New to TV this Summer (2013) – Part 1

I can remember back when the summer months meant we couldn’t find anything new to watch on television… maybe a reality program here, or a two-hour made-for-TV-special there, but no new series.

But not anymore.

As spring blows into our neighborhoods, so does a new television season…

Starting this week, the networks have a lineup of new programs to entertain us during the primetime hours this summer.  Some of the series have promise, while others may flop—but, regardless, we’ll tune in to check them out!

Here are just a few of the upcoming premieres we can look forward to this summer…

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Save Me

We’ve heard the stories… someone suffers a near-death experience, prompting a change in his or her outlook on life.  This change is not always a bad thing, sometimes it is absolutely necessary to save one’s soul, but it’s also not always an easy adjustment for those around us and accustomed to our old ways.

Save Me follows Beth Harper (Anne Heche, Hung), the matriarch of a run-of-the-mill Midwestern family…. or are they?

After Beth nearly chokes to death on a sandwich, she claims she now has a direct line of communication with God.  She’s set on making right with all those she’s wronged and even begins to convince her worst critics that she has changed for the better.

The new sitcom also stars: Michael Landes (Final Destination 2) as Tom, Beth’s meandering husband; Alexandra Breckenridge (American Horror Story) as Carly, one of Tom’s “side projects”; Heather Burns (Miss Congeniality) as Jenna, one of Beth’s neighbors; and Madison Davenport (Shameless) as Emily, Beth’s daughter.

Save Me premieres Thursday, May 23rd on NBC.

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Motive

Anytime a crime occurs, whether in real life or on TV, everyone wants to know why the crime was committed in the first place—the motive.

Television is full of crime dramas and police procedurals today, but most of these shows focus on the investigation and capture of the suspects rather than the motive behind the act.  Some TV programs might answer the why in a brief one or two lines of dialogue after they’ve interrogated the suspect for a few minutes, but they don’t really spend a lot of time on the motive.

Motive, a new ABC crime drama, hopes to change all of that.

The new series follows Detective Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman, Judging Amy and The Killing) as she works homicide cases.

Wait a minute… that sounds just like every other police procedural on TV today.  Right?

Wrong.  Motive will identify the killer and victim at the beginning of each episode.  Viewers will then get to watch as Angie and her partner (Louis Ferreira, SGU Stargate Universe) work the case, while experiencing a series of flashbacks revealing clues at the same time.

Motive kind of reminds me of a combination of Cold Case (because of the series of flashbacks) and the short-lived series The Whole Truth, where viewers experienced the crime through both the prosecutor’s and the defense attorney’s point of view and they had to decide which one was the truth… fun show, but it didn’t last long.  Let’s hope Motive doesn’t suffer the same fate.

The new crime drama also stars: Lauren Holly (NCIS) as Betty Rogers, the medical examiner; Roger Cross (24) as Supervisor Boyd Bloom; Brendan Penny (Stargate: Atlantis) as rookie detective Brian Lucas; and Cameron Bright (The Twilight Saga) as Manny Flynn, Angela’s son.

Motive actually aired last night on ABC following Dancing with the Stars… but don’t worry, that was just a sneak peek.  The series officially premieres Thursday, May 23rd on ABC.

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Mistresses

Based on the popular British television series of the same name, Mistresses is a sexy new drama following the lives of four girlfriends as they discover who they really are via their friendships, relationships, and sex.

Sound familiar?  I’m thinking of one of my favorites here… Sex and the City.

The series stars: Alyssa Milano (Charmed) as Savannah “Savi” Davis, a successful lawyer, hoping to make partner—still sounding familiar here….; Jes Macallan as Josslyn Carver, Savi’s single and carefree younger sister who is not really looking to settle down; Rochelle Aytes (Detroit 1-8-7 and The Forgotten) as April Malloy, a recent widow and single mother who owns her own linen shop; and Junjin Kim (Lost) as Karen Rhodes, a successful therapist who has a history of having affairs with her patients.

They’re all beautiful; they’re all successful; they’re all single.  Will Mistresses be the next Sex and the City?  Or will it flop trying, just like Lipstick Jungle?

Mistresses premieres Monday, June 3rd on ABC.

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And remember, Graceland premieres Thursday, June 6th on USA and King & Maxwell premieres Monday, June 10th on TNT.

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

April Showers Bring New Sci-Fi and Supernatural TV Programs

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 for the most part, we’re hanging around until next month’s May Sweeps to find out which of our shows will return for the 2013-2014 television season.

