2014 Unofficial Guide to Your New TV Addictions

May is a big month for television. In addition to all the season finales and unfortunate cancellations (TROPHY WIFE UGHHH), networks also reveal the pilots that have been picked up to series for the upcoming season. Every year, there are trailers that make you think ‘Why da faq did they pick this show up’ but then there’s always the ‘I need this show to come on now because watching the 3 minute preview isn’t enough’. To help you weed through the bramble, I’ve compiled a list of shows I think actually have a shot of making it at least one season. Are any of these your early favorites too?

The Comedies

A to Z

Thursdays, 9:30pm • NBC

If you’re a Mad Men fan, you might recognize the lead male as cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs Michael Ginsberg. If you’re a Mindy Project fan, you might remember him as the pretentious guy Mindy dated who adorably played the ukelele and sang a Katy Perry song. And if you’re a How I Met Your Mother fan, you might recognize the lead female as Tracy ‘I’m Not a Plot Device’ McConnell.

I’m going to be honest with you guys and tell you that I have probably watched this trailer at least 8 times already, which is probably 7 times too many. While Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti aren’t necessarily big actor names like some of the other shows that got picked up for next season, I hope people still decide to watch it, because it looks super cute… and maybe a little HIMYM-esque? Whatevs, I’m into it.

Bad Judge

Thursdays, 9:00pm • NBC

The great Kate Walsh returns to network TV! Addison Montgomery has switched occupations and is now a judge. A ‘Bad Judge’ if you will. I didn’t really expect much before watching this, but I was delightfully surprised when I literally LOLed a couple times. It’s reminiscent of Bad Teacher, both the Cameron Diaz movie and the TV show which was recently cancelled after just a few episodes (side rant: I only saw the pilot, but it was hilarious. Come ON CBS).

Black-ish

Wednesdays, 9:30pm • ABC

Like Bad Judge, I wasn’t really expecting much, but again I was delightfully surprised. I’m just gonna go ahead and say this about Anthony Anderson: he doesn’t have the greatest track record with his own starring shows. But this show is different from his previous ones, and I think Laurence Fishburne has a lot to do with it. His presence makes you take the show seriously. And ABC did a great job at pairing it after Modern Family, because it has that same sort of tone to it. A sitcom with heart. What’s it about, you ask? Family.

The McCarthys

Thursdays, 9:30pm • CBS

I might be a little biased because I used to live in Boston, but I’m always partial to shows that are set in that great city. Admittedly, not all of those shows are good, but this one has potential. The show is centers on a typical Boston family and the gay son who never really fit in. It’s important to note that Joey McIntyre, Boston’s pride and joy, is also in this show, so that gives you a reason to watch, if you’re into like, NKOTB or the 80s. Also worth noting that this show is super CBS. It’s multicam, shot in front of a live audience, includes corny jokes that your mom laughs at because she also watches Two and a Half Men still, type show.

Tribeca

This is a cop show starring Rashida Jones and created and executive produced by Steve Carell, his wife Nancy, and Conan O’Brien. That is all.

Honorable Mentions

Marry Me: Starring Casey Wilson & Ken Marino, created by a producer of Happy Endings (also Casey’s fiance IRL)

I really want this show to do well, because, RIP Happy Endings, but mehhh I hope the pilot is better than the trailer.

Mulaney : Starring John Mulaney, Martin Short, Nasim Pedrad

This show has taken a really long time to get off the ground, but SNL writer alum John Mulaney is really funny and I’m glad his show is finally getting air time. Except I also really don’t want it to be Seinfeld-esque.

Selfie: Starring John Cho & Karen Gillan

Horrible name and theme for an actually funny trailer. It’s a modern day My Fair Lady, except all the social media references make it outdated already. It’ll be interesting to see if viewers take to it or not.

Midseason Shows

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt {Ellie Kemper, produced by Tina Fey}, Mission Control {Krysten Ritter, produced by Will Ferrell}, Mr. Robinson {The Office’s Craig Robinson},  The Last Man on Earth{Will Forte}, Fresh Off the Boat {Asians}

The Dramas

How to Get Away with Murder

Thursdays, 10:00pm • ABC

Hey, Shondaland loyalists – this show is for you. To everyone else waiting outside the park, get in line, because Shonda Rhimes is LIT’RALLY taking over Thursday nights, and you need to be there or else be left out of watercooler (?) discussions on Friday. Viola Davis stars in this new drama that is on top of my list for new series this fall. And if you’re wondering how you know the tall, black kid – it’s because he played Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter movies. DEAN FRIGGIN THOMAS.

Gracepoint

Thursdays, 9:00pm • Fox

I’m not a Doctor Who fan, but I imagine that you Whovians are probably excited that David Tennant is going to be on American TV. Gracepoint is a crime drama based on U.K.’s Broadchurch, which David also starred in. In fact Broadchurch just won 3 TV BAFTAs including Best Drama on Sunday, which is basically the Emmys of the U.K. Another reason to get excited for this is that Anna Gunn, everyone’s favorite drug lord accomplice is back and on the other side of the coin as a detective, as they try to solve the murder of a young boy. Hopefully this turns out better than The Killing.

Gotham

Mondays, 8:00pm • Fox

The superhero world expands yet again, this time with the focus on Batman’s Gotham City, and more importantly on Comissioner Gordon played by Ryan Atwood Ben McKenzie.

