What I’m Diggin’ And Why You Should Be Diggin’ It Too — Upcoming Shows Edition (PART 2)

‘A lo, ladies and gents!

I’m back again when another installment of all the things I’m diggin’ and why you should be diggin’ them too. Last week, I decided to take a look at some of the shows that are coming soon to a TV near you and which ones have actually got me ready to set my reminders for its premieres. This week, I’ve decided to add a few more shows to the roster now that all the networks have officially released trailers for their soon-to-be hits.

So, first (technically fourth) on my list of  TV shows I’m interested in:

Empire

Synopsis:  “A unique family drama set in the world of a hip hop empire.”

Status:  Season 1 premieres Fall 2014 (Fox)

Why I’m Interested:This show is far more than what the temporary synopsis says, but in any rate, this show is looking to be one of those bad-ass cable shows like The Wire or even Starz’s upcoming Power. It’s got money, it’s got power, it’s got intrigue, and most importantly it’s got Terrence Howard opposite Taraji P. Henson and it even throws in a little bit of Gabourey Sidibe from time to time. Essentially Lucious Lyons (Terrence) learns that he’s gonna bite the big one and needs to groom one his three sons to be his heir. Problems arise, however, when his ex-wife Cookie (Taraji) comes back wanting half of what she slung drugs to build. It also tackles a bit of homophobia, stereotypes of black success, and dysfunctional families to the fullest.

Bottom line: Color me interested. And if you like good actors playing shady roles, then you’ll probably like this too.

Next up…

 Extant

Synopsis: “An astronaut (Berry) returns home from a year long solo mission in space. She tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history. “

Status:  Season 1 premiere in July 2014 (NBC)

Why I’m Interested: Call me a sucker for remotely anything sci-fi. Yes, I know Halle Berry gets under people’s skin sometimes, but hey, the lady can act. And I’m already kind of pulled in by this whole Aliens meets Species with A.I. thrown in thing they’ve got going what with her getting pregnant in outer space and then coming home to an android kid. Is she going to keep her half-alien baby? Will she reject her android son? Will her husband be like Joseph was with Mary and learn to accept this immaculate-not immaculate conception? Will will the aliens arrive? I’ve already got so many questions that I hope this show won’t bore me into not caring for the answers.

Bottom line: If you want to see Halle do more than the occasional cry scene or screw up comic book characters, maybe you’ll give this a try.

And last, but certainly not least ,

How To Get Away With Murder

Synopsis:  “A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot and will shake the entire university and change the course of their lives. ”

Status:  Season 1 premiere Fall 2014 (ABC)

Why I’m Interested:  It’s freaking Shonda Rhimes, y’all! This is the lady who gave the world Scandal and this new show basically looks more like How the Popes Learned to Live. This show looks like Scandal: The College Years. Oh, and it’s got Viola Davis on the roster ’cause you know, Shonda only rolls with the Oscar winning/nominated women out there these days. 

Oh, and did you happen to notice that Alfie Enoch (of the Harry Potter) franchise is one of the leads? Yeah. He’s grown up to be really cute, yo.

Bottom line: If you want more juicy, murder mystery in your life, then Shonda’s got you covered with this one.

Honorable mentions:

Ascension

Synopsis:  “Manipulative power broker Viondra Denniger navigates life aboard the starship Ascension, which was sent into space by the U.S. government in 1963 to populate a new world. Ascension picks up 50 years into the mission, as a mysterious murder causes those on board to wonder why they’re really there.”

Status:  Season 1 premiere November 2014 (SyFy)

Why I’m Interested:  The fact that this is like a science-fiction period piece set in SPACE… my dude, how can you NOT be freaking intrigued? And these days, SyFy has been bringing it when it comes to TV (see: Defiance, Helix). Call me a nerd all you want, but this actually looks good. 

Bottom line: It look hella creepy, and I’m all about that ish. 

The Flash

Synopsis:  “A TV show centered around scientist Barry Allen, who suffers a freak accident that turns him into a superhero with the power of incredible speed.”

