Eight hot new series coming your way!

By Kirstin Buick
22 July 2013

Our TV blogger highlights 8 new shows that will be on our channels soon, and leading the pack is a series starring Michael J Fox.

If you love TV, you love hearing about new series coming soon. In an earlier blog (10 new TV series!) I looked at some that were starting just in America, and now here are eight more juicy shows to get excited about. DStv has confirmed it’s bought all eight but can’t yet give details of when it will air and on which channels. We’ll share those details as soon as we get the information. The ones I’m most looking forward to are The Michael J Fox Show, Almost Human and Hostages. I have my doubts about Super Fun Night but maybe it will be better than its trailer.

The Originals

This one’s for you, Vampire Diaries fans. It’s a spinoff but without Elena, Damon and Stefan. The action moves from Mystic Falls to New Orleans and follows Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah, the original vampires, who are at war for control of the city, the city they built centuries ago. Oh, and Klaus is going to be a dad and the baby’s mom is a werewolf. It looks like more supernatural fun and it begins in America in October.

Who’s in it? Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Claire Holt who were in TVD

Watch the trailer here:

The Michael J Fox Show

It’s sort of based on Michael J Fox’s life as he battles Parkinson’s disease. He plays Mike Henry, a much-loved news anchor and dad who goes back to work five years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. It looks good and I giggled a fair bit while watching the trailer; check out the moving chair incident and his wife’s “no time for personal victories” comment as he painstakingly tries to dish up supper for his hungry family. It starts in America at the end of September and I can’t wait to see it here.

Who else is in it? Wendell Pierce (The Wire) plays Mike’s old boss

Watch the  trailer here:

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

This is a spinoff of Once Upon a Time, one of my favourite series, and set in Wonderland which we had some tantalising glimpses of in the original show. It’s set in Victorian England where grown-up Alice (played by Sophie Lowe who looks a lot like Blake Lively at times) has had her adventures in Wonderland and loses her great love, a genie named Cyrus. She gets home, talks about her adventures and her father has her committed. A heartbroken Alice is ready to try a new treatment to forget about her lost love until the White Rabbit and the Knave of Hearts step in and take her back to Wonderland to look for him. I do hope we see the Mad Hatter again. It starts in America sometime in our spring.

Who else is in it? John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun) is the voice of the White Rabbit

Watch the trailer here:

Almost Human

I love sci-fi series and have a vested interest in this one as it stars one of my TV husbands, Michael Ealy (see last week’s blog Meet My TV Husbands). It’s a buddy cop series set in 2048 when all Los Angeles cops are assigned a human-like android who have special skills. The show focuses on one pairing, John Kennex (Karl Urban of Star Trek) who doesn’t want to work with a robot after past experiences, and is partnered with a slightly different android, DRN – called Dorian (Michael Ealy). It starts in America early in November.

Who else is in it? Lilli Taylor (Six Feet Under) and Minka Kelly (Friday Night lights)

Watch the trailer here:


It’s a remake of a 1960s TV series about a paraplegic detective. The always-sexy Blair Underwood plays Robert Ironside, New York’s toughest cop, who’s in a wheelchair after being shot in the line of duty. He’s back on the job and leads a hand-picked team to solve especially complicated crimes. It starts in America early in October.

Who else is in it? Brent Sexton (The Killing and Life) and Spencer Grammar (Greek)

Watch the trailer here:


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, FBI agent (Dylan McDermott of The Practice and American Horror Story), who’s threatening her family. It’s intense and after watching the trailer, you tell me if you don’t think it all looks far, far more complicated than it appears. It starts in America in September.

Who else is in it? Tate Donovan (The OC)

Watch the trailer here:


It’s good to see Omar Epps (from House) back on TV, especially in a supernatural series that looks promising. He plays an immigration officer who’s called in after Jacob, an eight-year-old American boy, is found in a rice paddy in China and doesn’t know how he got there. He’s taken back to his family and it turns out he died more than 30 years go. It hasn’t been confirmed when it will air in America, possibly only in early 2014.

Who else is in it? Kurtwood Smith (That ’70s show), Frances Fischer (Eureka) and Samaire Armstrong (The OC).

Watch the trailer here:

Super Fun Night

Rebel Wilson was so funny in the movies Bridemaids and Pitch Perfect so I want this to work. She plays Kimmie, a lawyer who has a 13-year routine of hanging out at home with her two best friends every Friday night. But after a promotion she’s invited to a hot club and wants to change the routine. Okay, it doesn’t sound special and the trailer doesn’t look special either, but it’s Rebel and maybe, maybe she can make it work . . . I hope. It starts in America in September or October.

Who else is in it? Liza Lapira (Robin in The B***h in Apartment 23)

Watch the trailer here:

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