ABC TV to look forward to in the fall

Agent Carter follows Peggy Carter from the Captain America movies. The year is 1946. I love alternate-history science fiction set in that period. You’ve heard of steampunk? I’m inventing a new genre: vacuum-tube-punk.

Forever: Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new partner Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza). Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry’s long and colorful past. Only his best friend and confidant, Abe (Judd Hirsch) knows Henry’s secret.

Intriguing. New Amsterdam, a short-lived but very good TV series, had a similar premise. The main character in New Amsterdam was a New York cop rather than a medical examiner. Sadly, it only lasted one season. It starred Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who now plays Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones.

One of my favorite novels has a similar premise too. In that novel, by New York newspaperman Pete Hamill, an Irish immigrant arrives in New York in 1740 and saves the life of an African slave. The slave grants the Irishman immortality, so long as the Irishman never leaves the island of Manhattan. The immortal in this one isn’t a cop or medical examiner; he’s just a guy. The novel follows him through the American Revolution, Tammany Hall, and up to 9/11. The title of that novel? Forever

The description of American Crime was tl;dr. The cast includes Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman. Looks like this might be an American version of Broadchurch, a gripping British miniseries about a brutal murder that tears apart an idyllic-seeming English seaside resort community.

Black-ish An African-American marketing executive struggles with ethnic identity issues. Could be entertaining and thoughtful with the right touch. And it’ll be different from anything else on TV.

Selfie: “Instafamous” Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But one lonely day she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She asks marketing guru Henry (John Cho) to ‘rebrand’ her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect with people in the real world. Loosely based on My Fair Lady, _Selfie) explores the modern struggles of Eliza and Henry, as he tries to teach her how to live life offline—whether she ‘likes’ it or not.

Worth giving a try for the cast. Karen Gillan was excellent as Amy Pond in Doctor Who and John Cho is a terrific character actor; he was Harold in the Harold and Kumar movies.

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