What I’m Diggin’ And Why You Should Be Diggin’ It Too — Upcoming Shows Edition (PART 2)

‘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. Last week, I 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. This week, I’ve decided to add a few more shows to the roster now that all the networks have officially released trailers for their soon-to-be hits.

So, first (technically fourth) on my list of  TV shows I’m interested in:

Empire

Synopsis:  “A unique family drama set in the world of a hip hop empire.”

Status:  Season 1 premieres Fall 2014 (Fox)

Why I’m Interested:This show is far more than what the temporary synopsis says, but in any rate, this show is looking to be one of those bad-ass cable shows like The Wire or even Starz’s upcoming Power. It’s got money, it’s got power, it’s got intrigue, and most importantly it’s got Terrence Howard opposite Taraji P. Henson and it even throws in a little bit of Gabourey Sidibe from time to time. Essentially Lucious Lyons (Terrence) learns that he’s gonna bite the big one and needs to groom one his three sons to be his heir. Problems arise, however, when his ex-wife Cookie (Taraji) comes back wanting half of what she slung drugs to build. It also tackles a bit of homophobia, stereotypes of black success, and dysfunctional families to the fullest.

Bottom line: Color me interested. And if you like good actors playing shady roles, then you’ll probably like this too.

Next up…

 Extant

Synopsis: “An astronaut (Berry) returns home from a year long solo mission in space. She tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history. “

Status:  Season 1 premiere in July 2014 (NBC)

Why I’m Interested: Call me a sucker for remotely anything sci-fi. Yes, I know Halle Berry gets under people’s skin sometimes, but hey, the lady can act. And I’m already kind of pulled in by this whole Aliens meets Species with A.I. thrown in thing they’ve got going what with her getting pregnant in outer space and then coming home to an android kid. Is she going to keep her half-alien baby? Will she reject her android son? Will her husband be like Joseph was with Mary and learn to accept this immaculate-not immaculate conception? Will will the aliens arrive? I’ve already got so many questions that I hope this show won’t bore me into not caring for the answers.

Bottom line: If you want to see Halle do more than the occasional cry scene or screw up comic book characters, maybe you’ll give this a try.

And last, but certainly not least ,

How To Get Away With Murder

Synopsis:  “A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot and will shake the entire university and change the course of their lives. ”

Status:  Season 1 premiere Fall 2014 (ABC)

Why I’m Interested:  It’s freaking Shonda Rhimes, y’all! This is the lady who gave the world Scandal and this new show basically looks more like How the Popes Learned to Live. This show looks like Scandal: The College Years. Oh, and it’s got Viola Davis on the roster ’cause you know, Shonda only rolls with the Oscar winning/nominated women out there these days. 

Oh, and did you happen to notice that Alfie Enoch (of the Harry Potter) franchise is one of the leads? Yeah. He’s grown up to be really cute, yo.

Bottom line: If you want more juicy, murder mystery in your life, then Shonda’s got you covered with this one.

Honorable mentions:

Ascension

Synopsis:  “Manipulative power broker Viondra Denniger navigates life aboard the starship Ascension, which was sent into space by the U.S. government in 1963 to populate a new world. Ascension picks up 50 years into the mission, as a mysterious murder causes those on board to wonder why they’re really there.”

Status:  Season 1 premiere November 2014 (SyFy)

Why I’m Interested:  The fact that this is like a science-fiction period piece set in SPACE… my dude, how can you NOT be freaking intrigued? And these days, SyFy has been bringing it when it comes to TV (see: Defiance, Helix). Call me a nerd all you want, but this actually looks good. 

Bottom line: It look hella creepy, and I’m all about that ish. 

The Flash

Synopsis:  “A TV show centered around scientist Barry Allen, who suffers a freak accident that turns him into a superhero with the power of incredible speed.”

Status:  Season 1 premiere Fall 2014 (CW)

Why I’m Interested:I don’t know much about Flash mythos other than he’s a pretty cocky bastard and tends to have a little brotherly rivalry with Superman from time to time, but the trailer for this show looks pretty good so far and being that it’s a spin-off of CW’s Arrow (which apparently is killing it), I think that maybe this show will do DC justice. I also think this may be one of the shows to watch because it looks like DC is owning TV right now (Arrow, Gotham, upcoming Constantine, and former great Smallville). Marvel may be raking in the money with its blockbuster movies, but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is NOT cutting it for some and it looks like DC just might have the magic formula for television.

