True Detective is ending this Sunday, which means no more Rust Cohle monologues about how life is utterly meaningless and nothing matters. But not to worry!
There are plenty of upcoming TV shows to tide you over until the next season of True Detective. Hell, maybe one of these shows will end up becoming your new favorite.
Premiere Date: March 9, 2014 (Sunday)
Developed by Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B, ABC’s upcoming supernatural limited series Resurrection is based on Jason Mott’s book The Returned – not to be confused with the French television series The Returned which has a very similar premise. In Resurrection, the dead are mysteriously brought back to life. The series takes place in the town of Arcadia, Missouri and it stars Omar Epps, Frances Fisher, Kurtwood Smith, Samaire Armstrong, Matt Craven, and Nicholas Gonzalez. Watch the trailer here.
Premiere Date: April 15, 2014
Based on Joel and Ethan Cohen’s award-winning crime drama, the brothers will also serve as co-producers on FX’s upcoming 10-episode limited anthology series, Fargo. Set in the North Dakota city of Fargo, the series will focus on a new cast of characters and will be tonally similar to the movie. Written by Noah Hawley, it stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks, Kate Walsh, Jordan Peele, and Keegan-Michael Key. You can watch the short teaser trailer with Martin Freeman here.
3. Penny Dreadful
Premiere Date: May 11, 2014
Showtime’s fantasy-horror drama Penny Dreadful takes place in the 1800s and follows well-known Gothic literary characters such as Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) and Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway). At the center of it all is the enigmatic Vanessa Ives, played by Eva Green. Josh Hartnett also stars as the charming and brash Ethan Chandler. Penny Dreadful is produced by John Logan and Sam Mendes, the director of Skyfall, Revolutionary Road, and American Beauty. The trailer gives a pretty good idea of what to expect.
Premiere Date: July 2, 2014
Produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Halle Berry, Extant will premiere on CBS this summer. The teaser trailer doesn’t give much away, but we do know that Halle Berry plays an astronaut who returns home after a year in outer space only to find her life turned completely upside down. The supporting cast includes Hiroyuki Sanada, Goran Višnjić, Pierce Gagnon, Grace Gummer, and Camryn Manheim.
5. The Strain
Premiere Date: July 2014
Following mysterious circumstances surrounding a plane landing at JFK, the corpses of hundreds of passengers begin to disappear from the morgue. New York soon finds itself under attack – and an unlikely team of people band together to battle vampire-like creatures. Starring Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, and Mía Maestro, acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro and author Chuck Hogan’s horror series will air on FX this summer. The teaser trailer doesn’t tell us much, but it does give off a creepy sense of foreboding. You can pick up the first book in The Strain trilogy here.
6. Better Call Saul
Premiere Date: November 2014
Better Call Saul will serve as a prequel to Breaking Bad, which just wrapped up its final season last summer. It will follow the misadventures of everyone’s favorite shady lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk. Jonathan Banks will return as Mike Ehrmantraut as a series regular and other familiar faces, such as Aaron Paul, are expected to pop up, as well. Compared to Breaking Bad, the series will reportedly be more comedic in nature, although we are getting hour-long episodes – so who knows what could happen?
FOX is bringing Batman to the small screen in Gotham. Specifically, it’s bringing Bruce Wayne in the form of an adolescent young boy, described as “serious” and “soulful,” whose parents have just been murdered. Ben McKenzie will headline the series as a young James Gordon, a rookie in the Gotham City Police Department. Also starring are Jada Pinkett Smith as night club owner and crime boss Fish Mooney, Robin Lord Taylor as the polite yet psychopathic Oswald Cobblepot (a.k.a. The Penguin), Sean Pertwee as Bruce’s loyal butler Alfred, Camren Bicondova as the street orphan Selina Kyle, and David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne himself.
8. The Flash
Spun-off from The CW’s Arrow, The Flash will focus on another one of DC’s popular superheroes. Grant Gustin, who appeared in two episodes of Arrow, will play Barry Allen – a young forensic investigator who gets his super-speed abilities after getting struck by lightning. The supporting casts includes Jesse L. Martin as Barry’s surrogate father of sorts and Candice Patton as Iris West, who happens to be Barry’s love interest in the comic book series. Characters based on Professor Zoom, Barry’s arch-nemesis, and Killer Frost, a DC villainess, will also appear in the series.
9. How To Get Away With Murder
That title is certainly a mouthful, but with hit show creator Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy) at the helm and two-time Academy Award nominee Viola Davis (Prisoners, The Help, Doubt) starring as lead character Annalise DeWitt, How To Get Away With Murder already seems promising. The series will follow DeWitt, a brilliant law professor and criminal defense attorney, and several of her law students as they become entangled in a murder plot. (Bonus: Alfie Enoch, the actor who played Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter movies, will star.)
Hieroglyph, a period drama taking place in ancient Egypt where “fantasy and reality intertwine,” has gotten a straight-to-series order from FOX. Creator Travis Beacham recently co-wrote Pacific Rim with Guillermo Del Toro. Variety reports that the series will follow a “notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the pharoah, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminals and even a few divine sorcerers.” Hieroglyph will star Reece Ritchie as Shai, Condola Rashad as Nefertari, and Erick Avari as Odion, among others.