For most avid television viewers, it feels like the 2012/2013 TV Season is now over. Mad Men has finished. Parks and Recreation has finished. The Walking Dead is now just a tiny zombie in our rear-view mirror. But like with all things, an end is the marker of a new beginning. While all of the afore-mentioned shows will be returning at somepoint in our near future, along with Breaking Bad and The Newsroom there are a slew of new series that are vying for our attention. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the shows we’ll potentially be going crazy over in a few months time.
Under The Dome
The premiere of this Stephen King adaptation from the novel of the same name already aired in the U.S. on the 24th of June, but it doesn’t land over in the U.K. for a little while yet, having been picked up by Channel 5. The series is set in the town of Chester’s Mill and follows the story of the town and it’s residents after an impenatrable dome barrier covers the town. Stephen Spielberg is Executive Producer, but more exciting are Lost producers Brian K.Vaughn and Jack Bender, not to mention Jeff Fahey (who played Frank Lapitus in the series). Also involved is Dean Norris, returning to our screens ahead of the final season of Breaking Bad. From the trailer alone, this looks like a really intriguing and fantastic TV series, and one I’m really looking forward to watching.
Coming to BBC 2 in July, Family Tree is a co-production between BBC and HBO and is a mock-documentary following Tom Chadwick, played by Chris O’Dowd, as he digs into his family’s past. Due to the over-saturation of mockumentaries these days the knee-jerk reaction is to label it as a cheap knock-off and slam it before it airs. However, at the risk of sounding like a Marks and Spencer’s advert, this isn’t just any mockumentary, but a Christopher Guest mockumentary. The fact that it comes from one of the minds behind This Is Spinal Tap is enough to get me on board. Guest is basically the King of Mockumentary. Co-created with Jim Piddock, like all Guest’s projects, the dialogue of Family Tree is improvised by the actors. This has great written all over it. I’m in.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Based on the Marvel Comics organisation S.H.I.E.L.D, this new series is the TV Spin-Off from the Marvel Cinematic Universe which has given us Iron Man, Thor and of course, The Avengers. It doesn’t air until the Fall in the U.S. but this is one to get ridiculously excited about already. Everyone’s favourite fanboy Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg returns from the dead to lead the series, and if that isn’t enough it’s created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancheron.
Get excited. Coulson Lives.
Stephen Merchant is going solo for this HBO comedy series about a Englishman’s quest to find love in Los Angeles. Merchant is starring, writing and exec-producing the series alongside US Office alum Gene Stupinsky and Lee Eisenberg. Stephen Merchant is arguably one of the most naturally funny comedians around so it’ll be great to see him take centre-stage in his own series. For anyone who wants a flavour of what Hello Ladies might be like, I urge you to check out his stand-up tour called, um, Hello Ladies. Chances are they have a few things in common.
For a man who’s about to journey into a galaxy far far away, J.J. Abrams still has time for the small screen as this Bad Robot produced series can atest for. Created by J.H.Wyman, the man who guided Fringe through it’s final season, Almost Human sees human cops partnered with androids in a series and has named Bladerunner as an inspiration. Karl Urban stars and the trailer promises a mixture of humour, action and pure sci-fi. What’s not to love?
If I were to write about all the new series that look potentially great I’m pretty sure we’d run out of space here, but also worth mentioning are Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar comedy The Crazy Ones, Ronald D.Moore’s (of Battlestar Galactica) Helix, Damon Lindelof and HBO’s adaptation of Tom Perrota’s novel, The Leftovers and Frank Darabont’s 1940s crime drama Lost Angels.
Feel free to add your own to this list. Do you have any in particular you’re looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below.