I thought today I’ll do something different while my Vanillekipferl are baking and talk to you about some of my favorite (upcoming) TV series.
Of course for a fangirl like me of all things apocalyptic there is no escaping to put The Walking Dead first. I’ve been watching the complete third seasons and all eight episodes of the fourth season eating popcorn and biting my nails. I am not much of a Governor fan, so the three episodes before the midseason finale were kind of boring. Now, I am just looking forward to the continuing of the season in February. There’s increasing buzz on a spin-off for The Walking Dead, a prequel of sorts, chronicling the early days of the zombie apocalypse. Robert Kirkman confirmed that the new series will be set in a different location and feature completely different people. Launch for the new series is planned for 2015. So there’s a lot to look forward to!
If you can’t get enough of the apocalypse, Michael Bay is currently working on TNT’s The Last Ship. The premiere is scheduled for summer 2014. The Last Ship, again a literary adaption, is an intriguing post-apocalyptic drama about a naval destroyer crew forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off most of the earth’s population. Sounds terrifying, right? The novel The Last Ship by William Brinkley was first published 1988. In the book version the unimaginable horror of total nuclear war has been let loose upon the world, and only one ship, the Nathan James, with 152 men and 26 women aboard, has survived. Her captain narrates the electrifying story of this crew’s voyage through the hell of nuclear winter, their search for survival, and the fate of mankind when they find an uncontaminated paradise.
For all dystopian fans like me, 2014 might bring just the right thing: The 100! Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet. If you think the show’s premise sounds like a young adult novel, that’s because it’s based on one. The first book in a new series, The 100 (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan, was published September 3rd 2013 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers. I have to admit, I was not a big fan of the book which was partly due to the romance and the somewhat sloppy world building. But I have some hopes for the TV series: A teen TV show with elements of Lost, complete with romantic drama, half-naked pretty boys in the jungle and action scenes. Fun and nice for when you don’t want to have to think too hard.
A new science fiction series that started this year and had me glued to the screen is Almost Human, set in a not-so-distant future, where human cops and androids partner up to protect and serve. Anything starring Karl Urban will turn me instantly to a puddle of enamored goo (as should be with someone who played Cupido in Xena and Hercules for years). But apart from my hyperactive ovaries whenever He is on screen, this series also features futuristic crimes, thrilling investigations with a crazy but brilliant android and a snarky cop. This is just the right thing for all girly-girls in love with hottie Karl Urban and those males who can’t stomach another episode of CSI.
The supernatural drama Sleepy Hollow has been my hit of the fall season. There are the sandman, witches and other monsters-of-the-week in this thrilling, modern retelling of Ichabod Crane and his fight with the Headless Horseman. I think Sleepy Hollow is some weird kind of mix between Buffy – The Vampire Slayer and The X-Files. It’s creepy, mystic and full of supernatural creatures with totally likable characters / actors and fun dialogues.
Also 2014 The Falling Skies will return with new episodes in its now fourth season. And for all who can’t get enough of aliens and want them sweet-seventeen, Star-Crossed looks like a Starman redo but recast with pretty teens, slated to premiere midseason 2014.