New to TV in 2013 – The Fourth and Final Part… For Now

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 our New to TV in 2013 series, here are a few more of the upcoming premieres we can look forward to in the next two months…

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This one almost slipped past me… and then I saw a commercial for it this past weekend.

Golden Boy follows Walter William Clark, Jr. (Theo James from the British series Bedlam and Downton Abbey) on his unprecedented rise through the New York City Police force from a beat cop, to detective, to police commissioner.

It has been reported that this crime drama is more character driven than most.  Instead of focusing on the cases the police solve, Golden Boy focuses on the Clark character and the relationships he forms with his partners and mentors, specifically Detective Don Owen (Chi McBride from Boston Public and Human Target).  While I enjoy police procedurals, I would appreciate a television series that really connects me with the character leads more than most already on the air do.

The new series also stars: Kevin Alejandro (Southland and True Blood) as Christian Arroyo,  the supposed “alpha” dog detective; Bonnie Somerville (NYPD Blue and Cashmere Mafia) as Deborah McKenzie, one of the few female detectives in the department; and Holt McCallany (CSI: Miami and Lights Out) as Joe Diaco, the detective with all of the connections.

And let me just say that Mr. James is quite cute, but the role of Walter William Clark, Jr. originally belonged to Ryan Phillippe.  I don’t know why Mr. Phillippe backed out, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit disappointed by this.

Golden Boy premieres Tuesday, February 26th on CBS.

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Life is great for housewife and mother Marta Walraven (Radha Mitchell from Silent Hill and The Crazies).  It’s not until her husband is murdered and the FBI comes knocking that she begins questioning her family’s business… of crime.   Will she resort to her family’s ways, something she’s personally steered clear of until now, or will she join forces with the authorities investigating her family?  One thing’s certain—she will avenge her husband’s death and protect her children at all costs.

The new series also stars:  Clifton Collins Jr. (The Event) as FBI Agent James Ramos; Luke Goss (the Death Race movies) as Luther; Suleka Mathew (Hawthorne) as Dina Tomlin; Jaime Ray Newman (Eastwick and Eureka) as Kat Castillo; Lee Tergesen (Oz and Generation Kill) as Mike Tomlin; Rade Serbedzija (24) as Andrei Petrov; and Goran Visnjic (ER) as Nicholae Schiller.

Oh, and Red Widow is produced and written by Melissa Rosenberg, the head writer behind the first four seasons of Dexter AND the woman responsible for the Twilight franchise screenplays.  That alone has me interested…

Red Widow premieres Sunday, March 3rd on ABC.

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We’ve all wondered it at least once since leaving home, whether it be for college, or marriage, or just because… what would we do if we had no choice but to move back in with our parents as an adult?

After Polly’s (Sarah Chalke from Roseanne and Scrubs) divorce, she has no choice but to move back in with her parents.   But after a year, she worries she’s stuck there forever with her mother (Elaine, played by Elizabeth Perkins from Big and Weeds) and her father (Max, played by Brad Garrett from Everybody Loves Raymond).  To make matters worse, she’s plagued by the ex-husband who wants her back (of course) and a friend she almost made the mistake of dating back in the day.

The new sitcom also stars Canadian comedian John Dore and the 7 Up guy, Orlando Jones.

How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) premieres Wednesday, April 3rd on ABC.

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If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put Red Widow at number one.  It has almost everything I like: murder, “connected” families, and the choice of doing right or wrong while protecting one’s own.  If Red Widow has half the action and intrigue of Missing, I’ll be happy.  Golden Boy follows at number two, leaving How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) at third.  ABC’s new sitcom may be loaded with funny people, but someone always has to come in last…

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

This wraps up the winter premieres portion of Tele-Tuesday.  These shows along with those mentioned in Part One, Part Two, and Part Three should get everyone’s palate wet…but don’t worry; there’s more ahead in 2013, including the return of at least one freshman series given the ax back in May.

That’s right… CBS is bringing back a television program they cancelled last year.  Maybe the networks do listen?

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10 Responses to New to TV in 2013 – The Fourth and Final Part… For Now

  1. I’m not sure I’m going to watch any of these; it depends on what else is on and my time. But if I were to rank them by just what you said, I would probably rank them the same as you did.

  2. Julie Glover says:

    Chi McBride was Emerson Cod in Pushing Daisies too. I loved him in that! So yeah, Golden Boy would be first on my list here, even though the sitcom certainly has promise with well-known actors.

  3. All three of these sound like they’d be worth a look to me. I, too, enjoy all of these actors. We like a good comedy, but most of the ones we’ve seen lately are either lame or crass. We’ve been disappointed by 1600 Penn and Malibu Country so far this season. Maybe How to Live With Your Parents won’t be another thumbs down, she says hopefully…..

  4. tomwisk says:

    How To Live With… looks good. Mainly because of Elizabeth Perkins. She was great in Weeds and it’ll be nice to see a mature beauty (not that she’s old) on the tube. And Sarah Chalke is nice.

  5. John Holton says:

    From what I saw, “Golden Boy” will be taking “CSI:NY”‘s place on March 5. One has to wonder how well it’ll match with “Blue Bloods.” Of course, CBS is just replacing one NYPD drama with another, so I guess it’ll be all right. Shame that New York appears to be the only city with a police department…

  6. Jess Witkins says:

    I’m curious about the How to Live With Your Parents show because I don’t think I could do it. Ever.

  7. emmaburcart says:

    I will definitely see the Golden Boy one. You had me at Kevin Alejandro! The Red Widow sounds cool, too. I’ll check it out.

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