US TV Upfronts : After the Bloodbath 2014 – Part 1: The Comic Books Are Coming!
Now all the renewals and cancellations are out of the way, it’s time to look to the future, and see what we’ll be watching from Autumn onwards. As there is a deluge of shows at this time of year, I’ve decided to pick out a few of ones I think may appeal to our audience. We’ve been inundated recently with comic book movies, so it’s only natural that we should now get a string of comic book TV shows. Here’s my pick of the ones to watch out for.
Airing on FOX in the US, Gotham is set just as Detective Jim Gordon moves to the city just in time to catch the city’s biggest case – the murder of the Thomas & Martha Wayne, which leaves their little boy Bruce an orphan… Wonder what will happen to that kid? Not to worry, i’m sure he’ll grow up to be a level headed an balanced individual… 😉 The show will feature a number of DC’s better know villains, albeit in a proto-state. Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) is not yet the Penguin and Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) is not yet the Riddler, but the signs are there…
The show stars The OC’s Benjamin McKenzie as Gordon, Geektown favourite Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth (Bruce’s butler), and Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, Vikings) as Jim’s partner Harvey Bullock.
GT Anticipation Rating: 10/10 – Whilst I would still love to see a show set in modern Gotham, I do like the idea of seeing how Gotham gets to the point it needs a Batman in the first place.
Coming from the people behind Arrow, The Flash sees Grant Gustin in the titular speeder role as Barry Allen, an assistant police forensic investigator who gains superhuman speed after being hit by a very special lightning strike. Airing on the CW in the US, there’s no confirmed UK air date yet, but i’d be amazed if it’s not on Sky 1.
GT Anticipation Rating: 10/10 – Flash is becoming one of my favourite characters in the comic books, and Gustin has already shown he’s a capable actor who can do justice to the role. Plus Arrow is a great series, so i’d expect this to follow in it’s footsteps.
Another TV show ripped from the pages of DC, see’s Matt Ryan (The Tudors, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag) take on the role of John Constantine, a morally questionable, ‘retired’ master of the dark arts & demon hunter… That is, until a demon targets the daughter of one of his closest friends, and Constantine will do whatever it takes to save her.
GT Anticipation Rating: 8/10 – It’s going to be interesting to see how well this works. On the downside, it’s airing on NBC in the US, which is a terrible network. On the upside… it’s airing on NBC, which has done well the similarly dark Hannibal. My concern is this maybe a little too lighthearted for the Hannibal fans…
Reprising her role from the movies, Hayley Atwell stars as Peggy Carter, who’s finding life home from the war tough, as she’s shoved into an admin job. Very much a step down from fighting along side Captain America (currently residing as a human popsicle), her job at the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), means she must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America.
GT Anticipation Rating: 7/10 – I liked the movie, but I’m not totally convinced by this as a concept. We’ll see how it turns out. Airs on ABC in the US, and has 8 episodes in it’s initial run.
You know what sucks?.. Your a grade A med student, full of life, and going places, when you go to one little party, get attacked by zombies, and suddenly find that brains are rather moreish. This is the story of Olivia “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver – Once Upon A Time, Masters of Sex), who takes a job in the Seattle coroner’s office to satisfy her need for cranial meat, only to discover when eating the brains, she retains some of their memories, and how they were killed. Explaining this away to the police by posing as a physic, Liv works with Detective Babineaux to investigate the crimes, and help bring back some of the lost purpose to her undead existence!
GT Anticipation Rating: 8/10 No trailer for this yet, but it’s coming from the creators of the much loved Veronica Mars, so it’s worth watching out for. Airs on CW in the US.