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Each year we say farewell to series we liked and ended, those who got cancelled, and welcome the returning ones, along with the newcomers. Each year i have held the tradition of watching all the trailers of upcoming series. Friends and family wanted to know what they should watch out for next season and thus this post was created. So buckle-up and brace yourselves for a long-long-long post.
2013 Fall TV season for the US will include some familiar series like: Once Upon A Time, Good Wife, Hannibal, Mentalist, Revenge, Simpsons, American Dad, Family Guy, Bones, How I Met Your Mother, Hart of Dixie, 2 Broke Girls, Castle, NCIS, New Girl, Mindy Project, Beauty and the Beast, Person of Interest, Chicago Fire, Supernatural, Nashville, Modern Family, Revolution, Arrow, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Big Bang Theory, Elementary, Two and a Half Men, Glee, Parks & Recreation, Parenthood, Vampire Diaries, Grimm, Carrie Diaries, Last Man Standing, Hawaii five-0, Neighbors, Raising Hope, ANTM, Project Runway, Bates Motel, Nikita, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Walking Dead, Community, Following, Suburgatory, Being Human, Doctor Who, Luther, Ripper Street, Copper, Orphan Black, Banshee, American Horror Story, The Americans, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Louie, The League, Game of Thrones, Girls, Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Mr. Shelfridge, Californication, Homeland, House of Lies, Shameless, Lost Girl, Cougar Town, Psych, White Collar etc.
The list is endless, and all these will be joined by new series airing this Fall, which are the following:
Betrayal – Sundays on ABC 10pm
A drama starring Stuart Townsend centers on Sara, a beautiful but unhappily married female photographer who begins a torrid affair with Jack, a lawyer for a powerful family. Something that my mother will probably watch.
We Are Men – Mondays on CBS 8:30pm
A comedy about 4 men living in the same short-term apartment complex. We Are Men will be categorized on the watch-while-i-eat pile of series.On the plus side it has Tony Shalhoub (MONK) and Kal Penn (Kumar).
Mom – Mondays on CBS 9:30pm
Anna Faris in the sitcom Mom portrays a recovering alcoholic single mom of two, whose life is a mess but endearing and funny. I m not sold (maybe something to watch while eating since most good shows have gruesome in imagery :P)
Hostages – Mondays on CBS 10pm (15 episodes)
Toni Collette’s family is held hostage by a raggedly rogue FBI Agent played by Dylan McDermott, as she has to operate on the US president. (My mom will like this one as well)
Intelligence – Mondays on CBS 10pm
Oh Joss Holloway look at you all shaved and hair cut. The premise is like H+ meets Alias…interesting.
Almost Human – Mondays on FOX 8pm
Set in 2048 human cops and androids partner up to protect and serve. Starring Karl Urban, Michael Ealy and Lili Taylor (personal favorite). Do androids dream of electric sheep? JJ Abrams new sci-fi cop series might actually be good.
Sleepy Hollow – Mondays on FOX 9pm
Equal parts of fun and action. The legend of Sleepy Hollow re-imagined in the modern age. Ichabod Crane wakes up from the throes of death 250 years in the future to find the world on the brink of destruction and learn he is humanity’s only hope. Tom Mison is exceptional on the role of Ichabod Crane.
The Blacklist – Mondays on NBC 10pm
The world’s most wanted criminal suddenly turns himself in and offers to give up anyone he’s ever worked with. The catch: He’ll only work with a new FBI agent, one with whom he has no known connection. Starring James Spader. The whole quid-pro-quo scenario reminds me of silence of the lambs. It looks promising, even though the trailer gives away the entire plot of the pilot episode.
Marvel Agents of the S.H.I.E.L.D. – Tuesdays on ABC 8pm
Following Marvel’s Avengers, this series by the Whedon team will present the missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. No comment necessary: In Whedon We Trust!
The Goldbergs – Tuesdays on ABC 9pm
Fans of the 80s might relate to this sitcom.
