Saturday, 21 February 2015

Five Most Anticipated Shows of 2015


Writing this may not be a great omen for me. I've been the unfortunate one as of late to get really into new television shows, only to have them canceled right from under me with one or two seasons under their belts. I hope that's not beginning to become a new trend within the television realm, especially with the promising schedule that is beginning to arise for this year.

Many of the shows on this list I found out about last year once they were announced - excluding Battle Creek - so to say I'm anticipating them is the understatement of the century.

This was the one show that is completely fresh to me as of this year. Low and behold, I was doing some scavenging for any scraps of new X-Files news on the looming revival (still as of yet confirmed), and I find that none other than the man himself - Vince Gilligan - has not one, but two shows premiering this year.

And why did Gilligan come up whilst I was searching for X-Files news? Because that's where he got his start. If it weren't for X-Files, we wouldn't have Breaking Bad. Or Better Call Saul. This time around, Gilligan is pairing up with House creator David Shore for a fresh take on the Cop/Crime drama.

Battle Creek takes place in - you guessed it - Battle Creek, Michigan. It stars Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as an FBI Agent/Police Detective duo teaming up to improve the Battle Creek police department, which has seen better days, as shown in this preview.

Pretty much the whole of my family seems to be catching Breaking Bad fever as of late. Me and my Brother started watching it sometime last year, and have yet to finish it ... we're in Season Four. I know, we're out of the loop just give us time. But the rest of our family are beginning to follow suit. So what better time to get around to finishing the damn show so we can watch its prequel, Better Call Saul.

Out of all the characters in Breaking Bad, I had a strange affinity with James McGill/Saul Goodman. I don't know why, but he has honestly become one of the lights of my life. So, to find out last year that Gilligan was giving him his own show...well. What more could I have asked for? I mean, look how perfect it looks.

It began airing on AMC and Netflix on February 8 of this year, of which I have yet to watch because of Breaking Bad. Although if I'm honest, I don't want my viewing of it to end. Which seems to be a trend with shows that Gilligan is involved with. 

After seeing a little snippet of this sometime last year, I knew this show was going to be one of the highlights of 2015 for me. You do not know how long I have been waiting for a show that is just ... different.

So along came The Last Man On Earth. Not to be confused with the 1964 film of the same name based on the 1954 novel, I Am Legend. This is far from the dark, science fiction horror that those two entail. This futuristic comedy is written and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The guys that created one of my favorite films of last year, The Lego Movie.

The show was created by and stars Will Forte as Phil Miller, the last human on Earth in the year 2022. And by the look of this new trailer, it seems to begin in Tuscon which is one of my dream places to live in. Me and this show were meant to be. 

This was the one show I was so excited about last year. It was the one that came to my attention first, mainly through its similarity to a certain favourite show of mine, Twin Peaks.

I know, I know, it's based on the novel Pines by Blake Crouch, therefore isn't an inspired venture of the 90s classic but you can definitely feel the vibes. An idealistic yet mysterious town, surrealist cinematography, the seemingly dark underbelly of the American Dream...it has it all. 

Wayward Pines 
seems to be looking like M. Night Shyamalan's return to the limelight (finally), after his string of unsuccessful films. So hopefully this acts as a redemption for his skill in directing and storytelling which is what seems to come across in this newly released trailer

And here we have it, my most anticipated show of this year. By far. Being the fan of David Duchovny that I am, I was around for the announcement of his return to network television, Aquarius.

After leaving network television when The X-Files ended back in 2002, Duchovny went on to star in a string of films before returning to TV, albeit on cable with one of my favorite shows, Californication. Thankfully, the news of Aquarius came at the right time to quell my sense of denial that Californication is indeed over, and has been since last Summer.

Slowly but surely, more information has been released since its announcement, and the show has also finished filming and is nearing the end of post-production. Aquarius - set in 1967 - tells the tale of Police Sergeant Sam Hodiak (Duchovny) as he embarks on a missing person case with the help of undercover officer Brian Shafe (Grey Damon), which unknown to them leads them to the prolific serial killer, Charles Manson.

The late 60s/early 70s are one of my favorite eras to study, especially in terms of history in America at the time. So, this show is going to be one hell of a ride, in terms of the historic aspect of America and also the music scene. I have a feeling that this could very well top the Californication soundtrack if it’s done right. And by the looks of this teaser, I think it's heading down that path. 
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