know and love the Johnson clan from ABC’s long-running Black-ish, and daughter Zoey (played by a standout Yara Shahidi) gets the spinoff treatment in this Freeform hit when she goes off to college — only to learn that not everything is fun and games when mom and dad aren’t around.

Why you should watch it: With beauty, brains, and charisma in spades, Shahadi has the kind of screen presence that actors simply can’t fake. And she’s joined by an ensemble of similarly stellar teens and twentysomethings tackling socially conscious (but still entertaining) material for three seasons strong. Catch up before season 4 premieres July 8 on Freeform.

Where to watch: AmazonFandangoNOWGoogle Play, HuluMicrosoftVudu

Commitment: Approx. 7 hours (for the first three seasons)

What it is: Led by Keir Gilchrist and Jennifer Jason Leigh and from creator Robia Rashid, Atypical follows the coming of age of Sam, an 18-year-old high schooler on the autism spectrum whose search for independence leads to growth and lessons learned for everyone around him.

Why you should watch it: While the last few years have shelled out more offerings than ever before of authentic onscreen representations of the autism spectrum, Atypical remains a standout thanks to heartfelt storylines, precise performances, and lovable characters out the gate. Season 4, its last, premieres July 9 on Netflix.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 14 hours (for the first three seasons)

What it is: Based on the 2010 Australian feature film of the same name from writer-director David Michôd, Animal Kingdom reconfigures itself in Southern California and showcases the city’s grittier side through a crime family led by iron-fisted matriarch Janine “Smurf” Cody (Ellen Barkin). Our point of entry is Joshua “J” Cody (Finn Cole), a 17-year-old who’s swept up into the family business after his mother dies of a heroin overdose.

Why you should watch it: Ellen Barkin, Ellen Barkin, Ellen Barkin. The series’ thrilling writing and direction, led by creator Jonathan Lisco, is well worth the binge, but Tony- and Emmy-winner Barkin’s Machiavellian Smurf must be seen to be believed. Season 5 premieres July 11 on TNT.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 40 hours (for the first four seasons)

What it is: Two lowly angels, Craig and Eliza, must convince God to save humanity in this off-kilter divine comedy.

Why you should watch it: Starring in season 1 as Craig and God, respectively, Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi make an unlikely comedy dream team alongside creator Simon Rich and costar Geraldine Viswanathan. As an anthological series, season 2 is set in the Dark Ages. We recommend you watch both installments before the third season’s Oregon Trail–set adventure begins July 13 on TBS.

Where to watch: AmazonGoogle PlayMicrosoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 6 hours (for the first two seasons)

What it is: Inspired in part by co-creator Mindy Kaling’s own childhood, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan stars in this contemporary comedy about the life of a first-generation Indian American teenage girl.

Why you should watch it: Teen comedies don’t get much better than this. An oft-untold high school perspective paired with a star-making performance from a plucked-from-obscurity newcomer — plus a love triangle? Sign us up for more! Season 2 premieres July 15 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 5 hours (for the first season)

What it is: The highly anticipated Power Book III: Raising Kanan spinoff from creator Sascha Penn hits Starz this month, so we think an original Power binge is in order. Omari Hardwick stars in the hit series as New York City nightclub owner James “Ghost” St. Patrick, who doubles as a drug kingpin to an elite clientele. Executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson also stars as competing drug dealer Kanan Stark, whom prequel series, Power Book III, follows through his rise in the 1990s.

Why you should watch it: We’ve written before of Power’s addictive brand of soapy melodrama, and it’s kept us coming back for more with six seasons of the original and a one-season installment of Power Book II: Ghost. Power Book III: Raising Kanan premieres July 18 on Starz.

Where to watch: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Hulu, Microsoft, StarzVudu

Commitment: Approx. 52.5 hours (for all six seasons of Power)

What it is: A tale as old as time covering the fight between good and evil, the 1983–’85 television installment of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe from Filmation follows the universe-protecting adventures of He-Man, Orko, Cringer, and Man-At-Arms as they battle one of the biggest baddies of all time, Skeletor.

