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There’s something about what Jason Katims does that’s so goddamn winning. He has a knack for putting organic stakes in his series that both inform the character growth and development, but also naturally give rise to interesting stories. Unfortunately there’s not much beyond the patina that shines through on his latest effort, NBC’s About A Boy.
At long last, Fox is premiering their new drama series The Following. The trailers and other promotional content released over the last few months have promised something thrilling, suspenseful and dark, and the pilot episode delivers just that, in addition to serving as the start of what could be one of the year's intense new drama series. For those not averse to violence or TV drama with an edge, The Following is a must-watch.
In the first two seasons, An Idiot Abroad has featured Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's pal Karl Pilkington begrudgingly trekking across the globe, having adventures and attempting to absorb some culture. For the series' final season, Gervais has given Pilkington a traveling companion. Life's Too Short star Warwick Davis has come along for the ride in Season 3 of the funny travel show, which makes its official stateside debut on Science Saturday night.
My first impression of Jim Jefferies' Legit character Jim is that it isn't difficult to picture him fitting in well with the Paddy's Pub crew. Either that, or somehow he'd clash dramatically with them. I'm not entirely sure and I don't think there's really any way to accurately predict that unless FX made it happen. The closest thing the cable network is doing to that right now is putting Legit in its Thursday night line-up, pairing it with Archer.
Crackle will debut the first of six half-hour episodes of their new action-drama series Chosen, or "Ch:os:en" as the title card will tell you. This exciting new series is executive produced by and stars Heroes' Milo Ventimiglia as a guy who's thrust into a mysterious and violent cat and mouse assassination "game" that puts his life and the life of his family in danger.
Joining Lost Girl among Syfy's Canadian imports is Continuum, a sci-fi series about a cop from the year 2077 who finds herself launched into the past along with the group of terrorists who orchestrated the time traveling event. The concept has promise and Continuum gets off to an exciting start, but whether or not the series holds up beyond that remains to be seen.
Being Human is back. The U.S. adaptation of the popular British drama is moving into its third season tonight, bringing us back to the supernatural shenanigans of Aidan, Sally and Josh, the vampire, the ghost and the werewolf, all of whom left off separated and in precarious positions at the end of Season 2, to put it mildly. The third season premiere resolves the cliffhangers and introduces some very interesting developments to the plot.
Banshee is by no means Alan Ball's singular vision, the series was created by newcomers Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, but the pilot does carry a stamp undeniably similar to shows that also bear the Executive Producer's name. Ball is famous for exploring the darker side of the American psyche with a large helping of humor, sex and violence and Banshee's pilot follows suit.
Among their midseason offerings, NBC has Deception set to debut this week. The soapy drama offers one part murder mystery and one or two pars rich-family drama that paces itself nicely in its first few episodes, drawing the viewer into the history of this family and the mystery of their daughter's death without overwhelming with details and back-story.
NBC is giving viewers an early look at their midseason comedy 1600 Penn, a White House-set series focused on the fictional First Family. We've seen shows set in the White House and we've seen plenty of TV comedies that focus on families. 1600 Penn merges these two things, placing an emphasis on the family aspect of the series ahead of the politics, and using the White House setting to approach your standard family sitcom from a slightly more presidential point of view.
With past TV projects like Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies, Bryan Fuller has demonstrated how to twist humor with morbid subject matter, and bring color to darkness, twisting reality and beyond together into something dark and strange and at the same time, full of heart. He brings all of that to NBC's Mockingbird Lane, the TV special that was meant to be a pilot for a Munsters reboot.
It's difficult to fully predict the success of a series by its pilot episode alone, but ABC's new drama Nashville is brimming with potential. Even those of us with limited interest in the country music scene could easily be swept away by the character drama in this one. Nashville's premiere episode introduces us to the competitive world of country music and some of the people looking to make it or keep it in the industry, including a singer whose star has begun to dim as another's has only just begun to shine.
If ABC's Once Upon a Time is fantasy-drama and Revenge is rich-people drama, 666 Park Avenue is a little bit of both, which makes it a good fit to cap off ABC's Sunday night drama line-up. Both Revenge and Once Upon a Time premiere their second seasons tonight on ABC, after which the network will debut new series, 666 Park Avenue, a drama about a very mysterious apartment building in New York City.
Hot off its big Emmy win, Showtime's Homeland returns tonight for its second season, bringing us back into the gripping story of a former prisoner of war and the mentally unstable CIA agent who suspects him of being a terrorist. Where will the series go in Season 2? Tonight's premiere doesn't waste much time moving the story forward.
If you're not caught up through Season 6 of Dexter (last season), stop reading now or consider yourself spoiler-warned. As for Season 7, which premieres this Sunday night on Showtime, I've seen the first few episodes, and while I will mention a few things about what's ahead for the serial killer drama, there are no major spoilers. Still, if you don't want to know anything about the premiere, read no further!