What’s On, What’s Hot – Autumn TV Premieres

By September 22, 2014Featured, Films

We’ve been counting down the days til’ our favourite TV programmes are back on the air. Let’s not kid ourselves… we’re addicted!

With last week’s new season premieres of Boardwalk Empire, Sons of Anarchy, New Girl and The Good Wife, there’s tonnes more TV to look forward to for the run of autumn. It’s a great week ahead, with so many exciting new season premieres to watch; there’s even enough for two shows a night! So put your jammies on and get cosy!

The Big Bang Theory and The Voice are your main callings tonight (Monday). NCIS airs on Tuesday, Wednesday offers you Law & Order: SVU, Modern Family and Nashville, Thursday premieres Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and, unless you have a social life on Friday nights, you can have your eye’s glued to the screen with the new season of Hawaii Five-O. Next week also premieres The Simpsons, Family Guy and Revenge, and October has Criminal Minds, The Vampire Diaries, Homeland, The Walking Dead and Two and a Half Men on the cards for us, amongst many, many, many more.

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We look at TV’s upcoming fall releases, including new shows and highly anticipated season premieres.

Most Anticipated (click any title to play the video in Creation 5):

1. Boardwalk Empire – Season 5

Season 5: Episode #4 Preview

Boardwalk Empire is coming to a not so happy conclusion in its last season, seeing as it’s tagline reads “all empires must fall”. The show’s attraction is partly (mostly!) due to its stellar A-list movie-worthy cast of Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Michael K. Williams, Kelly Macdonald, Gretchen Mol, Jeffrey Wright, Stephen Graham, Shea Whigham, and a whole bunch more.

Even the guys who run and write the show are bloody fantastic. They include Terence Winter – the oh-so-brilliant scriptwriter who wrote The Wolf of Wall Street– Denis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone) and Pulitzer Prize nominee Howard Korder. Let’s not forget that the show was co-created by the man himself, Martin Scorsese, who directed the show’s pilot and is still the Executive Producer.

Although the show’s been accused of being “slow, repetitive” and drags on to get to its main narrative hook, there’s a reason the show’s been nominated for four Golden Globe since it first aired (winning best series in 2011). It’s also been nominated for 40 Primetime Emmys (40?!) and three WGA awards. With only seven episodes left, you might as well hang in there to find out what happens to Nucky Thompson (Buscemi).

2. Sons of Anarchy – Season 7

Toil and Till – Season 7: Episode #2 Preview

One of cable’s biggest shows, Sons of Anarchy, has reached its final season. We expect a heavy load of bullets and blood in the seventh season of Kurt Sutter’s biker-gang drama, starring Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan, as well as recurring appearances from the likes of Jimmy Smits, Peter Weller and CCH Pounder.

It’s hard to compete with SOAs out-and-out quantity of action and crazy plot twists, with overwhelming machismo and its Shakespearian coming-book vibe when it comes to blood, rape, violence and gore. While the show doesn’t tickle everyone’s fancy (at least not mine), millions of loyal fans keep coming back for more.

3. The Good Wife – Season 6

Trust Issues –  Season 6: Episode #2 Preview

The Good Wife is smart, funny, sexy, exciting and consistent. Starring Julianna Marguelies, Chris Noth, Mathew Goode and welcoming a new regular, David Hyde Pierce, amongst others, the CBS show has been one of the best dramas on TV. Last season kicked ass and was by far the best run in its history, “gleefully tearing up the status quo, proving increasingly formally experimental (the direction throughout was beautiful), giving its cast members more to do than before and being wildly entertaining at every moment.” There isn’t much out there to compete with this.

The Good Wife is perhaps the most underrated TV show on television. It’s “unapologetically feminist”, has one of the best love triangles on television, has top quality guest stars and gets better with every season. I’d give it five stars, without a shadow of a doubt.

