Upfronts 2015: CBS Releases Schedule for Next Fall

CBS is the opposite of ABC when it comes to announcements, as they tend to give renewals to a whole batch of their shows months before Upfronts. It makes it difficult to gauge afterwards just how many spots left on the schedule will be for the as-yet non-renewed shows and the new shows being picked up. This year however, they actually held off announcing renewals/cancellations until just a few days ago. CBS continues to be CBS in terms of shows, but at least they have one new show I’m really excited about this year, which of course is the most obviously non-CBS-like show. Below I give my thoughts on CBS’ newest offerings for next season.

SUPERGIRL [Drama – Mondays @ 8, starting in November]: Superman’s cousin Kara gets her own show! The latest DC comic to get the TV treatment follows Kara (played by Melissa Benoist) as she embraces her powers to become Supergirl. Trying to keep her identity a secret can be difficult when she’s enlisted by a super-secret agency to protect the citizens of National City. Berlanti, Kreisberg, Adler and co. have also assembled a hell of a supporting cast with: Chyler Leigh as Kara’s foster sister Alex, Calista Flockhart as Kara’s boss Cat Grant, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, and Laura Benanti as Kara’s birth mom. PLUS, Helen Slater (aka the OG Supergirl) and Dean Cain (aka Lois and Clark Superman) are slated to guest star. Of course I’m ready for this!

LIFE IN PIECES [Comedy – Mondays @ 8:30, then Thursdays @ 8:30 in November]: CBS’ version of Modern Family or a funnier Parenthood? Here we have an ensemble show that will be told from the perspective of the Short family: matriarch Joan (Dianne West) and her kids, eldest daughter Heather (Betsy Brandt), son Matt (Thomas Sadoski), and youngest Greg (Colin Hanks). The series also stars James Brolin, Angelique Cabral, Zoe Lister Jones, and Dan Bakkedahl. It’s another family comedy, but how do you say no to at least checking out a show that features a cast like this?

LIMITLESS [Drama – Tuesdays @ 10]: It’s another movie adaptation, but like FOX’s Minority Report, you’re looking at a TV sequel to the movie, as opposed to just a TV remake. Jake McDorman plays Brian Finch, who discovers the abilities attached to taking the NZT drug and is pushed to use his new-found powers to help the FBI. So it’s another procedural. I liked the movie (except for the ending), but I’m still not sold on how they’re developing it into a TV series. I am far more intrigued by the fact that Bradley Cooper will guest star on the show from time to time, playing his character from the movie Edward Mora, who is now a senator, still uses NZT, and looks at Brian as a protege. Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio also star; Cooper, Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Heather Kadin are among the executive producers.

CODE BLACK [Drama – Wednesdays @ 10]: Apparently this is based on a documentary by Ryan McGarry. Marcia Gay Harden is Dr. Leanne Rorish, the residency director of L.A.’s busiest emergency room, wherein the number of patients outweigh the resources available. Sounds like a standard medical drama to me or E.R. on drugs.

ANGEL FROM HELL [Comedy – Thursdays @ 9:30]: Maggie Lawson plays Allison, who’s organized/”perfect” life gets upended when she meets Amy (Jane Lynch), an oddball who claims that she is Allison’s guardian angel. This has the potential to be really funny I think, as long as it doesn’t go for the obvious jokes with the mismatched pairing.

CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS [Drama – Midseason]: It’s Criminal Minds abroad! I don’t watch the original, so I don’t really care.

RUSH HOUR [Drama – Midseason]: Take the movie and expand to a TV series. Cultural jokes fly everywhere. I honestly have my doubts about this because as much as I enjoyed the movies, a lot of it had to do with the chemistry/camaraderie between Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. We’ll have to see how Justin Hires and Jon Foo work out as Detectives Carter and Lee.

Other Notables:

  • Long-time CBS staple, CSI will end its 15-year run with a two-hour series finale on Sept. 27th. Original castmembers William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger will return for the finale.
  • Comedies 2 Broke Girls, The Odd Couple, and Mike & Molly will return midseason.
  • Critical fave Person of Interest was renewed for a fifth season, comprising of 13 episodes, and will also return midseason. Rumours are that it will be the final season for the series, but CBS is not saying anything about it.
  • With CBS having football on Thursday nights in the fall, The Big Bang Theory and Life in Pieces will begin their seasons in September on Mondays, before moving over to Thursdays with Mom and Angel from Hell, once those Thursday night football games finish in November.
  • CSI: Cyber was also renewed for a second season and will air Sundays at 10 p.m.
  • Everything else is as it was this season.
  • Many others have already mentioned the fact that Supergirl will be going up against FOX’s Gotham in the timeslot. I’d imagine that WB isn’t particularly happy with that, but from this fan’s perspective, two different shows. And I’ve already decided I’m gonna watch Supergirl at that time anyways, because Gotham is not as exciting as I had hoped it would be.

