As you well know, they can’t all be winners, but, fortunately, with top Hollywood talent in acting, writing, directing, and producing shifting their focus to TV land, many of the upcoming shows have a pretty good shot at succeeding.
Since we’re still in the early days for many of the upcoming programs, a simple plot line summary and a few casting confirmations is all we have for now on some of these programs. But in some instances, that’s enough to get us thoroughly excited. Here’s a roundup of 10 new show pickups that we think have the most promise.
Designated Survivor, ABC
While he won’t be strapping on that signature Jack Bauer messenger bag from 24, this role marks Kiefer Sutherland’s return to TV. The premise of this show has us at the edge of our seats before even seeing it come to life: A low-level political figure (Sutherland) is forced into the role of president after a terrorist attack kills everyone ahead of him in line for the job. It’s brilliant. The stellar cast that also includes Natasha McElhone (Californication), Kal Penn (Deadbeat, How I Met Your Mother), and Adan Kanto (Second Chance, Mixology) adds to the excitement. And given ABC’s stellar reputation in the drama genre, with programs like Scandal, How I Met Your Mother, and Quantico, this show seems like a shoe-in for becoming the network’s next big hit.
Feed the Beast, AMC
We’re more curious than excited about this upcoming show, which marks the return to TV of David Schwimmer, best known for playing the character of Ross on Friends. While the plot of two friends finally fulfilling their dreams of opening up a restaurant doesn’t exactly have you counting the days until the show’s release, the behind-the-scenes star power makes us hopeful that the show will deliver. Clyde Phillips, who worked on hit shows Dexter and Nurse Jackie, will serve as executive producer and showrunner, and is adapting the story. It’s based on a Danish series called Bankerot, which translates to “bankrupt.” And with mobsters and a “ruthless and racist” father as the descriptions of supporting characters, there’s bound to be some interesting storylines. Production reportedly begins this month.
Rillington Place, BBC One
It’s only a three-part series, but this interesting take on gruesome murders that took place in London in the ‘40s and ‘50s caught our attention. It looks at the situation from the perspective of the serial killer, his murdered wife, and the man who was wrongfully convicted and hanged for some of the crimes. With viewers’ fascination with crime and wrongful convictions, this series will likely be a hit should it make its way to air in the U.S. It’s too early in the game for a sneak peak, but have a look at this subtle-but-creepy trailer from the 1971 film 10 Rillington Place that was also based on the killings.
There are bound to be tons of laughs in this upcoming series, which will star comedian Margaret Cho as a woman fresh out of rehab and moving back in with her family. Oh, did we mention that they run a marijuana dispensary? That shouldn’t cause any problems at all, right? Dubbed a family comedy/drama, there may be some unexpected serious undertones to the comedic elements. But with Cho at the helm, including both starring in and serving as executive producer of the show, chances are it will, first and foremost, elicit the giggles.
Deep S.I.X., HBO
This show almost sounds like a parody version of The X-Files mixed with Ghostbusters. From the producing team of Adam and Naomi Scott (the former of whom is best known for his role as Ben Wyatt in Parks and Recreation) comes this original series which follows a homeland security team that investigates paranormal threats. But here’s the catch: no one else actually believes that these supernatural threats exist. Anthony King, who wrote Wet Hot American Summer, serves as writer. Will we see cheesy ghost figures, or more realistic-looking CGI threats? It’ll be interesting to see how the visuals are approached in this show, and whether it falls more toward the comedy or frightening side of television genres.