2013 Fall TV Guide - Part 2/2: New Series
Those who are disappointed that some of their favorite shows were canceled can now see the bright side of the bad news since the cancellations give room to freshmen. From a highly-anticipated adaptation of Marvel comics to spin-offs to the already popular series, some of them are promising to be new TV hits this fall season. Thus, continuing its annual Fall TV Guide, AceShowbiz highlights some of these rookies that should be on your must-watch list in this second and final part.
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", from "The Avengers" director Joss Whedon, ends superhero fans' yearning for a new comic book adaptation, while J.J. Abrams' "Almost Human" is surely a treat for sci-fi geeks. The unique pairing of Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar as a father-daughter duo on "The Crazy Ones" and a mysterious collaboration of a criminal and a rookie FBI agent on "The Blacklist" - just to mention a few - offer more selections of TV programming this fall.
Premieres November 4 on FOX
In "Almost Human", J.J. Abrams once again looks into the future. Come 2048, the world is raided by technology in the form of human-like robots. Karl Urban stars as LAPD officer John Kennex who hates robots but gets teamed up with one that has emotional feelings. Michael Ealy digs in his skill to portray the android Dorian. "Dorian to me was Jason Bourne and Robert Patrick in 'Terminator 2'," the actor described. Having Joel Wyman as executive producer, the sci-fi series will have big chance of "Fringe" actors taking great roles. [Trailer]
Premieres September 23 on NBC
Emmy Award-winning actor James Spader takes on the lead role on "The Blacklist". He plays Red, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives who suddenly surrenders and offers to help bring down dangerous criminals and terrorists, but only wants to work with a rookie FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen. The plot draws comparison to the premise of Silence of the Lambs, but producers have dismissed similarity between the two, insisting that Red is not a psychopath. Dubbed a "strange hybrid" of procedural and serialized drama, it will reveal what prompts Red to help the FBI and choose Elizabeth among other agents throughout the characters' journey as they catch a new criminal each episode. [Trailer]
The Crazy Ones
Premieres September 26 on CBS
Robin Williams returns to television in "The Crazy Ones" more than three decades after his claim to fame role in "Mork & Mindy". If "Mad Men" explores the advertising world in a serious way, "Crazy Ones" is more unconventional. Father and daughter duo, the Roberts, have unique way of thinking when it comes to winning clients through their ads. Williams is paired with Sarah Michelle Gellar, the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" who is ready to be funny after all these years. [Trailer]
Premieres October 25 on NBC
Fanged creatures may be out of the trend with "True Blood" passing six seasons and "Twilight" closing the saga. But a classic tale like "Dracula" never lost the interest. NBC is bringing forward Bram Stoker's creation of the blood-thirsty creature this fall with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in the title role. Series takes viewers back to Victorian era in London where the suave and debonair Dracula seeks revenge to those who have done him wrong centuries earlier. However, instead of Romania, Alexander Grayson a.k.a. Dracula comes from America to introduce a new technology. Blood and lust mixed with drama entail the series which reunites Meyers and ""The Tudors" director, Steve Shill. [Trailer]
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Premieres September 24 on ABC
The nerds have dreamed about it, fans demanded it, and producers foresaw it. The agents that defend human race against superhuman threats will be out there on ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ". Coming from Joss Whedon, the action drama stars Clark Gregg of "The Avengers" as Agent Phil Coulson, who was killed off in the film, but it's not Whedon if it comes predictable. The producer draws the line between the TV spin-off and the big screen as well as comic book mythology, so "that people who never saw any of the movies can tune in and enjoy it," Whedon said. The link to the Marvel Universe creates big hope for big characters to drop by, with Cobie Smulders already set to reprise her role as Agent Maria Hill in the pilot. [Trailer]
Masters of Sex
Premieres September 29 on Showtime
Sexy and provocative are the words which may best describe "Masters of Sex". Based on the true story of Dr. William Masters and his assistant Virginia Johnson, the drama series relives the study on sex which was largely neglected due to the restrictive social conventions during the time but later resulted in revolutionary findings in the field. Judging from the title alone, there will be a lot of steamy scenes. But with a combination of witty humor and compelling storyline, all brought together by the impressive cast ensemble consisting of Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in the leads, "Masters of Sex" won't be a cheap raunchy show. [Trailer]
The Million Second Quiz
Premieres September 9 on NBC
Living with strangers under the same roof brings its own problem, but "The Million Second Quiz" raises the challenge to a completely higher level by putting its contestants in an hourglass-shaped structure under 24-hours/day constant watch, stripping them off almost all their privacy while presenting live events to viewers who can watch the show whenever they want. For almost 12 days, their physical and emotional endurance is tested as they compete in games of trivia. "Big and different and ambitious," so host Ryan Seacrest describes the ground-breaking unscripted series.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Premieres October 10 on ABC
ABC brings us to the fantasy realm of Wonderland in this "Once Upon a Time" spin-off. Like its mother show, "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" gives a spin to a famous fairytale, switching back and forth between the Victorian London set and Wonderland. The so-called "psychedelic romance" follows Alice, who has been institutionalized after relating a story about her trip to the titular land, as she goes down the hole once again to find her true love, Cyrus, who was presumed dead. "It is trippy. It is weird. It is intense," co-creator Edward Kitsis gushed about the show. [Trailer]
Premieres October 22 on ABC Family
After three-and-a-half successful seasons, it's not a surprise that "Pretty Little Liars" spans a spin-off. Thus, when ABC Family announced "Ravenswood" which follows Tyler Blackburn's Caleb Rivers and four other teens in the mysterious titular town, everybody welcomes it gleefully although it may mean the end of Hanna and Caleb's romance. While the Liars are terrorized by their human tormentor, Caleb's life is plagued by curses which may have originated long before his time, hinting at many supernatural elements on the show. [Trailer]
Super Fun Night
Premieres October 2 on ABC
Rebel Wilson took her "Pitch Perfect" voice to a new comedy series "Super Fun Night". Teaming up with Conan O'Brien to write it, Wilson also stars as one of three single girls who set up a get-together every Friday night. "When these ladies eat at night, they're not talking about dick," Wilson said at the ABC upfront referring to its anti-"Sex and the City" theme. But when it comes to nudity, Wilson, who vowed to keep things network-appropriate, does not hesitate to sport bikini with blinking hearts. [Trailer]
Other new series:
Sept. 03: "Cold Justice"
Sept. 16: "Sleepy Hollow"
Sept. 17: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", "Dads"
Sept. 23: "Hostages", "Mom"
Sept. 24: "The Goldbergs", "Lucky 7", "Trophy Wife"
Sept. 26: "The Michael J. Fox Show", "The Millers"
Sept. 27: "MasterChef Junior"
Sept. 29: "Betrayal", "Hello Ladies"
Sept. 30: "We Are Men"
Oct. 02: "Ironside"
Oct. 03: "The Originals", "Sean Saves the World", "Welcome to the Family"
Oct. 06: "Witches of East End"
Oct. 09: "The Tomorrow People"
Oct. 17: "Reign"
Nov. 08: "Enlisted"
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