A List of 10 Exciting-Looking YA(ish) Shows Premiering in 2013
by REBECCA, August 22, 2013
It’s the dog days of summer and I’ve sweat through every article of clothing I own. All I want to do in the whole world is drink ice cold cocktails made with Saint Germain and some kind of fresh herb and watch something amazing. Thus, my thoughts turn, inevitably, to the upcoming Fall tv schedule! I am still reeling from the disappointment of Smash being cancelled after its second season, but I’m trying to pull myself together because there is a ton of stuff premiering this season. Lots of it looks intriguing, much of it looks entertaining, and some of it looks legit promising.
So, in addition to being super psyched about my friends, Supernatural, Beauty and the Beast, Elementary, etc., here are the 10 (vaguely) young adult(ish) shows I’m looking forward to checking out, in order of pilot premiere.
Sleepy Hollow, FOX (September 16th)
“In this modern day twist on Washington Irving’s classic, Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman who is on a murderous rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow. Bound to the Headless Horseman by a blood spell cast on the battlefield of the American Revolution, Ichabod quickly realizes that stopping Headless is just the beginning, as the resurrected rider is but the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC (September 24th)
I’ll definitely be checking this one out. Produced by Joss Whedon, he also writes and directs the pilot.
“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, highly trained in combat and espionage; Agent Melinda May, expert pilot and martial artist; Agent Leo Fitz, brilliant engineer; and Agent Jemma Simmons, genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker, Skye.
The Originals, the CW (October 3rd)
The Originals is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. I thought The Vampire Diaries was boring, so I’ve probably missed some backstory to The Originals; I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to follow along, though. This is set in New Orleans, though, and I’m hoping for some Southern awesomeness. Plus: psychology grad student/bartender.
“Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, has returned to New Orleans, the city his family helped build, the city from which he and his siblings were exiled a century ago by their relentless hunter father. Klaus is intrigued by his recent unexpected reunion with his former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic but diabolical vampire who now has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans. Tensions between the town’s supernatural factions—vampires, witches, werewolves and humans—are nearing a breaking point as Marcel commands his devoted followers and rules with absolute power.
Even the human population of the Quarter is unwittingly drawn into this supernatural battleground. A recent arrival to New Orleans, Cami is a whip-smart psychology grad student who appears happy to pursue her studies by day and work nights as a bartender, unaware that many of her customers are vampires. Hiding the dark secret that has brought her to New Orleans, Cami soon finds herself fascinated by both Klaus and Marcel, and totally unaware of the danger that they pose for her and everyone around her. Now, in the midst of a thriving New Orleans, a city known to be steeped in magic and history, the long-smoldering war is about to reach a fever pitch, and the Originals stand as the catalyst.”
The Tomorrow People, the CW (October 9th)
The Tomorrow People is based upon a British show of the same name from the 1970s. This looks like it’ll be a bit of a departure for the CW, so I’m curious.
“They are the next evolutionary leap of mankind, a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities—the Tomorrow People. Up until a year ago, Stephen was a “normal” teenager—until he began hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep, never knowing where he might wake up. Now, Stephen’s issues have gone far beyond the usual teenage angst, and he is beginning to question his sanity. In desperation, Stephen decides to listen to one of the voices in his head, and it leads him to his first encounter with the Tomorrow People—John, Cara and Russell—a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation and telepathic communication. They are being hunted down by a paramilitary group of scientists known as Ultra, which sees them as a very real existential threat from a rival species, and the outcast group has been forced to hide out in an abandoned subway station just beneath the surface of the human world. They offer Stephen the chance for a normal life with his family and best friend if he will help in the struggle to isolate and eradicate the Tomorrow People.”
Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, ABC (October 10th)
Once Upon A Time In Wonderland is a spinoff of Once Upon A Time, which I enjoyed for the first season and then got bored of. Still, I’m always willing to give an Alice a chance.
