Cable and streaming: 10 notable fall shows
American Horror Story: Coven
Drama/Horror | FX | Wednesdays at 10p starting October 9
As the subtitle "Coven" suggests, this third season for Ryan Murphy's Emmy-nominated horror "miniseries" will focus on witches, with the action taking place at a school for witchcraft in New Orleans (where the season will be filmed on location). Continuing cast members include Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, and Frances Conroy, while Taissa Farmiga and Denis O'Hare return from season one. And they will be joined by newcomers including Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, and Gabourey Sidibe. In other words, expect more Emmy nominations next year.
Boardwalk Empire Watch trailer
Drama | HBO | Sundays at 9p starting September 8
After last year's season-ending gang war, you would expect some changes heading into season four of HBO's acclaimed drama, and changes there are. Joining the cast this season—and helping to make up for the loss of key season 3 player Bobby Cannavale—are Jeffrey Wright, Ron Livingston, Patricia Arquette, and Domenick Lombardozzi (The Wire), while you can expect more screen time for Stephen Graham's Al Capone. The writers' room has been bolstered as well, with novelists Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos (both veterans of The Wire) added to the staff this season. Expect Steve Buscemi's Nucky to have new conflicts with the mayor and his brother, while also pursuing a new opportunity in Florida.
Derek Watch trailer
Comedy | Netflix | Streaming September 12
"Take away the argument about its rights and wrongs and [the pilot], as a show, was just a teensy bit dull. Now that it's been plumped up into a full series, mere dullness has morphed in to something worse – far from being too nasty, Derek has become too nice, lurching at times into censoriousness and preaching."
—Benji Wilson, The Telegraph
"The whole mockumentary thing feels tired now. ... Most of all, though, I'm not feeling the character."
—Sam Wollaston, The Guardian
There might be a reason Ricky Gervais keeps trying to revive his David Brent character: he may never create anyone better. Take, for example, Derek, the title character of his new seven-episode comedy series, airing exclusively on Netflix in the U.S. Played by Gervais, Derek is a dim-witted, awkward, naive, but kind and well-meaning caretaker at a nursing home. The show, which also stars Karl Pilkington, stirred up controversy when it aired in the UK for mocking the mentally disabled (Gervais has insisted that the character is not autistic and he is not making fun of anyone), Derek drew mixed reviews from critics. A second season will film this fall and air in the UK next year, though it is unclear if Netflix has already secured the streaming rights to the new episodes.
Hello Ladies Watch trailer
Comedy | HBO | Sundays at 10:30p starting September 29
While Gervais has always been the more visible of the two creators of The Office (and follow-ups Extras and Life's Too Short), that could change this fall when his co-creator Stephen Merchant steps out on his own with a new HBO comedy. Created by Merchant with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (veterans of the U.S. version of The Office), Hello Ladies stars the British comedian as a web designer who moves from England to Los Angeles, where he tries—repeatedly and unsuccessfully—to fit in to the city's glamorous nightlife scene. Nate Torrence (She's Out of My League), Kevin Weisman (Alias), and Christine Woods (Go On) also star.
Homeland Watch trailer
Drama | Showtime | Sundays at 9p starting September 29
The trailer sure looks like a downer, but fans will be happy to have one of TV's top dramas back on the air a month from now. Homicide's James Yoshimura has been added to the show's ever-changing writing staff, which has a big hole to fill this year due to the recent death of executive producer and writer Henry Bromell. In front of the camera, Diego Klattenhoff (who played Mike) is gone, F. Murray Abraham and Sarita Choudhury have been elevated to series regulars, and newcomers include Martin Donovan. The third season opens during the aftermath of the events of last season's finale, and will spend several episodes without Damian Lewis's Brody, though he definitely will return. Several episodes late in the season will be shot on location in Israel. Critics have already seen the first two hours, and while their official reviews won't surface until closer to the premiere, we do have this quick response from The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman: "Refreshingly grounded, beautifully acted and sharply written."
