Amy Adams and Jean-Marc Vallée. Andre Holland and J.J. Abrams. Cary Fukunaga and the insane cast of “Maniac” (including Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, and Justin Theroux). These creative and cast pairings are enticing even before you start talking about the individual stories. Sure, we’re more excited about “Sharp Objects” knowing it’s from the author of “Gone Girl” and “Castle Rock” is off on the right foot thanks to Stephen King’s involvement.
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But sometimes all vieweres need to be all in on a show are two people: a talented actor and a brilliant producer, writer, director, or other involved creative entity. The spark between them could create enough magic to fuel seasons of engrossing content, or it could be what separates very good TV from truly great television. The medium in 2018 offers so many of these compelling pairings, but IndieWire has boiled the list down to 25.
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Scroll through the following list to see what creator and cast combinations you should be prepared for this year. Some are long-awaited renunions or thrilling partnerships rekindled. Others introduce new partners to one another in what seems like a promising — or peculiar — fit. Make sure to read all the way through and keep an eye out for more coverage on each series as 2018 continues.
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