A few weeks back I got invited to a blogger’s launch event for Lifetime UK, a new UK TV channel aimed at women. It was a fun evening of learning how to make cocktails and meeting other girly/geeky bloggers. The new channel launched last week on channels Sky 156 and Virgin 242 with a couple of great shows.

Here’s the promo:

I love the look of Witches of East End! It stars Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston, and Mädchen Amick as a family of (obviously) witches. It definitely looks like a show I should be watching. I’ve also heard interesting things about The Client List, although it just got cancelled in the US. It stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as a struggling mom who start working at a massage parlour that do more than just massages.

Witches of East End is aired each Tuesday at 10pm, while The Client List is aired Mondays at 10pm. If you haven’t seen them yet, the first episodes of both shows though are airing tonight at 9pm and 10pm. Those are just the shows that I have my eye on; to see a full list of what Lifetime are showing, check out the new website.

It’s that awesome time of the year again when our beloved TV shows return back to our screens and we get introduced to a bunch of lovely potential new addictions. There are a ton of new shows this year and as always it’s going to be interesting to see which ones survive and which ones don’t. I’ve highlighted only the shows that I’m going to attempt to watch, but there are quite some others that will also premiere this month.

Agents of Shield

I’m so excited for this! I am wondering just how much Agents of Shield will overlap with and refer to the upcoming movies, but I can’t wait to see how it all turns out. Plus it’s got a kickass character called Melinda…

Premiere date: Tuesday 24th of September on ABC

Almost Human

There aren’t that many good scifi shows on TV and I love the look of Almost Human. It reminds me a bit of Total Recall 2070, but visually looks much better. Fingers crossed the story is good and not just a murder-a-week type show.

Premiere date: Monday 4th of November on Fox

The Blacklist

After one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives (James Spader) surrenders in person at FBI headquarters, he claims he wants to work together with the FBI to take down the world’s most dangerous criminals and terrorists, but will only talk to a rookie FBI profiler… The setup is intriguing and I’m guessing it will go down the “can we trust this guy” route for at least the first season.

Premiere date: Monday 23rd of September on NBC

The Michael J Fox Show

Yay, Michael J Fox is back on TV and in his own show! This looks hilarious and I think it’s going to be awesome. Want to bet that he gets nominated for the Emmy’s and Golden Globes next year?

Premiere date: Thursday 26th of September on NBC

The Crazy Ones

I’m not convinced by this trailer yet, but I’m willing to try it out, purely for the combination of Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Premiere date: Thursday 26th of September on CBS

The Originals

I still need to finish the last season of The Vampire Diaries, but I’ve always loved the characters that this spinoff will be revolving around. Klaus has always been more evil than likeable though, and I’m curious to see if he can carry this show.

Premiere date: Thursday 3rd of October on The CW, moves to Tuesdays after that

Intelligence

I’m cheating a bit with this one here, cause Intelligence is only going to air mid season. I love the look of it though, despite having to throw a healthy dose of suspension of disbelief at it.

Premiere date: Monday 24th of February on CBS

I had heard about Defiance a while ago, but this is the first proper trailer I’ve seen of it. The idea is interesting: it’s an upcoming scifi TV show on Syfy AND an upcoming MMO video game which was created alongside the TV show. I’m super excited to see how that turns out!

Here’s the first full length trailer:

I like the look of this! The acting doesn’t look fantastic, but the style and world look quite interesting. The series is set in the near future after Earth has declared ceasefire with the Votan, a collection of seven alien species seeking a new home after their solar system was destroyed. The Wikipedia page goes into more detail of the different alien species (well, 5 out of the seven at the time of writing this), each with their own unique facial/body features and even their own language (they’ve got the linguist that created the Dothraki language for Game of Thrones).

What do you think of the trailer? Something you’ll end up watching? Defiance is set to premiere on the Syfy channel on Monday April 15th.

I’m enjoying the TV version of Game of Thrones. The second season wasn’t as ah-mah-zing as the first one, but I like what they’ve done with the adaption.

With season three it’s where it becomes tricky. The third, fourth and fifth book all contain overlapping events and it’s going to be very interesting as to how they’ll translate it all to TV. Plus the third book is also being cut up into two seasons… I’ve got faith in the writers/producers that it’ll all turn out great, but am still curious to see how their version of the story will be.

HBO just released an In Production video of season 3 of Game of Thrones. It’s not that long, but it gives us a first look to some of the new characters and locations. I can’t believe we still need to wait 4 more months for this!

Have you read/watched Game of Thrones? What are you hoping for in the next season?

Yesterday during the Children In Need live broadcast a short prequel to the Doctor Who Christmas special was shown. It looks great:

And there’s a brand new trailer:

I’m still very curious to see how Jenna-Louise Coleman will fit in to all this. She and Matt Smith are saying that she isn’t the same character, but somehow that only makes me think that she is. But how? The other guess for now is that she’s an ancestor of Oswin, but somehow that seems to be too simple an explanation. I’m hoping it’s a bit more mysterious than that. What do you think? Any theories?

One of my favourite new shows last year was Once Upon A Time. I initially thought it was a little bit too cheesy, but I ended up really liking how it managed to balance “fairytale world” story lines with “our world” story lines. It also had one of the more surprising season finales, and I’m so excited to see what season 2 will bring.

