Wednesday, August 15, 2012

TV Preview 2012/2013 – 25 Must-See Series, Part 6: Anticipated New Series

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Genre: Drama
Creator(s): Aaron Sorkin
Channel: HBO
Premiere Date: June 24, 2012
Plot Summary: The series is about respected news anchor Will McAvoy who is very comfortable on his nightly cable news show. However, his world is shaken up when he is forced to work with a new team of colleagues.
Why It Made the List: The Newsroom is the new show from Aaron Sorkin who gave us the TV series Sports Night (my personal favorite of his), The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, as well as the screenplays for A Few Good Men, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Social Network, and Moneyball. To say the least, he is a wonderful writer, who seems to be at the top of his game when writing a series about making a TV program (alas Sports Night and Studio 60). It also features a great cast. Fans of great writing and Sorkin’s past work should definitely be watching this. Reviews so far have been very strong.

Genre: Adventure Drama
Creator(s): Eric Kripke
Channel: NBC
Premiere Date: September 17, 2012
Plot Summary: One day fifteen years ago, all the planet’s power sources stopped working. Now, humanity carries on surviving the way people lived before there was electricity. Charlie Matheson is a young woman living in a small fringe community. Her life is further changed when a local militia shows up and murders her father, leading to her discovering a mysterious secret – something linking her family to the blackout fifteen years ago. She set out on a journey to find answers.
Why It Made the List: Revolution is the new show from creator Eric Kripke, who gave us Supernatural, and executive producer J.J. Abrams, who has had a few TV missteps lately but has a great track record overall. The premise of the series is what fascinates me. It sounds very ambitious and different from anything on TV right now. I also usually enjoy dystopian narratives. I imagine that NBC hopes that this could be the new Lost (something that a new series claims to be each year, but none have lived up to the hype – this certainly has the potential to be great). Fans of adventure dramas/mysteries should check this out.

Genre: Adventure Drama
Creator(s): Shawn Ryan
Channel: ABC
Premiere Date: September 27, 2012
Plot Summary: While out on patrol, the USS Colorado, an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, is relayed orders to fire nuclear missiles towards Pakistan. The order is given without confirmation or explanation, thus the commanding officer Captain Marcus Chaplin refuses to carryout it out, and loses his command. The vessel’s XO also refuses the order, and the sub is fired upon and the crew is left for dead. However, they survive and take refuge on the island of Sainte Marina. As enemies of their own country, they declare the island a sovereign nation with nuclear capability, while also trying to find out who set them up. 
Why It Made the List: Last Resort is the new series from Shawn Ryan, one of TV’s great talents. He is responsible for The Shield and The Chicago Code. He also worked on season two of Angel, and executively produced Terriers (one of the great short-lived series) and The Unit. Writer Karl Gajdusek (who worked on Dead Like Me) is executively producing the show with Ryan. The Shield is one of the greatest TV series of all-time, and so whenever Ryan is working on a new show it is well worth paying attention and checking it out (though, with Terriers and The Chicago Code, he has had bad luck on his last two projects). Fans of adventure/action dramas should tune in.

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