2024 is revving up, and 2024 TV is following suit. This week, some big name players are coming to grace our television screens, and tee up some genuinely good TV to get our new year really rockin’ and rollin’.
Like Jodie Foster who, along with Kali Reis, is bringing back all the best parts and promise of True Detective season 1. Night Country, the fourth True Detective season, is written by Issa López, and will be set up in the frigid Alaskan north during the entire month (or so) of night. Hell yeah!
Alaqua Cox will also finally be getting her chance to shine as Echo in Marvel’s Echo, the grittiest MCU show to date. Perhaps best of all, Marvel is putting this under its new Spotlight series, meaning there’s no previous MCU knowledge required.
Here’s the rest of the best new TV premieres and finales this week.
New shows on Netflix
The Trust: A Game of Greed
Genre: Game show
Release date: Jan. 10, with four episodes
Host: Brooke Baldwin
Cast: Eleven people who will “test human nature”
If you were offered a piece of a quarter million dollars, would you try to take an even share? The Trust is here to find out, giving 11 strangers the chance to try to keep more for themselves. Netflix is billing this as “the ultimate test of human nature,” but let’s call it what it really is: a fun enough idea for a reality show to see just how greedy these 11 people will turn out to be.
New shows on Hulu
Genre: Gritty MCU
Release date: Jan. 10, with all episodes
Showrunner/creator: Marion Dayre
Cast: Alaqua Cox, K. Devery Jacobs, Vincent D’Onofrio
Echo (Alaqua Cox) first turned up in Hawkeye, where she learned the unfortunate truth about her surrogate father, Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio). Echo will pick up on her life after the end of Hawkeye, where she attempted to take over Kingpin’s empire and became the superhero we know her to be.
New shows on Max
True Detective: Night Country
Genre: Spooky murder mystery
Release date: Jan. 14 with one episode
Showrunner/creator: Issa López
Cast: Jodie Foster, Kali Reis, John Hawkes
Just when you thought you were out, the spiral pulls you back in. The new True Detective harkens back to the first one in mood: Two terse and dedicated detectives solving a mysterious murder, with Lovecraftian horror and some sort of spooky shit guiding their path. A spoiler-free review: We have our first genuinely great show of the year.
New shows on AMC Plus
Genre: Murder mystery
Release date: Jan. 14 with one episode
Showrunners/creators: Scott Frank and Tom Fontana
Cast: Clive Owen, Alfre Woodard, Dean Winters
Sam Spade (Clive Owen) is back, and he looks totally different from how we know him — mostly. The character first appeared in Dashiell Hammett’s novel The Maltese Falcon, before showing up in other stories, including the film adaptation of the same name with Humphrey Bogart as Spade. Now it’s Clive Owen’s turn, and the new AMC Plus show has him back in his noir happy place, only now with a bit more of a modern sheen and some True Detective-esque murders to boot.
New shows on Peacock
Genre: Raunchy prequel
Release date: Jan. 11
Showrunner/creator: Seth MacFarlane
Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Alanna Ubach, Scott Grimes
Remember Ted? Seth MacFarlane as a lewd, talking teddy bear? Well he’s back, with a prequel show about the years before the Ted movies. Set in the ’90s, the Peacock show will be focusing on how much being a 16-year-old kind of whomps, even if you have a magical teddy bear who loves drugs and swears.
New shows on Apple TV Plus
Genre: Crime procedural
Release date: Jan. 10
Showrunner/creator: Paul Rutman
Cast: Cush Jumbo and Peter Capaldi
Two detectives, thrown together by chance, tasked with solving an impossible case. It’s a tried and true formula, and Criminal Record is no exception. This time it’s bringing in some heavy hitters, though: Cush Jumbo as the young detective early in her career, and Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi as the seasoned veteran who’s determined to protect his reputation.
Monarch: Legacy of Monsters finale
Genre: Kaiju world
Release date: Jan. 12
Showrunners/creators: Matt Fraction and Chris Black
Cast: Anna Sawai, Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell
Big monsters! Alternate dimensions! An around-the-world adventure trying to outrun shadowy organizations! Kurt and Wyatt Russell playing the same character! Godzilla as himself! Monarch season 1 had it all — and the season 1 finale is here to deliver (and help explain just why everyone is chasing all these kaijus).