Dec 282012
 

Midseason is upon us! The following new shows will have their premieres in January 2013:

NBC Deception

The Cast of NBC’s “Deception”

January 7 Monday

NBC 10:00/9:00c “Deception” (formerly: “Infamous”) Undercover detective investigates death in  wealthy family.
Cast: Meagan Good, Tate Donovan, Victor Garber, Katherine LaNasa, Laz Alonso, Marin Hinkle, Ella Rae Peck.
Genre: Crime soap
Preview: Pilot is available on Hulu and here.
Forecast: No show of this type ever succeeded long term. If the first 15 minutes of the show (featuring one of the worst displays of acting this season) doesn’t scare people off then unlikable characters and flat writing should.
Competes in schedule with: Castle and Hawaii Five-O

 

 

 

 


The Cast of 1600 Penn

Even promo shots look terrible

January 10  Thursday

NBC 9:30/8:30c “1600 Penn”  Bill Pullman returns as PoTUS in comedy about dysfunctional family living in the White House.
Cast: Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman, Josh Gad, Brittany Snow Martha MacIsaac, Andre Holland, Amara Miller.  
Genre: Comedy
Preview: Pilot available on Hulu to US internauts, everyone else click here for trailer
Forecast: By far, the best casted comedy this midseason. The trailer makes the show look atrociously bad, old school and unfunny, and terribly aging 31 year old Josh Gad thinks he can still play college students, but the pilot is actually not bad and definitely does not carry that last century “one laugh every three minutes” vibe the trailer implies. Pilot also breaks this year record of cameo appearances.
Competes in schedule with: Person Of Interest, Glee

 

 


Cinemax' "Banshee"

Antony Starr in Cinemax’ “Banshee”

January 11  Friday

[Cinemax] 10:00/9:00c “Banshee“ An ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pennsylvania, where he continues his criminal activities, while he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier. 10 episode initial order.
Cast: Antony Starr, Ben Cross, Cedric Stewart, Frankie Faison, Ivana Miličević, Rus Blackwell.
Preview: Click here for trailer  and full pilot episode is available on YouTube
Genre: Action drama
Forecast: Creator of ‘True Blood” is behind it. Lead’s uncanny resemblance to Sam Worthington might help. 
Competes in schedule with:  Blue Bloods

 


AnnaSophia Robb in The CW's The Carrie Diaries

NY Women with LMFAO fashion sense are back

January 14  Monday

The CW 8:00/7:00c “The Carrie Diaries” Sex & The City prequel follows character of young Carrie Broadshaw in the 80ies.
Cast: AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Brendan Dooling, Freema Agyeman, Stefania Owen, Katie Findlay.
Genre: Chick flick
Preview: Extended trailer here.
Forecast: Make belief eighties show by people who have by the looks of things not a slightest clue what eighties looked like beyond plastic jewelry. It’s “Jane by Design” with flashier cast.
Competes in schedule with: Bones

 

 


The cast of FX' "Legit"

Funny boys

January 17  Thursday

FX 10:30/9:30c “Legit” Pseudo biographical comedy revolving around comedian Jim played by Jim Jefferies.
Cast:  Jim Jefferies, Dan Bakkedahl, D.J. Qualls. 13 episode order.
Genre: Comedy
Preview: There is a few seconds long park bench TV advert doing rounds on the net. That’s about it. FX public relations department is non existent.
Forecast: Supporting cast is better than lead, we’ll see if it works
Competes in schedule with: New drama “Do No Harm” on NBC, some “Elementary” episodes

 

 

 

 


The cast of BBC's "Ripper Street"

Bowler hat detectives

January 19 Saturday

BBC 9:00/8:00c “Ripper Street” BBC America’s eight-part British costume drama trying to figure out identity of Jack the Ripper.
Genre: Crime drama
Cast:  Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg , Myanna Buring and David Dawson 
Preview:  Trailer here
Forecast: It’s a BBC mini series. They don’t make them for just ratings. 
Competes in schedule with: Nothing

 


The cast of FOX' "The Following"

Psycho killer, Qu’est-ce que c’est?

January 21 Monday

FOX  9:00/8:00c “The Following” James Purefoy plays deranged serial killer with cult following. Ex. FBI agent (Kevin Bacon) comes out of retirement to hunt him down after escape from prison.
Cast: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore, Natalie Zea, Valorie Curry, Jeananne Goossen, Nico Tortorella, Adan Canto, Billy Brown, Kyle Catlett.
Genre: Crime drama
Preview: Trailer here
 Forecast: This is most promising new show this winter. Kevin sure as hell is not going footloose in this one.
Competes in schedule with: Nothing worth mentioning

 

 

 


Matthew Rhys in FX' "The Americans"

Zdrastvooy Camrade!

January 30 Wednesday

FX 10:00/9:00c “The Americans”  Cold war drama set in early eighties focusing on KGB agents moving into Washington DC suburbs as all american family.
Cast: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich.Pilot received 13 episode series order mid August 2012. 
Preview: Few short flash scene teasers on facebook.
Forecast: Pilot had fantastic reception at Mipcom TV 2012 and the show indeed looks very promising, but if it fails it’s only because FX made no PR effort at all to promote this series. Seriously, no press pack, no promo shots, trailer on FX page is unavailable from most IP ranges, most pictures on the net are extracted from facebook teasers.
Competes in schedule with: CSI and Chicago Fire

 


Steven Pasquale in NBC "Do No Harm"

Ying/Yang

January 31 Thursday

NBC 10:00/9:00c “Do No Harm”  [CANCELLED] Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story – successful neurosurgeon turns dangerous alternate personality every night.
Cast: Steven Pasquale, Phylicia Rashad, Alana De La Garza, Mousa Kraish, Michael Esper, Ruta Gedmintas.

Genre: Crime/medical mashup
Preview: Trailer here
Forecast: Steven Pasquale is capable actor, but as an only lead he is unlikely to carry this show into second season.
Competes in schedule with: Some “Elementary” episodes and the new “Legit” comedy series.
[Update: On February 8, 2012 NBC pulled the show off the air after just two episodes.]

 

 



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