Constantine

Fridays, 10:00pm • NBC

I’m not a big comic book person, but I just think this show’s going to do really well because everyone else seems to be into comic book stuff these days. Also I couldn’t get through the whole trailer because I got grossed out.

State of Affairs

Mondays, 10:00pm • NBC

The ever-polarizing Katherine Heigl is back on TV as a CIA analyst trying to find out who killed her fiance. Her fiance whose mom is the President of the United States of America. And also Alfre Woodard.

Honorable Mentions

Stalker: Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott

This thriller is created by Kevin Williamson, so obviously it’s going to be creepy. Maybe creepy enough to become a hit.

Midseason Shows

Backstrom {Rainn Wilson}, Agent Carter {Another Marvel Universe hit}, Wayward Pines {Twin Peaks like with a lot of Oscar-nominated actors}, Battle Creek {Vince Gilligan proves that he’s a genius and it wasn’t just luck with Breaking BAd} Empire {Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson, produced by Lee Daniels, written by Gilmore Girls’ Doyle McMaster/Danny Strong about a hip hop empire}, Galavant (A medevil musical. No really. Just watch the trailer}

 

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14 thoughts on “2014 Unofficial Guide to Your New TV Addictions

  1. This list is BALLS AMAZE. Like I need another excuse to fund shows or get caught up in even more. TV series have been disappointing to me this year, but this summer gives me such hope! AHH – so pumped!
    1. A to Z looks so cute. Love both the stars and happy to see them staring in their own show.
    2. How to Get Away with Murder is sure to be awesome with Viola Davis and Shonda running the show.
    3. Gracepoint reminds me of the best show ever, The Killing.
    4. Gotham looks like an interesting take on the Batman series, I just hope Mr. OC can hold his own and keep the show interesting.
    5. Katherine Heigl is so blah to me that I probably won’t watch State of Affairs out of spite.

    Freaking awesome list! Great post!
    -Gillian

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    • eeee thanks!!!
      1) Agreed! They make such a cute couple!
      2) I am soso pumped for HTGAWM (oh boy that’s a long acronym haha) Viola Davis is so fierce!
      3) Gracepoint does look like The Killing! I only watched the first two seasons, because I’m one of those people that got frustrated and stopped watching after the whole Rosie Larsen debacle.
      4) I just want the best for Ryan Atwood, is that so much to ask?!
      5) Oh boy. Katherine Heigl. She was perfect as Izzie on Grey’s, but then when I heard she was bitch on set, it’s definitely effected the way I watch her as an actress. wah wah.

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  2. GAHHH YES.
    1) A to Z looks adorable–like HIMYM, but hopefully a HIMYM that comes from a parallel world where they didn’t screw up the ending. I’m always in favor of more Cristin Milioti.
    2) Lisa Kudrow in that Tribeca trailer! MY QUEEN.
    3) I want Mulaney to be good. I so want Mulaney to be good.
    4) How to Get Away with Murder has the sleekest trailer ever and hot damn I want it now. ALSO, Dean Thomas.
    5) OK LET’S TALK ABOUT GRACEPOINT NOW. I’m so excited for David to be on American television. THE WORLD NEEDS TO LOVE HIM. Like, I might be more excited for his press rounds than I am for the actual show. His American accent is way better here than I’ve ever heard it before, though I still don’t understand why they won’t just let him be Scottish, or at least let him use the English accent he used on Doctor Who. And it’s so weird that they’re remaking Broadchurch (which, yes, was based on The Killing) when it just aired in the UK a year ago. I have no idea how this could ever top what they did last year, but I’m IN, because even a subpar Broadchurch is still probably better than most shows. Also Tennant. Also, you should watch Broadchurch! It’s on Amazon instant and I’m completely obsessed.
    6) What. The. Heck. Galavant.
    7) I might be spending my day listening to the Girl Meets World theme song. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/05/20/girl-meets-world-credits-theme-song/

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    • 1) YES. ALWAYS MORE CRISTIN MILIOTI. I still have the How Your Mother Met Me episode on my DVR, just because of her.
      2) IKR! I had no idea she was going to be in that!
      3) I so so so want Mulaney to be good too, but I honestly wasn’t impressed with the trailer. Also, Nasim. I want this for Nasim.
      4) Still not over Dean Thomas.
      5) I HAD NO IDEA BROADCHURCH WAS BASED ON THE KILLING. But this makes sense. duh. Yeah, totally agree with you about David’s American accent. He’s going to be one of those actors that when people find out he’s not American, it will freak their beans. I’ll have to add Broadchruch to my list of shows!!
      6) I MEAN WHAT EVEN WAS GALAVANT WHAT DID I WATCH
      7) I may have teared up watching the trailer for GMW.. get a grip. TOPANGA’S HAIR THO.

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      • Ahhh I just realized that I said Broadchurch was based on The Killing and that’s not quite what I meant. I was distracted by the American accent? Anyway, Broadchurch was based on the same Danish series that The Killing was based on. That’s a little different. SO SORRY. But in any case, the shows are related, and you should totally watch it so we can talk about it. (My list of shows is so overwhelming right now, though, so I’m sure yours is too!)
        I cried a little at the GMW trailer, and I’m just super happy about the Boy Meets World resurgence on the internet right now. Yay show.

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