There’s a number of series returning to screens in 2019. Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders, Stranger Things, (possibly) Fargo… but we all know that, don’t we? What we’re perhaps slightly less familiar with are the newcomers that will be making their debut next year. Are we going to get any instant classics, or will most of them drift into obscurity? Time will tell, but for now, let’s take a peek at 5 titles that will be premiering in 2019.
We’re going to start with arguably the most famous one – inspired by Andrzej Sapkowski’s series of books and CD Projekt’s multi award-winning videogame trilogy, and deeply steeped into Polish history and mythology. Henry Cavill is the only famous actor that was cast in the main role of Geralt of Rivia – and the rest of the team was recently announced, following a bit of controversy that perhaps helped with marketing more than it harmed. Handled by Netflix, a lot of money has been pumped in the project, and as fans of the books and the games alike, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn’t disappoint.
Marketed as a neo-noir fantasy series, and judging by its cover art, pushing a certain Victorian London look, Carnival Row is set in a dark futuristic city. A serial killer is on the loose, and one of the main investigators becomes the prime suspect in the murders. Seems intriguing enough – and added bonus is the presence of both Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne in the main roles. It premieres, just in case you haven’t been paying attention, in 2019, and will be available on Amazon Video.
A failed US government experiment on death row inmates results in transforming them into deadly vampires. Just another day at the office, right? And for some reason, a certain orphan girl is the only person in the world able to put an end to this newly created status quo. It doesn’t sound too bright, but we’re always happy to be pleasantly surprised!
As a kid, I was once gifted a CD with a videogame called Carmen Sandiego’s Great Chase Through Time. A woman dressed in an immaculate red outfit glanced at me from the cover. Hours of adventure and spying extravaganza later, I was absolutely delighted – so much that I simply had to get my hands on the other games in the series. After a 15-ish year break from Carmen Sandiego, here I am faced with a brand new animated series centred around the master thief in red. Am I excited? I most definitely am!
With a less than inspired title, we can only hope that this Amazon Prime original series has other tricks in other sleeves. The premise sounds decently interesting, fortunately – it explores the criminal side of Los Angeles, and traces the existential journeys of various killers. It has enough potential to actually do something unique and stray away from the myriad of good-but-not-good-enough crime thrillers that the TV industry spits out one year after another. Whether or not this will prove to be true, we’ll soon find out.