4. Gotham

Official Extended Trailer

Gotham premieres for the first time today on FOX. The show is set in Gotham City, in the early days of Detective James Gordon (played by Ben Mckenzie of Southland/The O.C) and a pile of familiar heroes and villains. Tonight’s pilot is what one might call “ridiculously opulent – an over-the-top opera of tragedy and revenge”. Directed by Danny Cannon (Judge Dredd), developed by Bruno Heller (creator of Rome) and with wonderful music by Greame Revell, the show also has an insanely good cast, including Jada Pinkett Smith and Donal Logue. The show features various elements of the Batman mythology as well as a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz).

5. Gracepoint

Official Trailer

Anna Gunn from Breaking Bad meets David Tennant from Doctor Who in a murder drama to uncover the murder mystery of a child in a small seaside town. Written/created by Chris Chibnall and directed by James Strong, Gracepoint is based on the British series Broadchurch. The American re-adaptation of the show includes Michael Pena, Nick Nolte, and Jacki Weaver as exceptional characters from the original show and takes on strong creative principles that are to differentiate it from the original series (at least let’s hope they do!).

6. Homeland – Season 4

Season 4: Trailer

With last season’s myriad of twists and turns, it’s hard to describe what we’re in for this season. Let’s just say: “we’re in for a hefty load of more crazy stuff”. The political thriller, directed by Howard Gordon (24) and starring Claire Daines (CIA officer Carrie), Damian Lewis (ex-U.S. Marine-Sargeant-turned-terrorist, Sft. Brody) and Mandy Patinkin (Saul Berenson), sure does have us tuning in for more, with it’s action-thriller-packed storyline – you’d be rather silly not to… it’s brilliant!

7. The Affair

Season 1: Tease – The Story Begins

The Affair is a new series about a married man and woman who begin an affair that ends in tragedy and is told from both perspectives (interesting, right?). Produced by some of the people behind In Treatment and the incredible House of Cards, The Affair takes a novelistic approach to its storytelling, with a flashback/mystery structure side-by-side and with an Eleanor-Rigby-style dual perspective narcissism. What’s more, its cast involves Dominic West and Ruth Wilson as the starring duo, and Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson as their respective spouses. Although Showtime doesn’t have a 5-star track record (apart from Masters of Sex, Dexter and Homeland), The Affair looks really promising.

8. The Walking Dead – Season 5

Never Let Your Guard Down – Season 5 Trailer

The smashing adaptation of Robert Kirkaman’s zombie-themed comic book returns for yet another season. The Walking Dead is the biggest show on TV, has captivated a wider audience season after season, and is rumoured to have an even more action-packed and eventful storyline for our entertainment this season. For you zombie enthusiasts out there, this one’s for you!

9. Peaky Blinders – Season 2

Season 2: Trailer

Peaky Blinders is set in the aftermath of WW1 and focuses on the Shelby family, who returns to Birmingham to set up their criminal enterprise. While the show is essentially a UK take on Boardwalk Empire, it’s managed to find its own path on television, without hiding behind the US TV hit about the rise of the criminal empire in the aftermath of WW1.

The show continues to stay true to its lavish production values and solid writing (created and written by Steven Knight, screenwriter of Eastern Promises and director of Locke). It also features an A-list movie-level cast, with Cillian Murphy taking the lead role, Paul Anderson, Joe Cole, Helen McCrory, Annabelle Wallis and Sam Neill. Plus a few new actors in season 2, including Noah Taylor, Charlotte Riley and, most impressively, the oh-so-beautiful Tom Hardy!!

10. How To Get Away With Murder

Official Trailer

Viola Davis plays a law professor at a university in Philadelphia who teaches a class called How To Get Away With Murder. Both she and her class get involved in a murder mystery. Produced by Peter Norwalk with Shona Rhimes as the show’s executive producer, mostly known for her involvement in the brilliant series Scandal and the long-running TV hit Grey’s Anatomy, we’re in for an interesting ride of “thrills, chills and spills”. This one might just be on the cards for our “latest addiction” this autumn… 

Calling all TV-watching machines, the TV menu this fall offers an even wider selection of delicious delights, including Bedtime Stories, Twilight Zone, Sleepy Hollow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Mulaney, Kingdom, The Newsroom, The Casual Vacancy and so many more!

Prepare to hibernate in front of the telly with a warm cuppa tea!

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