13 November 2008

More TV You and I Will Be Watching

Last night, I finally saw what other people have been saying about this TV season --- it does suck! The lack of good TV on air these days? The bar has been set way down low. My enthusiasm has waned. I want something new now. So, I've been really eager for what upcoming shows we're to see next.

There were four new shows in production announced today. Are these going to change the landscape next year, assuming these all make it to pilot?
  • Living With Abandon (FOX), comedy - Written by Richie Keen and Heath Corson ("Hooked") and directed by Keen, "Abandon" stars Todd Grinnell, Ed Quinn, Melissa Peterman, Rachel Specter and 14-year-old Nick Dodani as the members of an abandonment support group who suffer a blow when their therapist commits suicide. Left to fend for themselves, the members band together to solve each other's issues.
  • Game of Thrones (HBO), fantasy - The program is based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling "A Song of Fire & Ice" series of novels and executive produced by David Benioff ("Troy"), D.B. Weiss ("Halo") and Guymon Casady. The title "Game of Thrones" is from the first novel in the series.
  • Rectify (AMC), legal drama - Ray McKinnon's script beautifully weaves together the legal drama surrounding a wrongful conviction into a great character-driven family drama.
  • The Review (HBO), comedy - The show is set at a New York literary magazine in the immediate aftermath of Black Monday in 1987, just in time to catch the tail end of the decade's "greed is good" excess. It centers on a young guy who leaves banking to work at the magazine right when it existence is threatened by funding cuts.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter