The first one is the much anticipated Homeland. They actually released their first episode online ahead of its official premier on Sunday.
You can find the release here: http://www.imdb.com/features/fall_tv_preview/2011/shows/homeland
I also briefly caught a glimpse of it on the DirectTV’s Audience channel the other day. This is the 24 crew attempting a show that is a little slower, more methodical, and less outrageous. The old 24 had too many “Jumping the Shark” moments. I really couldn’t stand the show relying on last second saves and every character turning out to have ulterior motives.
Homeland is much more simple. A soldier that was kidnapped in Iraq for 8 years is found and brought home as a national hero. But one eccentric CIA operative has very good reason to believe that he’s actually been turned by Al Qaeda during captivity. Show officially premiers on Sunday the 2nd.
The one that I’m really looking forward to is the one Starz has been throwing the kitchen sink at, Boss. This is an attempt by Starz to develop a top end show to turn around the network the same way Mad Men turned around AMC. I also haven’t had as good of a feeling about an upcoming show since right before Mad Men was released.
Boss is about a corruption, moral depravity, and machine politics in no other place than Chicago, Illinois. It stars Kelsey Grammar(Republican) playing a vicious and corrupt Chicago Mayor(a Democrat) who has recently discovered that he has a serious degenerative health condition of which he tells no one. The show actually takes most of its inspiration from Mayor Richard Daley.
This is the first show that Chris Albrecht is bringing to Starz since he took control over a year ago. Chris Albrecht does have a good share of great shows to his name. While at the helm at HBO, Chris brought The Sopranos, Band of Brothers, The Wire, Entourage, Deadwood, Sex and the City, and Six Feet Under to HBO before he was let go for allegations of assaulting a women while he was drunk.
Why I think this is going to be a great one? Besides the fact that it will be very entertaining to watch Kelsey Grammar play a corrupt Democrat mayor from Chicago, we can look at what has occurred so far even before its first episode has even been aired.
When the script for Boss was released 4 separate networks fought a vigorous bidding war over who could bring the show to their network. Albrecht desperate to make sure that his first show for Starz was a hit made sure he won that bidding war for his new network. He even guaranteed the show 6 episodes before casting had even began in pre-production. That is completely unheard of since almost every new show only has its pilot guaranteed, if that. Furthermore, it was announced today that Starz has just approved Boss for a second season before the first episode has even aired.
Add this one to the list for Friday Oct. 21st on Starz. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1833285/
Its good to find out that 2 shows that wont have a leftist tilt are leading the new show expectations for this season. Its an unexpected yet pleasant surprise.