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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.)

TV

'Veep' and 'Games of Thrones,' HBO

Tony Hale, left, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in a scene from "Veep," while and Lena Headey, right, appears in "Game of Thrones." (HBO)
Tony Hale, left, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus star in a scene from "Veep," while and Lena Headey, right, appears in "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

Nasty women with high political aspirations will rule in 2017, or at least on some of HBO’s most popular returning series.

Two very different shows — the fantastical drama “Game of Thrones” and the political satire “Veep” — left us with opposite scenarios in 2016: a women occupying the highest governing seat in the land and one taking leave of that seat.

Now, the question as to how those women deal with that power, or the loss of it, makes Season 6 of “Veep” and 7 for “Game of Thrones” two of the most anticipated returning shows of the new year.

In “Veep,” Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) became POTUS after the elected president resigned, but it was short-lived. Last season, she came up for reelection, and lost, to another woman.

The big question is how the incompetent, narcissistic and ill-informed Meyer will deal with her post-election loss spiral and transitioning back to life outside the White House. Either way, it’ll surely mirror the reality of the real-life election of 2016 — and we need something to laugh about at this point.

It’s been a long, hard and disgustingly muddy road for the women of Westeros, but in the seventh season, they’re finally poised to seize power from the men who’ve demeaned, abused and locked them up.

Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) is on the throne in King’s Landing. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is poised to challenge her, as is Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), who’s amassing another army. All are fierce and ready to rule. There will be dragons. The new year is already looking up.

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