Trophy Wife – Tuesdays on ABC 9:30pm
A reformed party girl finds herself an insta-family after falling in love with a man with 3 manipulative children and two judgmental ex-wives.
Lucky 7 – Tuesdays on ABC 10pm
A group of seven gas station attendants win the lottery together.
Dads – Tuesdays on FOX 8pm
Dads is not high quality TV and will probably be short lived, but… Seth Green! Giovanni Ribisi!
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Tuesdays on FOX 8:30pm
The single-camera project revolves around a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City. Watch what happens when a detective who doesn’t take anything seriously gets a new tightly-wound boss who wants him to grow up and respect the badge.
The Originals – Tuesdays on CW 8pm
Spin-off series from CW’s Vampire Diaries, need i say more?
Back in the Game – Wednesdays on ABC 8:30pm
Centers on Terry Gannon, a recently divorced single mother who temporarily moves in with her estranged father, a beer-swilling former baseball player. She reluctantly starts coaching her son’s underdog Little League team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind.
Super Fun Night – Wednesdays on ABC 9:30pm
I like Rebel Wilson, but this comedy is not my cup of tea (but it seems worth checking out)
Ironside – Wednesdays on NBC 10pm
Centers on Robert T. Ironside, a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases.
The Tomorrow People – Wednesdays on CW 9pm
Sci-fi series about several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil. Kinda reminded me of the movie Push. It seems interesting enough. Will give it a try.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland – Thursdays on ABC 8pm
Once Upon a Time spin-off following Alice’s adventures dwelling in darker passages. This could truly go both ways. It depends. If its special effects resemble those of Once Upon a Time it will not bode well. I like the insanity aspect.
The Millers – Thursdays on CBS 8:30pm
Comedy starring Will Arnett as a divorced reporter looking forward to the single life until his parents’ marital problems derail his plans.
The Crazy Ones – Thursdays on CBS 9pm
New comedy starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar about an advertising genius with the biggest clients in the world.
Welcome to the Family – Thursdays on NBC 8:30pm
Chronicles how cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together by their children who fall in love followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy. I wonder which of these series are gonna make the cut and which are gonna get the boot.
Sean Saves the World – Thursdays on NBC 9pm
Another sitcom about single gay parent.
The Michael J. Fox Show – Thursdays on NBC 9:30pm
I simply love Michael J. Fox and i m gonna watch this.
Reign – Thursdays on CW 9pm
This visually stunning period piece chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots (Kane) when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.
Enlisted – Fridays on FOX 9pm (late fall)
If Enlisted was a movie i would probably watch it a lazy Sunday afternoon with my pops….but as a series on Fox this fall i am not that sure i will. A military-set family comedy about three brothers on a small Florida army base and the group of misfits who surround them.
Dracula – Fridays on NBC 10pm
Dracula starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Series introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There’s only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. Not sure i m sold.
Midseason more series will be released, most of whom do not have a trailer yet:
About a Boy – Tuesdays on NBC 9pm
Based on the book and subsequent 2002 film starring Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult, the single-cam comedy centers on the relationship between a man-child and the young boy who moves in next door.
Believe – Sundays on NBC 9pm
Created by Alfonso Cuarón and JJ Abrams, this one hour drama series presents the powers of a young girl (levitation, telekinesis, predict future etc), who was raised by a small group known as “True Believers”. She may hold the fate of our world.
Crisis – Sunday NBC 10pm
Centers on an idealistic Secret Service agent who finds himself at the center of an international crisis on his first day on the job. In his search for the truth, he will have to cross moral and legal lines as he navigates the highest levels of power and corruption. Starring Gillian Anderson.
The multi-cam project centers on a group of young friends dubbed the “Undateables” whose lives are altered when a more confident character enters their world.
The Family Guide – Tuesdays on NBC 9:30pm
The single-camera sitcom centers on a son who idolizes his blind father and enjoys his mom’s newfound adolescence after his folks divorce and ultimately grow closer.
