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The Silver Petticoat’s Guide to New Spring TV Shows 2014

The Musketeers Photo: BBC America
The Musketeers
Photo: BBC America

The Spring TV season has arrived and there is a lot to sift through so we at the Silver Petticoat Review thought we would make it easier for you with a guide of what new TV shows will be premiering. Hopefully, our ‘biased’ list (we don’t include everything just what we think relevant to our site) will help you discover just what show to tune into:

ABC

The Show: The Assets

Premiere Date: Already premiered January 2nd but there is time to catch up for episode 2 on Thursday the 9th! (P.S. Doctor Who’s Noel Clarke is in episode 2). It is on at 10/9 c.

Starring: Paul Rhys (Being Human and Borgia), Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), Harriet Walter (Sense & Sensibility), Stuart Milligan (Jonathan Creek; Doctor Who), Julian Ovenden (one of Mary’s new love interests in Downton Abbey), Christina Cole (Jane Eyre; Emma), and Ralph Brown (Withnail and I).

Why you should tune in: The British cast is awesome (including the guest actors like Mickey from Doctor Who) and also because this ‘British’ like show made for America promises more short run series to fill empty time on the network. PLUS, the ratings did poorly because no one knows about it so tune in LIVE. I just found out about it and plan on catching up before Thursday. Then of course Ivan from Being Human (who was amazing) is the main star…


The Assets is an eight-part miniseries based on the real life events of CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes (Jodie Whittaker). 1985 serves as the backdrop to the final showdown of the Cold War when Sandy and her partner Jeanne Vertefeuille (Harriet Walter) vowed to find the mole that would turn out to be the most notorious traitor in US History, Aldrich Ames (Paul Rhys). Sandy is in a race against time to save the Soviet intelligence officers from being caught and killed. Living her own double life at home, this beautiful wife and mother vowed to stop at nothing until she uncovered the truth. The Assets will look inside the true, personal stories of the conclusion of the Cold War as told by the keepers of the nation’s secrets: the CIA.”


 

The Show: Killer Women

Premiere Date: Tuesday, January 7th at 10/9 c

Starring: Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Marta Milans, Alex Fernandez and Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica) as Billy.

Why you should tune in: This one could be hit or miss but the fact that this is starring two Cylons and a Buffy alum has enough to intrigue me. This could turn out to be entertaining so I think it is worth giving a chance for a few episodes at least.


“Of all the notorious lawmen who have ever patrolled the violent Texas frontier, none are more storied than the Texas Rangers. But being the only female ranger in this elite squad isn’t going to stop badass Molly Parker (Tricia Helfer). Molly is committed to finding the truth and seeing justice served. While she’s surrounded by law enforcement colleagues who want to see her fail, including Police Lieutenant Guillermo Salazar (Vic Trevino), the Rangers have her back, led by Company Commander Luis Zea (Alex Fernandez). Molly has also got her brother, Billy (Michael Trucco), and his wife Nessa (Marta Milans). On the verge of getting divorced from her smarmy husband, Jake (Jeffrey Nordling), Molly begins an affair with sexy DEA Agent Dan Winston (Marc Blucas). From executive producer Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”) and created by Hannah Shakespeare (“The Raven”), step inside the dangerous world of the Texas Rangers from the female perspective and experience the arresting “Killer Women.”‘


 

CBS

The Show: Intelligence

Premiere Date: Tuesday, January 7th at  9/8c but regular timeslot is on Mondays (staring the 13th).

Starring: Josh Holloway (Lost), Meghan Ory (Once Upon A Time), Marg Helgenberger (CSI), John Billingsley (True Blood), Michael Rady (played the adorable Micah in Emily Owens), P.J. Byrne, and Lance Reddick (Fringe).

Why you should tune in: While it sounds a little bit like a Chuck clone without the humor, it could still turn out to be really good and unique in its own way. Plus, the cast is awesome. I don’t know about anyone else but I miss watching Sawyer on a weekly basis…


“INTELLIGENCE is a dramatic thriller starring Josh Holloway as a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel is the first human ever to be connected directly into the global information grid and have complete access to Internet, WiFi, telephone and satellite data. He can hack into any data center and access key intel in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. Leading the elite government cyber-security agency created to support him is Director Lillian Strand, a straightforward and efficient boss who oversees the unit’s missions. Strand assigns Riley Neal, a Secret Service agent, to protect Gabriel from outside threats, as well as from his appetite for reckless, unpredictable behavior and disregard for protocol. Also on the team is Chris Jameson, a resourceful federal investigator. The brains behind the design of the chip is Dr. Shenendoah Cassidy, whose son, Nelson, is jealous of Gabriel’s prominent place in his father’s life. As the first supercomputer with a beating heart, Gabriel is the most valuable piece of technology the country has ever created and is the U.S.’s secret weapon.”