Which is why it seems a bit odd that we have two new programs premiering for the very first time this month…

In a unique turn of events, this year’s April Showers are bringing us more than just May Flowers—they’re bringing television audiences a new science fiction series on SyFy and a new supernatural murder mystery via Netflix.

Continuing with our New to TV in 2013 series from earlier in the year, here are a few more of the upcoming premieres we can look forward to in the next few weeks…

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Earth as we now know it is gone.

After an alien invasion in 2013, the humans and the aliens fought for years (“The Pale Wars”), destroying much of the planet.  But now, thirty-three years later, and following the destruction of the alien’s solar system (Votanis), the humans and the seven different species of Votans are trying to co-exist.

“This world has no natives, which means it belongs to everyone.”

The story follows Joshua Nolan (Grand Bowler, Ugly Betty) and his adopted alien daughter, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas)—a member of the Irathient species—as they search for a better place to live.  The father/daughter duo runs into trouble and finds assistance from a group of strangers.  These strangers lead Nolan and Irisa to a familiar city, only recognizable by the remnants of its once beautiful city landmark…  St. Louis is no more—now they call it Defiance.

Nolan and his alien daughter, Irisa

Defiance also stars: Julie Benz (Dexter) as Amanda Rosewater, Mayor of Defiance; Tony Curran (Being Human) as Datak Tarr, Amanda’s right hand and a member of the Castithan species; Jaime Murray (Warehouse 13) as Stahma Tarr, Datak’s Castithan wife; Mia Kirshner (24) as Kenya Rosewater, Amanda’s sister and owner of the local bar; Graham Green (Dances with Wolves) as Rafe McCawley, a mine owner; and Fionnula Flanagan (Lost) as Nicky Riordon, the former Defiance mayor and Amanda’s mentor.

Let’s get to know the seven species of Votans: the Irathient – a near human, nature-loving, and deeply spiritual and peaceful species, with a skin color of almost bronze;  the Castithan – very similar to humans, with yellow eyes and a skin tone near albinism, who hail from an alien caste society—high and low, with most of the lower caste destroyed along with the Votanis solar system; the Indogene – a technically advanced species with white skin and no hair follicles; the Sensoth – aliens who are covered in fur and are taller than humans, similar to the orangutan; the Gulanee – a mysterious species, even to the other Votan; the Volge – the villain species; and the Mutants, which is pretty self-explanatory.

Datak and Stahma Tarr, Castithans

And to not be outdone, the humans created Biomen—fully synthetic marines prepared to protect our planet.

Will Nolan and the other citizens of Defiance (aliens included) protect their city?  Or will the world’s evil destroy what’s left?

Defiance premieres Monday, April 15th on SyFy.

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Based on the novel of the same name by Brian McGreevy, Hemlock Grove follows the story of two teenage boys— Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron, Degrassi and Terra Nova), a seventeen year old gypsy, who is rumored to be a werewolf, and Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgard, little brother to True Blood’s Alexander… aka Eric Northman), the heir to the wealthy Godfrey family estate, whose family has a few supernatural secrets of their own.

Okay, so maybe the rumors are true…

When a young girl is murdered, both boys are suspected for one reason or another.  And perhaps the only way they can prove their innocence is by working together…

Hemlock Grove also stars: Famke Janssen (the X-Men movies) as Olivia Godfrey, Roman’s mother; Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under) as Lynda Rumancek, Peter’s mom; Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives) as Dr. Norman Godfrey, Roman’s uncle; and Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica) as Sheriff Sworn.

Yay!! A new and cute Skarsgard!!

All thirteen episodes of Hemlock Grove will be available Friday, April 19th exclusively on Netflix.

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Of these two shows, I am most looking forward to Hemlock Grove.  You know me… I’ll pretty much watch anything that falls into the YA category, especially when supernatural powers and murder are involved.  The “darkness” of the trailer reminds me a bit of MTV’s Teen Wolf, a show we really enjoy in our house; there’s just one problem… Hemlock Grove is only available on Netflix.  Believe it or not, we don’t have a Netflix account—it’s not necessary when we never run out of things to watch on our DVR.  However, the online movie and TV giant does offer a 30-day free trial…

And with only the two to choose from, Defiance falls to the bottom of my list… but not my guy’s list!  He has reminded me every single time we see the ads for SyFy’s latest science fiction drama that he wants to watch it.  And for the sake of at least a review, I will too.

What do you think?  Will you check out either of these new series – why or why not?  I’d love to hear from you!   

Successful Motion Picture Film Ideas Move to Television – Genius or Lazy?

