A brand new month means brand new shows to binge. Check out these five new series all starting this month, from ABC to Disney, to Apple to Amazon.
The Ark – Syfy (February 1)
Set aboard a spaceship journeying across the universe to establish a human colony on a distant planet, the show kicks off with something going horribly wrong and knocking the ship off course, waking up the ensemble of would-be colonists from their cryo chambers.
While the impact ends up killing several people on board (including the captain and crew) the show follows the survivors of the collision having to push forward. The characters find themselves stranded lightyears from home, heading in the wrong direction, and having to rely on one another for survival. Of course, a group of people being sent to establish a human colony on a distant planet would be made up of some of the smartest scientists and engineers in the world, but everything that could go wrong seems bound and determined to go wrong. It looks like a take on Lost in Space with a lot of The Martian thrown in there as well.
Not Dead Yet – ABC (February 8)
I see dead people, but this time it’s in a comedy. Gina Rodriguez, the star of Jane the Virgin, returns to television in this new sitcom about a journalist who returns home five years after having moved to London to follow a man. Back at home, it feels like life has moved on without her, and her job at the paper is now writing the obituary section. That gets a lot harder (but probably also easier in some cases) when the subjects of her obituaries, the ghosts that is, start showing up to give her advice. The new dead person each week will likely mean that the show has a lot of opportunities for special guest stars as Martin Mull and Brittany Snow both appeared as ghosts in the trailer for the show.
Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur – Disney Channel (February 10)
Disney has been putting a lot of Marvel content on their streaming service Disney+, but they still also have a basic cable channel to create content for, so this month their latest Marvel series will be debuting on Disney Channel. This is an animated show based on the comic series of the same name. The series is being created by long-time Marvel fan, actor Laurence Fishburne, who will be voicing the character of The Beyonder in this series.
For those keeping track, this is actually the third Marvel character that Fishburne has played, having previously appeared in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and Ant-Man and the Wasp. The series revolves around Lunella Lafayette, a thirteen-year-old genius who has a secret lab where she can perform all of her experiments, one of which accidentally brings a tyrannosaurus rex through a time portal into modern day New York. However, Lunella is able to befriend the dinosaur, and then, when supervillains begin to appear, teams up with her new dino pal, forming a crime-fighting duo made up of her genius-level intellect and the dinosaur’s…being a dinosaur.
Hello Tomorrow! – Apple TV+ (February 17)
Hello Tomorrow! appears to be set in a future that could have been. The aesthetics of the series present a deliberate retro-future look, suggesting a feel of the future through the eyes of someone from the 1950s. Jetpacks and flying cars are aplenty, and the main characters of the series are a group of salesmen selling timeshares on the moon. However, as the trailer hints, the perfect future being presented, may not be as wonderful as it seems. Something sinister seems to exist just below the surface, and as the series continues, it’s likely that things will begin to unravel as the truth comes to light.
The Consultant- Amazon Prime (February 24)
Amazon is getting in on the trend of eerie corporate world satire series, and their big play in the genre involves Christoph Waltz playing a mysterious, somewhat menacing consultant who may be pulling the strings of everyone underneath him. While Waltz is no doubt a good name for Amazon to get for this project, the biggest appeal is series creator Tony Basgallop who recently created Servant for Apple TV+, and Matt Shakman who directed the pilot episode and is best known for directing all nine episodes of WandaVision. It’s a pretty good bet that these guys have the surreal, offbeat feel that this show appears to be going for.
Which of the TV shows we listed above will you be watching? Share your thoughts in the comments below, we’d love to read them!