Tuesday, September 24, 2013

DRAMA! SUSPENSE! INSANITY! aka The New Fall TV Line-UP

It is two days after the 2013 Emmy Awards, which I heard was not cute at all so I am glad I avoided it. The good news for me is post-Emmy there's a slew of new dramas on various networks and I am trying to catch every single one. I am not talking about the reality TV shows, I'm talking well-scripted, well-written one hour dramas and suspense that will likely have me wound up like a paranoid person seconds before someone sneaks up and lightly taps her shoulder. The new and returning dramas started a week before the Emmys with the premiere of FOX's "Sleepy Hollow." This latest rendition of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman leans toward the Bible's Book of Revelations with Ichabod returning to the now modern but still creepy Sleepy Hollow and partners with a police lieutenant played by actress Nicole Beharie("42")who as a child along with her now institutionalized sister, seen figures of demons that has a connection with the Headless Horseman. This series has a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" twist to it and two episodes in I am loving it. And Tom Mison is a very hot looking Ichabod Crane. Next is the revamping of a classic TV drama. Veteran TV, Film, Stage actor and bestselling author, Blair Underwood heads the cast of NBC's "Ironside" playing the title role, Robert T. Ironside. Originally aired in 1967 with the late Raymond Burr in the title role, this new version is updated in many ways. You can watch the pilot episode on NBC.com and other sites as the official premiere is next Wednesday, Oct. 2. NBC and CBS are apparently fighting over viewership numbers as they bring it with two exciting dramas Monday nights at 10/9 p.m. First there's NBC's "The Blacklist" starring James Spader. "The Blacklist" stars James Spader as a bad boy...what he is very, very good at playing. He is on the FBI's Most Wanted List and he literally walks inside FBI headquarters and surrenders. But of course, Spader's character has a reason for doing this. He only wants to communicate with a newly hired FBI profiler who is trying to start a family. What unfolds are a series of surprises that kept me on the edge of my seat, and it is only the pilot episode! Chicago born actor Harry Lennix also stars in this thriller. Meanwhile, CBS is airing a new thriller, "Hostages" on the same time slot on Mondays. I watched this thriller starring actors Dylan McDermott and Toni Collette, on CBS.com this morning and my mouth dropped in just about every scene. Collette plays a renowned surgeon chosen to operate on the President of the United States. Cool, right? Yeah, well McDermott's character - who is with the FBI - or is he? - also chose Collette's character to do something for him. Kill the President during surgery. Why? Don't know yet, but already into the pilot some secrets have spilled in Collette's character's family...whom by the way, will die if she does not kill the President. Yeah, you need to catch "Hostages" either on Demand or CBS.com. I also look forward to ABC's "Betrayal," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland." While I am thrilled with these new shows, I also can't wait for my returning favorites. And the bad news is I have to juggle these. CBS' "Person of Interest" has been moved from its popular Thursday slot to Tuesdays starting tonight at 10/9 p.m. NBC's "Chicago Fire" has been moved from Wednesdays at 8 p.m. to Tuesdays at what time? 10/9 p.m. You two networks are ticking me off for that. It will be a good season. And as long as ABC keeps Scandal on Thursday nights at 10/9 p.m. I won't snap. Check out another blogger as she speaks about old school stars and such re-appearing in the new school. Val Boaten and her blog, www.childrenoftheoldschool.com.