Luther Watch trailer
Drama | BBC America | Nightly at 10p ET from September 3-6 (except 9/4, which is at 9p)
Airing on consecutive nights as a four-part miniseries, the third season of the BBC's dark crime drama arrives in the U.S. next week. Troubled detective John Luther (Idris Elba, seeking his third Emmy nomination for the role) will face two new gruesome cases while also being targeted by a fellow cop, though he'll also receive a glimmer of hope in the form of a new love interest, played by Sienna Guillory. (Yes, Ruth Wilson's Alice Morgan will return, too). Creator Neil Cross recently announced that this will be Luther's final season, though a feature film spin-off is a possibility.
Masters of Sex Watch trailer
Drama | Showtime | Sundays at 10p starting September 29
This fictionalized look at the lives of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan. Lighter in tone than Showtime's other recent new series Ray Donovan, the 1960s-era drama is based on Thomas Maier's book of the same name, with John Madden (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Shakespeare in Love) among the producers (he also directed the pilot). Allison Janney, Beau Bridges, and Margo Martindale are also set to appear in the 12-episode first season, which gets the benefit of having Homeland as its lead-in.
Mob City Watch trailer
Drama | TNT | Wednesdays (time tbd) starting December 4
Formerly known as L.A. Noir (until the makers of a certain video game threatened a lawsuit)—and then, briefly, Lost Angels—this period crime drama comes from Frank Darabont, the creator of AMC's The Walking Dead and director of perennial TNT staple The Shawshank Redemption. Set in 1940s Los Angeles, the show is based on the book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City by John Buntin and centers on the LAPD's mob task force charged with bringing down Bugsy Siegel and other organized crime leaders. Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Neal McDonough (Justified), Ed Burns ( The Brothers McMullen), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Gregory Itzin (24), and Louis Lombardi (24) star, while Simon Pegg guests in the pilot. As was the case with The Walking Dead, the first season will consist of just six episodes.
Sons of Anarchy Watch trailer
Drama | FX | Tuesdays at 10p starting September 10
Are the SAMCRO boys on a seven-year plan? Though it is not yet official, Sons of Anarchy is expected to end with next year's seventh season, making this your penultimate chance to catch one of the critics' favorite dramas on television. Last season's newcomers Jimmy Smits and Donal Logue return to Charming this year (the latter in a beefed up role), joined by newcomers Kim Dickens (Deadwood, Treme), C. Thomas Howell (Southland), and Peter Weller (Robocop). The September 10 premiere—which includes a violent and controversial plot twist that sets up the remainder of the season—will run for 90 minutes, and, for the first time, the series will also have an "aftershow" (much like AMC's Talking Dead), with Chris Franjola (Chelsea Lately) hosting.
The Walking Dead Watch trailer
Drama | AMC | Sundays at 9p starting October 13
Another season, another showrunner. Glen Mazzara, the replacement for original showrunner and series creator Frank Darabont, has now departed as well, leaving the show's upcoming fourth season (again divided into fall and spring mini-seasons) in the hands of Scott Gimple, a writer on the show for several years. Chad Coleman (who plays Tyreese), Emily Kinney (Beth), and Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) have been elevated to series regulars, while Coleman's former The Wire co-star Larry Gilliard Jr. will join the cast as Bob Stookey. It has been widely reported this week that returning cast member David Morrissey (The Governor) has been given the lead role in a new AMC pilot that's in contention for next season; read into that what you will, though note that the new show would not interfere with his duties on Dead this season.
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A Young Doctor's Notebook Watch trailer
Comedy | Ovation | Wednesdays at 10p ET starting October 2
Based on a short story collection by Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov, this British-produced period dramedy miniseries drew fairly good reviews when it premiered in the UK last winter, and a sequel is in the works. Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe stars as a newly minted doctor who is assigned to a small village near the time of the Russian revolution; Mad Men's Jon Hamm plays the same character decades later, when he is a morphine addict. (No, they don't look or sound anything alike, but don't let that discourage you).
