Each winter gives way to spring, to hope eternal, to new movies and TV shows to watch while ignoring the fresh flowers and summer breezes and changing foliage of the unforgiving outdoors. And looking at the upcoming season's release schedule, there’s no reason to think that 2017 won’t deliver wonders for our eyes and ears. From old favorites (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious”) to shiny new confections (Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” the CW’s “Riverdale”), the year to come does what all new years do: dangle promise before us, daring us to reach for it.
Here are the movies and television shows that the L.A. Times’ Calendar staff are most excited to see in 2017. We don’t know if any of them will be any good, but we can’t wait to find out.
(Reminder: Release and premiere dates subject to change.)
Sam Duvet and Tim Cramblin are admen, but with none of the style, savvy or skills of Don Draper and Roger Sterling. The old friends and Detroit locals, played by real-life old friends and Detroit locals Sam Richardson (“Veep”) and Tim Robinson (“Saturday Night Live”), are advertising execs of the low-budget variety – full of small ideas and big aspirations.
Cramblin Advertising was once respected for its weighty accounts with Delta and Budweiser, but since the low-achieving Tim took it over from his father (who went insane), the firm now specializes in late-night TV ads for local hot tub kings, children’s furniture outlets and shady accident attorneys.
The two strive to regain the agency’s past glory by landing their first big account with Chrysler, but somehow their campaign ideas (“Jesus Chrysler, What a Car!”) keep missing the mark. The 10-episode weekly series follows the duo’s quest to land a big one, even if the two awkward buddies with “Loser” practically printed across their out-of-date Gap polo shirts have no idea how to get there.
Co-created and written by Richardson and Robinson, “Detroiters” also features guest spots by Keegan-Michael Key, Michael Che, Steve Higgins and Malcolm Jamal-Warner, among others. The show’s executive producer, Jason Sudeikis, also costars here as the hard-to-please Chrysler VP. The absurdly funny chemistry between him, Richardson and Robertson, and the show’s clever references to the Motor City’s culture and scenery, make the series a unique and wonderfully quirky ride through advertising’s not-so-sexy underbelly.