Winter is coming, and though Game of Thrones doesn’t start until Spring, plenty of other shows are getting ready to launch now. This week on TVEnthusiast’s The Weekly Set, Kat, Will, Edward, and Tyson discuss the Winter 2014-2015 TV schedule. For the sake of sanity, we are counting shows that begin or resume between December 1st, 2014 and February 28th, 2015. This discussion represents the shows found on our Winter 2014/2015 preview, which can be found here. The round-table discussion occurred between 9 and 11pm Pacific Standard Time on December 4th, 2014, so it only reflects shows that had release dates or time-frames that fell in our winter schedule time frame at the time of our discussion.
Tyson: Lets get started.
Tyson: So starting on December 7th, The Librarians, kind of a geekier Indiana Jones.
Kat: Also, much much lighter fare.
Tyson: The TV movies were adventurous and fun, but also fairly uninteresting.
Kat: That’s a good way of putting it.
Will: Never watched the TV movies it’s based on, so eh.
Kat: I watched the first movie with family last New Year’s and uhm, yeah…
Tyson: The show does have a special Angel alum in it though.
Kat: Yes! Lindsey!
Tyson: I am watching for him.
Edward: Good to see him in something again.
Tyson: Not sure I’ll stick with it, but I’ll try it out.
Will: It looks cheesy, Not my style really.
Edward: It does look cheesy. But it could have a fun cheesy feel to it.
Tyson: On December 12th comes the second largest budget on television.
Tyson: Netflix supposedly spent 90 million on their new series Marco Polo
Kat: Wow! Now that’s confidence.
Will: Wow um ok.
Tyson: Second only to Game of Thrones.
Edward: A gamble.
Kat: Though Netflix has had enough hits that I’d say they probably know what they’re doing.
Will: Trying to get dat Game of Thrones money.
Tyson: I have seen all of 1 review for the show so far, and it was rather scathing, “cliche on top of cliche” was the wording, I believe.
Will: Yeah can’t say Marco Polo really interests me.
Tyson: The trailer is pretty stunning. Amazing set pieces and all.
Edward: It’s a weird concept to go with, if they’re trying to appeal to the Game of Thrones crowd.
Will: Game of Thrones is interesting because it’s a well told story. Not because “oh look Middle ages.”
Tyson: I can see where it might be cheesy.
Edward: Watching the trailer now.
Tyson: It has that Da Vinci’s Demons vibe to it. It could be fun, or could just suck.
Kat: Definitely – Game of Thrones and Marco Polo? Don’t feel like the same vein to me.
Will: Right, Yeah I dunno.
Tyson: The comparison is mostly because of the huge production values and gorgeous settings.
Kat: With that kind of money? I can imagine.
Edward: The settings are gorgeous. I assume shot on location in Asia?
Tyson: I am guessing that, like Game of Thrones it is probably shot in various places. (edit: it filmed in Italy, Kazakhstan, and Malaysia)
Kat: If Netflix was going to pour that much money into something, wish they would’ve gone for another fantasy book series like Wheel of Time instead.
Edward: But even the trailer feels cliche. And the music choice didn’t really fit.
Tyson: Yeah, a lot of convenient crap, everybody knows Kung Fu, even the naked women.
Will: Yeah I’m not really interested in a poorly written historical drama.
Edward: Although the next show on the list looks interesting…Ascension?
Tyson: Yes, Ascension, December 15th brings Tricia Helfer back to SyFy.
Kat: Yay! Tricia Helfer! Premise sounds pretty interesting.
Edward: Produced by Blumhouse and Lionsgate. Seems like it could have high production value.
Will: I want a Sci Fi space drama, but your write up makes it seem like it’s gonna be Clue on a Spaceship. (Laughs)
Tyson: This is the first of several outer space set shows coming to SyFy, who is apparently trying to get back those Battlestar Galactica and Stargate audiences. It is a whodunit, Will, but the backdrop is the idea that they are approaching the point of no return. Where they can either turn back, and go home to Earth, or go on, and never go back again.
Will: Can they change their name back to Sci Fi while they’re at it?
Kat: Yes please – I’m with you there, Will. At least SyFy is veering back toward making sci-fi (ish) again.
Tyson: I imagine the name change to SyFy had to do with trademark rights. So I don’t think it’ll ever go back.
Will: Ah I see Tyson, Sounds like it could be good.
Tyson: Next up we have a new Amazon original series, Mozart in the Jungle, base don the book of the same name, that has the subtitle Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music.
Edward: Love the cast on this one
Edward: Malcolm McDowell and Gael Garcia Bernal. I’m sold.
Tyson: My sister devours Gael with her eyes whenever she sees him onscreen. (laughs)
Edward: (Laughs) He definitely is a good looking man.
Will: Eh the material just doesn’t interest me.
Kat: Me neither.
Tyson: How about Powers? No official date yet, just December. The first Playstation original series.
Edward: Playstation original?
Tyson: This will only be available to Playstation Plus subscribers.
Will: I don’t know, Always loved the concept and I know the comic is acclaimed but the show just seems off to me.
Kat: Wow, only to subscribers? Not sure how I feel about that. Though I guess I can see it – you have to pay to access Amazon Prime and Netflix.
Edward: I subscribe so I’ll watch at least the pilot.
Tyson: Sharlto Copley is an interesting choice for TV, he has a lot of presence.
Will: I thought this was available to anyone with a Playstation
Tyson: The first episode is, but the rest needs a Playstation Plus account.
Will: I think non Playstation Plus subscribers can purchase the other eps though.
Tyson: Hopefully they work something else out over time. Maybe it’ll go to Netflix a few months later or something.
Will: Yeah, It’ll be an interesting experiment for Sony, that’s for sure.
Edward: “Free with active Playstation Plus membership” I’d like to see how users respond to it. Might be an interesting new way for consoles to get in on producing shows.
Tyson: January 4th has 2 shows. The return of Downton Abbey, and a new musical comedy called Galavant.
Will: Galavant looks hilarious.
Edward: Yes it does look hilarious.
Will: Gonna check that out for sure.
Tyson: The guest cast list is amazing.
Tyson: Gervais, Weird Al, and more.
Will: Weird Al is appearing in it, how can I not watch it?
Tyson: Gervais can sing too, he used to be a pop star. (Laughs)
Kat: Weird Al???
Tyson: Yeah, he is a guest actor.
Will: Yeah I know Kat,
Tyson: The evil king was on Psych.
Will: Oh yeah he’s great, was awesome in Supernatural as well.
Kat: Downton Abbey – there’s a show I keep meaning to try one day.
Tyson: I didn’t get into Downton. I tried it, and I liked the tongue lashings the characters gave each other, but after a while it just felt like a well written soap opera.
Edward: I watched the first season of Downton. It’s pretty good. Soap opera plotline without any of the soap opera cheesiness.
Will: Downton is definitely not my thing.
Edward: Definitely not for people who like fast paced shows. It takes a while to pick up.
Tyson: I am a bit of an anglophile too, but I just couldn’t get into it.
Kat: I can do soap opera-ish every now and again.
Tyson: I did love the cruelty of it though. Some of the things these characters said to each other… just wow.
Kat: I hear Maggie Smith is delightful. Ironically, of course.