Tomorrow we wrap things up with The CW!

Upfronts 2015: A Look at NBC’s Schedule for Next Fall

As is often the case every year, NBC gets a jump on announcing their schedule for next fall on Sunday, a day before their actual Upfronts presentation. It certainly looks as though we’re continuing somewhat of a transition period for the network, as NBC cleaned out almost all of this past seasons’ newbies, and this fall we’ll see only two comedies from the network. In their place, a bunch of new shows trying to get our attention and become a hit for NBC. Here is a look at all the shows picked up by the network, along with my quick first reaction to them.

BLINDSPOT [Drama – Mondays @ 10]: Jaime Alexander stars as a woman who turns up in Times Square in a duffel bag, with no recollection of who she is or what the tattoos on her body means. When she begins to work with the FBI, they find her tattoos are clues to a bigger conspiracy. It’s giving me Memento vibes, so I’m really interested on how it turns out. Of note, it’s another Greg Berlanti show (what an overachiever, making everybody else look bad!)

HEARTBREAKER [Drama – Tuesdays @ 9]: Dr. Alex Panttiere (played by Melissa George) is one of the few female heart transplant surgeons; she does things on her own terms and constantly finds innovative ways to treat her patients. Sounds a bit like House, no? I’ll check it out, if only for George (whom I will constantly associate with Alias) and Dave Annable (whom I love in just about all the shows he’s been in), but I have a feeling it’s already not for me.

THE PLAYER [Drama – Thursdays @ 10]: Wesley Snipes stars as a former military operative turned security expert, who gets drawn into a twisted game among a group of rich folk. This organization bets on his ability to stop massive crimes from happening in Las Vegas, while he tries to avenge his wife’s death. It’s an interesting hook to say the least, though I already have my doubts on how it can sustain itself as a series.

PEOPLE ARE TALKING [Comedy – Fridays @ 8:30]: Guys, Zack Morris is back! Okay granted, Mark-Paul Gosselaar starred on Franklin and Bash for a few years over on TNT, and has been working steadily since the Saved By the Bell days, but just roll with me here okay? The show is about two couples, who are best friends and live next door to each other; as the title suggests, they talk/analyze/obsess over everything they do in their lives. It’s a pretty straightforward concept, but the key will obviously be in the execution. NBC’s decision to make this one of two comedies to air this fall, and on Fridays no less, is questionable. It’s not like it’s the days of ABC’s TGIF lineup. Granted, the network has not been doing well at all launching new comedies, so Fridays seem like a low cost way to test out the show. I don’t know, Friday just seems like a terrible idea to launch new shows regardless.

CHICAGO MED [Drama – Midseason]: Who would’ve figured that within four years, Chicago Fire would lead to not one, but two spin-offs? Not me, that’s for sure, though never underestimate the power of Dick Wolf, who is behind Law & Order and all of its spin-offs. If Sophia Bush’s presence can’t get me to watch Chicago P.D., what makes you think I have any interest in this? Procedural? Snooze.

HOT & BOTHERED [Comedy – Midseason ]: Eva Longoria stars in this show about the backstage world of a telenovela. Honestly, I just need the fake telenovela in question to be half as fun as Jane the Virgin‘s Passions of Santos, and I think I’m good.

COACH [Comedy – Midseason ]: Random reboot sequel time! Craig T. Nelson returns to the role of Hayden Fox, which he played for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997. In the new series, Fox has retired from coaching, only to get roped back in to play assistant coach to his son. I vaguely remember the original series, but then again, I was really young. I have my reservations about all these reboots, but we’ll just have to wait and see some actual footage before making any judgments.

CROWDED [Comedy – Midseason]: Patrick Warburton and Carrie Preston play Mike and Martina, parents who are just getting used to being empty nesters, and suddenly find themselves with a full house once again when their daughters move back in, along with Mike’s parents. Carrie Preston was always a bright spot on True Blood, so I’m looking forward to seeing her do straight comedy. Hopefully this turns out well.

