Ever since the advent of Buffy, urban fantasy on TV has grown considerably popular. Which is a good thing because the genre has produced some great shows over the years, including Supernatural, Constantine, True Blood, Being Human, Van Helsing, Teen Wolf and a whole slew of other awesome shows.
While this year we had Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Marvel’s Cloak And Dagger, and my favorite, Impulse, which was a brilliant series about a young girl struggling to cope with her newly emerging supernatural powers.
Many of the established shows will no doubt be returning for new seasons in 2019, but there are also other urban fantasy shows scheduled to appear next year as well. This is my pick of the punch, representing the shows that have the most potential for urban fantasy awesomeness in 2019.
1. Good Omens
The bestselling novel written in the 90’s by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet gets a TV adaptation, and will makes its debut on Amazon, running for six episodes. Telling the tale of the bungling of Armageddon and featuring an angel, a demon, an 11-year-old Antichrist and a doom-saying witch. With Gaiman as showrunner this one has the potential to be a big hit, especially given how popular the book is.
2. His Dark Materials
Another TV adaptation of a story that started life as a book, or rather as three books. The epic trilogy centers around two children who grow up while journeying across parallel worlds, where they encounter talking armored bears and, of course, our world. The series is a young adult take on urban fantasy, much like Harry Potter is, although Pullman uses the story to to take a swing at organized religions as well, giving it a bit more bite. I for one am interested in how this will turn out.
3. The Dark Tower
TV land takes a crack at Stephen King’s sprawling fantasy series after Hollywood fucked it up. The series starts as Tolkien inspired fantasy, but when King ties Mid-World to Derry, Maine, and his other favorite locations, things take a more of an urban fantasy turn. If they keep the tone as dark as the books, I’ll be happy to watch this.
4. Carnival Row
I thought this one sounded really interesting until I read that Orlando Bloom was to star. I’m not the biggest of Bloom fans, but I’m willing to set my preconceptions aside here because the premise sounds good: a serial killer preys on mystical creatures in a dark futuristic city, a detective on the case becomes the prime suspect in the murders. Hopefully it will be as dark as it sounds.
5. The Rook
According to IMDB, “This London-set series centers on a young woman pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries while grappling with extraordinary abilities of her own. After waking in a park with total amnesia surrounded by dead bodies, she must fight to uncover her past, and resume her position at the head of Britain’s most secret (supernatural) service before the traitors who stole her memory can finish what they started.” Yes it’s based on a book by Stephanie Meyer, but hopefully it will be better than Twilight.
6. The Vervainya Project
Due to financial hardships, the quiet town of Cravenwood is forced to make room for the mythical creatures of Vervainya. To try and make coexistence easier, an integration high school for humans and mythics has been established. But throwing teenagers, secrets, and drugs in the mix, it becomes a battle against time to either come together or fall apart. Sounds interesting, right? It could be good or it could be tacky nonsense. Time will tell.
7. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Yes, you read that right, they’re rebooting Buffy. Apparently they tried to do so in 2010 with a new movie, but due to intense criticism from fans and the lack of Joss Whedon’s insolvent, the movie got shelved. Fast forward to today and we apparently have a new series in production, with Whedon’s backing if not direct involvement. If the show does emerge, it will no doubt take some flack from fans of the old series, but who cares as long as it’s good, right?