Why you should watch it: We’ve long known that Kevin Smith is one of the biggest fanboys around, so as the creator of this new sequel series, there’s little doubt he’ll do right by viewers new and old of the classic He-Man from nearly 30 years ago. Considering his Masters of the Universe: Revelation picks up from the 1985 conclusion of the original, we recommend you watch He-Man and the Masters of the Universe before jumping into this long-in-the-making follow-up. Masters of the Universe: Revelation premieres July 23 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu

Commitment: Approx. 65 hours (for both seasons of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe)

What it is: Created by Bill Lawrence and Golden Globe–winner Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso follows a fish-out-of-water American football coach who’s hired to head a floundering soccer team on the other side of the pond.

Why you should watch it: Along with Sudeikis, this series has taken home about every gold accolade its first season has been eligible for, most recently including the coveted Peabody Award. Coming at a time when the world, shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, needed it most, Ted Lasso’s whip-smart, big-hearted humor served as an antidote to the darkest of times for many. Find out what all the fuss is about before season 2 premieres July 23 on Apple TV+.

Where to watch: Apple TV+

Commitment: Approx. 5 hours (for the first season)

What it is: Set in the titular vacation town of North Carolina, Outer Banks follows a group of teens (donned “the Pogues”) who are swept up in a treasure hunt, missing-persons case, and more after a hurricane wipes out their power for the summer.

Why you should watch it: From creators Jonas Pate, Josh Pate, and Shannon Burke, Outer Banks has teen melodrama and adventure to spare for those looking to soak it all in like a day at the beach. Season 2 premieres July 20 on Netflix.

Where to watch: Netflix

Commitment: Approx. 8 hours (for the first season)

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HBO Max might have won the streaming wars with one single announcement: It will have the “Snyder Cut.” In the lead up to the streamer’s launch, it was announced that HBO Max will premiere director Zack Snyder’s version of the 2017 film Justice League in 2021. This is a move that fans have demanded pretty much since the movie’s release to divisive reviews — one that they’ve passionately covered on social media, usually with the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.

“I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realized. Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality,” Snyder said in a statement

This came off the back of another announcement of a second wave of titles that will come to the platform after launch, on June 18.

The WarnerMedia division, which had earlier announced its launch titles, set premiere dates for premium Max Originals including scripted comedy Frayed, DC Universe comic book–based series Doom Patrol, a new season of comedy thriller Search Party, adult animated comedy Close Enough, comedian Amy Schumer’s three-part documentary Expecting Amy, family docusoap the House of Ho, unscripted animal rescue series The Dog House, unscripted kids competition series Karma, animated special Adventure Time: Distant Lands – BMO, animated series Tig N’ Seek, and Sesame Workshop’s animated series Esme & Roy.

Plus, Warner Max feature An American Pickle, starring Seth Rogen, will premiere worldwide on August 6.

Learn more about each title and its release date below.

When Does It Launch and How Much Does It Cost?

HBO Max will launch on May 27. WarnerMedia first announced that the service will launch in May with 10,000 hours of programming for $14.99 per month back in October 2019.

The AT&T division unveiled the news about its streaming service’s price to press and investors on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank in a presentation that featured announcements about more new originals from Ridley Scott, Greg Berlanti, Mindy Kaling, Elizabeth Banks, Issa Rae, Conan O’Brien, Looney Tunes, and Cartoon Network Studios. (The event also revealed that Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon got a 10-episode straight-to-series order — read more.)

At launch, AT&T will immediately offer HBO Max to the roughly 10 million HBO subscribers on AT&T distribution platforms, at no additional charge. HBO Now direct-billed users who subscribe directly through will also be given access. AT&T customers on premium video, mobile, and broadband services will be offered bundles with HBO Max included at no additional charge.

The company is aiming for 50 million domestic subscribers and 75-90 million premium subscribers by year-end 2025 across the U.S., Latin America, and Europe.

