The end of this month is slated to be a very fruitful one when it comes to new TV shows. Now that I’ve spent all summer catching up on more shows than a normal human being should ever watch, I’m thinking about giving these three new dramas a chance in my nightly lineup – and you should too.
Clearly capitalizing on the popularity of serial period dramas like Mad Men, Pan Am takes place in the early 60s and follows the lives of a number of stewardesses on the iconic Pan American World Airways during the golden age of air travel. Starring Christina Ricci in the distinctive snug blue attire, Pan Am illustrates the glitz and glamour of a time before flying was taken for granted, and was considered the height of luxury. While the show is bound to draw comparisons to Mad Men, smoking on board the flight is strictly prohibited. Yet the drinking, romance, and drama is all bound to be there with the cast 30,000 miles in the sky. The pilot (ha!) debuts Sunday, September 25 at 10pm on ABC.
If you think Pan Am sounds like a look far back in time, try watching Terra Nova. Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg is heading back to his prehistoric roots in helming this sci-fi thriller that brings the Shannon family back to the age of the dinosaurs. It starts in the year 2149, and the apocalypse is near – the world is overcrowding and the planet dying. A group of scientists discover a way to bring civilization back in time to give humanity another shot, and the ordinary family of five settles in the eponymous colony of Terra Nova. They soon find out that flesh-eating dinosaurs are far from their only problem in this new world. Catch the show’s 2-hour debut Monday, September 26 at 8pm on FOX.
Person of Interest
What if a computer could predict the identity of people who, in the future, were destined to be involved in a violent crime? That’s the premise behind LOST creator J.J. Abrams’ new crime drama Person of Interest. Starring Jim Caviezel and LOST alum Michael Emerson, the show takes place in the Big Apple, and follows the complex story of a billionaire with a computer program that can help prevent crimes before they happen by identifying the people involved… but it doesn’t specify how they are involved, whether as a victim, criminal, or witness. Person of Interest’s season premiere is on Thursday, September 22 at 9pm on CBS.
Will you be watching any of these new series? What shows this fall are you most looking forward to?