TrulyLuminary’s Top 5 Most Anticipated New TV Series

With all the new shows being ordered to series, we thought we’d make a list of the Top 5 that we’re looking forward to seeing! So, without further ado, the list:

5. Selfie

The ABC-produced sitcom, starring Karen Gillan and John Cho, is a modern adaptation of My Fair Lady. The series focuses on Eliza Dooley (Gillan), who is more concerned with her social media accounts and getting “likes,” than being liked.

“After suffering a very public and humiliating breakup, she becomes the subject of a viral video and suddenly has more social media ‘followers’ than she ever imagined — but for all the wrong reasons. She enlists the help of a marketing expert at her company to help repair her tarnished image.” Cho will be playing Henry, the man in charge of re-marketing Eliza.

Why are we excited about Selfie? Well, we’re glad you asked!

The series will show us a new side of the actors, who have done quite a bit of Sci-Fi/Fantasy work in the past; Gillan on the BBC series Doctor Who and in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Cho in the Star Trek reboot.

4. The Flash

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With all the hype around superheroes right now, there’s no question as to why The CW ordered DC’s The Flash to series! Starring Grant Gustin, this show got it’s start in an episode of Arrow.

In case you aren’t familiar with him, here’s a little bit about the character straight from DC comics:

“Young Barry Allen’s life stopped the minute his mother was murdered. The true killer never found, its mystery obsessed Barry, driving him to become a forensic scientist. Consumed by his work, he spent his life chained to his desk, solving every case that flew across it. But when a freak lightning bolt hits a nearby shelf in his lab, Barry receives super-speed, becoming the Flash. Now, he’ll race up buildings, across oceans, and around the world to get his man — while getting introduced to a world so much bigger than his old life of microscopes and cold cases.

Able to run at near light-speeds, his powers provide the ultimate caffeine kick: He can run up buildings, move so swiftly he phases through objects, create sonic booms with the snap of his fingers — and never needs to order delivery. Despite his speed, Barry can become so obsessed with crime-solving he can still lose track of everything else around him, leaving the fastest man alive constantly running a minute behind.”

Looks like The Flash will be airing at 8 PM on Tuesdays on The CW! Here’s a first look:

3. Gotham

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It sure seems like DC comics will be taking the television route with their stories as they bring yet another adaptation of their comics to primetime.

“Gotham is a story about the origins of the great DC Comics super-villains and how they came to be. Catwoman, The Riddler, Penguin, Poison Ivy. What made The Joker The Joker? How Scarecrow became Scarecrow,” says Bruno Heller, writer and executive producer.

“A lot of what this show is about is the relationship with a young Gordon and a young Bruce Wayne.” (Mirror.)

What we’re excited about: the back stories! Who doesn’t want to know why these villains are the way they are?

The show will air on Fox on Mondays at 8 PM.

2. Marvel’s Agent Carter

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Agent Carter is a spin-off of the hit ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.LD, and is very big news for fans of the Captain America franchise.

From Marvel’s website:

“Marvel’s Agent Carter, starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwell follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad.

Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life–Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.

Starring Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Marvel’s Agent Carter is executive produced by Christopher Markus, Steve McFeely, Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Jeph Loeb.”

The show will run for 13 episodes in the same time slot as S.H.I.E.L.D and will bridge the the time that S.H.I.E.L.D is on hiatus.

If this clip doesn’t convince you that Hayley Atwell is amazing, we don’t know what will!

1. How to Get Away With Murder

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The ABC and Shonda Rhimes-produced legal drama is unlike anything we’ve seen thus far.

The  synopsis, courtesy of IMDb: “A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot that will shake the entire university and change the course of their lives.”

Why we’re excited about it: Have you seen the trailer? No? Watch it!

What do you think of these new series? Which ones will you be watching? Did we miss one that you think should be on the list?

Masterpost – Which Shows Will You Be Seeing on Your TV Next Season?

Since it’s that time of year again, we thought it would be helpful if we made a master post of television networks and which shows they’ve renewed – and which ones they haven’t.

