22 Spring 2015 TV Shows

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Angie Tribeca

The series follows Angie Tribeca, a 10-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite RHCU (Really Heinous Crimes Unit).

Nadin: Two words – Rashida Jones! The show about the only capable and competent cop in the LAPD, starring my favourite actress from Parks And Rec – God, I hope it’ll be good!

Anais: This show seems insane. I’m in.

Roz: I’m always complaining about dumb cops on shows, so this seems like a great idea. Also, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been hilarious and I do not feel saturated with police comedy, yet. Rashida Jones is so fabulous. How do I get her bangs?

Rachel: I love you, Rashida Jones, you ethnically ambiguous beauty.

Aquarius

A gritty 1960s cop drama about a cop who goes undercover to track Charles Manson and the Manson Family before their infamous murder spree.

Nadin: I didn’t even know Duchovny was still in the biz, but the trailer for Aquarius looks daring and edgy, and in the world of politically-correct-cotton-candy tv shows that the networks are stuffed with to the brim, it is usually a good thing.

Anais: Oh-ho! This is about the Manson murders, right? I don’t know how this will turn out, but consider me intrigued.

Roz: I might pretend it’s an X-Files prequel.

Better Call Saul

The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Anais: Is this even something we should discuss? Breaking Bad is one of the best dramas ever put together on the small screen. Saul Goodman is one of its most iconic character. Plus, it’s not like they quickly put this show together for money-grabbing purposes. They took their time to write it, shoot it, and make it look awesome. It should be worth your time.

Roz: I’ve already watched the pilot and it’s amazing. Dry, awkwardly paced in a way that completely works, and painfully hilarious because it’s truth comedy. I want to go to there.

Battle Creek

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Two detectives with different views on the world team up and using cynicism, guile and deception, they clean up the streets of Battle Creek.

Rachel: I’m a huge sucker for buddy cop films and tv shows, no matter how cliche and terrible they may be. I just can’t get over how great Josh Duhamel looks. Besides, it’s from Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House MD), it can’t possibly be bad, right?

Daredevil

A blind lawyer with his other senses superhumanly enhanced fights crime as a costumed superhero.

Nadin: Daredevil, starring Charlie Cox as a blind hero that saves the streets from all kind of bad guys, is not something I’d normally look forward to, not after Daredevil the movie. But Marvel and Charlie Cox mixed together is not something we get every day. Plus, Marvel proved being competent at handling the TV stuff – look at the AoS and Agent Carter, so why not?

Anais: I’ll watch Daredevil, and not only because it will make me wait until we get the other Marvel Netflix series (and the inevitable appearance of Misty Knight in one of them, right? RIGHT?! Come on, she’s a black lady with a red suit and a prosthetic arm built by Tony Stark himself, you just can’t leave her out), but because it does look good. I look forward to Matt Murdock kicking a lot of ass – both literally and figuratively.

Roz: Disappointment, Daredevil might be your name.

Rachel: I don’t know, I have pretty high expectations of this. The trailer looked decent, but there’s always a chance it’ll be a giant steaming pile of poop.

Fortitude

Perched on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime here. Until now.

Nadin: Under normal circumstance, Fortitude would have me at Stanley Tucci – I’d drop everything and watch the murder-mystery with this man without thinking twice. What actually got me hooked though is the setting – Arctic and ice and cold and snow, and living in a state of perpetual heat-stroke for 5 months straight would do that to you. No kidding. So, let’s see if Fortitude can answer all the questions frozen on my lips.

Anais: When I first saw the picture, I thought this was going to be about extremely well-groomed ancient humans living in caves and it was going to be a comedy. I am kind of disappointed that it is about actual gun-weaving, English-speaking Homo sapiens. Oh well. The setting is certainly interesting, but I’ve pretty much seen it all when it comes to murder-mysteries. Will Fortitude surprise me? I guess I’ll have to found out.

Roz: Buns, it has Dr. Who and Dumbledore. I mean, right?

Rachel: Doctor Who, Dumbledore, and Stanley Tucci? I’m in.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Set in 19th-century during the Napoleonic Wars, tells us about magic once existing which would return again with two men.

Anais: Did somebody say “magic”? As a witch and a former student of Ravenclaw, I, of course, have to see and judge what kind of spells the people in the Muggle box can perform. Seriously though, for a second there, I thought I was finally going to get a Bartimeus Sequence adaptation. I guess I’ll have to write one myself.

