2019 is a visibly significant year for the world of television as the most famous show of the 21st century is now nearing its end. Fans are gearing up for the premiere of 'Game of Thrones' Season 8, which would also mark the grand finale season of the series.
The fandom for the show is unmatched which makes this legend a greater one from every aspect. Other than 'Game of Thrones', many potential stories are brewing and will hit the small screen this year.
Here is a look at all the HBO shows which must be on your list, maybe just to get over with the GOT hangover:1. Big Little Lies - Season 2
Based on a story by best-selling author Liane Moriarty, the first season of 'Big Little Lies' was a prudently plotted tale of murder and yummy mummies topped with a masterly twist on soapy American Drama. The show will be back with Season 2 and unearth the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and vicious ferocity of sound parenting.
The main characters Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman) and Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley), Bonnie Carlson (Zoe Kravitz) and Renata Klein (Laura Dern), are all set to reprise their roles with Meryl Streep joining the cast as Celeste's Mother-in-Law.
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are back as Executive Producers with David E. Kelley tackling the script. We wait to watch if 'Big Little Lies' sequel continues to explore the dark waters without popping the soapy bubbles.2. True Detective - Season 3
The long-anticipated third season of the police drama debuts in January 2019. The show portrays the story of Detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) who worked on the case 35 years back. Wayne and his partner Roland West (Stephen Dorff) investigate the disappearance of two kids.
The Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali leads a stripped-down cast of characters, with similar partner dynamics to Season 1, through a Southern setting and a time hopping mystery. Directed by Nic Pizzolatto, the third season looks far more interesting and we are already expecting a good number of twists this time.3. Watchmen
Damon Lindelof (the showrunner of HBO's 'Watchmen') believes that the series will be influenced by contemporary politics and would resonate much with the film version. This plot will introduce newer characters and an almost similar storyline. Based on the comic book by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the American drama series may echo the lives of Trump or Putin.
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The Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons portrays an older version of Adrian Veidt along with Emmy-Winner Jean Smart as FBI agent investigating the murder. Nearly a decade after the controversial film adaptation, this is one HBO show which is slated to open to an anticipated audience.4. Euphoria
'Euphoria' is a teen drama starring actor-singer Zendaya. The series is written by Sam Levinson, with Drake and Future The Prince joining as the Executive Producers. Based on the Israeli series of the same name created by Ron Leshem, Euphoria follows a group of high school students as they navigate through drugs, ***, social media, depression, love and identity crisis.
Directed by Augustine Frizzell, the ensemble cast includes Sydney Sweeney, Jacob Elordi, Maude Apatow, Storm Reid, Eric Dane, and Algee Smith to name a few.5. Veep - Season 7
The Primetime Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Comedy Series, 'Veep' will premiere in Spring 2019. Though, ostensibly an American version of the 'Thick of It', creator Armando Iannucci allowed a fresher look at the machinations of politics across the pond.
This Political satire comedy series stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus who deftly essays the role of Selena Meyer, the Vice President of the United States (or "Veep") leading her to win five consecutive Golden Globe nominations and six consecutive Emmy awards.
Also starring Anna Chlumsky (Chief of Staff) and Gary (Tony Hale), the series went on hiatus in 2017 after Julia was diagnosed with breast cancer, the series is making a comeback with its last chapter. Relish each episode as this is the final season of the HBO Comedy.6. Barry - Season 2
Created by Alec Berg and Bill Hader, this series seamlessly amalgamates crime drama about contract killing, hits, and mobsters with a comedy about a lonely, lost guy who accidentally ends up on stage and happens to like it. Bill Hader stars as the title character, a hitman in the Midwest who moved to Los Angeles to indulge his acting aspirations.
However, the best part of the show is Henry Winkler essaying the role of Bill's acting teacher who won his first-ever Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in Comedy Series.
The first season won critical acclaim and strong ratings but left an unanswered question for the viewers, what happened to Detective Moss? The second season is back to explore that cliffhanger while the assassin-turned-actor protagonist keeps trying to put his bleak past behind him.7. Chernobyl
Produced by Sister Pictures and The Mighty Mint, 'Chernobyl' is the first HBO/Sky project to be greenlit through an international partnership to build a big-scale drama. This project was adopted under a $250 million multi-year co-production investment deal.
Directed by Johan Renck, this series retells one of the world's worst manmade catastrophes, the explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant in Ukraine in 1986.
Stellan Skarsgard plays Boris Shcherbina, the Soviet official charged with handling the fallout, Emily Watson is a nuclear scientist who wants to unveil the reason behind the explosion and Jared Harris plays Valery Legasov, the Soviet's man on the ground after the crisis. The series will outline how people tried to deal with the immediate aftermath and how it was planned to cover up.8. Succession - Season 2
Jesse Armstrong's comedy-drama, 'Succession' Season 1 was undoubtedly a must watch series last year. Set in New York, the dysfunctional drama follows the dynasty's disintegration and is based on the lives of international media icons like Rupert Murdoch, Robert Maxwell and William Randolph Hearst.
Brian Cox plays family patriarch Logan Roy, a broadcast magnate. In his quest to hand over his business to his first born Kendall (played by Jeremy Strong), it turns out that his son accidentally kills a waiter. Logan agrees to take care of the situation if Kendall quits his aggressive takeover plans. The second season is slated to pick up the aftermath of the first's finale and viewers can continue to enjoy the high family's antics on HBO.9. Catherine The Great
The first look at Oscar-winner Helen Mirren's historical limited series, 'Catherine the Great,' is promising. 'Catherine the Great' commanded supreme power throughout Russia for almost half of the 18th century and her reign was laced with political upheaval. The series displays her politically tumultuous rule coupled with her sexually charged court.
Her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke) comes into the frame too. Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, they develop a devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together serving as the architects of modern-day Russia. The drama has been written by Nigel Williams and directed by Philip Martin whose body of work includes 'Prime Suspect' and 'The Crown'. This is the latest project in the partnership between HBO and Sky.10. Divorce - Season 3
Sarah Jessica Parker can easily take the credit of gifting HBO '*** and the City', which has remained one of the most popular shows ever. Years later she is set to bring the fans a treat as Frances, a woman in New York with a squabbling marriage.
HBO has given a nod to 6-episode Season 3 of 'Divorce' and Sharon Horgan renders heartfelt touch to the drama. The plot develops when France's good friend Diane (Molly Shanon) fights with her husband Nick (Tracy Letts) at her 50th birthday party making Frances realize that she cannot allow her own marriage to turn this horrific.
Both Horgan and Parker are intent on exploring the pain of a failed marriage. 'Divorce' is painfully accurate with the profound message that hope must be omnipresent, at least on the telly.