TV Shows To Watch Out For In 2k17

Here are some of the shows with main characters of color premiering in 2017, so y’all can prepare your schedules.

Do you know of any cool shows with main characters of color coming up on 2017? Hit me up on the comments, @ me on Twitter or send me a message on Tumblr so I can add it!


Emerald City (first season: 10 episodes)
Premiere date: January 6th.
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on NBC.
Genre: Fantasy
Highlights: Florence Kasumba as the Wicked Witch of the West and Adria Arjona as Dorothy, two classically white characters.

Image: the promotional poster for "Emerald City·, with the tagline "A new Oz rises".

Image: the promotional poster for “Emerald City·, with the tagline “A new Oz rises”.

When a tornado transports Dorothy Gale from Lucas, Kan., to the faraway land of Oz, her arrival sets in motion a prophecy about a disastrous event known as The Beast Forever and strikes fear into the land’s almighty ruler, the Wizard. On her quest to meet the Wizard in Emerald City, Dorothy encounters witches, an amnesiac soldier, a sheltered little boy and many more mysterious beings who will ultimately shape the future of Oz and Dorothy’s place in it.

Images: The three witches of Oz, standing together.

Images: The three witches of Oz, standing together.


One Day At A Time (first season: 14 episodes)
Premiere date: January 6th.
Where to watch: Will be streamed on Netflix.
Genre: Sit-Com
Highlights: Rita Moreno!

Image: Promotional still from "One Day At A Time", of some members of the family sitting together around a table, laughing.

Image: Promotional still from “One Day At A Time”, of some members of the family sitting together around a table, laughing.

The series, a multi-camera comedy, will follow three generations of the same Cuban-American family living in the same house: a newly divorced former military mother, her teenage daughter and tween son, and her old-school mother.

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Image: Promotional still from “One Day At A Time”, of some members of the family laughing together.


Riverdale (first season: 14 episodes)
Premiere date: January 26th.
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on the CW.
Genre: Teen / Drama
Highlights: Samoan actor KJ Apa as Archie and Latina actress Camila Mendes as Veronica, two classically white characters.

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Image: the promotional poster for Riverdale.

A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

Image: a promotional still from "Riverdale", of Josie McCoy singing and playing guitar.

Image: a promotional still from “Riverdale”, of Josie McCoy singing and playing guitar.


Powerless (first season: 10 episodes)
Premiere date: February 2nd.
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on NBC.
Genre: Comedy / Superhero
Highlights: Vanessa Hudgens and Danny Pudi as the leads.

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Image: the promotional poster for “Powerless”.

In a world where humanity must cope with the collateral damage of superheroes and supervillains, Emily Locke begins her first day as Director of Research & Development for Wayne Security, a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises that specializes in products that make defenseless bystanders feel a little safer. Full of confidence and big ideas, Emily quickly learns that her expectations far exceed those of her new boss and officemates, so it will be up to her to lead the team toward their full potential and the realization that you don’t need superpowers to be a hero.

Image: a promotional still from "Powerless", of Vanessa and Danny's characters clapping at a work meeting.

Image: a promotional still from “Powerless”, of Vanessa and Danny’s characters clapping at a work meeting.


24: Legacy (first season: 12 episodes)
Premiere date: February 5th.
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on FOX.
Genre: Spy / Action
Highlights: Black actor Corey Hawkins as the lead.

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Image: a promotional still from “24: Legacy”.

A military hero who returns to the U.S. with a whole lot of trouble following him back. With nowhere else to turn, the man asks CTU to help him save his life while also stopping one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.

Image: a promotional still from "24: Legacy".

Image: a promotional still from “24: Legacy”.


The Handmaid’s Tale (first season: 10 episodes)
Premiere date: April 26th
Where to watch: Will be streamed on Hulu.
Genre: Science-Fiction / Drama
Highlights: Samira Wiley!

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Image: the poster for “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. A TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel.

Image: pictures of Jordana Blake, Samira Wiley and Madeline Brewer.

Image: pictures of Jordana Blake, Samira Wiley and Madeline Brewer.


Star Trek: Discovery (first season: 13 episodes)
Premiere date: May, ?
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on CBS.
Genre: Science-Fiction
Highlights: Sonequa Martin-Green as the lead, Michelle Yeoh in a main role, Anthony Rapp playing a confirmed-as-gay character.

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Image: pictures of Anthony Rapp, Sonequa Martin-Green and Michelle Yeoh.

Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, the series follows the crew of the USS Discovery as they discover new worlds and civilizations, while exploring the franchise’s signature contemporary themes. The season-long storyline revolves around “an incident and an event in Star Trek history that’s been talked about but never been explored”

Image: promotional poster for "Star Trek: Discovery".

Image: promotional poster for “Star Trek: Discovery”.


American Gods (first season: 10 episodes)
Premiere date: ?
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on Starz.
Genre: Fantasy / Drama
Highlights: Ricky Whittle as Shadow.

