Monday, 1 September 2014

Upcoming US TV shows for the 2014/15 season - Fox

Onto the third network....Fox!

Wayward Pines

Airing as a midseason 'event series' in the US, it will also air on Fox UK sometime in 2015.

From M. Night Shyamalan, this one could go either way for me. I do like some of his work, but others were not fun to sit through! This one looks and sounds a little Twin Peaks, which, again, could go either way. The fact that its a 10 episode 'event series' implies (to me at least) that the network are already preparing to defend this. If it flops they can say that it was only meant to be one season anyway. If it succeeds, they'll renew it and they can make out the ratings called for another season. See, covered either way! Anyway, this is about US Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke, played by Matt Dillon, who is investigating the disappearance of 2 agents in a mysterious small town. It has a stellar cast but I will reserve judgement on this one....

Matt Dillon as Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke.

Carla Gugino as Kate Hewson, Ethan's former lover and one of the missing agents.

Melissa Leo as Pam, a nurse at Wayward Pines Hospital.

Terrence Howard as Sheriff Arnold Pope.

Toby Jones as Dr Jenkins, a psychiatrist as Wayward Pines Hospital.

Reed Diamond as Harold Ballinger, a toymaker.

Shannyn Sossamon as Theresa Burke, Ethan's wife.

Charlie Tahan as Ben Burke, Ethan and Theresa's son.

Tim Griffin as Adam Hassler, Ethan's boss.

Juliette Lewis as Beverly, a bartender who bonds with Ethan.


Gracepoint

Airing on Thursday October 2nd in the US. It will be show sometime in autumn on ITV in the UK.

Also known as (in my house at least) 'the pointless remake of Broadchurch, with a pointless name change and the audacity to drop Olivia Colman'. I dislike American remakes of great British shows. They just don't work as well. Don't get me wrong, I will watch David Tennant in anything, quite literally. I am a huge fan, but this one is already bugging the crap out of me and its not even been on yet! At least its written by the same person, Chris Chibnall. I assume the storyline will be the same, young boy murdered in a sleepy small town. Really, what was the point of remaking it??

David Tennant as Detective Emmett Carver.

Anna Gunn as Detective Ellie Miller.

Michael Pena as Mark Lasseter.

Kevin Zegers as Owen Burke.

Nick Nolte as Jack Reinhold.

Jacki Weaver as Susan Wright.

Kevin Rankin as Paul Coates.



Mulaney

Airing Sunday October 5th in the US. No idea if or when we'll get it in the UK.

I don't know much about this, nor do I know much about its creator and star John Mulaney. I love comedy though, and it has some good castmembers so I'll give it a look. This was passed over by NBC, then Fox picked it up with a 6 episode run, It has now been given 10 extra episodes, so Fox seem optimistic. Its about a comedian living in NYC, who gets a job with a renowned comedican.

John Mulaney as John.

Nasim Pedrad as Jane, one of John's roommates.

Seaton Smith as Motif, John's other roommate.

Zack Pearlman as Andre, John's friend.

Elliott Gould as Oscar, John's neighbour.

Martin Short as Lou Cannon, John's new boss and a legendary comedian and gameshow host.


Backstrom


Airing in Spring 2015 in the US. No air date for the UK as yet.

Based on a series of books from Swedish author Leif G. W. Persson, and developed by Bones creator and executive producer Hart Hanson. Apparently the love of Swedish detective drama is still going strong....this one will be the first adaptation of a Swedish book/drama that I will watch, mind you. I loves Bones, and Hart Hanson, so this should be good! It sounds like the sort of thing Hanson (MMMBop! Still love that song!) does well, oddball detectives and criminologists, brilliantly solving crimes that baffle 'normal' people. Should be great!

Rainn Wilson as Detective Everett Backstrom.

Genevieve Angelson as Detective Nicole Gravely, Backstrom's second in command.

Page Kennedy as Officer Frank Moto, a member of the Special Crimes Unit.

Kristoffer Polaha as Sgt. Peter Niedermayer, forensic liaison for the unit.

Dennis Haysbert as Detective John Almond.

Beatrice Rosen as Nadia Chickikov, a civilian who supports the unit.

Thomas Dekker as Gregory, Backstrom's decorator and underworld contact.


The Last Man on Earth

Airing in the US sometime in 2015. Once again, no idea about UK yet.

Created by, executive produced by and starring Will Forte, as, surprisingly enough, the last man on Earth! Set in 2022, after the population has been wiped out in an unknown event, it follows Forte as he searches the US for any other survivors.


Weird Loners





Airing spring 2015 in the US. No date for the UK yet.

Not much info on this yet. According to IMDB.....

" Four relationship-phobic people are unexpectedly thrust into one another's lives and form an unlikely bond in a townhouse in Queens, NY." Weird Loners IMDB





Becki Newton as Caryn Goldfarb, a high strung dental hygienist.

Zachary Knighton  as Stosh Lewandowski, Eric's cousin.

Nate Torrence as Eric Lewandowski, a toll collector, on his own for the first time.

Meera Rohit Kumbhani as Zara Sandhu, a free spirited artist.


Gotham


Airing Monday 22nd September in the US. Channel 5 have somehow managed to get their mits on this, no air date yet but expect it soon after it airs in the US.

Does this really need any introduction?? More fodder for us geeks to drool over basically! Follows future Commissioner Gordon as a young man, a new recruit to Gotham's police department. Expect to see loads of young incarnations of famous DC and Batman characters! Should do well...surprised that The CW didn't snap this up, to go alongside their other DC gems Arrow and The Flash.

Ben McKenzie as James Gordon.

Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth.

Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot.

Zabryna Guevara as Sarah Esson, Captain of the Gotham City Police Department Homicide Squad and Gordon's boss.

Erin Richards as Barbara Kean.

Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock.

Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney.

David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne.

Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle.

Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma.

Victoria Cartagena as Renee Montoya.

Andrew Stewart Jones as Crispus Allen.


Red Band Society

Airing Wednesday 17th September in the US. No info about UK yet.

Oddly enough, considering the premise, this looks fun! Set in a hospital, the focus is on a group of teens, who, with varying ailments, all live there while being treated. Based on a Catalan drama called Polseres vermelles, produced by Amblin and with Steven Spielberg as exectutive producer, this seems to have a pretty good pedigree. It all depends on US audiences' apetite for weekly glimpses into a children's ward....


Octavia Spencer as Nurse Jackson.

Dave Annable as Dr Jack McAndrew.

Griffin Gluck as Charlie.

Nolan Sotillo as Jordi Palacios.

Charlie Rowe as Leo Roth.

Astro as Dash Hosney.

Zoe Levin as Kara Souders.

Ciara Bravo as Emma Chota.

Rebecca Rittenhouse as Nurse Brittany Dobler.


Empire

Airing spring 2015 in the US. No date for UK yet.

Not too much info about this one either. Its a hip hop musical family drama, featuring original and current music. A hip hop Glee is what it is in my head now! Created by Lee Daniels, and featuring a huge cast with Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe to name a few!



Be back soon with the last 2 networks!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan
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