Not managing to escape rainy Scotland this summer? Here are our top TV picks to watch out for – vicarious living at its best.
Sex and the City’s teenage prequel has received mixed reviews from US critics, but we absolutely adore AnnaSophia Robb’s Carrie and her fellow kooky characters.
Having recently lost her beloved mum to cancer, Carrie, her morbidly funny little sister Dorrit and fish out of water dad are trying to adjust to life as a three. Thankfully besties Mouse and Maggie are on hand to help manoeuvre the trappings of high school, while bad boy Sebastian Kydd provides the eye candy.
The series really gets going when Carrie lands a dream internship at Interview magazine. Fashion editor Larissa, her OTT Brit accent and her total fantasy wardrobe are a big part of the fun – if you thought Sex and the City had cool clothes, you’ll soon discover that these eighties throwbacks are even more fabulous.
Top marks to AnnaSophia for her spot-on portrayal of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie. From her facial expressions, to perfectly timed pauses in her speech, girl done good. With her curly locks she’s almost unrecognisable as over competitive Violet Beauregarde from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. All together now: “Violet, you’re turning… violet!”
Like The Carrie Diaries, The Americans is set in the eighties, but revolves around the drama of The Cold War instead of high school. Golden Globe award-winning actress Keri Russell and Brothers & Sisters star Matthew Rhys play two Soviet KGB officers posing as American citizens, who have come together in an faux marriage, and have two children who know nothing of their parents’ real identities.
From FBI agent neighbours, to the increasingly genuine feelings between Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, the series is full of dark humour, and has more secrets than all of Wisteria Lane put together. Already renewed for a second season in the US, we’re expecting big things from this critically acclaimed spy thriller.
Having portrayed Dr Frasier Crane for twenty years in total, Kelsey Grammer does good TV, hence why we’re so excited by his latest venture. Boss tells the tale of Kelsey’s Tom Kane, the mayor of Chicago, who has just been diagnosed with dementia. Hiding the degenerative disease from everyone but his doctor, Kane’s illness goes unnoticed by his friends and family members, in an underlying storyline of how lonely it can be at the top.
Two seasons have already aired in the US, but word on the street is that it’s been cancelled by television network Starz, and a two-hour movie may be made to wrap up the storyline.
JJ Abrams, the executive producer behind Lost, Fringe and Felicity, to name but a few of his credits, returns with Revolution. This post- apocalyptic sci-fi drama centres on America losing all its electrical power, for reasons unknown, and is set fifteen years after the incident occurred.
Main characters the Matheson family must work out what happened to the electricity, using a mysterious pendant, but of course there are enemies standing in their way. Sebastian Monroe, the General of the Monroe Militia and President of the Monroe Republic, is after the pendant for himself – but will he be able to seize control? You’ll have to watch to find out!
No, this isn’t another trashy reality show… it’s a parody of another trashy reality show! This hit American improvised comedy series was created by comedian Kevin Hart and stars a collection of other funny, married Hollywood men, including Mr Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon.
This hilarious programme has pulled in guest appearances from the likes of Trey Songz, Nelly and Shaquille O’Neal – plenty of guy candy for the ladies – and has already been renewed for a second season Stateside. We’re waiting with bated breath for our turn and rumour has it we won’t have to wait much longer…
Taken from the April issue of Scotcampus