The Most Anticipated Upcoming HBO Series in 2018 & Beyond

With the final season of mega-hit Game of Thrones looming on the horizon, HBO is surely looking to find its next big phenomenon. They've got a slew of Thrones spinoffs in various stages of development, but we've got a list of some of the most exciting new series in development at the network. Trust us when we say you're going to want to check these out.

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Sharp Objects
Talk about A-list credentials. Sharp Objects is an upcoming limited series that's based on a book by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), developed by Marti Noxon (UnReal), directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies), and starring Amy Adams (everything good).

The novel follows Camille Preaker (Adams), a newspaper journalist who must return to her hometown to report on a series of brutal murders. The series will also star Patricia Clarkson, Elizabeth Perkins, and Chris Messina and is set to premiere in summer 2018.

With Game of Thrones in the middle of production on its final season, showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss have already set their follow-up. Their next show, Confederate, has already drawn considerable controversy following its announcement, based on its premise, which is:

"Confederate chronicles events leading to the "Third American Civil War". It takes place in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution. The story follows a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone – freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate, and the families of people in their thrall."

In a post-Trump America, the idea of a modern-day slavery show has drawn understandable ire. But if handled with deft hands, Confederate has the potential to be a real thought-provoking and captivating drama series. Either way, it's sure to draw a lot of attention whenever it premieres.

Created by Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, The Thick of It), executive produced by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, and directed by McKay, Succession follows the saga of the Roys, a fictional, American global-media family that is not only rich and powerful but also powerfully dysfunctional. The drama will explore family loyalty, international business and the perils of power in the 21st century.

The series stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfayden, and Alan Ruck. Succession is slated to premiere sometime in 2018.

Here, Now
Alan Ball, the Oscar-winning writer of American Beauty as well as creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood, returns to HBO with his latest project, Here, Now. 

The show is described as a tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on us all in America today. Philosophy professor Greg Bishop (Tim Robbins) and his lawyer wife Audrey Black (Holly Hunter) are socially conscious idealists who decided to build a family by adopting children from Vietnam, Somalia and Colombia before having their own child in their 40s. Then, one of the children begins to see things others cannot. Is it mental illness? Or something else?

Here, Now is set to be released sometime in 2018.

Barry is a new comedy series created by and starring Bill Hader. The show is centered on ex-Marine Barry who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the LA theater scene.

Henry Winkler and Stephen Root co-star in what could be HBO's next big comedy with Veep entering its final season and Silicon Valley late in its lifespan.

Who Fears Death
Executive produced by George R.R. Martin and based on the beloved book by Nnedi Okorafor, Who Fears Death tells the coming of age tale of Onyesowu in post-apocalyptic North Africa where her story makes her an outcast. She must go on a journey from self-reproach to love, but to do so she’ll have to overcome untold obstacles—defeating her hated sorcerer father and becoming the instrument of prophetic deliverance for a land of oppressed people, all the while fighting to master the terrifying powers growing inside her.

Okorafor's book was awarded the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, as well as the 2010 Carl Brandon Kindred Award "for an outstanding work of speculative fiction dealing with race and ethnicity."

Today Will Be Different
Today Will Be Different is an upcoming limited series starring Julia Roberts and based on the popular book by Maria Semple.

The series follows Eleanor Flood (Roberts), who wakes up determined to be her best self, but then life happens. Taking place over a single day, it’s a rollicking portrait of one woman’s fumbling but valiant attempt to navigate the knotty perils and sly grace of modern life.
Glare is the next HBO series J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot is producing, following the highly successful Westworld. Written by Spanish feature writer Javier Gullón, Glare is a sci-fi odyssey exploring the colonization of another planet.

A big budget, J.J. Abrams sci-fi series set in outer space with all of the resources HBO has to offer? Yes please.

This is a project that seems fairly early in the development process, so there's no telling when it will actually make it to air.

Lovecraft Country
Another J.J. Abrams/Bad Robot production, Lovecraft Country is based on a popular book by Matt Ruff which will be executive produced by Abrams, Jordan Peele (Get Out), and Misha Green (Underground). Lovecraft Country focuses on 25-year-old Atticus Black. After his father goes missing, Black joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find him. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. The goal is an anthological horror series that reclaims genre storytelling from the African-American perspective.

Peele was a fan of the book and brought it to Bad Robot to develop as a series. They then enlisted Green to write the pilot. HBO sparked to the idea enough to forgo a pilot and order Lovecraft Country straight-to-series.

Based on the highly acclaimed graphic novel and previously adapted into a film by Zach Snyder, Watchmen is currently being developed for television by Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers). The work, considered by many to be unadaptable, is set during the 1980s in a world on the verge of World War III. When one of their own is murdered, a group of costumed vigilantes must come out of retirement to embark on an investigation that leads to startling revelations and personal conflict.

Watchmen is considered by many to be one of the greatest written works of the 20th-century. Time has it on their list of 100 Best Novels published since 1923. Throw in a writer like Damon Lindelof, coming off of the masterpiece that was The Leftovers, and you've got the combination for an extremely exciting new television series.

That wraps up our list of most anticipated upcoming HBO series. Let us know in the comments below which shows you're most excited to check out.