A new wave of potentially game-changing shows launch overseas and should be vying for your attention in 2015
Time to stop mourning the end of Breaking Bad, Parenthood and How I Met Your Mother as 2015 has plenty to offer on the small screen. And since we’re still playing catch up with networks in England and America, you’ll have to wait a while for your favourite show to air here. Or travel abroad, get your dose of Netflix and download (legally) the series that are set to make waves this year. Our pick:
A sporty version of Entourage, Ballers sees Dwayne Johnson play a retired footballer. The sitcom revolves around a gang of former and current football players. The 42-year-old actor stars as Spencer Strasmore in the half-hour HBO comedy produced by Mark Wahlber and himself, with Rob Corddry, Omar Benson Miller, Troy Garity, and former college football players John David Washington (son of Denzel)
and Donovan Carter. Airdate TBA.
Vince Gilligan’s next venture after Breaking Bad is a mismatched “buddy cop” show called Battle Creek. Expected to be funnier and quirkier than the predecessor, Josh Duhamel plays FBI Agent Chamberlain teaming up with Dean Winters as local Detective Agnew. With cynicism and banter, they try to clean up the streets of Battle Creek. For Duhamel it was ‘just one of those situations that he just couldn’t pass up’. “I wasn’t really looking to go back to TV because I was loving what I was getting to do. I was just enjoying my path. But there were just so many good people around it and it was in LA, and it was a chance to work close at home and stay close to home with my family,” he said when asked about
taking up the role. Premiers March 1 on CBS.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Written by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock of 30 Rock fame, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the comedy series is set to stream on March 6. Originally a single series order, before its release even, it has been ordered for two. Ellie Kemper stars as the protagonist, who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York. “Kimmy as a character is very relatable. It’s like a very heightened version of Girls. Like, ‘I’m here, and I’m new, and I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life’,” shares Fey, adding that the second set of episodes were edited with Netflix in mind so will not have lows in the series to accommodate adverts but may be a little low on sexual content as ‘the tone of the show was sort of set, because it was originally written for network’.
American Crime is set to begin on March 5. Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley has written this racial crime drama. It will focus on a brutal killing and its implications for everyone involved as racial tensions are stoked during its investigation. Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman star in this one, and we expect it to be nothing less than gripping.
M Night Shyamalan taps into the grey area of cops in Wayward Pines, with Matt Dillon as an agent looking into the disappearance of two federal agents. Featuring disturbing twists, the show based on the novel Pines by Blake Crouch, also stars Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo. Speaking of his shift to TV, Shyamalan says the script was the clincher. “I enjoy this kind of black humour. I loved the mystery, the tone and how much we’re off-kilter,” he says, adding that he ‘felt he knew how to direct this so it clicked’.
May 14 on Fox.