The new year rings in resolutions and a long list of TV shows that rarely look promising. Every show seems to be "the number one best show on TV," and it's exhausting trying to keep up, especially when HBO gets ready to premiere a slew of award-winning series. Although pilot season often feels like a buffer zone between the oft jaw-dropping season finales of Homeland and the awaited next season of Community, three new series may have some staying power in 2014. Let's take a look at them.
Oh, how we missed Josh Holloway’s square jaw and dimpled smile since LOST ended in 2010. He’s back on TV as Gabriel, a CIA asset with a microchip computer in his brain. While Sawyer was two parts bad, one part good, Gabriel operates on the reverse as he looks for his possibly terrorist-turned wife. Sadly, Holloway loses the charm that made Sawyer lovable on LOST with his current role.
Intelligence does have some potential: the incorporation
of technology into the human mind is innovative and the pairing between Gabriel
and Riley (Meghan Ory) works. The show is half Person of Interest, half Chuck, but doesn’t manage to pull in viewers. The pilot garnered over almost
16.5 million viewers but dropped down to only 6.2 million a week later. The
show has the makings of a decent series with the possibility of a love triangle
and some international action, but the show needs to maintain its ratings for
the hope of a renewal.
bad ratings, Enlisted has been pushed to Friday nights on Fox, where most TV
shows are left to die. The show centers around three brothers at a military
base, with the eldest (Geoff Stults) in command. Although Stults has been known
to hop around cancelled TV shows (RIP October Road), the show gets more
laughs than expected. And by expected, only a mere 2.39 million tuned in. The
show is very male-heavy, and lacks any strong female roles, which may be a
reason for its dire ratings. Enlisted has potential to follow in the
footsteps of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a show that turned out to receive and win
two Golden Globe awards, if it’s able to keep its audience.
Davis fans, rejoice. Sophia Bush stars alongside Jason Beghe and Jon Seda
in Chicago P.D., the spinoff from NBC’s Chicago Fire. The show is pretty
much a cookie-cutter duplicate of the typical cop drama, but has Chicago Fire’s
former bad cop Sgt. Hank Voight at the center of the new series. Despite the
twist of having a jailed police officer lead a team, the procedural drama lacks
any new ideas or plotlines that hasn’t been done before. Chicago P.D. will
also utilize its relationship with Law & Order: SVU and have a crossover
episode premiering after the Super Bowl, which should bring in big ratings for
the new show. The show isn’t bad and will probably be renewed for another
season, but the premise is too overdone.