4 Shows to Watch in 2017

'24: Legacy' (FOX)
’24: Legacy’ (FOX)

With everyone looking back at the best in a memorable Year in TV of 2016, it’s also time to look forward as the various networks and streaming services roll out their new series to much promise and optimism. That said, here are four series that warrant your valuable time as we head into the new year.

24: Legacy (Premieres Sunday 2/5 after the Super Bowl on FOX)

Tick, tock… The clock is about to start again on this iconic series, getting a reboot with a new star (Corey Hawkins, ‘The Walking Dead,’ and ‘Straight Outta Compton’) as former Army Ranger Eric Carter. Although producers say we won’t be seeing Jack Bauer (yet!), fans of the original ’24’ will like what they see as another race-against-the-clock wild ride gets under way as Carter fights to stop a looming terrorist attack on US soil. All with the familiar real-time format that this series is most known for. There will be nods to fans of the original series, and new castmembers include Miranda Otto (as former CTU chief Allison Carr) and Jimmy Smits (as Senator John Donovan). And one familiar face returning is disgraced ex-CTU agent Tony Almeida (played by Carlos Bernard), who shares a mysterious past with one of the new characters this season.

Imposters (Premieres Tuesday 2/7 on Bravo)

Bravo continues its push into scripted series with this new drama (formerly known as ‘My So-Called Wife’), which is a cat-and-mouse chase that centers on the mysterious character of Maddie, (Inbar Levi, ‘Prison Break’) a persona shifting con-artist who is beautiful, dangerous, and leaves her unwitting victims dazed and confused, and most definitely heartbroken. We first meet Maddie as she’s playing the part of Ava, who is recently married to sweet Ezra, who has no idea who is wife truly is. After she leaves him and drains all of his bank accounts, Ezra teams up with previous victims that Maddie has left penniless in her wake as they chase her down in the hopes of getting answers and closure.

Legion (Premieres Wednesday 2/8 on FX)

Trippy, visual, envigorating, and like nothing else you’ve seen on TV in a long time, this new drama from ‘Fargo’ creator Noah Hawley jumps into the Marvel universe as it follows troubled David Haller (Dan Stevens, ‘Downton Abbey’), who is diagnosed as a schizophrenic at a very young age, and who also displays several psychic abilities, including the powers of telekinesis and telepathy. The race to control and corral him, and find out just who he is, brings together many disparate forces and competing interests. Jean Smart (‘Fargo’), Aubrey Plaza (‘Parks and Recreation’), Rachel Keller and Jeremie Harris also star in what is surely the next great addition of FX’s stellar and much-praised dramas.

Big Little Lies (Premieres Sunday 2/19 on HBO)

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, this 8-part limited series boasts a heavweight, star-studded cast of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley among others. Set in the sleepy, seaside town of Monterey, California, this story is told from the point-of-view of 3 mothers (Kidman, Woodley, Witherspoon) who have children in the same first grade class, where an incident that happens on the first day of school spirals out of control and eventually leads to a shocking murder that rips the town apart and exposes the lies, secrets and hidden truths in the community. With these powerhouse actresses and plentiful and addictive source material, HBO’s next great addiction is almost here.