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From Succession to The Newsreader, here are 16 shows to watch next

The remainder of 2021 has no shortage of promising shows and welcome return seasons. Here are the best to watch out for.

24/07/2021 5:05:00 PM

Congratulations if you’ve actually managed to keep up with the ever-increasing options of television in 2021. This year’s TV offerings are only halfway through! Here are 16 series to watch out for | streaming whattowatch entertainment

The remainder of 2021 has no shortage of promising shows and welcome return seasons. Here are the best to watch out for.

The Blockreturns for its 17th season with the nature of housing quickly changing: butler’s pantries are out, home offices are in. The year’s edition, which takes over a court in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Hampton, is a fans-versus-favourites scenario, with familiar faces and newcomers building five luxury family homes. In a first, each property will have a basement level excavated for design usage, although I doubt anyone will use my suggestion of a panic room.

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TBCCan Julian Fellowes bring the hook-laden storytelling ofDownton Abbeyto 19th-century America? The British screenwriter moves across the Atlantic for his new series, which focuses on the burgeoning wealth and changing society of New York City in the 1880s. His fulcrum is three women at the forefront of this world: a widowed aristocrat (Christine Baranski), her impoverished sister (Christine Nixon) and a new-money interloper determined to force change (Carrie Coon). Fingers crossed it has a line as sublime as

Downton’s “What’s a weekend?”TBCLord of the Rings (Amazon Prime)Given that it’s going to be the most expensive television series ever made, this prequel – by thousands of years – to Peter Jackson’s film trilogy could yet slip back to 2022. Either way, Amazon paid the estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien about $US330 million for the rights alone, with the vast production buoying the New Zealand economy for more than a year now. An ensemble cast will re-create the fantasy world of humans, elves, dwarves and orcs as evil rises and Middle-earth obsessives get very, very excited.

TBCHarley Breen and Susie Youssef host the hit crafting competition Making It Australia.AdvertisementReality competition shows have long relied on crafty contestants, but the term gets a different spin in this inclusive series where hopefuls race against the clock to craft their best handmade projects for judging. The American edition, hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, is already a hit, with challenges including costume production and shed fitouts.

The Project’s Susie Youssef and comedian Harley Breen host the Australian version, where getting on the tools is meant to be a feel-good experience.TBCMs. Marvel (Disney+)Disney’s streaming foray into the Marvel blockbuster realm has been focused on familiar film characters, in series such as

WandaVisionandLoki, but it will break new ground with this screen adaptation by British comic Bisha K. Ali of the comic book about a 16-year-old New Jersey Muslim American, Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), who goes from writing superhero fan fiction to wrestling with her superpowers. It’s a teenage origin story, steeped in family and school, which is a milieu that could resonate if handled right.

TBCYoson An and Alyssa Sutherland star in SBS’s gold-rush drama New Gold Mountain.Credit:SBSThe gold rush of the 1850s changed the trajectory of the British colonies that would become Australia, but period drama tropes get a welcome new lens in this revisionist drama that examines the dual worlds of British rule and Chinese miners in 1855 Bendigo. The two parallel worlds cross over when a murder brings unwanted attention, linking characters played by Yoson An (

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