Episode 24 – June is Busting Out All Over – 2014 TV Schedule Review
Why Watch That
It’s looking more like September than June in the land of television. The schedule of upcoming Fall TV shows has been released, and we just had to talk about it. In this episode, the Critic and the Referee discuss industry upfronts – presentations held to attract advertising revenue for upcoming TV shows. In addition, they review shows from last season and tell you what’s coming out in June.
Bad Teacher was an American comedy series that followed Meredith Davis (Ari Graynor), a divorced woman who’s husband leaves her with nothing due to a prenuptial agreement that she clearly did not read. She is forced to move in with her friend’s family, whose step-daughter Lily inspires her to come up with a plan – get hired as a teacher at Lily’s school to meet and marry a rich single father, and get back to the extravagant lifestyle to which she was accustomed.
Almost Human was an American science fiction/crime drama that took place in 2048. The uncontrollable evolution of science and technology has caused crime rates to rise an astounding 400%. To combat this, the overwhelmed police force has implemented a new policy: every human police officer is paired with a lifelike combat-model android.
Fringe was an American science fiction television series centered around Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), a female FBI agent who is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena.
Rake was an American comedy-drama television series that followed Keegan Deane (Greg Kinnear), a criminal defense lawyer whose personal problems and self-destructive behavior have him battling wits and/or owing money to everyone around him, including his ex-wife, judges, an assistant district attorney, his bookie, a brothel owner, and the IRS.
Believe was an American fantasy drama television series that followed Bo Adams (Johnny Sequoyah), a young girl who was born with special supernatural abilities that she cannot control. As those abilities start to evolve, the people who are protecting her must turn to an outsider for help. That outsider is William Tate (Jake McLaughlin), a wrongfully convicted death-row inmate, whom they break out of prison. Although he is reluctant to take on the role as her protector, the two eventually form a bond that will guide them to help each other, as well as others, while staying one step ahead of the evil forces that want the girl.
Growing Up Fisher was an American sitcom focusing on the family of 11-year-old Henry (Eli Baker) who begins to function after the divorce of his blind father – and lawyer – Mel (J.K. Simmons) and mother Joyce (Jenna Elfman). The series follows everyday situations that the family goes through, often involving Henry’s sister Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley), and normal situations that the parents have to handle, usually in a comical way.
Crisis was an American drama series that centered around an idealistic secret service agent, played by Lance Gross, who finds himself at the center of an international crisis on his first day on the job. In his search for the truth, he will have to cross moral and legal lines as he navigates the highest levels of power and corruption.
Revolution was an American post-apocalyptic science fiction television drama series set 15 years after the start of a worldwide, permanent electrical-power blackout. People are forced to adapt to a world without electricity over the next fifteen years. Due to the collapse of the government and public order, many areas are now ruled by warlords and militias.
About a Boy is an American television sitcom about a successful songwriter and bachelor Will Freeman (David Walton), who lives a carefree life as the “ultimate man-child”. His perfect world is turned upside down when single mom Fiona Bowa (Minnie Driver) and her 11-year-old son Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) move in next door.
Sleepy Hollow is an American supernatural/police drama television series that focuses on Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) who is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.
Halt & Catch Fire is an upcoming 2014 period drama that is set to premiere on AMC on Sunday, June 1, 2014. The name is a reference to the fictitious machine code instruction Halt and Catch Fire (HCF) that could cause a computer’s central processing unit to cease all meaningful function. The show is set in the early 1980s, and depicts a fictionalized insider’s view of the personal computer revolution.
Orange Is The New Black is an American comedy-drama series that revolves around Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a bisexual woman living in New York City who is sentenced to 15 months in a women’s federal prison for transporting a suitcase full of drug money to her former girlfriend, Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), who is an international drug smuggler. While in prison, Piper is reunited with Alex, and they re-examine their relationship and deal with their fellow inmates.
Power is an upcoming drama television series on Starz produced by rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. It is expected to begin airing on television on June 7, 2014. The series follows James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), owner of a popular New York City nightclub who is a major player in one of the city’s biggest illegal drug networks. He struggles to balance these two lives, but that balance topples when he realizes that he wants to leave the drug ring in order to support his legitimate business.
Dominion is an upcoming American apocalyptic supernatural action television series that will premiere on the SyFy network on June 19, 2014. An army of lower angels, assembled by the archangel Gabriel, has waged a war of possession against mankind while a rebellious young soldier, Alex Lannen (Christopher Egan), discovers that he’s the unlikely savior of all humanity.
True Blood is an American television drama series that revolves around Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic Human-Fairy hybrid who encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire. The show explores several contemporary issues, such as the struggle for equal rights, discrimination, and violence against minorities and homosexuals.
Rectify is an American television drama series that follows Daniel Holden, who was imprisoned as a teenager for the rape and murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend, Hanna. He must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia’s Death Row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question.
The Last Ship is an American post-apocalyptic drama television series on TNT. It focuses on the crew members of a naval destroyer who are forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off 80% of the world’s population.
Reckless is an upcoming American crime drama series that features two adversaries, a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a southern City Attorney. They struggle to hide their intense attraction to each other while clashing over a police sex scandal that threatens to implode the city.
The Leftovers is an upcoming American television drama series set to air on HBO on June 29, 2014. It takes place in the wake of a global “Rapture” (possibly the same as the Biblical rapture) and centers around the people in a suburban community who are subsequently left behind.
Tryant is an upcoming American drama television series that will premiere on June 24th, 2014 on FX. The series tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.
Theme of the Episode
Question of the Episode
Is June the new September?