THE GOOD PLACE _ 28 SEPT
For a show so dedicated to slamming us with twist after twist (both narratively and philosophically), it’s fair to ask: where the fork is Michael Schur’s after-life sitcom The Good Place going to go next? When we last saw Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) and her fellow afterlifers, they’d (spoiler alert!) been resurrected for a proper go-over of their Earthly mistakes. Or had they? Well, unless he’s messing with us, Schur has confirmed it’s exactly as it seems: “The four of them are straight-up back on Earth, in a new timeline where they didn’t die.”
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, SEASON 5.2 _ LATE 2018
Earlier this year, it was good to see the dysfunctional Bluth clan properly back together after being carved up into separate storylines for 2013’s Season 4 revival, but not so good to learn Season 5 would be brutally cut in half. Its delayed final batch of episodes will hopefully continue the show’s return to form, with its snappy ensemble chemistry largely reignited, and the continuation of its smart ‘whodunnit’ arc as the Bluths try to figure out what happened to Lucille 2 (Liza Minnelli) after her strange disappearance.
NARCOS: MEXICO _ LATE 2018
The third season of Narcos showed it could still work post-escobar; this one should prove it can survive outside Colombia, and even without the simmering presence of Pedro Pascal as DEA man Javier Peña. This isn’t strictly a fourth season — it’s a “reset”, with the gripping doc-infused drama following the drug war to Mexico City and focusing on the rise of the Guadalajara cartel in the 1980s. The casting couldn’t be more enticing: Diego Luna takes the role of Guadalajara boss Félix Gallardo, while Michael Peña plays Kiki Camarena, the DEA agent who takes on Gallardo’s growing organisation.