It's a new year which means that there are going to be plenty of new shows to check out. For the first month of the year, we have a few new shows that are worth checking out, to see if we might get an early favorite for best show of 2024.
Echo - Disney+ (January 9th)
Marvel's first series this year focuses on the character of Echo, who first appeared in the Hawkeye miniseries back in 2021. In Hawkeye, Echo was an antagonist, the deaf Native American leader of the Tracksuit Mafia.
But this show will be focusing on the character in a morally gray area, as she takes center stage for the story. The Kingpin is also returning for the show, as Echo has a long history with the character, one that was complicated by the events of the Hawkeye series.
Echo will have several firsts for the MCU. It will be their first show to air on Hulu in addition to Disney+ and will also be the MCU's first MA-rated show.
(The series that made up The Defenders on Netflix several years ago was also rated MA, but their actual canon status in terms of the MCU is complicated.) The series will also drop all episodes at once, a departure from Marvel's usual "once a week" release format.
Ted - Peacock (January 11th)
The movie Ted is about a little boy who made a wish that his teddy bear would come to life, and the wish comes true. Now the boy is a full adult, but his best friend is still his childhood teddy bear.
If you watched that movie back when it came out and felt like what the story really needed was a prequel, set when the boy (and his bear) were in high school, then it looks like you're getting exactly what you asked for. Ted doesn't seem like the most obvious movie that needs to be franchised, but Seth MacFarlane is back, writing the series and voicing Ted, the talking teddy bear.
So, the humor of the movie will be consistent with the two movies, and Ted will still sound the same. MacFarlane has had plenty of big television successes, so it's easy to see why Peacock is hoping this will be another one.
Death and Other Details - Hulu (January 16th)
Whodunit mysteries are having something of a renaissance recently. Over the past few years, there has been a series of Hercule Poirot movies, with three already released and more planned.
Knives Out was a massive success with Daniel Craig taking on the role of genius detective and more sequels ordered featuring the character. Then in the television sector, we're getting shows like Poker Face and Only Murders in the Building that are celebrating the specific style of murder mystery stories.
Hulu's latest show seems to hope it will be the next success in the genre, featuring a murder on a cruise line as the twist on the enclosed space murder. Mandy Patinkin steps into the role of the brilliant detective, who has to solve the case that nobody else can crack.
Masters of the Air - Apple TV+ (January 26th)
Apple's new World War II show is executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. The two of them previously produced both Band of Brothers and The Pacific for HBO, making this the third in their trilogy of World War II limited series.
(HBO was also reportedly interested in the show but Apple outbid them (rumored).) The show, which is based on the book of the same name, focuses on the bombers who fought the Nazis in aerial combat.
The group that is the focus of the series is the Air Force's 100th Bomb Group, which was nicknamed the Bloody Hundredth during the war. Given the critical praise that both previous WWII miniseries have earned over the years, there is a lot of anticipation for how this show will cover a new aspect of the war.
Feud: Capote vs. The Swans - FX (January 31st)
This is technically the second season of an anthology series, but the previous season Feud: Bette and Joan, came out 7 years ago. So you would be forgiven if you didn't realize that this was the next installment of that series.
Like many of the shows from Ryan Murphy on FX, this is an anthology series, with each season telling its own story, in this case, a famous feud from history. This season focuses on the writer Truman Capote and a group of New York City socialites.
The story goes that Capote's novel Answered Prayers was based on the scandals surrounding these women, causing them to want revenge on the writer.
Which of these new shows will you be watching? Let us know in the comments below!