GAME OF SILENCE [Drama – Midseason]: An Atlanta lawyer (David Lyons) unexpectedly reunited with his group of childhood friends (including Michael Raymond James and Larenz Tate), whom he hasn’t seen in 25 years. A dark secret they once shared begins to creep back up, forcing these old friends to band together and right the wrongs of their past. I honestly have no idea what to make of this. There’s a mystery involved, but my concern is how long they intend on dragging it out and whether they payoff will actually be worth it. I know that’s talking long term, but call it one of the things I’m cynical about – I just need to know that I’m not wasting my time.

SHADES OF BLUE [Drama – Midseason]: This was actually picked-up straight-to-series last year and is now finally making it onto the schedule. Jennifer Lopez stars as a cop who is forced to work as an FBI informant. The show also stars Ray Liotta, Drea de Matteo, and Warren Kole. This kind of reminds me of last year’s Gang Related from FOX, except with a female lead. My guess is that it won’t be so much of a procedural, and will focus more on the relationships; that’s what I’m hoping for at least.

SUPERSTORE [Comedy – Midseason]: It’s The Office, if the office in question is a Costco-like megastore. America Ferrara returns to TV once again, alongside Ben Feldman, who is jumping right back into it after the cancellation of A to Z. I think there’s a lot of fun to be had in a setting like this, so I’m in.

Other Notables:

  • Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris will air through to November on Tuesdays at 10 p.m., starting after the America’s Got Talent finale in September. The show got picked up last fall and will be NPH’s new take on a variety show. It certainly is getting a push from NBC by airing it after AGT and then the first few weeks of The Voice, but like most others, I’m surprised that they’re airing it in the 10 p.m. hour, instead of 9 p.m. since it would seemingly be a family friendly (-ish) show.
  • Chicago Fire will then premiere in its old timeslot after Best Time Ever finishes its run.
  • Wednesdays will stay in tact with The Mysteries of Laura, Law & Order SVU, and Chicago P.D.
  • Way back last year, it was announced that Heroes was coming back as an event miniseries. This fall, NBC has settled on Heroes Reborn to anchor its Thursday night at 8 p.m. As someone who enjoyed most of Heroes‘ first season and thought that each subsequent season got significantly worse, I kind of rolled my eyes at the thought of this reboot of sorts. I’m still wary about how Reborn will turn out, but I’m here for Zachary Levi.
  • NBC’s only returning comedy, Undateable, will make up the other half of the Friday comedy block, starting off the night.
  • Grimm moves back to its 9 p.m. slot on Friday nights, with NBC mainstay Dateline closing off the night.
  • Also set for next season is a limited series comedy, You, Me, and the End of the World, which stars Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer and Megan Mullally. The show is about a group of strangers who come together before the apocalypse sets in.
  • There’s also Little Big Shots, a variety show from Steve Harvey and Ellen DeGeneres, featuring young kids and their extraordinary talents.

When September rolls around and we see all the promotional stuff, maybe I’ll change my mind about some of the shows I’m on the fence about, but right now I’m kind of meh. Once again, NBC is saving a lot of their new shows for midseason, which hasn’t shown to pay off for the network, so I don’t really know what to make of it.

Tomorrow, FOX!

 

Upfronts 2015: All the Renewals and Cancellations

Ahh Upfronts. We’re not even done with the current TV season and yet here we are already discussing next season. I was going to just include these renewals and cancellations with the pilot pick-ups for each network, but I have thoughts and just felt it best to separate them like I did last year. So without further ado, a complete rundown of what shows from the 2014-2015 TV season the major broadcast networks have renewed or cancelled.

ABC

  • Renewed: American Crime, Black-ish, Castle, Dancing With the Stars, Fresh Off the Boat, Galavant, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, The Middle, Modern Family, Nashville, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Secrets & Lies
  • Canceled/Ended: Cristela, Forever, Manhattan Love Story, Resurrection, Revenge, Selfie, The Taste
  • Pending: Last Man Standing

Unlike the other networks, ABC tends to leave renewals until a few days before Upfronts, and this year was no exception. Pretty much everything that was expected to earn a renewal did. I for one, am SO EXCITED that ABC chose to renew Fresh Off the Boat (which was pulling in solid numbers) and Agent Carter (which was doing respectable numbers, but also has so much support from critics and fans alike). It was a welcome surprise to Galavant get renewed as well, because it’s such an oddball show and with the network airing all the episodes within 4 weeks in January, it didn’t seem like it was going to continue on. On the cancellation end, I’m surprised they didn’t give Forever another season. I watched the first few episodes, thought the overarching mystery was intriguing and could definitely see the appeal, even if I didn’t have the time to continue with it.

