By Tim Riley
The winter television critics press tour brings news of many midseason new shows on the networks, cable channels and a plethora of streaming services. It’s getting harder to keep up with all the options.Among the big four networks, ABC appears to have the busiest upcoming season. Marcia Clark, the prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder, is one of the executive producers behind “The Fix,” about a Los Angeles prosecutor taking a second chance in a high-profile murder trial.
ABC’s “Whiskey Cavalier” dives into the international spy business with a mix of heroic action and wacky humor, while “Grand Hotel” explores family intrigue and scandal in the backdrop of a ritzy hotel in Miami Beach.
The catastrophic 1986 nuclear accident in Chernobyl gets the small screen treatment by HBO in a miniseries of the same name. Preview clips of “Chernobyl” reveal the sacrifices of the brave men and women saving Europe from unimaginable disaster.
Fans of the DC Comics are probably aware that Warner Bros. and DC Universe have teamed up for a streaming service that provides access to older DC live-action films and animated films and series.
“Doom Patrol” re-imagines DC’s beloved group of outcast super heroes, including Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman and Crazy Jane, led by mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder. This band of freaks fights for a world that wants nothing to do with them.
The National Geographic Channel’s “The Hot Zone,” starring Julianna Margulies as a heroic U.S. Army scientist, dramatizes the high-stakes operation to head off an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus from the central African rain forest that arrived on U.S. soil in 1989.
“The Rook,” a Starz original series, tells the story of a woman waking up in the rain beside London’s Millennium Bridge with no memory, who turns out to be a high-ranking official in Britain’s secret service for people with paranormal abilities.
Acorn TV’s streaming service delivers the best in British entertainment. Derived by the memoirs of a London police detective, “Manhunt” is a gripping miniseries based on the true story of a murder investigation that riveted a nation’s attention and defined a detective’s career.
Ovation TV is a channel dedicated to the arts so it is only fitting that Julia Stiles stars as an art curator in “Riviera” whose husband is killed in a yacht explosion, causing her to figure who in his family she can trust to uncover if his death was an accident or murder.
This column will eventually explore in greater detail many new series in the coming months.