Shows to Watch in 2017: Female Leads

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2017, and every year actually, will be the year of leading ladies. Not just in life, because as we all know the answer to ‘who run the world?’ is:

But 2017 will be the year where women take over TV. Leading ladies have been everywhere these days and we’re loving it. The following are shows to look out for in 2017 that have women at the forefront; both making a midseason/season returns and premiering this year.

Jane the Virgin (Jan. 23rd)

Jane Villanueva is continuing on in her telenovela of a life. As we don’t want to give any spoilers away, rather than just add the old trailer, we thought we’d add a behind the scenes clip uploaded by Gina Rodriguez as she plays Jane, the cat burglar. You can catch up on Jane the Virgin on Netflix and Hulu, get ready to binge. Jane the Virgin returns Monday, Jan. 23rd.

Powerless (Feb. 2nd)

The D.C universe will be taking a new approach on heroes this year, in the form of a comedy. Emily Locke, played by Vanessa Hudgens, will set out to prove that not all heroes wear capes. Emily gets the job of her dreams when she becomes Director of Research and Development for Wayne Security in Charm city; a city filled with heroes and villains. Their fighting often causes a load of collateral damage. It’s up to the team over at Wayne Security to keep the citizens safe from the heroes.

Girls (Feb. 12th)

Girls returns for its 6th and final season. Where do Hannah, Shoshanna, Marnie, and Jess end up? Find out Feb. 12th.

Big Little Lies (Feb. 19th)

Shailene Woodley has said that this series is one that is distinct as it delves into the female psyche on a level that most shows have yet to do. The amount of female stardom is flowing throughout this series as its lineup includes Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon, and Zoe Kravitz. The show is based on the bestselling, with the same name, written by Liane Moriarty.

The Handmaid’s Tale (April 26th)

This new Hulu series is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel about women who live in a society in which they’ve lost all their rights. Elizabeth Moss plays Offred, a woman who is forced to “breed” for mankind. Other females within this series include Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, and Ann Dowd.

Shots Fired (March 22nd)

FOX writes, “SHOTS FIRED, is a compelling, 10 part event series that examines the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small, Southern town.” Starring in this 10 part series event is Sanaa Lathan. Lathan plays Ashe Akino an investigator is brought in to look into  a recent death that occurred. She gets there and finds that there is more than just what’s at the surface of this investigation. Shots Fired premieres March 22nd.

Z: The Beginning of Everything  (Amazon: Jan. 27th)

Who hasn’t heard of F. Scott Fitzgerald? Well, now it’s time for Zelda to have her moment in the spotlight. Christina Ricci plays Zelda Fitzgerald in this 2017 Amazon series. The show will focus on the relationship had between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda, as well as, her own contributions to famous pieces of literature. Which it was claimed that her husband stole and never credited her for it. Amazon giving Zelda the justice she deserves.

Orphan Black (Spring 2017)

Orphan black is returning for its final season. Tatiana Maslany, playing a total of 11 characters on the show will wrap up Orphan Black this Spring.

Insecure Season 2 (Fall 2017)

Insecure focuses on the friendship of two young black women in their 20s going through life having to overcome insecurities and real life issues. The show is authentic, has comedy, romance, and great music. It has been renewed for a second season which is set to air Fall 2017.

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