RELATED: Everything We Know About Game of Thrones Prequel Series House of the Dragon

Originals Line-up

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The HBO Max launch slate includes the scripted comedy Love Life, starring Anna Kendrick; Sundance 2020 Official Selection feature documentary On the Record; underground ballroom dance competition series Legendary; Craftopia, hosted by YouTube sensation LaurDIY; the all-new Looney Tunes Cartoons, from Warner Bros. Animation; and Sesame Workshop’s The Not Too Late Show with Elmo. (Read detailed program descriptions below.)

The streaming service will offer 10,000 hours of programming, including all of HBO’s library, Warner Bros. titles past and present, partner content, and a monthly slate of scripted and unscripted Max Originals for all ages (series, documentaries, animation, and movies).

Max Originals will continue to premiere on the streamer throughout summer and fall, including The Flight Attendant, starring and executive produced by Kaley Cuoco (pictured), from Berlanti Productions, and based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian; the Friends unscripted cast reunion special; all-new original episodes of DC series Doom Patrol; a new season of mystery comedy Search Party; the three-part documentary series Expecting Amy, an intimate look at comedian Amy Schumer’s life on tour creating a stand-up special during her difficult pregnancy; sci-fi series Raised by Wolves from director and executive producer Ridley Scott (Blade Runner); Close Enough, an adult animated comedy from Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel that portrays the surreal life of a millennial family living with roommates; and Adventure Time: Distant Lands- BMO, the first of four specials resurrecting Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time.

HBO Max Originals Launch Schedule

Wednesday, May 27:

Craftopia is an epic kids crafting competition show hosted and executive produced by YouTube influencer Lauren Riihimaki aka (LaurDIY). Creating and demonstrating crafts to over 8.9 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, LaurDIY has been deemed the “millennial Martha Stewart” by Forbes. On Craftopia, 9 to 15-year old contestants put their imaginations to the test and make their crafting dreams come true in a magical studio. After racing to fill up their carts with inspiring materials from the studio “store,” crafters meet larger-than-life challenges, making truly inventive and amazing creations in order to take home the ‘Craftrophia.’

Craftopia is executive produced by Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher for B17 Entertainment.

Pulling directly from the underground ballroom community, voguing teams (aka “houses”) must compete in unbelievable balls and showcase sickening fashion in order to achieve “legendary” status. The cast includes MC Dashaun Wesley and DJ MikeQ as well as celebrity judges Law Roach, Jameela Jamil, Leiomy Maldonado, and Megan Thee Stallion. From Scout Productions, Emmy Award–winning Queer Eye executive producers David Collins, Rob Eric, and Michael Williams serve as executive producers. Jane Mun (People’s Choice Awards) and Josh Greenberg (Lip Sync Battle) serve as executive producers and showrunners.

Love Life, the first full-length scripted series to star Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect franchise), is about the journey from first love to last love, and how the people we’re with along the way make us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever. This fresh take on a romantic comedy anthology series is from creator and co-showrunner Sam Boyd (In a Relationship) and is produced by Lionsgate Television and Feigco Entertainment. The series will follow a different protagonist’s quest for love each season, with each half-hour episode telling the story of one of their relationships. Kendrick stars in the first season along with Zoë Chao (Downhill), Peter Vack (Someone Great), Sasha Compere (Miracle Workers), and Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread).

Kendrick serves as an executive producer alongside Paul Feig (A Simple Favor) and Dan Magnante (Someone Great). Sam Boyd, who wrote the pilot and directs, also executive produces with co-showrunner and executive producer Bridget Bedard (Transparent).

Looney Tunes Cartoons, an all-new series from Warner Bros. Animation starring the cherished Looney Tunes characters. Looney Tunes Cartoons echoes the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts with a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling. Marquee Looney Tunes characters will be featured in their classic pairings in simple, gag-driven and visually vibrant stories. The new series will include 80 eleven-minute episodes, each comprised of animated shorts that vary in length and include adapted storylines for today’s audience. Fans can also look forward to holiday-themed specials. Looney Tunes Cartoons is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and features a talented group of voice cast members including Eric Bauza, Jeff Bergman and Bob Bergen. Pete Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa) and Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) serve as executive producers.

