With 2024 already lined up with a slew of great movies, TV shows too are here to deliver. Here are the top 5 TV shows that are expected to go big this year with their release.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Netflix’s live action of the acclaimed show has already been in the works since 2018, keeping fans waiting. Now, however, their wait ends. Easily one of the most hyped-after shows of 2024, Avatar: The Last Airbender will be on Netflix, alongside the original series. The studio will stick to the traditional plot, with Aang mastering his “bending” skills, tracing his friendships with Sokka and Toph, while also dealing with the Fire Nation’s Prince Zuko. The series will star Gordon Cormier as Aang, Kiawentiio as Katara, Ian Ousley as Sokka, and Dallas Liu as Prince Zuko. Also joining is the talented Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai, who will surely be a key character.
The project did get into some drama when the original creators of the show, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko backed out from the Netflix version. Now with Albert Kim as the creator, the live-action does look promising. Fans were already disappointed with the previous live action, but still have high hopes for this one. Avatar The Last Airbender will be streaming on Netflix from 22nd February.
Unlike Marvel’s onslaught of failures, Echo seems like it could be a promising success to the studio. A spinoff of Hawkeye, Echo will follow Maya Lopez in her pursuit of Kingpin, as revenge for her father’s death. She appeared briefly in Hawkeye, and was clearly on the villainous side, even defeating the likes of an Avenger. Lopez, is after all, Kingpin’s protégé. But when she learns that he might be the reason behind her gravest loss, things take quite the turn. And yes, the show will also feature a very particular vigilante. Echo is also rated TV-MA, so the gore is surely up the usual notch.
This isn’t Marvel’s usual MO, which includes frequent space travel and crossing into multiple universes. There is a reason why Marvel’s New York circle of stories work: they have a very human and relatable element to them. Anything that is not grandiose is still keeping Marvel fans in hopes for something good. And who knows, Echo might be just that. The show will star Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez, Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin/Wilson Fisk, in the lead roles. Zahn McMahon will play William Lopez, Maya’s father, and Charlie Cox reprises his role as Daredevil.
Echo will stream on Disney+ and Hulu from 9th January.
3 Body Problem
3 Body Problem should keep audiences at the edge of their seats, because of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The Game of Thrones helmers will be behind this series as well, which is science fiction with a twist. 3 Body Problem features aliens and time travel (somewhat), with a battle of good vs. evil at its heart. Ye Wenjie, has her life ripped apart by the Chinese Military. But the latter sees Wenjie’s scientific genius, and instead recruits her. Her efforts make contact with some life form outside of earth, but is also picked up by scientists in the future. What they do with the whole situation will be traced throughout the show.
The series is based on Liu Cixin’s novel of the same name, which is a critical success. Starring in 3 Body Problem are Rosalind Chao and Zine Tseng as Ye, John Bradley as Jack Rooney, Jonathan Pryce and Ben Schnetzer as Mike Evans. There’s a whole lot of past, present, and future play, so a number of actors are part of the cast. Also starring is our dearest sorcerer, Benedict Wong. The novel was greatly celebrated, and audiences are hoping to see the same event with the series adaptation.
3 Body Problem will be streaming on Netflix from 21st March.
A fictional semi-modern Europe, run by a woman, and political instability make the best recipe for HBO’s The Regime. Kate Winslet returns to the network after her stunning work in Mare of Easttown, this time in the lead as well. The studio has surprisingly not given away anything to hint at a clear picture, except that it will follow how a regime deals with public dissent. There is also the usual nosing into affairs by the USA, as it does in reality. Being produced by HBO and headlined by Winslet are already two major factors for the show’s popularity.
Winslet already looks like a natural as the Chancellor, poised and calm, but letting the occasional scream slip. She will be joined by Guillaume Gallienne as her husband, who seems to be content with palace life. Her right hand and chief minister will be played by Andrea Riseborough. Martha Plimpton is the USA’s Secretary of State, representing her country’s interests.
A release date is still not released to the public, but HBO Max CEO puts it sometime in the spring.
Star Wars: The Acolyte
Lucasfilm has set the bar for itself extremely high with Ahsoka, and fans expect the same with its new show, Star Wars: The Acolyte. The show is set a century before The Phantom Menace. This is a time when Jedis were the best they could be. The show says that it will delve deeper into a “galaxy of shadowy secrets” and will trace the fall of the High Republic. It has been made apparent that the main crux lies in a former Padawan approached her Jedi mentor, but will face evil challenges along the way. The show will be directed by Leslye Headland.
Starring in The Acolyte are Amandla Stenberg and Squid Games alum Lee Jung-jae in the lead. They will be joined by Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Jodie Turner Smith, and many more. It goes without saying, expect the usual Star Wars grandiosity and flashy lightsaber action.
Star Wars: The Acolyte’s release date has not been made public yet, but will stream on Disney+.