Peacemaker, The Lord of the Rings and House of the Dragon are all set to debut / Picture Credits (l-r): HBO, Amazon Studios, HBO
Peacemaker, The Lord of the Rings and House of the Dragon are all set to debut / Picture Credits (l-r): HBO, Amazon Studios, HBO

With a New Year comes a whole lot of new television shows, many of which we’re sure will be entertaining us and leaving us wanting more.

There are already a whole host of unique series that have been announced, some of which will be hitting the small screen before too long and so, with that in mind, here are seven new TV shows we can’t wait to watch in 2022…

Peacemaker - Released January 13th on HBO Max; UK premiere date TBA

John Cena's run as Peacemaker in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad was much-loved by the majority of people watching and so, when we heard that he would be getting his own series, it was like music to the ears.

Peacemaker will follow the titular antihero in an origin story of sorts, breathing life into the ‘before’ of his pursuit of becoming a superhero. The only problem? He’s willing to do extremely nefarious and violent things to hundreds of people, so long as the end-result is one he deems heroic. This is gonna be chaotic - we can’t wait.

The Afterparty - Released January 28th on Apple TV+

When you combine an incredible cast with murder-mystery and comedy, what do you get? We'll soo find out when The Afterparty makes its debut, from Academy Award winners Chris Miller and Phil Lord (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse).

The series will focus on a murder mystery at a high school reunion, with each of the episodes exploring a different character's perspective and account of the night in question, all through the lens of unique film genres and visuals that match the storyteller’s narrative.

House of the Dragon - Release date TBA (HBO, Sky Atlantic, NOW)

Whether you were a lover or a hater of the way things were wrapped up in the original Game of Thrones HBO series, it’ll be hard to have been a fan of the majority of that show and not want to dip in and see what this prequel series has to offer.

House of the Dragon takes place around 170 years before the first season of Game of Thrones, and around 130 years after the Targaryen family first claimed control of Westeros. Expect to see plenty of betrayals, death and of course, shocking scenes that will leave our jaws on the floor.

The best part? Author George R. R. Martin has already completed work on the story on which House of the Dragon is based.

The Lord of the Rings - Released September 2nd on Amazon Prime Video

Set thousands of years before the events of both The Hobbit and the original Lord of the Rings book and film series, this new show will take place in the Second Age of Middle-earth following an ensemble set of yet-to-be-named characters, as they band together to take on the evil that has reemerged in the region.

A whole host of famous faces have signed up to take part in the series, but it is only Morfydd Clark's Galadriel that has been officially announced as a character. Other members of the cast include Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Daniel Weyman, Cynthia Addai-Robinson and Maxim Baldry.

Obi-Wan Kenobi - Release date TBA (Disney+)

Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to debut in 2022 / Picture Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney
Obi-Wan Kenobi is set to debut in 2022 / Picture Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney

Deborah Chow slips into the director's chair for upcoming Disney+ original series Obi-Wan Kenobi, which will bring Ewan McGregor back into the role of the iconic Jedi Master. Hayden Christensen will also be making his return as the villainous Darth Vader.

The show will take place a decade after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, where Kenobi saw his greatest defeat and watched as his friend and Jedi apprentice turned into an evil Sith Lord.

Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie will all also star.

The Last of Us - Release date TBA (HBO; UK broadcaster TBA)

Joel and Ellie in The Last of Us video game / Picture Credit: Naughty Dog
Joel and Ellie in The Last of Us video game / Picture Credit: Naughty Dog

Based on the beloved video game series of the same name, fans of Joel and Ellie’s story in The Last of Us will get an opportunity to watch it in live-action when Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey bring the two characters to the small screen, in a chaotic zombie drama unlike any other.

Exactly how much of the original story will be stuck to in the TV series remains to be seen, but we're sure it's going to be one heck of a watch. Fingers crossed it makes its 2022 release date, with so many other big projects also in development!

The Sandman - Release date TBA (Netflix)

Neil Gaiman is one of the most celebrated authors of the modern era, and for good reason. Now, his critically-acclaimed comic book series The Sandman is being adapted for Netflix, who have updated the story for a modern world.

With The Lord of Dreams summoned and captured by mortals, his troubles are just beginning. Upon making an escape from his captivity, the eternal ruler will come to realise that there's a lot more at stake than just his freedom.

Tom Sturridge stars in the lead role of Dream, with an ensemble cast including Charles Dance, Gwendoline Christie, Joely Richardson, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Patton Oswalt, Stephen Fry, Asim Chaudhry, Boyd Holbrook, Mason Alexander Park, John Cameron Mitchell, Niamh Walsh, Nina Wadia, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Razane Jammal and Donna Preston.

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