12 new shows to heat up your nights
- Last Updated: 11:22 AM, May 27, 2012
- Posted: 12:25 AM, May 27, 2012
*Based on the police procedural novels by Craig Johnson — the latest, “As the Crow Flies,” was published this month— this new drama follows the exploits of a Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), the unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo., who, with the help of a female deputy, Victoria Moretti (Katee Sackhoff), learns to love his job again.
* Shows like “Swamp People” and “Ax Men” have been such big hits for History, it only make sense for the channel to take its show to the mountains, where Eustace, Tom and Marty are living off the land in some of the harshest conditions imaginable in North Carolina, Montana and Alaska.
“It’s the American dream,” says Russ McConnell, the show’s executive producer. “They live in a way that’s different than the traditional American dream. They just want to live the way they want to live.”
That way includes grizzlies wandering into the yard, meals comprised entirely of kale and no indoor plumbing or a Starbucks anywhere.
* It’s “The Voice” of dating shows. Four of the world’s most-eligible bachelors sit in rotating chairs, unable to see the attractive singles looking for a date on the other side. In this Blind Round, each celebrity can only make his “Choice” based on how he likes his suitors’ voices. When the celebrity bachelor likes what he hears, he pulls his “love handle,” spinning his chair around to bring him face-to-face for the first time with his potential mate.
*A family drama about two dancers. Michelle and Fanny (Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop) who clash over the man in their lives, Hubbell Flowers (Alan Ruck). Hubbell is Michelle’s husband and Fanny’s son. Fanny runs the local dance studio, where young girls strive to become “bunheads” — serious dancers.
*People who have been missing “Dallas” since we spent an entire summer wondering “Who shot J.R.?” will welcome this remake. The rest of us might be a little lukewarm on this cheesy re-bake. The show launches with the very same opening theme everyone over the age of 35 knows and remembers, and mixes old favorites — J.R. (Larry Hagman), Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) — with such winsome up-and-comers as Jesse Metcalfe, playing Bobby’s adopted son, Christopher, and Jordana Brewster, as Elena Ramos, the ex-fiancee of Christopher and current girlfriend of his cousin, John Ross (Josh Henderson), who’s already following in the manipulative footsteps of his father, J.R.
“Bringing a show like ‘Dallas’ into the 21st century has been both exciting and daunting,” says executive producer and writer Cynthia Cidre. “It would have been very easy for the show to devolve into camp or cheap melodrama. Instead, we decided to concentrate on making a smart, passionate family drama told on an epic scale.”