Our pick of debuting series that will make for happy viewing all through the month
Bradley Cooper did a spectacular job of playing the lead Brian Finch in the film, Limitless, and now Jake McDorman takes over for the television series. The show, like the film, follows the life of Brian, who discovers a drug called NZT-48 which increases his IQ to four digits and gives him perfect recall of everything he’s ever read, heard, or seen. In essence, he turns into a genius until it begins to take a toll on his health. Apparently, it was Cooper who vouched for McDorman to play the same role after they appeared together on the film American Sniper last year. McDorman says, “They said: Bradley really has you in mind for this. So I started to believe it, a bit. I was like, ‘tell me everything he said’!” Premieres September22.
Another series which was previously a film, Minority
Report is all set to be a futuristic drama which will see Precog Dash (Stark Sands) using his ability to predict crimes to help a detective Lara Vega (Meagan Good). Set in 2065, about 11 years after the pre-crime unit is actually dissolved, Dash is also trying to find the other two Precogs, his twin brother Arthur (Nick Zano) and their foster sister Agatha (Laura Regan). Wilmer
Valderrama, best known as Fez from That 70s Show,
also comes on as a detective. Airs September 21.
The Bastard Executioner
From the creator of Sons of Anarchy, comes the latest historical drama, The Bastard Executioner. Set in the early 14th century, a knight in King Edward’s army is so torn by the horror of war, he lays down his weapons. But that vow of not fighting is fast broken when he is forced to pick up a sword. But this time it isn’t to defend his kingdom, but to execute. Lee Jones plays the lead but watch out for plenty of guest roles which will include Matthew Rhys, Kurt Sutter (who is also the creator) and even pop singer Ed Sheeran. Begins on September 14.
While there’s plenty of noise surrounding the series’ protagonist, Alex Parrish played by Priyanka Chopra, very little is actually said about the show. Set after the terror attack in New York on the fateful September 11 in 2001, it will follow a group of young FBI recruits, who have a specific motive for joining the force. The show is expected to switch between present and flashback to bring you up to speed on the recruits’ lives before the FBI and how they got through their training in the academy, Quantico. But the catch here is, one of the main characters is really infiltrating the FBI to plan an attack bigger than the 9/11 ones. TV stars Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin, Tate Ellington and Graham Rogers, are also on the show. The series will air on Star World Premiere later this month.
Pitching in with a bit of romance,
mystery and action, Blindspot sees a beautiful woman, Jane Doe played by Jamie Alexander, found naked in Times Square, but covered with seemingly fresh tattoos inked onto her body. One particular tattoo stands out and that is the name of an FBI agent, Jurt Keller, on her back. Keller, portrayed by 300: Rise Of An Empire’s actor Sullivan Stapleton, then realises it might be a map to her past. When talking about the tattoos and future of the show, Stapleton says there is plenty in store. “She has enough tattoos for nine or 10 years and her legs are just for the spinoff,” he quips of his co-star’s character. Starts September 21