Okay, so I am a little sad when the season comes to an end. Sure, there is mid-season, summer season and then a full on rush of pilots, but it can be tumultuous trying to find new, exciting things to envelope the mind for the sake of entertainment. Of course, I am talking TV here.
For this little entry, I thought I would dish about some of my favorite shows – the ones that are returning and the ones that tick me off because they ended or are sitting on the fence – and a few that I am anticipating for the fall line-up. First, I would like to go into my love affair with the old boob tube.
Television is a lot like a relationship. You commit yourself for many weeks to watching the tales unfold – sometimes so riveted by it that you can’t wait for the next week – and then, for whatever reason, they end or they are cancelled and you are left waiting for a replacement to fill the void or for them to return like an army wife. Recently, I watched a show called The Fades, which was an excellent British Horror drama series that had such potential and it was hung out despite the amazing ratings.
Sadly, when I don’t have anything to watch, I scavenge through the streaming television arrays until I come across something new. The Fades was an example of one I fell in love with, but will not be rewarded with future episodes. Sure, I know, “All good things come to an end”, but I do like to see them get their stories told before that happens. I have seen it happen so many times from so many networks and in every single genre – from anime to dramedy.
This past year, I enjoyed the shit out of Grimm, The 100, The Blacklist, Hannibal, Almost Human, Agent’s of SHIELD, The Tomorrow People (axed), Supernatural, Bones, Almost Human, Believe (which was also axed), Resurrection, Warehouse 13, The Killing, True Blood, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Once Upon A Time (though I fell a little out of love with it and slacked), Sleepy Hollow, Under The Dome, and a few others random BBC gems like The Fades, which I found through my searches on Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime during my nights of super boredom, homework cramming, or things to pass my time while working out.
I even finished up shows that ended a million years ago that I never watched while they organically aired like Veronica Mars, Being Erica, Flashpoint, Dexter, Breaking Bad, and a few others that escape me.
But, like every season, there are always going to winners and losers – some you may agree with and some you may not – but there isn’t anything you can do about it so you can scream in a pillow, sign a petition, or whatever, but then you have to move on.
In moving on, there is something we can always be guaranteed, there will be something new waiting in the next season to wow you or put you to sleep. This brings me to my next part of the conversation….
I am going to start with NBC, which has these promising concepts in the works:
Constantine – Based on the DC comic Hellblazer (one of my favorites from childhood), and a lot less of the equally enjoyable Constantine movie with Keanu Reeves. Here is the trailer for it:
Another one from NBC is Emerald City, which is a darker telling of the classic Wizard of Oz story. There isn’t a teaser yet, but here is a link to the page: http://www.nbc.com/emerald-city.
Also, there is Aquarius with David Duchovny as they track down the guy who we would eventually know as Charles Manson. I am not sure on the shelf life of a show like this – kind of like The Following “The True Story”, but I will give it a go because Duchovny is an excellent actor. http://www.nbc.com/aquarius
On to FOX, which I am a bit impressed with at this moment:
Backstrom, featuring the lovable Dwight from The Office (Rainn Wilson), as a tragic detective…
This trailer says it all:
An additional version can be found at (http://www.fox.com/backstrom/)
Next, is GOTHAM and as a huge “darker” Dark Knight storyline fan, I have to say that I am piqued:
More info can be found here (http://www.fox.com/gotham/)
Another show in the works is Hieroglyph. Don’t let the name fool you, it has an interesting Egyptian “Prince of Persia” meets “Assassin’s Creed” vibe that has caught my interest as well:
Next is ABC….
ABC is tempting my brain with a new show called Forever, which is about a medical examiner who is immortal.
In addition to that one, there are two other drama genre shows like Marvel’s Agent Carter and The Whispers (http://abc.go.com/shows/the-whispers) that show a little promise.
And, here is to the CBS line-up, which I am usually less stoked about because they do not always license to streaming video providers, which means I have to wait for Amazon or Netflix release:
With the “out” of TV show “Hostages” comes the show Stalker, which will star Dylan McDermott, who you may remember from Hostages, American Horror Story and The Practice, as one of the two detectives in charge of leading the investigations into stalking cases for the Threat Assessment Unit in New York. For a bit more information, try: http://www.eonline.com/news/516130/dylan-mcdermott-set-to-star-in-kevin-williamson-s-new-stalker-drama-for-cbs.
So far, the only video nibble to my entertainment factor is CSI: Cyber featuring Patricia Arquette (best known for her long running show The Medium). In this video clip, I found her to be less shrill than her psychic persona, which I am grateful for, and I am willing to give a pilot for the show a try; it isn’t everyday that they try to tackle cyber crimes outside of movies or singular episodic cop shows:
Now, I look at the CW…
They are pretty tight lipped about their line-up in ways of a trailer, but they have the sci-fi apocalyptic series called “The Messengers”, “The Flash”, which was teased at in an episode of “The Arrow”, and iZombie, which is also based on another DC comic (hale this crazy insurgence of the DC universe) like Constantine.
Luckily, I was able to dig up this little snippet of information on it:
Lastly, I don’t typically go beyond standard “network” offerings, but I did want to touch on TNT’s new pilot called Proof. It follows Jennifer Beal as a surgeon who begins investigating the paranormal occurrences and other phenomena.
Here is an article for more: http://tvline.com/2014/05/07/jennifer-beals-proof-tnt-new-supernatural-drama-kyra-sedgwick/.
Sure, I am going to be sad that I have to part with some long standing flames and a few shows that I never really got to get hot and heavy with (it was like a first date burn-out), but with so many offerings to choose from, I think I may be able to move on.
I will still have my “go-to’s” and I will probably discover old, rare gems in my streaming media for when I am out of things to let me zone out or help to clear my mind when I am seeking inspiration.
For now, I will finish up the season, hit up mid and summer seasons, find new stuff, and await for more on these shows I have reviewed above!
Until next time, I wish you all an amazing day….
PS, I did this to help kill some of my nervous energy, but I am still going to have to hit the gym to get rid of more. Hard to believe I still have so much after a morning yoga practice and work day too!