New TV shows that you should be watching
Amid the usual slew of cops, doctors and family sitcoms, the season’s new TV shows include some new shows with familiar-sounding titles. Starting this week, films get the small-screen treatment and older TV series are being retooled and revived. As the record-breaking success of Jurassic World proves familiar sells. here are four that we’re looking forward to:
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Limitless (pictured above)
The Bradley Cooper film from 2011 was great fun and it’s good to see that he will have a recurring guest role in the series, giving it some big-screen heft and continuity. It starts with Cooper’s character giving the NZT-48 pill to new lead character (Jake Dorman) as various groups are after the formula. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) co-star, but because it is produced by CBS expect it to be a lot tamer than the film.
Starts: September 22
Set in 2065 Washington DC (15 years after the Spielberg film was set), Precrime has been abolished, but one of the precogs continues to see visions of murders that are yet to happen. He secretly teams up with a detective to try and stop more killings before they take place. There’s also a side plot of him searching for a twin brother and being hunted down by people who want to use his future-telling ability for less honourable purposes.
Starts: September 21
Back on TV in a live-action series for the first time since 1981, and largely off the back of the successful film, The Muppets are going meta. Rather than the variety show, this series is aimed at a slightly older audience with Modern Family-style pieces to camera and a single-camera mockumentary format. The show-about-a-show will be more Larry Sanders than what you remember of The Muppets from your childhood. And it could be brilliant.
Starts: September 22
This 13-episode revival of the superhero drama sees some of the original cast return – including Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg and narrator/lead Sendhil Ramamurthy. New cast members include Zachary Levi (who was great in Chuck) and Pruitt Taylor Vince from True Blood. The story starts one year after a terrorist attack destroyed Odessa, Texas, with the government laying the blame on those with extraordinary abilities.
Starts: September 24