Monday, 21 July 2014

Upcoming US TV shows for the 2014/15 season - The CW

As you may have noticed, I love TV....mostly US shows as they always seem so much glossier and exotic! So, with the Autumn (thats Fall for our American friends!) season starting in the next couple of months, I thought I'd do a quick round up of what to expect. Sadly, most won't make it to a second season, despite the fact that there are some really interesting ideas, like always, the shows won't catch in the first and second ep and thats all the leeway networks give nowadays.....sort out the ratings system America, we like some shows that don't explode straight away! I'll go network by network, and if possible, give you an air date....sadly, as the UK doesn't always get them straight away, I might not be able to give an air date for British TV. If you live elsewhere I apologise for the lack of air dates but I'd never finish the post if I have to search for dates for every country! I'll do a post for each network, as there are many shows and it would be stupidly long! So.....

First up is....CW!

The Flash 

Airing Tuesday 7th October in the US, no UK network appears to have grabbed it yet but expect it October/November.

Starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, this is a spin off from the hugely successful Arrow, also on CW, and based on the character of the same name from  DC Comics. From what I've seen, and based on Arrow, this will be goooood. I would think there would be plenty of crossovers between the 2 shows, so that opens up the way for some great eps and story arcs. Granted, I am less fond of DC than Marvel, but the writers have managed to make Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (who, lets face it, has not always been the most loved hero in the DC pantheon) and the show truly great, so it stands to reason that, coming from the same developers, The Flash should also be epic! Developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns

 Cast

 Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash,  Central City assistant police forensic investigator, who is hit by lightning following an accident at S.T.A.R Labs when the new particle accelerator is activated. He is left in a coma for months, and when he awakens he has super speed (and abs!).



Candice Patton as Iris West, Barry Allen's best friend....also his future wife in the comics.

Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne.....named after Eobard Thawne, which is the name of supervillain Professor Zoom. Eddie Thawne is a cop, newly arrived to Central City, with a somewhat mysterious past.

Danielle Panabaker as Dr Caitlin Snow, who is a bioengineering expert at S.T.A.R Labs and is in mourning for her fiance, who she believes died during the explosion. The character name is one of the identities of Killer Frost, but whether that is just a nod to the comics or they're going to have Killer Frost on the show, I have no idea!

Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, a mechanical engineer. Another character named for the civillian identity of a comics character, Vibe.

Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells, the brains and money man of S.T.A.R Labs. Left in a wheelchair by the explosion (supposedly!) and a social pariah because of the destruction the blast caused. He is not what he first appears to be.....

Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West, Iris' father and a father figure to Barry.

John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen, Barry's father who is in prison for murdering his wife when Barry was a child. Barry knows his father is innocent, as he saw something strange attacking his mother.

Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm, Caitlin's fiance, who she believes died in the explosion.


iZombie

No air date as yet, so looks like it will be a midseason show.

Another DC Comics related 'loose' adaptation, this one from the Vertigo imprint, this will be somewhat darker than The Flash I'm guessing! Developed by Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and Diane Ruggiero, it stars Rose McIver as Liv, a medical student who also happens to be a zombie. She takes a job in a coroner's office in order to have access to the brains she needs to consume to stay 'alive'. She discovers that she gains people's memories after eating their brains, so uses her 'quirk' to help the police solve murders. Looks good, I don't know anything about the comic its based on so have no idea if it will do it justice. Having seen a rather grainy trailer though, it does look amusing and I hope it gets good support. The CW have been known to cut their losses quickly with particularly niche genre shows so fingers crossed this gets a good chance!

Cast

Rose McIver as Olivia 'Liv' Moore, a former medical resident who is unlucky enough to attend a party which ends in a zombie feeding frenzy! Liv takes a job in the Seattle coroner's office to provide her with the ready access to fresh human brains. She discovers that she retains some of the memories from the brains she consumes. She uses this gift to help the police solve murders by pretending she's psychic (maybe I can use this show to ease my devastation over Psych ending?). This gives her the purpose she needs in her un-life.

Robert Buckley as Major Lilywhite, Liv's former fiance.

Malcolm Goodwin as Clive Babineaux, a homicide detective who works with Liv to solve murders.

David Anders as Blaine DeBeers

TBC as Peyton Charles (Alexandra Krosney was cast in the pilot but the part is being recast), Liv's roommate and best friend.

Nora Dunn as Eva Moore, Liv's mother.

Rahul Kohli as Dr Ravi Chakrabarti, Liv's boss who knows her secret.


The Messengers

Airing Midseason in US, TBC for the UK.

This is one I'm a bit 'meh' about. Its about a mysterious object hitting Earth and a pulse it emits stops the hearts of a group of strangers, with no prior connections between them. They find out that they are responsible for preventing the looming Apocalypse. Also, each has powers, ranging from superstrength to healing powers. Created by Eoghan O'Donnell (a writer for Teen Wolf). This just doesn't really interest me for some reason....maybe its because it sounds like it may go down the religion route, I really can't be bothered with more of that on TV!

Cast

Shantel VanSanten as Vera Ivanov, a scientist.

Jon Fletcher as Joshua Simmons Jr, a charismatic televangelist.

Sofia Black-D'Elia as Erin Connors, a young single mother with a violent ex-husband.

JD Pardo as Raul, an undercover federal agent.

Joel Courtney as Peter White, a troubled high school student, struggling with bullies.

Anna Diop as Rose Arvale, a nurse who has been in a coma for seven years.

Diogo Morgado as The Man, a mysterious figure who offers Vera the chance to be reunited with her kidnapped son, but at a cost.


Jane the Virgin

Airing Monday 13th October in the US. TBC for UK.

This one looks really fun! Its a loose adaptation of a Venezuelan telenovela called Juana la Virgen  created by Perla Farias, about an extremely religious young woman, who has vowed to save her virginity until she gets married. Which makes the fact that she was accidentally artificially inseminated by a doctor all the more amusing. There are a few trailers on YouTube, and it looks pretty funny, so I'm looking forward to this one! Developed by Jennie Snyder Urman (90210).


Cast

Gina Rodriguez as Jane, a religious young Latina woman who is saving her virginity until she marries. She is accidentally artificially inseminated by a doctor.

Justin Baldoni as Rafael, the biological father to Jane's baby. He is a reformed playboy, and a cancer survivor. He also happens to be the new owner of the hotel where Jane works.

Brett Dier as Michael, Jane's patient and loving boyfriend, he is a hardworking detective.

Andrea Navedo as Xiomara, Jane's fun-loving mother who became an unwed mother at 16.

Yael Grobglas  as Petra, Rafael's scheming wife.

Ivonne Coll as Alba, Jane's extremely religious grandmother.

Jaime Camil as Rogelio, a telenovela star and Jane's biological father.


So, there you have it.....next time I'll be doing a round up of CBS' upcoming new shows.

What do you think of these newbies? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan
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