A new trailer came out for season 2 and it looks like it could be great!

BEWARE: After the video there’ll be spoilers for season 1 (if you haven’t seen season 1, go and watch it!)

It’s going to be interesting to see how everyone deals with actually knowing who they are now! I also wonder what this means for the fairytale characters who had powers. Regina regains her powers, but does that mean Red/Ruby and the fairies do too? Would be awesome to see Red shift in this world too!

I love that Belle (Emilie de Ravin) is now a season regular; Belle has always been my favourite Disney character and I loved her episodes with Rumpelstiltskin last year. Let’s hope she’ll make old Rumpy a bit more loveable. We also get our first glimpse of some new characters: I noticed Hook and Mulan, I think Hook will make an awesome bad guy! From what I’ve heard we’ll also be seeing the Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty this year.

Ooh, most of the networks have released trailers for their new Fall TV shows! There are some shows that show potential, some that don’t grab me at all (but will do well with others) and some that I think just will fail miserably. I don’t think I’ve seen a trailer yet that’s screamed at me: “oh my god, oh my god, this is so awesome, I need to go watch that”.

First network I’m covering is CBS who are premiering 4 new shows this Fall: Elementary, Vegas, Made In Jersey and Partners.

Elementary

*cough* Sherlock rip-off *cough*

I think if BBC’s Sherlock hadn’t happened, then this would have looked potentially interesting. Then again if BBC’s Sherlock hadn’t happened, this wouldn’t have either; it’s clearly riding the coattails of the buzz that Sherlock created (and the Sherlock movies with Robert Downey Jr.). I like the twist of making Watson female, and the leads look like they have chemistry, but I’m scared that this is going to be very procedural (don’t forget, it is CBS).

Vegas

When I heard the description of this I wasn’t interested at all. But seeing the trailer with Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and Carrie-Anne Moss has got me a bit more interested. Very curious to see how this does.

Made In Jersey

I think this will go on my To-Watch-If-I-Don’t-Have-Anything-Else-At-All. It looks like it could be fun, but I don’t think it will survive a full season.

Partners

Will & Grace 2.0. I’ll give it a go, cause of Michael Urie and Brandon Routh, but I didn’t laugh at all during the trailer (not a good sign).

Wow, I’ve managed to stay away from blogging for more than month (42 days to be exact). As I’ve said in a previous post, I was planning on writing less here (because of my master’s thesis), but I never thought I’d not write here for an entire month. My research is going good though and I do feel that not blogging is freeing up a lot of time I hadn’t realized I was using. Anyhow, I’ll try to do some more regular updates, but don’t expect any lengthy posts any time soon.

I used to love love love Buffy The Vampire Slayer; it still remains my favourite TV show (even after 10+ years… ouch, I feel old). I was never a huge fan of Sarah Michelle Gellar though, and most things she’s done post-Buffy haven’t really been that interesting. I am very curious to see how her new TV show RInger turns out though.

Gellar plays the dual roles of twin sisters Bridget and Siobhan Martin. Bridget seems to have a troubled past: she’s a recovering alcoholic, is somehow involved with the FBI, frankly things don’t seem going that well for her. Siobhan on the other hand, seems to have the perfect life: rich, married to a gorgeous husband and not a problem in sight. When Siobhan goes missing, Bridget decides to take over her twin sister’s life, but soon realizes that not everything is as perfect as it seems.

Here’s the trailer:

So what do you think? Will you be tuning in to Ringer come fall? I’m not too sure yet, but it looks as if it could have some potential. Again, it’s one of those series though that doesn’t seem to have much longevity (maybe it would have worked better as a mini series?) and doesn’t seem to have any stand-alone episodes at all. The mystery looks intriguing though, and I’m curious to see how it will do.

I’m always hesitant about getting too excited for movies or TV shows based on books I’ve read. It happens way too often that they turn out so disappointing and/or completely unlike the book. Maybe if you’re lucky it will turn out exactly as you imagined, but I don’t think I’ve ever really had that. So I’m curious to see how the new HBO tv series Game of Thrones turns out…

It’s based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin, and it’s turned into one of my favourite fantasy series over the years. And it is, I think, one of the most suited books to turn into a TV show. It’s practically a costume drama, but set in a world we don’t know, and without the usual fantasy trappings of elves, dwarves and annoying stuff like that. There’s quite a intricate story with (if I remember correctly) 3 different story lines set in 3 different cities for the first season. And lots of political manipulations, backstabbing and muuuurder.

Here’s the latest trailer:

A lot of the characters look spot on and I’m liking the tone of the show. The series premiere is April the 17th, and I can’t wait to see how the show does. It might have a bit of a hurdle to get over to attract “normal” people to it, but I think it could do very well.

The first book of the series A Game of Thrones is on Amazon for only £5. I never know though in these situations what to recommend: read the book first or wait for the TV series?

I’m still in the process of reading the latest book of A Song of Ice and Fire, but it already is one of my favourite fantasy series. It’s one of the most intricate fantasy stories out there, and I’m so psyched that HBO is turning it into a TV show. There’s already been one earlier teaser trailer, which barely showed anything, but this new trailer show a bit more:

And there’s a Behind the Scenes featurette which shows even more:

I love the look of the show! Some of the characters seem perfectly cast, although until I’ve actually seen some proper scenes I won’t be able to judge it completely.

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