TCA Summer Press Tour 2013: FOX’s New Fall Shows

1. SLEEPY HOLLOW

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FOX’s Sleepy Hollow is one of my favorite pilots for the upcoming Fall TV season. This new take on the famous character, Ichobad Crain, comes from the talented co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. I’m a huge fan of the Star Trek reboot and FOX’s Fringe, and was thrilled when I heard they were creating Sleepy Hollow for TV. Tom Mison, who plays Ichobad Crain, is fun to watch and is paired up with local Detective Abbie Mills, played by Nicole Beharie, as they hunt down the Headless Horseman who is on a murder rampage in modern day Sleep Hollow. Abbie has had some supernatural memories of her own and believes Crain’s story when he speaks of the Headless Horseman. Orlando Jones joins the cast as Captain Irving, who doesn’t believe anything Abbie digs up about witches and the past. I’m not sure how much I love Beharie in this role, but it’s always hard to tell from just the pilot. The show looks like a mini movie, with stunning special effects and costumes to match. I hope it’s a win in the genre category for FOX.

Sleepy Hollow stars Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, and Katia Winter.

Premieres Monday, September 16, 9pm
The Sleepy Hollow official trailer
2. BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
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FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows carefree Detective Jake Peralta, played by Andy Samberg, who has to prove himself and learn to respect the badge when the precinct gets a new commanding officer, Captain Ray Holt, played by Andre Braugher. When I first heard about this show, I thought it was going to be “The Andy Samberg Show,” and didn’t think I would enjoy it. I was definitely wrong. There are a bunch of funny scenes with talented actors, and how could you not love Andre Braugher! It borders on spoofing itself, so we’ll have to see how long it takes before that happens. Hopefully it won’t. It’s a workplace comedy, but not as serious as Homicide or anything. You can definitely feel that a lot of improv made it into the show. The shows is from creator Michael Shur who brought us the wonderful Parks and Recreation, so how bad could it be?! We’ll see.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Andy Samberg, Andre Baugher, Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz and Chelsea Peretti
Premieres Tuesday, September 17, 8:30pm
3. ALMOST HUMAN
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FOX’s Almost Human was my second favorite pilot for the upcoming Fall TV season (first was also on FOX), and most of it has to do with the hotness of Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, but I’m also a huge J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman fan. #FringeForever!! Almost Human is sort of like I, Robot with a twist. Set 35 years in the future when all policemen are partnered with highly evolved and very humanlike robots. Urban’s character, John Kennex, is a cop that returns to the job after surviving an attack and spending months in a coma, with a synthetic artificial leg. His boss, Captain Sandra Maldonado played by Lili Taylor, insists he return to work and pairs him up with a state-of-the-art android partner, who Kennex immediately gets rid of, only to find a new partner, an older model named Dorian, played by Michael Ealy. There’s something different about Dorian, something more human to him. He doesn’t look, act or speak like the other bots. With their part human, part robot body parts, the two connect more than they thought they would. Kennex also has to make friends with the new cops in the precinct, including Valerie Stahl, played by Minka Kelly. I love me some Friday Night Lights, but I was never a Minka fan. So we shall see. The show follows Dorian and John on a week-to-week case, as they catch criminals in this futuristic world. I would definitely tune-in to this one. It’s a Must-Watch!
Almost Human stars Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Lili Taylor, Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook, and Michael Irby.
Premieres Monday, November 4, 8pm
3. ENLISTED
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FOX’s Enlisted is show about three brothers on an army base surrounded by a bunch of screwups. Let me start off by saying I have found the newest members of Jimmy Kimmel’s The Handsome Men’s Club! I mean, they really are handsome, and they all said so during the TCA panel last week. I’m a huge Geoff Stults fan and was really rooting for him on the Finder, but this isn’t any better. Sergeant Pete Hill, played by Stults, comes back stateside to the same base his brothers are stationed at in Florida, and is head of their platoon. The middle brother Derrick, played by Chris Lowell from Private Practice and Veronica Mars, is the fun, laid back brother who likes to have a good time and get into trouble. The youngest brother Randy, played by Parker Young from Suburgatory, is a total screwup, but wants to be GI Joe and is a bit overenthusiastic about it. Basically, Pete is in charge of a group of misfits comprised of soldiers who aren’t good enough to get sent overseas but can’t really get kicked out either. What can they really do each week? I just don’t see how this show will hold up, especially since it airs on Friday nights. Let me know what you guys think.
Enlisted stars Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, Parker Young and Keith David
Premieres Friday, November 8, 9:30pm

TCA Summer Press Tour 2013: The CW’s New Fall Shows

On Tuesday, The CW presented their Fall TV lineup at the Television Critics Association. Check out their series premieres below. Let us know what you think!

1. THE ORIGINALS

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The Originals is a spinoff of the CW’s hit show The Vampire Diaries, and follows Klaus, played by Joseph Morgan, as he travels to New Orleans after following up on a mysterious tip about a plot brewing against him. Klaus goes back to the city that his family helped build only to find his protégé, Marcel, who is now the so-called “king,” and everything goes through him, and I mean everything, including any and all witchcraft. The series is set around the original family trying to take back the power that’s rightfully theirs, including Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah, taking them away from their what-could-have-been romantic interests on TVD (although EP Julie Plec said they won’t forget about those story lines). I am a huge Vampire Diaries fan and heart Joseph Morgan, but not sure how well this spinoff will do. The backdoor pilot, which aired back in April, didn’t do well ratings wise but the CW picked it up anyways. Here’s hoping they can keep that audience. Family. Is. Power.

The Originals stars Joseph Morgan, Charles Michael Davis, Claire Holt, Daniel Gillies and Phoebe Tonkin.

