So, maybe it’s time to look ahead to next year and at the new crop of new cable dramas (and one comedy) for the next, huge break-out hit. Here are 10 possibilities, and the ten shows I’m most excited about in 2015.
10. Ballers — The half-hour comedy series, honestly, sounds like Entourage set in the pro sports world, but I can’t resist the cast: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the lead, a retired football player, in a sitcom that will explore the lives of a group of former and current football players. Rob Corddry will co-star in the series, produced by Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, with a pilot directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, The Leftovers) and written by Stephen Levinson (Entourage).
9. Roadies — This is a personal preference, if only because one of my favorite all-time directors, Cameron Crowe, is coming to television (Showtime) to explore what he knows best: the life of touring musicians and their groupies. That’s essentially what the semi-autobiographical Almost Famous was. Along with producer J.J. Abrams, Crowe is turning that concept into a weekly series. What’s not to be excited about?
8. The Walking Dead Spin-Off — We still don’t know that much about The Walking Dead spin-off, except that it’s not actually a spin-off, it’s a companion series. Here’s everything we do know so far.
7. Marvel’s Daredevil — Agents of SHIELD hasn’t exactly crushed it for ABC, but the next small-screen adaptation in the Marvel world (after this winter’s Peggy Carter series) has a decent showrunner in Michael DeKnight (Sparactus) and a strong cast in lead (Charlie Cox), love interest (Rosario Dawson), and villain (Vincent D’Onofrio, who will play Kingpin). There will be a certain Marvel slickness, and certainly some formula, but if the 10 episodes of Daredevil can be as good as the best 5 episodes of Agents of SHIELD, it should do just fine for Netflix.
6. MaddAddam — The post-apocalyptic series based on Margaret Atwood’s book trilogy is being brought to HBO by Darren Aronofsky. I’ll let Robo Panda do the honors in describing the book series:
The MaddAddam trilogy takes place in the mid-21st century, following the lives of the remaining survivors — some human and some genetically engineered — of a viral pandemic started intentionally by titular character Crake (née Glenn) in the first part of the trilogy in an attempt to wipe out everyone but his genetically-engineered tribe of “Crakers”.
Since it’s HBO, we fully expect them to include the mating rituals of the Crakers, in which the men wave their erect blue penises around and a female chooses several of her favorites for a week-long orgy. Oryx & Crake was weird, you guys.
Aronofsky, Atwood, blue penises, and HBO could hardly be a better combination.