Elmo is the host of his very own talk show and he’s going to bring you some (not-too-late) fun with an all-new, celeb-studded talk show series. This brand-new “primetime” series brings familiar Sesame Street friends like Elmo, Cookie Monster, celebrity guests, and laughs the whole family can enjoy! Elmo will interview guests such as fellow late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon and John Oliver, comedian John Mullaney, New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander, actress Blake Lively, and award-winning musical acts Lil Nas X and The Jonas Brothers.

The Not Too Late Show with Elmo is produced by Sesame Workshop.

Directed and produced by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (The Hunting Ground, The Invisible War), and first reported by the New York Times, On The Record presents the powerful haunting story of music executive Drew Dixon (collaborator on hit records by Method Man and Mary J. Blige, Estelle and Kanye West, and Whitney Houston) as she grapples with her decision to become one of the first women of color, in the wake of #MeToo, to come forward and publicly accuse hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault.

The documentary, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews, chronicles not only Dixon’s story but that of several other accusers – Sil Lai Abrams, Sheri Sher – delving deeply into the ways women of colors’ voices are all too often silenced and ignored when they allege sexual assault, as well as the cultural forces that pressure them to remain silent.

After Launch Schedule

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Thursday, June 18:

The entire first season of the unscripted kids adventure competition series Karma, led by YouTube host Michelle Khare.

Thursday, June 25:

An original second season of the critically acclaimed DC Universe fan-favorite Doom Patrol; an original second season of Sesame Workshop’s animated series Esme & Roy, taking preschool-aged viewers on learning adventures through Monsterdale; a brand new third season of the comedy thriller Search Party (the first two seasons will be available on the platform at launch on May 27); and Adventure Time: Distant Lands- BMO, the first of four hour-long breakout specials resurrecting the Emmy and Peabody award-winning franchise Adventure Time.

Thursday, July 9:

The premiere of the three-part documentary series Expecting Amy, an unfiltered and intimate view into comedian Amy Schumer’s life on tour creating a stand-up special during her difficult pregnancy, directed and edited by Alexander Hammer, and the adult animated comedy Close Enough, a hilarious look at the surreal life of a millennial family living with roommates, from J.G. Quintel, creator of the Emmy-winning Regular Show.

Thursday, July 16:

Multi- generational family docusoap The House of Ho, chronicling the daily lives of patriarch Binh Ho, matriarch Hue Ho, their daughter Judy Ho, their son Washington Ho and his wife Lesley Ho, Aunt Tina, and Cousin Sammy, lands on the platform.

Thursday, July 23:

Cartoon Network Studios’ animated children’s series Tig n’ Seek, following eight-year-old Tiggy and his gadget-building cat Gweeseek, pounces onto the service.

Thursday, July 30:

Scripted comedy Frayed, which follows a wealthy Londoner as she travels back to the Australian home she escaped as a teen, and the unscripted heartwarming British animal rescue series The Dog House have their U.S. premieres.

Thursday, August 6:

Seth Rogen in American Pickle

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HBO Max announced in late April that it has acquired rights to distribute has acquired worldwide rights to An American Pickle, which will be released on August 6 under the upcoming platform’s Warner Max label. The film, starring Seth Rogen in dual leading roles, is an adaptation of the 2013 New Yorker series “Sell Out” by Simon Rich who also adapts, and is directed by Brandon Trost, the cinematographer from Rogen’s previous films This is the End, Neighbors, and The Interview.

HBO Max announced in a statement that it had acquired the film from Sony Pictures so that it would not be delayed due to Covid-19 theater closures and will reach audiences this year.

The film is based on Rich’s New Yorker novella and stars Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling laborer who immigrates to America in 1920 with dreams of building a better life for his beloved family. One day, while working at his factory job, he falls into a vat of pickles and is brined for 100 years. The brine preserves him perfectly and when he emerges in present day Brooklyn, he finds that he hasn’t aged a day. But when he seeks out his family, he is troubled to learn that his only surviving relative is his great grandson, Ben Greenbaum (also played by Rogen), a mild-mannered computer coder whom Herschel can’t even begin to understand.

