ENTERTAINMENT

Each winter gives way to spring, to hope eternal, to new movies and TV shows to watch while ignoring the fresh flowers and summer breezes and changing foliage of the unforgiving outdoors. And looking at the upcoming season's release schedule, there’s no reason to think that 2017 won’t deliver wonders for our eyes and ears. From old favorites (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious”) to shiny new confections (Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” the CW’s “Riverdale”), the year to come does what all new years do: dangle promise before us, daring us to reach for it.

Here are the movies and television shows that the L.A. Times’ Calendar staff are most excited to see in 2017. We don’t know if any of them will be any good, but we can’t wait to find out.

(Reminder: Release and premiere dates subject to change.)

TV

'Big Little Lies,' HBO

Reese Witherspoon, Darby Camp, Shailene Woodley, Iain Armitage, Nicole Kidman, Cameron Crovetti and Nicolas Crovetti in "Big Little Lies." (Hilary Bronwyn Gayle / HBO)
Reese Witherspoon, Darby Camp, Shailene Woodley, Iain Armitage, Nicole Kidman, Cameron Crovetti and Nicolas Crovetti in "Big Little Lies." (Hilary Bronwyn Gayle / HBO)

If you thought the “Real Housewives” of Bravo took drama and passive aggression to new, petty heights, think again. HBO’s upcoming limited series “Big Little Lies” takes the histrionics to a murderous level.

The seven-episode series follows three mothers of grade-schoolers in an elite community. The dark underbelly of parenthood comes into focus as those seemingly “perfect lives unravel to the point of murder,” according to the official release. The series, which is based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley — uh, “True Detective” who?

Like the book, the miniseries will have its share of humor amid all the dark drama. The trailer for the series includes a snarky jab from Witherspoon’s character to another mother about, well, another mother. “She’s not a nanny, she’s a mom. She’s just young, like you used to be.” But unlike the book, the TV adaptation will be set in wealthy Monterey, Calif., not an Australian suburb. All seven episodes are directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (“Wild,” “Dallas Buyers Club”) from scripts by David E. Kelley. Witherspoon, Kidman and Kelley, who have been shopping the project since fall 2014, will also serve as executive producers. Rounding out the cast are Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz, James Tupper and Jeffrey Nordling.

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