Are you curious about new shows coming this September? AFN has “cherry-picked” the most anticipated ALL NEW talked about series from US television networks and cable. With each show generating high “buzz factor” in entertainment news and media, we have high confidence in the following contenders for 2013:
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash, Marvel’s The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. The team consists of expert in combat and espionage Agent Grant Ward, pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz and Agent Jemma Simmons. They are joined by a new civilian recruit and computer hacker “Skye”.
Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as agent Jemma Simmons and Brett Dalton as agent Grant Ward.
This high-octane thriller is about a family taken hostage in their own home. Toni Collette stars as a surgeon caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy, and is ordered to assassinate the President of the United States in order to save her family. Dylan McDermott stars as the lead hostage taker compelled to do the wrong thing for the right reasons in this taut drama filled with unexpected twists and turns.
Toni Collette as Ellen Sanders, Dylan McDermott as Duncan Carlisle, Tate Donovan as Brian Sanders, Quinn Shephard as Morgan Sanders, Mateus Ward as Jake Sanders, Billy Brown as Archer Petit, Sandrine Holt as Sandrine Gonzales, Rhys Coiro as, Kramer Delaney and James Naughton as President Kincaid.
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.” He mysteriously surrenders to the FBI with an explosive offer; he will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, the ﬁrst of many on a list that Red has compiled over the years: a “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists. The condition is that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen, an FBI proﬁler fresh out of Quantico.
James Spader as Red Reddington, Megan Boone as Elizabeth Keen Keen, Diego Klattenhoff as Donald Ressler, Harry Lennix as Harold cooper and Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen.
The Crazy Ones
Oscar®-winner Robin Williams returns to network television with his signature brand of humor in this inspired workplace comedy. As a renowned advertising genius whose unorthodox methods would get him fired‐if he weren’t the boss‐he heads a powerful agency with the biggest clients and brands in the world. The office is staffed with an eclectic group intent on keeping his antics in check, including his daughter, who often questions her father’s sanity while trying to make a name in the advertising world.
Robin Williams as Simon, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Sydney, James Wolk as Zach, Hamish Linklater as Andrew and Amanda Setton as Lauren.
The Michael J. Fox Show
One of New York’s most beloved news anchors, Mike Henry, put his career on hold to spend more time with his family and focus on his health after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. But now five years later, with the kids busy growing up and Mike growing restless, it just might be time for him to get back to work. Having never wanted Mike to leave in the first place, his old boss Harris Green jumped at the chance to get him back on TV. The trick, as it’s always been, was to make Mike think it was his idea.
Michael J. Fox as Mike, Betsy Brandt as Annie, Conor Romero as Ian, Juliette Goglia as Eve, Jack Gore as Graham, Katie Finneran as Leigh, Wendell Pierce as Harris and Ana Nogueira as Cay Costa.
In this modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic, Ichabod Crane 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. Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman who is on a murderous rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow. Bound to the Headless Horseman by a blood spell cast on the battlefield of the American Revolution, Ichabod quickly realizes that stopping Headless is just the beginning, as the resurrected rider is but the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane, Nicole Beharie as Abbie Mills, Orlando Jones as Captain Frank Irving and Katia Winter as Katrina Crane.
Once Upon a Time
In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah smoking caterpillar and playing cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she’s seen during this impossible adventure. Surely this troubled girl must be insane and her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything. But deep down Alice knows this world is real and just in the nick of time, the sardonic Knave of Hearts and the irrepressible White Rabbit arrive to save her from a doomed fate.
Sophie Lowe as Alice, Michael Socha as Knave of Hearts, Peter Gadiot as Cyrus, Emma Rigby as Queen of Hearts and John Lithgow as the voice of the White Rabbit.
The Original family of vampires from the CW hit The Vampire Diaries had an understanding for thousands of years that “family is power”. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Centuries later the bonds of family dissolved. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart. In the present, the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans is a battleground between The Originals and Marcel, a charismatic vampire who has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of the town.
Joseph Morgan as Klaus, Daniel Gillies as Elijah, Claire Holt as Rebekah, Phoebe Tonkin as Hayley, Charles Michael Davis as Marcel, Daniella Pineda as Sophie, Leah Pipes as Cami and Danielle Campbell as Davina.
Brooklyn Nine – Nine
This new comedy is about what happens when a talented, but carefree, detective gets a new captain with a lot to prove. Detective Jake Peralta is a good enough cop that he’s never had to work that hard or follow the rules too closely. Perhaps because he has the best arrest record among his colleagues, he’s been enabled and indulged throughout his entire career. That is, until the precinct gets a new commanding officer, Captain Ray Holt who reminds this hotshot to respect the badge.
Andy Samberg as Detective Jake Peralta, Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Terry Crews as Sergeant Terry Jeffords, Joe Lo Truglio as Detective Charles Boyl, Stephanie Beatriz as Detective Rosa Diaz and Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti.
Sean Saves The World
Sean’s a divorced dad who’s trying to juggle it all. From his overbearing boss and offbeat employees at work, to his pushy mom and weekends with his teenage daughter at home, handling it all is no easy task. So when Ellie, his 14-year-old bundle of joy, moves in full-time, it’s a whole new challenge. But it seems his company’s new owner has decided Sean and his team should work longer hours, throwing a kink in his perfectly constructed homemaking plans.
Sean Hayes as Sean, Sami Isler as Ellie, Linda Lavin as Loma, Thomas Lennon as Max Echo Kellum as Hunter and Lindsay Sloane as Liz.
The Tomorrow People
Stephen Jameson stands at the crossroads between the world we know and the shifting world of the future. Up until a year ago, Stephen was a “normal” teenager; until he began hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep, never knowing where he might wake up. Now, Stephen’s issues have gone far beyond the usual teenage angst, and he is beginning to question his sanity. In desperation, Stephen decides to listen to one of the voices in his head, and it leads him to his first encounter with The Tomorrow People: John, Cara and Russell, a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation and telepathic communication.
Robbie Amell as Stephen, Luke Mitchell as John, Peyton List as Cara, Aaron Yoo as Russell, Mark Pellegrino as Dr. Jedikiah Price and Madeleine Mantock as Astrid.
Low Winter Sun
A contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. “Low Winter Sun” begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter the detective’s life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld. Based on the award-winning 2006 British miniseries of the same name.
Stars: Mark Strong, Lennie James, Heather Fairbanks
Five strangers’ lives are intertwined by a curse, and their own histories. Ravenswood is a town not far from Rosewood, PA (the home base of “Pretty Little Liars”), which has suffered under a deadly curse for generations. This “Pretty Little Liars” spin-off finds Caleb Rivers suddenly connected to this fatal curse and needing to dig into the town’s mysterious and terrible history before it’s too late.
Stars: Tyler Blackburn, Nicole Anderson, Brett Dier, Merritt Patterson, Britne Oldford.