Dune: The Sisterhood screencap

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Previously announced HBO Max Originals:

  • HBO Max has ordered three series from J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot:Overlook is a horror-thriller series inspired by and featuring iconic characters from Stephen King novel The Shining, which Stanley Kubrick adapted into 1980 horror classic of the same name. The series “explores the untold, terrifying stories of the most famous haunted hotel in American fiction.” Bad Robot, King, and Warner Bros. Television previously collaborated on horror series Castle Rock for Hulu. Duster will be co-written by Abrams and LaToya Morgan (The Walking Dead). Set in the 1970’s Southwest, the life of a gutsy getaway driver for a growing crime syndicate goes from awful to wildly, stupidly, dangerously awful. The series is produced by WBTV. The third will be a series based on DC characters in the Justice League Dark Universe with details to be revealed soon.
  • The Fungies! – from Stephen Neary and Cartoon Network Studios, is a prehistoric comedy that explores Fungietown through the whimsical quests of Seth, a young student at Fungietown Elementary.
  • Tig N’ Seek – from Myke Chilian and Cartoon Network Studios is about 8-year-old Tiggy and his gadget-building cat, Gweeseek, as they search for the lost items of Wee Gee City. With Tiggy’s cheerful attitude and Gweeseek’s exceptional inventing capabilities, the duo humorously navigate day-to-day dilemmas at the Department of Lost and Found.
  • Tooned Out – executive produced by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future), is a half-hour, hybrid live-action and animated comedy. Things get a little cartoony for Mac when he starts seeing iconic cartoon characters in his life, but they’re not just there for laughs, they’re helping him get through a very rough patch in his life.
  • Jellystone – a new animated children’s comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation that will welcome viewers to the town of Jellystone, where their favorite Hanna-Barbera characters live, work, play, and stir up trouble together.
  • DC Super Hero High – a half-hour comedy series executive produced by Elizabeth Banks (Charlie’s Angels, Pitch Perfect, Shrill), which follows a group of students experiencing the fun and drama of adolescence at a boarding school for gifted kids. These teens are just trying to navigate the pressures of high school, but none of them realize that someday they will become legendary DC Super Heroes.
  • Rap Sh*t (working title) – from Issa Rae (Insecure, A Black Lady Sketch Show) is a half-hour comedy series that follows a female rap group from outside of Miami trying to make it in the music industry.
  • College Girls (working title) – the latest series from Mindy Kaling (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Late Night, The Mindy Project, The Office), is a 13-episode half-hour, single-camera comedy following three 18-year-old freshman roommates at Evermore College in Vermont who are equal parts lovable and infuriating.
  • Strange Adventures – a DC Super Hero anthology series executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Titans, Doom Patrol), will feature characters from across the DC canon. This one-hour drama series will explore close-ended morality tales about the intersecting lives of mortals and superhumans.
  • A Green Lantern–inspired series – from Berlanti Productions, the series will finally introduce characters from this iconic comic in Berlanti’s biggest series yet.
  • A series of stand-up specials – presented by Conan O’Brien, the series will feature five new comedy specials. O’Brien will host two specials, featuring short sets from multiple up-and-coming comics while also curating one-hour sets from three comedians. In addition HBO Max has purchased the rights to a one-hour special from comedian James Veitch.
  • Raised by Wolves (pictured above) – an epic serialized sci-fi series executive produced and directed by Ridley Scott (The Martian, Blade Runner, Alien: Covenant) centering on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet.
