As the new year kicks off, new shows, sequels, and prequels to some of the world’s most favorite shows are expected to take over our screens with long-anticipated appearances. Although 2022 has a lot to live up to, given the fruitful selection of shows displayed in 2021 (including the post-capitalist South Korean binge Squid Games), the new year is expected to give us a taste for dragon lovers, more romance from the regency era, and all the action from the early 1980s.
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts (January 1)
Kickstarting the new year with a magical reunion of our favorite J.K Rowling characters, this HBO Max special is expected to reveal exclusive in-depth interviews and memories about the Harry Potter movie franchise. Welcoming Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, the special marks the 20th anniversary of the Potter movies, the first of which came out back in 2001. Robbie Coltrane who played Hagrid, Tom Felton who played Draco, and other cast members are also expected to make appearances, along with Chris Columbus. The reunion will be available to watch on OSN, on January 1, in the UAE.
Peaky Blinders (February)
The month of February will witness the last of vision blading and mass shootings with the final season of Thomas Shelby and his rebellious family on screen. Set in Birmingham, England, Peaky Blinders‘ last season teased the return of Alfie Solomons (played by Tom Hardy), and hinted that Stephen Graham would be found having a major clash with the Shelbys.
Inventing Anna (February 11)
Set to release in February, this Netflix special is based on the real events of Anna Sorokin, the Russia-born German who changed her identity to con everyone into believing she was a wealthy socialite in New York. The drama series is based on the New York magazine article ‘How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People’, and stars Julia Garner as the main character.
Killing Eve (February 27)
Back in its fourth season, the British spy thriller plots around the intelligence investigator Eve Polastri who tried to capture assassin Villanelle, for whom she develops a mutual obsession. Promising to be a “pitch- black riot”, the fourth season is expected to return with eight episodes led by Laura Neal.
Bridgerton Season 2 (March 25)
The regency era fantasy drama returns in its second season this year and focuses on the life of the eldest Bridgerton son, Anthony, and his journey to find a wife. Fueled by the drive to retain the family name, Anthony’s search leads him to sisters Kate and Edwina Sharma, who have just arrived from India. As Anthony decides to wed Edwina, her sister discovers that his intentions are not driven by true love, and steps in to stop the union.
Ms Marvel (Summer 2022)
Iman Vellani will make her acting debut as Kamala Khan, a New Jersey-based Pakistani who has an affinity for superheroes—specifically, Captain Marvel. She struggles to fit in at home, and eventually finds that she has super powers that turn her into the heroes she’s always admired. The show will be aired on Disney+ over a course of six episodes.
Stranger Things 4 (Summer 2022)
Back in its fourth season, the Netflix special returns after more than three years, picking up from Season 3’s events, where Eleven, Will, Jonathan, and Joyce decided to relocate to California. Taking place in 1986, the show hints that Eleven has some trouble at her new school, as she writes to Mike that she can’t wait to see him over spring break. The first look also hints at other storylines featuring the creepy Creel House that Steve, Dustin, Caleb, and Max explore, and what happened to Jim Hopper, who turned out to be alive.
The Lord of the Rings (September 2)
The J.R.R. Tolkien drama takes place in the second age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before The Hobbit. The show demonstrates the perfect selection of characters, both familiar and new, who confront a long anticipates re-emergence of evil. The show will be screened on Amazon Prime, with one new episode dropping weekly.
Conversations with Friends (TBA)
This show follows Irish millennial Frances and her best friend Bobbi, along with married couple Melissa and Nick, as they all navigate through the complexity of relationships and daily life. The show is based on Sally Rooney’s 2017 debut novel, and stars Alison Oliver and Sasha Lane.
A video game franchise that has been turned into a sci-fi show with Pablo Schreiber as the main character, Halo tells the story of an armored super-soldier Master Chief. The show is set in the 26th century, showcasing conflict between humanity and alien threats known as the Covenant.
House of the Dragon (TBA)
Based on George R.R. Martine’s Fire and Blood, the series is set 200 years before Game of Thrones. It tells the story of King Viserys, who rules over the Iron Throne when a civil war called the Dance of Dragons breaks out, marking the end of the House of Targaryen.
Obi-Wan Kenobi (TBA)
The Disney+ limited series takes place ten years after Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith, and stars Ewan McGregor as the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader.
The Sandman (TBA)
This show is based on the comic book series by Neil Gaiman, a story about Dream, a wizard who has just escaped years of imprisonment. Following his journey to restoring his kingdom, The Dreaming, the Netflix special, narrates the plot “with a blend of modern myth and dark fantasy, in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven”, as described by Gaiman.