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What we do in the Shadows season 1

Where and when can I watch it? FX in Spring 2019

Based on the quirky New Zealand comedy movie, What we do in the Shadows follows the exploits of Laszlo, Nadja, and Nandor - all played by different actors - as they attempt to live a semi-normal life in Wellington, while also feeding on human blood. Meanwhile, they’re joined by a self-proclaimed ‘energy vampire’ called Colin Robinson, who feeds by sucking the life out of people with boring anecdotes and terrible jokes. It all sounds suitably hilarious, and we know that original director/star Taika Waititi is back to direct the premier episode, and that Jemaine Clement has written it. There are a couple of teasers online, but they’re way too short, and goddam it we need more, soon.

Watchmen season 1

Where and when can I watch it? HBO (US)/Sky Atlantic (UK) in 2019

Based on the comics, rather than spinning off the movie of the same name, Watchmen follows a group of superheroes who live in an alternate reality where their powers are outlawed and vilified. The events take place 30 years after the comics, and we already know that Don Johnson, Jeremy Irons, and Regina King are all signed up to play (presumably older) characters in the show. Showrunner David Lindelof has said that Watchmen will be contemporary, ask new questions, and “explore the world through a fresh lens”. So expect something pretty special. Given that HBO is launching Game of Thrones S8 in April, it’s sensible to assume this is coming after that show. 

Stranger Things season 3 

Where and when can I watch it? Netflix in Summer 2019

The gang is back for another dimension-hopping adventure in 2019, with all the regulars back in action. In addition to the original four, Eleven will return, and it’s hotly rumoured that her lost sister Kali (AKA, Eight) will also be back to resolve her storyline. Given that this was one of the weakest parts of Stranger Things season 2… that may not be a good thing. There are three new characters played by Maya Hawke, Jake Busey, and Cary Elwes, fleshing out the town of Hawkins with new blood. There’s no word on what might come out of the Upside Down, nor how the secret government agencies will attempt to exploit it. Thanks to a recent update from the official Twitter account, we now know what season 3's opening credits sequence looks like (spoilers, it's pretty much the same as the last two!), alongside the names for all eight of the upcoming episodes. We're already theorising about what each title could mean...

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The Mandalorian

Where and when can I watch it? TBC 2019 on Disney+

Star Wars: The Mandalorian is the first of Disney's exclusive shows coming to the studio's new streaming service, Disney+, launching in 2019. Obviously, it's set in the Star Wars universe, and focuses on a brand new warrior hero "inspired by the stories of Boba and Jango Fett". Sounds like a bounty hunter to us. Pedro Pascal, who played Prince Oberyn in Game of Thrones season 4, has been confirmed to star - we assume as the main character - and there have been several director announcements. Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Bryce Dallas Howard (who starred in Jurassic World), and Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones) are all on-board to direct individual episodes. The plot will take place three years after Return of the Jedi, and will be set in the outer reaches of the galaxy, which will act as the Wild West of the Star Wars universe.

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The Witcher season 1

Where and when can I watch it? TBA 2019 on Netflix

Based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s original novels rather than the video game series, The Witcher Netflix series adaptation nevertheless sounds like it will translate all of the key elements that have made the series so beloved in all of its forms. The gritty, shit-encrusted, all-too relatable fantasy world, that eschews idealised heroes and unicorns (except in one NFSW case) for a place driven by the same social, economic, political, and personal ills that often plague the real world. The “unconventional family” of characters, who come together to wearily fight for the good in a crapsack world. The sheer, believable, human heart of the thing, from foibles, to ennui, to outright, often darkly weird, laughs. Henry Cavill has been controversially cast as Geralt, but the first images of him do look very in keeping with the game. Perhaps if he had a little more stubble, anyway.

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Star Trek Picard series

Where and when can I watch it? TBA 2019 on CBS All Access

After departing our screens in 1994 with the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Patrick Stewart's Captain John Luc Picard has mainly been enjoying his retirement as the face of several iconic internet memes. But not for much longer. Earlier this year, CBS confirmed that Stewart will be returning to Star Trek in a yet unnamed series focusing on Picard, and - at a recent public event covered by The Wrap - Chief Creative Officer David Nevins said that the show will be out sometime before 2019 is up. As for when, where, and with whom it'll take place, you might as well be asking us in Klingon, but here's hoping this unexpected comeback will be just as joyous as last year's season of Star Trek Discovery. 

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