ABC:

Castle – Renewed

Once Upon a Time – Renewed

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – Renewed

Trophy Wife – Cancelled

Scandal – Renewed

Grey’s Anatomy – Renewed

Mixology – Cancelled

Modern Family – Renewed

Revenge – Renewed

Lucky 7 – Cancelled

The Middle – Renewed

Resurrection – Renewed

Mind Games – Cancelled

The Goldbergs – Renewed

Dancing With The Stars – Renewed

The Bachelor – Renewed

**UPDATE**

Nashville – Renewed

Last Man Standing – Renewed

The CW:

The Tomorrow People – Cancelled

The Carrie Diaries – Cancelled

Star-Crossed – Cancelled

The 100 – Renewed

Beauty and the Beast – Renewed

Hart of Dixie – Renewed

Reign – Renewed

Arrow – Renewed

The Originals – Renewed

Supernatural – Renewed

The Vampire Diaries – Renewed

FOX:

Almost Human – Cancelled

Enlisted – Cancelled

DADS – Cancelled

Surviving Jack  – Cancelled

RAKE – Cancelled

New Girl – Renewed

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Renewed

The Mindy Project – Renewed

NBC:

Law & Order: SVU – Renewed

Community – Cancelled

Revolution – Cancelled

Hannibal – Renewed

Chicago Fire – Renewed

Chicago P.D. – Renewed

Grimm – Renewed

About a Boy – Renewed

Believe – Cancelled

Growing up Fisher – Cancelled

The Blacklist – Renewed

Parks and Recreation – Renewed

Welcome to the Family  – Cancelled

The Michael J. Fox Show – Cancelled

Ironside – Cancelled

Sean Save the World – Cancelled

**UPDATE**

Dracula – Cancelled

 

CBS:

The Mentalist -Renewed

NCIS – Renewed

Hostages – Cancelled

NCIS: Los Angeles – Renewed

Person of Interest – Renewed

Criminal Minds – Renewed

Friends With Better Lives – Cancelled

CSI – Renewed

Hawaii Five-O – Renewed

Elementary – Renewed

Blue Bloods – Renewed

The Good Wife – Renewed

The Crazy Ones – Cancelled

2 Broke Girls – Renewed

Mike & Molly – Renewed

Mom – Renewed

The Millers – Renewed

Bad Teacher – Cancelled

Two and a Half Men – Renewed

The Amazing Race – Renewed

Intelligence – Cancelled

Undercover Boss – Renewed

60 Minutes – Renewed

48 Hours – Renewed

Survivor – Renewed

The Big Bang Theory – Renewed

Elementary

Which shows are you excited to see renewed? Which ones are you sad to see go?

Television Exclusive – “Glee” Star Grant Gustin Joining “Arrow”

Fans of the hit television show Glee may know actor Grant Gustin as the tricky and conniving Dalton Warbler, Sebastian Smythe, but he is now going to be playing a bit of a different role on the CW’s Arrow.

The actor was recently cast in a guest starring role as Barry Allen or The Flash for the sophomore season of Arrow. A Warner Brother’s TV representative shared with The Wrap that this could potentially help Gustin transition into starring in a backdoor pilot for a new spinoff, Flash.

Barry Allen is being described as a Central City assistant forensic investigator who is investigating a series of unsolved robberies that may have a more personal connection to his troubled past.

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Grant Gustin

As the TV network did with their new Vampire Diaries spinoff, The Originals, episode 220 of Arrow this season will act as the backdoor pilot for Flash. Gustin will be guest starring in episodes 208, 209 and 220, which will all be written by Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns. The pilot will serve as an origin story for The Flash.

What do you think of this interesting casting news? Are you looking forward to the second season of Arrow? Do you think that this new “backdoor pilot” format has been successful for the network?

What do you think of this interesting casting news? Are you looking forward to the second season of Arrow? Do you think that this new “backdoor pilot” format has been successful for the network?

Source: The Wrap

Television Exclusive – First Look at “The Vampire Diaries” Season Finale

The cast of The Vampire Diaries are finally graduating high school in the season finale entitled, “Graduation.” Entertainment Weekly has our first look at the finale, which airs May 16.