  • Bobbie Sue – is a feature-length film starring Golden Globe–winner Gina Rodriquez (Jane the Virgin) following the story of a headstrong young lawyer who lands a career-making case with an upper crust law firm, only to realize she’s been hired for optics and not her expertise.
  • Let Them All Talk (working title) – an original film directed by Oscar and Emmy award-winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Behind the Candelabra) about a celebrated author (Meryl Streep) who takes a journey with some old friends (Candice Bergen and Dianne Weist) to have some fun and heal old wounds. Her nephew (Lucas Hedges) comes along to wrangle the ladies and finds himself involved with a young literary agent (Gemma Chan).
  • UNpregnant – adapted from the young adult HarperCollins novel authors Jenni Hendriks (How I Met Your Mother) and Ted Caplan (music editor for The Hate U Give, The Greatest Showman), from PICTURESTART and Berlanti Productions, the film tackles complicated friendships and the difficult road to adulthood, all while in a stolen El Camino.
  • Ellen DeGeneres original series – HBO Max ordered three original shows from the Emmy-winning daytime talk show host straight to series: Ellen’s Home Design Challenge, First Dates Hotel, and Little Ellen, as well as docu-series Finding Einstein in development.
  • Grease: Rydell High – the musical spin-off series is inspired by the 1978 Golden Globe–nominated film Grease.
  • Superintelligence – an original film starring Melissa McCarthy (Spy, The Heat, Bridesmaids), the comedy is directed by Ben Falcone (Life of the Party, Tammy) and written by Steve Mallory (The Boss) and slated to premiere at the streaming service’s launch.
  • Equal – four-part docu-series that captures the gripping and true backstories of LGBTQ+ movement leaders and unsung heroes, pre-Stonewall, who changed the course of American history through their tireless activism.
  • Gossip Girl (a reboot of the title with new cast) – eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. No word yet on whether original cast members will appear.
  • Dune: The Sisterhood – an adaptation of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson’s book based in the world created by Frank Herbert’s book Dune, from director Denis Villeneuve.
  • Tokyo Vice – based on Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat starring Ansel Elgort.
  • The Flight Attendant – a one-hour thriller series based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian, which will star Kaley Cuoco, who is also executive producing alongside Greg Berlanti.
  • Station Eleven – a post-apocalyptic limited series based on Emily St. John Mandel’s international bestseller, adapted by Patrick Somerville and directed by Hiro Murai.
  • Made for Love – a 10-episode, half-hour, straight-to-series adaptation based on the tragicomic novel of the same name by Alissa Nutting, also from Somerville and directed by S.J. Clarkson.
  • Gremlins – an animated series from Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Entertainment based on the original movie.
  • gen:LOCK – season 2 of the mecha animated Rooster Teeth series starring Michael B. Jordan.
  • Full Bloom – an eight-episode, hour-long competition series featuring 10 of America’s budding florists vying to be crowned America’s best.
  • CNN Original Series and CNN Films nonfiction titles –  two new documentary series Heaven’s Gate and Generation Hustle (working title) and two new original documentary features under the working titles The Scoop and Persona.
  • Birth, Wedding, Funeral – a travel docu-series that is part of an overall deal with Lisa Ling.
  • The Ho’s (working title) – Lionsgate TV docu-series follow multi-generational Ho family as they grow their Houston empire.
  • 15 Minutes of Shame – Produced by Six West, the documentary from executive producers Monica Lewinsky and Max Joseph (MTV’s Catfish) features Joseph with appearances by Lewinsky as they take an in-depth look at public shaming.
  • Expecting Amy (working title) – from Emmy award–winner Amy Schumer, the documentary takes viewers behind-the-scenes as Schumer goes through an extraordinarily difficult pregnancy while touring to prepare for a stand-up special.
  • Brad & Gary Go To… (working title) – food, travel, and fashion series will follow Brad Goreski and Gary Janetti on globe-trotting escapades.

