Who knows what the new year will bring, but at the moment, it kinda looks like we all might be spending a lot more time at home for the first couple months of 2022. Luckily, there’s a ton of new TV coming our way. From exciting new shows to spinoffs to scandal-driven limited series, here’s a selection of our most anticipated new 2022 TV.
The tremendously talented Bridget Everett (Patti Cake$, Inside Amy Schumer) stars as Sam, a woman who finds herself adrift in her Kansas hometown after the death of her sister. That is, until she connects with a group of musical outsiders. Premieres January 16 on HBO and HBO Max.
How I Met Your Father
Hilary Duff stars in this remake/reboot/riff on hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother, with Kim Cattrall appearing as the future version of the same character and narrating all the shenanigans. Streaming on Hulu January 18.
The Gilded Age
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes ditches the English countryside for the streets of olde New York in this tale of late 19th century American class conflict. Country bumpkin Marian (Louisa Jacobson) and aspiring writer Peggy (Denée Benton) arrive in New York and find herself caught between the old guard (Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon) and the new (Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector). Premieres January 24 on HBO and HBO Max.
Pam & Tommy
It’s hard to tell at this point whether this is going to be one of the best shows of 2022 or one of the most ill-conceived. Either way, it’s sure to be wild! Marvel’s Sebastian Stan and Downton Abbey’s Lily James are dead ringers for Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson in this limited series dramatizing the events surrounding the unauthorized release of their private sex tape. Streaming February 2 on Hulu.
Based on Jessica Pressler’s 2018 New York Magazine story, this limited series created and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes explores how Anna Sorkin (Julia Garner) invented the persona of “Anna Delvey” and conned New York’s elite out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. A previous Pressler story was the basis for 2019’s Hustlers, so this should be fantastic. Streaming February 11 on Netflix.
You know the story all about how Will Smith’s life got flipped, turned upside down. Peacock’s Bel-Air reimagines the classic ’90s sitcom as an hour-long drama set in contemporary America. The basic premise remains the same: young Will (Jabari Banks) moves from West Philadelphia to L.A.’s exclusive Bel-Air neighborhood. But the new show promises to replace the breezy jokes with a deeper dive into “inherent conflicts, emotions and biases,” that the original couldn’t fully explore. Streaming February 13 on Peacock.
The national appetite for details on the Theranos scandal certainly hasn’t abated. First came reportage, then the podcast, then the documentary and now the scripted limited series. Hulu’s The Dropout is based on the 2019 ABC News podcast of the same name and stars Oscar nominee Amanda Seyfried as the captivatingly creepy Elizabeth Holmes. Streaming March 3 on Hulu.