2018 was an odd year for Amazon Prime Video. It dropped two of its most high profile shows to date – The Romanoffs, Matthew Wiener’s expensive Mad Men follow-up, and Homecoming, Julia Roberts’ first starring TV role – yet it still feels like their biggest shows are flying under the radar.
Homecoming may have brought critical adoration and awards nominations, but like The Marvelous Mrs Maisel before it, it’s hard to know whether anyone is actually tuning in to these ‘landmark’ series.
Only Amazon know that answer for sure, but the shows scheduled for 2019 may become the series that really get subscribers talking.
A six-episode sci-fi series from Neil Gaiman, based on his novel of the same name with Terry Pratchett. The apocalypse is coming, and humanity is doomed – but an angel (Michael Sheen) and a demon (David Tennant) team up in order to try and sabotage the end of the world… Read more about Good Omens on Amazon here
John Krasinski may be an unlikely action hero, but he’s perfect for the titular role here as a CIA analyst who is thrust out in the field. Season 2 will see him head to South America to “confront the forces in power in a dangerous, declining democratic regime”.
Vikings season 6 – release date tbc
The cult historical drama will return for another round, adding Russian star Danila Kozlovsky as Oleg of Novgorod, an east-European viking.
Bosch season 5 – release date tbc
Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) will return for 10 more episodes, which will see him investigate the murder of an attorney on the eve of his civil rights trial against the LAPD.
Transparent season 5 – release date tbc
Not for the first time in recent memory, a major series will return for its final series without its lead, after sexual harassment allegations surfaced. Jeffrey Tambor has quit the show, so the Pfefferman family will have to carry on without its matriarch…
Is Lord of the Rings coming to Amazon in 2019?
This is Amazon’s biggest deal to date, but it’s set to be a long time before viewers return to Middle-earth. The series has show-runners and a reportedly $1 billion budget, but as yet there is no cast attached to the Prime Video series. Execs have suggested that the series will not be released until at least 2020, but it could be even later than that…