Warner Bros. Television and Other Deals


(Photo by Warner Bros. / Courtesy: Everett Collection)

HBO Max will also include programming from Warner Bros. Television, responsible for many fan-favorite TV shows, including the CW superhero series (Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Black Lightning), Riverdale, and more, as well as original movies:

  • The exclusive streaming rights at launch to all 236 episodes of Friends — one of the biggest hits on television and in streaming
  • The exclusive streaming rights at launch to all episodes of fan favorites The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Pretty Little Liars
  • The exclusive streaming home to a string of new Warner Bros.-produced dramas for The CW beginning with the fall 2019 season, including the highly-anticipated new DC Entertainment series Batwoman, and Katy Keene (spin-off of Riverdale)
  • New exclusive movie production deals with Greg Berlanti, one of Hollywood’s most prolific and successful producers, and Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning actress and producer; Berlanti will produce an initial four movies focused in the young adult space, while Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine will produce at least two films

The HBO Library

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 6, series finale "The Iron Throne" (HBO)

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HBO Max will be the streaming home for HBO programming, including Game of Thrones and the network’s entire library of past, current, and upcoming series.

HBO Go (for subscribers to HBO on cable) and HBO Now (for non-cable subscribers) aren’t going anywhere, according to WarnerMedia. You can also get a digital subscription to HBO through Amazon, Hulu, DirecTV Now, or PlayStation Vue — but who knows what the future holds for all of those HBO-only options once HBO Max launches.

Just a reminder of some of the HBO original series in that library:

  • Game of Thrones
  • Westworld
  • Chernobyl
  • True Detective
  • True Blood
  • The Sopranos
  • Sex and the City
  • Six Feet Under
  • Entourage
  • Deadwood
  • The Wire

That’s Not All

WONDER WOMAN, US advance poster, Gal Gadot, 2017. © Warner Bros. Pictures

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HBO Max will offer 10,000 hours of curated premium content anticipated at launch, also including DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, and Looney Tunes. Then there are the movies from Turner Classic Movies, Warner Bros., and New Line (Wonder Woman, Shazam, A Star Is Born, and Crazy Rich Asians, among others).

HBO Max announced during the WarnerMedia Day event on October 29 that a number of classic and library titles will be coming to the streamer in its first year of launch, including: South Park, Rick & Morty, The O.C., Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Robot Chicken, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Bachelor, Impractical Jokers, The Closer, Rizzolli and Isles, Major Crimes, The Alienist, The West Wing, United Shades of America with Kamau Bell, This Is Life with Lisa Ling, and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

In addition, a collection of classics from the libraries of Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, and Hannah Barbara will be available at launch.

Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli titles

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On October 17, HBO Max announced its deal for U.S. streaming rights to the complete collection of Studio Ghibli films, which will be available as part of the streaming service’s launch.

Studio Ghibli’s catalog of films include:

  • Castle in the Sky
  • The Cat Returns
  • From Up On Poppy Hill
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • Ocean Waves
  • Only Yesterday
  • Pom Poko
  • Ponyo
  • Porco Rosso
  • Princess Mononoke
  • The Secret World of Arrietty
  • Spirited Away
  • The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
  • Tales From Earthsea
  • When Marnie Was There
  • Whisper of the Heart
  • The Wind Rises (launching fall 2020)

BBC Studios

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who Series 11 Costume Reveal (BBC America)

(Photo by BBC America)

On August 1, HBO Max announced a deal with BBC Studios that gives the streamer exclusive rights to the current Doctor Who series. All 11 seasons of the British sci-fi hit drama will be available on the WarnerMedia streaming service at launch and will mark the SVOD premiere of season 11. As part of the deal, HBO Max will also be the exclusive SVOD home for future seasons after they air on BBC America.

In addition to Doctor Who, HBO Max has licensed 700 episodes of iconic BBC series such as The Office, Top Gear, Luther, and The Honorable Woman.

Features & Functionality

The streaming service will be fully integrated with the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV and available across Google platforms and devices and on Google Play when it launches on May 27, WarnerMedia announced in late April.

The launch strategy provides availability to U.S. customers on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD and across Android phones and tablets, Android TV devices, and Chromebooks.

Customers with second and third generation Apple TV models can stream HBO Max content from their iPhone or iPad to their TV with AirPlay. Existing HBO NOW customers who are billed through the App Store and HBO subscribers through Apple TV channels can log in and access the HBO Max app at no additional charge. New HBO Max customers will be able to subscribe directly in the app using in-app purchase.

