Fall TV Preview: 6 Can't-Miss New Shows
September 16th, 2013 10:05am EDT
Clear out the DVR and stock up on your favorite snacks, the 2013-2014 television season has officially begun! In addition to our favorite shows returning with new episodes, there’s also a fresh crop of new shows boasting impressive casts and intriguing plots. You can't possibly watch them all, though you might sprain a retina trying, so this Small Screen Girl is offering her choices for the Can't-Miss New Shows Of The Season (that aren't impressively-hyped “Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”).
Sleepy Hollow, FOX
Remakes are dangerous gambles. Just ask "Wonder Woman" whose re-boot has been attempted more times than "The Killing" has been cancelled. The folks at FOX are rolling out a bold re-imagining of the age-old tale of the Headless Horseman into a modern thriller with a supernatural edge. Tom Mison and his swoon-worthy British accent take on the role of Ichabod Crane, a soldier from 1776 who suddenly finds awakens on the wrong side of the millennium and must kill the Horseman. "42's" Nicole Behaire is Lt. Abbie Mills, the cop assigned to his case. Together, they must solve the mystery of the Headless Horseman aka one of the four horses of the apocalypse. In the trailer above, the two actors speak of the "distrust" between the characters but methinks fans will soon have their newest OTP, despite the 240-year age difference. Tune into this spooky, historic, downright enthralling series when it debuts on Sept. 16 on FOX at 9pm EST.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox
What's more terrifying than an immortal monster with no head? Your high school class clown becoming a police officer, of course. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" follows the talented but immature Jake and his motley crew of cops who rather ironically don't like to follow the rules. "SNL" album and Emmy winner Andy Samberg heads up this workplace comedy about “law and disorder.” "Last Resort's" Andre Braugher, holstering his gravitas, is the new captain who wants to turn the precinct of screwballs into the best one in the NYPD. As one of the most anticipated shows of the year, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is banking on Samberg's unique brand of absurdist comedy honed on "SNL" sketches and digital shorts. It would be downright criminal to miss the premiere of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." Watch the trailer above and tune in on Sept. 17 at 8:30pm EST.
When you are the number one network, you can make take risk with new programming, which is why CBS greenlit "Hostages”—it’s only new drama of the season. Starring Emmy winner Toni Collette ("United States of Tara") and Dylan McDermott, "Hostages" is the suspenseful antithesis of the stale procedurals CBS is known for. Collette plays Dr. Ellen Sanders, a surgeon tasked with operating on the Presiden. McDermott is the rogue FBI agent who takes her family hostage in order to force Sanders into killing the leader of the free world. Like most thrillers, nothing is black and white. "Hostages" will explore the various shades of gray, including the relationships between the Sanders family and the Big Bad himself. After watching the behind-the-scenes first look (above), I’m convinced this could be this season’s most addictive new show. Get taken hostage on Sept. 23 at 10pm EST.
The Crazy Ones, CBS
You had me at Robin Williams. The zany, talented and Oscar-winning actor returns to television for the first time in three decades in "The Crazy Ones," an endearing comedy about a father-daughter who run a large advertising firm. The show packs a mighty punch with David E. Kelly as EP, and co-stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as the straight straight woman to William's decidedly twisted one. The premiere features a game Kelly Clarkson and her force-of-nature pipes trying to compose a song about sex...for family-friendly client McDonald's. If the show is half as funny as as the trailer above, "The Crazy Ones" could be yet another hit for CBS. Watch the premiere on Sept. 26 at 9pm EST.
"Betrayal" is centered on a torrid affair between married Jake (Stuart Townsend) and Sara (Hannah Ware) made ever more complicated by a murder and court case involving both families. Taking a page for "Scandal's" twisty, crazy book, ABC's new steamy drama will feature a 13-episode season, according to "Entertainment Weekly," which will only concentrate the drama, the forbidden love. Need I say more? "Betrayal" premieres on Sept. 29 on 10pm EST. Watch the steamy trailer below.
Almost Human, FOX
"Almost Human" may be the most ambitious and pedigreed new show of the season. The J.J. Abrams-produced show is part science fiction, part cop show, and completely awesome if the trailer (embedded abov) is anything to go by. "Star Trek's" Karl Urban is John, a detective in 2048 who was involved in horrific ambush that left him partner-less and missing a leg. Thanks to advanced technology, he receives a synthetic replacement is able to turn to work. Due to an aversion to the robots all human cops must partner with, his precinct pairs him with a discontinued model named Dorian ("Common Law's" Michael Ealy) that displays uniquely human quirks like emotions and of course Ealy's stunning ice blue eyes. The perks to having a robot as a partner? He's a walking CSI, able to download information, process evidence and spit out answers. "Almost Human" promises both a case-of-the-week format with a bigger mythology unfolding throughout the season. "Almost Human" premieres on Nov. 4.
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