"The Punisher" and "Jessica Jones" return, despite Marvel cleaning house, while one a Jim Henson classic is getting a sequel.
There are plenty of things to look forward to in 2019, from the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first baby to Disney's upcoming "Star Wars"-themed amusement parks. But if you're looking for excitment a little bit closer to home, there's plenty of that, too
Netflix has no shortage of cool stuff that will start streaming in the new year, including reboots, original films, documentaries and critically acclaimed TV shows ending their runs.
Gillian Anderson has moved on from the "X-Files" to the XXX-files with Netflix's upcoming British comedy drama "Sex Education." The actress stars as a sex therapist whose high school son ironically happens to be a socially inept virgin played by "Ender's Game" actor Asa Butterfield. His loser character's life takes a turn, however, after he teams up with a bad girl at his school to open up a sex clinic of their own.
No trailer yet, so instead enjoy the stars talking about it on "Good Morning America."
Netflix gets the nostalgia juices flowing early on in 2019 with a double dose of "Carmen Sandiego" reboots starring Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin"). In January the digital streamer debuts a 20-episode animated series focusing largely on the titular thief's origin story, and later in the year it promises to unleash a live-action film. While the plot and tone of both are largely unknown, it seems they're more concerned with who in the world Carmen Sandiego is rather than where. Also, purists of the original show and game can rest assured as the jet-setting criminal will still be rocking her trademarked red coat and oversized hat.
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Remember Fyre Festival? That exclusive, Ja Rule-fronted island music festival that went viral because the luxury accommodations turned out to be cheese sandwiches and crappy tents? Well, there's a documentary on the way promising an inside look at what went wrong, how the overly entitled attendees reacted, and how the organizers were later sued to the tune of $100 million for allegedly defrauding ticket buyers. At the very least, the documentary looks far more interesting than attending the actual festival.
Legendary actresses Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda return to star on Netflix's acclaimed comedy about two aging women rediscovering themselves (as well as drugs and sex) after being abandoned by their husbands. The Emmy-nominated series returns for a fifth season in January and, while it's unclear what fresh hijinks the new episodes will bring, RuPaul will guest star as Benjamin Le Day, a thorn in Grace and Frankie's side.
No trailer yet, but you can watch RuPaul interview the actresses in the video above.
Release date: Jan. 25
South Korea's answer to "Game of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead" has everything from palace intrigue and sword fighting to unspeakable horrors that go bump in the night. Created by Kim Eun-hee, the show follows a crown prince who leaves his kingdom in the hopes of finding a cure for a plague sweeping the land. Instead, he finds a lot of zombies.
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Release date: Jan. 25
The Tina Fey-produced comedy series debuts its final batch of episodes next in January, giving stars Ellie Kemper, Carol Kane, Tituss Burgess, and Jane Krakowski one last chance to win an Emmy for their work. For those who haven't seen it, the critically acclaimed show follows the exploits of a naïve, small-town kidnap victim turned New Yorker named Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper). The new episodes, serving as the second half of the show's fourth and final season, reportedly feature guest star Amy Sedaris as well as a "Sliding Door"-inspired episode which gives Kimmy a glimpse of how her friends' lives would be different had her kidnapping never taken place.
Release date: Feb. 1
Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland co-created "Russian Doll," a dark comedy starring Natasha Lyonne of "Orange Is the New Black" fame. The premise is vague -- a young lady named Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) is the guest of honor at a "seemingly inescapable party in New York City" -- but Poehler's involvement means the show may be worth watching. Plus, "Russian Doll" boasts an all-female writing and directing team.
"Nightcrawler" writer-director Dan Gilroy once again teams with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo on "Velvet Buzzsaw," an upcoming Los Angeles-set horror flick about a supernatural force laying waste to those in the contemporary art scene. The film, which also co-stars Toni Collette, John Malkovich, and "Stranger Things" actress Natalia Dyer, premieres that same week at Sundance Film Festival.
"The Umbrella Academy"
Release date: Feb. 15
Ellen Page and her super-powered siblings must come together after their foster father's death to stave off the apocalypse in "The Umbrella Academy," Netflix's upcoming adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's Eisner award winning Dark Horse comic of the same name. Packed with action and sarcasm aplenty, the show's first trailer is nothing if not bizarre, teasing stuff like assassins, ice cream trucks, space travel, and the return of Tiffany's 1987 hit "I Think We're Alone Now."
