With the end of every summer is the beginning of the new TV season, and at this time we are bombarded by every possible idea in too many genres to count. The new shows can be classified in the simplest, most general terms as “drama” and “sitcoms”. This week I am going to talk about the upcoming dramas and like this time last year, when this biweekly piece began, I am going to do a sort of “picks and pans” prediction for 2013. I have to point out that all the shows discussed in this piece are network shows not cable which tends to have staggered start times throughout the year as opposed to a standard start and end season timeline. There is some serious talent on TV right now and the group is about to get bigger, with some past favourites like James Spader and Blair Underwood returning to TV and some concepts that have a built in fanbase like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”.
My picks for the upcoming season that I think will succeed and get good ratings are “The Blacklist”, “Hostages” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”. All 3 have stellar casts and have piqued a lot of interest amongst those of us TV nerds who think the caliber of TV is steadily rising. These 3 shows have piqued my interest in their casting as well as the suspense that they both have established in their previews.
The drama “Hostages” brings Oscar nominated Toni Collette to network television as a heart surgeon that is supposed to operate on the President of the United States but that is not going to go as planned if Dylan McDermott has his way. The family of the surgeon is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent and she is ordered by the kidnappers to assassinate the President in order to save her family. This seems quite simple in its explanation and I am curious to see how this lasts a whole season as a storyline and also to see such powerhouse actors go toe to toe on screen is very interesting to me.
“The Blacklist” brings James Spader back to TV after his brilliant and award winning role on “Boston Legal” as a master criminal who is on the FBI’s most wanted list, but turns himself in to help the authorities find terrorists and criminals with the caveat that he speaks only with a female rookie FBI profiler. Needless to say, I am intrigued.
The final show on the list is a big one, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and I cannot see how this show is going to fail but I have been wrong in the past, see “Vegas” success prediction. This show seems like it is destined for success, with a Marvel fanbase built in and the huge success of “The Avengers” movie, not to mention the fan love for Agent Coulson, this show is going to be a tough one to beat. Agents are going to handle strange new cases, figuring out newly emerging superhuman individuals in the world, so basically the heroes behind the Superheroes. I don’t know how they work out the death of Agent Coulson from the movie but I am guessing it will be something cool and completely preposterous, but as a Superhero fan, you must suspend reality for these types of shows and I am perfectly willing to do that on a weekly basis.
Unfortunately, I don’t see success in the future of 2 other shows. I don’t really have it on full scientific evidence or anything, just a gut feeling from a TV junkie, and it kinda sucks to say because I like some of the actors and am surprised at my choices due to that. “Dracula” is returning to TV with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the lead role and bringing Dracula to London posing as an American entrepreneur and falling in love with a woman who could possibly be the reincarnation of the love of his life. Sorry to say, but I was actually bored just typing that sentence……moving on…..the next pick I have on the “Not” list is a revival of a 70’s TV series “Ironside”. Blair Underwood plays Robert T. Ironside, a tough police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases. Nope, snore. Even if it wasn’t based on a past show that was successful I still would think it sounded recycled and besides the wheelchair, how is it different that every other cop show on TV?
So there you have it, 3 possible successes and 2 possible flops in the fall dramas of 2013. There is a lot coming on and this is just a speck of what to keep your eyes open for in the coming month as the freshman class tries to fit in with the returning class of TV that is a very diverse and interesting landscape.
Next article I will be chatting about the upcoming comedies, and believe me there are a few out there that may be your new favourites. What do you think of the upcoming drama season? Do you have any possible frontrunner predictions of your own? Tweet me at erinl_clarke and let’s chat TV