Returning and New Sci-Fi TV Shows of 2017 and Beyond

Beyond: January 2, 2017

Freeform’s series about a young man who spends 12 years in a coma, and comes out with strange new powers. The service intends to make the entire series available to binge watch via Hulu and On Demannd, while also rolling it out through a traditional week by week release.

 

Legion: February 2017

This new Marvel series follows Legion, or David Haller, the schizophrenic mutant son of Charles Xavier, plagued by split personalities that allow him to harvest unfathomable power, would trade it all for a little bit of normalcy. His incredible power comes at the expense of damaging his mind. Legion is on the run from himself, trying to find some aspect of sanity, when he unexpectedly falls in love. Haller will be played by Dan Stevens, and was created by Noah Hawley.

Iron Fist: March 17, 2017

Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Fist is the 4th new Marvel series that will lead up to the Defenders miniseries. After being orphaned and disappearing, Danny Rand is back after 15 years to reclaim his families company. This billionaire trained with the Buddhist monks for nearly all his life to become a martial arts expert, and has the ability to call on the mystical power of the Iron Fist. But will he use it to defend his city as the Iron Fist, or carry out his families legacy?

The Defenders: 2017

Netflix crossover series will bring the 4 most street-smart Marvel heroes on the scene together to form the Defenders. Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Daredevil and Jessica Jones will fight to protect their cities (Hell’s Kitchen and Harlem), or maybe band together to destroy a powerful villain who’s threatening the world! We’ll have to wait and see. The series, which started filming in early November, locked down many of the writers and show-runners from the Daredevil series, including Marco Ramirez and Douglas Petrie.

Time After Time: 2017

he 1979 novel by Karl Alexander was released, ABC decided to turn the peculiar story into a series. The novel follows H.G. Wells, who in turn follows Jack the Ripper, when they end up in modern day New York via Wells’ time machine. Wells wants to capture the Ripper and turn him over to justice, and naturally meets a lady along the way. Wells will be played by Harry Potter alum Freddie Stroma, and Jack the Ripper by Josh Bowman of the TV series Revenge.

The Punisher: 2017

In a move surprising pretty much everyone, the Punisher series was bumped up to a 2017 release by Netflix, making it their third new Marvel series to debut next year, with Iron Fist and the Defenders. No one knows yet whether it will come out before the Defenders, but it started filming in Early October, just before The Defenders got started, so … maybe? Also, it makes sense to film them around the same time, as they share at least a few characters, and likely more than a few locations.

The Last Policeman: 2017

The Last Policeman is a Ben H. Winters sci-fi novel released in 2012 which is being adapted for a television series by NBC. The novel follows Hank Palace, a New Hampshire detective, as he works on solving cases. The catch? Earth is literally in its final years, with a catastrophe-level asteroid hurtling toward the planet, with no scrappy crew of oil-rig drillers in sight to save us. As the world around Palace descends into ever increasing chaos, with society preparing for / unraveling as the eventual impact draws closer and closer, he tries to keep focused on work, and keep some form of hope alive by closing cases and solving crimes.

3001: The Final Odyssey: 2017?

Syfy is behind another Arthur C. Clarke adaptation hopefully coming out soon. Frank Poole, the hero of 2001: A Space Odyssey, is revived 1000 years after his death to face an even stranger, more futuristic world. 3001 will be released in the form of a miniseries, and though no release date has been discussed, Syfy is saying the series is still in active development.

Krypton: 2017

Teaser for the upcoming 2017 Superman spin-off, Krypton.

Production for the Superman prequel series was set to begin in Montreal, summer 2016, followed by shooting the pilot in Serbia in September. British actor Cameron Cuffe has been cast as Seg-El, one of the ancestors of Jor-El and Kal-El. Seg-El is a prodigal technical genius, but after the El family was stripped of its rank, he is now living as a member of Krypton’s lowest caste. This series will discover what led up to the destruction of Krypton and act as a prequel for the Superman we all know and love.

The Dark Tower: 2018

Stephen King fanatics must be ecstatic! Blockbusters movies and a complimentary TV show? It’s a good time to start reading the Dark Tower series. Media Rights Capital will create the series out of the fourth novel, Wizard and Glass, and is said to be working off the movies. According to EW, the plan is for 10 – 13 episodes, and to start shooting in 2017 with a 2018 release date. Idris Elba will be in the series, though Matthew McConaughey isn’t confirmed. His character will be in the series, and in the novels, he takes on different forms, so though it would be nice to have McConaughey, it’s not necessary. The film’s director and writers will help on the series as well, though they are reportedly looking for a showrunner.

Powerless: 2017

Vanessa Hudgens stars as an insurance adjuster who protects regular citizens from the damages caused by superhero/villain battles. It sounds like it won’t be taking itself very seriously, which I think is the best approach for this concept. Hopefully Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment use this chance to turn things around, considering how their movies have been going… plus the guy who plays Abed from Community (Danny Pudi) is one of the main characters!

 

Sci-Fi TV Series Returning 2017

  • Returning in 2017, but no specific date yet:
    • 12 Monkeys: Syfy
    • Dark Matter: Syfy
    • The Killjoys: Syfy
    • Wynonna Earp: Syfy
    • Cleverman: SundanceTV, ABC
    • Into the Badlands: AMC
    • Mr. Robot: USA
    • Orphan Black: BBCA (Final Season)
    • Preacher: AMC
    • Stranger Things: Netflix

Shadowhunters: Freeform – January 2, 2017

Sleepy Hollow: Fox – January 6, 2017

Colony: USA – January 12, 2017

Face Off: Syfy – January 24, 2017

The Magicians: Syfy – January 25, 2017

Humans: AMC – February 2017

The 100: CW – February 1, 2017

The Expanse: Syfy – February 8, 2017

iZombie: CW – April 4, 2017

Outlander: Starz – April, 2017

Sense8: Netflix – Early 2017

SuperMansion: Crackle – Early 2017

The Strain: FX (Final Season) – Summer 2017

The Walking Dead: AMC – Late 2017

Westworld Season 2 – Late 2017 or Early 2018

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