From True Detective with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson to Believe by Alfonso Cuaron, from Penny Dreadful produced by Sam Mendes to John Malkovich in the guise of a pirate in Crossbones: here are the 15 new TV series of 2014 not to be missed.
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Personally the TV event of the year 2014 that we are all waiting for is the return of Games of Thrones in the spring. After killing off all the cast in the notorious Red Wedding we are curious, to say the least, to see the evolution of the plot and the ups and downs in the realm of the Westeros in this masterful HBO series.
2014 however promises to be a year full of surprises and new arrivals on all networks. Lets’ have a look at the most interesting 15 premieres taking place this year.
True Detective, HBO – Premiere date January 12, 2014
We start with a bang on HBO with a series of 8 episodes written by the novelist Nic Pizzolato and directed by Cary Joji Fukungava, creator of Jane Eyre. The series stars two top Hollywood actors: Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey who are likely to be nominated for an Oscar in 2014 for the Dallas Buyers Club.
The story takes place in Louisiana across three time spans (1985, 2002, 2012), where two detectives are following a grisly murder case.
Looking, HBO – Premiere date January, 19, 2014
One of the most long awaited series because it heralds a revolution on how homosexuals are portrayed on TV: Looking is about the life of three gay friends in San Francisco played by Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett and the trailer is a far cry from the usual stereotypical depiction of the LGBT world on TV. We shall see.
Black Sails, StarZ – Premiere date January 25, 2014
Jon Steinberg creator of Jericho and Michael Bay in production behind this second series set in the pirate world, Black Sails is a kind of prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island featuring Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) at the helm and young John Silver (Luke Arnold). The trailer is more like a feature film.
Star-Crossed, CW – Premiere date February 17, 2014
Romeo and Juliet in space. Teen CW has put together a romantic sci-fi series which in Star-Crossed, follows the romantic and not so romantic ups and downs of a human Juliet, Emery Whitehill (Aimee Teegraden) and an alien Romeo, Roman (Matt Lanter in Beverly Hills 90210). Obviously it all takes place at high school. Will it be the new Vampire Diaries?
Mixology, ABC – Premiere date February 26, 2014
A new sit com from ABC, Mixology follows a group of 11 people interacting in a bar in Manhattan, the “Mix”, on a single night: the final season will show the end of their night together. A cast of relatively new faces for an interesting narrative premise.
Penny Dreadful, Showtime
We all have our demons. So says the first chilling trailer for Penny Dreadful. Saying that we are excited before we even see it would be an understatement. Written by John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator, Skyfall, Noah) and produced by Sam Mendes, this series, set in Victorian London realistically recounts the origins of the scariest literary characters ever created from Frankenstein to Dracula and Dorian Gray.
The cast is sensational: Josh Harnett, Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Billie Piper and two interesting new comers Reeve Carney, who appeared in the Spider-Man musical in the role of Dorian Gray, and Harry Treadway as Victor Frankenstein.
The Leftovers, HBO
Based on the novel by the same name by Tom Perrotta and produced by the writer in collaboration with Damon “Lost” Lindelof, The Leftovers follows those who were left behind following a rapture, and from the few clips on the mega trailer on the new 2014 HBO season it promises to be gripping with people falling off roofs. Here too there’s a Hollywood cast with Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler and Christopher Ecclestone.
Produced by J.J.Abrams and created by the visionary Alfonso Cuaròn (yes, the one from Gravity), Believe tells the story of little Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a girl with special, powers that she cannot control whose dangerous life is entrusted to a wrongfully convicted death row inmate (Jake McLaughlin). The cast also features Kyle MacLachlan.
About a boy, NBC
Developed by Jason Katims (head writer of Friday Night Lights) based on the book by Nick Hornby which was made into a film starring Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult and Toni Collette, About a boy is a single-camera comedy that follows the ups and downs of the life of bachelor Will Freeman (David Walton) when it is turned upside down by Marcus Brewer (Benjamin Stockham) and his mother Fiona (Minnie Driver).
Will 2014 be the year of the pirates? Judging from the first two premieres it would seem so. Crossbones even sees such big guns as John Malkovich taking on the role of a pirate that really existed, Edward Blackbeard Teach. Created by Neil Cross creator of Luther and based on the book The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard, we look forward to the trailer with baited breath.
Spies in the American fight for independence in the new AMC drama: written by Craig Silverstein the creator of Nikita and set in the summer of 1778, Turn tells the story of a farmer Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell, formerly Billy Elliott) who helps the notorious Culper Ring, the group of spies put together under orders of George Washington during the fight for American independence.
Halt &Catch Fire, AMC
From the American fight for independence to the computer revolution of the 1980’s: AMC’s Halt &Catch Fire is set during the personal computer boom through the eyes of visionaries and engineers. Starring Lee Pace, Thranduil in The Hobbit, Scott McNairy, Kerry Bishé and Mackenzie Davis.
Better Call Saul, AMC
The long awaited prequel for all those Breaking Bad fans: Vince Gilligan wanted to develop the pre Walter White and Jesse Pinkman story focusing on the crooked character of Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). There are still a few doubts over possible guest stars like Bryan Cranstone and Aaron Paul, but for certain there is the historical agreement with Netflix who will give the paying public the entire season the day after the end of the freshman season.
After having given us (so to speak) House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Netflix is going the whole hog and hiring no less than Andy and Lana Wachowski (Matrix) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) to create a 10 episode series about a group of eight people that communicate telepathically with each other and have to cope with the interest their gifts arise in governments and ordinary citizens.
The Normal Heart, HBO
This is not a real series but a TV movie, The Normal Heart after years of work and changes of location it will be shown in spring 2014. Directed by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee, and Nip/Tuck) and written by Larry Kramer, it is based on the play with the same name that tells the story of Ned Weeks, the gay activist and founder of the first HIV advocacy group in the 1980’s. Starring alongside Mark Ruffalo are Julia Roberts in the role of Dr Emma Brookner, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons.
We will update this list with premiere dates and trailers when they’ll come out.
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