LAST year saw an interesting mix on television. Along with drama-filled reality shows like Bigg Boss, the year was also big on conversations that spilled the beans with shows like Koffee with Karan. This year will also be a mixed bag — with two new series coming up on Colors and a brand new season of Satyamev Jayate on Star Plus. Here’s a peek at what to expect in 2014.
Beintehaa: Beintehaa is a new series on Colors. The show is about two head-strong individuals—Aaliya (Preetika Arora), a traditional girl from Bhopal, and Zain (Harshad Arora), a modern boy from Mumbai—who find themselves in a marriage of convenience. The series also marks the TV debut of Preetika Rao, who has acted in Tamil and Telugu films like Chikku Bukku and Priyudu respectively.
Monday to Friday, 9pm on Colors
Indian Idol, Season 7: Around July, gear up for the seventh season of Indian Idol on Sony TV. The popular music reality show will shift its focus to kids this time. Karan Wahi, of Dill Mill Gayye fame, is said to have been signed on as the host.
Sony TV, time to be announced
Satyamev Jayate, Season 2: Haven’t had enough of actor Aamir Khan taking on socially relevant issues? Worry not, he’ll soon be back with season two of Satyamev Jayate, on Star Plus. The show is slated to premiere in January. Star Plus, date and time to be announced
World’s Weirdest restaurants, Season 3: The series will introduce viewers to the planet’s 52 most eccentric eateries and their out-of-the-box catering styles. Host Bob Blumer will find out what makes them so popular despite the annoying, and sometimes untasteful, weirdness. Premieres on TLC, on January 6. Monday to Thursday at 10 pm
Vampire Diaries, Season 5: As Vampire Diaries enters its fifth season, a newly-cured Silas (Scott Parks) tries to survive as a human. He is determined to use his powers and the secret of the dopplegangers to make sure everyone knows who is in charge. And finally, get set for the series’ first gay character. Premieres on Zee Cafe, January 12, at 2 pm.
Dance India Dance, Little Masters, Season 3: The new season of Dance India Dance, the reality show aired on Zee TV, will entertain us with kids competing in its third edition. Hosted by Jay Bhanusali, we will see Mithun Chakarborty taking up the role of judge along with Terrence Lewis. On Zee TV, time to be announced
Friends With Better Lives: Creators of popular television series, Friends, are bringing out another show—Friends With Better Lives. The show—starring Kevin Connoly, Brooklyn Decker, Majandra Delfino, Zoe Lister Jones, James Van Der Beek and Kyle Cartieri—is about friends at various stages of their lives—married, divorced, newly engaged and single. On Romedy Now, time to be announced.
Key and Peele: Look out for the new-age comedy show Key and Peele on Comedy Central. The series has hosts Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele airing pre-taped sketches (starring the two) in front of a live audience. While the sketches deal with a wide range of topics, race is a recurring theme. On Comedy Central, time and date to be announced.
The Bachchans on TV
The Member of Parliament and former Bollywood actor, Jaya Bachchan, will make her television debut with a fictional show on Sony TV. Though details of the show are being fiercely guarded, we know it also stars Amitabh Bachchan. Sony TV, time to be announced