Here are the shows we are most excited about in the coming weeks and months:
No matter how you felt about Keanu Reeve’s portrayal of Constantine in the 205 film, fans of DC Comics’ Hellblazer should be excited about this small-screen incarnation. Unlike Reeve’s character, this John Constantine will be a blond Brit and the show is set in London - those consistencies alone will make this show easier for fans of the comic books to embrace! NBC’s website describes the title character as a “seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult… armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit.” The trailer left me wanting more, so I’ll have this premiere marked on my calendar - or at least set on my DVR! Constantine premieres Friday, October 24 at 10/9c on NBC.
From his first appearance in a 1940 DC Comics publication, The Flash quickly (ha!) became the iconic speedster of American comic book mythology. Although four different men have been used The Flash name in the comics, this Arrow spin-off focuses on Silver Age Flash Barry Allen, a CSI whose injury in a laboratory explosion results in the development of super speed. The casting of John Wesley Shipp, who played The Flash in a 1990s television show, as Barry Allen’s imprisoned father, is a nice touch. The Flash premieres Tuesday. October 7 at 8/7c on the CW.
The premise of Forever sounded hauntingly familiar at first - a medical examiner in NYC who is unable to die. Will it be reminiscent of Jack Harkness in Torchwood? Or more like Highlander? And doesn’t it sound a little like Pete Hamill’s novel of the same title? But after watching the first episode (which is available on abc.go.com), I have to say this feels like an original crime drama with a supernatural twist - a la Pushing Daisies, but not quite so fanciful! Check out the premier online, or at its regular time slot when Forever premieres Monday September 22 at 10/9c on ABC.
The Good. The Evil. The beginning. There have been so many movies, television shows, cartoons, and comic books exploring the origins of the heroes and villains of the DC universe - but what about Commissioner Gordon? Fox’s new series will explore the development of some of the greatest villains of Batman’s hometown, and introduce a new one - Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney - through the eyes of the detective who becomes the most important police official in the city. Gotham premieres Monday, September 22 at 8/7c on Fox.
I love closed story arcs, especially mysteries. Harper’s Island (2009) rocked my world, and I’m hoping for a similar experience when it comes to Gracepoint. And it doesn’t hurt that the ten episode series features David Tennant, albeit an irritable and bossy Tennant sporting an American accent. Even if you watched the BBC verision of the series, Broadchurch, check out this murder mystery set in a small town, where no one knows who (if anyone) to trust. Gracepoint premieres Thursday October 2 at 9/8c on Fox.
Set five years before A New Hope, Star Wars Rebels will (as its title suggests) explore the various factions that came together to become the Rebel Alliance. Just like its predecessor, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, this new show was developed and produced by Lucasfilm Animation and will feature the same spectacular animation style. While I was initially hesitant to invest in the Clone Wars series, my kids made me watch it and I fell in love with the dynamic storytelling; I’m hoping for more of the same in this new series. Also, it’s been rumored that there will be tie-ins with the upcoming Episode VII! Star Wars Rebels will premier with a special one-hour episode Friday October 3 at 9pm on the Disney Channel. Regular half-hour episodes will begin airing on Monday October 13 at 9pm on Disney XD.
Oh, Selfie. The truth is this type of sitcom isn’t really my bag, but then there’s Karen Gillan! Amy Pond! And also the amazing dry wit of John Cho! So apparently I’m going to have to give this modern-day My Fair Lady a chance and see if it grows on me. The first episode is available now on Hulu, and Selfie premieres Tuesday September 30 at 8/7c on CBS.