For this week’s edition of Top 10 Tuesday we have taken a careful look at the new shows premiering this Fall. Not to be confused with last week’s top 10 list of Fall returns, this list is made up entirely of new shows debuting in the months of September, October, and November.
10. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – BBC America
Based on the novels by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), developed by Max Landis (Chronicle) and starring Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings), Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is essentially the Doctor Who/Sherlock mash up of our dreams. The series follows a Time Traveling Detective (Penny Dreadful‘s Samuel Barnett, in the titular role) who manages to rope an innocent bystander (Wood as Todd Brotzman) into his eccentric adventures.
09. Search Party – TBS
TBS has been killing it with their recent slate of high concept comedies like Angie Tribeca, The Detour, and Wrecked. Their latest offering, Search Party, comes to us from Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers (Fort Tilden) as well as prolific Comedian/Actor/Writer Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer). The series follows Dory (Arrested Development‘s Alia Shawkat), an unaccomplished woman who takes the disappearance of an old acquaintance as an opportunity to give meaning to her life, by wrangling her friends together in order to find the missing person.
08. People of Earth – TBS
Search Party isn’t the only TBS comedy series to make this list. No, int he very next slot we find People of Earth, a new comedy series from Conan O’Brien’s Conaco Productions. The series stars Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show) as Ozzie Graham, a Reporter investigating an Alien Abduction support group who finds that he himself might need the group.
07. Quarry – Cinemax
One of 2 shows on the list that have already aired, Quarry, based on the novels by Max Allan Collins, follows a Marine who returns from Vietnam in 1972. Haunted by his own actions in the war, and given no reprieve by the public for his perceived crimes, the Marine, Mac Conway (as portrayed by The O.C. ‘s Logan Marshall-Green) is reluctantly swept into a job as a Hitman. Now involved with devilish Criminals, Mac must continue killing in order to survive.
06. Son of Zorn – Fox
Son of Zorn is a modern single camera comedy that asks “What would happen if the cartoon world of He-Man, and other such animated adventures, was actually an island within our own world. One that could be traveled to and from. Zorn, a Barbarian travels from such a place to the suburbs, where his Ex Wife has been raising their son without him for the last 10 years. Zorn has to adapt to the ways of our world in order to try and bond with his son. Of course when you walk around in furry underwear recklessly swinging medieval weapons around, that can be a challenge.
05. Timeless – NBC
One of many time travel adventures coming to network TV, Timeless’ main draw and differentiation is the people making it. The series was created by Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural). Each on their own is a reason to pay attention, both together is a reason to reserve a seat on your sofa for the series premiere. The story follows a History Professor (Rectify‘s Abigail Spencer), a Soldier (Star-Crossed‘s Matt Lanter), and a Scientist (Dear White People‘s Malcolm Barrett) who form a team that uses a prototype time machine in order to pursue a fellow Time Traveler who stole his machine in order to change the history of the United States.
04. Frequency – The CW
Based on a great movie, and created for television by Jeremy Carver (Showrunner for the last 3 seasons of Supernatural), Frequency follows a Police Detective who ends up communicating to her deceased Father through time. In a sense, Frequency is the combination of 2 popular trends in Network television; Time travel and remakes of movies. This iteration of the story stars Peyton List (The Flash) as Detective Raimy Sullivan, and Riley Smith (True Detective) as Detective Frank Sullivan, her long dead Father.
03. Stan Against Evil – IFC
Seemingly similar to Starz’ Ash Versus Evil Dead, Stan Against Evil tells the story of an aging and disgraced former Sheriff (Scrubs‘ John C. McGinley as the titular Stan) who reluctantly teams up with his successor (You’re the Wrost‘s Janet Varney as Evie Barret) in order to protect his small New Hampshire town against the demons who haunt it. The Horror/Comedy series was created by Ed Tapia (Maron).
02. Marvel’s Luke Cage – Netflix
The 3rd series in a 5 series deal between Marvel and Netflix (which has now swollen to 6) follows Luke Cage, the titular character of his own series who first appeared as the love interest of Jessica Jones in her self-titled series. Marvel’s deal with Netflix is one of the most ambitious in television history, and has, so far, produced great results. From early reviews and available footage, Luke Cage seems to be no less excellent than Daredevil and Jessica Jones were. Next year is bringing us Iron Fist, and the giant team-up series The Defenders. New seasons have been ordered for Jessica Jones (in pre-production) and Daredevil, while The Punisher (who debuted in Daredevil‘s second season) has his own series coming as well. Luke Cage moves the story away from Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem, where the bulletproof strong man experiments with vigilante justice.
01. Westworld – HBO
HBO’s next epic series, Westworld, tops this week’s edition of Top 10 Tuesday. Based on the 1973 movie of the same name, which was written and directed by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park), the HBO series was created by JJ Abrams (LOST) and Jonathon Nolan (Person of Interest). The original movie was about a theme park where robots were used to create authentic experiences. In the movie, some visitors to the Westworld attraction were terrorized by the malfunctioning robots. If the idea sounds familiar, but you don’t recall the movie itself, you are probably thinking of the spoof from The Simpsons’ episode Itchy & Scratchy Land. The TV version is using the long form format of television to tell a more interesting story about the nature of consciousness as the artificial intelligence of the theme park’s robots begins to become sentient. Fans of Nolan (whose Person of Interest was also a collaboration with JJ Abrams, as well as another story involving artificial intelligence) are surely excited to see what he can do with an HBO scaled project. Adding to the cool concept and exceptional crew is a stunning cast list, which includes Sir Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs), Evan Rachel Wood (Across the Universe), Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games movies), Rodrigo Santoro (LOST), James Marsden (X-Men), and Ed Harris (A History of Violence).
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