A guest post by Lola Castro
The New Year is fast approaching and with it, the much-anticipated return of such favorites as “Community” and “Pretty Little Liars.” But the spectacle of returning shows may be dwarfed by the anticipation related to several much-hyped premieres in the works. Promising shows on the roster include everything from a “Chicago Fire” spin-off to an LGBT-friendly comedy, leaving plenty of viewing opportunities open for every conceivable demographic. Dedicated television viewers can expect an entertaining start to 2014.
Between “Girls,” “Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones,” HBO currently boasts some of the best programs on television. The subscription network plans to add a hilarious comedy to this impressive lineup with the debut of “Looking” on January 19. The show focuses on bringing a humorous slant to common issues in the LGBT community, thus making it what the Huffington Post terms as “the next great gay TV series.” But unlike “Modern Family,” which examines life in a relatively stable household headed by two gay men, “Looking” shifts the narrative to dating as an LGBT single in a digital world.
Ditch the TV dramas and comedies and tune in to NBC, where the ultimate arena for athletic prowess will be on display. The 2014 Winter Olympics, held in Sochi, Russia, will take place between February 7 and 23. According to “CBS Sports,” the performance from U.S. athletes will be impressive, with a talented pool of contenders proving particularly promising for Team USA hockey. Coverage of the 22nd Winter Olympics will primarily take place on NBC, although plenty of commentary will be available on alternative channels. Before this year’s winter games air, take some time to learn about TV bundles so you can enjoy both the Olympics and expert feedback on everything that happens at the games.
Rarely has a spin-off television series shown so much potential as in “Chicago PD”, an upcoming NBC drama based off the popular “Chicago Fire.” The fast-paced plot and action of “Chicago Fire” is expected to carry over to its PD counterpart; and what’s more, a second television cross-over could occur with the edition of guest stars from “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” According to “TV Guide,” detectives Fin and Rollins from “Law and Order: SVU” will visit Chicago in the hopes of nabbing a criminal with New York roots. This series crossover could draw in “Law and Order” fans to the “Chicago” franchise, or, at minimum, add a new element of interest to a budding series. If nothing else, it should provide fans with an exciting edge-of-the seat experience.
Fox’s newest comedy takes a uniquely humorous look at stateside military members, following the antics of three brothers stationed in Florida. According to “Deadline,” an online magazine that reports on the business of the industry, the series was originally slated to premiere in 2013. However, due to a push for Super Bowl based male-oriented promotion during the show’s advertising segments, Fox decided to delay its debut to January. Critics expect the comedy to prove most popular among 20-something males, many of whom complain about a lack of masculine and relatable characters in other current comedic broadcasts.