In my lifetime, I’ve witnessed many popular TV programs move to the Hollywood big screen.  Just off the top of my head, I think of the Transformer movies, the Star Trek movies, the Brady Bunch movies, the Mission Impossible movies, and the Charlie’s Angels movies.  Heck, there have even been a few great stand-alones, including Starsky and Hutch, The Fugitive, and The Untouchables.

So why be surprised that several successful motion picture film ideas are moving to television?  I’m not.

It takes very little to pique my interest when a new pilot premieres on television; I’ll watch pretty much anything.  But there are a few things that instantly attract me to a new show: the concept, the actors and actresses, and the attention to detail, particularly the music and dialog.

Today, let’s talk about the concept behind a few of the upcoming 2013 releases… TV premieres that also happen to have been successful motion picture films at one time or another.

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In Bates Motel, we revisit the Alfred Hitchcock favorite… only this time we’ll see how it all began with a young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Spiderwick Chronicles ) and his very-much-alive mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga from Safe House and Orphan).

The series also stars a few familiar faces from the horror genre: Max Thieriot (House at the End of the Street), Keegan Connor Tracy (Final Destination 2), and Mike Vogel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)… as well as few from recent television mysteries: Nestor Carbonell (Ringer) and Richard Harmon (The Killing).

Bates Motel premieres on A&E on Monday, March 18th.

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Dracula… where our love for vampires truly begins.  Or at least it did for me.

The premise for the new series reminds me of ABC’s Revenge… with bite.  Dracula, also known as Allen Grayson (see, Grayson… another Revenge similarity) as far as his life and business are concerned, moves to London under the false pretense of bringing modern science applications to the city, but instead plans to seek revenge against all those who wronged him before… centuries before.

And it wouldn’t be Dracula without love, right?  Much like the love story in the ‘90s version of Dark Shadows, Dracula will encounter a woman who inexplicably looks like his dead wife and he falls in love with her all over again.

Oh, and did I mention Allen/Dracula is played by the sexy Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors)?

The series also stars a few other familiar British and Irish actors: Katie McGrath (Merlin), Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones), and Victoria Smurfit (Trial & Retribution).

Dracula is scheduled to premiere on NBC this fall.  Production should start soon if it hasn’t already…

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One of the most fascinating and chilling characters in literary and cinematic history is coming to TV—Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

Only this time, audiences will get to experience more of Special Agent Will Graham’s (Hugh Dancy from Blood & Chocolate) hunt for a serial killer and his collaboration with a top psychiatrist (Lecter, played by Mads Mikkelsen from The Hunt) as he builds his criminal profile.

I personally loved the character of Will from the film adaptation of Thomas Harris’s novel, Red Dragon.  But then again, I adore Edward Norton.   I hope to like Mr. Dancy just as much…

The series also stars: Caroline Dhavernas (Off the Map) and Lara Jean Chorostecki (Camelot)… and a few other familiar faces in recurring roles: Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix trilogy and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Gina Torres (Firefly and Suits), Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall), Ellen Greene (Pushing Daisies), and Gillian Anderson (The X-Files).

Hannibal is scheduled to premiere on NBC at some point this year.  Hopefully *crosses fingers*.  We’ll just have to wait and see…

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There’s no available image for the upcoming TV series since it’s still in the early developmental stages… so let’s remember Axel…

We finally have the next installment of our favorite Detroit cop taking over Beverly Hills… only this time we’ll see a true continuation of the film series.

Instead of Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy), television viewers will watch his son Aaron (Brandon T. Jackson, Tropic Thunder and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief) as he works the streets of Beverly Hills, following in his father’s footsteps as a cop, while also trying to escape his father’s shadow and be his own man.

And now envision Mr. Brandon T. Jackson as Axel’s son…

Murphy will serve as executive producer along with Shawn Ryan (co-creator The Shield and producer of The Unit) AND also guest star in a recurring role as the character he made famous in the ’80s.

Production is still in the very early stages of this project; however, it has been announced that Kevin Pollak (Shark) has joined the cast… as has David Denman (The Office), who is rumored to star in a role similar to the one Judge Reinhold played in the film series.

Rumor has it that all five major networks made a play on this series with CBS winning out.  And considering the casting is still underway, we’ll have to wait a while for this one to hit the telly.  But won’t it be exciting when it finally does?

