Friday, May 15, 2015

First Look: 2015-2016 US TV Season Upfronts Part 2

And here's another look at some of more upcoming series for the 2015-2016 TV season with both NBC and CW also coming up with some interesting forthcoming series.

1: Legends Of Tomorrow - CW (Mid-season, TBC)

It's not just Supergirl that we've got to look forward to as the Arrow and The Flash spin-off finally has a proper name, a confirmed set of episodes (thirteen to air from January 2016) but it also released a pretty fantastic trailer in which Arthur Darvill's time travelling hero, Rip Hunter rounded up Ray Palmer/the Atom (Brandon Routh), Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee), Martin Stein/half of Firestorm (Victor Garber) along with the newly resurrected Sara Lance/White Canary (Caity Lotz) and the slightly turned a new leaf duo of Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Heatwave (Dominic Purcell) as the band together to save the world from Vandal Savage. Looks like the CW have another massive future hit on their hands with this one.

2: Heroes: Reborn - NBC (Thursdays 9pm)

One of two shows being revived for the current television season, this mini-series might be returning the likes of Jack Coleman and Masi Oka as their most famous characters, but it's mainly a new cast with former Chuck actor Zachary Levi leading things. I have to admit that I'm still a little iffy about the show returning (it had an amazing first season but Seasons 2-4 were very hit and miss) but perhaps with a new cast and a five year distance, maybe lessons might have been learned and the trailer did tantalise though with hints of dark events to come.

3: The X Files - FOX (Sundays 9pm, Mid-season)

A trailer has yet to be released (then again, filming doesn't begin til summer, so it's gonna be a while) but we do know that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are reprising their iconic roles over the course of six episodes that will comprise of both monster and myth driven arcs. We also know that several other popular characters are returning (Skinner! Cigarette Smoking Man!) and that we can catch the series again from January 24th. Actually come to think of it, that's a fair amount of information there.

4: The Catch - ABC (Thursdays 10pm, Mid-season)

Another television season and another addition to the growing roster of Shonda Rhimes involved series (made by her production company, created by Jennifer Schurr), the series will star The Killing's Mirelle Enos as a woman used to catch out con artists whilst unaware that she's being scammed herself until it's too late. I don't know if this show will end up being a mega hit in the same way that Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder (it will take the latter's slot mid-season) but all the writing tropes that you would be used in a Shondaland show are definitely there.

5: Containment - CW (Mid-season, TBC)

This one is interesting enough. From producers of both The Vampire Diaries and Arrow and starring the likes of Claudia Black and David Gyasi, the focus here is on a widespread epidemic in Atlanta while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure. It's somewhat different for a CW show and like the upcoming Legends Of Tomorrow, one that's being left for mid-season as well. Possibly worth watching the pilot episode alone.

6: Blindspot - NBC (Mondays 10pm)

A series about a Jane Doe (Jamie Alexander) covered in mysterious tattoos and discovered naked in Times Square, I think it's a little obvious what this upcoming conspiracy series might be influenced by. The trailer was intriguing enough but it's one of several new shows that has a premise that you can't see being sustained organically beyond an initial first season though.

NBC Trailers:
CW Trailers:

Overall there does seem to be some interesting new shows on the way. I haven't covered them all but with the links in this blog and the previous entry, you'll be able to see the trailers and decide for yourself what you intend to watch over the next twelve months.

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