Weekend Round-Up – Welcoming the new crop of TV Shows
Autumn is fully underway and this means we have a new batch of TV Shows all fighting for our attention, here are Scott’s thoughts on the few he has taken for a test run.
Firstly I would like to apologize for this post being a day late. I had a major appointment yesterday at the DENTIST. I know for most of you this isn’t a biggy, but for this wussy wimp it was huge. Anyway I didnt feel like jumping on the computer in the afternoon and therefore this post is a day late. Sorry
Now that the summer seems like a distant memory and the leaves are all making their little journey from branch to floor, we see a new harvest of TV Shows starting all begging for viewers. But are there any keepers in the mix?
I haven’t tried them all out. One big ommision is ARROW which I decided would not be for me just from the trailer. But, there are a few that seem like they could have legs, even if it is just out of interest in where they will go with the direction of the series.
Here are my top new shows..
666 Park Avenue
666 Park Avenue is an American supernatural drama series starring Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, Vanessa Williams and Terry O’Quinn. The series was created and produced by David Wilcox, and was loosely based upon the novel of the same name by Gabriella Pierce. The series follows a couple who learns that the Manhattan apartment building that they just moved into, including its upscale tenants, might be possessed by a mysterious demonic force.
Now I am not normally a fan of HORROR films, but spooky TV SHows seem about my level. I mean I am just onto my 8th series of SUPERNATURAL and still loving it (although that is mainly because the Winchesters, especially Dean, crack me up). 666 Park Avenue started strong with a spooky intro that asks a lot of questions and actualy answers some – nice to see TV Show writers understanding that we are OVER Lost now. It is onto its 4 episode now and I am very much looking forward to seeing where this all leads. It reminds me a bit of Devil’s Advocate in its styling, which is a good thing right?
From writer Dave Wilcox, who previously worked on FRINGE and Life on Mars, 666 Park Avenue has me hooked. I may even forgive Terry O’Quinn for LOCKE in lost…. well maybe not!
Revolution takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian future. Fifteen years earlier, an unknown phenomenon disabled all technology dependent on electricity on the planet, ranging from computers and electronics to car engines, jet engines, and batteries. People were forced to adapt to a world without functioning technology. Due to the collapse of government and public order, many areas are ruled by warlords and militias. The series focuses on the Matheson family, who possess a special device (a pendant-like flash drive) that is the key to not only finding out what happened fifteen years ago, but also a possible way to reverse its effects. However, they must elude Sebastian Monroe, the General of the Monroe Militia and President of the Monroe Republic (an area ranging from the Midwest to the northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the former United States), who wants to possess that power for himself.
This is one that I am allowing a season to grow before I judge it. I have watched a few episodes now and I am not actually THAT hooked yet. In fact the Pilot episode saw myself and my wife leering at the screen and rolling our eyes, much like we did at FlashForward. But with the addition of a baddie played by Giancarlo Esposito, who played Gus Fring in Breaking Bad, I feel I need to give it a bit more time. This is not essential viewing, but it is more a viewing-when-nothing-else-is-on kind of show.
Elementary is an American television series that premiered on CBS on September 27, 2012. It presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes detective stories set in the United States. It stars Jonny Lee Milleras Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson.
OK Hear me out on this one. I was very anti the idea of an American Sherlock Holmes… With a female Watson? WTF? But actually it is pretty good.
It is very nicve that it is a completely different take on the stories to the brilliant BBC show, which is more true to the books, even if they are updated. This is more tech based deduction than mind games. I was taken back by how much I enjoyed the pilot, I was in shock and hooked. Defintiely worth a shot if you can find the time.
Hunted is a 2012 television drama series created and written by Frank Spotnitz and produced by Kudos Film and Television and Big Light Productions for British broadcaster BBC, for their flagship channel BBC One and American premium cable broadcaster Cinemax. The series premiered on Thursday, 4 October 2012 on BBC One and will begin on Friday, 19 October 2012 on Cinemax.
Australian actress Melissa George stars as Samantha, an espionage operative for “Byzantium”, a private intelligence agency. She survives an attempt on her life, which she strongly suspects was orchestrated by members of her own squad. After recovering and returning to active duty, she goes back to work undercover as a nanny, not knowing who tried to kill her or whom to trust. It becomes evident that the attempt on her life is tied into a horrific event from her childhood.
It is nice to find a ‘Home Grown’ show form the UK. This is right up my street too. Melissa George is very good in the show, although it is a bit unconvincing that she can off these big brutish badmen with such ease, but hey, this is TV. I hope this gets the green light for a second series as I am very much enjoying it.
What new shows are you watching? Not ones that have come back, but new ones out this season…. I need more suggestions.
Thanks to Jaina for her great post HERE that introduced me to these ones!