It’s been awhile since we talked about how good TV is these days. Time for a Mega Post.
My last TV Mega Post was a five parter. It included Cable, Premium, Animated, New Shows and All-Time Faves but in the interim TV has gotten TWICE as good and the number of good shows has increased exponentially. Even my ALL-Time Faves have made a few additions. So, this time around I present to you:
My Top Ten TV Mega Post in Ten Parts!!
Ambitious? Yes. Outrageous? Yes. Should I be writing my novel instead of doing this? Yes. But will it be fun to compile and also serve to keep my blog current? I say – YES!
So, on this very blog, I will present to you my Top Ten Cable Comedies, Cable Dramas, Broadcast Comedies, Broadcast Dramas, Premium Comedies, Premium Dramas, Imports, Variety Shows, All-Time Faves and My Top Ten New Shows. That’s one hundred motherfucking TV Shows in ten posts.
But for New Shows this time around I’m not going to list the shows that have just started like I did last time. Shows that I like and that will probably soon be cancelled (like right after I post about them). Nope. For the new shows list I’m going to list shows that haven’t started yet, that are coming later this year and that I’m really excited about and think we should all watch from episode one.
Haven’t done that before. In fact… I think I’m going to start that one right now.
My Top Ten New Shows coming in 2014.
To the list…
First up… Spies.
Turn (AMC, April 6th)
Created by Craig Silverstein
Based on a book by Alexander Rose this AMC American Revolution espionage drama with a pilot directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will premiere on April 6th.
Every war has it spies. This is the story of the American Revolution’s little known spy ring. History, Espionage, Americans w/ British accents. What more could you ask for?
Watch This (AMC has been on a roll. So, I’m hoping for good things out of this one)
Next up… a movie adapted to the small screen
Fargo (FX, sometime in 2014)
Written by Noah Hawley
Loosely based on the movie Fargo by the Coen Brothers this small screen version boasts an all-star cast w/ Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), Billy Bob Thornton, Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad) and Kate Walsh.
Scheduled for ten episodes, Fargo the series has the potential for greatness, as long as the producers keep the feel of the original, the humor of the original, the violence & suspense of the original. In other words, as long as they respect the source material.
Watch This (with Justified, The Americans & American Horror Story, just to name a few, FX has proven that they can do good work)
Penny Dreadful (Showtime, May 11th)
Created by John Logan
Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona
With a monster cast, this Showtime monster mash which stars Eva Green (Camelot) & Billie Piper (Doctor Who) among others, hosts an amazing array of legendary monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray just to name a few.
Penny Dreadful looks to me like it will be some seriously sexy supernatural costumed horror and I, for one, am very excited. And even if it does devolve into campy, Abbott & Costello meets Frankenstein awfulness, this fantastic cast should rise above the material.
Watch This (Showtime costs a little extra but they have Homeland, Nurse Jackie, Masters of Sex, Shameless, Ray Donovan, House of Lies. Seriously Showtime is bringing it hard)
Next… more from AMC…
Halt & Catch Fire (AMC, June 2014)
Created by Chris Cantwell & Chris Rogers
Halt & Catch Fire (a fictional computer command that would cause a machine to self-destruct) is billed as a Mad Men type show about the rise of the Personal Computer. It’s set in Texas in the 1980’s. I like the cast and the premise but not the Mad Men comparison? Those are some pretty big shoes to fill fella.
Wait & See (Mad Men is amazing but it’s the acting and writing that does it. Without some of the best acting and writing on TV it would be a boring mess. We’ll see about this one)
Next… we move to Netflix…
Sense8 (Netflix, Late 2014)
Created by The Wachowskis
Showrunner J. Michael Straczynski
The Wachowskis, Science Fiction & Netflix… and that’s all you need to know. Actually that’s all the Wachowshis will let us know at this time.
Wait & See (We’re in the dark about this one but that doesn’t mean we’re not excited)
Tooken (NBC, Fall 2014)
Created by Tina Fey
Starring Ellie Kemper
Tooken is a single camera series about a woman who escapes from a cult and lives in New York City. Written and created by Tina Fey, I see good things. Tina has two other shows in the works but this one is already a go for Fall.
Wait & See (Tina Fey produces. Ellie Kemper stars. You had me at Tina but I’m also a big Ellie Kemper fan. So… fingers crossed)
Silicon Valley (HBO, April 6th)
This Mike Judge (Idiocracy, Office Space) sitcom about a tech start-up company has a very funny cast and very funny and creative creators. I expect great things.
Watch This (I mean, come on, It’s HBO)
Next up… more from HBO…
The Leftovers (HBO, 2014)
Damon Lindelof’s post-rapture drama based on the novel by Tom Perrotta looks like it’s going to be really interesting, really mysterious, and probably really good. It is the story of the people in a small town left behind after a rapture event.
With another fine cast featuring Liv Tyler (Lord of the Rings) and Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), The Leftovers is looking like an unfolding mystery with a touch of the spiritual… but on HBO. So, you know, like Lost… but on steroids.
Watch This (think Left Behind but without all the self-righteous preachiness… I hope)
Next we go to the UK…
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (BBCA, Summer 2014)
Written by Peter Harness
Directed by Toby Haynes
A fantasy drama about two rival magicians who were once friends, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is based on Susanna Clarke’s novel of the same name.
Jonathan Strange will be a seven part miniseries directed by Toby Haynes [Doctor Who episodes “The Pandorica Opens” / “The Big Bang” / “A Christmas Carol” / “The Impossible Astronaut” & “Day of the Moon” as well as the Sherlock episode “The Reichenbach Fall”]
Watch This (The story and the director are awesome so I’m pretty psyched)
The Knick (Cinemax, 2014)
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Starring Clive Owen
The Knick is a medical drama series directed entirely by Steven Soderbergh (Out of Sight, Traffic). It’s the story of New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital in the early 20th century.
Watch This (I’m loving the way Soderbergh keeps reinventing himself. I can’t wait to see what he does with this Cinemax series)
So to recap…
I have no idea if any of these shows will actually be any good but they all look good to me. With great casts, great creators, great writers, great directors and great source material, these are just a few of the new things coming down the TV pipeline.
More to come…