Subscribers will also be able to stream their shows and movies via Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices, and current HBO NOW subscribers on Google Play will be able to log in and access the HBO Max app at no additional charge.

Throughout the year after its initial launch, HBO Max will roll out a variety of new features and functionalities not found on any other streaming platforms today, including:

  • Recommended By Humans – HBO Max will combine Human Powered Discovery and analytics in novel ways to make it much easier for viewers to quickly find the content they are passionate about. Here, talent and influencers will make recommendations to our users about content they love, in the form of short, authentic videos to talk about how they’ve fallen in love with it and why.
  • Co-Viewing – Research shows that many viewers are aware of how viewing with others can throw off their recommendations. HBO Max is solving this co-viewing challenge by allowing viewers to create shared homepages that are completely separate from their personal homepages, but tailored to the group’s likes and needs. They can create shared watch lists and view with members of their household without impacting their personal profiles.

HBO Max will also offer standard direct-to-consumer features, such as:

  • Content Hubs – Content hubs feature clusters of content from recognizable brands that attract passionate audiences.
  • Personalized Profiles & Homepages
  • Kids’ profiles and Parental PIN usage
  • Downloads for offline viewing

The Executives

Sarah Aubrey, head of Original Content — who reports into Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer of HBO Max and president, TNT, TBS, and truTV — was previously executive vice president of Original Programming for TNT, with its lineup of original dramas such as Patty Jenkins’ I Am the Night (starring Chris Pine), Claws, Animal Kingdom, and the award-winning The Alienist.

Aubrey’s new team includes Joey Chavez, executive vice president of Original Drama; Jessie Henderson, EVP of Original Feature Films; Jeniffer Kim, senior vice president of International Originals; Suzanna Makkos, EVP of Original Comedy and Animation; and Jennifer O’Connell, EVP of Original Non-Fiction and Kids. Billy Wee, SVP, Original Animation, and Nikki Reed, vice president, Kids and Family Scripted Originals will report to O’Connell.

The business operations and strategy group also reports into Reilly. It includes Eric Besner, SVP of Business Development and Strategy; Sandra Dewey, president of Business Operations and Production; Meredith Gertler, EVP of Program Strategy and Planning (who reports into Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming, with a dual function on HBO Max); and Michael Quigley, EVP of Content Acquisitions and Strategy. Patrick Kelly, EVP of Business Affairs, will report into Dewey.

Otter Media, under CEO Tony Goncalves, will be responsible for product design, customer experience and lifecycle, acquisition and retention marketing, customer data, reporting and insights, business development, and go-to-market Strategy and business operations. Goncalves reports to Robert Greenblatt, chairman, WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer.

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82 Teen Drama TV and Streaming Series by Tomatometer

Updated April 20, 2020

Teen dramas, like the very audience they’re reaching, have always had an uphill climb to be taken seriously. They are beloved, but do critics actually think they’re any good? While Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars are often cited as series that impacted critics’ formative years and have high Tomatometer ratings, others are dismissed as nothing but guilty pleasures.

Then along come titles like Freeform’s Cruel Summer, which is Fresh at 90% on the Tomatometer; Shadow and Bone, which is Fresh at 87% and comes from streamer Netflix; and The CW’s hit Riverdale.

Rotten Tomatoes has gathered the scores of these and many others in the genre to determine which show wins the title of best-reviewed teen drama. Where the Tomatometer scores are tied, we’ve listed those with the higher number of reviews higher on the list to reflect that more critics weighed in, and then alphabetically for those that have the same score and the same number of reviews. There are several series listed with a 100% Tomatometer score, for example, but Recovery Road has only six reviews for its first, and only, season and is therefore ranked at the bottom of that section.

A number of teen dramas like Beverly Hills 90210, Dawson’s CreekThe Wonder Years, and The Vampire Diaries/Originals spin-off Legacies currently do not have enough Tomatometer-eligible reviews across their seasons to receive a series-level score. We will update this list if and when such titles receive a score.

Disagree with the results? Tell us in the comments which series you think should have been ranked higher (or lower).

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