Tele-Tuesday: May Flowers, aka TV in Bloom

Just as most television programs wrap up the 2011-2012 season, a few networks plan to launch new series this month.  It’s like a never-ending game of “What’s on TV?”

May is no different.  Our revolving door of television is back.

We haven’t introduced any new programs since March because many have accused us of adding too much to their already full TV schedules.  For that, we apologize.  But that’s not going to stop us from talking about even more!  Sorry – but we feel it’s our duty here at Tele-Tuesday.

So sit back and try to relax…

What will you watch?

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The L.A. Complex

We’re actually late to this party — The L.A. Complex premiered April 24th on the CW.  The show follows a group of twenty-somethings living in the same apartment complex who are trying to make it in Hollywood.  Sound familiar?  Melrose Place comes to mind…

The series stars Cassie Steele (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Abby Vargas, a Canadian who dreams of becoming an actress.  Abby meets other struggling artists at The Lux Motel, one of the few places they can all afford to live: Nick (Joe Dinicol), a comedian; Tariq (Benjamin Charles Watson), a musician; Connor (Jonathan Patrick Moore), an Aussie actor; Alicia (Chelan Simmons), a dancer; and Raquel (Jewel Staite from Firefly), a television actress.  Will they survive Los Angeles?

Most of the cast are relatively unknown, but viewers will see many familiar faces throughout the season in recurring and guest roles, like Krista Allen (Days of our Lives), Alan Thicke (Growing Pains), and Mary Lynn Rajskub (24).

The L.A. Complex airs Tuesdays on the CW.

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White Heat

Normally we wouldn’t look to BBC America when searching for new television series, but because of the success of many British television programs here in the United States (Doctor Who, Being Human, and Sherlock to just name a few), we thought we’d change it up a bit.

White Heat follows seven friends (Lilly, Jack, Victor, Orla, Charlotte, Alan, and Jay) who first meet in London in 1965.  The six episodes will flash-forward and feature these same seven friends in the years 1967, 1973, 1979, 1982, and 1990 as they maneuver through personal and political times.

Because we don’t frequent British television, most of the actors and actresses are not recognizable by name, however many have a favorable resume: young Lilly, played by MyAnna Buring (The Descent); current-day Lilly, played by Lindsay Duncan (Rome); young Jack, played by Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides); young Edward, played by Jeremy Northam (The Tudors); young Jay, played by Reece Ritchie (The Lovely Bones); and many others.

One aspect of White Heat that really captured our attention was the music associated with each episode, featuring artists Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Queen, The Clash, and Culture Club.  The tunes alone make the series worthy, right?

White Heat premieres Wednesday, May 9th on BBC America.

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Common Law

Common Law follows two Los Angeles detectives with an immense love for the job – and they’re good at it; they just don’t like each other very much.  When a new police captain (Captain Phil Sutton, played by Jack McGee from Rescue Me) moves in, he sends the seven-year partners to relationship counseling or couples therapy as we’re familiar with today.

Common Law stars Michael Ealy (Flashforward) as Travis Marks and Warren Kole (The Chicago Code) as Wes Mitchell – two partners stuck in a “marriage with bullets.”

Viewers can expect to see a few other familiar faces: Sonya Walger (Lost) plays Dr. Elyse Ryan, the detectives’ therapist; Alicia Coppola (Jericho) plays a forensic pathologist; and Nora Zehetner (Grey’s Anatomy) is a new detective on the force, specializing in the digital world.

The USA Network is known for their fantastic original programs: the older and never forgotten Monk and The Dead Zone; the current and favorites Psych and Burn Notice; and the sophomore hits Suits, Necessary Roughness, and Fairly Legal.  Because of the network’s track record, Common Law is probably the series we’re most looking forward to here at Tele-Tuesday,

Common Law premieres Friday, May 11th on USA.

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Men at Work

Another channel we don’t usually watch for, TBS is launching a new sitcom this month created by the great Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash).  Men at Work follows four friends who all work together at the same magazine as they help a buddy get back on the dating horse after a disastrous breakup.

The series stars: Danny Masterson (That ‘70s Show) as Milo, the recently dumped friend; James Lesure (Las Vegas – we are big fans of Mike Cannon here at Tele-Tuesday) as Gibbs; Adam Busch (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Neal; and Michael Cassidy (The O.C.) as Tyler.

