Let's run down the checklist for "The Fade Out". It's a noir murder mystery. It's set in 1940s Hollywood, and goes deep on the corrupt studio system and McCarthyism. Period drama is all the rage, and "The Fade Out" fits the bill.
An FBI agent, the local sheriff and Edward Charles Warren, the eponymous Nailbiter, work together to discover why a small town in Oregon keeps churning out serial killers. Think "Hannibal" but with less cooking.
Okay, so we got "Gotham," which was sort of a Batman prequel that sort of follows the Gotham police department. But "Gotham Central" is a much better realisation of a hard-hitting crime drama that follows the police who work in the shadow of the Bat.
Tony Chu is a cibopath. That means he gets psychic impressions from the things he eats (even bits of people). Cue a police procedural. Tony works for the FDA, cracking down on poultry smuggling after a bird flu epidemic made chicken illegal. There's an animated feature in the works, but "Chew" needs to be on screens already. (Yes, there's already "iZombie," but Chew is way weirder.)
Rowan Black is a cop. She's also a witch, descended from a long line of witches. Portsmouth, the small town where she resides, is a hotbed of occult activity. You can see where this is going. Luckily, "Black Magick" has been optioned by the producer of "The Magicians".
If weird, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi westerns are your jam, you're probably reading "East of West". If you aren't, the sheer scope of this story that follows Death (of the Four Horsemen) across a strange alternate America screams prestige genre TV.
It feels like "Ex Machina" pops up every time someone makes one of these lists, so far be it from me to buck the trend. An ex-superhero becomes mayor of New York. I know, I said no superheroes. But it's like giving Jed Bartlet a jetpack.
If gritty crime dramas with unsympathetic protagonists are your thing, Jason Aaron and Jason Latour's exploration of a small town in the Deep South will hit home like a big stick. That's a reference to the comic.
Jon and Suzie can stop time when they have sex. So they rob banks. "Sex Criminals" has been one of the buzziest comedies in comics for a couple of years now. It's weird, it's hilarious and it'd make wonderful (if very adult) TV.