5 Hottest Winter TV Shows

2018 Gets Off To A Searing Start!

BY: Zak Wojnar

With 2018 just around the corner, there’s no better way to ring in the new year than by getting hyped for a slew of brand new PROVOKR TV picks! These shows look to push the envelope with provocative storytelling and stunning visuals. All of these programs will debut in the first two months of 2018, so they’re just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the year will surely have in store for us!

The Alienist
On January 22, TNT is introducing The Alienist, a dark and edgy crime story set in 1890s New York City, based on the book by Caleb Carr. The story follows a criminal psychologist (Daniel Brühl), a newspaper man (Luke Evans), and a police secretary (Dakota Fanning) who are tasked with investigating a series of grisly murders in the bustling metropolis.

If The Alienist can live up to its antique setting and all-star cast by providing a thoughtful and thematic television experience, then TNT will maintain its position as a premiere destination for unique series programmed towards discerning adult audiences.


Showtime‘s critically-acclaimed spy series has been delivering shocking plot twists and intense terror-tinged drama since 2011, and Homeland is showing no signs of slowing down. Though the series has many of the same producers as Fox‘s 24 (including co-creator Howard Gordon), the world of Homeland is even darker and more cynical than that of its more action-packed cousin.

The Claire Danes/Mandy Patinkin thriller is entering its seventh season on February 11, and it looks to provide more of the moral ambiguity, Emmy Award-winning acting, and controversial plotlines that fans have grown to love.


American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
The assassination of designer Gianni Versace was an event which rocked the world of fashion to its very core, and his shocking death still looms large among those who loved him and followed his generation-defining work.

Starting on January 17, the team behind Ryan Murphy’s The People Vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story are returning for a second season of their true crime anthology series, this time tackling the life and death of Gianni Versace. Édgar Ramírez is the spitting image of Versace, and Penélope Cruz looks equally amazing as his sister, Donatella. Ricky Martin and Darren Criss round out the cast as Gianni’s boyfriend and murderer, respectively.

The Chi
The South Side of Chicago is an interesting place to live, and Showtime‘s The Chi looks to use its unique setting to tell a gripping coming-of-age story. Jason Mitchell is riding a wave of positive vibes after delivering a strong performance in the Netflix film, Mudbound, and now he’s got his own show!

The Chi is a labor of love for creator Lena Waithe, who recently made history by being the first black woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Writing. The Chi, however, is not a comedy, but a slice-of-life drama about the everyday denizens of The Windy City.


Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
The first name in science fiction is Philip K. Dick, one of the greatest writers who ever lived. His stories have been adapted into movies and television series such as Blade Runner, Minority Report, The Man in the High Castle, and even Total Recall. Now, a new anthology series aims to expand the worlds of his iconic stories.

Electric Dreams is like The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror, but all based on the stories of Philip K. Dick, complete with all the science fiction aesthetics, human drama, and existential crises one would expect from the legendary master of fiction. The series is already airing in the UK, but is gearing up to make its American debut, as an Amazon Exclusive, on January 12.