With the spring schedule kicked off this Sunday, and our podcast discussing it out today, I thought the time was right for a top 10 list that focused on The most exciting new shows coming this Spring. As with our Spring Preview, and our podcast discussion, we will be focusing on shows coming out between March 1st, 2015 and May 31st, 2015. More shows will likely be announced or dated as time goes on, but this list reflects the shows we had available for ranking at the time this article was written. This week’s edition of Top 10 Tuesday explores New Shows for Spring.
Originally filmed in Jerusalem, before regional violence forced production to move elsewhere, Dig tells the story of a vast conspiracy of biblical origin. We are introduced to the mystery through the murder of an American in the holy city. Dig comes to us from Heroes‘ Tim Kring, and Homeland’s Gideon Raff, and stars Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Anne Heche (Hung), David Costabile (Breaking Bad), and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under). Dig premieres this Thursday, March 5th on USA Network.
Coming to Netflix on March 20th, from the creators of Damages is a family drama called Bloodline. Bloodline focuses on the Rayburn family, and their struggles relating to the return of their families black sheep. Bloodline stars Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), and Sissy Spacek (In the Bedroom). Netflix has had an amazing batting average, most notably with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, so expectations are high.
08. The Returned (US)
This remake of the French series Les Revenants (literally translated as The Returned) comes to us from the prolific Carlton Cuse (LOST, Bate Motel, Point of Honor, The Strain, The Colony, and damn near every show currently in production). Fans of the original will find familiar trappings in the trailer for the US remake. This is not necessarily a bad thing, considering the high regard the original French series is held in. Though remakes are always tricky, as overtreding the same story can quickly become boring for avid TV watchers. The Returned premieres on March 9th on A&E
07. The Comedians
Some like meta, some do not. Personally, I LOVE meta-fiction. It is one of the biggest draws to me for shows like Community, Boston Legal, and at times, Supernatural. The Comedians is a show on FX about the making of a show on FX. Leading the cast is the immeasurably beloved comedian Billy Crystal (City Slickers), who returns from a nearly decade long absence from the spotlight of Hollywood. The Comedians will be the new lead-in show for FX’s hit comedy Louie when it premieres on April 9th.
06. The Last Man on Earth
The only show to have already aired on this list, The Last Man on Earth premiered on Fox with 2 episodes on March 1st. We had a lot of speculation about where the series would go to stay interesting, and it seems that another character was quickly introduced to alleviate such concerns. The Last Man on Earth stars Will Forte as, well, the last man on Earth, nearly giving up on life, his character encounters Kristen Schaal’s character, the last woman on Earth. Though he should be excited about the appearance of another human being, his excitement soon turns to frustration, as their personalities clash.
05. The Messengers
The CW is quickly becoming the go to home of genre TV on network television, and the April 10th premiere of The Messengers is no exception. After an extraterrestrial event psychically links 5 strangers, a devilish character appears to bring them all together for an unknown purpose. While the initial incident is the stuff of generic scifi, the appearance of a mysterious character that poses a threat to everyone adds excitement that should push the series away from failed genre offerings like The Event and Flash Forward.
The long in development comic book adaptation of Powers is finally ready to debut. Historically, the series will stream exclusively on Sony Playstation consoles for subscribers of Sony’s Playstation Plus service. Starring Sharlto Copley (District 9), Powers tells the story of 2 detectives who investigate crimes relating to people with superpowers. The twist, Sharlto’s character once had superpowers himself, before they were forcefully taken from him. As TVEnthusiast itself stems from a network of sites primarily focused on video games, we are deeply interested in Powers, which launches on March 10th.
03. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Following up her brilliant NBC series 30 Rock, Actress/Writer/Comedian/Showrunner Tina Fey steps behind the camera to bring us her newest series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Schmidt stars Ellie Kemper (The Office) as the titular character, who is experiencing New York City with the wonderment that could only come from a rescued member of a doomsday cult who spent her entire life in an underground bunker. With a fantastic cast (including many from Fey’s 30 Rock), and a brilliant premise, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has us excited for its March 6th premiere on Netflix.
iZombie hits home to many of our interests. Zombies? Check! Comic book adaptation? Check! From the creator of beloved snarky teen detective neo noir series Veronica Mars? Check! Rob Thomas brings the wit and depth of Veronica Mars back to network TV, but this time with zombies. What could be better? Not much. We are huge fans of that plucky detective Veronica here at TVEnthusiast, and as such are huge fans of Rob Thomas. His return to writing for a strong and smart female protagonist on network TV is both welcome and needed. Expect a lot of coverage from us, when iZombie premieres on march 17th on The CW.
01. Marvel’s Daredevil
As the first part of a 5 series deal with Netflix, Marvel’s Daredevil comes to the streaming giant on April 10th. Why are we so excited? Too many reasons. First off, Netflix and Marvel plan to do with Daredevil, what Marvel did with Iron Man, using it as a launching point for interconnected stories that will eventually come together in an epic team-up (The Avengers for Iron Man, The Defenders for Daredevil). Second, the series is being run by Steven S DeKnight, the creator and showrunner of the brilliant Starz series Spartacus. Third, the amazing cast, which includes Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket), Rosario Dawson (Sin City), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), and Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) as the titular vigilante who sunlights (see what I did there?) as blind Attorney Matt Murdock. Daredevil is the first of 5, interconnected Marvel series coming to Netflix, and we couldn’t be more excited.
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