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2022 will no doubt deliver plenty of new seasons of all our favorite TV shows, but besides continuations of stories we’re already watching, what new programs can people expect? It seems like nearly every new movie or TV show that comes out these days is based on something that already exists–video games, books, comics, or older versions of the same movie or show–and while the new year will mostly double down on this premise, the shows that are coming will undoubtedly garner some attention. Here are some of the most anticipated new shows hitting the screens next year that are based on existing intellectual properties (IP).
“Avatar: The Last Airbender” (Netflix)
Based on the TV series from Nickelodeon, The Last Airbender has quite the fanbase behind it. Characters in the cartoon are able to manipulate the elements of nature (earth, water, fire, air), and while the cartoon series and its spinoff series The Legend of Korra are largely loved, the show was adapted into a live-action film back in 2010 to, let’s say, less than stellar reviews. Fans were excited for a second crack at the live-action format, but after the original creators left the project, there has been mixed reception. That being said, many are still crossing their fingers with high hopes that Netflix will deliver the goods.
House of the Dragon (HBO)
Before white walkers descended south and battles were raged over the throne, dragons ruled the skies. They will do so again in 2022 when House of the Dragon premieres on HBO and HBO Max. After an arguably disappointing ending to the fan-favorite series, A Game of Thrones (perhaps you’ve heard of it?), fans are clamoring for a fresh story with new characters set 300 years before the initial show’s run. The series will center around the reign of the Targaryens over Westeros in all their silver-haired glory. Expect fire and blood.
The Lord of the Rings (Amazon)
Another prequel, this one set well before the fellowship’s journey or Bilbo’s adventures, this prequel to the acclaimed series of the same name is set to drop in September of next year. The show will return to Middle-Earth where viewers will see the beginning of a villainous threat. The same sort of elements from the previous trilogies can be expected, and many are more than thrilled about it. If all goes well, the streaming service will add another smash hit into their expansive library of Amazon shows.
The Last of Us (HBO)
Video game players will likely be familiar with the award-winning franchise which earned multiple Game of the Year Awards, The Last Of Us. The show will largely follow the events of the game, which is set decades after a deadly virus sparks the apocalypse, and is staring Pedro Pascal (A Game of Thrones and The Mandalorian) as Joel Miller, tasked with transporting a young girl named Ellie, played by Bella Ramsey (A Game of Thrones), across the United States. With a stellar cast and the writers of HBO’s Chernobyl along with the original game’s writer, fans are more than a little excited for their favorite game to finally hit the screens.
Mark Your Calendar!
As 2021 comes to a close, 2022 will bring a whole new library of entertaining content for the masses to enjoy throughout the year. Find a show to follow and get excited about, something to look forward to after a long day of work at an accounting firm, or a call center like Votacall, or whatever other industry you might be employed in. If none of these titles piqued your interest, fret not, for there are a plethora of different shows coming to TV and all your favorite streaming services. Disney+ is chock-full of new Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar content just waiting to be watched, as well as Hulu, where you’ll not only have tons of shows but also live sporting events to look forward to. That being said, those who are eager for these titles won’t have long to wait.