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    TV Critic’s Corner

    Good things for those who wait

    Claire Foy returns in “The Crown” on Netflix.
    Robert Viglasky/Netflix
    Claire Foy returns in “The Crown” on Netflix.

    The end of the year is near, and the networks and streaming platforms have already premiered most of their new and returning scripted series. But there are still a few on the way, and they’re definitely not afterthoughts.

    The first season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” drops on Amazon on Wednesday, and it’s excellent. From Amy Sherman-Palladino of “Gilmore Girls,” it’s about a woman trying to get into the world of stand-up comedy in 1958 New York City.

    Wednesday also marks the return of one of my favorites, “Vikings,” on History. The two-hour premiere continues the epic saga without Ragnar but with his aggressive, ambitious sons.


    On Dec. 1, Netflix — which is expanding its international programming — is dropping the first season of a German series called “The Dark.” It’s a supernatural drama involving the disappearance of two children.

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    Christopher Meloni stars in Syfy’s adaptation of the comic book series “Happy!” Premiering on Dec. 6, the comedy-drama has Meloni’s alcoholic ex-cop-turned-hit-man teaming up with an imaginary blue horse voiced by Patton Oswalt.

    “The Crown,” Netflix’s remarkable epic about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and the world events that have defined it, returns for a second season on Dec. 8. Claire Foy is back as the monarch; she’ll be replaced in season 3 by Olivia Colman.

    “Gunpowder” is a three-part HBO miniseries about the failed assassination of King James I in 1605. Premiering on Dec. 18, it’s also a project produced by and starring Kit Harington, who also does business as Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones.”

    Finally, Amazon is dropping a British drama called “The Last Post” on Dec. 22. It’s set in the mid-1960s, in Aden (now Yemen), and it follows the families living there on a British military base.

    Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.