The 6 Most Iconic TV Shows of 2022
As the television medium continues to soar to innovative new heights, the industry’s creative appeal has never been higher. Shows of great originality are continually being prepared; encountered alongside important cultural adaptations and deeper explorations of stories and worlds we have come to know and love.
As such, 2022 has the potential to be recognized as a very significant year in television history, as a plethora of iconic shows promise audiences a feast for the eyes in the year ahead. It’s fair to say we’re spoiled for choice.
‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’
Ever since Peter Jackson brought his vision for Middle-earth to life, a hugely active and ever-dedicated fan base has been chomping at the bit for any new journey in JRR Tolkien‘s beloved and diapered world. When news broke in November 2017 of Amazon’s successful acquisition of television rights for The Lord of the Rings for a staggering $250 million, the anticipation was extremely high.
power rings is on track to become the most expensive television show ever produced, with a Season 1 budget of $465 million. The story will take place thousands of years before the events of The Lord of the Rings and will feature a cast of characters, as they confront the re-emergence of evil in Middle-earth. Expectations are therefore at an equally high level. What little we’ve seen of stills and trailers is just enough to whet the appetite for what is sure to be an epic conquest.
‘The House of the Dragon’
The last season of game of thrones always leaves a strange taste for fans of the monument HBO Pin up. But it says a lot about the show’s popularity that a drop in quality can be taken so personally.
Dragon House will adapt George RR Martin’s fire and blood novel that follows the enigmatic House Targaryen and takes place 200 years before the events of game of thrones. Early indications are that the show will have a different tone to its predecessor, however, it will once again be up to HBO to seemingly right its wrongs.
Neil Gaimanot pioneering comic series has been making the rounds in television production for years. At one point, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was attached to direct and star, with Gaiman on board as executive producer. He eventually left the project after Warner Bros. transferred the project to its subsidiary, New Line Cinema. Now the show will be created by the exciting combination of Gaiman himself, with David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg.
The sand man follows Dream, the personification of dreams, who, after escaping the confinement of a mortal wizard, sets out to recover his lost equipment. His dark, contemporary style is a rich blend of legend, fantasy and historical drama: his narrative is as complex as it is intriguing. Similarly, the idea of throwing Gwendoline Christie like the usually male role of Lucifer.
Ewan McGregor once again in the shoes of a role he seemed destined to play. Truth be told, McGregor as a bearded, blue Jedi wielding a lightsaber was one of the shining lights of the otherwise underwhelming prequel trilogy. To see the role thus revitalized is as reassuring as it is justified. Of equal intrigue is Hayden Christensen returning as Anakin Skywalker, albeit under the iconic Darth Vader’s helmet.
The plot has not yet been revealed. But we can speculate that the spin-off series will follow Obi-Wan as he navigates a treacherous world dominated by the Galactic Empire.
‘Knight of the Moon’
Following his recently successful release alongside Jessica Chastain in Scenes from a wedding, Oscar Isaac returns to the middle of television as Marc Spector in Marvel’s moon knight. Often compared to DC’s Batman, moon knight follows a former U.S. Marine struggling with dissociative identity disorder. After miraculously gaining the powers of an Egyptian moon god, he soon discovers that his newfound powers are both a blessing and a curse.
The casting of Oscar Issac, surely one of the most sought-after actors of his generation, is enough to provoke great bursts of excitement. Additionally, the presence of a darker themed narrative is relatively new ground for the MCU and marks an exciting direction for the studio.
‘The last of us’
Of all these high-potential productions, the most compelling is arguably the upcoming post-apocalyptic TV series. The last of us, considered the greatest television production in Canadian history. It will be an adaptation of the hit 2013 video game developed by Naughty Dog. After almost an entire year of filming, production is set to wrap on June 8, 2022.
The original video game won over 200 game of the year awards and is rightly revered as one of the best on consoles in recent times. The story follows an emotionally devastating narrative as Joel (a setter, played by Troy Baker) is tasked with escorting Ellie (a teenage girl, played by Ashley Johnson) across a dark and eerie post-apocalyptic America.
The show will be written and developed by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckman. The latter served as director on the original game, while Craig Mazin was more recently the mind behind the acclaimed HBO miniseries. Chernobyl. Druckman’s writing style relies on complex character relationships. His first-hand experience of the source material gives us a more reliable notion of a heartfelt adaptation.
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Season 6 is expected to air in the first quarter of 2022, although no release date has been announced.
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