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ANTICIPATION REPORT: Psychological Thrillers, Foreign Dramas, and Sci-Fi Set the Pace in November

An assortment of good television is headed our way this November. Amazon/Starz/YouTube/Netflix

The end of the year typically brings a decline in new and exciting television, but thankfully, the TV landscape has changed and November is now offering up a cornucopia of content! Homecoming, Amazon Prime Video’s psychological thriller, appears at No. 1 on our Anticipation Report this month. Starting on November 2nd, Julia Roberts stars as “Heidi,” a former caseworker at a secret government facility that helps soldiers transition to civilian life. The series, based on the podcast of the same name, explores the past she left behind and society’s treatment of PTSD. Next up is Netflix’s first companion series, Narcos: Mexico (No. 2). Considering the show was intended to be the fourth season of Narcos, fans of the original are already looking forward to this next chapter which will star big-screen actors Michael Peña and Diego Luna and is set in a new era, location, and will chart the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel.

On the 14th, YouTube Premium will release Origin (No. 3). A group of strangers from a distant planet must ban together to survive, however, one of them is not who they claim to be. The show stars Harry Potter's Tom Felton and comes from the producers of The Crown and Outlander, so it’s guaranteed to be drama-filled.

Later in the month, Netflix will release its second Italian original series -- Baby (No. 4). Loosely based on a true story, the 8-episode tale follows the lives of Roman teenagers as they defy society in a quest for independence and self-discovery. The hotly-anticipated series has already stirred controversy with claims that it glamorizes the sex trafficking industry. Italy is the place to be this month as HBO travels to Naples for My Brilliant Friend (No. 5). The miniseries based on the bestselling book by Elena Ferrante will debut on November 18th and revolves around an elderly woman who explores the disappearance of a childhood friend starting from their early days in primary school in the 1950s.

November also brings some much-loved returning programs. The OG Netflix original, House of Cards (No. 1) returns on the 2nd for its final season and features major changes as Robin Wright takes the lead as the first female President of the United States. Fans are also delighted for the return of Outlander (No. 2). The fourth season will dig into Diana Gabaldon’s “Drums of Autumn” and the hardships of time-traveling lovers Claire and Jamie in the American colonies.

On the 12th, National Geographic will premiere the second season of Mars (No. 3). A hybrid of scripted television and science documentary, the series picks up five years after Season 1 in the year 2042, where a full-fledged colony has been established and challenges arise for those living on the Red Planet. Continuing the trend of different formats, HBO’s anthology series, Room 104 (No. 4) returns with new stories to tell. Season 2 will check-in new guests, such as Mahershala Ali and Michael Shannon, who all pass through the same hotel room.

Lastly, Sony Crackle's StartUp returns for a third season. It’s the world of the darknet on the “wrong side of the tracks” and it’s going to be another wild ride. Martin Freeman and Adam Brody take the story of new cryptocurrency, “GenCoin,” a step further as the cost of ambition comes close to home.

With the end of the year quickly approaching, what will be featured in December? Can Nightflyers produce Game of Thrones numbers? Will Season 2 of Marvel’s Runaways top the original? Stay tuned next month for our next Anticipation Report.

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