Bottom line: If you like Arrow, then you’re probably going to enjoy Flash.

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,

Got a show you’re anxious for? Let’s chat about it in the comments and connect on Twitter to live-tweet these upcoming shows!

 

What I’m Currently Diggin’ — And Why You Should Be Diggin’ It Too!

Here’s the deal:  I’ve been told that I watch way too much TV — and it’s partially true. I watch quite a few shows, but the only problem is that I tend to watch things that not a lot of my pals are into. And it’s pretty damn frustrating when I’m ready to go head first into my theories, likes, dislikes, etc., and I find there’s no one around to speak to. Le sigh. So, why is it that I’m the lone viewer in my crew? This can be one of two reasons: either I’m just very open-minded when it comes to TV (aka “weird”) or my friends/fam just don’t get why I’m into these shows.

Well ladies and gents, today is your LUCKY day! I’ve decided that I’m going to put you guys on to a series of shows that I’m diggin’ and that you could to like too. Now I figure that my list today may or may not strike a chord in some of you, so I intend to do this every week until I’ve found some kindred spirits. Oh, and it won’t just be TV shows either, but for right now, we’re gonna start things off a little light.

So, what shows am I going to talk about first? Let’s just see, shall we:

The Blacklist (Mon. 10 p.m. ET on NBC)


Synopsis: “Former government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has eluded capture for decades. But he suddenly surrenders to the FBI with an offer to help catch a terrorist under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone), a young FBI profiler who’s just barely out of Quantico. “

Status: Currently in Season 1

Why I’m Diggin’ It: First and foremost, the show’s star, James Spader, is the freaking man. I don’t care how much weight he’s gained, or how much hair he’s lost. There’s something about this guy’s caliber of acting that just makes you all tingly when you see it in action. When James talks, it just demands your attention and his role as the ever-conniving informant is quite possibly one of the best things I’ve seen on TV.

Bottom line: If you like shows with characters that are masters of manipulation, then you’ll enjoy this.

Next up… 

Grimm (Fri. 9 p.m. on NBC)


Synopsis: “A homicide detective discovers he is a descendant of hunters who fight supernatural forces.”

Status: Currently in Season 3

Why I’m Diggin’ It: I think my feelings on this show have been made quite clear by this point, but what I absolutely love about this show is that it’s got cop action, family drama, and a unique take on the characters of the Grimm’s fairy tales. It’s fantasy without being too over-the-top, while simultaneously not taking itself too serious. Every week there’s something new, while staying true to the core of the show and that to me makes for fun TV.

Bottom line: If you like shows that reshape the fairy tales you grew up loving, then you’ll enjoy this.

And finally…

Resurrection (Sun. 9 p.m. on ABC)


Synopsis: “The lives of the people of Arcadia, Missouri, are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return.”

Status: Currently in Season 1

Wouldn’t you want to know why your dead aunt popped up on YOUR doorstep?

 

Why I’m Diggin’ It: This new show kicks off with a little boy named Jacob waking up in China, and ends with us learning that he’s been dead for about 30 years. With every episode seemingly adding another dead loved one returning to their family (or possibly in hiding), this show is interesting to say the least. These walking dead — not like those Walking Dead — are all somehow connected, and the shady Sheriff Fred, his inquisitive daughter, Maggie, and federal agent Marty (Omar Epps) all want to piece the bizarre clues together. Meanwhile, we’re learning that more dead people are coming back and they might not be as friendly as the ones we’ve seen…

Bottom line: If you’re looking to take a chance on a show filled with mystery and head scratching, then you’ll enjoy this.

These are the shows I’ve got so far, but I’ll be back next week with yet another list, but in the meantime I hope you give these shows a shot! If you’ve got some suggestions, be sure to send them my way. Until then,

Are you already a fan? Let’s chat about it in the comments and connect on Twitter to live-tweet the next episode!