There’s always a lot of buzz around the new shows emerging from the US and this year is no different. We at Vada are very excited about some of the new programmes which show incredible promise. Below I list just some of the new US TV shows you’ll likely be addicted to before long.
The Flash (The CW – October 7, 2014)
Billed as a spinoff from parent-show Arrow, The Flash is sure to be as equally popular. It stars Glee’s Grant Justin as Barry Allen, who after being injured in a laboratory explosion receives the gift/curse of superhuman speed. It’s a tale as old as time, but the CW struck gold on Arrow so this new show will likely follow suit. Countless classic comic characters are already touted to appear, including: Captain Cold, played by the brilliant Wentworth Miller, and who has freezing abilities and can slow The Flash down; Plastique, as played by Kelly Frye, who can turn anything into an explosive; General Wade Eiling, a character with the power of superhuman strength played by Lost alumni Clancy Brown; and William Sadler’s take on Simon Stagg, the owner and CEO of Stagg Enterprises. The inclusion of these characters is sure to excite comic-readers. The Flash will crossover with its parent-show several times, the first of which will occur during the eighth episode of each respective show. With an attractive young cast to rival Arrow, this is already going to be a winner.
Gotham (Fox – September 22, 2014)
Gotham details the early years of Commissioner James Gordon, last seen played by Gary Oldman in the Christopher Nolan trilogy on the big screen. Here Ben McKenzie takes the helm, starring alongside several other new and known actors to depict the origin stories of several Batman villains. These include the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), Catwoman (Camren Bicondova, who surely can’t be any worse than Halle Berry’s take on the character), Poison Ivy (Clare Foley) and the Joker (actor currently unknown, but they have A LOT to live up to following Heath Ledger’s sublime portrayal in The Dark Knight). Gotham will also feature a young Bruce Wayne who, should the show prove successful and prosper for years to come, will ultimately become Batman. Origin stories are usually brilliant on the small screen, and Batman is a popular character. This will succeed.
Gracepoint (Fox – October 2, 2014)
A remake of the brilliant UK Broadchurch, Gracepoint is already destined to fail. But, like its original, it stars Doctor Who himself – David Tennant, so surely it can’t be that bad, right? Starring alongside him is the brilliant Anna Gunn, someone whom you may recognise from Breaking Bad. Much like Broadchurch, Gracepoint will detail the harrowing story of a young boy murdered, and a Cluedo-esque narrative will ensure. Original writer (Chris Chibnall) and director (James Strong) are also on board, but this show likely won’t succeed. Remakes generally don’t. We’ll reserve judgement on this for now.
Selfie (ABC – September 20, 2014)
Featuring Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan in her first starring role, Selfie is billed as a contemporary take on My Fair Lady. Eliza Dooley (Gillan, in a modern day version of Eliza Doolittle) becomes obsessed with gaining celebrity status through social networking. John Cho stars as her love interest. Sitcoms are hard to pull off – done right this could be a new Friends or The Big Bang Theory. Done wrong, this will be a new Joey or Whitney (what? Exactly). I predict a full series order, and then cancelling when ratings plummet.
Utopia (Fox – September 7, 2014)
Based on a Dutch reality TV show, Utopia is sure to become the new Big Brother. It’s premise is even more zany than that of Big Brother: rather than giving up 10 weeks of your life to live with randomers in a house, Utopia expects 15 men and women to give up A WHOLE YEAR of their life to forge a new society and figure out how to survive. This is sure to go down as one of the most controversial reality shows ever, but it’s one which we at Vada find tantalisingly teasing. A UK version will most likely be commissioned should this prove popular (and why shouldn’t it?) This is the next big reality show. Prepare to become hooked.
Battle Creek (CBS – airdate unknown, but scheduled for Autumn 2014)
Breaking Bad’s spinoff prequel Better Call Saul isn’t scheduled to premiere until February 2015 unfortunately, so Battle Creek will have to take its place. It’s similarly created by Vince Gilligan, and it tells the story of two police detective partners who must compete with a seemingly-perfect FBI agent. It doesn’t scream classic, but then nor did Breaking Bad. This will likely be a winner.