TV After Dark: Returning Television Shows We Are Looking Forward To In 2014

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TV After Dark’s Top Pick – The Shows We Want to Make Like a Jedi & Return Already in 2014.

There are few things that a passionate TV fan hates more than a hiatus. Actually we’re pretty sure most of us would prefer to visit a dodgy dentist than wait longer than ten minutes for our favorite shows to reappear. But never fear, TV fans! January is but hours away now, and there are HEAPS of our favorite shows ready to make their roaring return to our screens. Here are the ones that we here at TV After Dark are most excited about welcoming back in 2014!

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“If there was a way to reach into the screen and shield Tyrion and Daenerys from George’s wrath, I would do it.” ~ Jayne Balke

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Game of Thrones – After the infamous “Red Wedding” who doesn’t want to see where George R. R. Martin will take us next? Seriously, if there was a way to reach into the screen and shield Tyrion and Daenerys from George’s wrath, I would do it. It’s the first time I haven’t read a series before seeing the TV or movie adaptation, so I’m suffering alongside all the other poor sods eager for the show’s return. Seriously writers – stay AWAY from Tyrion. Do with Joffrey what you will, but leave my little person alone, or I’ll be the one stabbing babies. Capiche?

 

“I hope it doesn’t die a niche death because it is a tricky one to promote.” ~ Graham Eveleigh

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Downton Abbey – Season 4 is definitely top of my list for 2014… Season 3 was a disappointment for me but hopefully changing what it’s always been about – Mary and Matthew’s will-they-won’t-they love story – will reinvigorate the show. The BBC’s The Musketeers looks very exciting too, but I hope it doesn’t die a niche death because it is a tricky one to promote. It also stars new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, so it will be exciting to have such a versatile actor on our screens in two shows! The Fall Season 2 is an exciting prospect too… Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson were two equally beautiful and equally talented stars, and the fact that the story was maddeningly left open at the end of Season 1 should increase our excitement for Season 2! Peaky Blinders has also been commissioned for a second season which will hopefully iron out the creases of the first. I predict 2014 will be a year in which the mistakes of 2013’s television will be corrected slightly… or at least that is the hope!

 

“One of the worst acted series on television.” ~ Jayne Balke

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True Blood – the show I love to hate. It’s one of the worst acted series on television (“Sookie” – need I say more?), but it’s my Achilles’ heel; the cookie dough hidden under my bed; the humiliating habit I’d never tell anyone about. To be honest, I’d probably go cold turkey if Alexander Skarsgård ever left, but so long as he still lives and breathes and sunbakes naked, I’m never giving this show up. Season 7 will probably be another god-awful tale about faeries and convoluted Christian politics, but I wouldn’t miss it.

 

“It’s genuinely hard to be anything else than completely absorbed by their collective presence when they are on screen.” ~ Erin Brown

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Sherlock (BBC America) – This show never ceases to entrance me on so many different levels, and in some ways I feel like I can write about it as a new show for 2014, because it was so entirely tipped on its head at the end of season two with that astonishing finale. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman play so flawlessly off each other that it’s genuinely hard to be anything else than completely absorbed by their collective presence when they are on-screen. Also really hoping that Benny boy’s cheekbones get separate screen credits next year too, because they have EARNED IT. Those things are so flawless they make Michelangelo’s David look like a grade school craft project.

 

“It has twisted and turned so much I am looking forward to seeing how it all turns out in the end.” ~ Alexandra Chambers

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Hostages – A show that I have been watching about Ellen Sanders (Toni Colette) a doctor who is set to operate on the president and her family when they are taken hostage in an effort to make sure that Ellen kills the president during the surgery.  This hasn’t been my favourite show of the year but it has twisted and turned so much I am looking forward to seeing how it all turns out in the end. We’ve been left not knowing if the president is going to die or not; who or if anyone is going to get what they want out of the arrangement and if Sanders is going to get out of this mess.

