Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Peek Through the Hatch: Robert's Most Anticipated TV of 2015

Dare I say it, but this year's upcoming TV is just as tantalizing as its upcoming films. Between broadcast TV and online services like Netflix, there's so much for fans to enjoy these days. I've got a couple of honorable mentions listed first, and then we jump into my Top 5. Read on, and don't forget to tell me what you're looking forward to!


Honorable Mentions:

10. Black Mirror: Season 3 (Channel 4 - ???)

9. Veep: Season 4 (HBO - April 12)

8. Sherlock: Christmas Special (PBS - Winter)

7. Orphan Black: Season 3 (BBC America - April 18)

6. Community: Season 6 (Yahoo Screen - March 17)

Top 5:

5. True Detective: Season 2 (HBO - TBD)

I think its safe to say that HBO's True Detective was the biggest thing to happen to TV last year (it certainly affected us around here). The show about two Louisiana detectives (Woody Harrelson and a career-best Matthew McConaughey) searching for a killer was both emotionally and technically amazing. Since True Detective is an anthology series, Season 2 will follow new characters in a new setting. After a lot of speculation online, Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn were announced as starring. Even though director Cary Fukunaga isn't returning to the director's chair (hurry up with that IT adaptation), writer Nic Pizzolatto is back, so I'm hoping that lighting strikes twice.

Just Jared via JoBlo

4. Daredevil: Season 1 (Netflix - April 10)

Marvel has given us ten films and two TV shows already, but they're not done by a long shot. The company has partnered with Netflix to produce a number of TV shows, one of which is Daredevil. I could take or leave Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and I haven't really gotten into Agent Carter but I'm very intrigued by Daredevil and its titular "Man Without Fear" (played by Charlie Cox). I recently enjoyed the heck out of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, so I feel it's safe to keep the faith in Netflix. One thing to keep in mind with Daredevil is that the entire first season will be available at once on Netflix. Binge-watchers rejoice!

3. Rick and Morty: Season 2 (Cartoon Network - Summer)

It's crazy how much I enjoyed the first season of Rick and Morty. Like, nuts. Nick alerted me to how funny the show was and told me to check it out. The show follows mad scientist Rick (voiced by Justin Roiland) and his grandson Morty (voiced by Justin Roiland [yes, he voices both characters]) as they get into all sorts of crazy scientific adventures, a lot of which involve alternate dimensions. If you need any other reason to like this show, Dan Harmon executive produces it, having co-created it after being fired from Community. The second season's supposed to air sometime this summer.

2. Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz - TBD)

Well, despite the fact that I absolutely loved the 2013 reboot of Sam Raimi's horror franchise, it looks like the director has (hopefully temporarily) abandoned the entire thing in favor of a TV series. But that's okay with me! Ash (played by the one and only Bruce Campbell) will obviously be front and center in the show, and I'm anxious to see what's happened to him in the years since he woke up in a post apocalyptic London returned to the present after fighting medieval deadites in Army of Darkness.

1. Penny Dreadful: Season 2 (Showtime - May 3)

I've been missing so many things about Showtime's Penny Dreadful. The atmosphere. Its use of classic monsters and literary figures. The amazing Eva Green and the under appreciated Timothy Dalton. In fact, I could probably go without any other TV for the rest of the year if I just get me some more Penny Dreadful. I've unfortunately fallen out of love with The Walking Dead but, between Penny Dreadful and Ash vs. Evil Dead, I think I'm set.


  1. Surprised to see no mention of "The Leftovers" season 2 which you previously recommended on the LAMBCAST TV special and which was one of my favourite shows last year. Definitely looking forward to more "Veep" and "Black Mirror". Sherlock however pales in comparison to the superior "Elementary".

    "Jessica Jones" is the one show I wish they would confirm a release date for though. Guess will have to just distract myself with "Izombie" in the meantime.

  2. Elwood - to be completely honest, Leftovers Season 2 isn't really exciting me, but that might change once I see a trailer or something. Now that I've gotten some distance from it, it was definitely a well made show, but it's not going into my top TV of all time list or anything. And I'm not even sure if it's going to air this year - I haven't seen or heard anything about a release date or filming or anything (but to be fair, Black Mirror probably won't air this year when you get down to it - I just really liked that show and wanted to include it here on my list).

    I've heard that a lot about Elementary - I've never watched it. I just really like Cumberbatch and Freeman I suppose. Yeah Jessica Jones definitely sounds cool. I'm not sure how they're going to make all these original Netflix shows AND then a team up show, however. That's a lot of similar TV. What's Izombie? I could look it up but I'd rather you tell me. Thanks for reading/commenting!

  3. The Marvel Netlix shows were going to originally be released pretty close together, but now looking at one per year which kinda sucks, but atleast gives me a chance to finish up all the other shows I've missed in the meantime like Banshee and the end of Breaking Bad / The Wire.

    Izombie is about a medical student who becomes a zombie joins a Coroner's Office in order to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat so that she can maintain her humanity. But every brain she eats, she also inherits their memories. So now she uses her abilities to solve their deaths with help from the Medical examiner and a police detective.

  4. That second season of True Detective has so much to live up to, and I can't wait for it to drop. So pumped for that show.

    1. There's something really captivating about that trailer despite its simplicity. Can't wait for the show!