“In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah smoking caterpillar and playing cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she’s seen during this impossible adventure. Surely this troubled girl must be insane and her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything. Alice seems ready to put it all behind her, especially the painful memory of the genie she fell in love with and lost forever—the handsome and mysterious Cyrus. But deep down Alice knows this world is real and just in the nick of time, the sardonic Knave of Hearts and the irrepressible White Rabbit (John Lithgow) arrive to save her from a doomed fate. Together, the trio will take a tumble down the rabbit hole to this Wonderland where nothing is impossible.”
Reign, the CW (October 10th)
Ok, let’s be serious: this will probably be both horrendous and very historically inaccurate, but I will definitely check out the pilot, if only because it looks like the CW is trying to tap into a Harlequin Historical kind of vibe here. Plus, costumes and castles, duh.
“Hidden between the lines of the history books is the story of Mary Stuart, the young woman the world would come to know as Mary, Queen of Scots. The teenage Mary is already a headstrong monarch─beautiful, passionate and poised at the very beginning of her tumultuous rise to power. Arriving in France with four close friends as her ladies-in-waiting, Mary has been sent to secure Scotland’s strategic alliance by formalizing her arranged engagement to the French king’s dashing son, Prince Francis. But the match isn’t signed and sealed, it depends more on politics, religion and secret agendas than affairs of the heart. Prince Francis is intrigued by the fiery Scot, but like most young men, he resists the idea of settling down into marriage, especially when he has a history with a lady of the court and his own point of view on the wisdom of an alliance with Scotland. Still, an attraction between Mary and Francis is ignited.
As Mary learns for herself that fierce foes are conspiring to sabotage her marriage to Francis and even threaten her life, she becomes aware of other dark forces. There’s a mysterious presence in the castle; a shrouded figure who may become her unlikely ally. Villagers cope with the brutality of the times by trusting in magic and superstition. And in the dark woods surrounding the French Court lurk those who offer human sacrifice to a being who seems to require blood.”
Dracula, NBC (October 25th)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula is very close to my heart, but it’s been done so many times that I don’t have any squeamishness about the story being changed. This really could go either way, but I’m cheered by the fact that Daniel Knauf, creator/writer of the awesome Carnivàle, is the head writer and showrunner.
“It’s the late 19th century, and the mysterious Dracula has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He’s especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night—useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: he hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan… until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.”
Believe, NBC (Midseason)
I’m super excited about this because J.J. Abrams is producing and Alfonso Cuarón is producing, writing, and directing!
“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.”
Surviving Jack, FOX (Midseason)
Surviving Jack is based on the book I Suck At Girls, by Justin Halpern, of Shit My Dad Says fame. I am assuming, then, that the character of Jack here is the eponymous “dad.” Whatever, I don’t usually care for comedies, but Jack is played by Christopher Meloni, my favorite ever SVU detective, and in the preview he looks hilarious. Le premise:
“Jack Dunlevy, ex-military and an oncologist, is a no-bull kind of guy. He sees little, if any, need to sugar-coat the truth. Up to this point, Jack’s been the parent who’s left for work early, come home late, eaten the big piece of chicken, yelled at his kids and gone to bed. But after years of deftly raising and running the family, his wife, Joanne, is going back to law school, leaving Jack as a full-time parent for the very first time.
Jack’s teenage son, Frankie, is just starting his freshman year in high school. Lanky, quick-witted, self-deprecating and not entirely sure of himself, all Frankie wants to do is fly under the radar. But over the summer, he grew 10 inches, threw a no-hitter against a rival team and started to attract girls—all of which put him in some awkward situations—especially when the only base he’s ever been to is on the field.”
Resurrection, ABC (Midseason)
Resurrection is based on the novel The Returned, by Jason Mott, which comes out next week. I have an ARC of it and have been looking forward to reading it; it seems like a premise that would translate well to tv.
“The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to return. An 8-year-old American boy wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia and an immigration agent, Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by an elderly couple, who lost their son Jacob more than 30 years ago. While they look different, young Jacob recognizes them as his parents. Those closest to the family try to unravel this impossible mystery, including the Sheriff, whose wife Barbara drowned 30 years ago trying to save Jacob. But this boy who claims to be the deceased Jacob knows secrets about his own death that no one else knows—secrets that Fred’s daughter will begin to investigate and discover to be true.”
What about you? What shows are you looking forward to this season?