It’s coming to the end of our first year together as a nation and I wanted to put a spotlight out there for all of the things I thought were great this year. We’ll do this once a year and I’ll spotlight what I think was a knockout in every category. Feel free to email us your opinions, suggestions & hate mail. TotallyTVNation@gmail.com
Some of this might contain spoilers…
TV & Movies:
Movie of 2017 – Goodbye Christopher Robin – Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson star in this “historical drama” is “inspired by” the lives of A.A. Milne and his son, Christopher Robin, and takes an inside look at one of Milne’s most treasured creations, Winnie The Pooh. From the horrors of war, to a simple walk in the country between father and son, the film is British Heritage Cinema at its most endearing.
New TV Show of 2017 – AMC’s The Son – Starring Pierce Brosnan as Texas rancher Eli McCullough, “The Son” is an epic family saga based on Philipp Meyer’s best-seller of the same name. There are ten hour long episodes, which trace the McCullough family over the course of 150 years and three generations. Flashbacks show young Eli living with the Comanche, plan an important part when it comes to building characters and how they develop. The show has been renewed for a second season on AMC.
Returning TV Show of 2017 – FX – Better Things – This comedy/drama was created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. Adlon also stars as a divorced actress who is raising three daughters by herself. It’s a fresh and smart look at the relationship between mothers and daughters. It’s beautiful and funny all at the same time. The subtle performance by relative newcomer Hannah Alligood will leave you both rooting for and occasionally hating the middle daughter who struggles with gender identity issues.
Most Valuable New Cast/Character -Spike TV – Malese Jow / Mareth – The Shannara Chronicles – It’s not that Malese Joe is strikingly beautiful, she is. It’s not that Mareth Ravenlock (her character) is a total badass, she is. It’s the ability this talented actress has to be both “bad ass druid warrior princess” and “the girl next door” at the same time. As Mareth and Will fall in love, audiences fell in love with Mareth. Her character has so many unexplored layers. She’s the daughter of Allanon, she’s the rightful heir to the elven throne, she’s the next druid who will protect the four lands. Mareth was a breath of fresh air for season 2 of the formerly MTV and now SPIKE TV fantasy drama.
TV Performance of 2017 – STARZ – Erica Ash as Mary Charles “M-Chuck” Calloway – Survivor’s Remorse – For the final season of Survivor’s Remorse, it was a pretty bold decision to tackle the subject matter at hand. M-Chuck found out that her mom was raped by multiple men, any of who could be her father, and that’s just the tip of that iceberg. I would argue that Erica Ash had a better storyline than co-star Jessie T. Usher this season. M-Chuck is a total ballbuster. She wears her heart on her sleeve, but isn’t afraid to kick some ass if that’s what the situation calls for! Erica Ash showed depth, range, and a deep connection to this character.
Comics & Streaming:
Comic Based TV Show – Marvel’s The Runaways – Hulu – Hulu is jumping into the comic to TV game in a big way. The Runaways is smart, fresh, and nothing like what we’ve seen before. The first two episodes draw a clear picture of the seasons biggest mysteries and issues, but it’s episode 4 that leaves you on the edge of your seat wanting to know more.
Returning Comic Based TV Character of 2017 – Manu Bennett as Deathstroke – CW’s Arrow – Manu Bennett will go down in TV history as one of the definitive DC TV villains. His portrayal of Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, belongs in the same category as Michael Rosenbaum’s Lex Luthor on Smallville and Wentworth Miller’s Leonard Snart/Captain Cold on The Flash. These are definitive versions of these characters, the bar has been set.
New Comic Based TV Character of 2017 – Emma Dumont as Polaris – Fox’s The Gifted – Mutants Unite! Polaris, the daughter of Magneto, is the breakout character of Fox’s The Gifted. She’s portrayed by Emma Dumont as a tough as nails mutant who knows that a war is coming. Finding balance in a character as unbalanced as Polaris is a difficult task, but Dumont serves us up small doses of badassery and drama. Watch out for this one!
Streaming Service of 2017 – – It was another huge year for Netflix. With insta-hits like Iron Fist and Marvel’s Defenders, Netflix also put out stellar seasons of The Ranch, Friends from College, House of Cards, OITNB, and Master of None. Shows like Frontier, Peaky Blinders, and Godless, are going to put Netflix in the for front when it comes to original content, and that’s not even talking about smash hits like 13 Reasons Why and Strange Things.
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