Blog: Coming soon to a TV near you
Since most of the high-profile new season shows are finished for the year, and many more are finishing up in the next few weeks (The Vampire Diaries, House, Person Of Interest, Game Of Thrones and Funny Roots, to name five), I thought it would be fun to take a look at a few shows that are coming up soon.
To that end, here are a handful of shows I'll be checking out in the next couple of weeks, and beyond. Are you looking forward to any in particular? Or seen any and want to give us a spoiler-free review? Perhaps I'm missing something you're excited about from my list? Post your thoughts in the comments ...
Hawaii Five-O (TV3, 12 June, 8.30pm): The second series of the tropical crime drama picks up with McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) still in jail for the murder of Governor Jameson, while Danno (Scott Caan) asks McGarrett's mentor - played by Lost's Terry O'Quinn - for help in clearing his partner/bromance's name.
Louie (Comedy Central, 12 June, 10pm): Louis CK returns to Kiwi TV with the second season of his fantastic series Louie, a show which is riotously funny at times, but poignant and meaningful at others; the best compliment I can give is that it is brilliant even when it isn't trying to be funny. Bonus: Comedy Central are also playing his brilliant stand-up show Hilarious after the first episode tomorrow night.
Judy Bailey's Australia (One, 16 June, 8.30pm): The mother of the nation is back in a travel series (read: paid advertisement) for our neighbours across the Tasman, travelling the longest possible route from Perth to Darwin. Yawn.
Golden (TV3, 17 June, 7pm): Hot on the heels of our best scripted comedy in years (Hounds, which you should be watching) comes Golden, about a medal-winning rower (Lucy Schmidt) who has let herself go, but finds herself forced to get back into shape for the upcoming games. The promos look a little more slapstick than clever, but funny nonetheless. Stay tuned for a decision on whether New Zealand is in the midst of a golden era of comedy.
Grimm (Four, 18 June, 8.30pm): What happens when you cross Criminal Minds with Once Upon A Time? The answer is Grimm, a fantasy-procedural about a cop who chases mythological creatures. It sounds like fun.
Skins (Four, 18 June, 9.30pm): Franky, Rich, Mini, Alo and the gang are back for the sixth season of the hit drama "written by young people for young people". While I can't say I was a fan of the fifth season, I did make it through all the episodes and will definitely be giving the new season a chance.
The Pillars Of The Earth (SoHo, 18 June, 8.30pm): Based on Ken Follett's beloved historical novel, Pillars follows the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, England, sometime during the 12th century. With a cast that includes Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen and Donald Sutherland, this should fill the gaping hole left by Game Of Thrones. (PS: The first episode is available to preview on iSky right now.)
Radar Across The Pacific (One, 19 June, 7.30pm): Media personality Te Radar travels to Fii, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and Kiribati to find out more about the cultures that make up the world's biggest Polynesian city, Auckland.
Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (One, 21 June, 8.30pm): The world's favourite group of caravan-owning travellers is back for a batch of all-new episodes that surely promise your body weight in tulle and diamantes.
Bones (TV3, 21 June, 8.30pm): Bones spin-off The Finder finishes up this Thursday, while the original starts back next week with the second half of Season 7 - and before you start with the "Kiwi networks always delay my favourite shows", keep in mind that the season was split in two in America due to Emily Deschanel's real-life pregnancy. I just hope they don't cast her real-life baby as Bones' fictional baby. It would be weird.
True Blood (Prime, 21 June, 9.35pm): I only have one hope for the new season of everybody's favourite vampire drama: Is Tara really dead? While I hope she really is, I suspect that she'll be back in some shape or form. Fortunately the ongoing Tara-saga is balanced by the rumoured return of Russell Edgington, the character behind one of my favourite television scenes ever (NSFW). This is definitely one not to miss.
Episodes (One, 21 June, 10pm): Ah, good ole' meta-comedy - Matt LeBlanc plays a fictional version of himself, cast in an Americanised remake of a British comedy, much to the chagrin of the original's creators (played by Stephen Mangan and Tamson Greig). Created by Friends writer David Crane, this should be good for a laugh or two.
Starting in late June
Patrick Jane deals with the fallout from his apparent shooting of Red John in Season 4 of The Mentalist (TV2), Brenda Blethyn stars as Detective Vera Stanhope in the TV adaptation of Ann Cleeves' Vera (One), and the Winchester boys are back in new episodes of Supernatural (TV2).
Starting in early July
SoHo are repeating the fantastic Band Of Brothers (if you haven't seen it, I recommend that you do), premiering the mini-series John Adams, and debuting all new episodes of Weeds in early July, while MTV is boasting the third season of Geordie Shore. So, that Weeds looks pretty good, huh ...
Are looking forward to any of these new shows? Have you seen any of them already and want to give a quick, spoiler-free review? What are you enjoying on TV right now?