CBS

  • Renewed: 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Madam Secretary, Mike & Molly, Mom, NCIS New Orleans, Scorpion, Survivor
  • Cancelled/Ended: Stalker, Battle Creek, The Millers, The McCarthys, Two and a Half Men, The Mentalist
  • Pending: The Amazing Race, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI: Cyber, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Odd Couple, Person of Interest

CBS typically does a batch renewal early on, so it’s intriguing to see that at this moment, there’s so much pending. Of the shows they did give early renewals to, were 3 of 4 freshman series that premiered in the fall. Suffice to say, that was a big indicator that Stalker wasn’t going to be coming back. By no means did I think Stalker was great, but my admiration/love for Maggie Q kept me watching, and though the show was pretty standard procedural fare, I really enjoyed watching the storyline/character arc of Maggie’s Beth. I hope to see Maggie join another TV show in the near future (maybe a Marvel show, because how awesome would that be?!). We know for certain that The Big Bang Theory is still around for at least two more years, to which I say, maybe it’s time to pack it up. I still enjoy watching it, and maybe it’s just me but it’s starting to show its age and it has to end at some point.

FOX

  • Renewed: Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, Family Guy, Gotham, Hell’s Kitchen, The Last Man on Earth, New Girl, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, Masterchef, Masterchef Junior
  • Cancelled/Ended: The Mindy Project, Glee, Gracepoint, Kitchen Nightmares, Red Band Society, Utopia, Mulaney, Backstrom, The Following
  • Pending: American Idol, Weird Loners

It was a big year for FOX, based on Empire alone, which just kept increasing its audience week after week. The network also had a decent hit with Gotham, though personally I think I’m done with it unless they do something drastically different next season. Then there’s The Last Man on Earth, which turned out to be a rather welcome surprise in terms of how different and funny it was; I know I had my doubts about it, this time last year, so I’m happy to see it turned out well. Sleepy Hollow thankfully got renewed despite its uneven second season, which I think is a matter of the producers figuring out a happy middle ground, between the mythology of it all and the network wanting something accessible to new viewers (a la procedural/case of the week). I still enjoyed season 2 of Sleepy, but it was fairly noticeable when the network meddled with the creativity of the show. We also need to talk for a second how much it sucks that FOX cancelled The Mindy Project. SUCH a fun and funny show, and they let it go? Ridiculous! Hopefully it does find a home somewhere else because I need more Mindy in my life. In terms of the shows awaiting news, I don’t think FOX is going to let go of Idol, even if it is declining. Weird Loners, on the other hand, is as good as cancelled; the writing just wasn’t there and the cast dynamic just didn’t work.

NBC

  • Renewed: The Blacklist, Celebrity Apprentice, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Grimm, Law & Order SVU, The Mysteries of Laura, The Night Shift, Undateable
  • Cancelled/Ended: About a Boy, Allegiance, A to Z, Bad Judge, Constantine, Marry Me, One Big Happy, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, The Slap, State of Affairs
  • Pending: American Odyssey, The Biggest Loser, The Voice

Oh NBC, no idea what to do with you. The network seemingly called it a wash on this past season, cancelling almost everything it picked up last year, with the only freshman drama that survived being The Mysteries of Laura. A to Z was cancelled way back in the fall, but the cancellation of Marry Me and One Big Happy – two shows featuring Happy Endings alums, that weren’t great but still enjoyable – kind of bum me out a bit. That’s also not to mention that Marry Me and About A Boy were pulled from the schedule in February, to make way for The Voice and the other midseason comedies, with no word on when (or if) it was coming back. I’m really hoping the remaining episodes of both shows will air at some point. I’m bummed for the fans of Constantine, because it was a good show, even if I wasn’t that into it; word is, it’s being shopped to other networks/outlets, so here’s hoping it gets another chance to live somewhere else. The sole remaining comedy on the network (before the new pilots obviously) is underdog Undateable, which began as a summer series, survived to season two, and has now been picked up for a third season, which in a change of format, will consist of entirely live shows. Also, The Night Shift continues to surprise in its steadiness for the network, earning a third season pick-up. In terms of shows still awaiting news, I think American Odyssey is a goner; I wanted to watch it for Anna Friel, but it just didn’t appeal to me at all. The Biggest Loser and The Voice are coming back, though I would really like to see them scale back on The Voice and just do one season a year. Even as a fan of the show, I’m getting tired watching this much Voice in a year, and honestly, NBC really needs to put their marketing efforts towards their new shows, or else we’re gonna end up with the same situation next year.

