Sunday, 20 May 2012


The Alphabet network has six new dramas for the 2012-2013 season.

- 666 PARK AVENUE: Based on a book by Gabriella Pierce. A young couple is hired to manage a historic appartment building whose owners fulfil all the desires, needs and ambitions of their tenants. Apparently neither the guy nor his girlfriend read Rosemary's Baby and The Devil's Advocate or rented the DVDs.

The great Terry O'Quinn (Lost) is Gavin Doran, the owner, and Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty) plays his wife. At some point the couple has enough and moves to Stepford.

- LAST RESORT: Created by Shawn Ryan (The Shield). The crew of a U.S. ballistic missile sub refuses to use its nuclear weapons on Pakistan without confirmation and is fired upon in return and hit. Now renegades, they set up camp on the exotic island of Sainte Marina and declare themselves an independent nuclear nation as they try to clear their names. Apparently those men and women didn't rent Crimson Tide or The Rock on DVD. More seriously, sounds like a concept for a lavish miniseries or a movie of the week. The pilot looks epic, after all it's directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale).

The excellent Andre Braugher stars as Captain Marcus Chaplin. Robert Patrick guest stars. Amongst the cast there is Dichen Lachman. Hope her neck feels better since Torchwood: Miracle Day.

- MISTRESSES: Starring Alyssa Milano. From the network who brought to you Desperate Housewives comes this "salacious new drama about a group of friends caught in storms of excitement and self-discovery, secrecy and betrayal, and bound by the complex relationships they’ve created".

Adapted from the BBC television series, which says it all. Next, please...

- NASHVILLE: Rivalry between a country music female legend and "the young and sexy future" of the genre. Starring Connie Britton, Hayden Pannetiere (Heroes) and the legendary Powers Boothe. Would certainly be more interesting with a murder and Columbo on the case.

- RED WIDOW: This one is based on Penoza, a Dutch series from Endemol. Because you can't get enough network adaptations of foreign concepts and because it worked so well for Life on Mars or Outrageous Fortune. A woman whose husband is brutally murdered because of an illegal drug business deal faces gangsters and the FBI to learn the truth and protect her children. The presence of Radha Mitchell, Lee Tergesen and Rade Sherbedzija in the cast deserves our attention.

- ZERO HOUR: The wife of a man who publishes a paranormal enthusiast magazine has an antique clock shop. She's abducted and her husband finds a treasure map in one of the shop's clocks. With his two young associates and "a sexy FBI agent" the hero races "against the clock to find his wife and save humanity". Starring Anthony Edwards (ER) as Tom Hanks in The DaVinci Code. The pilot is directed by Pierre Morel (Taken).

Details and trailers: (Zero Hour)

Thursday, 17 May 2012


The Eye network has four new dramas in store for the 2012-2013 season.

- ELEMENTARY: Widely commented since the announcement of the project. English actor Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) stars as a modern-day Sherlock Holmes in Manhattan alongside Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. Of course this contemporary version of the characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle arrives after a gazillion film and TV adaptations, including the acclaimed Sherlock from Steven Moffat and the BBC.

Elementary will inevitably be compared to the Benedict Cumberbatch starrer but networks have a long history with the detective through a consequent number of pilots and TV movies, and even with Holmes influenced shows like House or CBS's The Mentalist. Let's judge this one on its own merits (should there be some) and from the trailer it looks like a typical US procedural with the usual eccentric consultant sleuth. The much talked about idea of a female Watson has been done a couple of times before. Anyway Sherlock itself is not precisely the epitome of originality.

- VEGAS: Inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb, "a fourth-generation rancher tasked with bringing order to Las Vegas in the 1960s, a gambling and entertainment mecca emerging from the tumbleweeds". Starring Dennis Quaid as Lamb and Michael Chiklis as Vincent Savino, "a ruthless Chicago gangster who plans to make Las Vegas his own".

McCloud meets Crime Story, or Walker, Texas Ranger minus the martial art chops - and Texas. Jason O'Mara (Terra Nova, Life on Mars US) plays the hero's brother and the title is terrible.

- MADE IN JERSEY: From the network who gave The Good Wife to the world comes another legal drama. This one stars Brit actress Janet Montgomery as Martina Garretti, "a young working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete among her pedigreed Manhattan colleagues at a prestigious New York law firm". Kyle MacLachlan is Donovan Stark, the firm's founder. Next please...

- GOLDEN BOY: From the network who gave Blue Bloods to the world comes this midseason crime drama about "an ambitious cop who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City, and the high personal and professional cost he pays to achieve it." Hey, its CBS.

Details and trailers here:

Sunday, 13 May 2012


This week some US network dramas were axed and today NBC announced its 2012-2013 fall schedule, blah, blah, blah.

« You say you want a revolution. Well you know, We all want to change the world. »

You can find the body count of the finishing season here:

The NBC's 2012-2013 fall schedule is here:

We already have a high concept show and a franchise TV spin-off. Plus ça change, plus...

Monday, 7 May 2012


After the excellent ITV1 crime drama Vera, starring the great Brenda Blethyn, another book series from award-winning author Ann Cleeves is adapted for television. And it looks promising.

The talented Douglas Henshall (The Silence, Collision, Primeval) will star as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez in Shetland, based on Red Bones, the third instalment of Ann Cleeves's Shetland Quartet. This 2 X 60-minute drama is set against the Scottish backdrop of the Shetland Isles and is centered on the character of recently widowed DI Perez, a native Shetlander who returns home after a long time away.

Shetland is due to start filming in Scotland under the direction of Peter Hoar (Silk, Vera) and has been written by David Kane (Taggart, Midnight Man, Rebus). It's a collaboration between ITV Studios, who brought the Vera Stanhope books to TV, and BBC Scotland (Case Histories) for BBC One. Elaine Collins exec produces for ITV Studios and Christopher Aird is the executive producer for the BBC. Sue De Beauvoir is the producer.

Shetland will be aired later in 2012.