More New Shows Coming Up on Other Networks

Last week I shared with you all the new shows scheduled to debut on the major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, and NBC). The ever-changing media landscape as increased the competition a hundred-fold with practically every pay channel offering original scripted programming. Here's what's coming up.

ABC Family -- Tori Spelling and Jenny Garth star in Mystery Girls, two former detective show starlets who reunite to solve real crimes. Other new shows include Switched at Birth, about two teenaged girls who discover they are sisters; Chasing Life, about an aspiring journalists who learns that she has cancer;  Young and Hungry, about a food blogger whose life changes when she has the opportunity to cook for a tech guru; and The Fosters, a drama about a multi-ethnic family mixed with foster and biological kids.

A&E -- In The 36, dark fallen angels battle the Righteous for the souls of humanity. Other new programs include Harvest, a small town drama about a mild-mannered cemetery caretaker whose criminal father forces him to enter the illicit body-trade business; and an American remake of the brilliant French zombie drama The Returned.

AMC -- Better Call Saul is a spin-off of Breaking Bad. Other shows coming up are Area 51, a conspiracy thriller produced by The X-Files' Chris Carter; The Sparrow, based on Maria Doria Russell's great science fiction book; and We Hate Paul Revere, a comedy about two brothers in colonial Boston.


BBC America -- The Musketeers is another retelling of the Alexandre Dumas classic. One of the redeeming factors is Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu.

BET -- Based on the controversial novel by Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes is a miniseries that stars Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., and Jane Alexander. Other new shows include the TV movie Let the Church Say Amen, produced by Queen Latifah, based on the bestselling novel by Reshonda Tate Billingsley, and The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, which is a modern twist of the holiday classic.

Bravo -- Odd Mom Out is a satire about rich Upper East Side Manhattan mothers, based on Jill Karman's book Momzillas (which would have been a fine title for the show). Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce follows the life of a 40-something woman separated from her husband. Some new reality shows include the spin-off Top Chef Duels, the competition series Best New Restaurant, Ladies of London which follows British and American socialites, Jersey Belle which follows the outspoken Jaime Primak Sullivan, and Game of Crowns about beauty pageant wives.

Cartoon Network -- Featuring the voice of Elijah Wood, Over the Garden Wall is an expanded version of the animated short Tome of the Unknown. From Aaron McGruder, maker of The Boondocks, Black Jesus is a live action account of a street-smart savior.

Comedy Central -- This Is Not Happening is an expansion of a webseries about storytelling comedians.  Moonbeam City is an animated cop series (yes, Comedy Central is doing a cartoon and the Cartoon Network is doing a live action comedy.) Big Time in Hollywood is a comedy produced by Ben Stiller about a delusional self-proclaimed filmmaker.

Discovery -- Produced by Robert Redford, The West is an ambitious drama that included such historic figures as Buffalo Bill, Crazy Horse, Jesse James, and Wyatt Earp.


Disney -- If you're a 1990s kid who still misses Boy Meets World, rejoice! Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel return in the sequel series Girl Meets World.

Food Network -- Kitchen Casino is a gambling-themed cooking competition and America's Best Cook is another culinary contest reality show.

FX -- Guillermo del Toro's excellent vampire tale The Strain comes to life.  Other shows coming up include Married, about a husband and wife who have been together for a long time, and The Comedians, starring Billy Crystal as a veteran comic teamed up with an edgy young up-and-comer.

HBO -- Based on Tom Perrotta's novel set in a post-Rapture suburban town, The Leftovers is produced by Lost's Damon Lindelof.

History Channel -- Brendan Fraser, Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta and others star in Texas Rising about the rise of the Rangers. World Wars is a three-part mini-series that premieres this Memorial Day weekend, and Pawnography is a spin-off of Pawn Stars.

Lifetime -- The Lottery is a conspiracy thriller set in a dystopian future. Un-Real is a satire of dating shows.

MTV -- Still no music videos, but here's what else they have brewing: Finding Carter, about a young girl who learns the shocking news that she was abducted as a child by the woman she always thought was her biological mother; Eye Candy, about a woman who suspects that one of her online dates is a serial killer; Happyland, a comedy set in a theme park; Snack-Off, a cooking competition; Scream, a remake of the blockbuster horror movies; The Dorm, a psychological horror movie; One Bad Choice, which tells the stories of single mistakes and the lives they derailed; and finally the musical documentary series 9 Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran.

OWN -- The mini-series Belief is presented by Oprah Winfrey and explores mankind's search for meaning and connection.

PBS -- In Vicious, Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi star as an aging gay couple.

Starz -- Produced by 50 Cent, Power shows the dark world of clubs and drugs. Based on the bestselling novel by Diana Gabaldone, Outlander follows the adventures of a time traveler.

Sundance -- The spy thriller The Honorable Woman stars Maggie Gyllenhaal.  One Child is about a Chinese-born young woman adopted by British parents.

Syfy -- Dominion continues the story of warring angels told in the movie Legion. The Wil Wheaton Project is a talk show that delves into science fiction and other geeky topics. The Expanse is a space opera based on a book series. If you can't get enough of zombie apocalypse stories, check out Z Nation. 12 Monkeys is a remake of the Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt flick. Sharknado 2 is the obligatory sequel to the surprise hit. Olympus is a mythological drama about people who challenge the ancient gods. Ascension tells the tale of a murder aboard a space ark.

TBS -- The comedy Tribeca has an all-star cast: Rashida Jones, Quincy Jones, Peggy Lipton, and Alfred Molina. Your Family or Mine is based on an Israeli sitcom.  Jackass of All Trades is a comedy about a stay-at-home dad.

TLC -- A Duggar Leaves Home is a spin-off of 19 Kids and Counting. For Psychic Matchmaker, the title says it all.


TNT -- The Librarians is a spin-off of the Noah Wyle made-for-TV movies. Taye Diggs stars as a homicide detective in Murder in the First. In The Last Ship, the crew of a lone naval destroyer tries to save humanity from a glabal pandemic. Legends is a crime drama based on Robert Littell's book. Wake Up Call is a reality show starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as a good samaritan helping to make others' lives better. Transporter: The Series is based on the action flick starring Jason Statham.  In Proof, Jennifer Beals is a surgeon who ends up investigating paranormal activities.  Public Morals is a police drama starring Ed Burns and Michael Rapaport, (executive produced by Steven Spielberg.  On the Menu is a cooking show with Ty Pennington and Emeril Lagasse.

USA -- Dig looks at archeological findings in Jerusalem's Old City.  Rush examines the world of a renegade physician.

VH1 -- In Hindsight, a woman has a chance to relive her life.  Nick Cannon stars in Drumline 2: A New Beat. This Is Hot 97 is a behind-the-scenes reality show. Nicole Richie stars in the new reality show #CandidlyNicole.

WGN America -- Manhattan looks at the race to build the world's first atomic bomb. In Ten Commandments, big-time directors tell modern interpretations of each biblical commandment.

That's a lot.  Which ones will succeed?



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