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Earlier this month we delivered an extensive preview of all of the movies coming out in the month of May. This was received very well, so we’ll continue to do that for each of the coming months of the year. Considering that right now is the time of the year where networks unveil the impending new shows set to hit our screens, now would be a good time to take a look at what we’re in store for. This is a list dedicated to new scripted shows heading our way in the next year, so there will be no reality series in this article.

Even though I’m the resident film expert at The Monolith, I’m a huge consumer of television shows. However, I’m the type of person that doesn’t like to watch shows as they happen, I don’t tune in on a weekly basis because I don’t watch tv. Instead, I wait until the season has finished and digest it as quickly as possible (usually over a couple of days). This means, that while I may be behind on the thing that happened this week on all your favourite shows, it gives me the opportunity to digest each season and all of its disparate elements and threads as one long movie, which as a writer myself, I much prefer.

For example, I still haven’t watched the first half of Season 5 of Breaking Bad despite it being one of my favourite shows. Naturally this leaves me keeping a close eye on what’s coming to television next and today I’m going to serve up a few trailers for some new impending tv shows arriving later this year. It’s also customary for television pilots to be directed by a “named” director that has experience in film, to truly kick off each series with a bang, so I’ll be sure to specify the pilot director for each show as well as they’re responsible for setting the overall tone and visual style that the rest of the series will attempt to adhere to.

Check out the information, trailers, vote in the poll and make sure to comment and tell us about your most anticipated movies this month! Enjoy!

The 100


The 100

Network:

The CW

Created By:

Jason Rothenberg

Pilot Directed By:

Bharat Nalluri

Premise:

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.

Starring:

Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Eli Goree, Henry ian Cusick, Marie Avgeropoulos & Isaiah Washington

The Monolith Predicts:

It’s an interesting science fiction project, based on upcoming Alloy books by author Kass Morgan. Due to the fact that the source material is yet to be released and there isn’t much in the way of a trailer, it’s really difficult to tell what this show will be like. Judging from the short clip however, it seems a little odd and trite that it trivialized the return to Earth after over 100 years by a musical accompaniment that makes it seem akin to the first day of high school. Yeah, I understand its teenage delinquents, but it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, it’s not the appropriate reaction to the circumstances.


About A Boy


About A Boy

Network:

NBC

Created By:

Jason Katims

Pilot Directed By:

Jon Favreau

Premise:

A remake of the 2002 Hugh Grant movie of the same name, which was adapted from Nick Hornby’s 1998 book. About a Boy follows the relationship between a bachelor man-child (David Walton) and the young boy (Benjamin Stockham) who moves in next door with his crazy, single mother (Minnie Driver).

Starring:

David Walton, Minnie Driver, Leslie Bibb & Al Madrigal

The Monolith Predicts:

There’s no trailer yet for this prospective series, but Favreau normally delivers at teasing out likeable and emotionally whole characters. While a remake of the surprisingly great original film isn’t exactly necessary; one wonders whether it will become stale rather quickly as they attempt to perpetuate the narrative indefinitely. Being on NBC it’s unlikely that this will last for more than a couple of seasons, though it could be good.

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D


Agents of SHIELD

Network:

ABC

Created By:

Joss Whedon

Pilot Directed By:

Joss Whedon

Premise:

Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

Starring:

Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge & Chloe Bennet.

The Monolith Predicts:

Well, this is an exciting prospect! Not only do we see the return of Agent Phil Coulson, who has since been revealed to be very much alive after his brush with death in The Avengers. This series will tell the stories of S.H.I.E.L.D’s agents and will offer a massive opportunity to expand the Marvel movie universe even further. The opportunity here is truly endless as stars from the films can make cameo appearances and the show can be even used as a great platform to introduce other Marvel characters such as Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Blade etc. The potential truly is limitless and all we can hope is that this show delivers on it! Needless to say, The Monolith is extremely excited by this show.


Almost Human


Almost Human

Network:

FOX

Created By:

J.H. Wyman

Pilot Directed By:

Brad Anderson

Premise:

Almost Human (working title) is an action-packed police drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely connection is forged when a cop with an aversion to robots and a robot with unexpected emotional responses investigate cases in a brave new world.

