Sunday, July 27, 2014

2014 Fall TV Lineup - What I'm Looking Forward To. 27 July 2014.

Premier Date:  22 September 2014
Network:  Fox
Premise:  "GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time."
Why I'm Excited:  Come on, who isn't excited about this?  I have high hopes going into this and look forward to hearing more about the backstory of not online Jim Gordon, but the heroes and villains of Gotham city.

Family Guy/Simpsons Crossover
Premier Date:  28 September 2014
Network:  Fox
"Peter and the rest of the Griffins embark on a road trip and wind up in Springfield. There, they cross paths with Homer, who graciously greets his new “albino” visitors, and the two families become fast friends. Stewie is impressed with Bart and his assortment of pranks, Lisa befriends Meg and tries to figure out exactly what it is that she’s good at, and Marge and Lois do some bonding. Meanwhile, Peter and Homer argue over which beer is better: Pawtucket or Duff."
Why I'm Excited:  After seeing the 5 minutes released after Comic Con 2014, I can't imagine the exploits the Simpsons and the Griffins will get into in this episode.  It's going to be fantastic.

5 Minute Preview Video at Entertainment Weekly:  (Link)

Premier Date:  5 October 2014
Network:  Fox
"From Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian John Mulaney (“Saturday Night Live”) comes MULANEY, a multi-camera ensemble comedy series about a rising stand-up comic trying to take his career to the next level and the friends and mentors who lift him up, hold him back and push him around."
Why I'm Excited:  When comparisons to Seinfeld immediately began being drawn, I was torn - but still interested.  I'm going into this without high expectations of this being "The Next Seinfeld", because nothing will ever be that funny, but hopeful that it will be a good show.

The Flash
Premier Date:  7 October 2014
Network:  CW
Premise:  A modern retelling of The Flash. "For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash."
Why I'm Excited:  After seeing the crossover episode on Arrow, I was increasingly excited at seeing what Grant Gustin would bring as The Flash.  I watched the leaked pilot episode, and was instantly impressed.  This series is going to be fantastic.

Premier Date:  8 October 2014
Network:  CW
Premise:  "Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow."
Why I'm Excited:  Arrow has been, easily, one of the best shows of the past several years.  It seemingly spawned a new rush of superhero TV shows.  The last 2 seasons have been fantastic, and season 3 looks to be nothing short of awesome. With Roy becoming Arsenal, the inclusion of the Atom and now Ra's al Ghul - I can't wait.

The Walking Dead
Premier Date:  12 October 2014
Network:  AMC
Premise:  From the preview, it looks as though the main crew, along with the folks from Terminus, head to Washington, DC in pursuit of the cure.
Why I'm Excited:  The Walking Dead is one of the shows along with Lost and Breaking Bad that has captivated America and will leave a legacy that well outlives it's cast, producers and fans.  It made zombies "cool".  This season looks to be one of the most exciting ones yet.

Premier Date:  24 October 2014
Network:  NBC
Premise: "Based on the wildly popular comic book series "Hellblazer" from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, "Criminal Minds") is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the good fight - or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he's decided to abandon his campaign against evil until a series of events thrusts him back into the fray, and he'll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line‎, Constantine will use his skills to travel the country, find the supernatural terrors that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows... maybe there's hope for him and his soul after all."
Why I'm Excited:  Because Constantine needs live action redeeming after the Keanu Reeves abomination. The preview looks like a serious take on the story, and one I could see as a long running series.

Emerald City
Premier Date:  Fall 2014
Network:  NBC
"Desperate for clues that will lead to the identity of her biological mother, a young woman breaks into a sinister underground facility somewhere in the Midwest. Unable to complete her mission and surrounded by security, our feisty heroine steals a K9 police dog and drives away into the night... and headlong into the path of a raging tornado. In the blink of an eye, she is transported to another world, one far removed from our own - a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you've never seen before, where wicked witches don't stay dead for long and 20-year-old Dorothy Gale becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands. You're not in Kansas anymore, and this is not your grandmother's Oz."
Why I'm Excited:  In the same vein of Once Upon A Time, this is a more grown up Oz.  I grew up on The Wizard Of Oz, and I'm very excited to see a new take on it.

Mike Tyson Mysteries
Premier Date:  Fall 2014
Network:  Adult Swim
"It's Scooby-Doo meets the A-Team... with Mike Tyson."
Why I'm Excited:  Did you not read that premise?  Take.  My.  Money.

Mission Control
Premier Date:  Fall 2014
Network:  NBC
Premise: "Houston, we have a problem! Dr. Mary Kendricks (Krysten Ritter, "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23") is a tough but brilliant aerospace engineer, leading a team of NASA scientists at the cutting edge of space exploration. The only problem is, this is the 1960s and she's a woman. Navigating the ridiculous boys' club of astronauts and engineering nerds is no easy task, but she's up to the challenge... until her boss brings on Tom (Tommy Dewey, "The Mindy Project") - a former hotshot test pilot and overall man's man - to co-manage her team. It doesn't help that he initially mistakes her for a secretary. Between him, her astronaut boyfriend Cash and her offbeat all-guy team, Mary certainly has her hands full... but at the end of the day, they all want the same thing: to get a man on the moon. It might just take a woman to get him there."
Why I'm Excited:  This new series comes from Will Ferrel and Adam McKay, and once I heard that it was reminiscent of the sense of humor found in Anchorman, I was sold.

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