HBO in 2022: 10 Exciting Shows to Look Forward to This Year


Always trust HBO to deliver exciting new shows. Aside from returning shows like Emmy-winning Euphoria and the critically-acclaimed Westworld, we’re getting everything from new historical dramas to giant fantasy series. This year, the network has plans to drop the successor to Downton Abbey, a prequel to Game of Thrones, and a spin-off of Dune. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The following shows will be dropping on HBO (the channel) and HBO Max (the streamer). In lieu of HBO Max, Philippine viewers can binge-watch the latest shows and movies on HBO via HBO GO, which costs as low as P99 per month. 

Here are the new HBO shows we’re most excited for in 2022: 

1| Peacemaker 

Series premiere: January 16

If you’re ready for more R-rated adventures in the DC Extended Universe, then you’re in luck. John Cena will reprise his role as Peacemaker in his solo series, which will follow the wannabe superhero/superhero, also known by allies and enemies as the “world’s biggest douchebag.” The Boys meets The Suicide Squad in this ridiculous new show that will no doubt have plenty of laughs and violence. 

2| The Gilded Age 

Series premiere: January 24

Television is finally moving on from the overhyped and overused English Victorian and Georgian eras. It’s time for The Gilded Age to reign. Dubbed the American successor of Downtown Abbey, this new HBO original will follow the dames of New York’s old rich and new rich societies, led by Christine Baranski in the role of Agnes van Rhijn, the proudest bourgeois of them all. 


3| Winning Time

Series premiere: March 

Consider this the basketball version of The Crown. Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is a fictionalized drama that revolves around court royalty: Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Jerry Buss, and the entire team that build the Lakers legacy. This one’s for the basketball fans that will enjoy the flare of drama this sports show will bring. 

4| House of the Dragon 

Series premiere: Sometime in 2022

The Targaryens are back, this time with a whole army of dragons in tow. House of the Dragon is the prequel to Game of Thrones, taking place about 150 years before the events of the first season of GOT. The central figures in this violent game of political intrigue are House Targaryen, the ancestors of Daenerys. A family civil war is brewing on the horizon, and you can count on more dragon battles in the sky. 

5| Dune: The Sisterhood

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Series premiere: Sometime in 2022  

Warner Bros. is just getting started on its Dune franchise, and with the massive scope of the world built by author Frank Herbert, they’re in need of a spin-off that supplements the details of this massive universe. The Sisterhood will explore the mysterious cult that secretly manipulates the universe: the Bene Gesserit. 

6| The Last of Us

Series premiere: Sometime in 2022  

The insanely popular video game series The Last of Us is getting a TV series adaptation, starring Bella Ramsey as Ellie, Pedro Pascal as Joel, and Gabriel Luna as Tommy. In case you haven’t played the game, the show will take place in a post-apocalyptic world full of the “Infected,” which are sort of like zombies. It’s a game of survival for Joel and Ellie as they try to help deliver a possible cure, but their mission is not what it seems. 

7| DMZ


Series premiere: Sometime in 2022  

If we can thank the pandemic for anything, it’s for the revival in interest for dystopian and post-apocalyptic themed shows. DMZ will take place in a dystopian future after the Second American Civil War where Manhattan island has become a demilitarized zone. Rosario Dawson stars in the lead role as Alma, a medic who becomes a symbol of hope in this divided new world order. 

8| Our Flag Means Death

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Series premiere: Sometime in 2022  

Any comedy starring Taika Waititi is sure to be a riot. The Thor director and Korg actor will be taking on perhaps the best fitting role of his career: a pirate. And not just any pirate, but Blackbear himself. The upcoming period comedy will follow an aristocrat who turns to the pirating life, mentored by the uproarious character that is Taika Waititi. 

9| The Time Traveler’s Wife

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Series premiere: Sometime in 2022 

The beloved novel by Audrey Niffenegger is getting a second chance as a HBO series. The book was originally adapted into a 2009 film, but its second screen incarnation will replace Rachel McAdams with Rose Leslie in the role of Clare and Eric Bana with Theo James as Henry. It’s a time-traveling Rome and Juliet romance, and viewers are in for lots of angst and drama. 

10| Love and Death

Series premiere: Sometime in 2022  

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An ax-wielding suburban house mom turned murderer? Count us in. Elizabeth Olsen will return to streaming in 2022, this time as Candy Montgomery, a seemingly normal suburban housewife in Texas. Based on a true crime story, the miniseries will lead up to Candy murdering her best friend Betty Gore in a quiet, church-going, bible-thumping town. 

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