What I’m Diggin’ And Why You Should Be Diggin’ It Too — Upcoming Shows Edition

‘A lo, ladies and gents!

I’m back again when another installment of all the things I’m diggin’ and why you should be diggin’ them too. For tonight, I’ve decided to take a look at some of the shows that are coming soon to a TV near you and which ones have actually got me ready to set my reminders for its premieres.

So, first on my list of  TV shows I’m interested in:

Penny Dreadful

Synopsis:  “Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, and others unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.”

Status:  Season 1 premiere on May, 11 at 10 p.m. (Showtime)

Why I’m Interested: Like some people out there, I can go for a good re-imagining of Gothic novel characters. If you haven’t seen the first episode of this new show, then you probably should. It looks like it’s gearing up to give you a good mix of characters we’ve seen from books/movies like Dracula, and Frankenstein, but all cleverly mixed together a la The League of Extraordinary Gentleman. The other reasons that I’m looking forward to this show: Eva Green (my goddess) and the return of Josh Hartnett. I’m already interested to see which characters (famous or not seen on paper) we’ll encounter on this show (spoiler: we meet one in the series premiere) and to also see how they all connect in some larger supernatural scheme of things. 

Did I mention Eva Green was going to be in it, too?

Bottom line: If you like a good Gothic horror story re-imagined in some form, then this might tickle your fancy.

Next up…


Synopsis: “The origin story behind Commissioner James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival.”

Status:  Season 1 premiere in Fall 2014 (FOX)

Why I’m Interested: I’m always up for a good Batman-inspired something or the other, and this time we’re not going to see the caped crusader, but instead Commissioner Gordon before her was the Commissioner. Ooooh. From the extended trailer, we also see that we’re going to get a black female mob boss in the form of Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett) and we’re going to see all our favorite bad people — Riddler, Penguin, Cat Woman, Poison Ivy, and the Joker (yes, the Joker!) — before Batsy got his claws in them.

Bottom line: This looks like the makings of a good origins show, so I’m gonna give it a chance.

And last, but certainly not least ,


Synopsis:  “A notorious thief is plucked out of the prison to serve a Pharaoh obsessed with maintaining power.”

Status:  Season 1 premiere (FOX)

Why I’m Interested:  This show’s got my interest for the fact that it’s set in Ancient Egypt and/or is Ancient Egyptian themed. As a child, I wanted to be an Egyptologist, so finally seeing something of a culture in history that I adore ON TV is exciting to me. As it stands, we’ve had period shows from The Renaissance (Da Vinci’s Demons), Victorian, England (Penny Dreadful, Dracula), Colonial Times (Black Sails), Reign of the Tudors (The Tudors, The White Queen), and even Ancient Rome (Rome) and Ancient Greece (Xena, Hercules). Finally, Ancient Egypt is getting some shine. Oh, and Condola Rashad is playing Queen Nefertari, so that’s a win-win for me too. Don’t know what to expect, but I’m willing to watch it and see where it goes.

Bottom line: If you’re a history buff, then you should probably give it a shot.

And that’s what I’ve got for this week’s upcoming TV edition. Tune in next week to see if your show tops my list, and remember if you’ve got any suggestions, feel free to send them my way.

Until then,

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