New to TV in 2013 – Part Three

If there’s anything we’ve learned over the last few years, we’ve learned to adapt to the constant adjustments the television networks make to our primetime TV schedules.  Just a few short months ago, the fall programming premiered—some of the September pilots passed the test and will live to see another day, while others have already been cancelled.

But don’t worry… the networks have a lineup of many new programs to accompany our returning favorites in 2013.  Some of the series have promise, while others may flop—but, regardless, we’ll tune in to check them out!

Continuing with the Part One and Part Two introductions of television’s upcoming pilots, here are a few more premieres we can look forward to in 2013…

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Television series about spies are really nothing new… Covert Affairs and Burn Notice both air on the USA Network and both feature two of the highest trained CIA operatives on TV today.

But The Americans is different.

This new FX program follows two KGB sleeper agents during the Cold War in the 1980s as they live undercover in the United States.  Phillip Jennings (Matthew Rhys, Brothers & Sisters) and his wife Elizabeth (Keri Russell, Felicity) look like most Americans… they live in a nice suburban D.C. neighborhood and are raising two children.  Their marriage might have been arranged by the Russian government, but their family is real… even if their children have no idea about their parents’ secret identities.

Maintaining their happy family while managing their KGB operation becomes a bit more arduous for the Jennings when a counter-intelligence FBI agent moves in next door (Stan Beeman, played by Noah Emmerich).  Will their covert operation be safe?  And what will the “nice family next door” do to keep it that way?

As with most FX series, I find the concept of The Americans to be very intriguing.  Usually television audiences get behind the stars of the program… they are typically the “good” guys.  But who are we supposed to “root for” now?  The stars of this series happen to be Russian agents living secretly on U.S. soil and are plotting to take down our government.

Leave it to FX to keep things interesting…

The Americans premieres Wednesday, January 30th on FX.

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Does anyone remember the short-lived Christian Slater TV series My Own Worst Enemy?  Mr. Slater played a secret agent who had been implanted with a chip that transformed him into a super agent at will.  His “normal” identity, Henry Spivey (his cover), had no idea until there was a malfunction.  This glitch disabled the control feature of the chip and he flipped back and forth between his “normal” personality and the “super agent” (Edward Albright) involuntarily.  And of course the two personalities did not like one another—Henry was scared of Edward and Edward was annoyed with Henry.

Anyway, this is what Do No Harm reminds me of… only this time we’re watching a doctor with multiple personalities.  I know it’s not the same concept; it’s more like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; but when I first saw the commercial for the new NBC series, I immediately thought of My Own Worst Enemy.

By day, Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale, Rescue Me) is a very successful neurosurgeon.  At night, Dr. Cole transforms into his other personality, Ian Price.  At first, Dr. Cole was able to control these switches with his own mixture of pharmaceutical drugs.  But when his self-medication fails, he realizes quickly that Ian will do anything to make his “real” life more difficult.

The new series also stars: Alana de la Garza (CSI: Miami and Law & Order) as Dr. Lena Solis; Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show) as Dr. Vanessa Young; and John Carroll Lynch (Body of Proof) as Will.

Do No Harm premieres Thursday, January 31st on NBC.

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Shopping for antiques has never been so dangerous…

Hank Galliston (Anthony Edwards, Top Gun and ER) learns this first hand after his wife (Laila, played by Jacinda Barrett from—get this—The Real World: London) is abducted from her antique shop by a known international terrorist.  With help from a few friends, Hank uncovers a secret map hidden inside a clock from his wife’s store inventory.  This clock/map holds the key to a secret that a clandestine society and Catholic Church were sworn to protect for centuries—“a secret that could bring about the end of the world.”

Will Hank unravel the conspiracy and save his wife AND the world before it’s too late?

The series also stars: Scott Michael Foster (The River and Californication) as Aaron; Addison Timlin (also from Californication) as Rachel; Carmen Ejogo (Alex Cross) as Beck; and Michael Nyqvist (Millennium) as White Vincent.

Zero Hour premieres Thursday, February 14th on ABC.