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So, there we have it.  Four upcoming projects undoubtedly brought to us because of the successes of their predecessors, whether it is literature or film.  But are these projects truly genius… or just lazy? Are we losing a bit of our creativity where television and film are concerned anymore?  It seems more and more remakes and/or continuations of very popular movies and/or earlier TV series are in high demand…

Like I said earlier, I plan to watch all of these new series.  It doesn’t take a lot for me to check out a new TV program, and I especially enjoyed the books and flicks these projects are following, but I can’t help but think we’re failing in the originality category here lately.

What do you think?  Are these new TV adaptations pure genius?  Or just lazy?  Which one are you most looking forward to and why?  I’d love to hear from you! 

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?

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!   

New to TV in 2013 – Part Two

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 last week’s introduction of the first five January pilots, here are just a few of the upcoming premieres we can look forward to in 2013…

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Over the years, HBO and Showtime have produced GREAT original programming… even dating back to when I was a child with HBO’s Fraggle Rock.  Yeah, that’s right—Fraggle Rock.  Since then, I’ve enjoyed a few other HBO series such as Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Band of Brothers, and True Blood.

Showtime’s no slouch either.  Mostly, I’ve enjoyed the comedies like Weeds, Californication, and the most recent hit, House of Lies.  However, Showtime has also hit it big with a few of its original dramas (Dexter, Shameless, and Homeland).

So, Cinemax is finally joining this party…Most people associate Cinemax as “Skin-a-Max” for its late night adult television programming, but now I believe the network is trying to at least compete with HBO and Showtime during the primetime hours.  Not only have they recently aired Hunted, an original action/drama starring Melissa George as Sam Hunter, an undercover operative seeking revenge against those who tried to kill her, but they also plan to release another series in January that has piqued my interest—Banshee.

Banshee follows Sheriff Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) as he serves and protects a small Amish community in Pennsylvania.  Not only does Sheriff Hood have a dark history of his own (he served time for his previous crimes), but so do the town and “founders” of Banshee.  But he’s not intimidated by the local men and their previous arrangements—he has sworn to do his job to the best of his ability… no matter what it takes.

The new series also stars Ben Cross (Dark Shadows), Ivana Milicevic, and Ulrich Thomsen.  Oh, and did I mention Banshee shares the same creators as True Blood?

Banshee premieres Friday, January 11th on Cinemax.

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We all knew it was just a matter of time.  And that time has finally arrived…

Once again, television is hoping to cash in on the success of a previous TV hit—Sex and the City—and has created a spinoff series, hoping to attract today’s younger audience and more than likely all of those that worshiped the former HBO franchise.  Hey, I’m one of them.  Not only did I tune in every Sunday night with my girlfriends to watch Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha, but I also tortured my guy and forced him to take me to the theater to see both film continuations of the series.  Well, I didn’t force him, but I conveniently selected show times at our local full-service bar and restaurant/movie theater for the showings.  I figured if he could drink hard alcohol while sitting through the film, my chances greatly improved of getting him to take me.  I was right.

But The Carrie Diaries isn’t just television’s attempt to keep the Carrie Bradshaw hype alive; the series is based on the book of the same name written by Candace Bushnell, the woman responsible for Sex and the City in the first place.  And which network is best suited for telling the tales of a teenage Carrie?  The CW… one of my favorite channels on TV today.

The Carrie Diaries follows a teenage Carrie Bradshaw (played by AnnaSophia Robb from Soul Surfer) after the death of her mother.  After spending all summer grieving with her father and rebellious younger sister, Carrie jumps at the chance to intern at a job her father secured for her—in Manhattan.

This is where Carrie’s love affair with New York, fashion, clubbing, and writing about friendships, dating, and sex begins…

The new series also stars: Austin Robert Butler (High School Musical) as Sebastian, Carrie’s love interest; Katie Findlay (The Killing) as Maggie, Carrie’s best friend; and Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) as Jill, Carrie’s other best friend.

The Carrie Diaries premieres Monday, January 14th on the CW.

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SyFy is at it again…

Last year, the science fiction channel began airing Lost Girl, a TV series already primed for season two in Canada.  The network started the episodes from the beginning and ran them consecutively so US audiences were all caught up.  I loved it—watching Lost Girl every week for almost twenty weeks was like an extended season of supernatural greatness.

And it appears the network is at it again… only this time, it’s with the SyFy UK hit and Canadian series Continuum.  As this show prepares for season two in Canada, the American audiences will get to experience it from the very beginning this month.

This science fiction program follows a group of convicted terrorists, or rebels, known as Liber8 from the year 2077 back in time to 2012.  Inadvertently following them is officer Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols from Criminal Minds), so she takes it upon herself to prevent this group from altering events in the past.

