May, the height of spring is upon us. And if you’re like me that means the pollen has driven you deep into the recesses of your home. However it also brings the Upfronts, when the major TV networks roll out the previews for their new shows. It’s like Christmas for TV junkies. Here are my picks for the 10 most promising looking new shows and the 5 least.
Almost Human (working title) – FOX
From J.J. Abrams and Fringe writer J.H. Wyman, this show takes place 35 years in the future where ever human cop is partnered with an android. While certain elements of the show are a little I, Robot-y, it doesn’t stop it from potentially being the coolest new show of the season. It looks smart and sleek just like everything else J.J. Abrams touches. Plus it stars the always awesome Karl Urban as well as Michael Ealy who I kind of already thought was an android.
Sleepy Hollow – FOX
Sleepy Hollow is a twist on the legend where Ichabod Crane is resurrected 250 years later, to present day, to stop the headless horseman who is actually one of the four horseman of the Apocalypse. The premise crazy, but in a good way and from the trailer it seems dark but not melodramatic which has a tendency to make sci-fi and supernatural shows clunky While it is used quite often, the fish out of water bit usually works. However, I could have gone without the Starbucks on every corner joke. That would have been clever if he had woken up in 2004, not 2013. Also the show is from screen writing team Orci and Kurtzman, who’s work usually either hit(Star Trek) or miss(Transformers 2).
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – FOX
While there are a lot of strong dramas this year, the comedies leave something to be desired. However Fox seems to be place now for smart edgier sitcoms, since NBC has now turned there back on them. I knew the one comedy I picked (sad) would be one of theirs. I could have gone with the sweet looking Gavin and Stacy remake, Us and Them, or the totally stupid looking yet oddly hilarious Enlisted. But I decided to go with Brooklyn Nine-Nine. While the trailer lacks huge laughs, it’s from Parks and Recreation co-creator Michael Schur and boasts a strong cast so it has the most potential.
Dracula – NBC
I know what you’re thinking. Another vampire thing? Enough already. We have been overloaded with blood suckers in the past five years that they have become nothing but tired. However this new take on the most famous of said blood suckers, which stars Jonathon Rhys Meyers, benefits from a more traditional vampire Victorian setting, which oddly enough makes it feel fresher. It’s also looks pretty violent(at least as far as network television goes). Basically it looks more Interview with a Vampire than it does Twilight. Plus it’s from Downton Abbey producers, and that’s always a good thing.
The Blacklist – NBC
The most wanted man turns himself in to the FBI and helps them find criminals. Mind games ensue. It’s basically The Silence of the Lambs meets White Collar and last thing the world needs is another crime procedural, but James Spader’s uber creepy performance makes it look promising as well as helping us forget about his underwhelming stint on The Office.
Intelligence – CBS
Intelligence is new sci-fi show that explores the potential of humans becoming more “robotic” with growing technology. It stars Josh Holloway as a former special forces officer who gets implanted with a micro chip and then solves crimes. Essentially it’s a cool edgy sci-fi show that they got CBS to pick up by masquerading as a crime show. It also stars the lovely Meghan Ory as a secret service agent.
The 100 – The CW
One hundred years after the Earth is left decimated by nuclear war, the survivors who now live in space send a group of 100 juvenile delinquents to see if it has become inhabitable again. The premise is creative and could make for compelling TV, but unfortunately it’s on the CW. Let’s hope that the show rises above its network’s usual over soapiness.
Reign – The CW
My hopes for the The 100 not being too CW-y does not apply here. An over dramatic, soapy, teen drama about a 15 year old Mary Stuart. That sounds ridiculous and awesome!
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland – ABC
This Once Upon a Time spin-off focuses on Alice and her experiences in Wonderland, as the title suggests. The downside of the series is the romance in the trailer comes off a bit cheesy and I do think the Once people rely too hard on romantic love, which is fine for the original, but not so much for Wonderland and Alice. Although I do think that fact that he is a genie is kind of awesome. The plus side is the terrifying asylum she’s being held in and the equally creepy doctors integrating her. It also includes the adorable Michael Socha(who I’ve wanted me be my little brother ever since his turn in Being Human UK).
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ABC
I don’t think this one needs an explanation. I will however take this time to say how excited I am that a Joss Whedon show will be on television again, one that has a real chance at survival on top of that.
The Crazy Ones – CBS
While the premise has potential, everything else about this is a hot mess. Plus I don’t see an entire series based on Robin Williams doing improve, where he’s not playing an alien, working.
The Millers – CBS
You put together Greg Garcia, Will Arnett, and the dazzling Margo Martindale and this is what you come out with! Really!? This should be way better than it is.
Killer Women – ABC
The one thing this show has going for it, Tricia Hefler taking names and blowing stuff up, is not enough to make up for a atrocious dialogue and super cliched plot.
Back in the Game – ABC
The reason I picked this show was not necessarily because it looks awful, but simply underwhelming. It has an adorable Bad News Bears type plot and strong cast the features Maggie Lawson, James Caan, and Lenora Crichlow(shout out to ABC for having two new shows that feature Being Human alum), yet the jokes just don’t land. I still might actually watch this just to see if it does in fact get funny.
Dads – FOX
Hey Fox! Remember earlier, when I said you were the place for smart edgy sitcoms? Do you want me to take that back? This is seriously the worst thing I’ve ever seen.