More cable, streaming, and PBS shows coming this season ...
The two-night miniseries Bonnie & Clyde will be simulcast on History, Lifetime, and A&E this fall; Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) and Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) star for director Bruce Beresford. ... New drama series Those Who Kill (2014 tbd)—based on yet another Scandinavian crime series—will star Chloë Sevigny as a cop who hunts down serial killers and James D'Arcy as the forensic psychiatrist who assists her. ... A second season of Psycho prequel Bates Motel will also air next year, with Michael Vartan (Alias) and Kathleen Robertson (Boss) joining the show.
Animated series Rick and Morty (December tbd), about the dangerous misadventures of a mad scientist grandfather and his not-so-bright grandson throughout the universe, comes from Community creator Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland (Adventure Time); the latter heads a vocal cast that also includes Sarah Chalke and Chris Parnell. ... Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim return with Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories, which could evolve into an anthology series but for now will likely be just a half-hour Halloween special starring Tim, Eric, and Zach Galifianakis as men who inherit $1,000 from their grandfather on the condition that they live in his haunted house for the rest of their lives. ... The oddball Southern soap spoof The Heart, She Holler (Tue 9/10 at 12:30a) returns for a second season with guest Amy Sedaris joining returning stars Patton Oswalt and Heather Lawless. ... Also returning for a second season is animated college comedy China, IL (Sun 9/22 at 11:30p) . ... Adam Scott will return for a third Greatest Event in Television History (Thur 11/7 at midnight) special, this one rumored to involve a remake of the Too Close for Comfort opening credits. ... Expected to debut this October, the live-action Hot Package is a spoof of entertainment news programs like Entertainment Tonight, centering on the Canadian entertainment industry. ... Mike Tyson Mysteries (2014 tbd) stars the boxer himself in a series of animated adventures with a a talking pigeon.
Like its competitor Netflix, Amazon is getting into the original programming business this year with a batch of new series. In addition to several children's shows, the streaming service has Alpha House (tbd), a political comedy from Doonesbury cartoonist Gary Trudeau about a group of senators who share a rental house in Washington, D.C.; John Goodman and Clark Johnson star. ... A second comedy, Betas (tbd), centers on a Silicon Valley social networking start-up; Ed Begley Jr. and Jon Daly star. ... Amazon is also developing additional comedy pilots plus a sci-fi drama from X-Files creator Chris Carter that could air next year, though none have been greenlit yet.
With Breaking Bad ending this fall and Mad Men likely wrapping up after one final season (which begins filming this November and is expected to debut in spring 2014), the network will have some holes in its schedule. Two new drama series will arrive in the first half of 2014 to help solve that problem; each is set in the past. Halt & Catch Fire depicts the early 1980s personal computer boom by focusing on a trio of characters—a visionary, an engineer, and a prodigy —in Texas' "Silicon Prairie"; Breaking Bad's Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are among the producers. ... Turn goes back much further—to America's fight for independence in the late 1700s—with a tale about a farmer (Jamie Bell) who starts an unlikely spy ring. The drama is based on Alexander Rose's book Washington's Spies, and Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) will direct the pilot.
The network will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who this fall with a special, titled "An Adventure in Space and Time," airing on November 23rd; then, current doctor Matt Smith will end his run with a Christmas special before giving way to the just-announced 12th doctor, Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It). ... Capaldi will also star in The Musketeers (tbd 2014), a 10-part series based on Alexandre Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers created by Adrian Hodges (My Week with Marilyn) ... A more recent best-seller (by Susanna Clarke) serves as the inspiration for the seven-part series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (tbd 2014), set in an alternative 19th century England where magic exists. ... The new fantasy series Atlantis (Sat 11/23 at 10p) comes from some of the team behind Merlin and is set in the mythical lost city. ... The BBC-produced biopic Burton and Taylor (Wed 10/16 at 9p) stars Helena Bonham Carter and The Wire's Dominic West—just a tad more impressive than, say, Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler—as Hollywood couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. ... Nineteenth-century crime drama Ripper Street (Sun 12/1 at 10p) returns for a second season, with the action moving forward to the year 1890 and Breaking Bad's David Costabile joining the cast. ... Next spring will see the second season premieres of zombie miniseries In the Flesh and acclaimed sci-fi thriller Orphan Black.