Roz: I. Am. So. Excited. About. This.

Preacher

A preacher heads out on a journey to combat the supernatural evil that just decimated his Texas hometown.

Anais: Huh. I didn’t know about Preacher as a comic but I’ll make sure to read it before the series come out, so I can appreciate the differences between the two.

Roz: This is in my “Must Watch” category.

The Brink

Top U.S. government and military scramble to prevent World War 3 from happening amidst the chaos of a geopolitical crisis.

Anais: A comedy series about another country than the US? I am intrigued. I’ll certainly make sure to give it a watch.

The Last Man On Earth

Phil Miller, the last human on Earth in the year 2022, who searches the entire United States for any signs of other living humans after an unknown event wipes out the entire population of Earth, including his family and the employees at the bank where he worked.

Nadin: The Last Man On Earth is a comedy show starring Will Forte as Phil Miller who, shockingly, is the last man to survive the plague that killed the rest of the humanity. Basically, The Walking Dead, but without the zombies and the drama, because there’s only so much drama you can create for just yourself. Somehow, we will also get to meet Kristen Schaal and January Jones. Flashbacks?

Anais: I am certainly curious about this show. Making a movie stand on a single man’s shoulders is one thing, but how are the writers going to make us want to come back week after week to watch the one dude going around his post-apocalyptic life? I guess there’ll be a bunch of flashbacks, but if there are too many of them, I’ll feel cheated and will most likely throw things at the screen. Consider yourself warned, Will Forte.

Roz: I love Will Forte and would try at least a few of these episodes before getting distracted by all the other good TV out there. Unfortunately, with all the strong pilot episodes coming along, it’s really hard to give a series the chance to evolve and find it’s legs. I dislike January Jones with an irrational hatred. Like the way I hate raspberries. You can like them, I don’t give a shit. Not for me.

The Night Manager

A night manager of a European hotel is recruited by intelligence agents to infiltrate an international arms dealer’s network.

Anais: This is about Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. As spies. What are you doing here reading stuff about it when you could be harassing the entire series production team so they give us all of the episodes right now?

Roz: Imma let Anais tell me if this is good, then I’ll check it out.

Rachel: I need this like I need chocolate cake. Even if it ends up being a complete train wreck, I’ll be able to see Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie together. My life is complete.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

A woman escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City.

Nadin: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, created by TINA FEY and Robert Carlock, is a story of Kimmy (portrayed by the adorable Ellie Kemper), a woman who needs to catch up with the modern world after spending a decade in underground as part of a doomsday cult. I can’t help imagining Kimmy being someone between Ichabod Crane from Sleepy Hollow and Lolly from Hindsight. They had me at Tina Fey though, so the rest is irrelevant at the moment.

Anais: Fish out of water comedy? Dat’s my jam, baby.

Roz: I hope for more great Tina Fey comedy. There is a Liz Lemon-sized hole in my heart that I keep trying to fill with sawdust and old Easter chocolate (so basically the same thing).

Rachel: I’ve always been a huge fan of Ellie Kemper. It’s just something about her smile and her awkwardness that seems infectious, so I’m glad she has her own show.

Utopia

After a group of people who meet online discover a bizarre graphic novel which seems to hold mysterious answers and predictions to events both past and present, they find themselves being tracked down but a merciless organisation known merely as ‘The Network’.

Roz: This is a US remake of BBC Channel 4’s Utopia, a dystopian thriller about a group of conspiracy theorists brought together by a mysterious comic book. Of course, British shows turned American always makes me nervous, but David Fincher will direct the first episode and his Netflix’s version of House of Cards is one of my favourite shows.

 Westworld

Two guests at a high-tech amusement park go on a wild west adventure. The park is peopled by robots and is designed to provide a 100% life like experience simulating Roman times, cowboy times, and medieval times. When the park’s central computer breaks down, the robots start to run amok and our two guests find themselves stalked by a robot gunslinger.

Roz: Science fiction TV is back, baby! This thriller created for HBO is based on a 1973 film, which was written and directed by Michael Crichton. The description of the show is: “A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin, the series tells the story of a futuristic theme park called Westworld.” Want more? Anthony Hopkins and James Marsden.  YOU ARE WELCOME.

Anais: Wait, this has Anthony Hopkins? Why didn’t anyone tell me? I’ll watch anything that has Anthony Hopkins in it.