Chicago PD – NBC
The Chicago Fire spin-off follows two distinctly different groups inside District 21 of the Chicago Police Department: the uniformed cops who patrol the beat and go head to head with the city’s street crimes, and the Intelligence Unit that combats the city’s major offenses – organized crime, drug trafficking and high profile murders.
Crossbones – Fridays on NBC 10pm
This series was set to be broadcasted last season, but alas not even its trailer has been released yet. It is said to star John Malkovich. The 10-episode action-adventure series takes place in 1715 and promises to deliver “the true legend” of “the most notorious pirate to ever sail the earth” pirate Blackbeard.
The Night Shift – NBC
Follows a team of doctors and nurses working the graveyard shift in the ER at San Antonio Medical Center.
Us & Them – FOX
A rom-com starring Alexis Bledel
Surviving Jack – FOX
Gang Related – FOX
Murder Police – FOX (animated series)
The animated cop show follows a dedicated, but inept detective and his colleagues in a twisted city precinct.
Rake – FOX
Greg Kinnear’s show RAKE to be broadcasted on FOX this Fall, kinda reminded me of Californication in the sense of an endearing screw-up, without the whole excessive sex and profanity,cause you know..it is not on cable 😛
Wayward Pines – FOX
A Secret Service agent goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho in search of two federal agents who have gone missing in the bucolic town. He soon learns that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive. Matt Dillon is attached to this project.
Killer Women – ABC
Centers on Molly Parker, the only woman in the notoriously male Texas Rangers, a ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there.
Mind Games – ABC
Christian Slater awwwwwww! Seems like a fun-version of inception. I would classify it in the same category as Suits and Franklin & Bash. Clark (Steve Zahn) and Ross (Christian Slater) Edwards are brothers and partners in a unique agency committed to solving clients’ problems using the hard science of psychological manipulation.
Mixology – ABC
Chronicles the exploits of singles, five guys and five girls, in search of love all over the course of one night.
Resurrection – ABC
An 8-year-old American boy wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no identification and no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia, Missouri and an immigration agent, Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by an elderly couple, Harold and Lucille Garland, who lost their son Jacob more than 30 years ago in a drowning accident.
A multi-cam comedy revolving around a group of 30something friends who each think the other has it better. James Van Der Beek is attached to the project.
Reckless – CBS
A sultry legal show set in Charleston, South Carolina, where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern City Attorney struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal.
Bad Teacher – CBS
Based on the film, a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcee becomes a teacher to find her next husband in this single-cam comedy.
The 100 – CW
Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet. Really interesting, might fill some gap in the sci-fi series section
Star-Crossed – CW
About an epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp. Like twillight with aliens? highschool romance …not sure
I m also adding a couple of shows on other TV networks, which seem to be worth waiting for this TV season
The Last Ship – TNT
Michael Bay’s post-apocalyptic series is set with the crew of a naval destroyer forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off most of the earth’s population.
Legends – TNT
Sean Bean is a deep-cover operative named Martin Odum, who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job… Very interesting
Black Sails – Starz
Michael Bay has been a busy boy this year (not as busy as JJ Abrams but still), bringing us his second series, a pirate drama.
The White Queen – Starz (BBC One)
Based on Philippa Gregory’s best selling historical novel, The White Queen charts the thrilling story of the women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne during the War of the Roses.
Penny Dreadful – Showtime
It is said that Sam Mendes will be behind this project, which includes some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters, such as Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula become embroiled in Victorian London.
American Gods – HBO
Everyone is expecting Neil Gaiman’s book to translate onto the small screen, however it is too early…I only hope that the project is concluded and not forever stuck in production limbo.
So there you have it…the whole shindig which will take place on our TV screens this season. I guess many of them will be cancelled, as it happens each year, since there are so many shows competing for the same finite audience ratings. (P.S.: this list does not include all the new series that cable networks might release, more info on that as they develop)
So now, after this crush-course, you can start placing your bets on who’s gonna make it through the 2013-2014 TV battlefield.
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