What do a mockumentary on the First Family, Sherlock Holmes and a serial killer have in common? Well, they are the latest television offerings from across the pond that will be winging their way to us in the next few months.
Let’s face it, no one does television like the Yanks and hopefully this next batch will have the latest Modern Family, Dexter or Homeland in their midst.
First show to catch my eye was 1600 Penn, It’s a family drama set in the White House and starring Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman and Josh Gadd.
Papa POTUS (Pullman) and his first lady (Elfman) live very public lives, but behind the scenes, their kids (including Gad and Superbad’s Martha MacIsaac) are a hot mess.
Sounds to me like a Modern Family rip-off but if it can produce half the laughs of Pritchards then I will be a happy man.
It seems more movie stars are turning their hand to television shows (Keifer Sutherland must be thanked for that) and the latest is Kevin Bacon, who stars in The Following. The thriller from “The Vampire Diaries” executive producer Kevin Williamson, the show looks edge-of-your-seat suspenseful.
Bacon stars as a former FBI profiler who’s called back into the field to track Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), a serial killer who has escaped from prison after eight years. This time, though, Carroll has recruited a whole army of followers to carry out his killings. Shawn Ashmore (“X-Men”) and Natalie Zea (“Justified”) also star. I am on the edge of my seat now just thinking about it.
Other notable shows are Elementary, a modern-day update of Sherlock Holmes is set in New York City and revolves around a former Scotland Yard consultant who now solves crimes for the NYPD, aided by his sidekick, Joan Watson, a personal recovery assistant and former surgeon. A female Dr Watson? Hmmm.
There’s Hannibal, a prequel to Silence of the Lambs (and based on Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon), a young FBI agent, a highly empathic criminal profiler in pursuit of a deadly serial killer, begins a professional relationship with an unlikely mentor, the cannibalistic Dr Hannibal Lecter. Wasn’t there a prequel film?
Bad Girls which is based on the British drama about the female inmates of a federal prison, its guards, and its highly eccentric female warden. Young American lesbians in close quarters – pure perversion.
And finally Midnight Sun, which is based on an Israeli series, when the residents of a remote Alaskan commune – or potentially a dangerous cult – vanish without a trace, an FBI agent travels up north to conduct an investigation, and uncovers a vast conspiracy and a looming mystery. Sounds like it could be the new Lost. Just hopefully without the three or four needless seasons in between.