Clive Owen stars in The Knick (tbd 2014), a new drama series produced and directed by Steven Soderbergh, set in a New York hospital in the year 1900. ... Returning for a second season in January is Banshee, with Zeljko Ivanek (Damages) and Julian Sands joining the show with multi-episode guest arcs. ... The network is also developing a miniseries spinoff from the canceled series The Hunted, revolving around that show's main character, played by Melissa George.
Acclaimed sketch comedy series Key & Peele (Wed 9/18 at 10:30p) returns for a third season that will feature guests such as Jason Schwartzman, James Callis, Andrew Daly, Jack McBrayer, and Metta World Peace. ... Bill Cosby: Far From Finished (Sun 11/24 at 9p) is the legendary comedian's first stand-up special in three decades. ... The network is expected to add a third show—the Chris Hardwick-hosted comedy game show @midnight—to its Monday-Thursday late-night block sometime this fall. ... Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani will host the new Los Angeles-based stand-up series The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, expected to debut in 2014. ... Adam Devine's House Party (fall tbd) is yet another stand-up series, hosted by the Workaholics star. ... The Zach Galifianakis-produced HBO streaming series Brody Stevens: Enjoy It (tbd) has been picked up by Comedy Central, which will air the original episodes (which blend documentary, stand-up, and animation) and produce new ones. ... Another web series, Broad City, will jump to the network in 2014; the Amy Poehler-produced single-camera comedy will star UCB alumni Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer plus Hannibal Buress. ... Former Insomniac host Dave Atell will return to Comedy Central as host of the network's first uncensored stand-up series in early 2014.
Full Circle (fall tbd) is the first television series created by screenwriter/director/playwright Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men); David Boreanaz, Kate Walsh, Ally Sheedy, Billy Campbell, Minka Kelly, and Cheyenne Jackson star. The drama is based on the play "La Ronde," and each episode will feature a conversation between two characters (with one person carrying over to the following episode). ... Cole Hauser will join the cast of Rogue when it returns for a second season in 2014.
In addition to its usual assortment of reality shows, the network is producing its first-ever scripted miniseries: Klondike (tbd) will star Tim Roth, Tim Blake Nelson, Sam Shepard, Abbie Cornish, and Richard Madden. The Ridley Scott-produced series is based on Charlotte Gray's book Gold Diggers.
FX and FXX
FX is splitting itself into two networks in a few weeks, and the extra "X" in "FXX" apparently stands for "edgy comedies targeted at a younger demographic." Several ongoing FX shows will jump to the new channel (warning: your DVR probably won't figure this out without help from you), including It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Wed 9/4 at 10p). That show's 13-episode 9th season will feature guest stars Josh Groban and Mary Lynn Rajskub, as well as the long-awaited Lethal Weapon 6 and an episode scripted by Game of Thrones writers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. ... Also moving to FXX is fantasy football comedy The League (Wed 9/4 at 10:30p) and second-year comedy Legit (January tbd), though fellow comedies Louie (returning next May after a year off) and Archer (which is back in January) will remain on FX. ... Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (Wed 9/4 at 11p) has been converted to a nightly talk show for its move to FXX, and will now air at 11pm Mondays through Thursdays. ... The first new original series to debut on FXX will be Chozen (January tbd), an animated comedy about a gay, white, ex-con rapper (Bobby Moynihan) created by Danny McBride.
