2013-2014 in Television – U.S. Edition
Finally, the new U.S. television season is upon us. In a fit of procrastination [I really should be writing my screenplay right now], I’ve put together a bit of a list of the shows that I intend to watch. Note: this list only applies to U.S. shows, and excludes co-productions that have already premiered in other countries [specifically The Wrong Mans].
NEW SHOWS THAT I AM EXCITED TO BE WATCHING:
+ Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. looks like it’s going to be brilliant. And for once I’ll be watching a Joss Whedon show when it airs, and not years after everybody else.
NEW SHOWS THAT I AM NOT ACTUALLY EXCITED ABOUT BUT WILL PROBABLY END UP WATCHING ANYWAY:
+ The concept of Sleepy Hollow is quite intriguing. I haven’t watched the premiere yet, but based on the reviews of others, I’ll probably give it a look.
NEW SHOWS THAT I AM RATHER ANGRY ABOUT AND WILL WATCH IF ONLY TO PROVE THAT THEY WON’T WORK:
+ About A Boy isn’t due to premiere until mid-season, but I can’t possibly think of a ay for it to work. It’s a television show based off the same Nick Hornby novel that spawned the film with Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult. The film adaptation worked, although they did change a lot of things [the book is very time-specific]. I don’t know how the story could possibly work as a series. I may be proven wrong, but I very much doubt it.
+ Another show that won’t be reaching screens until 2014, Us & Them is the result of FOX’s stupid decision to remake one of the best sitcoms of all time, Gavin & Stacey. From what I’ve seen of the trailer, it’s pretty awful [compared to the original, at least – although certain friends of mine who like Alexis Bledel are rather excited about it]. I’ll watch it, but there’s no way I’ll enjoy it.
RETURNING SHOWS THAT I AM EXCITED TO BE WATCHING:
+ Parks and Recreation for all of the obvious reasons.
RETURNING SHOWS THAT I AM NOT ACTUALLY EXCITED ABOUT BUT WILL PROBABLY END UP WATCHING ANYWAY:
+ New Girl returned to our screens last week, and has headed down the exact path that I didn’t want it to. Forget Nick and Jess, I want a spin-off that’s all about Schmidt and Winston.
+ I know I should be excited that Community is coming back, but even with the return of Dan Harmon, I really don’t think that the show is able to return to its former glory. I’m not giving up, just keeping my expectations nice and low in hope that this series may exceed them.
So there you have it. I’ve probably missed a couple of series, but you get the basic idea. If I’ve omitted something that you think I should consider, please let me know in the comments. I may or may not take your advice.