The third month of 2015 is on our doorstep, which means a smattering of new shows to entertain us.
Let’s bitch it out…
As always, let’s begin with a list of our continuing coverage:
- The Good Wife S6 (9pm EST on CBS)
- The Walking Dead S5 (9pm EST on AMC)
- Monday: The Originals S2 (8pm EST on The CW)
- The Flash S1 (8pm EST on The CW) – Quick Take reviews
- Justified S6 (10pm EST on FX)
- Wednesday: Arrow S3 (8pm EST on The CW)
- Scandal S4 (9pm EST on ABC)
- The Blacklist S2 (10pm EST on NBC) – Quick Take reviews
- Friday: Grimm S4 (9pm EST on NBC)
- Saturday: Bitten S2 (9pm EST on SPACE in Canada) – He Said/She Said reviews
Whew! So in additional to all of that gooey goodness, we’ve got a few returning favourites and a few exciting new additions.
- Where did we leave off? Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) meh storyline about the compulsive alien writing delivered a huge pay-off when SHIELD discovered an alien city in a race against Whitehall’s (Reed Diamond) Hydra henchmen. In the fall’s shocking cliffhanger, Raina (Ruth Negga) and Skye (Chloe Bennet) were SPOILERS both transformed into something else and Tripp (BJ Britt) was killed. END SPOILERS New episodes pick up in the immediate aftermath…or aftershocks if you know your Marvel lore (and can read the title of the premiere).
- Why should you care? Naysayers be damned, the second season of SHIELD has proven that the post Captain America 2 rise in quality for Agents of SHIELD was not fluke. The first ten episodes of the season have suggested a well laid-out plan and the show has found a stronger foothold in its balance of humour, action and character work. Plus: this next arc basically introduces the 2018 Marvel film, Inhumans.
- Who is covering it? cinephilactic continues to chart the second season’s ascension towards awesomeness
- Returns: Tuesday, March 3 at 9pm EST on ABC
- Where did we leave off? When last we visited the beautiful (and mournful) cliffs of Broadchurch, Danny Latimer’s murderer had been identified as none other than SPOILER Joe (Matthew Gravelle), the husband of DI Miller (the amazing Olivia Colman). This second series presumably continues the tale, although in what capacity is uncertain (see below).
- Why should you care? The first series was a critical and commercial maelstrom, pulling in massive ratings in the UK and landing at #3 on the 2013 Bitch Awards. What’s uncertain is what format this second series will take: a prequel exploring Sandbrook, DI Hardy’s (David Tennant) first case? Another murder case that brings Hardy and Miller together? Or something else entirely? Speculation is ripe, as is the question of whether the show can pull off another amazing season.
- Who is covering it? cinephilactic returns for a second season of tears and secrets
- Debuts: Wednesday, March 4 at 10pm EST on BBC America
- What is it? A new series from Veronica Mars mastermind Rob Thomas and based on a graphic novel of the same name, the series revolves around a med student-turned-zombie who experiences the thoughts/lives of the people she eats. As a result she frequently ends up helping the dead, including solving their murders and offering them closure. Sarcasm and action entail.
- Why should you care? It’s all about Thomas for us, whose Veronica was a character for the ages. iZombie‘s Rose McIver bears more than a few similarities to her blonde predecessor, what with the voice-over, case of the week and wit. It should be interesting to see if the show finds its own voice or if it just becomes Veronica 2.0 (which might not actually be a bad thing).
- Who is covering it? cinephilactic will offer weekly quick takes (unless the series proves to be too procedural to merit them, then he’ll do occasional check-ins)
- Debuts: Tuesday, March 17 at 9pm EST on The CW
- What is it? The logline is maddeningly obscure: “When the black sheep son of a respected family threatens to expose dark secrets from their past, sibling loyalties are put to the test” . The murky/mysterious trailer above offers a hint of Florida neo-noir, with storms, secrets and likely murder front and center.
- Why should you care? Have you seen the cast? Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard, and Sissy Spacek provide some mega star power for Netflix’s first real adult drama set outside of Washington, D.C. Like iZombie above, it is the behind the scenes talent that has us truly excited: this is the first “TV” gig for Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman – the guys behind one of our all-time favourite shows, Damages. Those guys know how to create great TV and we’re incredibly excited to see how their brand of narrative storytelling works with the all-at-once Netflix model.
- Who is covering it? cinephilactic will dissect the twists and turns every Friday, with possible guest appearances by TVAngie
- Debuts: As with all Netflix shows, all episodes of Bloodline drop at once on Friday, March 20
That’s it for us. We can’t lie: we may check out the new season of perennial hot mess The Following when it returns on Monday, March 2, though if we do any coverage it will likely be sporadic Quick Takes.
Your turn: What else are you watching in March? Will you check out these shows with us? Sound off below!