We’re basically approaching the second half of our
television season. It's getting to be crunch time, people.
After the networks have tried – and dumped – about half of
the shows they debuted this fall, it’s time for viewers to taste a sample of
what they held back for mid-season replacements.
Looking at the list, there’s very little I’m interested in
That being said, there are two shows I’m looking forward to
a great deal and a handful of others I will check out while I’m waiting for my
regular television schedule to resume after the holiday break.
This year’s mid-season replacements include:
1600 Penn: The show focuses on the first family – aka the
president, his wife and their offspring. In this case, Bill Pullman takes up
presidential duties (again). His wife is played by Jenna Elfman. I’m on the
fence on this one. I love Pullman, but this will probably be pretty
uninspired. It premieres at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 10 on NBC.
The Americans: Matthew Rhys (Brothers and Sisters) and Keri
Russell star as Russian operatives in the Reagan-era 1980s spy extravaganza. The longer they’re on
assignment, the more real their arranged marriage seems. And what about those
kids? FX has quality television. And who doesn’t want to see Mad Mags herself,
Margo Martindale in another FX drama? The show premieres at 10 p.m. on Jan. 30.
Banshee: If cable is the home for quality television, then
Cinemax is the exception. The pay channel's shows are usually pretty bad. This
one looks no different. It’s from Alan Ball (True Blood) and Greg Yaitanes
(House). It stars Anthony Starr as an ex-con and master thief who assumes the
identity of a small town sheriff. Starr is attractive, but this looks too
stupid for words. It premieres at 10 p.m. on Jan. 11.
Even if TNT weren’t dead to me after
cancelling ‘Leverage,’ I wouldn’t care about this reality show about police
officers in Boston. It debuts at 9 p.m. on Feb. 27.
Buckwild: MTV continues rotting the minds of today’s youth
with backwoods young adults. It debuts at 10 p.m. on Jan. 3.
The Carrie Diaries: I loved ‘Sex and the City’ and I’m
actually a fan of AnnaSophia Robb, but this show has train wreck written all
over it. Even if it’s bad, though, I have a feeling it will live to get a
second season. It debuts on the CW at 8 p.m. on Jan. 13.
Celebrity Diving: The only way I would watch this is if it
was D-list celebrities jumping out of planes without parachutes. It debuts at 9
p.m. March 19 on ABC.
Continuum: This futuristic series stars Rachel Nichols and
Erik Knudsen. It’s about a group of eight terrorists who are facing execution
when they manage to flee – by going back in time. Syfy is hit or miss with
television. Still, I might at least give this one a shot. It debuts at 8 p.m. on
Cult: This is one of the few shows I’m genuinely interested
in. It stars Matt Davis as an investigative journalist looking into the fans of
a television series which may or may not be recreating the crimes seen on the
program in real life. Jessica Lucas and Robert Knepper also star. It’s on the
CW, though, which probably means it’s bad. It debuts at 9 p.m. on Feb. 19.
Deception: I would watch Victor Garber read the newspaper.
Still, this NBC rip-off of ‘Revenge’ is probably going to be a big old dud. It
debuts at 10 p.m. on Jan. 7.
Do No Harm: This is an update of Jekyll & Hyde, staring
Steven Pasquale. Apparently, one of his personalities is just great and the
other is a sociopath. This has cancelled after three episodes written all over
it. It debuts at 10 p.m. on Jan. 31 on NBC.
The Following: This is the show I have the most interest in
this mid-season. Kevin Bacon stars as a retired FBI agent who is called back
when a serial killer – James Purefoy – escapes and starts killing again. This
show is kind of a mystery. I’ve heard different things – including that it’s
set up to be a limited run series right from the get-go. Either way, I love
serial killer stories and I love Kevin Bacon. I’m in. It debuts at 9 p.m. Jan.
21 on Fox.
Golden Boy: Walter
William Clark Jr. stars as the youngest police commissioner in the history of
New York City. Sounds like ‘Doogie Howser’ – without the ironic acceptance.
This won’t last beyond a couple of episodes. It debuts at 10 p.m. on Feb. 26 on
House of Cards: This is an interesting situation. This is a
Netflix show. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright adapt this BBC drama into a modern
political tale. It sounds interesting – but I honestly don’t know if it will
work. It debuts Feb. 1.
King of the Nerds:
This just looks stupid. Its 11 contestants vying for $100,000 and the
title of the greatest nerd of all time. It debuts at 10 p.m. on Jan. 17 on TBS.
Legit: I like FX, but I don’t have a lot of interest in
this. This story uses Jim Jefferies as a comedian who makes a lot of misguided
attempts to become legitimate. It debuts at 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 17.
This is a medical drama that follows the
lives of doctors – including Ving Rhames and Jennifer Finnigan. It sounds
boring. Although, to be fair, I’m over medical dramas for the time being. It
debuts at 10 p.m. on Feb. 4 on TNT.
Red Widow: Radha Mitchell stars as a mother of three dealing
with the death of her husband, a marijuana dealer. Now, the character has
inherited a mountain of debt and an FBI problem. Goran Visnjic also stars. It
debuts on ABC at 9 p.m. on March 3 – and I can already hear people complaining
that ABC cancelled ‘Last Resort’ for this.
Ripper Street: This is the other mid-season show I’m completely interested in. It’s done by BBC America – so you know it’s better quality than
most shows. It stars Matthew Macfadyen and Jerome Flynn as two British police officers
caught up in the Jack the Ripper murders. It debuts at 9 p.m. on Jan. 19.
Zero Hour: This ABC show – taking the time slot of ‘Last
Resort’ – is kind of like the ‘Da Vinci Code.’ Anthony Edwards stars as Hank
Foley, a magazine editor that gets caught up in a centuries-old conspiracy after
his wife is kidnapped. It debuts at 8 p.m. on Feb. 14.
What do you think? What are you looking forward to the most?