Milo Ventimiglia’s ‘The Company You Keep’ and Must-See Winter TV Shows
USA TODAY TV critic Kelly Lawler names five must-see new TV shows this winter, including Milo Ventimiglia’s “The Company You Keep.”
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More zombies? More spies? More witches?
This winter is a new promise TV program Looks and Smells Much Like Past Series: A Zombie Apocalypse Drama, But This Time HBO On the basis of the video games. ABC’s con man spy romance, but starring everyone’s favorite network TV hunk, Milo Ventimiglia. Another Anne Rice adaptation on AMC, but instead of vampires there are witches.murder mystery from “Glass Onion” Peacock, directed by Rian Johnson.And Amazon’s Dark His Comedy Starring Perennial Villain Actors Christoph Waltz as a bad guy.
With dozens of new shows set to premiere between now and mid-March, we’ve picked five that really deserve it. You may feel like you’ve seen it before, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s true that in the cyclical world of Hollywood, everything old becomes new again, but take, for example, the well-trodden tale of the zombie apocalypse and make it new with a sharp script, engaging actors, and fungal zombies. There is a way to (yes, you read that right – zombies are made of mushrooms). The familiar can be novel enough to pique your interest, and it’s fun to see romantic heroes like Ventimiglia wearing tuxedos. Southern Gothic fantasy is a classic . Johnson knows how to write a mystery.
And waltzes are always terrifying.
“Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches”
AMC+ (Sunday) and AMC (8 January; Sunday, 9 EST/PST)
AMC has invested heavily in adapting the work of acclaimed fantasy author Rice, and “Witches” is the latest addition to last fall’s stunning work. “Interview with the Vampire” In the new series, Alexandra Daddario will play a brain surgeon. The brain surgeon is also a very powerful witch with a legacy of mystery, which she doesn’t realize. It builds a compelling lead in a spooky Gothic series rooted in its roots.
“The Last of Us”
HBO (Sunday, January 15, 9 EST/PST)
HBO is going big with this acclaimed adaptation playstation video game, an aggressive fungus turned much of the world into “infected” monsters (they’re actually just zombies). Twenty years after the outbreak, Joel (Pedro Pascal) is one of his survivors living in the New World Order, a grimy and depressing dictatorship. He crosses paths with her teenage Ellie (Bella Ramsey, “Catherine called Birdie”) and agrees to travel with her to a new “quarantine zone.” There’s just something a little different about her, maybe something special. Game of Thrones alumni Pascal and Ramsey are the perfect pair to lead a series that responds to the intimate and visceral nature of video games.
Peacock (Thursday, January 26)
With her trademark curly hair and gravelly drawl, Natasha Lyonne leads this new Peacock Murder series as a washed-up poker player with an uncanny ability to tell when people are lying. To do. Her desire for truth causes her to fall into a runaway scrape. The outrageous concept is underpinned by Leon’s inherent charisma and a series of delightful guest stars, including Adrien Brody and Benjamin Bratt.
ABC (Sunday, February 19, 10 EST/PST)
For Milo Ventimiglia, it’s a family affair. The actor captivated fans for his six seasons on NBC’s “This Is Us,” but now he’s back with a possibly even more dysfunctional clan on “Company.” He plays the prodigal son of a family of crooks who think they have achieved the final and greatest score. But when his plans go awry, he is (naturally) drawn back into the game, falling in love with a CIA agent (Katherine Henna Kim) along the way. Easy to watch and very romantic, “Company” feels like a natural and welcome next step for the actors.
Amazon (February 24)
Spooky, twisted, and just a little bit twisted, this very dark workplace comedy starts with a shooting and gets darker from there. After the sudden death of the CEO of a smartphone app game company, a mysterious consultant (Waltz) appears and takes over the organization with an unconventional and crazy management style. Also starring Nat Wolfe (“The Stand”) and Brittany O’Grady (“The White Lotus”), this series defies all expectations while pulling you into a bizarre tale.
Return the show we’re excited about…
- “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (MTV, Jan. 6): The beloved and long-running drag queen contest series returns to the new network for Season 15 with a new guest judge: Ariana Grande.
- “You” (Netflix, Feb. 9): Stalker-murderer Joe (Penn Badgley) returns for the fourth season of this addictive drama, bringing his talents for crime and danger to London. no one is safe.
- “Party Down” (Starz, February 24): More than a decade after two seasons of Starz’s workplace comedy about a catering waiter in Los Angeles, the show is beloved and hilarious with an almost complete original cast including Adam Scott, Martin Starr and Jane Lynch. I am back.
- “Yellowjacket” (Showtime, March 26): Showtime’s breakout hit about a girls’ high school soccer team that survived a plane crash (and its effect on adults as adults decades later) was an online and Emmy favorite in its first season. Season 2 introduces new cast members such as Elijah Wood and Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”).
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