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Who was sad when The Vampire Diaries killed Alaric at the end of last season?  I know I was.  Of course, even though Alaric is technically dead, we have seen him a few times this season as a ghost hovering around Damon… but maybe not for much longer.

Why?  Because the CW has given Matt Davis (TVD‘s Alaric) a new television series—Cult.

Cult follows journalist Jeff Sefton (Davis) as he investigates the disappearance of his brother.  His brother had rambled on and on to Jeff about how one of his favorite TV shows—a show about the cat and mouse game between a cult’s leader and his ex-lover/detective chasing him—was out to get him, but Jeff wrote it off as paranoia.  When his brother goes missing, Jeff learns that the television series (also titled “Cult”) his brother talked about does indeed have a rabid fan base who might just be committing the crimes as shown on the series.

Jeff is not alone… working alongside him, hoping to unravel the secrets behind the “Cult” TV show, is Skye Yarrow (Jessica Lucas, Melrose Place and Cloverfield).  Skye works as a production assistant for “Cult”; but like Jeff, she begins to think something just isn’t quite right…

The new series also stars: Alona Tal (Cane and Supernatural) as Marti, an actress playing Kelly on “Cult”—a former member of the cult and ex-lover of the leader; Roger Knepper (Heroes and Prison Break) as Roger Reeves, an actor playing Billy Grimm on “Cult”—the leader of the cult; and a few familiar faces in recurring roles from the teen television series The Inbetweeners (Marie Avgeropoulos) and Degrassi: The Next Generation (Stacey Farber).

Cult premiers Tuesday, February 19th on the CW.

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If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put Cult at number one—that’s an easy one.  Not only do I tend to love the series on the CW network, but I also really like Matt Davis and serial mysteries.  Zero Hour follows closely at number two.  Like my reasoning behind my number one choice, I have missed Anthony Edwards on TV AND I love watching characters race to find loved ones, especially when surrounded by deep and dark secrets that very powerful organizations have hidden and protected for years.  Third probably goes to Do No Harm; after all, the Jekyll and Hyde story is a classic.  And The Americans comes in fourth.  FX has some of the best programming on TV today, and has for many years, but someone always has to come in last…

There’s just a few more winter premieres on the horizon for 2013, but these shows along with those mentioned in Part One and Part Two should get everyone’s palate wet…

Which of these new programs are you most looking forward to and why?  I’d love to hear from you!   

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9 Responses to New to TV in 2013 – Part Three

  1. Claudia Lefeve says:

    Of all of them, I’ve been looking forward to The Americans and Zero Hour. Cult looks good too!

  2. Emma says:

    I like Keri Russell, delighted she’s back on TV.
    Bring on Cult, now! I loved Alaric 🙂

  3. I love the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde aspect of Do No Harm. I bet I would like that one. And Zero Hour sounds really good, too. Okay, and Cult. Tiffany, you give me too much to watch sometimes! LOL

  4. tomwisk says:

    Time willing I’ll try a taste of them all. Do No Harm seems an early favorite.

  5. Julie Glover says:

    Is Zero Hour a knock-off of The Da Vinci Code?

    I do remember My Own Worst Enemy. I’ll be interested to see how Do No Harm fares.

  6. Jess Witkins says:

    I’m really intrigued by The Americans, I may give it a go. But I hadn’t even heard of Cult! WHA?!! Where was I? Ususally the CW mobs their commercials with upcoming shows. I hope it’s a good series. I’m not thinking Beauty and the Beast is going to last…

    And hey, randomness, I was channel flipping the other day and came across the movie Blue Crush which I haven’t seen since High School – um Alaric is the man candy in that movie! He’s a football quarterback. Are you aware of this?!! Seems so up your ally!

  7. emmaburcart says:

    The Americans sounds really good. And, like you, I love pretty much everything the CW network makes, so Cult sounds good. After seeing the previews for the Jekyl and Hyde show I can tell it’s something I’ll skip. It just looks too predictable or something. Zero Hour sounds like a possibility, too. I like the Davinci Code sound of it. If only the rest of the networks (like ABC) would learn something from the CW and put hot guys in the leading roles. Then more of their shows would be a must see, not a maybe. 🙂

  8. I’m excited for The Americans and Cult! I can’t wait!

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