new TV shows 2023

2023 is here, and a host of shiny new TV is on the horizon (or in some cases, already begun). Last year felt like it was jam-packed, with hits like Wednesday and House of the Dragon breaking the internet seemingly every few weeks.

Thankfully, the new year looks like it won’t let up in the amount of great stuff that’ll be available to stream- from the returns of some of the biggest and best shows on TV to a few new exciting projects from people like Steven Spielberg, Shonda Rhimes and Rian Johnson. Netflix, Amazon, HBO, BBC- whatever your platform of choice, there’s plenty to go around. Read on for the most exciting TV shows in 2023.

Succession

One of those shows that really puts the “prestige” in prestige television, the hugely acclaimed Succession returns in the spring to rack up a fourth season. HBO’s most turbulent family are back to continue vying for power over the Waystar RoyCo media empire- and things are set to somehow get even more heated. Looming over this season is Logan Roy’s (Brian Cox) impending sale of Waystar to Lukas Mattsson (Alexander Skarsgard), a tech visionary keen to sink his fingers into a new business pie. The rest of the Roys aren’t too happy, and the knives once again come out (if they were ever put away, to begin with).

Available on: HBO and Sky Atlantic

Begins: Spring 2023

Happy Valley

You don’t need to wait long to watch the third (and final) series of Happy Valley – in fact, the first episode premiered in the UK on New Year’s Day. Sarah Lancashire returns to her much-celebrated role as the hardened Sgt Catherine Cawood, who’s anticipating hanging up the luminous green jacket and walkie-talkie to finally retire. But that’s still a few months away- and she finds herself once again having to come face to face again with James Norton’s loathsome Tommy Lee Royce, the man who drove her daughter Becky to suicide. This series begins six years after the previous one, and Catherine is living with her daughter’s son Ryan, who was previously revealed to have been the result of Tommy’s rape of Becky. With five more episodes to go and critical praise pouring in after the premiere, it looks like this last series might be the best of all.

Available on: BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Begins: Now available

Masters of the Air

We definitely hope this series arrives this year: the much talked about Masters of the Air has been in development for years, as Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ follow-up to masterful WWII dramas Band of Brothers and The Pacific. 13 years after The Pacific first aired, Masters of the Air is set to finally materialise is year on Apple TV+, after the previous shows were on HBO. It’ll tell the tale of the Eight Air Force of the US Army Air Forces, and has an estimated budget of over $200 million. Band of Brothers in particular has a seemingly endless list of actors who would later become some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and Masters of Air already has cast Elvis’ Austin Butler, The Banshees of Inisherin and Batman star Barry Keoghan, and the new Doctor himself Ncuti Gatwa. Production has been underway in Britain, and the miniseries will hopefully see the light of day later this year.

Available on: Apple TV+

Begins: Likely late 2023

Poker Face

Combine one of the best writers currently working in Hollywood with the star of the much-loved Russian Doll, and you get Poker Face. This new series will be arriving in the first few months of 2023 and sees Natasha Lyonne play Charlie Cale, a casino worker who becomes a detective thanks to her intuition and ability to tell when someone is lying. Rian Johnson is the man behind the scripts (and mysteries), and it’ll have a case-of-the-week style format, with Charlie putting her sleuthing skills to the test each episode. The show has got a pretty sizeable cast attached, with Lyonne being joined by Joesph Gordon Levitt, Adrien Brody, Chole Sevigny, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Cherry Jones, and Luis Guzmán. The show is set to arrive on Peacock in the US on 26th January, with a UK release later.

Available on: Peacock in the US, TBA in the UK

Begins: Early 2023

You S4 - New TV shows 2023
You. Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in episode 404 of You. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

You Season 4

Serial killer drama You is making a comeback this year, with a fourth season arriving on Netflix in February. The dramatic end of season 3 (spoilers!) saw Victoria Perdetti’s Love Quinn killed off, and Joe (Penn Badgley) forging a new identity and escaping to Paris. Season 4 however will be mostly set in London, the first time the show has moved out of the US, with Joe now sporting a beard and finding a new set of characters to get mixed up with. One of these is Kate, played by Ghosts and Call the Midwife star Charlotte Richie. The show also features Tati Gabrielle (returning as Marianne Bellamy), Lukas Gage, Tilly Keeper, Sean Pertwee, Amy-Leigh Hickman, and Stephen Hagan. Oh, and it’ll be split into two parts for extra murder-y goodness.

Available on: Netflix

Begins: 09.02.23

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

It was only a matter of time before the hugely popular Bridgerton began getting spin-offs, and the first is in the form of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. This new instalment in the Bridger-verse is a prequel, telling the origins of Queen Charlotte, played both by Golda Rosheuvel reprising her role as the older Charlotte and India Amarteifio as the younger version. The plot will see the young Charlotte “betrothed to the mysterious King of England against her will, Charlotte arrives in London only to realise she was not exactly what the royals were expecting”, and beginning the rise to eventually become monarch. A first look at the series was unveiled by Netflix only a few days ago, and you’ll be able to dive back into Shonda Rhimes and Julia Quinn’s world when the show lands later this year.

Available on: Netflix

Releases: Later in 2023

The Idol

From the team behind Euphoria comes The Idol, an ambitious and raunchy new series coming to HBO later this year. It stars and is co-created by Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, and combines the world of pop stars with a manipulative cult leader. The show centres around Jocelyn, played by Lily-Rose Depp, an aspiring pop idol who’s beginning a successful career. However, a nervous breakdown results in her new tour being cancelled, and she becomes desperate to recover and get back on track. She ends up seeking the help of a self-help guru and modern-day cult leader, Tedros, who falls in love with Jocelyn and begins a relationship with her. The upcoming series will also star Suzanna Son, Moses Sumney, Dan Levy, Eli Roth, Rachel Sennot and Hank Azaria, along with Anne Heche in her final TV performance.

Available on: HBO and Sky Atlantic

Begins: Likely the first half of 2023


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