Three New TV Shows Worth Watching This Fall – Ryan O’Bryan’s List [VIDEO]
Kevin Bacon, a show about life without electricity, and a modern take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde…as George Takei would say…Oh my!
I know this may be hard to believe, but between all the talent competitions, extreme fishing shows, and modern-day “game shows” where 20+ men or women compete for the love of one person (and gay marriage is the problem?), there are good ol’ fashioned scripted television shows. Some (Sons of Anarchy and Modern Family) are better than others (How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang Theory…sorry, I don’t get the popularity of either). The one thing they all have in common, is that at one point in time, they were new shows trying to find an audience.
After watching trailers for several new shows set to debut this fall on Fox, CBS, NBC, and CW (Yes! It’s still a network!), I narrowed it down to three that piqued my curiosity the most and may just find a home in my DVR.
#1 The Following – FOX
As much as I enjoy comedy and trying to make people laugh, I am a big fan of movies and TV shows that fall into the “Drama / Thriller” category. Especially those with story lines involving serial killers. I can’t explain why, but I think it has something to do with trying to understand how their minds work. Fox’s The Following meets all of those criteria.
The one and only Kevin Bacon stars as a former FBI agent who was responsible for tracking and capturing a crazed serial killer (played by James Purefoy). Fast forward a few years where said killer has somehow managed to escape from prison (maybe they forgot to lock the door…it happens), and picked up right where he left off. Only this time, he’s found some willing “followers” to help do his bidding. So who does the FBI turn to? No, not Chuck Norris, but the next best thing. The man who caught him the first time, Kevin Bacon.
#2 Revolution – NBC
On top of my appreciation for good Dramas and Thrillers, I can be a bit of a sci-fi geek too. I’m not a hardcore Battlestar Galactica-dress-like-a-Klingon-from-Star-Trek-type geek, but I do enjoy the genre if the story is right.
Revolution has the right story.
Created by fanboy god J.J. Abrams (Alias, Lost) and Iron Man director Jon Favreau, the story centers around an unexplained event called “the blackout” which found the entire world without any type of electricity (even batteries quit working). The human race must now revert back to pioneer-like days of living off the land and actually talking to each other face to face in order to relay information (the horror!). Oh, and by the way, some survivors have formed militias to add some conflict to the story line.
The main focus seems to be figuring out what caused “the blackout”. One guy may have the answer, but he gets shot by a militia which leaves finding the answer up to his daughter and his estranged brother.
#3 Do No Harm – NBC
Honestly, this may be the weakest of the three, but I’m still willing to give it a shot. In this modern take on the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me) plays a neurosurgeon who has a dark secret that few know. When the sun goes down he apparently turns into alcoholic womanizer and all around a-hole. He’s able to keep this alter-ego at bay with an experimental drug developed by a colleague, but after so many years of taking the drug, his body has built up an immunity.
It’s difficult to tell where the story goes based on the clip below (the only official thing NBC has released for the show), but my guess is that there will be a lot of mistaken identity and attempts by the good doctor during the day to right the wrongs his other personality has caused at night. A bit far-fetched and maybe a little played out, but still intriguing enough to me to at least give it a shot.
[Source: Yahoo! TV]