THE CW

  • Renewed: The 100, Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, The Flash, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, Reign, Supernatural, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries
  • Canceled: Hart of Dixie, The Messengers

Surprisingly, CW made almost all of their renewals back in January, with the exceptions being their midseason shows that hadn’t aired yet. Though they didn’t admit at the time, every one (cast included) knew Hart of Dixie was done after this season, and with the finale that it had, I had already accepted it as being the end. iZombie fully deserved its recent second season pick-up. Unfortunately, The Messengers didn’t make an impact and was pretty much doomed from the start, when the network slotted it right into Friday. We all know Friday is a deadzone, even moreso on The CW (will never forgive them for putting Nikita there), so putting a new show there isn’t exactly a vote of confidence.

So there you have it, a complete list of everything that has been renewed or cancelled on the main broadcast networks. Anything you’re bummed about being cancelled? Which renewal got you most excited?

End of the Road: Looking at Recent Series Finales

[Out of courtesy, SPOILERS AHEAD]

Last Friday, Hart of Dixie aired its season finale. With its status being on the bubble for quite some time and renewal chances looking slim, it very much acted like a series finale. I mean, they did title the episode “Bluebell”, which is about as final as naming it “Hart of Dixie” or “Finale”, and even the actors’ tweets seemed to point towards it being the end. [For what it’s worth, I don’t think The CW knew what to do with the show because they didn’t have anything else like it on the network – sound familiar? *cough* Nikita *cough* – until now in Jane the Virgin. And the one week they got paired up, it was cute/crazy overload that I loved] It’s all rather unofficial, but the finale left me in tears because of how perfect it was for the show, and if it is indeed the end, it was a satisfying ending. I’ll miss the crazy Bluebell antics regardless. In light of everything, I thought it’d be a good time to look at some other series finales, all within the last two months and which also made me cry (the measure of a good finale obviously).

Parenthood was the little show that could over on NBC. It flew under the radar and had a loyal fan following. For 6 seasons, we watched the Braverman family as they celebrated the good times and struggled through the bad times. We cried tears of joy and sadness along with them, throughout all 103 episodes. It was a wonderful series that was well loved by the people who watched it, but was constantly on the bubble and never got the award recognition it deserved. The cast was also so incredibly talented – from Craig T. Nelson to Peter Krause, Lauren Graham to Mae Whitman, and all the other Braverman children, grandchildren, extending to all the guest stars. The series finale saw Sarah getting married to Hank, Joel and Julia adopting another child, Amber adjusting to life as a single mom and becoming partners with Crosby to run the Luncheonette, Adam becomes Headmaster of Chambers Academy, while Christina opens another school. Everything seemed great until we see that Zeek dies in his sleep, a plot point that had been written in the cards for the season. But the show ends on a happy note, as Zeek’s ashes get scattered on a baseball field and the remaining Bravermans honour his memory by playing a game there. It doesn’t end there though, as we get treated to a montage checking in on everybody at different points in the future. I truly loved that they didn’t do just a basic flashforward – seeing glimpses of their life in the future (and obviously only the happy/joyful moments) was actually a lot more satisfying.

Parks and Recreation was sort of the comedy equivalent of Parenthood, in the way that it was an underdog show on NBC and was loved by all those who watched it. The cast, led by the amazing Amy Poehler, were so incredible in this show and have been criminally unrecognized because they deserve all the awards. Now, the final season of Parks and Recreation had already taken us to 2017, so the finale took us even further into the future. The hour episode jumped forward to different times for each character. Donna doing well for herself as a real estate agent in Seattle and then putting some of her earnings towards an education non-profit with Joe. Tom unsuccessfully expanding the restaurant, and then finding yet another life as a motivation speaker/writer. Andy and April having kids. Gerry staying on as mayor of Pawnee until he dies on his 100th birthday. Ron ends up looking after the Pawnee National Park. As for Leslie and Ben? Well their government aspirations continued to grow, as the show hinted at Leslie possibly becoming POTUS (or at the very least, she gets to the White House). It really was a nice wrap up to the show; nothing too crazy or dramatic, but straight to the point future.

