There are a lot of new shows that plan to check out this year, but these are the ones about which I am most excited.
1. Hand of God released September 4th on Amazon Prime, stars Ron Perlman, Dana Delany, Julian Morris, Alona Tal, Andre Royo, Garret Dillahunt, Elizabeth McLaughlin and Emayatzy Corinealdi. Perlman plays a corrupt judge who has a breakdown after his son tries to commit suicide. He starts to believe that God is leading him down a path of vigilante justice. I watched the pilot episode last year and really enjoyed it. This show has a great cast and I am very much looking forward to seeing where they take us in the first season.
2. The Bastard Executioner premieres on FX, stars Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell, Sarah Sweeney, Danny Sapani, Kurt Sutter, Darren Evans, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Ethan Griffiths and Elen Rhys. Set in 14th century Wales, this show follows Wilkin Brattle as he decides to abandon his life as a warrior and become a journeyman executioner. I am still in mourning over the loss of Sons of Anarchy, so I am hoping this will fill that hole in my heart.
3. Blindspot premieres on September 21st on NBC, stars Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza, Ashley Johnson and Ukweli Roach. A woman is found naked inside a duffle bag in Times Square and she has no memory of who she is or how she got there. The only clues she has are the tattoos that cover her body, which include the name of FBI Agent Kurt Weller. It has been described as a ‘procedural with a twist,’ I just hope that it does not get too bogged down in the procedural, and that the twists are feel organic. There is nothing I hate more than twists just for the sake of twists. That being said, I think this show looks great and I have high hopes for it.
4. Heroes Reborn premieres September 24th on NBC, stars Zachary Levi, Judith Shekoni, Jack Coleman, Henry Zebrowski, Robbie Kay, Gatlin Green, Danika Yarosh, Kiki Sukezane, Ryan Guzman, Rya Kihlstedt, Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Noah Gray-Cabey and Jimmy Jean-Louis. Four years after Claire Bennet revealed the existence of people with special abilities (a.k.a. Evos) a terrorist attack decimated Odessa, Texas. The Evos were blamed for the event and have gone into hiding or are on the run. I recently rewatched the original series in preparation. I loved the show when it started, but gave up halfway through season three, so it was interesting to see where the show had ended up. This reboot seems a little grittier and hopefully refocuses on the human aspects of these people with extraordinary abilities.
5. The Player premieres September 24th on NBC, stars Philip Winchester, Wesley Snipes, Charity Wakefield and Damon Gupton. Winchester plays a security expert living in Las Vegas who gets recruited to be the player in a high-stakes game, where wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes. I am not sure what I am expecting from this show, but it looks like it could be a lot of fun. I loved Winchester in Strike Back and they just added Nick Wechsler and Daisy Betts to the cast, so I will definitely give it a chance.
6. Quantico premieres September 27th on ABC, stars Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlinn, Aunjanue Ellis, Yasmine Al Massri, Johanna Braddy, Tate Ellington and Graham Rogers. One of the FBI’s new recruits is suspected of planning the biggest terrorist attack on New York City since 9/11. Like Blindspot, I have high hopes for this show, but it could also go wrong very quickly. However, I have been hearing good things about Chopra’s performance and I find the concept intriguing.
7. Supergirl premieres October 26th on CBS, stars Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Calista Flockhart, Jeremy Jordan and Chyler Leigh. Based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El, who has been living on Earth and keeping her secret abilites secret for 12 years. She has finally decided to embrace her talents and become the hero she was meant to be. Creator Greg Berlanti already has me hooked on Arrow and The Flash, so I am excited to see what he does with Superman’s cousin.
8. Flesh and Bone premieres November 8th on Starz, stars Sarah Hay, Ben Daniels, Emily Tyra, Irina Dvorovenko, Damon Herriman, Josh Helman, Raychel Diane Weiner and Sascha Radetzky, with choreography by Ethan Stiefel. In this limited series, Hay plays a dancer who has just moved to New York City to join the American Ballet Company. After arriving, she soon learns that the world of ballet is not as glamorous as she thought. It pretty much looks like a grittier version of Center Stage, and even includes a few familiar faces, so I am definitely in.