12 Most Hyped New Netflix Original Series Premiering in 2018


Having just released the highly anticipated Stranger Things 2, and coming off a 2017 that saw the premieres of such new series as The Punisher, GLOW, American Vandal, and more, Netflix is ready to look ahead. Their upcoming lineup of new original series is extremely exciting, and we've got a list of the 12 you should be most excited for.

And be sure to check our list of most anticipated new HBO shows right here.

Lost in Space
A reboot of the 1965 series of the same name, Lost in Space's logline reads: "In the year 2046, The Robinson Family and the spaceship Jupiter 2, one of several Jupiter ships, encounters a rip in spacetime and crashes on an unknown planet. Stranded light years from their intended destination, the Robinsons and other colonists marooned with them battle a strange new alien environment and their own personal demons as they attempt to leave the planet."

The series boasts a cast that includes Toby Stephens (Black Sails), Molly Parker (Deadwood, House of Cards), and Parker Posey (Party Girl) with several episodes directed by Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones' "Blackwater" and "The Watchers on the Wall").

Watership Down
Based upon the beloved novel of the same name, Watership Down will be a four-part animated miniseries and co-production between Netflix and BBC One. The novel follows a group of rabbits as they escape the destruction of their warren and seek a place to establish a new home, encountering perils and temptations along the way.

The voice cast features such big names as James McAvoy, John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Daniel Kaluuya, Mackenzie Crook, and Olivia Colman.

Maniac
Based on a Norwegian series of the same name and revolving around the fantasy worlds of two patients in a mental institute, Maniac is packed with so much A-list it's insane. The dark comedy stars Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, with supporting roles played by Sally Field and Justin Theroux. The series is directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective season one). Is it too soon to place bets on the 2019 Best Comedy Emmy?

Safe

Safe marks Michael C. Hall's return to television following his eight season run on Dexter. Hall's name should be enough to elicit interest, as he's been involved in not only peak Dexter, but also the masterpiece, Six Feet Under. He's earned the attention of television viewers, and the premise of Safe sounds like it could be another potential winner.

Hall plays Tom, a pediatric surgeon who is raising his two teenage daughters Jenny and Carrie in a picturesque gated community after the death of his wife. Everyone seems to be recovering and thriving, until one evening, Jenny sneaks out to a party. A murder and a disappearance ensue, bringing buried secrets to the surface.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Why should you be excited about The Ballad of Buster Scruggs? Two words: Coen. Brothers. The duo behind such classic films as Fargo, No Country for Old Men, and True Grit have come to Netflix for their first crack at television. The project is described as a six-part anthology series featuring six tales about the American West. Tim Blake Nelson will play Buster Scruggs, and other actors who have signed on to appear include James Franco, Stephen Root, and Zoe Kazan.

The Umbrella Academy 
Based on the comic book series created by former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, The Umbrella Academy follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes called the Umbrella Academy — the Monocle, Spaceboy, the Kraken, the Rumor, the Séance, Number Five, the Horror and the White Violin — as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities. 

The Umbrella Academy is being executive produced by creator Gerard Way and experienced producer Steve Blackman, who has worked on Fargo and Legion. It would appear that this is an exciting comic book adaptation in very capable hands.


Untitled David Letterman Talk Show
In 2017, Netflix nabbed the rights to David Letterman's highly anticipated return to television. Letterman's new show will have significant changes from his run on the Late Show. Netflix so far has only ordered six hour-long episodes which are said to contain, “in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor.” Either way, Letterman fans are sure to get a kick out of the legend's return to comedy.

Raising Dion
Based on a comic book and short film which you can watch here, Raising Dion follows the story of a woman named Nicole Reese, who raises her son Dion after the death of her husband Mark (Michael B. Jordan). The normal dramas of raising a son as a single mom are amplified when Dion starts to manifest several magical, superhero-like abilities. Nicole must now keep her son’s gifts secret with the help of Mark’s best friend Pat, and protect Dion from antagonists out to exploit him while figuring out the origin of his abilities.

Emotional family drama? Check. Interesting sci-fi elements? Check. Guided by the gifted hands of rising star Michael B. Jordan and the creator, Dennis Liu? Check, check, and check. We're in.

Altered Carbon
Based on an award-winning novel and written by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Alita: Battle Angel), Altered Carbon is set in the 25th century when the human mind has been digitized and the soul is transferable from one body to the next. Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman), a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 500 years, is downloaded into a future he’d tried to stop. If he can solve a single murder in a world where technology has made death nearly obsolete, he’ll get a chance at a new life on Earth.

Starring alongside Joel Kinnaman is James Purefoy. The pilot is directed by Miguel Sapochnik, director of Game of Thrones' "Hardhome", "Battle of the Bastards", and "Winds of Winter". It truly sounds like this is Netflix's play at blockbuster television. The results should be very interesting.

The Haunting of Hill House
Described as a modern day reimagining of Shirley Jackson's classic horror novel, The Haunting of Hill House is a ghost story with top notch talent attached. Written and directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald's Game, Ouija: Book of Evil) and starring Carla Gugino, Michiel Huisman, and Timothy Hutton, this is sure to leave audiences covering their eyes in fear when it debuts sometime next year.

Ratched
Based on the Nurse Ratched character from the classic film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Netflix ordered two seasons/18 episodes of this drama executive produced by Ryan Murphy and starring Sarah Paulson.

Ratched is an origins story, beginning in 1947, which will follow Ratched’s (Paulson) journey and evolution from nurse to full-fledged monster. The series will track her murderous progression through the mental health care system.

The Eddy
Damien Chazelle, the Oscar winning director of La La Land, comes to Netflix for his first venture into television. The eight-episode series is set in contemporary multicultural Paris, The Eddy revolves around a club, its owner, the house band, and the chaotic city that surrounds them. The series will be shot in France, and will feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic.

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