Saturday, June 14, 2014

2014-2015 Season: FOX Drama

FOX had four dramas last year (two cancellations, one renewal, and one still unknown) and is trying out six this time around. I didn't buy into any of the premises last year, but this time I think I'll give two of them a try. I'm still a bit iffy on both of them, but I'm betting many of you will prefer some of the other offerings anyway. Broadchurch's re-make will undoubtedly get a lot of attention, especially with the cast it has. Empire should also make some waves. Gotham is probably the biggest undertaking for the network, but the fact that it isn't *actually* Batman might end up disappointing the masses, so we'll have to see what happens with that one. Everyone else is in the superhero game these days, so it only makes sense that FOX would try a little something along those lines as well.

Red titles I'm not interested in. Green titles I'm going to try out. "Who" covers actors, writers, creators, etc. "Where" covers the location of the series. "What" describes the basics of the premise.

First, the fall premieres:

Gracepoint (drama)
Who? Kevin Zegers (Damien on Gossip Girl), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Kevin Rankin (Herc on Friday Night Lights), Sarah-Jane Potts (Molly on Felicity), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Nick Nolte
Where? small California seaside town.
What? A dead boy is found on the beach, and it tears apart the town, while acting as a whodunit for the viewers.
My Thoughts: When I was first reading about this series, I exclaimed to my husband, “this sounds a lot like Broadchurch…” and then found out the next day that it’s a re-make of the British series. That said, I'm not interested.

Who? Jada Pinkett Smith
Where? Gotham City
What? How did Commissioner Gordon get where he is? That’s what this series explains, starting as he gets a job as a detective. It’ll also feature backstories for the Batman villains, while leaving Batman himself out of the series (though you will meet regular ol’ Bruce Wayne).
My Thoughts: Batman isn't a favorite of mine, and I'm even less interested in the history behind the other characters in his universe.

Red Band Society
Who? Octavia Spencer (The Help), Dave Annable (Justin on Brothers & Sisters),
Where? Los Angeles
What? A bunch of chronically ill teens live life at a hospital.
My Thoughts: What is this doing on FOX? It seems more like a CW series to me. And, despite the fact I don't need teenage drama in my life, I'll be checking it out anyway, because I just can't help myself. 

Now, the mid-season debuts:

Who? Rainn Wilson (Dwight on The Office), Thomas Dekker (Zach on Heroes), Dennis Haysbert (The Unit, 24)
Where? Portland.
What? Another cop show, this time with a self-destructive detective.
My Thoughts: CBS passed on this, and it's based on a Swedish book series. I can't come up with a reason to be intrigued by this one.

Who? Condola Rashad (Phylicia's daughter), Kelsey Chow (Gigi on One Tree Hill), Max Brown (The Tudors).
Where? Ancient Egypt.
What? A famous thief is released from prison to assist the Pharaoh in keeping the world running smoothly.
My Thoughts: It’s a period White Collar. Because I love White Collar, I'll tune in and give it a shot, but with such a different cast, I don't know if it'll work in the same way.  
[FOX canceled this project 6/30/14]

Michael Lavine/FOX
Who? Gabouray Sidibe (Precious), Jussie Smollett (Jurnee's brother, and also from The Mighty Ducks), Taraji P. Henson (Person of Interest)
Where? Not sure. Probably Los Angeles?
What A hip-hop/rap star is also a dying CEO, and he needs to figure out who will take over the family business. He has three sons and a felon ex-wife all vying for the position, and the best for the job might not be whom he wants to choose.
My Thoughts: I tried to get into this one, but I just don't think I'd be able to deal with the inevitable homophobia and verbal abuse between father and son and the parents, respectively. It also makes me wonder how well it will do overall.
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