Wayward Pines

A Secret Service agent goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two federal agents who have gone missing in the bucolic town. He soon learns that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

Nadin: Wayward Pines is a story about a Secret Service Agent (Matt Dillon) who goes to a small town in Idaho called Wayward Pines to investigate the disappearance of an agent. Based on the book Pines by Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines is expected to have the Twin Peaks vibe to it. How’s that not awesome?

Roz: You had me at Twin Peaks.

Wolf Hall

England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the King dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The Pope and most of Europe oppose him. Into this impass steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer, and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?

Roz: I’m kinda curious about this BBC serial that started January 2015. It’s a historical drama with over a hundred characters and Damian Lewis as Henry VIII of England. Complicated and political, it’s probably for binge watching.

Anais: Knowing myself as I do, I will probably resist watching this for ages and then just binge the whole thing. Unless it sucks. Tell me how it turns out, Buns.

 Man Seeking Woman

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A naive romantic goes on a desperate quest for love when his longtime girlfriend dumps him.

Rachel: I’ve always thought Jay Baruchel was amazing. I definitely know that isn’t a popular opinion. He’s got that gangly, awkward, whiny voice that makes for a great lead in pretty much… anything. Man Seeking Woman is about a young man who’s seeking love in a world that’s not quite like ours. For example, cupid gets hit by a bus and Jay takes an arrow to the knee. The girl he’s on a date with really does end up being a troll. The show seems too surreal and and too insane to be a thing, but it is, and you should watch it.

The Returned

The series follows residents in a small town whose lives are disrupted when people who have been dead for many years begin reappearing.

Nadin: Thanks to Anais, I’m the biggest fan of the original French series Les Revenants – a story about a small town in the Alps where several people presumed dead suddenly come back to life, which is expected to return for season 2 sometime this year. To be honest, I have my doubts about the American adaptation and how it’ll play out, seeing as how it almost never works due to cultural conflict that often resonates in the scripts. American Skins is a fair example of that. I will, however, check The Returned out. Who knows?

Anais: I will watch it just to see how they adapt the series. Small towns in France are not so different from small towns in America, but my main concern is the zombies themselves. In the original series, the Returned are very human and the mystery around them is thick and tightly linked to the village’s history. The show is closer to The 4400 than to The Walking Dead. With a lot of nudity and sexual tension, because France. Will The Returned top the original series and its zombie-serial-killer sex scene? Probably not. But I certainly want to see them try.

Roz: I dunno. I prefer my scary monsters as scary monsters. But I read Twilight, so my opinion is worth nothing.

iZombie

iZombie

A medical student finds that being a zombie has its perks, which she uses to assist the police.

Anais: I’ve decided that this year was going to be my last year of irrational fear of zombies and iZombie might just be the series that will help me work through it. The protagonist of this show is a part zombie woman who works as a coroner, which helps her get delicious brains into her pasta. First of all, brain pasta. Second of all, it looks fun as hell. I will be watching this and you should definitely give it a shot.

Roz: This looks gross. I will love it.

The Whispers

The series explores what happens when an alien race from another world begins a mysterious and quiet takeover of Earth by using the most unlikely and unsuspecting inhabitants on the planet—the children.

Nadin: The Whispers is a Stephen Spielberg-produced supernatural show about the aliens trying to take over the world and using kids to do so. I KNEW IT! I KNEW THAT THE KIDS WERE EVIL! And I can’t wait to see the proof of it. Plus, Spielberg, ya know.

Anais: This sounds like a family-friendly Village of the Damned. I don’t know what to think about this.

Roz: I feel bad for red heads, but that kid is totally the scariest part of that picture, right?

Guardians of the Galaxy

A group of misfit outlaws go on action packed adventures to try to bring peace to the Galaxy.

Anais: Do you really need a reason to watch this, other than the perspective of watching the Guardians going about their crazy lives? No. No you don’t. So you’ll watch this show, and I’ll watch this show, and everybody will watch this show and hope that the soundtrack will live up to our expectations.

Nadin: No comment. I’d watch the shit out that this show even if I had to kill for it.

Roz: Phew. I’m reading a lot of Guardians comics right now, and I bought the movie so I can watch it on repeat whenever I’m not doing essential human things like buying sushi. So, a cartoon too? I’ll see if I can squeeze it into my schedule.

We Bare Bears

The show follows three sibling bears, Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear, and their awkward attempts at integrating in the human world.

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Anais: IT LOOKS ADORABLE AND THE TITLE IS A PUN, OKAY?

Roz: PANDA PANDA PANDA

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