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The Top 10 Most Anticipated Television Shows in 2022

2022 appears to be another golden year for high-definition television. Here’s what Temphas thinks are the best of the bunch.

10. Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Release date: September 2 2022

Only a few works truly deserve the moniker “requires no introduction,” and The Lord of the Rings is unquestionably one of them. The Rings of Power will be a prequel to both the original film series and The Hobbit, set eons before the events of The Hobbit, with none of the original characters, hobbits or otherwise, likely returning.

9. Moon Knight

Release date: March 30 2022

As we all know, the current Marvel property glut isn’t quite enough — and it won’t be until our bellies are comically engorged like Homer being fed donuts in hell. Fortunately, Moon Knight will arrive in March to keep us occupied. Cynicism aside, this one looks actually intriguing, starring Oscar Isaac as a former US marine endowed with Egyptian moon god-like abilities. In addition, Ethan Hawke portrays a David Koresh impersonator. Widen your horizons.

8. Stranger Things 4

Release date: TBC 2022

Stranger Things premiered shortly before the current nostalgia-fest, putting it ahead of the slew of franchise reboots and remakes that have become the norm. However, the Duffer Brothers’ sci-fi horror series has developed just enough over its run to seem continuously fresh, so color us intrigued. The official synopsis teases a tantalizing “new horror” that “connects everything,” despite the fact that we don’t know anything about the narrative. And we simply must know: what the hell happened to Hopper?

7. The Crown (Season 5)

Release date: November 2022

In the second season of The Crown, Imelda Staunton replaces Olivia Colman as Our Liz, which delves into the royally juicy events of the 1990s, including the terrible demise of the resurgently in vogue Diana (played, now, by the very tall Elizabeth Debicki). There’s only one major flaw: Michael Sheen isn’t reprising his role as Blair.

6. Obi-Wan Kenobi

Release date: TBC 2022

Since Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith ended the lackluster prequel trilogy on a promising note, fans have been clamoring for Ewan McGregor to once again fill up the robes of Obi-Wan. Well, he’s back: the six-episode series will follow Obi-adventures Wan’s on Tatooine between the end of Episode III and the beginning of A New Hope. If that isn’t enough, Hayden Christensen will reprise his role as a post-Anakin Vader in the film. All you have to do now is keep him away from the sand.

5. Pam & Tommy

Release date: February 2 2022

Pam & Tommy, which will premiere on Disney+ in early February, follows Pamela Anderson and Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee’s whirlwind affair, focusing on the consequences of their unauthorised sex tape being leaked. Lily James’ performance has already been acclaimed as one of her best, and Sebastian Stan is always a safe bet; add a pinch of Nick Offerman, and you’ve got yourself a punchy cocktail.

4. Bridgerton (Season 2)

Release date: March 25 2022

Though Regé-Jene Page does not return for the second season of Netflix’s Ivory-esque period romance, Jonathan Bailey takes over as the series’ key leading man, with the focus shifting to the former Casanova’s search for a wife. We’ll all have to settle down at some point.

3. The Last of Us

Release date: TBC 2022

Honey, post-apocalyptic is in. The video game duology by Naughty Dog explored an overgrown American landscape ravaged by a biological terror: a brain-eating fungus that converted the vast majority of the inhabitants into parasitic zombies. Given that the games were already such visual experiences, one could wonder why this is necessary in the first place. However, the selection of Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as pivotal characters Joel and Ellie from Game of Thrones should quell any fears that the film may be too literal.

2. Atlanta (Season 3)

Release date: March 24 2022

The third season of Donald Glover’s highly praised FX series has been in the works for almost a decade, with fans eagerly anticipating the return of Earn, Paper Boi, and Darius. This season follows the three as they go on a huge European tour, with Earn frantically clinging to rising rapper Paper Boi. “Atlanta S3 + S4 are going to be some of the best television ever made,” Glover said in an Autumn tweet (since deleted), clearly certain of the show’s prestige credentials. “Only the Sopranos have the power to affect us.” We have faith in it.

1. The Idol

Release date: TBC 2022

Even if we’re rare Assassination Nation stans, Sam Levinson’s greatest hit to date may be the still-running Euphoria, but his next project, a collaboration at A24 with white-hot The Weeknd, has all the potential to be his best. The Idol, starring Lily-Rose Depp, The Weeknd, Suzanna Son, and Troye Sivan, is now filming and follows a cult leader who has a tangled relationship with a pop singer. Sam Levinson, without a doubt.

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