The original FX will be the home of the new comedy Saint George (January tbd), a George Lopez vehicle that received the same 10/90 deal that sent Anger Management (ongoing) to a 100-episode order. In the new show, Lopez plays a recently divorced entrepreneur, while Danny Trejo will co-star as his uncle; Roseanne creator Matt Williams is the executive producer. ... FX will also air a 10-episode "limited series" based on the movie Fargo (spring tbd) which will be produced (but not written or directed) by the Coen brothers and feature new storylines and characters; Billy Bob Thornton stars. ... A fifth season of Justified will debut on FX in January, while the second season of The Americans should arrive at around the same time (though possibly a few months later). ... Eventually, a third FX network, FXM (renamed from FX Movies) will also begin airing original programming, though likely not until the 2014-15 season.
Ken Marino (Childrens Hospital) joins Eastbound and Down (Sun 9/29 at 10p) for its final final season (unlike last year's "final" season) of eight episodes that pick up several years after the events of season three; Lindsay Lohan will also guest. ... Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are detectives on a years-long hunt for a serial killer in 1950s Louisiana in True Detective (2014 tbd); Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) directs all eight episodes of the self-contained story (future seasons, if there are any, would feature different actors and settings, much like FX's American Horror Story). ... Silicon Valley (2014 tbd) is a new live-action comedy from Mike Judge (Office Space) set in the tech industry; the cast includes Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, and TJ Miller. ... Two couples live under the same roof in Togetherness (2014 tbd), a comedy from the Duplass brothers (Jeff Who Lives at Home) starring Mark Duplass (The League), Melanie Lynskey, Steve Zissis, and Amanda Peet. ... Looking (2014 tbd) is a dramedy set in San Francisco's gay community; the show comes from Michael Lannan (Interior. Leather Bar.) and Weekend director Andrew Haigh, while the cast features Jonathan Groff (Glee), Frankie Alvarez, and Scott Bakula. ... David Simon's New Orleans-set drama series Treme wraps up with five final episodes this December. ... Ryan Murphy directs the HBO movie The Normal Heart (2014 tbd), based on Larry Kramer's Tony-winning play about the AIDS crisis in New York during the 1980s; Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, and Taylor Kitsch star. ... Miniseries Olive Kitteridge (2014 tbd) is an adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning book by director Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right); Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Jesse Plemons, and Zoe Kazan star. ... The network is also producing a four-hour documentary miniseries about Frank Sinatra by filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side). ... A new drama series Criminal Justice (based on Peter Moffat's UK series) was on tap for 2014, but the death of star James Gandolfini has left its status in limbo (only one episode was completed); if it proceeds, his role will be re-cast. ... Game of Thrones will return for its fourth season in the spring with cast additions including Treme's Michiel Huisman, Sherlock's Mark Gatiss (in a secret role), and Chilean actor Pedro Pascal (playing Prince Oberyn Martell). ... The third season of Girls (2014 tbd) will add Michael Zegen (Boardwalk Empire) to the cast as a possible replacement for the departed Christopher Abbott. ... Veep will also return for its third season early next year. ... The Emmy-nominated docu-series Vice (2014 tbd) will return for a second season that could include segments filmed in Kandahar, Iran, Somalia, and Saudi Arabia.
Adrien Brody will star as legendary magician Harry Houdini in the four-hour miniseries Houdini (2014 tbd) ... The network is also producing a scripted historical miniseries Sons of Liberty (2014 tbd), about key figures in the American Revolution.
From Will Ferrell (who also stars), The Spoils of Babylon (late 2013) is a TV miniseries adapted from the epic, generations-spanning novel of the same name by Eric Jonrosh (no, it doesn't really exist; that's part of the joke). The six-episode series—intended as a spoof of classic miniseries like The Thorn Birds—will also star Jessica Alba, Tim Robbins, Tobey Maguire, Val Kilmer, Kristen Wiig, and Michael Sheen. ... The Birthday Boys (Fri 10/18 at 10:30p) is a new sketch comedy series featuring the L.A. comedy troupe of the same name, joined by Bob Odenkirk (who also produces, along with Ben Stiller). That show will be paired this fall with 10 new episodes of Comedy Bang! Bang!. ... Expect the fourth season of Portlandia to launch in January, with a fifth season to follow in 2015. ... Marc Maron's Maron will also return with a 13-episode second season in 2014.
