Daniel Boland takes a look at what we can expect on our screens in the coming months.
September can only mean one of two things: the beginning of another college year or a host of new television shows arriving to be praised or ridiculed. It seems that quite a few producers have acted on the popularity of characters already famous in their own right for the shows set to air in the autumn television slot.
Firstly, following the success of the BBC hit starring Benedict Cumberbatch, there is an adaption on Arthur Conan Doyle’scharacter Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming Elementary. The forthcoming series, made by CBS, has made quite a few revisions in relation to the famous characters, namely the focus on Holmes’ use of addictive drugs and the gender reversal of Watson. Jonny Lee Miller, a British actor known for his roles in Eli Stone and the recent Dark Shadows remake, and for his role as Angelina Jolie’s first husband, stars as Sherlock while Lucy Liu stars as Dr Joan Watson. The comparisons between Sherlock and Elementary will be interesting to see as both series feature the famous detective in a modern setting, one set in Britain and the other set in the States. Elementary is set to air in America on September the 27th.
Who could forget the chilling performance of Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 classic
The Silence of the Lambs as he expertly delivered lines such as ‘A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti’? It seems Hannibal still holds a favourable position in the media, as the Thomas Harris character is set to make a return in the upcoming series Hannibal. The television adaption will focus on the relationship between Dr Lecter and FBI Agent Will Graham, who was responsible for originally capturing Hannibal prior to the events of The Silence of the Lambs. Set to air in the autumn, the series will star Hugh Dancy as Agent Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as the thrilling Hannibal Lecter.
It seems the revival of comic book superheroes isn’t quite ready to die off yet, with the upcoming series Arrow based on the titular character from the DC Comic, Green Arrow. The television revision will focus on the relationship between Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, a highly skilled archer and his arch-rival Tommy Merlyn. The series will star Stephen Amell as Green Arrow and Colin Donnell as Merlyn. Arrow is set to air on October 10th in America.
You can expect to see these upcoming shows air here in Ireland in early January, though who can say if they’ll even last that long or if they’ll be cut short by the merciless television studios due to poor ratings? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Let the show(s) begin!