I've seen a few articles pop up in my feed reader lately, about how Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and the likes are slowly winning a war that I didn't know was happening. Apparently a few years ago, there was a concept that Netflix would kill cable TV, outright kill it and serve it to the masses as the 'wingman' option for your television relationship.
Back in 2012, the numbers were phenomenal. Netflix was the 15th most watched 'TV Network' in America with only a couple million viewers shy of Comcast (The leading Cable provider). That was astonishing considering that Netflix was 1/10th the cost and zero commercial breaks. This was causing countless people to "cut the cord" and rely on vendors like Netflix & Hulu to fill their evenings instead of the cable channels.
It's now 2015 and Cable is still here, strong as ever, and as I look forward into the new lineups on their way for the 2015-2016 I can honestly say that I'm rather excited for what's coming on the cable networks. Several of which I will definitely have my DVR set to record. Let's break it down by Network.
Steven Spielberg's sci-fi hit from 2002 starring Tom Cruise, is on tap to expand the story created in the movie. Set 15 years after the events of the movie, we meet Dash (on of the original Precogs) as he searches for his missing twin brother while assisting a detective, Lara Vega, stop crimes before they take place. I personally loved the original film, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the story unfolds seeing as there has apparently been a shift in how policing the public has changed since the Pre-Crime Division is gone and the police has gone to a newer method for fighting crime. The precogs are still overall being hunted by unnamed sources who will stop at nothing to gain the precogs' abilities.
Starring: Daniel London, Laura Regan, Stark Sands, Wilmer Valderrama, Li Jun Li
I haven't head much about this, but I have a sort of blind anticipation about this one. Toted as a sort of pseudo sci-fi drama, yet it's also listed as a horror (which leaves me intrigued). Based, quite obviously, on the Frankenstein stories turned into a modern story about a morally corrupt retired police officer who after his own death is given a second chance after he is resurrected thanks to a billionaire and bio-engineer. The officer, Pritchard, is younger and stronger and must deal with his new sense of purpose and balance that with his old temptations.
Starring: Rob Kazinsky, Adhir Kalyan, Tim DeKay, Ciara Bravo
Based on the DC Comics' Vertigo series The Sandman & it's spin-off series of the same name, Lucifer. A unique twist on the supernatural dramas that we've seen grace the screen (Supernatural, Dominion, True Blood, Lost Girl, The Messengers, Grimm, Haven, Etc.). The twist also takes the main character on a tangent from the source material, re-envisioning Lucifer as growing tired of his mantle of "King of Hell" and he abdicates the throne and moves to Los Angeles and spends his days running a night club and assisting the L.A.P.D. as a consultant to punish criminals as a hobby.
Starring: Tom Ellis, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Lauren German, D.B. Woodside, Kevin Alejandro
After an actor who played a lawyer in the fictional show of the same name, The Grinder, ends its run. He decides that he has enough experience through his acting to be a qualified lawyer in his family's firm in his hometown. This comedy brings some levity to the lineup that Fox is bringing as its new blood for the year.
Starring: Rob Lowe, William Devane, Hana Hayes, Juan Carlos Cantu
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Another Drama that really intrigues me with how little we know about it is this gem. A Jane Doe appears in the middle of Times Square, completely naked and covered in mysterious tattoos, one of which is a name: Kurt Weller, an FBI agent who, along with the rest of the FBI, realize that "Jane" is the key to solving a much larger mystery. A mystery that is unraveled as each tattoo contains a clue to a crime they all must solve.
Starring: Jamie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton, Rob Brown, Ashley Johnson
Continuing where Heroes left off, we meet a new set of characters as they discover others like them with extraordinary gifts and curses. Following a similar vein as the first season of the original series. I'm looking forward to seeing Heroes reborn, for the sole fact that I was an avid watcher of the first show before it started spiraling into oddness that I couldn't quite follow, yet nevertheless I watched right up until the end and I'm looking forward to see what they can bring to the new breed of heroes.
Starring: Zachary Levi, Jack Coleman, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Masi Oka, Sendhil Ramamurthy
A sitcom comedy based in two diverse couples and how they see the world around themselves. We meet the couples as the interact with eachother and how they all tackle various aspects of life: from sex to race relations and family issues. This may not last long, honestly because it follows in the vein of many other short lived sitcoms, but I'm excited about it because of the cast.
Starring: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ally Maki, Tone Bell, Brooke Ishibashi
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I'm sure that many of you are looking forward to this newest venture into the superhero realm as we meet our team of heroes charged with bringing down the evils of Vandal Savage by the time-traveling Rip Hunter. Our collection of unlikely heroes must learn to work together even though within their ranks are heroes, villains & antiheroes alike. They must put that all aside to fight for the reality that all of time and space is at stake.
Starring: Arthur Darvill, Wentworth Miller, Brandon Routh, Dominic Purcell, Ciara Renee
Another show that I don't truly know an extensive amount about, but it's something that I'm really excited to watch. It's a thriller-drama set in Atlanta, GA as a mysterious epidemic strikes and forces the large city to be quarantined without any answers as to how long or what is truly going on. We will see families torn apart as society devolves as well as watch as heroes rise from the most unlikely.
Starring: Claudia Black, Chris Wood, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, David Gyasi, Gregory Williams
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This is the show I am the most excited for, I truly can't wait to see how CBS handles Supergirl. It's the story of Kara as she learns to cope with the real world and finds balance between her personal life and her destiny similar to her Kryptonian cousin. She is set on a journey towards heroism and we will watch as she embraces it to save the ones she loves as well as the rest of the world.
Starring: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Dean Cain, Ben Begley, Calista Flockhart
There you have it, the 10 reasons that I'm not cutting my cable this year. These shows probably all won't last into a season 2, some may not even make it the full season, but there's still enough fight left in the Cable Stations to fight Netflix, Hulu and Amazon for the right to be called the best entertainment provider.