Will Kiera control the past to save the future?

The series also stars: Victor Webster (Charmed, Mutant X) as Carlos, Kiera’s partner in the present… which I’m guessing is technically 2012 and not 2077; Erik Knudsen (Jericho) as the 2012 Alec, Kiera’s confidant;  and Tony Amendola (Once Upon a Time) as Edouard, the leader of the Liber8 rebels.

Continuum premiers Monday, January 14th on SyFy.

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There’s a ton of programming on BBC America that I want to see: the UK version of Being Human, Doctor Who (thanks to the great Amber West), Hex, Law and Order: UK (I actually caught a few of these over the weekend), and now Ripper Street.

Ripper Street?  That’s right!  As in Jack the Ripper!

This BBC mini-series follows a group of detectives around Whitechapel in London shortly after the gruesome murders credited to Jack the Ripper.  Although they believe the Ripper to be gone, the murders continue—and it’s their turn to do the hunting.

Ripper Street stars: the award-winning English actor Matthew Macfadyn as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid; Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones) as Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake; Adam Rothenberg (The Ex-List) as American Homer Jackson; and MyAnna Buring (Downton Abbey) as Long Susan, a brothel owner.

Ripper Street premieres Saturday, January 19th on BBC.

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If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put Ripper Street at number one—that’s an easy one.  Ranking the rest isn’t as easy because I’m equally as interested in all three!  But, for argument’s sake, I’d say Continuum probably comes in second—it has a leg up on the others because I can watch this one with my guy.  The Carrie Diaries falls into third, not far behind second—loving SATC the way that I did/do, I’m very interested to see what Ms. Bushnell has in store for us now.  And that leaves Banshee in fourth place… which is an injustice if you ask me.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what Cinemax has to offer by way of its original programming; but unfortunately, someone always has to come in last.

There’s more on the horizon for 2013, but these shows along with last week’s 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!   

New to TV in 2013

The New Year is here—Happy 2013!

And with the new year comes new TV shows…

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!

Here are just a few of the upcoming premieres we can look forward to in 2013…

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Who killed Vivian Bowers?

Deception is the story of two friends—Vivian Bowers, the wealthy socialite who is known for her partying, and Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good), Vivian’s childhood best friend.  The only problem is, one must now investigate the murder of the other…

The new series also stars: Victor Garber (Alias) as Robert Bowers; Laz Alonso (Breakout Kings) as FBI agent Will Moreno; Tate Donovan (Damages) as Edward Bowers; Katherine LaNasa as Sofia Bowers; and Wes Brown as Julian Bowers.

I could be mistaken, but I’m thinking from the cast of characters alone that perhaps a Bowers family member had something to do with Vivian’s death… so, how will the wealthy family react to her long-lost friend returning and looking into her alleged overdose?

Deception premieres Monday, January 7th on NBC.

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If it’s comedy you like, perhaps 1600 Penn will be right for you…

1600 Penn follows the Gilchrist family… just a normal family dealing with everyday things like adult children moving back home, teenagers who know everything (literally), and step-parents trying to form bonds with their new families.  The only difference is, this family has to learn how to do all these things while living in the White House!

The new sitcom stars: Bill Pullman as President Gilchrist… he also played the President in Independence Day; Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg) as Emily, the president’s new wife; Josh Gad as Skip, the grown son moving back home with his family; Andre Holland as Marshall; and Amara Miller as Marigold.

1600 Penn premieres Thursday, January 10th on NBC.

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Now this is my kind of show!

FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon, um… Footloose) must track down serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy from Rome)—again.  He first reaches out to Carroll’s ex-wife, a woman Hardy slept with, and then he informs a former witness and surviving victim of Carroll’s crimes that her nightmare has escaped prison and is more than likely headed her direction.

There’s only one problem… like most serial killers, Carroll has fans now… people who are willing to do anything to help him succeed.

The new thriller also stars: Natalie Zea (Justified) as Claire, Carroll’s ex-wife; Maggie Grace (the Taken movies) as Sarah, one of Carroll’s survivors; Shawn Ashmore (the X-Men movies) as FBI agent Weston; and Jeananne Goossen (Alcatraz) as FBI agent Mason.

The Following premieres Monday, January 21st on Fox.

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If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put The Following at number one.  This was a tough decision because I’m a really big murder mystery fan… that said, Deception probably comes in a very close second with 1600 Penn  falling into last place.  Unfortunately, someone always has to come in last.

There’s more on the horizon for 2013, but this 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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