The show’s executive producer, Julie Plec, sat down for an interview with Entertainment Weekly and had this to say about this important episode of the show:

“It’s difficult to throw an event in Mystic Falls without it going catastrophically awry, but one of the things that was really important to us is that we do give this event itself its due. We approached this episode, in its own way, like a series finale because our character’s graduating from high school is a shift in the show to open up a lot of new storytelling opportunities and new environments. So we really wanted to be able to get all the emotion out of this episode that we could before we move on to a different life. We made sure that in spite of everything that’s going on in the midst of it, we still get those great friendship moments and nostalgia moments that I, as a fan of TV over the decades, loved so much on high school shows as you reached that milestone.”

Plec also revealed: “There will definitely be an altercation resulting in some blood loss, but that’s about all I can say.” It sounds like this episode is going to be pretty intense and filled with a lot of exciting of plot twists! According to the episode synopsis Mystic Falls will be “overrun with ghosts intent on settling old scores and fulfilling their supernatural destinies.”

What do you think of these new stills? What do you think of the interview with Julie Plec? Are you glad that the cast is finally graduating high school in this episode? What do you think will happen in this episode between the vampires and Silas? Will you be tuning into the season finale when it airs?

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

Television Exclusive – CW Orders Full Season for “The Originals”

Last night was the “backdoor pilot” premiere of The Vampire Diaries spin-off, The Originals. The CW Network has announced that they will be moving ahead and ordered the show to series.

Although the overall ratings were down last night for The Vampire Diaries, the network realizes how successful the show has been over the years and are hoping the spin-off will share the same success. Plus, the network also realizes the impact the show has in social media and online streaming.

A CW executive, Mark Pedowitz, shared his thoughts on the show in this statement: “As soon as we saw last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, we knew we wanted more of The Originals. Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson have done a fantastic job with The Vampire Diaries, which is as fast-paced and well-written as ever, and Julie has created an equally compelling world for The Originals.”

CW has also ordered new seasons for (of course) The Vampire DiariesBeauty and the Beast, Hart of Dixie, Arrow, and Supernatural. However, there has been no news on Nikita or The Carrie Diaries yet.

What did you think of The Originals premiere? Do you think this show will have the same success as The Vampire Diaries? Who is your favorite original vampire? What did you think of the new characters introduced in this episode?

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

Television Exclusive – First Look at “Vampire Diaries” Spin-off “The Originals”

Back in January, it was announced that the CW Network was beginning to develop a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. This new show is now officially entitled The Originals and will be premiering on April 25, 2013. Well, the network got moving fairly quickly with filming the show as photos from the first episode have been released already.

Entertainment Weekly recently shared eleven (11) new photos from the pilot episode. These photos give us a look at  Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt, and Phoebe Tonkin returning as their respective characters and newcomers  Charles Michael Davis, Daniella Pineda, Leah Pipes, and Malaya Rivera Drew as their characters.

Davis will be playing Klaus’ former protégé Marcel, who has now created a community of Vampires in a town in New Orleans. Pineda will be playing Sophie, a witch who, much like Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham) from The Vampire Diaries, comes from a long line of witches that have been in the French Quarter for hundreds of years. Sophie believes it is her responsibility to lead a charge against Marcel and his oppressive ways. Pipes will be playing a human psychology student named Cami who has a difficult time believing in the supernatural world. Finally, Drew will be playing Sophie’s sister Jane-Anne, who is also a witch.

What do you think of these new characters? Will you be interested in watching The Originals when it premieres? Do you think it will be successful? Who is your favorite Original Vampire?

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

Casting News – “Vampire Diaries” Actress Claire Holt to Co-Star in “The Originals” Spinoff

Back in January, the CW announced that the network has been working on a Vampire Diaries spinoff series (tentatively) titled The Originals. Along with this announcement, they also revealed some information about the plot and casting for the spinoff. Take a look at my post with details on that here.

More recently, it has been announced that actress Claire Holt will be joining co-stars Joseph Morgan (Klaus), Daniel Gillies (Elijah), and Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley) in this new series. Of course, she will be playing her Vampire Diaries character Rebekah.

Are you excited that she will be joining The Originals? Will you be watching the pilot on when it premieres on April 25?

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Source: Deadline