We had so much fun putting together our list of the most anticipated new sci-fi and fantasy TV shows of 2014 that we decided to publish monthly guides to the year’s upcoming new TV series. Here’s our first one …
Check out AFT’s most anticipated new TV shows for February 2014 (listed by premiere date):
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Feb. 17, 11:35 p.m. on NBC)
Jimmy Fallon is moving up an hour to host what’s bound to be the most adorable version of The Tonight Show ever. There are a few funny promos for Fallon’s takeover of NBC’s sixty-year-old late night staple floating about, but we think the one above, with a young Jimmy delivering cute punchlines to his little buds, is one of the funniest. It also confirms that The Roots will be joining him at 11:35. Former Daily Show producer Josh Lieb has signed on to run the show. Does that mean we’ll get plenty of surprise visits from Jessica Williams? Yes? Please?
Star-Crossed (Feb. 18, 8 p.m. on CW)
This sci-fi romance series didn’t quite make our list of must-see genre shows a few months ago, but that was before we realized it’s produced by The Good Wife’s Meredith Averill. The show is part District 9 and part Romeo and Juliet and centers on the relationship between a teenage girl and an alien boy, whose spacefaring species has been segregated from the public since landing on Earth.
About a Boy (Feb. 21, 10:30 p.m. on NBC)
First it was an awesome book (by High Fidelity author Nick Hornby), then it was a decent movie, and now it’s a potentially grating but maybe funny (?) new sitcom. Minnie Driver and David Walton star in an episodic redo of the book and movie’s basic premise — a self-centered bro bonds with an awkward kid and helps the kid’s mom step out of her own mixed-up head. If there’s anyone who can dig up fresh, engaging stories from a decades old property, it’s executive producer Jason Katims, who also heads up NBC’s great Parenthood. About a Boy premieres Feb. 21 and moves to its regular night on Tuesday Feb. 25.
Growing Up Fisher (Feb. 23, 10:30 p.m. on NBC)
The new family comedy from DJ Nash (Up All Night, Traffic Light) boasts a great cast including J.K. Simmons, Jenna Elfman, Harold Perrineau and Jason Batman as the narrator. There’s a strong Wonder Years/The Goldbergs vibe to the trailer, which doesn’t surprise us since Growing Up Fisher is billed as Nash’s “semi-autobiographical” comedy. The show moves to its regular night on Tuesday Feb. 25.
Late Night with Seth Meyers (Feb. 24, 12:35 a.m. on NBC)
We’re all Seth Meyers fans here, right? So why don’t we just get over the fact that NBC handed Late Night over to yet another white guy from SNL and look forward to the funny? The uber-talented Meyers is bound to do great things with Fallon’s vacated seat.
Mixology (Feb. 26, 9:30 p.m. on ABC)
Speaking of mixing things, the phrase “high concept” and the word “comedy” don’t often mingle all that well, but despite the odds ABC decided to take a chance on this series that takes place at a single location over the course of a single night. I’m sure some of the fun will come from spotting inconsistencies in hair, makeup and wardrobe as the series progresses. Here’s hoping Mixology will offer more than potential production gaffes to laugh at.
The Red Road (Feb. 27, 9 p.m. on Sundance Channel)
With a list that includes The Returned, Rectify, and Top of the Lake, Sundance has a pretty great track record for original series. It’s newest limited run drama — starring Martin Henderson, Jason Momoa, Tom Sizemore, and Lisa Bonet — is billed as a taught thriller that examines the tension between a rural New Jersey community and a nearby Native American tribe.
Review (Feb. 27 on Comedy Central)
Sorry, we don’t have a clip from Andy Daly’s upcoming Comedy Central show yet, so you’ll have to make due with that publicity shot of the comedian up top (Aint he cute?). In Review, Daly plays a TV critic who reviews strange real-life experiences. Here’s hoping one of those experiences includes hanging out with Andy Richter. Oh wait, it does! Richter is slated to appear as a guest star, along with Jason Mantzoukas and Emo Phillips.