I reckon I’m one of the only people who doesn’t mind summer TV. Whilst I could do without the wall-to-wall cricket coverage, I love me a bit of tennis action & those so-bad-they’re-awesome shows that some execs reckon won’t do so well during the year.
But with the non-ratings period coming to a close, it means our TV screens are about to be flooded with a bunch of returning favourites & some new shows which networks hope will strike a chord with viewers.
It’s always hard to introduce a new show into your established roster of favourites – especially if you’re anything like me & your DVR is already working overtime as it is. But that hasn’t stopped me from getting ridiculously excited about a bunch of new shows coming in 2015.
This recent Golden Globe winner for best TV Drama Series & Best Actress for Ruth Wilson promises to be equal parts intriguing & equal parts sexy. Set in the American seaside town of the Hamptons, it focuses on two couples – locals Alison (Ruth Wilson) & Cole (Joshua Jackson aka Pacey Witter) & the blow-ins from New York, Noah (Michael Hutchence doppleganger, Dominic West) & Helen (Maura Tierney).
No surprises here, thanks to the title, when an affair soon begins between Alison & Noah but the interesting part is that the story & unfolding drama is explored from each of the four main character’s perspective. Though why, WHY you’d ever cheat on Pacey Witter may be the show’s greatest mystery, especially when the teaser trailer shows him getting around in a cowboy hat. Phwoaaarrrr!!
Premieres on Foxtel, February 10 (Showcase)
“Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…”
Ok yes that is a direct quote from The Princess Bride, but if none of those things gets you particularly psyched, you’re probably not gonna buy what Galavant is selling. But for those of us who love a Princess Bride-adjacent, Disney-inspired, medieval fairytale, this crazy new show could be just the ticket.
Created by Dan Fogelman (the writer behind the photoshopped abs in “Crazy, Stupid, Love” & the animated hit “Tangled”) the show follows Prince Galavant in his quest for revenge over the King Richard who stole his one true love, Princess Madalena. Though in a decidedly non-fairytale twist, the fair Princess decides that money & power might not be such a bad thing, leaving our dashing Prince to drown his sorrows & question his purpose in life – all whilst busting out a few musical numbers.
Featuring songs composed by Oscar-winner Alan Menken (responsible for those catchy little ditties in “Aladdin” & “The Little Mermaid”) it’s unlike anything else on our screens.
Oh & did I mention it features cameos from none other than Ricky Gervais, Giles from Buffy & the ageless Adonis that is John Stamos??
Not currently scheduled. Someone needs to get on that.
Lip Sync Battle
If you haven’t seen the Lip Sync Battles from “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”, you are missing out. What started as a dinner party game invented by Emily Blunt, John Krasinski & their neighbour Stephen Merchant, it soon took on a life of its own when guests like Paul Rudd, Emma Stone & Joseph Gordon-Levitt took to the Tonight Show stage & started lip-syncing their assess off. The most entertaining part is seeing the sometimes obscure songs that the stars know EVERY SINGLE WORD to & how much they get into it.
I’ve watched the available battles on YouTube more times than I care to admit so when it was announced that Fallon, Krasinski & Merchant would produce a half hour show dedicated entirely to these faux-karaoke hijinks, I was stoked.
The first episode it due to hit American screens in April & will supposedly feature Anna Kendrick & John Krasinski. Hell. YES!
Not currently scheduled. In the meantime, be sure to check out Jimmy Fallon’s post-Superbowl episode from this week where Will Ferrell & Kevin Hart battled it out in the lip-sync arena.
Imagine if the “Gossip Girl” world of the Upper East Side took their fashion, sex scandals & blackmail to the UK & became part of the Royal family. That’s sort of the gist of this new soap/drama about a fictional Royal family governing modern day London whilst getting drunk, partying & calling people slags & whores. The cast features Elizabeth Hurley as Helena, the Queen of England, Joan Collins as the Queen’s Mum & ex-Home & Away alum and Hurley lookalike Alexandra Park as Princess Eleanor. Suffice to say if you’re looking for some sort of “Downton Abbey” high-brow drama, you’ve probably come to the wrong place.
It looks trashy, tawdry and has the potential to be so bad it’s addictive.
Premieres on the E! Channel in the States on March 15 so fingers crossed this racy little number gets fast-tracked to our shores soon after.
How to Get Away With Murder
Shonda Rhimes has been cranking out must-see TV for years & has a history of writing brilliant, kick-ass female characters. Her latest creation sees Viola Davis (who just won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress) as criminal defence professor Annalise Keating, who instead of teaching a boring Legal Strategies 101 class to her university students decides to call it what it is – tips on getting away with shifty behaviour.
Annalise choses her best & brightest students to come & work for her at a prestigious law firm but they soon get caught up in some sort of murder plot. Recent promos pose the series as a sort of whodunit that we have to solve, so I’m assuming there’s more to this plot than a blatant rip-off of “Legally Blonde”.
I love a good legal drama with a side of sass (see Suits, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal) so I’m hoping I can really sink my teeth into this one.
Premieres on Channel 7 in February
What new show are you looking forward to this year?