It seems like just yesterday that we were talking about the ever-steep climb in overseas co-productions and imports, but that was all the way back in February. In the approximately 39 years since then, we’ve seen plenty of TV trends in the calendar year of 2021.
One last entry for the list: some creative practices surrounding the premieres of various new network shows. Technically, some 2022 shows are getting sneak peeks here in the waning weeks of this year. Even without those, though, December would be chock full of shows angling to get some special attention in the already-crowded holiday rush.
We’ve got prequels, sidequels, continuations, adaptations, reimaginations, and remembrances. The biggest surprise is that this has become just another normal month in the endless ocean of new, intriguing TV.
(For one final time this year, a reminder that if this collection is somehow not enough to fill your viewing calendar, check out our roundups from February, March, April, May, June, and July, as well as August, September, October, and November.)