Sunday, September 18, 2016

Most-anticipated fall TV series: ‘The Exorcist,’ ‘Luke Cage,’ ‘Westworld’ and ‘Timeless’

This fall TV season brings four new TV series that I’m looking forward to watching: “The Exorcist” (Fox), “Luke Cage” (Netflix), “Westworld” (HBO) and “Timeless” (NBC).
I love horror movies and I’m curious to see how Fox adapts “The Exorcist” (1973) into a weekly series. Hopefully they’ll make the devil scary again, especially after “Lucifer” on the same network portrayed him as such a priss. But I have serious doubts that Fox can make “The Exorcist” work on broadcast TV.
“Luke Cage” is the latest adaptation of the gritty Marvel Comics series about superheroes in New York City. It comes after two seasons of “Daredevil” and one season of “Jessica Jones” on Netflix. Those were great, so count me in.
“Westworld” is an adaptation of the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name about an adult amusement park of the future that used androids to give vacationers an Old West experience. Then the robots went berserk and killed everyone.
Finally, “Timeless” is one of four time-travel themed shows premiering this fall and midseason. The difference with “Timeless” is the behind-the-scenes talent, including Eric Kripke (“Supernatural” and “Revolution”) and Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”).
But I have big concerns about “Timeless,” which involves an unlikely trio (history professor, soldier and scientist) tasked with stopping a time-traveling criminal who wants to rewrite American history. The show could end up being a boring history lesson if the heroes are successful each week in preserving the timeline.
Among returning shows, I’m going to watch “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” “Supernatural,” “The Walking Dead” and “The Strain.”


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