Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2014: ‘Flash’, ‘Gotham’, ‘Girl Meets World’ & More

Published 6 months ago by , Updated April 21st, 2014 at 6:42 am,

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Battle Creek (CBS, Fall 2014)

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Vince Gilligan has been quite busy following Breaking Bad‘s triumphant final season, but while Better Call Saul represents a somewhat safe tether to Bad‘s proven world, Battle Creek feels like something a bit more risky, and possibly bland.

Born from a script that Gilligan wrote 10 years ago, Battle Creek sounds like a straight procedural about a trio of FBI agents. Seeing Gilligan’s name – as well as the name of former House showrunner David Shore – gives hope that there will be something more under the surface, but there is also the added challenge of operating within the confines of the broadcast realm.

It’s worth remembering, though, that Breaking Bad didn’t jump off the page and scream “I’m going to be a classic” at the outset, so there is that whole “don’t judge a book by its cover” metaphorical phrase to keep in mind, and besides that, if Gilligan can shake things up once, there is no reason to think that he can’t do it again.

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Better Call Saul (AMC, 2014)

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We don’t yet explicitly know what Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul will be, but it is undeniable that the show is starting off with a head start.

It’s not just that Saul Goodman is a beloved character, it’s that despite the dimension that Bob Odenkirk added to the role and despite his vital place on Breaking Bad, there is still a lot to learn, like, and likely loathe about the character and a lot of interest in seeing how they flesh out or extend his story.

Add to that Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s continued involvement and the possibility that Better Call Saul will occasionally feature guest spots from other Breaking Bad alumni and its easy to see why many are looking for this to fill up the hole in their hearts where Breaking Bad used to be.

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Extant (CBS, Summer 2014)

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Extant will have the benefit of Halle Berry as a star with Steven Spielberg attached as a producer, but while that talent will surely do wonders to shake off any stigma placed on the show because of its summer placement, the concept – Berry’s astronaut character works to re-establish a relationship with her family following a year in space – figures to do the rest.

Add to that the cryptic teaser about Berry’s characters actions (at home and in space) and how they may “change the course of human history”, and Extant may be a hit that can pair with Under the Dome to nudge networks to really focus on scheduling more high quality scripted programming in the summer months rather than ceding June, July, and August to cable every year.

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Girl Meets World (Disney Channel, 2014)

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The nostalgia magic is strong with this one, but while the children of the 90s have been jumping up and down with excitement over the possibility of re-visiting the lives of TGIF power couple Cory and Topanga, Girl Meets World also marks the return of a light-hearted family-friendly sitcom to the mainstream.

Disney and Nickelodeon have done a good job of churning out shows in that vein for the younglings, but the Boy Meets World connection might indicate that this show will go a little bit further toward offering something for the entire family in the way that shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and the aforementioned Boy Meets World used to – and that’s worth getting excited over!

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Gotham Central (FOX, Fall 2014) 

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The birth of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the success of Arrow has spawned a bit of a superhero TV series boom with Marvel’s four-pronged Netflix deal, CW’s Flash series, and also a developing series based in Gotham City.

Created by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), Gotham Central will focus on a young James Gordon. That means that there is the potential for the series to gently raid the Dark Knight’s bountiful Rogue’s Gallery while also telling the mostly untold story about a ten year old Bruce Wayne’s formative childhood following the death of his parents and Gordon’s ascension.

Some will say that those stories alone won’t propel a show and that Gotham Central is little more than an attempt to do a Batman show on the cheap without impacting DC’s cinematic universe, but if the tone is right and if Heller wisely chooses an actor to play Jim Gordon that excites fans before the first take, then Gotham Central could do quite well for FOX.

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Gracepoint (FOX, 2014)

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US adaptations of UK shows are usually a mixed bag with hits (The Office, House of Cards) and misses (Prime Suspect, Viva Laughlin), but with Gracepoint, FOX’s adaptation of Broadchurch, the network may be stacking the deck with former Doctor Who star David Tennant (who also lead the way on Broadchurch) as well as Breaking Bad star Anna Gunn and Nick Nolte.

But while that cast promises to spur interest in the show, though, it is Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall’s presence that is most interesting and important. Will Chibnall – who crafted such a singular and crushing story with his first attempt – be able to both duplicate the depth of Broadchurch while modifying the tone to suit US audiences? That’s the biggest question facing Gracepoint.

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The Flash (The CW, Fall 2014 (pending pick-up))

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Grant Gustin’s appearances as Barry Allen on Arrow have gone about as well as can be expected, but in 2014, the young actor may be tasked with the challenge of leading The Flash if The CW picks up the pilot.

Crafted by Arrow co-creators Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti, The Flash will build on the origin story advanced in Arrow‘s mid-season finale while also allowing more “fantastical” characters to enter into DC’s TV universe, a sharp change from the more reality based heroes and villains put forth on Arrow.

Will a crack spread out and let in a flood of such characters with an even larger exploration of the DC vaults? In many ways, The Flash is a trial balloon whose success or failure may influence the direction of superhero television in the near future. So… no pressure.

