TV series I just can’t wait to see

By Kirstin Buick
11 September 2013

A comedy about a recovering alcoholic mom, a teen with superpowers, a surgeon forced to assassinate the US president and a new season of Homeland are some of the new series our TV blogger can’t wait to see in October.

A comedy about a recovering alcoholic mom, a teen with superpowers, a surgeon forced to assassinate the US president and a new season of Homeland are some of the new series our TV blogger can’t wait to see in October.

I have no problem with September; it didn’t do anything to me but as a big fan of good TV I need it to be October already. M-Net is promising some seriously good stuff in October and I want it now.

So to get you in the mood and to get others to share my frustration with September ? yes, yes, yes, I know we have Under the Dome, Ray Donovan and Idols in September but just take a quick look at what is airing on M-Net and M-Net Series Showcase in October and you will understand why October looks so appealing. First the new shows and then the return of some old favourites.

The new series

Mom

This one is made by Chuck Lorre, the king of sitcoms who created The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men and Dharma and Greg, and that is enough information for me to know I have to watch it and I want to love it.

Anna Faris plays Christy, a single mom who is sober after a battle with alcoholism and wants a fresh start. Alison Janney from The West Wing plays her crazy mother. I adore both these women; Anna left an impression on me as the mother of Chandler and Monica’s twins in Friends and it’s good to see her back on TV. And it gets even better, Octavia Spencer of The Help plays a woman with even more problems than Christy. The trailer looks solid so that’s another plus in the right column.

When: It starts on 23 September in America and we see it from Friday 18 October at 6 pm on M-Net.

Watch the trailer

The Tomorrow People

I like a good scifi/superhero series on my viewing list and this sounds fun. It follows Stephen, a young guy who starts teleporting in his sleep and that’s the point at which I was intrigued. He’s becoming a superhuman with cool new abilities that freak him out. A voice in his head leads him to the Tomorrow People, an advanced race with crazy futuristic skills who say they can help him but he’s also approached by a military/science investigation group who are hunting the Tomorrow People to save humanity.

It’s based on a British TV series from the ’70s and stars Robbie Amell as Stephen. If that surname sounds vaguely familiar (if you like superhero TV series), it’s because his cousin is the fantastically six-packed Stephen Amell who plays Oliver Queen in the series Arrow. In fact both shows are on the CW Network and The Tomorrow People airs immediately after Arrow in America. If it has the same sort of feel as Arrow then it could work.

When: It begins in America on 9 October and we see it from Friday 25 October at 8.30 pm on M-Net.

Watch the trailer

Sleepy Hollow

It’s the traditional “fish out of water story” while modernising the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow about the school teacher who battles the headless horseman. In this version Ichabod Crane “dies” in 1790 during the American Revolution and wakes up in Sleepy Hollow in 2013 where the headless horseman is now terrorising people. He has to work with new sheriff Abbie Mills as he clearly knows something about what is going on but most people think he is nuts. It looks fun and it’s made by the people behind the series Fringe and the new Star Trek movies so I am totally watching this one. Oh and Ichabod (played by British actor Tom Mison) is kind of hot . . .

When: Starts 14 October at 7.30 pm on M-Net Series Showcase

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I have previously written about the next three shows (Eight hot new series coming your way and Ten new TV series) so I’ll repeat a short summary.

Hostages

A surgeon set to operate on the US president is told her family will be killed unless she assassinates him. Toni Collette (The United States of Tara) plays the doctor who faces off against the traitor, an FBI agent (Dylan McDermott of The Practice and American Horror Story), who’s threatening her family. It looks all twisty and intriguing and sure to win Toni Collette more awards.

When: It starts in America on 23 September and we see it from Tuesday 8 October at 8 pm on M-Net, just a few weeks later.

Watch the trailer

Devious Maids

Five maids working in the homes of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills see and hear all sorts of things. The series starts when one maid is murdered, leaving behind a puzzling note, and a new maid arrives who has her own agenda. It’s made by the creator of Desperate Housewives so it should be fun.

When: Starts 27 October at 6.30 pm on M-Net Series Showcase.

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Camp

Rachel Griffiths stars in this family comedy about the goings-on and life at a lakeside summer camp run by a newly divorced woman. We get to know the counsellors, the kids and the parents. I’m not quite feeling this one yet but maybe it will be better than it sounds and I adore Rachel Griffiths, who was wonderful in Brothers & Sisters, so I’ll give it a go to test the waters.

When: Starts 9 October at 7.30 pm on M-Net Series Showcase

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 The returning series I can’t wait for

Homeland season 3 starts on 14 October at 7.30 pm on M-Net and I am so ready for more Carrie and Brody intrigue. It’s airing in America from 29 September.

Weeds season 8, the final season, starts on 15 October at 10.05 pm on M-Net

Dexter season 8, the final season, starts on 29 October at 9 pm on M-Net.

Teen Wolf, season 3 starts on 4 October at 7.30 pm on M-Net Series Showcase

Parenthood, season 4, starts 9 October at 8.30 pm on M-Net Series Showcase

Boardwalk Empire, season 4, starts 10 October at 9.30 pm on M-Net Series Showcase

The Office, season 9, the final season, starts 14 October at 7 pm on M-Net Series Showcase

The Mindy Project, season 2, starts 24 October at 7 pm on M-Net Series Showcase. This is one of my absolute favourite comedies. Mindy Kaling of The Office plays a hapless doctor looking for love and she is hilarious.

So, roll on, October!

-Natalie Cavernelis

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