9 big new TV shows coming in 2022, and where to watch them

9 big new TV shows coming in 2022, and where to watch them

There was a lot of great television this year, with both new and returning shows that delighted, surprised and moved us. But the year isn’t over yet. We’ve got our eye on these nine shows – seven new and two old favorites returning – expected to be out between now and the end of 2022.

This list includes an exciting anthology series by Guillermo del Toro, an animated project by Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), adaptations of the work of authors Ken Liu, Anne Rice and Christopher Pike, as well as new contributions in The Lord of the Rings- and Star Wars universes.

Here are the shows we’re most looking forward to when they come out before the end of 2022 and where you can watch them, in order of expected release date.


Pantheon

Image: Mees/AMC

Fans of black mirror and fans of Love, death and robots can find their meeting point in Pantheon, AMC’s first animated series. Based on a series of interconnected stories by The grace of kings author and The three-body problem translator Ken Liu, the series follows a girl who comes into contact with an AI claiming to be her late father, uploaded to the net. What may sound like a small, personal black mirror story, but AMC’s series summary suggests that the show revolves around a global conspiracy “that threatens to spark a new kind of world war.” The animation on this one looks quite choppy – it’s from Titmouse, the increasingly ubiquitous studio behind everything from Big mouth until The Boys: Devils until Star Trek: Lower Decks to critical roles The Legend of Vox Machina. But the intoxicating concept and the source material really grabbed us and raised our hopes. For those wanting an early sample, Liu — whose short story “Good Hunting” got an animated adaptation in Season 1 of LD&R — suggests listening to Levar Burton read ‘Staying Behind’, one of the stories adapted for the series. —Tasha Robinson

Premieres on September 1 on AMC

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

A city on the water in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

Image: Amazon Studios

Are you ready to return to Middle-earth?

Prime Video’s upcoming series was light on details leading up to its release, but we know a few things: the show will be set in the Second Age (well before the Peter Jackson movies) and will feature plenty of locations and characters. that fans of the books and movies will recognize (including younger versions of Galadriel, Elrond, and Isildur). While the show isn’t based on a specific book, the intent is to build the Middle-earth universe out of JRR Tolkien’s post-scrip appendices. —Pete Volk

Premieres September 2 on Prime Video

Atlanta season 4

Earn by checking his phone while walking the city streets at night with Van, Paper Boi and Darius behind him in Atlanta Season 3

Photo: Oliver Upton/FX

AtlantaDonald Glover’s genre bending”Twin Peaks with rappers’ comedy-drama, returns to its namesake for the series’ fourth and final season. All bets are on what Glover and series director Hiro Murai have in store for viewers after last season’s hilarious (and terrifying) anthology-structured sojourn across Europe, but if there’s one thing audiences have come to expect from this show, it’s is it the unexpected? —Toussaint Egan

Premieres September 15 on FX and Hulu

Abbott Elementary Season 2

The teachers of Abbott Elementary take their lunch break in the teachers' lounge.  Janine Teagues (Quinta Brunson) talks to Principal Ava Coleman (Janelle James) in the foreground.

Photo: Gilles Mingasson/ABC

Quinta Brunson’s sitcom about a Philadelphia public elementary school captured our hearts earlier this year — and it’s back for Season 2 this fall. It’s a show where every character is incredibly dynamic and the jokes are funny, but never downright mean. Brunson leads the star cast as plucky teacher Janine, whose wide-eyed idealism sometimes clashes with the more cynical views of her older peers. The teachers battle budget cuts, naughty students and their own personal lives in this show that revives the mockumentary format. —Petrana Radulovic

Premieres on September 21 on ABC

Andoro

Diego Luna walking as Cassian Andor

Photo: Des Willie/Lucasfilm

Yes, the latest Star Wars show is a prequel to a prequel – an origin story for Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), one of the doomed revolutionaries of Rogue One. Which would normally reduce our enthusiasm quite a bit: We’re so tired of Star Wars moving its stories backwards instead of forwards and recycling characters long after the end of their stories has already been told. But our preview episodes of Andoro have us all excited to see more of this story. Aided and written by producer, screenwriter and director Tony Gilroy (who also co-wrote Rogue One), it’s a radically different take on the Star Wars universe, as much a revolutionary drama as the beginning of The Mandalorian was a classic western. The series of 12 episodes Andoro gives Gilroy an unusually large canvas to paint on for his story, and the tone is something new for Star Wars, even though the setting and dynamics are familiar. For those who love the Star Wars environment but are always eager to tell new kinds of stories, Andoro is exciting, refreshing stuff. —TR

Premieres on September 21 on Disney Plus

Entergalactic

Scott Mescudi's Jabari character wears a red hoodie in the park in Entergalactic.

Image: Netflix

I just think more American animation geared towards adults should (1) look this gorgeous and (2) tell evocative stories instead of cheap jokes. It’s time to catch up with the rest of the world, America! Entergalactic looks like a step in that direction, with beautiful animation and a story about an aspiring musician trying to follow his dreams and maybe falling in love along the way. —PR

Premiere September 30 on Netflix

Interview with the vampire

Jacob Anderson as Louis de Pointe du Lac is interviewed by Eric Bogosian in Interview with the Vampire on AMC.

Image: AMC Networks

This adaptation of Anne Rice’s legendary books comes out Perry Mason showrunner Rolin Jones and stars Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones) and Eric Bogosian (Uncut Gemstones). It looks quite disturbing for the source material, and the magnetic charisma of those two leads is enough to pique my interest. —PV

Premiere October 2 on AMC

The Midnight Club

Aya Furukawa as Natsuki, Ruth Codd as Anya, Annarah Cymone as Sandra, Iman Benson as Ilonka, Sauriyan Sapkota as Amesh, Igby Rigney as Kevin, Chris Sumpter as Spencer holding flashlights at The Midnight Club.

Photo: Eike Schroter/Netflix

Mike Flanagan’s deal with Netflix has worked out pretty well for both sides – both the Haunting Hill series and the Midnight Mass have been largely well-received (the latter being one of our favorite horror shows you can watch at home) — and his latest horror show is an adaptation of Christopher Pike’s young adult novel. In The Midnight Club, a group of children with terminal illnesses gather late at night to tell spooky stories. They promise each other that when one of them dies, that person will try to communicate with the rest from the afterlife. When one of the children does indeed die, strange things happen. The cast includes regular Flanagan collaborators Zach Gilford, Samantha Sloyan and Igby Rigney, as well as horror hero Heather Langenkamp. —PV

Premiere October 7 on Netflix

Guillermo del Toro .’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Ben Barnes as Thurber watches ghostly drawings set on fire in Guillermo del Toro's cabinet of curiosities.

Photo: Ken Woroner/Netflix

Guillermo del Toro not only directs this anthology series, he also collaborates with some fantastic directors (including Twilight‘s Catherine Hardwicke) to make it happen. If supernatural horror and finding the beauty in darkness is your thing, this anthology is for you. Some episodes are based on existing short stories. Others are based on ideas from del Toro himself. Coupled with the upcoming Pinocchio adaptation, it really is a del Toro year. —PR

Premiere October 25 on Netflix

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