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Shows To Tide You Over

With some shows drawing to a close, there’s a need for new and fresh episodes.  I am always tired of watching reruns of my favorite shows, even though they are my favorites.  Recently, I’ve been trying to expand on my list of favorites, giving shows like The Deep End and Past Life a chance.  Unfortunately, for Past Life, that got cancelled even though I actually kind of liked it.  Summer might be approaching but you can never have too many episodes sitting in your Hulu account just in case you have an extra two-three hours at night.

With no premiere date set, NBC has a new show that has drawn parallels to Heroes called Day One.  The premise is simple, there has been a global catastrophe that has devastated the world’s infrastructures.  Day One will focus on a group of survivors conveniently from Van Nuys, CA and how they deal with the aftermath.  The cast has no huge names–Adam Campbell, Catherine Dent, Julie Gonzalo, David Lyons—something that could spell imminent disaster for the show from the get-go.  But that wouldn’t be surprising given NBC’s recent luck with shows and ratings.  I guess we’ll have to watch who rises to lead the group and be the hero and if the show will even stick around for more than a season.

With Nip/Tuck ending, FX needs a new hit and might have it in Justified.  Timothy Olyphant leads the cast of characters as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens.  Givens is a modern-day, 19th century  lawman who has reassigned himself to his home district in Kentucky.  He goes back home after being the Jack Bauer of that time, taking no prisoners and shooting first while asking questions later.  Like all people and characters who have been away from home for a while, it will be interesting to see how the community reacts to his coming home.

Happy Town will premiere on April 28th on ABC and has a decent cast that includes Amy Acker, Dean Winters, and Sam Neill.  It will have a Desperate Housewives feel to it minus all the back-stabbing and cat fighting.  Set in the town of Haplin, MN, a crime is committed after seven years of relative peacefulness.  It seems like the unsolved kidnappings of seven years ago is set to resume and the inhabitants of the town will expose each others’ secrets.

Perhaps the most star-studded new series will be Parenthood on NBC.  Set to being in just a week (March 1), the show has assembled stars like Peter Krause, Craig T. Nelson, Dax Shepard, Laura Graham, and Monica Potter.  Adapted from the movie screen to the television screen, the show centers around the Braverman family’s four adult siblings.  Each has a family and they try to figure out what it takes to be a good parent and how to deal with personal issues at the same time.  I feel like it might be a little too close to Modern Family, where that show also focuses on the dysfunctionality of a family.  If you like Modern Family, maybe give this one a try as well.

This should keep you going for at least a little while, at least until Memorial Day weekend when all the huge movies come out.

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