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Are these the best new shows coming soon to Amazon Prime Video?

Friday, November 17th 2017 by Oprah Flash

It’s all going on at the moment. Days are getting shorter, everyone has got the flu or some winter related illness and we’re being bombarded with excuses to spend money, with Christmas just around the corner.

To help you wind down amid all the madness we’ve put together a list of goodies coming to Amazon Prime Video over the next few months.

There’s quite a varied mix of shows to look forward to. If you’re looking for comedy there's the Marvelous Mrs Maisel, The Grand Tour and Jean-Claude Van Johnson which are coming to Amazon Prime Video before the end of the year.

Footie fans there’s a treat for you in the form of a behind-the-scenes series with Manchester City FC. Thriller fans won't be left out as new drama Absentia will hit our screen sometime in 2018, and then there's the exciting news of a TV adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel Season 1 (29 November)

What’s the best way to get over the winter blues? Comedy. And The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is the perfect remedy.

The series follows Midge Maisel, a New York housewife with the picture perfect life, husband, kids and an upscale apartment in the Upper West Side. Life takes a drastic turn and a wild choice leads her to performing in nightclubs in The Big Apple as a stand-up comedian.

As the brainchild of Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) and Daniel Palladino (Family Guy) it’s a given that this is the comedy fix you’ve been looking for.

The pilot for the first season was released earlier this year to rave reviews and after being picked up for a full series you can start watching it on Amazon Prime Video from Wednesday 29 November.

The Grand Tour Season 2 (8 December)

The crew are back, bringing their banter and car jargon for season two of The Grand Tour.

After leaving the BBC’s Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May joined forces with Amazon Studios when the first series launched last year.

This season the guys have 100 days to travel across five continents with pitstops in Croatia, Mozambique, Dubai, Spain Switzerland, Colorado and New York to name but a few.

Expect a few calamities and injuries along the way as it’s well known the trio, with a combined age of 158, are accident prone to say at the least so mix that with some impressive cars and you have a recipe for disaster/comedy.

Jay Marine, the vice president of Amazon Video Europe, said: “The Grand Tour is our most popular show around the world having been watched in over 240 countries and territories”.

The show will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video from Friday 8 December.

Jean-Claude Van Johnson Season 1 (15 December)

The muscles from Brussels is coming back to our screens. In this comedy/thriller/martial arts mash-up Jean-Claude Van Damme jumps out of retirement to play a secret agent moonlighting as an internationally famous movie star.

Going undercover as ‘Johnson’, the main character takes out the bad guys but has been out of the game for a while so has a few catastrophes on the way as he tries to get his groove back.

Expect a Mission Impossible vibe with some Bruce Lee moves mixed in with some comedic gaffs from Van Damme himself. Yeah, it didn’t sound right to us at first either but from watching the trailer and pilot episode we are sold on the idea.

It’s produced by the infamous Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, The Martian) and also stars Phylicia Rashad (Creed) and Kat Foster (Your Family or Mine).

The show is exclusive to Amazon Prime Video and you can start binge-watching from Friday 15 December.

That takes us up to the end of the year but have a look out for these shows in 2018.

Behind the scenes at Manchester City (coming next year)

David Silva is among the stars set to feature in Amazon's behind-the-scenes look at Manchester City

Football fans this is for you. Amazon will release a new series with behind-the-scenes footage following Manchester City Football Club through the 2017/18 season.

If you have an Amazon Prime subscription you’ll get an inside look at the world-leading training facilities of the City Football Academy where players like Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne practice for the big games.

Find out what Pep Guardiola is up to and his plans for next season with exclusive interviews and fly-on-the-wall views of executive meetings.

They haven’t announced an exact date but we know it’s coming to the streaming service in 2018.

Ferran Soriano, the CEO of Manchester City, said: “This is an extremely exciting time for Manchester City and through Amazon’s world-class service, we will be able to share it with football fans all over the world.”

Absentia Season 1 (premieres in 2018)

This thriller is focused around FBI agent Emily Byrne, who goes missing while tracking down one of the most notorious serial killers in the US.

Six years later she suddenly resurfaces, and is found battered and bruised in a cabin in the woods, with no recollection of how she ended up there or what happened while she was missing.

She returns home to find her husband is remarried and she has been implicated in a new series of murders.

Brad Beale, vice president of worldwide TV content acquisition at Amazon Prime Video, said: “Absentia is an exciting new thriller which combines family and love with suspense and vindication.”

The lead character Emily Byrne is played by Stana Katic who you may recognise from the hit show Castle. She is joined on screen by Patrick Heusinger (Jack Reacher), Yorkshire-born Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey) and Neil Jackson (Sleepy Hollow).

The Lord of the Rings Season 1 (TBC)

Amazon's The Lord of the Rings series will take place before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring

We don’t have a release date for this yet but we’re very excited to learn that Amazon is making a TV adaptation of the Lord of the Rings so we had to include it in the list.

The upcoming Amazon Prime Original will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros Entertainment.

If you haven’t watched at least one film from the franchise, where have you been? The story is told over the course of three novels which subsequently were adapted into three award-winning movies.

Without dropping any spoilers on you, a young hobbit embarks on a quest to protect a ring with the power to conquer Middle-earth.

Amazon has said it has acquired the rights with a multi-season commitment so we can look forward to sinking our teeth into at least more that one season.

The TV series will be set in Middle-earth and will tell the story of what happened before JRR Tolkien’s first The Lord of the Rings novel, The Fellowship of the Ring. The deal also includes a potential spin-off series.

Sharon Tal Yguado, the head of scripted series at Amazon Studios said: “We are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle-earth.”

Sadly there is no trailer yet but we’ll keep an eye out and will let you know when there is.

Amazon Prime free 30-Day trial

If you’re thinking of signing up to Amazon Prime Video you can test it out with a free 30-day trial. If you decide you like it and want to keep the subscription you’ll pay £7.99 a month. The service has a range of TV Shows, movies and documentaries for you to stream such as The Walking Dead, Mr Robot and Peppa Pig.

You can watch Amazon Prime Video at home or on the go by downloading it onto your Android or Apple device. It also can be watched through an Amazon Fire TV Stick or on an Amazon Fire tablet.

Having Prime membership will also give you access to Prime Music, let you buy concert tickets on Prime Live Events, have unlimited reading on a selection of books through Prime Reading as well as unlimited One-Day Delivery on items bought from Amazon.

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