It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There will be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, and plenty of TV shows to get to know … Several exciting series hit our screens this December, and kicking things off is the much-anticipated action-drama, The Witcher (No. 1). Based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s book series of the same name, the adventure follows the story of Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) who struggles to find his place in the world where people often prove to be more wicked than beasts. The saga already has a second season in the works, but Season 1 will arrive to Netflix on the 20th.
Netflix continues to close out the year strong with another upcoming series, V Wars (No. 2). On December 5th, a doctor is pitted against his best friend when a fast-spreading disease starts to make people crave blood. As the outbreak progresses, life as they know it escalates to a war between humans and vampires. And as an added bonus for bloodsucker fans, “Dr. Luther Swann” will be played by a former vamp, Vampire Diaries star, Ian Somerhalder.
Meanwhile, the revival trend presses on with The L Word: Generation Q (No. 3). The groundbreaking cult Showtime drama is back! Ten years after The L Word’s end, a sequel series relocates to the east side of Los Angeles; following a new, diverse generation of LGBTQ+ friends as they experience love, sex, and heartbreak with returning cast: Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig, and Leisha Hailey reprising their original roles. The long-awaited comeback premieres on December 8th.
Lastly, two new dramas drop on the 6th: Hulu’s Reprisal (No. 4) and Truth Be Told (No. 5), on Apple TV+. In the forthcoming revenge noir from Hulu, Reprisal introduces us to a femme fatal who leads a campaign against her brother and his gang of gearheads. During Doris’ vengeful journey, she finds people along the way who want to help her, and show her that chosen family can sometimes be better than blood relatives. Apple TV+’s Truth Be Told follows a true-crime podcaster (Octavia Spencer) during an investigation of a convicted serial killer -- a man she incriminated after he murdered the father of identical twins. She must decide where the lines between guilty and innocent lie while she puts the pieces of the puzzle together.
Paving the way for returning series is Season 2 of You (No. 1). The Lifetime-turned-Netflix drama is back as fan-favorite stalker, Joe Goldberg, moves to Los Angeles and begins to obsess over a new love interest (played by The Haunting of Hill House star, Victoria Pedretti). Will Love Quinn become his next victim? Will Joe finally get caught? Find out the day after Christmas!
Additionally, Christmas Eve brings an early gift with the return of Lost in Space (No. 2). In the show’s sophomore season, even more danger and adventures lie ahead for the Robinson family. With the Jupiter 2 stranded on another planet without their beloved Robot, the family must come together to survive and reunite with the colonists on their own. However, all is not as it seems as new discoveries and threats arise.
The beginning of the month also delivers delight with Vikings (No. 3) on December 4th and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (No. 4) on the 6th. Vikings will soon come to a close with its sixth and final season, but the war is far from over. In History Channel’s first original scripted series, the Vikings travel to unknown locations far away from Kattegat and finally face the consequences of Ragnar’s death. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel pulls us away from the Viking age and takes us on the road in the late 1950’s. Season 3 of the hit Prime Video series will continue Midge’s path to stardom while diving into the shifting dynamics of her personal life.
Rounding out our returning top 5 is the last chapter of Marvel’s Runaways (No. 5). Hulu announced the upcoming third season would unfortunately be its last, but the show is going out with a bang as the Runaways search for their captured friends and go head-to-head with an unstoppable enemy. The final season debuts on December 13th.
We are about to enter a new decade! With Star Trek: Picard, Katy Keene, a Lord of the Rings series from Amazon Prime, and several Marvel shows from Disney+ on the docket, plus, the return of series like: Killing Eve, The Alienist, and Outlander -- What will be the most-anticipated programming of 2020? Only time will tell!
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