There are only two shows coming out this season (are there seasons anymore?) that I am really enthused about. Since they are on Fox channels, I will need to watch them while they’re on the TV:
The Following: Kevin Bacon. James Purefoy (Rome). So far this is a good combination – James Purefoy can pull off smarmy and smug, and I like the central concept that speaks to the Facebooker/blogger part of me. I just hope that we don’t see very much of James except in the first few episodes to establish his character. If this doesn’t get the big numbers right out of the gate, I think this is only going to get a season. It really all depends on how they work the actual followers – it could become a ‘themed killer of the week’ very quickly and that will kill it. Then again – it’s Fox, they’ll kill anything.
: OK – this is the one that I am all in on. This one harks back to the Cold War – so the normal target audience of FX might look at this without the same sense of strong nostalgia that I will see. I lived through the last twenty years of that period, so I can put myself into that mindset. As one critic has put it, there is something about the ‘us vs. them’ mentality in the 80’s that we need now on TV, and I agree with her. Now that we are far removed from that time and conflict, we can come back to it safely. Keri Russell (Felicity) is the star quotient in the show, but this could work with a cast of complete unknowns. Personally, I would like to have seen Konstantin Khabenskiy in the lead role, but that would have brought up issues with the sleeper agents being able to fit in so well. Since this one is on FX, there is a chance we can see multiple seasons.
It’s a shame that there are only two really good shows coming out so far. While Fox doesn’t follow the normal ‘season’ like the other networks, they do seem to have a knack for picking decent shows to play (except that one time…). I will watch the premiere episodes and report back to you, the faithful reader. But for now – I have lunch to make.
Until later, good friends.