NBC

The Show: About A Boy

Premiere Date: Sunday, February 23rd (a special ‘tease’ will air on Feb. 21st).

Starring: David Walton (New Girl), Minnie Driver (Return to Me, Good Will Hunting, and Ella Enchanted), and Benjamin Stockham (1600 Penn).

Why you should tune in: With Jason Katims as the creator and Minnie Driver in this, About a Boy has the potential to be both a well written and adorable show.


“Based on the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, An Education), written and produced by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Roswell), and directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) comes a different kind of coming-of-age story.

After writing a hit song, Will Freeman was granted a life of free time, free love and freedom from financial woes. He’s single, unemployed and loving it. So imagine his surprise when Fiona (Minnie Driver), a needy single mom and her oddly charming 11-year-old son, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham), move in next door and disrupt his perfect world.

When Marcus begins dropping by his home unannounced, Will’s not so sure about being a kid’s new best friend, until, of course, Will discovers that women find single dads irresistible. That changes everything and a deal is struck: Marcus will pretend to be Will’s son and in return, Marcus is allowed to chill at Will’s house, playing Ping-Pong and gorging on steaks, something his very vegan mom would never allow. Before he realizes it, Will starts to enjoy the visits and even finds himself looking out for the kid. In fact, this newfound friendship may very well teach him a thing or two that he never imagined possible – about himself and caring for others.”


 

About a Boy (sorry no trailer yet). Photo: NBC
About a Boy (sorry no trailer yet).
Photo: NBC

The Show: Believe

Premiere Date: Monday, March 10th after The Voice (regular timeslot begins March 16th at 9 PM).

Starring: Jake McLaughlin, Johnny Sequoyah, Delroy Lindo (The Chicago Code), Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) and Jamie Chung (Once Upon A Time).

Why you should tune in: While J.J. Abrams seems to be producing almost every show these days, this is another one that looks good. Plus, Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and A Little Princess) is on board as creator and that truly says something about the potential quality. Basically though, I think the trailer speaks for itself. It looks fantastic.


“Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, even predict the future… since she was two years old, Bo has had gifts she could neither fully understand nor control. Raised by a small group known as the “True Believers,” the orphaned girl has been safeguarded from harmful outsiders who would use her forces for personal gain. But now that she is 10, her powers have become stronger, and the threat has grown more dangerous.

With her life and future now in jeopardy, the “Believers” turn to the only person they see fit to be her full-time protector. That is, once they break him out of jail. Tate, a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who’s lost his will, is initially reluctant – until he witnesses one of her extraordinary abilities. Bo sees people for who they truly are… and who they may become.

Tate and Bo begin their journey, one in which trust must be earned. Traveling from city to city, every place they stop and everyone they meet will be changed forever. But they’ll have to keep going to stay one step ahead of the sinister forces after Bo’s power… because it will take a miracle to keep them safe forever.”


 

The CW

The Show: Star Crossed

Premiere Date: Monday, February 17th at 8/7c.

Starring: Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), Matt Lanter (90210), Grey Damon (The Secret Circle) as Grayson, Natalie Hall (Pretty Little Liars), and Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries).

Why you should tune in: I don’t know about anyone else but Roswell was my alien romance show back in high school and college and I loved it (even had Roswell parties with friends). It is hard to imagine this being as good but I plan on giving it a chance because I think it time for another alien/human teen series to hit the air. It certainly sounds interesting enough.


“About an epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp.”


 

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The Show: The 100

Premiere Date: Wednesday, March 19th at 9/8c.

Starring: Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco (Person of Interest), Thomas McDonell, Eli Goree (Emily Owens, M.D.), Marie Avgeropoulos, Bob Morley, Kelly Hu (X2: X-Men United, Arrow), Christopher Larkin, Devon Bostick, with Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy), and Henry Ian Cusick (Lost, Scandal).

Why you should tune in: I’ve heard good buzz surrounding this science fiction/dystopian series and I have a lot of hope this is even better than the trailer already looks (it seems very The Hunger Games and Divergent). And with Isaiah Washington and Henry Ian Cusick on board, this could appeal to a greater audience than what is typical for the CW. I like the direction the network is going (more genre based). Plus, there is a Moonlight writer on board as well (Read our interview with Kira Snyder).