 

“Keeping the viewer invested, even when there’s not actually much happening.” ~ Jayne Balke

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Once Upon a Time – Ah yes, another one of my guilty pleasures. OUAT has this incredible way of keeping the viewer invested, even when there’s not actually much happening (it’s probably all the backstory flashbacks and gaudy outfits we just cannot get enough of). The winter finale only just aired, and aside from the sore eyes it’s left us with a sinking feeling that everything’s about to go bananas yet again. So basically I need to know whether (a) Rumple is actually alive and (b) Emma will kiss Hook (multiple times would be preferable, but I can cope with once more). Hurry UP March, chop chop!

 

“Crazy characters in a crazy town and an insane premise that makes you want to arch an eyebrow, this show truly kicks ass.” ~ Tiffany Brown

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Cinemax’s Banshee is one of those shows I heard about when it originally aired, but didn’t have time for because I already watch an obscene amount of television and didn’t want to add more. Then I caught a marathon and was hooked like a crack fiend. This show is AWESOME! Filled with crazy characters in a crazy town and an insane premise that makes you want to arch an eyebrow, this show truly kicks ass. Set in a small Amish town called Banshee, a young con named Lucas Hood arrives after assuming a cop’s identity and tries to hide-out from his old boss and enemies. Of course there is more to the story, but you have to see it to believe it. Created from the twisted mind of True Blood EP Alan Ball, this show is sure to liven up your Friday nights. Try and catch season 1 On-Demand before the season 2 premiere, because this is one show you can’t jump in the middle of.

 

“A cop show with a difference.” ~ Alexandra Chambers

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Almost Human – A cop show with a difference.  The series follows a John Kennex (Karl Urban) and his partner Dorian (Michael Ealy), the twist is that Dorian is an android who looks human. This is something I came across online just today and it sounds like a really interesting show, by the looks of it I am way behind but the concept made me instantly interested in watching it, I think that I have some catching up to do over the holidays. Imagine the possibilities of cyborg cops, but they always seem to blur the lines, the morality of having a robot who you start to feel is human…

 

“I never thought I could be so hooked to a show where the characters eat cooked murder victims.” ~ Jayne Balke

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Hannibal – Ah, si délicieux! This show is as disgusting as it is entrancing. The end of Season 1 unveiled Hannibal’s plan for Graham, while Graham pieced together his therapist’s true identity. The show creates these spectacularly graphic crime scenes, while simultaneously exploring the notion and diagnosis of mental illness. I never thought I could be so hooked to a show where the characters eat cooked murder victims. Oh well, bring on Season 2!

 

“Season 2 is going to be crazy.” ~ Connie Allen

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If Witches of East End is good for one thing, it’s definitely in its ability to create a cliffhanger! A whole literal new world is right in front of the Beauchamp family, and not to mention some people are now pumped up on some magic juju. There are a lot of questions left in the way of the Freya’s wedding plans, and a certain someone’s departure. Season 2 is going to be crazy.

 

“Considering the final scene of the season with Dr. Masters and Virginia, you’ll be yelling, “Say something!” at the television.” ~ Connie Allen

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Masters of Sex is one of my favorite new series. I didn’t expect to be as engaged, but when you have Michael Sheen at the helm, not much can go wrong. As a series revolving around the subject of sexuality in 1950s America, Masters of Sex really makes you see that era in a whole new light. The gender roles and expectations of woman then compared to now is astounding. That being said, the storylines are solid and grounded; you don’t feel like you’re being lectured about sex, instead it helps dispels some of our preconceived notions. Lizzie Caplan is amazing in playing the modern woman as Virginia Johnson (Ginny), a single mom with a brilliant mind. By season’s end, Virginia’s work with Dr. Masters (Michael Sheen) has some severe fallout. With a whole lot of blood, tears, and bruised hearts; considering the finale scene of the season with Dr. Masters and Virginia, you’ll be yelling, “Say something!” at the television. This is why Season 2 of Masters of Sex cannot come soon enough. 

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