I’ll admit, I checked out of Glee a long time ago, sometime around season 4 (I may have stuck it out that entire season, but can’t recall any of it). I tuned into season 5 for “The Quarterback” and “100” for obvious reasons, but besides that I didn’t care for it. The show was so far off from what I had initially loved about it, that not even the music could save it (actually, a lot of the music choice kinda killed it for me). When the series finale rolled around, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to watch it, but everybody’s nostalgia for it pulled me in. The first episode of the two-part finale, “2009”, took us back to when the Glee Club was first formed and we saw how Rachel, Kurt, Mercedes, Tina, and Artie ended up in the Glee Club. Capped off with a re-airing of that original performance of “Don’t Stop Believin'”, it was such a heartbreaker and yes, the tears started.  The second episode, “Dreams Come True”, jumped forward to essentially show us everybody’s happy endings. In the immediate future, McKinley is turned into a performing arts school where Mr. Schuester is principal. Sam is the new teacher/coach for New Directions. Mercedes’ career skyrockets, starting with a gig as Beyonce’s opening act. When the show jumps forward to 2020, Sue is Vice President of the United States and intends on running for President. Kurt and Blaine are living a wonderful life together in New York, being an inspiration to kids. Artie and Tina are together, and his film gets into a festival. Rachel becomes a surrogate to Kurt and Blaine’s child, marries Jesse St. James, and wins a Tony. And before one last group performance featuring (almost) everyone who was ever on Glee, Sue declares that the McKinley auditorium will be renamed to honour Finn. Major tears. For a show that kind of lost itself, they certainly stuck the landing, offering a reminder of what people had initially loved about the show – that underdog spirit and the feeling that things will eventually be okay.

Not all finales end well or tug at the heart strings, but that’s neither here nor there. The point is the most successful finales should be measured by whether the show ended in a way that was right for it and acts as a cap to the series as a whole. Sometimes these shows weren’t perfect but their respective finales proved that (most of) our time spent with them weren’t a complete waste.

 

April Premieres to Look Forward to!

So it seems like April is becoming quite the month for premieres, whether it be season or series. Here’s what I’m looking forward to this month!

LIP SYNC BATTLE [Spike TV] (Apr. 2nd)

The popular segment featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is now a TV show! LL Cool J hosts, with Chrissy Teigen as co-host/commentator. Each episode will feature two celebs doing their best lip sync on two songs. As evidenced by the preview above, it’ll feature props, costumes, and so much more shenanigans. In summary, it is going to be SO MUCH FUN!

OUTLANDER, Season 1 Part 2 [Starz] (Apr. 4th)

I wasn’t sure what to make of Outlander when it began late last summer. But with each passing episode, I found myself engrossed in the unfolding story, with Claire being stuck in the past, trying to find a way back to her husband, and yet all the while developing relationships in 1743. It’s been a brutal 6 months, but I can’t wait to see what happens next.

SALEM Season 2 [WGN America] (Apr. 5th)

It’s a bat-shit crazy show and I love it. Witchcraft, dark magic, possession, and a whole lot of other things that I didn’t think I’d like, and it all works somehow. Season 2 will be a full on witch war, as Lucy Lawless joins the cast!

DAREDEVIL [Netflix] (Apr. 10th)

I don’t know much about Matt Murdock/Daredevil beyond that terrible Ben Affleck movie (but hey, it brought together Ben & Jennifer Garner, so it’s something!), which is a lot more than I can say for pretty much any comic book entity. I am very much intrigued by this first show to come out of the Marvel/Netflix deal, though again that’s par for the course these days.

ORPHAN BLACK Season 3 [BBC America] (Apr. 18th)

It’s Project LEDA vs. Project CASTOR! After the events of the season 2 finale, we were left with the fact that there was a pack of male clones that exists. This season will delve further into that development, with Ari Millen taking on the four male clones that we know of at this point, and how our sestrahood must deal with these unexpected forces. SO excited to spend more time with Clone Club!!