Seven new US shows to watch out for
Late September means spring is in full swing, but it also means new shows: the Fall TV Season (spring in our part of the world) is when most of the big Stateside networks start their new shows. For Kiwis, it means a kind of preview of what will be coming up when Kiwi channels start their new season shows in 2013.
666 Park Avenue (Sep 30, ABC): Remember that part in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective when the old landlord screeches "Veeeeeentuuuuuraaaaa" then Jim Carrey stops and says "Yes, Satan"? Well, someone at ABC decided that might be a good idea for a show, casting Lost alum Terry O'Quinn as a demonic apartment building owner who does deals with the various tenants. The footage I've seen looks like a weird Revenge-Supernatural-Fantasy Island crossover; the best case scenario is that 666 Park Avenue could be a spooky serial drama that keeps you hooked. Check out the trailer here.
Arrow (Oct 10, The CW): Stephen Amell stars in a re-imagining of comic book hero Green Arrow. Amell plays Oliver Queen, a billionaire playboy who ends up shipwrecked on a deserted island and uses his time there to train himself, eventually returning to society and using his new skills to fight crime. Shows from The CW are a bit hit and miss - Nikita is fun, but The Vampire Diaries and Hart of Dixie are just unbearable at times. If Arrow can stick to the Nikita end of the spectrum, it might be watchable. Check out the trailer here.
Beauty & The Beast (Oct 11, The CW): I'm sorry, Kiwi star Jay Ryan who plays the titular Beast, but the trailer for your new show is laughable. Just check out the hilarious voiceover at the 25 second mark of this trailer: "[solemn] everybody told me the beast I'd seen was a wild animal, and I believed them - until now ... [perky, like a romantic comedy trailer] because now, I'm a New York cop!" I'll watch an episode or two out of curiosity when it arrives on Prime, but my expectations are low.
Elementary (Sep 27, CBS): Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu star as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Joan Watson (?!) in this update on the traditional Conan Doyle tales. Actually, I don't even know if any of the traditional tales will show up; in a world where every procedural has a version of Sherlock, it seems Elementary is just being a lot more blatant with it than most other shows. This extended trailer looks fun, and Miller looks perfectly cast. I'll give this one a few episodes.
Last Resort (Sep 27, ABC): Created by Shawn Ryan (The Shield), and starring Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman, Last Resort follows the crew of a nuclear submarine who are declared enemies of the United States, forcing them to take over a small island, announce that they are a sovereign nation armed with nuclear weapons ("and we're not afraid to use 'em!") and try to clear their names. I have a lot of faith in Ryan, so this is a must-see for me. Check out the trailer here.
The New Normal (Sep 11, NBC): Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) is someone whose work I generally don't enjoy - in fact, with the exception of AHS, I can't think of a single show he's been involved in that I stuck with for more than two or three episodes. However, The New Normal looks like fun as it follows a gay couple who make a deal with a young single mother to have their baby by surrogate. The trailer, here, is edgy and funny, and as long as there aren't too many Murphy-isms, it should be a good time.
Revolution (Sep 17, NBC): Taking place in a post-apocalyptic future, a world in which an unknown phenomenon wiped out every form of technology (Wikipedia says "from computers and electronics to car engines, jet engines and batteries"), Revolution has an intriguing story - add in creator Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and producer JJ Abrams (Lost, Fringe), and you've got a television cocktail that should be incredibly potent, and will almost certainly be an interesting serial drama. Check out the full-length trailer here. PS: Keep an eye on TV2 for news about this show, which is officially "coming soon".
So have any of these shows got you interested? What are you looking forward to in the coming months?