“Ninety-seven years ago, nuclear Armageddon decimated planet Earth, destroying civilization. The only survivors were the 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit at the time. Three generations have been born in space, the survivors now number 4,000, and resources are running out on their dying “Ark” – the 12 stations now linked together and repurposed to keep the survivors alive. Draconian measures including capital punishment and population control are the order of the day, as the leaders of the Ark take ruthless steps to ensure their future, including secretly exiling a group of 100 juvenile prisoners to the Earth’s surface to test whether it’s habitable. For the first time in nearly a century, humans have returned to planet Earth. Among the 100 exiles are Clarke, the bright teenage daughter of the Ark’s chief medical officer; Wells, son of the Ark’s Chancellor; the daredevil Finn; and the brother/sister duo Bellamy and Octavia, whose illegal sibling status has always led them to flaunt the rules. Technologically blind to what’s happening on the planet below them, the Ark’s leaders – Clarke’s widowed mother, Abby; the Chancellor, Jaha; and his shadowy second in command, Kane – are faced with difficult decisions about life, death and the continued existence of the human race. For the 100 young people on Earth, however, the alien planet they’ve never known is a mysterious realm that can be magical one moment and lethal the next. With the survival of the human race entirely in their hands, THE 100 must find a way to transcend their differences, unite and forge a new path on a wildly changed Earth that’s primitive, intense and teeming with the unknown.”


 

FOX

The Show: Rake

Premiere Date: Thursday, January 23rd at 9/8c.

Starring: Greg Kinnear (Sabrina; As Good as it Gets), Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings), John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook), Necar Zadegan (Emily Owens M.D.), Bojana Novakovic, Tara Summers (Ringer), and Ian Colletti.

Why you should tune in: With a GREAT cast that includes not only Greg Kinnear but Miranda Otto who played Eowyn in Lord of the Rings as well, this has a lot of potential. Not to mention, that the trailer actually looks really funny and the pilot episode is directed by Sam Raimi (Spiderman).


“Follows the chaotic world of criminal defense lawyer Cleaver Greene. Brilliant, iconoclastic and innately self-destructive, he has a mind-numbing lack of discretion and a total inability to pause before speaking his mind. From bigamists to cannibals and everything in between, the clients Cleaver loves most are those whose cases appear to be utterly hopeless without him realizing that he, himself, is perhaps the most desperate case of all.”


 

HBO

The Show: True Detective

Premiere Date: Sunday, January 12th at 9/8c.

Starring: Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The series also stars Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible III), Kevin Dunn (Veep), Tory Kittles (Sons of Anarchy) and Michael Potts (The Wire).

Why you should tune in: Based on the trailer, this does not look like my area of interest, however, with a great writer from The Killing (can’t wait for season 4), A list actors, and the entire series directed by the fabulous Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre), this will probably turn out to be quite a brilliant and well written show for those interested.


“In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart are brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked in 1995. As the inquiry unfolds in present day through separate interrogations, the two former detectives narrate the story of their investigation, reopening unhealed wounds, and drawing into question their supposed solving of a bizarre ritualistic murder in 1995. The timelines braid and converge in 2012 as each man is pulled back into a world they believed they’d left behind. In learning about each other and their killer, it becomes clear that darkness lives on both sides of the law.”


 

SYFY

The Show: Helix

Premiere Date: Friday, January 10th at 10/9c.

Starring: Billy Campbell (The 4400; The Killing), Jordan Hayes, Kyra Zagorsky, and Hiroyuki Sanada (Revenge; Lost).

Why you should tune in: Coming from Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), I think it is safe to say that this will be a show with great, well rounded characters which is what made Battlestar so great. This Science Fiction series definitely has a lot of promise for those who like the genre.


“Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation…or total annihilation.

Helix is the product of some of the biggest names in genre television, starting with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica). Also Executive Producing are Lynda Obst (Contact) and Steven Maeda (Lost, CSI: Miami, The X-Files).”


 

The Show: Bitten

Premiere Date: Monday, January 13th at 10/9c.

Starring: Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V), Greyston Holt, Paul Greene, and Greg Bryk (XIII The Series).

Why you should tune in: For those of us who love urban fantasy, there aren’t a lot of choices for television so hopefully, this will turn out to be a good one!


“Based on the Women of the Otherworld novels by #1 NY Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong, Bitten is an emotionally charged supernatural thriller starring Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Ted) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence. Desperate to escape both a world she never wanted to be part of and the man who turned her into a werewolf, Elena has abandoned her pack and taken refuge in a new city. There, she works as a photographer and hides her werewolf existence from her new boyfriend. When bodies start turning up in her pack’s backyard, Elena finds herself back at Stonehaven, the werewolves’ ancestral domain. Torn between two worlds and two loves, she quickly realizes that – when push comes to shove – she’ll stop at nothing to defend her pack.”


 

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BBC America

The Show: Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond

Premiere Date: Wednesday, January 29th at 10/9c. (a 4 week event)

Starring: Dominic Cooper (Captain America; Mamma Mia; Sense & Sensibility), Rupert Evans (Emma; North & South), Lara Pulver (Sherlock), and Camilla Rutherford (Gosford Park).

Why you should tune in: Basically this is just a romantic period drama about a spy and the woman who wins his heart. For those of us who love a good period drama, I don’t see how this could go wrong, especially with such a good cast to go along with the story.