Rarely do we see a comedy centering around all men, and funny character actors we’ve missed for years at that.  Add the funny-man creator to this, and we can’t help but feel Men at Work could potentially be summer dynamite.

Men at Work premieres Thursday, May 24th on TBS.

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What do you think?  Do you plan to watch The L.A. Complex, White Heat, Common Law, or Men at Work?  Which show has the most promise and why?  The least?  I’d love to hear from you!

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17 Responses to Tele-Tuesday: May Flowers, aka TV in Bloom

  1. Amber West says:

    I’ve watched a bit of The LA Complex (surprise!) solely because Jewel Staite is in it. It’s not my kind of show, so it’s unlikely I’ll keep watching, but I think it may find an audience.

    I wasn’t planning on watching White Heat, but I DO LOVE Jeremy Northam, so you may have sold me on that one. (And, you know how I love my BBC)

    • I am honestly surprised that you watched some of The L.A. Complex. You know what that means, don’t you? You should review for WatchWed because I’m not watching!! LOL

      I thought about the new BBC series just for you… you know what that means too, don’t you? 🙂

      • Amber West says:

        I made it through half an episode so far. I honestly ONLY gave it a chance because I couldn’t sleep and I have to watch any show that uses a Firefly cast member. (Chuck, V, Castle, Suits, Suburgatory, etc)

  2. Emma says:

    White Heat sounds great and I remember Jeremy Northam was the handsome bad guy in The Net with Sandra Bullock.

    • I think BBC knows what they are doing — their miniseries do really well (I’m specifically thinking of Sherlock here). I may not watch White Heat live, but the concept does sound very interesting and it has a very talented cast. AND now I recognize Jeremy Northam!! Thanks, Emma!

  3. I actually think I’m going to try to pass on any new shows. I really need to buckle down to writing. I work all day, go to church on Sundays, Wed. nights, and Thurs. nights. Out to eat on Mon. See where I’m going with this? LOL Maybe I can get something done before…hey, wait. What about the shows that are coming BACK that I watched last year? I CAN’T not watch those! *whines*

    • Okay, Lauralynn… I won’t make you watch any of these. 🙂

      And you are right!! What about all of the shows coming BACK this summer? There are a ton that I can’t wait to see — Falling Skies, Rizzoli & Isles, Franklin & Bash, Necessary Roughness, and Suits to just name a few. I love the TNT and the USA Network in the summer!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. tomwisk says:

    I’ll probably watch Common Law and Men At Work. Common Law has the best bet of survival because it’s on USA which is more likely to allow a show find an audience.

    • You are spot on, Tom. The USA Network does allow their shows longer to find an audience than the basic cable channels do. And THANK USA for that!!

      I normally don’t watch TBS, but I’m definitely going to program my DVR to pick up Men at Work. I like Breckin Meyer and James Lesure…

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Julie Glover says:

    Men at Work. I loved Danny Masterson in That 70’s Show and anyone from Buffy is worth watching. I generally like male-POV comedies, especially where we get to see the interaction of guy friends. Thanks for the heads-up! You also reminded me to check on Necessary Roughness.

    • Did you watch the first season of Necessary Roughness? It was good, Julie!! Suits too! The USA network rocks. 🙂

      And I love how the Twitterverse and Blogisphere have turned you into a Buffy fan… welcome to our club!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. andrewmocete says:

    USA gets me with every show, so I’ll be watching Common Law. Men at Work I plan to watch for the sole reason that I went to school with Adam Busch. We weren’t great friends or friends at all, but I like supporting someone from my hometown. Didn’t know Breckin Meyer created it. Interesting factoid, Tiff!

  7. StoriesAndSweetPotatoes says:

    I’m getting so sad all my favorite shows are ending this month. I’m not really seeing any new shows I’m super interested in besides The Bachelorette coming back on Monday. I just can’t help myself. I can’t even stand this girl but I’ll still watch.

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  10. When it comes to summer watching, I’m more focused on the final 6 episodes of The Closer. Once that ends, I’ll have room in my TV viewing schedule to maybe check out something new 🙂

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