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Anticipated TV Shows
This week, in honour of the upcoming Autumn/Fall Schedules of the US and the UK, I thought I’d chat about the new shows I’m looking forward to:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
It’s Joss. JOSS. Enough said.
Oh, all right, I’ll say a little more. A TV spin-off of the Marvel Universe currently dominating the moofies (Iron Man 1, 2 & 3; Thor and Thor: The Dark World; Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier; The Avengers), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D will follow the adventures of Agent Phil Coulson (He’s not dead. LIKE I SAID FROM THE BEGINNING) and the crack team of superspies he’s assembled (Heh. See what I did there?) It will be brilliant, I’m sure, and give Joss even more leverage to do whatever the hell he wants. I am more than okay with this.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
A spin off from Once Upon A Time, I have moderate hopes this show might build upon the initial promise I saw in its parent series. While Once Upon A Time went off the rails for me, I have hopes …Wonderland will be better. If nothing else, it’s got a decidedly Victorian feel, an interesting heroine and Michael Socha (beloved from Being Human). I’ll give it a red hot go, that’s for sure.
The Michael J Fox Show
A single camera comedy which has all the hallmarks of the three-camera sitcom, it shouldn’t work…and yet from the promo, fingers and toes it will. This show looks like it will be heartwarming and funny…and it has the amazing Michael J Fox at its centre. I admire greatly how Michael J Fox has taken his Parkinsons in his stride, still working and being amazing. His recurring role in The Good Wife is outstanding, showing that people with chronic illness or disabilities are inherently no different from those who are able-bodied – they can scheme and connive and be just as devious 😉 I’m sure this show will do something similar and I can’t wait to see what it’s all about.
Hmm. I…Hmm. Could be good, could be…not good. Meh. Will give it a go!
Yeah. I don’t know. I’m hopeful, but…I don’t know.
I really like Karl Urban. I am not at all sure about this. From the promo, it seems a bit cliched, but hey, I’m happy to be proven wrong. Prove me wrong, Almost Human.
This show is based upon the Australian version I LOVE. I’m not sure how the translation to American will work, but I’m interested to check it out. If nothing else, I reckon Greg Kinnear will be great to watch.
I do like and admire The Vampire Diaries immensely. If you ever want to know how to structure a breakneck pace believably and with pathos, The Vampire Diaries is your example. It will be interesting to see if they can translate the success of the parent show to this darker, more adult tale about the Original Vampires. Plus, if we can get Klaus and Caroline in some sort of awesome tortured love arc, that would just be brill.
The main reason I’m including The Blacklist is because I love James Spader. He’s a brill actor who I’m convinced he wears a fat suit (ask Lucy Clark about this particular delusion of mine). I’m not sure about the premise of the show, but I’m willing to give it the first six episodes* to convince me.
It’s from Christopher Guest, it will be on HBO and it stars Chris O’Dowd. It’s going to be hilariousnessness. I feel it in my waters.
While I was looking up the shows that were coming in September, I found these gems that might just show up on our screens next year:
Black Sails (2014)
It’s airing on Starz, so it might just fill the dark and encompassing void left by my beloved Spartacus being no more. Or it might not. I am hopeful, but two words fill me with dread – Michael Bay.
Penny Dreadful (2014)
I don’t know what this is, but the premise sounds awesome. Great literary creations stalking the streets of Victorian London, causing murder and mayhem and held at bay by a team of misfits? Sound grand. Plus, it has Billie Piper. How can you not want to watch Rose run around the streets of Victorian London fighting supernatural crime?
Based upon Kelley Armstrong’s awesome book, I hope the makers do the source material justice. I heart the Otherworld series a lot and it will just be the bees knees if they get the TV show right.
American Gods (2014)
NEIL GAIMAN IS WRITING THE SCRIPT OF HIS OWN BOOK AND IT WILL AIR ON HBO AND OH MY GOD I THINK I’M GOING TO FAINT.
Ronald D Moore is adapting this from Diana Gabaldon’s novel. Yes, that Ronald D Moore. If he does as good a job as he did with the early seasons of Battlestar Galactica, this could be super awesome indeed.
So that’s it, peeps. What do you think of my choices? What shows are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments.
* The first six episodes of a show are traditionally a bit rocky. After that time, the writers mostly figure out what works and what doesn’t and the show settles into what it’s likely to be for the rest of its run.