Monday, May 14, 2012
The brand-new American TV dramas becoming new TV series: What they are about and what they'll be like.
Like new toys for Christmas they're all firmly wrapped under the tree. They will all be opened - but not all will make it: some will be discarded, some will quickly be broken, some will get scratched and dented and quickly lose their luster.
A precious few sturdy ones will remain - here's a quick look at the brand-new American TV dramas like The Last Resort above, which has all been picked up as new TV series this weekend:
Arrow with Stephen Amell will become television's latest new superhero drama. Billionaire playboy Oliver Queen has a philantropic alter ego as the superhero Arrow in Starling City. Smallville lasted a decade; hopefully Arrow will too.
It will be like: Smallville meets The Flash
Beauty and the Beast
Kristin Kreuk is Catherine Chandler befriending a creature in modern-day New York - a "beast" Vincent Koslow in this new version of the fantasy classic 80s TV show.
It will be like: The Vampire Diaries meets Grimm
A modern take on Sherlock Holmes with Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock in modern-day New York. Watson is a woman, played by Lucy Liu. Aidan Quinn is also in the mix as a character.
It will be like: Fairly Legal meets Eli Stone
Revolution (pictured above)
A new drama show by J.J. Abrams. The world wakes up and discovers that electricity no longer works. 15 years past and mankind adapts, but the people responsible for it, are ready to strike again.
It will be like: Jericho meets Terminator meets Lost meets The Event
From 2019 a policeman looks back to the present and his rise as a police officer from detective to police commissioner. With Theo James as the policeman.
It will be like: Blue Bloods meets Jack & Bobby
Vegas (formerly known as Ralph Lamb)
Dennis Quaid is a rodeo cowboy turned sheriff in Las Vegas in this drama show set in the 1960's and telling the story of how a man, Ralph Lamb patrols America's so-called "sin city". With Carrie-Anne Moss and Michael Chiklis.
It will be like: Mad Men meets Crime Story
Made in Jersey (formerly known as Baby Big Shot)
A legal drama around a working-class woman (Janet Montgomery) who uses her street smarts to win cases as she competes with her colleagues at a New York law firm.
It will be like: Working Girl meets Boston Legal
A TV drama of the movie Silence of the Lambs. The show will begin shooting all at once in July without a pilot episode. The role of Hannibal Lecter has yet to be cast.
A new drama from the Law & Order producer, Dick Wolf set at the Chicago Firehouse 51 and its firefighters.
It will be like: Chicago Hope meets Rescue Me
Do No Harm
A Dr. Jekyll/Mister Hyde type drama about dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale) a neurosurgeon who - every night at the same hour - turns into a wild partying sociopath.
It will be like: Nip/Tuck meets McDreamy from Grey's Anatomy
Socialite and notorious party girl Vivian Bowers is found dead from an overdose. Detective Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good) "infiltrates" the family to get to the truth. Twenty years ago she was Vivian's best friend and is embraced by the family when she returns, but is secretly looking for a murderer while she discovers dark secrets.
It will be like: Revenge meets Gossip Girl
A sceptic is drawn into a conspiracy theory. With Anthony Edwards.
It will be like: The X-Files meets FlashForward
A drama about the drama taking place behind the scenes of the country music business with Connie Britton.
It will be like: Smash meets Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
A haunted New York residential complex with various residents who have their own secrets, is filled with supernatural occurences and events. Of course it gets new owners who has no idea.
It will be like: Lost meets American Horror Story meets Central Park West
The Last Resort
A renegade nuclear submarine crew goes to an island to start the world's newest independent nation.
It will be like: Lost meets Alias meets Terra Nova
The widow (Radha Mitchell) of a murdered crime boss is forced to take over running the business and crime syndicate.
It will be like: The Good Wife meets Dallas
Tom Lowe is an undercover assassin sent to go and kill Blackbeard, the feared pirate in this pirate periode drama. The closer Lowe gets, the more he can't help but admire the ideals of the pirate whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds and no law. Blackbeard is a man with many villaneous rivals and one great weakness - a woman.
It will be like: Horatio Hornblower meets Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Carribean
An FBI agent played by Kevin Bacon is pulled from retirement to help solve a string of murders committed by a serial killer.
It will be like: 24 meets Person of Interest
A talented doctor played by Jordana Spiro has to deal with her family's mafia connections after she agrees to pay off her brother's debt.
It will be like: Grey's Anatomy meets Nurse Jackie meets White Collar
Emily Owens (Mamie Gummer) discovers the hospital is a lot like high school when she, as a first year intern, starts working at the Denver Memorial Hospital. Justin Hartley is another doctor, Will Collins.
It will be like: A younger Meredith Grey from Grey's Anatomy meets Doogie Howser, M.D.