Release date: March 22
Mötley Crüe's long-awaited biopic "The Dirt" is set to kickstart Netflix subscribers' hearts in February. Based on an autobiography of the legendary '80s rockers co-written by Neil Strauss, the film stars Machine Gun Kelly as rocker (turned eventual amateur porn star) Tommy Lee, Douglas Booth as Nikki Sixx, "Game of Thrones" actor Iwan Reheon as Mick Mars, and Daniel Webber as Vince Neil. It also reportedly portrays the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Heather Locklear, and other famous icons of the time. At this point, it's unclear whether the movie will be good, but at the very least it will be filled with enough sex, drugs, and rock & roll to make Queen's recent biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" blush.
"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"
Release date: April 5
Greendale's most talked-about teenage witch returns in April for Season 2 of "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina." Kiernan Shipka stars as Sabrina Spellman on the supernatural drama, based on the Archie Comics series of the same name. Unlike Melissa Joan Hart's beloved '90s sitcom about the same titular teenage witch, however, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is dark and often violent. Fans flocked to the show for its first season, though, and considering the finale is filled with cliffhangers it's a gift from the Dark Lord this new round of episodes is dropping so quickly.
Renée Zellweger takes center stage on "What/If," Netflix's upcoming anthology drama from "Revenge" creator Mike Kelley. Each season of the show explores the aftereffects of immoral behavior, with the first batch of episodes focusing a powerful woman (Zellweger) who convinces two cash-strapped newlyweds to accept an indecent proposition.
"Central Park 5"
Release date: TBD
Ava DuVernay writes and directs this miniseries about the infamous Central Park five case in which a group of underage black teens from Harlem was wrongly convicted of brutally raping a jogger in 1989 before finally being exonerated in 2002. DuVernay is expected to write and direct each episode of the show, which stars the likes of Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, and John Leguizamo.
No trailer yet, but if you're not familiar with the infuriating true story, you can watch the trailer for Ken Burns' documentary all about it above.
"The Punisher" Season 2
Netflix has started pulling the plug on many of its Marvel shows, but thankfully for fans of Jon Bernthal's brutally violent anti-hero, Season 2 of the series had already been shot. Bernthal reprises the role of war hero turned vigilante Frank Castle and will be joined by returning characters Dinah Madani (Amber Rose Revah), Curtis Hoyle (Jason R Moore), and the newly disfigured villain Jigsaw (Ben Barnes). A Season 2 release date hasn't been confirmed, but the episodes are rumored to be dropping in January.
"Jessica Jones" Season 3
Release date: TBD
Marvel's "Jessica Jones" will also return to Netflix in 2019 despite the fact most of the other shows in the character's orbit (including “Luke Cage,” “The Iron Fist," and "Daredevil" were recently been canceled). It's unclear whether Season 3 will be the super strong, super sarcastic hero's last, but either way it should be fascinating to watch where they take Krysten Ritter's character now that so many of her allies are gone.
We're a long way out from a trailer, so instead you can watch an explainer of the Season 2 finale ending in the video above, in case you had any questions.
Litchfield Correctional Facility will finally closing its gates in 2019 as “Orange Is the New Black” ends its long run. As fans will remember, the Season 6 finale was a bit of a game-changer with Taylor Schilling's character Piper getting released early from prison. It's unclear where Season 7 might lead, but there are still plenty of women left in lock-up and several unresolved storylines.
"Stranger Things" Season 3
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Release date: July 4
While production wrapped on the new season of "Stranger Things" around November, Season 3 of the Duffer Brothers' smash-hit sci-fi series won't drop until July 4, it was announced on New Year's Eve in the Instagram post above. Netflix hasn't been shy about dropping vague trailers for the upcoming episodes, including one teasing a summer job at the local mall, but it remains unclear what new monsters might be in store for the kids of Hawkins, Indiana. Much of the ensemble cast will return, including two-time Emmy nominee Millie Bobby Brown, while newcomers to look out for include Maya Thurman-Hawke, daughter of Uma and Ethan.
"Black Mirror" Season 5
Release date: TBD
Charlie Booker's technology-obsessed anthology series is expected to unleash an all-new season sometime soon, though little is known about storylines, the debut date, or the cast, aside from pop superstar Miley Cyrus reportedly starring on one of the episodes. Rumors recently started swirling that "Black Mirror" is also preparing a "choose your own adventure" style movie, which dropped just after Christmas. If you haven't seen "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" yet, check out the trailer above.
"The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance"
Release date: TBD
As '80s children surely recall, there was a darker side to Jim Henson. In addition to creating family friendly puppets for "Sesame Street" and "The Muppets," he scared the heck out of folks with his dark fantasy film "The Dark Crystal." Now, a star-studded prequel series is in the works featuring Helena Bonham Carter, Natalie Dormer, Taron Egerton, Mark Hamill, Keegan-Michael Key, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Anya Taylor-Joy, Alicia Vikander and Andy Samberg.The show will transport viewers back to the world of Thra, where three Gelfling have discovered the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis' power and set out to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.