We’ll see the results of Netflix’s partnership with Marvel when Daredevil premieres in May. The “gritty” superhero series, developed by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), is much anticipated. It sets up Netflix’s five-part miniseries about Marvel’s street-level superheroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. For fans, it’s also a chance to cleanse their palate from the botched 2003 Daredevil movie starring Ben Affleck. The TV miniseries will star Charlie Cox as lawyer-by-day, Matt Murdock, and vigilante-by-night, Daredevil. The supporting cast includes True Blood‘s Deborah Ann Woll, Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ayelet Zurer, and Elden Henson.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
After NBC canceled Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt before it even got a chance to air, Netflix quickly picked it up. The half-hour sitcom, which was given a two-season order by Netflix, was created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The Office‘s Ellie Kemper plays Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who escapes a doomsday cult and attempts to start a new life in New York. She’s hired by a wealthy woman (30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski) to be a nanny to her spoiled daughter. With Parks and Recreation ending this year, it’s nice to see another female-centric comedy emerge and hopefully it’s just as funny and well-written as Parks, if not more. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt premieres in March.
Kyle Chandler, you guys. If you watched Friday Night Lights then you know exactly what I’m talking about. This man can do wrong, as I far as I’m concerned. And I’m looking forward to watching his new show about a family “whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.” The series will premiere on Netflix in March 2015. While Netflix has had a few misses (namely with Hemlock Grove and Marco Polo), most of their original programming has really impressed me. Plus, Bloodline was created by the same people who did the critically-acclaimed Damages. There are other talented actors involved, as well, including Ben Mendelsohn (Starred Up), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), and Enrique Murciano (Without a Trace).
Man Seeking Woman
The promos for this have been really bizarre, but it’s the sort of bizarre that I like. Jay Baruchel, who you’ll remember from a bunch of movies but none more so than This Is the End, is on a quest to find his true love. During this quest, he’ll go on a bunch of dates with a bunch of different women, including an actual troll. He will (literally) put his heart on the line. Eric Andre also stars. Man Seeking Woman premieres on FXX, a network that very few people watch, on January 14th.
ABC has definitely been hyping up the premiere (January 6th) of its newest Marvel TV series, Agent Carter. Early reviews have largely been positive, as opposed to the early days of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which took half a season to finally pick up (thanks to a boost by Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s plotline). It’s significant because it’s the first Marvel Studios property to be led by a woman. Hayley Atwell plays Peggy Carter, an officer with the Strategic Scientific Reserve who goes on secret missions for Howard Stark, played by Dominic Cooper. She was first introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger as Steve Roger’s love interest. I’m anticipating Agent Carter to be a lot like Alias but with Marvel/comic book undertones. And it’s set in the ‘40s, so we’ll probably see Peggy having to deal with sexism in the workplace.
Fresh Off The Boat
For the diversity factor alone, Fresh Off The Boat is a show that I’m going to keep my eye on when it premieres on February 4th. It’s the first Asian-American sitcom since Margaret Cho starred in All-American Girl, which was canceled after only one season. The title is controversial since it’s a pejorative term used to describe recent immigrants from Asia, but it’s also the title of chef and restaurateur Eddie Huang’s memoir, which the show is based on. Nonetheless, I have high hopes for this show. Nahnatchka Khan is one of the executive producers, and she was behind the wonderful yet short-lived Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23. It also stars Randall Park, who’s received a lot of attention recently for his role in The Interview. I’m excited for Fresh Off The Boat‘s potential, as well as the chance for Asian-Americans to gain more visibility in media.
Galavant is a television fairy tale musical about a knight who’s totally given up on being a hero after the “love of his life” chooses to marry a tyrannical king. Unlike Once Upon A Time, which will be on hiatus when Galavant airs in its timeslot starting January 4th, Galavant is a half-hour comedy with a very irreverent attitude towards fairy tales. With guest stars like John Stamos, Weird Al Yankovic, and Ricky Gervais, Galavant promises to be a fun ride, for however long ABC chooses to keep it on the air. The concept is so out-of-the-box that I’m not sure if the creators are even planning to do a second season.
On the surface, Battle Creek doesn’t look all that special. But the fact that it was created by Vince Gilligan, the man behind Breaking Bad, is notable. And David Shore (House M.D.) is a co-creator. Premiering March 1st, Battle Creek is a police drama about two detectives, played by Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel, with conflicting views of the world. Kal Penn will play Detective Fontanelle White, “a local gumshoe” who clashes with Duhamel’s character. Battle Creek premieres on CBS on March 1st.
Premiering January 22nd, Backstrom is yet another detective show, but this one stars The Office’s Rainn Wilson. From the trailers, it’s unclear what tone the creators of Backstrom are going for. Dark comedy or just plain dark? Wilson’s brooding detective character isn’t exactly original, either. This isn’t high on my list of anticipated shows, but I’m interested to watch the first episode. Hopefully, the series is more comedic than serious and dramatic.
Empire is a “hip-hop family drama” created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. It premieres on Fox on January 7th. Terrence Howard plays hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon. His three sons — Andre, Jamal, and Hakeem — struggle to carve out their own place within Lyon’s “empire” (his company is literally called Empire). Andre is the eldest and the business-oriented one. The middle child, Jamal, is a sensitive musical progidy who has been “rejected and judged by his father since childhood” because of his sexuality. Hakeem, the youngest, shows the most immaturity, according to the previews. And Taraji P. Henson plays Empire‘s female lead, Cookie, who wants her share of the company after she’s released from prison.