As Buhle Mbonambi, the TV Snitch, wrote in yesterday's column, the past two weeks have been hectic in the US TV industry. Shows were cancelled left, right and centre; some deserving (and undeserving) shows were renewed and new shows were picked up for the new season.
|The X-factor US|
The X Factor
The TV Snitch: So we know that The X-Factor US was cancelled earlier this year. Good riddance. The only person I feel sorry for is Kelly Rowland, who was a great judge on the show. Anyway, Fox cancelled one of the most promising dramas, Almost Human, which airs on M-Net, Fridays at 8.30pm. The futuristic cop drama (it’s not as corny as it sounds, believe me) starred Karl Urban and Michael Ealy. It gave a new spin to the cop drama as we know it – the show is set in 2048, with Urban playing Detective John Kennex who is partnered with a robot, Dorian, played by Ealy. If you are into sci-fi, you’d love it. Think CSI in the future, just with cooler gimmicks and technology. It had just enough drama, action and humorous moments.
What a missed opportunity.
(final season will premiere mid-season in 2015)
|Gotham,Weird Loners, Last Man on Earth, Red Band Society, Empire|
Gotham: Comic book adaptations are the new vampires. Fox has decided to get involved with Gotham, which is a Batman prequel. The DC Comics drama centers on a young Jim Gordon, played by Southland's Ben McKenzie, and the villains who eventually will make Gotham City famous. The Penguin, the Riddler, Catwoman, and of course, Bruce Wayne, will be there to keep them in check. Donal Logue and Jada Pinkett Smith also star on the show.
Empire: From The Butler's Lee Daniels and Danny Strong comes hip hop drama, Empire, which may be the new Entourage. The drama stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, and will have music producer Timbaland serving as the songwriter and song producer. Viewers can expect to hear original music, as well as current hits, which will give the show an extra edge, a mix between art and real life. American Horror Story: Coven's Gabourey Sidibe is set to recur.
Red Band Society: The Help's Octavia Spencer is starring in this hospital drama, which focuses on a group of teens who meet as patients in the children's wing of the hospital and form an unlikely bond. Dave Annable co-stars, with Steven Spielberg serving as one of the EPs.
Backstrom: Bones creator, Hart Hanson's new drama, starring The Office's Rainn Wilson. It's a crime drama. A "truly despicable. He's really mean. And racist. And he hates women. And he hates himself." This is according to Wilson on his new role.
Hieroglyph: Fantastical action-drama set in ancient Egypt follows a thief who tasked with serving the Pharaoh after being plucked from prison. Hieroglyph comes from Travis Beacham and will blend fantasy and reality.
Last Man on Earth: Starring and written by former SNL standout Will Forte, this mid-season comedy, is basically a lame movie spin-off of that Will Smith movie. We'll pass.
Weird Loners: From Michael Weithorn and Jake Kasdan, this comedy tells the story of four relationship-phobic people who form an unlikely bond in a townhouse in Queens.
Mulaney: Saturday Night Live's John Mulaney created and wrote this sitcom, which stars him and Martin Short as a young aspiring comedian and his boss/mentor, respectively. Lorne Michaels, who will serve as a producer.