Premieres Thursday, October 3, 9pm (before moving to its official time slot on Tuesday, October 8, 8pm)

The Originals official trailer

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2. THE TOMORROW PEOPLE

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For a network that dabbles a lot in the supernatural genre, there hasn’t been a lot of science-fiction. Enter The Tomorrow People. Based on the 70’s British cult show, The Tomorrow People stars Robbie Amell—yes, he’s related to the one and only Stephen of Arrow (can you believe how much they look alike? They’re cousins, not brothers, in case you were wondering)—as Steven Jamison, a Tomorrow Person. Tomorrow people represent the next stage in human evolution and have powers including telekinesis, telepathy and teleportation. The show tracks Steven as he comes to learn that he is in fact, one of these people and that his powers are growing. He finds out that there are others out there like him who are trying to fight together against a powerful group called Ultra. The show is fun and cute, and filled with good-looking people, as the CW does, but we’ll have to see what the second and third episode bring in order to keep me watching.

The Tomorrow People stars Robbie Amell, Peyton List, Mark Pellegrino, Sarah Clarke, Madeleine Mantock, Aaron Yoo and Luke Mitchell.

Premieres Wednesday, October 9, 9PM (Following the season premiere of Arrow)

The Tomorrow People official trailer

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3. REIGN

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Reign is like Gossip Girl meets The Tudors, only without as much sex. There are a lot of hipsters with headbands on this show, if you know what I mean. Reign is set in the 1500s in France, and focuses on the teen years of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary, who is coming of age, was promised to Francis II, the future King of  France, and is thrown into a world of back-stabbing, lies and other horrors that are far from what she grew up with. The show has cast a group of beautiful “unknowns” but the show is lacking something I can’t quite put my finger on. Many other critics out there really enjoyed the pilot, and I’ll watch the second episode but I’m not holding my breath. Also, this show isn’t really targeted towards my demo (even though I watch pretty much everything else on the CW).

Reign stars Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs, Adelaide Kane, and Toby Regbo

Premieres Thursday, October 17, 9 PM

Reign official trailer

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TCA Summer Tour 2013: NBC’s New Fall Shows

This past Saturday, NBC presented their Fall TV lineups at the Television Critics Association. Check out their series premieres below. Let us know what you think!

1. THE BLACKLIST

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NBC’s new drama The Blacklist is one of my favorite pilots for the upcoming Fall TV season. James Spader plays ex-government agent Redmond “Red” Harrington, who has been one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives for decades. Red surrenders himself, stating that he’ll help the FBI catch a long-wanted terrorist on the condition that he deals directly with Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Keen, played by Megan Boon (Law & Order: Los Angeles). Now Keen is a rookie, straight out of Quantico for her first day on the job. Why does he choose her? What’s so special about Liz? This one is definitely worth watching.

The Blacklist stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix and Ryan Eggold.

Premieres Monday, September 23, 10pm ET

The Blacklist official trailer

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2. THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW

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Michael J. Fox is back on TV! If you love him on The Good Wife, you can finally catch him on the tube every week. Michael plays Mike Henry, New York’s beloved news anchor who puts his professional life on the back burner to spend more time with his family and focus on his health after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

The show takes place five years later with Mike’s former boss, played by Wendell Pierce (The Wire), wanting to get him back on the air, and shows how Mike juggles work, home and family life – just like the old days.

The Michael J. Fox Show stars Michael J. Fox, Wendell Pierce, Betsy Brandt, Conor Romero, Juliette Goglia, Jack Gore and Katie Finneran.

Premieres Thursday, September 26, 9pm ET

The Michael J. Fox Show official trailer

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3. IRONSIDE

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NBC’s new drama Ironside stars Blair Underwood as New York Detective Robert T. Ironside. But don’t confuse this Ironside with the original. ”There are three elements from the original,” says Underwood. “We took his name, Robert T. Ironside, the fact that he is a detective and the fact that he happens to be in a wheelchair.” This upcoming drama has a ton of class acts that you won’t want to miss, includingGreek alum Spencer Grammer and the ever so talented Pablo Schreiber, who is in pretty much everything at the moment, such as the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black.

Premieres Wednesday, October 2, 10pm ET

Ironside official trailer

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4. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY

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NBC’s new comedy Welcome to the Family follows Dan Yoder, played by Mike O’Malley (Glee and My Name is Earl), and his wife Caroline, played by Mary McCormick (In Plain Sight and The West Wing), as they think they are about to have free time, now that their daughter, played by Ella Rae Peck (Gossip Girl and Deception), has graduated from high school and is heading off to college. To their surprise, they find out that she is not only secretly dating a boy across town, played by Joseph Haro (Awkwardand Glee), but is pregnant AND engaged. These two families are thrown together and have to adjust to their new situation.

Welcome to the Family stars Mike O’Malley, Mary McComick, Joseph Haro, Justina Machado, Ricardo A. Chavira and Fabrizio Guido.

Premieres Thursday, October 3, 8:30pm ET

Welcome to the Family official trailer

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5. SEAN SAVES THE WORLD

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NBC’s new comedy Sean Saves the World follows Sean, played by Sean Hayes (Will & Grace), a divorced dad who juggles a demanding career, a pushy mom, (played by the talented Linda Lavin), and a teenage daughter who moves in full-time. Sean tries to be the best dad in the world amongst a quirky group of characters, including Ben & Kate’s Echo Kellum. Also, Thomas Lennon rocks a stache, but no short shorts for all you Reno 911 fans out there.

Premieres Thursday, October 3, 9pm ET

Sean Saves the World official trailer

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