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The Leftovers (HBO, 2014)

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To some, The Walking Dead is a story about the aftermath of the apocalypse, but while those characters find themselves in a perpetual state of adaptation following the rise of the un-dead, they have proven to be incapable of re-building. They fend off, they survive, but essentially they’re just waiting for the still developing apocalypse to catch up to them.

With The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof and novelist Tom Perrotta seem to be drafting a show that directly deals with the aftermath of a cataclysmic event – but in this case, it’s the rapture, which seems like it will be treated more like a catalyst that allows Perrotta to shine an inquisitive lens on the effects that it has on a family and on the other people left behind, and not a constant threat.

While that may not be as visually compelling as seeing people turn to dust or float up to the great beyond every week, questions about faith, the value of morality, and the loss of hope after being rejected by a God whose existence is suddenly confirmed figure to drive the drama in a way that should more than make up the difference.

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The Strain (FX, July 2014)

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Born from Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro’s literary trilogy, The Strain tells the tale of a parasitic vampire plague that envelops New York while a CDC Doctor and his team fights back.

Cory Stall is playing Dr. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather with Sean Astin, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, and Regina King rounding out the cast, but the big draw is del Toro and his involvement.

Thanks to the bevy of beasties dreamed up by del Toro for the Hellboy films and Pans Labyrinth, expectations are high with regard to what these mutated vampires look like. Right now, we’ve only seen a viral teaser that gave nothing away, but while that’s frustrating, it might be better for the show if the big reveal is held off for as long as possible just to build anticipation.

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As this list more than illustrates, there is a lot of potential on the way, but there is also the possibility that something else will emerge during the upcoming year that will blow all of these other shows away.

For now though, as we watchfully wait to see TV continue to change with a new collection of heroes and monsters and faces that are both familiar and new, it’s important to forget about keeping score and put aside the questions about hits and misses and remember that at the most molecular level, TV shows are about escapism and entertainment.

These shows may stoke interests and excitement now, and they may break our hearts later, but if they make us laugh, cry or feel something, then it’ll be a pretty good year for television.

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TAGS: Battle Creek, better call saul, extant, flash, girl meets world, gotham, helix, rake, the leftovers, the spoils of babylon, The Strain, the tonight show, true detectives

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  1. looking forward to True Detective, Better Call Saul and Flash.

    some great shows coming, have they cast anybody in Gotham Central yet? seems to be a little late on that end or i am late…

  2. Im stoked for Gracepoint! Cant wait for David Tennant to finally get some American spotlight, its been a long time coming. If Flash is anything like Arrow, it should be pretty good. Dont really have an interest in Gotham Central.

  3. The Leftovers, The Strain, Gotham Central, Flash and The Spoils Of Babylon for me.

  4. I thought The Flash had been picked up. I hope they do – Arrow is fabulous (I think I watch most of the CW shows actually >.<)

    • Originally Barry Allen’s guest appearances were supposed to serve as a backdoor pilot, but for some reason it was decided to do a separate pilot.

      • Oh. Well I’m sure they’ll pick it up.

  5. And how long till they screw over Jimmy Fallon and bring Jay Leno back?

  6. Has Jimmy Fallon ever said anything funny, ever!

  7. 1. True Detective
    2. Better Call Saul
    3. The Leftovers
    4. The Strain
    5. Spoils of Babylon

    I want to give honorable mention to Battle Creek but it really takes something unique to get me into any type of procedural. Fingers crossed though.

  8. Looking forward to helix, flash and gotham.

  9. First three for me for sure, looking forward to flash and the strain and also thanks for reminding me of helix i need to set that up.

  10. What? No “Enlisted” on your list?!? The brand new FOX sitcom with the guy from the Finder and more importantly, Keith David…the guy from Men at Work (the soon-to-be classic Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez comedic movie from the early 90s NOT the 80s band featuring Colin Hay or the TBS sitcom created by Franklin…or is it Bash…the one who was in Road Trip)

  11. I had pretty high hopes for Helix but I must say I was really disappointed with the pilot. New shows normally get 2 or 3 episodes time before I write them of completely but this one’s a bust from the start, sadly.

  12. isn’t enough bad TV out there to keep the stigma of television as a second-class citizen alive…

    Yeah cause there has not been a large run of failed remakes of the 1980s movies t stall the theater cash! or a larger run of just crap movies all together to make the movie going expeience nothing more than a cash grab with nothing worth the price of admission! love these s***** boards there lag and randomly skipping letters..

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  14. There’s alot of cops in sitcoms that you’ll find in the whole wide world.. but on top of my list is Barney Fife of Andy Griffith Show, I died laughing at the humoruos way he acts.. I’m 18 now and It hasn’t changed It is still my favorite Show because The writing was fantastic only to be topped by incredible actor plus It could make you laugh and cry in just about every episode and make you feel good about the world we live in if only for a short while. http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-cops-on-tv-sitcoms/ranker-tv?utm_expid=16418821-2.PAaBT_MORcmI67lBYq2pgw.0

  15. I’m really excited for Flash and Gotham. I’m starting to believe that superhero-based TV shows are better than movies for TV shows allows more character development and more twists.

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