When January rolls around the TV shows people have been missing will return with new episodes. However, the new year will also bring some new shows to television. Here are a few of them.
As one might guess, this new A&E drama is all about Alfred Hitchcock's most famous film villainÂ—Norman Bates. However, the TV show begins where Norman's problems may have started too. It takes place shortly after the death of his father, a death that is never fully explained. A teenage Bates is dealing not only with an over protective and clinging mother, but also a change in location. Norma (played by Vera Farmiga) and Norman (played by Freddie Highmore) move to California. It is there they decide to take over the small, out-of-the-way motel at the eventual center of Hitchcock's Psycho.
The weird thing about the new drama is that people may find themselves actually feeling sorry for poor Norman. After all, having one's mother in their face 24/7 is enough to drive anyone crazy. Add to that the typical angst that comes along with high school and a mind that's already programmed to tilt the wrong direction and anything can happen.
The Bates Motel will premiere sometime in March, 2013.
The Carrie Diaries
One of those most anticipated new shows is the highly touted prequel to Sex and the CityÂ—The Carrie Diaries. The show, starring Anna Sophia Robb begins on January 14th on the CW network. In it, a teenage Carrie Bradshaw is trying to get her footing in life and dreaming of becoming a writer in New York. She's also dealing with the common issues of high school students like who to date, what to wear and how to become a strong individual. All of that plays into what molds and shapes Carrie into the woman she eventually becomes. It's also when she begins to get a passion for fashion and a yearning for the opposite sex.
While there are obvious nods to the later Miss Bradshaw, The Carrie Diaries also offers something unique that the older show did not. If it can maintain that freshness, it stands a good chance of survival. However, if it tries too hard to mold itself into Sex and the City too early, it may quickly lose its audiences. A delicate balance must be achieved between the old and the new. Tune in to see if the show can achieve it.
NBC continues to try to strengthen its TV lineup with a new drama called Deception. Starting January 7th, the show centers on the suspicious death of a young socialite. An FBI agent played by Laz Alonso recruits the girl's former best friend, who also happens to be his girlfriend, to work undercover to break the case. It's Joanna's (played by Meagan Good) job to uncover whether the girl was murdered or committed suicide.
Fraught with enough twists and turns to keep the most dedicated thriller junkie happy, there will be a lot of information for the average viewer to retain and process. For that reason, the show may not be for everyone. However, those who love ABC's Revenge will probably like Deception as well. The tone of the plot is similar while being just different enough to intrigue as well as captivate.
Seemingly destined to become a hit with movie actor Kevin Bacon in the leading role, The Following is already gaining major buzz. By its January 21st debut it may have already established itself as a major hit. After all, it's under the control of Vampire Diaries genius Kevin Williamson. Those two factors added together seem sure to draw viewer attention.
Bacon plays a supposedly retired FBI agent named Ryan Hardy. However, Hardy quickly comes out of retirement when a serial killer he once put away escapes, promising to finish what he began. Ryan's off quickly to try to thwart the murderer's plans not knowing that is the least of his worries. The killer, Joe Carroll (played by Jame Purefoy), has made a name for himself among potential psychotic killers, many of which have agreed to "follow" his lead. That means even if Ryan bags Carroll, his troubles won't be over. There are others waiting in the wings to take his place. Still more of his followers also plan on making Ryan's life a living hell.
The word is that Bacon nails Hardy with grit while also holding on to some of his own movie star charisma. That may make him the man to beat on Fox Network when the show premieres January 21st.
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