Starring:

Karl Urban, Michael Ealy & Lili Taylor

The Monolith Predicts:

Ah Fox. The network where great science fiction shows go to die…How long till you cancel this one guys? It almost seems cruel at this point to watch a new science fiction show on Fox because as soon as they reach any level of success the head of Fox (who openly hates science fiction) tries his hardest to get it cancelled. Next up on the chopping block is Almost Human an interesting little cyborg thriller/procedural. I’m a big fan of sci-fi so I am naturally interested in this, especially because it stars Karl Urban, who is becoming a veritable fan favourite in this genre. Between his role in the rebooted Star Trek franchise and his excellent rendition of Judge Dredd, Urban is clearly perfect for a show like this. Michael Ealy is also a strong young actor, and the chemistry between the leads seem to be intact. This should be the show that makes studios sit up and take notice. More Dredd please. “I am the law!” Indeed.


Back In The Game


Back in the Game

Network:

ABC

Created By:

Mark Cullen & Robb Cullen

Pilot Directed By:

John Requa & Glenn Ficarra

Premise:

When Terry Gannon (Maggie Lawson), a recently divorced, single mother, temporarily moves in with her estranged father (James Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player, she reluctantly starts coaching her son’s (Griffin Gluck) underdog little league team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind.

Starring:

James Caan, Maggie Lawson, Griffin Gluck, Ben Koldyke, Kennedy Waite, Lenora Crichlow, J.J. Totah & Cooper Roth

The Monolith Predicts:

Another sitcom about a thirty something that has to go and live with their weird parent, this time her Dad, played by James Caan, except the difference here is that the series is centred around baseball. Basically, her son’s a bit shit and she decides to coach an alternate basebal team to accommodate him and the other “misfit” kids. Honestly, aside from James Caan, I couldn’t care any less about this show.


Believe


Believe

Network:

NBC

Created By:

Alfonso Cuaron & J.J. Abrams

Pilot Directed By:

Alfonso Cuaron

Premise:

An unlikely relationship develops between a young girl named Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) with a gift and a man named Tate (Jake McLaughlin) sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.

Starring:

Jake McLaughlin, Kyle MacLachlan, Delroy Lindo & Johnny Sequoyah

The Monolith Predicts:

That synopsis and a few bog standard screenshots are sadly all we really know about NBC’s new science fiction drama, though the presence of Cuaron and Abrams will undoubtedly make it something worth watching. Cuaron’s Children Of Men is an intelligent and amazing science fiction film, so if Believe is anything like that, guided by the big budget steady hands of Abrams then we’ll be in for a treat.

Betrayal


Betrayal

Network:

ABC

Created By:

David Zabel

Pilot Directed By:

Patty Jenkins

Premise:

A beautiful but unhappily married female photographer begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When she turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiralling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved.

Starring:

Hannah Ware, Stuart Townsend, James Cromwell, Henry Thomas, Chris Johnson, Wendy Moniz, Elizabeth McLaughlin & Braeden Lemasters

The Monolith Predicts:

Betrayal has a strong supporting cast, which is where my interest in this show begins and ends. It seems overly focused on uninteresting romance between thin characters rather than the potentially interesting case the majority of the show is meant to take place around. That will net you the 30+ female crowd looking for romantic catharsis, but it won’t get me.


Black Sails


Black Sails

Network:

Starz

Created By:

Neil Marshall

Pilot Directed By:

Neil Marshall

Premise:

Captain Flint and his pirates, twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island“.

Starring:

Toby Stephens, Tom Hooper, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Hannah New, Zach McGowan & Luke Arnold

The Monolith Predicts:

Though this doesn’t technically broadcast until early 2014, I thought it was worth inclusion because it already has a trailer released. Marshall, who many of you will know from the excellent werewolf romp Dog Soldiers, is perfectly suited to making a tv series about Starz. It’s also produced by Michael Bay, so we know that it will be epic in scope and scale. Expect this to have a lot of less than stellar acting, sex, swearing, sleaze and gore. Sounds like a match made in heaven!

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