New season shows to look forward to

20:40, May 15 2013

The American networks are in the middle of Upfronts Week, the time of year when they announce new schedules and tell us all what is in store come September.

It also means we get a first look at their new shows for the coming television season. Check out the list of new shows for NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and The CW, or take a look at this handy slideshow of most of the new shows, and tell us what you're excited to see. Here are 13 new shows I'm looking forward to:

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
Remember how awesome The Avengers was last year? Well, ABC does! And they've created a TV show to remind us for an hour every week! Clark Gregg returns as fallen (?!) agent Phil Coulson, leading a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives as they investigate strange, comic book-related phenomena. I can't wait for this show. Check out the trailer here.

Almost Human (Fox)
Kiwi hunk Karl Urban (as I discovered recently, no relation to singer Keith Urban) and Michael Ealy play detectives in this buddy cop show with a difference: we're in the almost-near future and Ealy's character is an android. Remember that Will Smith movie I Robot? OK, so think that, only the robot is also a cop. Formulaic it might be, but the trailer looks like a bit of fun and I like Urban (and producer JJ Abrams) enough to give it a chance. Check out the trailer here.

The Blacklist (NBC)
James Spader
(Boston Legal) returns to television as "the world's most wanted criminal" who, on a random Monday, walks into an FBI office and hands himself over to the authorities. Oh, and he wants to take down everybody he ever dealt with in his criminal career. It sounds a bit silly, but Spader is always great. Check out the trailer here.


Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
Andy Samberg
and Andre Braugher (fresh off the Last Resort boat) star in a comedy set in a New York police precinct. The trailer looks like it could be fun - not surprising, since it comes from Parks & Recreation creator Michael Schur (and writer Dan Goor). This easily looks the best of Fox's new lineup of shows. Check out the trailer here.

Crossbones (NBC)
A big budget 10-part event series telling the story of Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, with John Malkovich playing the ruthless pirate captain and our own Neil Cross serving as writer and producer? Yes. Give it to me.

Dracula (NBC)
Another 10-part event series (meaning that it may or may not turn into an annual thing), this time based on - you guessed it - Bram Stoker's Dracula. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers plays Dracula, alongside Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong) as Van Helsing, and the guy who played Xaro Xhoan Daxos in Game of Thrones. It looks as though a bit of class and style has been applied to the age-old tale. Check out the trailer here.

Gang Related (Fox)
Terry O'Quinn
, RZA and Ramon Rodriguez play members of the LAPD Gang Task Force as they try to take down not one, not two, but THREE of the city's biggest gangs. Oh, and Rodriguez has a connection to one of the gangs. It looks a little Training Day, a little The Departed, and a little every-cop-show-ever. Still, it could be a bit of fun. Check out the trailer here.

Lucky 7 (ABC)
A remake of the wonderful British series The Syndicate, which ran on UKTV this year. I'm mostly interested to see how it translates. The US version follows seven gas station employees, instead of five supermarket workers, but it should follow many of the same story beats. Check out the trailer here.

The Michael J Fox Show (NBC)
Michael J Fox
stars alongside Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) and Wendell Pierce (Treme, The Wire) in a single-camera comedy (meaning not filmed in a traditional studio, so more like Modern Family than Big Bang Theory) based on his own life as a family man dealing with Parkinson's Disease. The trailer doesn't give too much away, but the casting tells me this might be as dramatic, at least sometimes, as it is comedic. Check out the trailer here.

The Millers (CBS)
The official log line describes The Millers as a "multi-cam project [that] revolves around a recently divorced man living with his parents". Sounds pretty boring, right? Well, it stars Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Margo Martindale (Justified, The Americans), Beau Bridges (My Name Is Earl), JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Michael Rapaport (Boston Public). It might sound a bit samey and formulaic, but that cast is incredible.

Rake (Fox)
In a remake of an Australian series of the same name (which I can't ever recall seeing on TV here), Greg Kinnear stars as a lawyer with self-destructive tendencies. We've been missing a really good legal show since Boston Legal ended and The Good Wife went off the air, and this could be pretty good. Check out the trailer here.

Reign (The CW)
The CW network describes this as the "unknown and untold story of Mary, Queen of Scots' rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis". One media outlet called it "Game of Thrones meets Marie Antoinette - if Marie Antoinette had a girl posse and was coming of age". It sounds at least intriguing enough to give an episode or two.

Super Fun Night (ABC)
A simple comedy about three geeky friends who decide to try to have "super fun" every Friday night - the cast is led by Rebel Wilson, fresh off a breakout role in Pitch Perfect. This should be a half-hour of riotous laughs every week, and Wilson has proven worth tuning in for alone. Check out the trailer here.

What are you looking forward to next season? Anything catch your eye? And are there any shows you think sound absolutely terrible? Share your thoughts, below.

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