A hero geek I am, I was ecstatic when I heard of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D's announcement. This is probably one of the best news in my TV watching history. The series follows the story of our favorite agent, Phil Coulson, along with his new friends, in investigating assorted unusual phenomena across the globe.
Although the possibility that well-known Marvel heroes (like the Avengers) will occur is low, let's hope for interesting cameos every once in a while. Like the name, the show will focus on the agent-y side of Marvel rather than the grandiose superpower show-off. Nevertheless, I'm sure it will be a great show.
2. Sleepy Hollow (September) Starring: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie
The show is based on the short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irvine. Ichabod Crane, who lives in the 1800s, suddenly wakes up 250 years later. Along Ichabod, the murderous killer Headless Horseman also is awaken. Ichabod struggles to adapt with the modern-day world while trying to save the world.
The concept of the story is really unique--it ranges from time travel to American patriotism. The show is intended for heavy watchers who have a thing for these things; if the numbers of such people are a lot, then Sleepy Hollow will survive.
3. The Tomorrow People (October) Starring: Robbie Amell, Luke Mitchell, Peyton List, Aaron Yoo, Mark Pellegrino
It seems that audience is craving for something superheroic. The Tomorrow People also takes the "superhuman" path, telling the story of young people with special powers who are being hunted down. It is the remake of the 1970s show of the same name.
I'm not really expecting much from this show looking at the credibility of the TV makers (one of them, Julie Plec, is known for creating teen-romance shows, not action-packed series). But who knows the show will surpass the low expectation and become a delight of its own? We'll see.
4. The Originals (October)
Starring: Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gilies, Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis
The Originals is the spin-off of the eminent Vampire Diaries. Because Klaus, the original vampire, the main villain in season 3 of Vampire Diaries, is too popular and lovable by the audience, the TV makers had to create a show dedicated to him. Not only that, we'll be seeing more of the original family, including Elijah and Rebekah. The show takes place in New Orleans with all its jazz and parties. The show actually already aired its first episode (it served as episode 20ish in Vampire Diaries) and got quite good reaction, so it's interesting to see how The Originals will perform later in October.
5. Almost Human (November)
Starring: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Lili Taylor
Star Trek's Karl Urban and its director J.J Abrams reunite in Almost Human. The show is set in 2048 post-catastrophe. Policeman John Kennex suffers from all kinds of physical and psychological problems, only to find out that now every policeman must be paired up with a robot. After a series of unfortunate events, John ends up being paired with Dorian, an old robot with unexpected flaws. From here, the partnership and camaraderie start.
I have mixed feelings about this show… It's J.J Abrams, but public's response is not that optimistic. I hope the show will go far!