“There’s no questioning the iconic status of the man they call 007, but before his thrilling adventures hit the page or screen, they were experienced first-hand by author-to-be, Ian Fleming. Stylish and explosive – Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond tells the fascinating story of the man whose own life and escapades were the inspiration for one of the most iconic figures in modern literature – James Bond. The new original four-part drama stars Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Fleming, a charming and sophisticated maverick, whose pleasure-seeking life was turned around by WWII and led to the creation of the greatest spy the world has ever known.”

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The Show: The Musketeers

Premiere Date: Still TBD but will air soon. For BBC One, it premieres January 19th.

Starring: Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias), Tom Burke (Great Expectations, The Hour), Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes), Howard Charles (Royal Shakespeare Company), Alexandra Dowling, and Peter Capaldi (The Hour, Doctor Who).

Why you should tune in: It stars Lancelot from Merlin and the new Doctor! I think that is all that needs to be said but all of Adrian Hodges’ shows have been particularly entertaining as well. Not to mention, that the story of the musketeers is always good fun.

“Created by Adrian Hodges (Primeval, Survivors, Ruby in the Smoke), The Musketeers is set on the streets of seventeenth century Paris, where law and order is more an idea than reality. More than King Louis XIII’s personal bodyguards, Athos, Aramis and Porthos stand resolutely for social justice, for honor, for valor, for love – and for the thrill of it.”

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STARZ

The Show: Black Sails

Premiere Date: Saturday, January 25th at 9/8c.

Starring: Toby Stephens (Jane Eyre), Hannah New, Luke Arnold, and Jessica Parker Kennedy (The Secret Circle).

Why you should tune in: It stars Mr. Rochester and who doesn’t love a good pirate adventure?


715. The Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean is at its apex. The former British colony of New Providence Island is now lawless territory, controlled by the most notorious pirate captains in history. The most feared among them is CAPTAIN FLINT.

But as the British Navy returns to these waters, threatening to exterminate Flint and his crew, another side of him emerges. Driven by deep, complicated, even romantic motives, Flint allies himself with the formidable ELEANOR GUTHRIE, daughter of the local smuggling kingpin who turns the pirates’ loot into profits. Together, they forge a plan to hunt the ultimate prize, and by winning it, stave off reclamation of their home to ensure their survival.

Arrayed against them are a series of opponents: rival captains, jealous of Flint’s power; Eleanor’s father, whose ambitions for the island conflict with his daughter’s; and a young sailor, JOHN SILVER, recently recruited onto Flint’s crew, who will somehow manage to constantly undermine his captain’s agenda.


 

DISCOVERY

The Show: Klondike

Premiere Date: Monday, January 20th at 9/8c. (A 3 night event)

Starring: Tim Roth (Lie to Me), Sam Shepard (August: Osage County), Abbie Cornish (Bright Star), and Richard Madden (Game of Thrones).

Why you should tune in: From Ridley Scott and the first Discovery channel scripted series; this has a lot of possibility for a great period drama. I am mostly intrigued by the cast.


“Based on Charlotte Gray’s novel “Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike,” the mini-series tells the story of six strangers fighting for survival (and riches) during the 1890s gold rush.

Klondike follows the lives of two childhood best friends, Bill and Epstein, in the late 1890s as they flock to the gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory. This man-versus-nature tale places our heroes in a land full of undiscovered wealth, but ravaged by harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their people and land by opportunistic entrepreneurs.”


 

HALLMARK

The ShowWhen Calls the Heart

Premiere Date: Saturday, January 11th at 9/8c.

Starring: Lori Loughlin (Full House), Erin Krakow ( Army Wives), and Daniel Lissing (Last Resort).

Why you should tune in: From the writer and director of the family period dramas “Loves Come…”, this has a lot of potential to be another heartwarming, feel good period drama everyone can enjoy.


‘“When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a 19th century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.”


 

What new show are you looking forward to? Sound off below…

 


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By on January 6th, 2014

About Autumn Topping

In second grade, Autumn wrote her first story, “The Spinach Monster,” and hasn't stopped writing since. Intrigued by the tales her grandmother told of vampires, witches, and ghosts as a girl, she's always been drawn to the fantastic. Later, Autumn studied English and Creative Writing (continuing her love for classic literature and everything old-fashioned) and graduated with an MA in Children’s Literature and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College. Currently, she co-runs this lovely blog and works as a YA Librarian.

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5 thoughts on “The Silver Petticoat’s Guide to New Spring TV Shows 2014”

  1. There are some great shows here and some I wasn’t aware of. I’ve been looking forward to Black Sails for about 6 months and Bitten for awhile as well. I’m planning to check some of the others out too now.
    Great article. I must bookmark it so I can come back when it’s time to set my DVR 🙂

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