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Networks announce shows for fall TV season
May 9, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
It looks like TV viewers are going to have their choice of shows about people with super powers next season.
Next week the various TV networks are going to announce what shows will be on the schedule in the fall and the super hero shows are prominent among them.
NBC has "Believe," a show about a 10-year-old girl who has all kinds of psychic talents (telekinesis, precognition, etc.) and has been raised by a group called The Believers. They break a man off death row to be her new protector while she is on the run from the authorities who want to use her powers for their own ends. It could be interesting; it could also be a real stinker. FOX has a show called "Sleepy Hollow" that features a resurrected Ichabod Crane solving crimes in an apocalyptic future. I like fantasy and sci fi, but this one DEFINITELY sounds like a stinker. ABC hasn't announced its schedule yet, but "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D," based on a comic book law enforcement agency, is supposed to get the nod. I know comic book fans like their Avengers movies, but I wonder how many of them will actually turn out to watch a TV show every week. FOX also has a show called "Almost Human" about cops in the future who are paired with android partners.
A few of the other shows that were announced this week sound like they might be good. NBC has a comedy based on the movie "About a Boy." The plot is about a selfish single man who makes friends with the young son of the single mother who lives next door. NBC also has "Crisis," which is a thriller about the kidnapping of the President's son and his classmates while they're on a school field trip. Gillian Anderson (Scully from The X-Files) is starring in that one, which suggests it might be pretty good.
CBS is considering a spin-off of the '80s movie "Beverly Hills Cop" with the Eddie Murphy character's son in the title role. That was probably the last movie I liked Eddie Murphy in, so I'd probably give that show a chance.
The CW picked up "Reign," a costume drama about the teenage years of Mary Queen of Scots, that appeals to the history geek in me. I liked The Tudors, which was set in the same time period with the same gorgeous gowns.
Honestly, though, it would probably take a lot to make me watch any new show on a regular basis. I tend to like procedural crime shows like "The Mentalist" or "Castle" that I can leave on as background noise and don't have to pay a lot of attention to. Some of the new shows that are being considered sound like they might be a little too much work.
What shows do you want to see next season?
All of the networks have announced their schedules for next season and it looks like I might have to use Hulu.com or watch on the network's web site if I want to see some of the shows I'm interested in.
NBC's new show "The Blacklist," starring James Spader, sounds interesting. It's about a former federal agent turned international criminal who turns himself in to the government and offers to help them catch a wanted terrorist, provided that he gets to work with a rookie FBI agent he has no connection to. Too bad that show will air directly against ABC's "Castle" at 9 p.m. ABC's Avengers spin-off, "Marvel's Agents of Shield" , is airing directly against CBS's "NCIS." ABC's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," a spin-off of its fairy tale series "Once Upon a Time," is going up against CBS's "Big Bang Theory" on Thursday nights.
Fortunately, online viewing and DVRs make it possible to watch anything you want to watch, whenever you want to watch it. Then again, my Hulu.com queue is filled with TV episodes I never got around to watching at all.
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