Status:  Season 1 premiere Fall 2014 (CW)

Why I’m Interested:I don’t know much about Flash mythos other than he’s a pretty cocky bastard and tends to have a little brotherly rivalry with Superman from time to time, but the trailer for this show looks pretty good so far and being that it’s a spin-off of CW’s Arrow (which apparently is killing it), I think that maybe this show will do DC justice. I also think this may be one of the shows to watch because it looks like DC is owning TV right now (Arrow, Gotham, upcoming Constantine, and former great Smallville). Marvel may be raking in the money with its blockbuster movies, but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is NOT cutting it for some and it looks like DC just might have the magic formula for television.

Bottom line: If you like Arrow, then you’re probably going to enjoy Flash.

And that’s what I’ve got for this week’s upcoming TV edition. Tune in next week to see if your show tops my list, and remember if you’ve got any suggestions, feel free to send them my way.

Until then,

Got a show you’re anxious for? Let’s chat about it in the comments and connect on Twitter to live-tweet these upcoming shows!

 

What I’m Diggin’ And Why You Should Be Diggin’ It Too — Upcoming Shows Edition

‘A lo, ladies and gents!

I’m back again when another installment of all the things I’m diggin’ and why you should be diggin’ them too. For tonight, I’ve decided to take a look at some of the shows that are coming soon to a TV near you and which ones have actually got me ready to set my reminders for its premieres.

So, first on my list of  TV shows I’m interested in:

Penny Dreadful

Synopsis:  “Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, and others unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.”

Status:  Season 1 premiere on May, 11 at 10 p.m. (Showtime)

Why I’m Interested: Like some people out there, I can go for a good re-imagining of Gothic novel characters. If you haven’t seen the first episode of this new show, then you probably should. It looks like it’s gearing up to give you a good mix of characters we’ve seen from books/movies like Dracula, and Frankenstein, but all cleverly mixed together a la The League of Extraordinary Gentleman. The other reasons that I’m looking forward to this show: Eva Green (my goddess) and the return of Josh Hartnett. I’m already interested to see which characters (famous or not seen on paper) we’ll encounter on this show (spoiler: we meet one in the series premiere) and to also see how they all connect in some larger supernatural scheme of things. 

Did I mention Eva Green was going to be in it, too?

Bottom line: If you like a good Gothic horror story re-imagined in some form, then this might tickle your fancy.

Next up…

 Gotham

Synopsis: “The origin story behind Commissioner James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival.”

Status:  Season 1 premiere in Fall 2014 (FOX)

Why I’m Interested: I’m always up for a good Batman-inspired something or the other, and this time we’re not going to see the caped crusader, but instead Commissioner Gordon before her was the Commissioner. Ooooh. From the extended trailer, we also see that we’re going to get a black female mob boss in the form of Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett) and we’re going to see all our favorite bad people — Riddler, Penguin, Cat Woman, Poison Ivy, and the Joker (yes, the Joker!) — before Batsy got his claws in them.

Bottom line: This looks like the makings of a good origins show, so I’m gonna give it a chance.

And last, but certainly not least ,

Hieroglyph

Synopsis:  “A notorious thief is plucked out of the prison to serve a Pharaoh obsessed with maintaining power.”

Status:  Season 1 premiere (FOX)

Why I’m Interested:  This show’s got my interest for the fact that it’s set in Ancient Egypt and/or is Ancient Egyptian themed. As a child, I wanted to be an Egyptologist, so finally seeing something of a culture in history that I adore ON TV is exciting to me. As it stands, we’ve had period shows from The Renaissance (Da Vinci’s Demons), Victorian, England (Penny Dreadful, Dracula), Colonial Times (Black Sails), Reign of the Tudors (The Tudors, The White Queen), and even Ancient Rome (Rome) and Ancient Greece (Xena, Hercules). Finally, Ancient Egypt is getting some shine. Oh, and Condola Rashad is playing Queen Nefertari, so that’s a win-win for me too. Don’t know what to expect, but I’m willing to watch it and see where it goes.

Bottom line: If you’re a history buff, then you should probably give it a shot.

And that’s what I’ve got for this week’s upcoming TV edition. Tune in next week to see if your show tops my list, and remember if you’ve got any suggestions, feel free to send them my way.

Until then,

Got a show you’re anxious for? Let’s chat about it in the comments and connect on Twitter to live-tweet these upcoming shows!