Image: a promotional still from "American Gods", of Shadow fighting a guy.

Image: a promotional still from “American Gods”, of Shadow fighting a guy.

The series will focus on the mysterious Shadow Moon, a man serving three years in prison for assault. With only days remaining in his sentence, Shadow is given an unexpected early release after his beloved wife Laura is killed in a car accident. Flying home for the funeral, Shadow is seated next to a man calling himself Wednesday, who offers Shadow a job he seems all too confident that Shadow will accept.

Image: a promotional still from "American Gods", of Bilquis in a red-lit room.

Image: a promotional still from “American Gods”, of Bilquis in a red-lit room.


Guerrilla (mini-series: 6 episodes)
Premiere date: ?
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on Showtime and in the U.K. on Sky Atlantic.
Genre: Drama
Highlights: Co-produced and co-starred by Idris Elba.

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Image: pictures of John Ridley and Idris Elba.

Guerrilla is a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in U.K. history. It tells the story of a couple (Ceesay and Freida Pinto) whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counterintelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.

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Image: photos of the cast of “Guerrilla”.


Still Star-Crossed (first season: ?)
Premiere date: ?
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on ABC.
Genre: Historical / Drama
Highlights: Black-led take on a classic romance, produced by Shondaland.

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Images: a promotional still from “Still Star-Crossed”, of Rosaline.

Still Star-Crossed is sequel for William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It follows Rosaline, Juliet’s cousin in 16th century Verona, and who once rejected Romeo as a suitor. She and Benvolio of Montague are betrothed against their will by Prince Escalus, in order to end the feud between the two families. Both resolve to find a way to end the violence without having the union.

Image: promotional poster for "Still Star-Crossed", of the female lead and her two love interests.

Image: promotional poster for “Still Star-Crossed”, of the female lead and her two love interests.


The Defenders (first season: 8 episodes)
Premiere date: ?
Where to watch: Will be streamed on Netflix.
Genre: Superhero
Highlights: Jessica Henwick, Rosario Dawson and Elodie Yung are confirmed to make a come-back.

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Image: promotional poster for Netflix’s “The Defenders”.

The heroes of Hell’s Kitchen (and Harlem, in Cage’s case) will unite sometime in 2017 and, it would appear, so will Scott Glenn as Matt’s curmudgeonly “mentor” Stick – heard speaking in the Defenders teaser, saying “You think the four of you can save New York? You can’t even save yourselves,” to the eponymous team.

Image: photos of the four leads of The Defenders (Charlie Cox, Krysten  Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones) each with their comic-counterpart under them.

Image: photos of the four leads of The Defenders (Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones) each with their comic-counterpart under them.


Shots Fired (first season: 10 episodes)
Premiere date: ?
Where to watch: Will be broadcast in the U.S. on FOX.
Genre: Police / Drama
Highlights: Black actress DeWanda Wise as the lead.

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Image: promotional still from “Shots Fired”.

The event series examines the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town in Tennessee. the event series examines the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town in Tennessee.

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Image: promotional still from “Shots Fired”.


 

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3%: Brazilian dystopia in the dictatorship legacy

Official Netflix poster for 3 Porcento.

Official Netflix poster for 3 Porcento.

“3 Porcento” is the name of the first Brazilian original Netflix production that premiered this week. The full season can already be streamed on Netflix, in eight episodes of forty minutes each that I rushed through in one night, and some more moderate viewers marathoned in the span of three or four days. The second season has already been confirmed.

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Quick Overview

Genre: Dystopian Sci-fi.
Acting: 9/10, one point down because the leading actress is bland as stale bread.
Visuals: 9/10, beautifully constructed, great use of a thing budget.
Writing and plot construction: 7/10, overall excellent dialogues, some flaky plot points.
Originality: 6/10, it’s everything the Hunger Games wishes it could be but overall it’s nothing new within the genre.

Female characters: Numerous and varied though all cis and able-bodied, three out of six main characters are women, secondary characters include older women and bigger women. Generally well constructed and steering away from common clichés. There aren’t many relationships between women though, and definitely not any close friendships.
Racial diversity: Overall good. Main characters are evenly split among white and black characters, secondary and background characters include people of indigenous and Asian descent.
LGBT representation: None in the first season. There are no homophobic/transphobic moments, but no characters have been shown to be LGBT so far.
Disability representation: The leading disabled character, Fernando, is played by an able-bodied actor. Despite this, his characterization and arc are, in my opinion, an excellent deconstruction of some common tropes around disabled characters.

Warnings: Graphic violence. Graphic torture. Not very graphic child death. Not very graphic but explicit suicide. Fernando receives numerous ableist agressions across the show. A woman is violently assaulted by a group of various men in a setting that could be triggering for rape survivors.


Now, let’s jump into the review…

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