The network will introduce a new scripted drama series, The Witches of East End (Sun 10/6 at 10p), based on the novel by Melissa de la Cruz and starring Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, and Virginia Madsen. ... Among the Lifetime movies headed to the small screen this season is House of Versace (2014 tbd), starring Gina Gershon as Donatella Versace and Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars) as Gianni Versace. ... Lifetime is also producing an adaptation of the novel Flowers in the Attic (2014 tbd), starring Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, and Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black).
The 29th and possibly final season of The Real World will head back to San Francisco in early 2014. ... Teen Wolf will return in January with 12 new episodes. ... Awkward (Tue 10/22 at 10p) returns this fall with new episodes, and then again in 2014 with a fourth season, which will find the comedy with new showrunners (Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler) after the departure of series creator Lauren Iungerich.
Buzzy newcomer Orange Is the New Black will return for a second season in 2014, but possibly without co-star Laura Prepon (though she would return long enough to wrap up her story) ... Also back with second seasons next year will be House of Cards and Hemlock Grove. Joining the cast of the former will be Molly Parker (Deadwood) and Sam Page (Mad Men). Hemlock Grove, meanwhile, will have a new showrunner in its second season: Charles Eglee (The Walking Dead, Dexter).
Though viewers in the UK will get to see them first, Emmy-nominated dramas Downton Abbey and Sherlock will return for new seasons in 2014 on PBS. Downton's fourth season debuts on January 5th, and sees Lily James (who appeared briefly as Rose last season) elevated to series regular, while Shirley MacLaine will return and many newcomers will be added, most notably Paul Giamatti and opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa. In addition to the characters killed off last year, O'Brien (Siobhan Finneran) has also departed the show. Meanwhile, Sherlock's third "season" (which does not yet have a premiere date) will once again consist of three two-hour movies, with Borgen's Lars Mikkelsen joining the cast as a new nemesis for Benedict Cumberbatch's Holmes. ... Fellow British imports Call the Midwife, The Bletchley Circle, and Mr. Selfridge will all return for new seasons in the spring. ... Liev Schreiber will host the three-part documentary miniseries Superheroes: A Never Ending Battle (starts Tue 10/8 at 9p), about America's fascination with comic book heroes over the past 75 years.
Set in Victorian London, Penny Dreadful (2014 tbd) is a psychological thriller featuring the origin stories of classic horror characters like Dracula and Dr. Frankenstein, created by Hugo and Skyfall screenwriter John Logan and produced by Sam Mendes. The series will star Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, and Timothy Dalton, while the first two episodes will be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage). ... The six-episode documentary series Time of Death (fall tbd) follows terminally ill individuals in their final days. ... Returning in January are House of Lies, Shameless, and Episodes; the latter adds Chris Diamantopoulos (The Office) and Roger Bart (Revenge) to the cast, while Lies adds Mekhi Phifer, and Shameless loses star Justin Chatwin. ... Californication returns in April with a seventh season that finds David Duchovny's Hank Moody on the writing staff for a TV series; guests Mary Lynn Rajskub, Heather Graham, and Michael Imperioli join returning guest Rob Lowe. ... Returning with that show in April is Nurse Jackie, which elevates Adam Ferrara (Jackie's new love interest last season) to series regular.
The Michael Bay-produced pirate adventure Black Sails is expected to launch in January. The drama, from Jericho creator Jon Steinberg, is intended as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island, and it has already been renewed for a second season. Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) stars as Captain Flint, while Australian actor Luke Arnold plays John Silver. ... Sci-fi adventure series Outlander (2014 tbd) comes from Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore and is based on Diana Gabaldon's seven-book (for now) series of time travel adventure/romance novels centering on a married nurse who is mysteriously sent back in time from 1945 to the 18th century. The lead heroine has not yet been cast, but John Dahl has been tapped to direct the first two episodes, and Starz has given the series an atypically large 16-episode order. ... The network's third new series for 2014 is Power, a drama about a successful New York nightclub owner (Omari Hardwick) who doubles as a drug kingpin, from producer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. ... Da Vinci's Demons will also return in early 2014 with a second season.
