Five to Watch This Fall
With all of our favorite TV shows coming to an end, it is time to look forward to the new talent for the fall season. Now that last week’s upfronts are finished, we know which shows the networks have picked and which have, unfortunately, been given the axe. Considering the ample number of entertaining shows coming up, it is hard to pick just five. Still, here are some of the most intriguing ones to look forward to while you wait this summer:
1. 666 Park Avenue
Based on a novel with the same title, ABC’s 666 Park Avenue tells the story of a young couple (Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable) hired to manage The Drake, a luxurious apartment building in Manhattan. Described as a place where “your dreams and burning desires can come true”, the building appears inviting. Of course, not all is at it appears. The Drake is filled with mysterious inhabitants and supernatural secrets.
The show also stars Mercedes Masöhn (The Finder), Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill) and Terry O’Quinn (Lost). It will certainly be fun to see Terry O’Quinn, probably most famous for playing the complicated character of John Locke on Lost, return to playing an enigmatic role. It does appear, though, that this character may be just a little more sinister.
Between that cast and the unique storyline, the show is shaping up to be devilishly good TV. It is created by David Wilcox (Fringe) from Gabriella Pierce’s novel and directed by Alex Graves (Journeyman).
Also courtesy of ABC – but from a wildly different genre – is the show Nashville. Waning country music star Rayna James (Connie Britton) must join forces with the up-and-coming starlet Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) to save her career. Amusingly, the two ladies go on tour together for mutually beneficial reasons. That may work if the competitive Juliette doesn’t end up stealing all of the attention for herself.
While joined by other stars like Powers Boothe (24), Eric Close (Without a Trace) and Clare Bowen (Home and Away), it looks like the show will be led by the skilled actresses Britton and Panettiere. For that reason alone, Nashville is looking like a promising addition to ABC’s lineup. The pilot was directed by R.J. Cutler (A Perfect Candidate) and it is written by Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise).
3. The New Normal
If you’re looking to add some humour to your DVR this fall, NBC’s The New Normal may be a very good choice. As the name hints, the show features an unconventional family situation. A gay couple (Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells) desperately wanting a baby decide to hire a surrogate (Georgia King). Ellen Barkin (Another Happy Day) and NeNe Leakes (Glee) also star.
Speaking of Glee, the two shows share another common factor – producer Ryan Murphy. He has chosen to co-write, direct and co-produce the show (pressure much?). Having created/co-created successful shows like Nip/Tuck, Glee and American Horror Story, it will be interesting to see how this next project goes.
Here’s a comical clip from NBC showing the future fathers interviewing their surrogate, Goldie.
Ever wondered what it would be like if all electricity stopped working? NBC’s Revolution takes a stab at answering that question. Written by Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and J.J. Abrams (Lost), the story takes places fifteen years after the lights go out. In this bold concept for a TV show, the characters must find a way to survive and connect with their loved ones in a world without technology. Inevitably there are plenty of challenges and opportunities for drama in that kind of struggle.
The large cast for this imaginative story includes Billy Burke (Twilight), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Andrea Roth (Ringer). It is directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man).
From the CW network comes Arrow, a drama based on the character The Green Arrow. The pilot was directed by David Nutter (Entourage) from a teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim (story by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim). Starring Stephen Amell (Heartland) as Oliver Queen, the cast also includes Katie Cassidy (Harper’s Island) and Paul Blackthorne (The River) among others.
Oliver Queen, son of a billionaire, is found alive after five years of being stuck on a deserted island. Understandably, he is something of a changed man after the ordeal and his loved ones take notice. Oliver wants to right the wrongs from his past and fight for justice. And yes, he’s also really good with a bow and arrow.
Will you be tuning in for any of these fresh, new shows? One of them just might be your future favorite TV series.