The network's new original drama The Red Road stars Martin Henderson, Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones), Julianne Nicholson (Boardwalk Empire), and Tom Sizemore; the six-episode series follows a cop charged with policing his small hometown and a neighboring Native American reservation. Acclaimed director James Gray is behind the camera for the pilot. ... Critically acclaimed drama Rectify will return for a second season in early 2014. ... The six-part reality series Dream School (Mon 10/7 at 10p) finds 15 troubled students being taught (briefly) by the likes of Oliver Stone, Soledad O'Brien, Swizz Beatz, David Arquette, and Suze Orman. ... Coming next year is the eight-part UK-produced miniseries The Honourable Woman, a political thriller set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Janet McTeer, Eve Best, and Stephen Rea.
It'll be a busy year for BSG's Ronald Moore; he has the aforementioned Outlander at Starz, but will also return to Syfy with Helix (January tbd), a sci-fi thriller about a team of CDC scientists who travel to a remote Arctic research facility to investigate a mysterious outbreak that threatens the human race. (The season-long storyline is expected to be resolved at the end of the 13 episodes). The Killing's Billy Campbell leads the cast. ... Syfy has also picked up the New Zealand dramedy series The Almighty Johnsons (2014 tbd), about a quartet of brothers who learn they are Norse gods. ... The network is also expected to unveil a Tales from the Crypt-style horror anthology series in October from producer Jamie Foxx. ... Syfy's other scripted shows this season include returning series Haven, back for a fourth season in a few weeks, Defiance, expected to return in June, and Warehouse 13, which returns for a short final season next year. ... Next summer will also bring the self-explanatory Sharknado 2: The Second One.
Ground Floor (Thur 11/14 at 10p) is a new workplace comedy from Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence that reunites him with star John C. McGinley; also in the cast are Skylar Astin, Briga Heelan, and Rory Scovel. ... Another Lawrence creation, Cougar Town, will be back with its fifth season in early 2014. ... Summer comedies Sullivan & Son and Men at Work will also return next year. ... D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black will be the dueling hosts of the comedy game show Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host (Tue 10/22 at 10:30p). ... This fall, the network will also launch The Pete Holmes Show (Mon 10/28 at midnight), a new nightly talk show (in the post-Conan slot) featuring the comedian and host of the You Made It Weird podcast.
Aside from Mob City (see above) and Dallas (returning early next year), the bulk of TNT's scripted slate won't appear until the summer. Falling Skies, Major Crimes, Perception, and Rizzoli & Isles will return next summer with new 15-episode seasons, though the statuses of Franklin & Bash and King & Maxwell have yet to be determined (we suggest a merger: King & Bash). ... Also arriving next summer is Legends, a spy drama (based on a novel by Robert Littell) starring Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) that comes from Homeland and 24 producer Howard Gordon. ... Joining that show next summer will be another new drama, The Last Ship, a Michael Bay-produced adaptation of William Brinkley's novel about the crew of a Navy destroyer who find themselves among the last living people on the planet after a global catastrophe.
Kirstie (Wed 12/4 at 10p) is the latest sitcom vehicle for Kirstie Alley, playing a Broadway star who is suddenly reunited with the (now grown) son she gave up for adoption. Also in the cast are fellow Cheers alum Rhea Perlman and Seinfeld's Michael Richards, while Jason Alexander, George Wendt, and John Travolta will guest.
Known for its light dramas, USA is getting into the scripted comedy business for the first time in early 2014 with a pair of sitcoms. Sirens comes from Denis Leary and follows a trio of EMTs in Chicago; Playing House is a buddy comedy written by and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham.
The basic cable staple is getting into original scripted programming for the first time early next year with Salem (tbd 2014), a drama about the infamous 17th century witch trials from Brannon Braga (Star Trek: TNG, 24).
What do you think?
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