New 2014-15 TV: CBS, NBC, and The CW [VIDEO]

network logosIn the wake of the annual television Upfronts, all of the major networks have announced which television series are staying, which are going, and what new fare we’ll be able to feast our eyes on for the 2014-15 season. And after pouring over all of the trailers for the new material, I have compiled a list of series you need to not miss.

First up are the offerings from CBS, NBC, and The CW.

CBS has pulled major star power by casting Halle Berry in the sci-fi thriller Extant, her first television starrer. And Scorpion seems to be breaking the mold of the older leaning CSI/NCIS type of shows that thrive so well on the network. Katherine Heigl is returning to TV as a high-ranking CIA officer in the political thriller State of Affairs, a far cry from her most known work on Grey’s Anatomy. And Alfre Woodard as the POTUS is game changing. Also not to be missed are comic book adaptations Constantine and The Flash. Both series boast the impressive visual effects needed to bring a comic book to life.

Check out the synopses and trailers below.

CBS

Extant

LOGLINE: An astronaut returns home from a yearlong solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.

CAST: Halle Berry, Goran Visnjic, Michael O’Neill, Grace Gummer, Tessa Ferrer

Scorpion

LOGLINE: An eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age.

CAST: Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Ari Stidham, Ernie Hudson

 

NBC

Constantine

LOGLINE: Based on the wildly popular DC Comics series “Hellblazer,” seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv, the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight” — an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences — is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.

CAST: Matt Ryan, Lucy Griffiths, Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford

State of Affairs

LOGLINE: Each day the President is faced with dozens of life and death decisions, and to prioritize the biggest international crises facing the country, one top CIA analyst — Charleston Tucker — assembles the President’s Daily Briefing (PDB). This list of the most vital security issues facing the nation brings with it moral and political judgment calls for Charleston and her trusted group of brilliant analysts at the agency. Aside from the political minefields she has to walk, Charlie has a close personal relationship with the President because she was once engaged to her son before a tragic terrorist attack took his life. Charlie survived that attack and is now determined to bring the perpetrators to justice. Navigating a complex personal life and a pressure-cooker profession is, of course, a challenge, and Charlie sometimes engages in boundary-pushing behavior to avoid facing her grief. But when the clock strikes 2 a.m., she is all about her job — protecting her nation, serving her President and still trying to get to the bottom of her fiancé’s murder that will reveal itself as a shocking mystery.

CAST: Katherine Heigl, Sheila Vand, Adam Kaufman, Alfre Woodard, Cliff Chamberlain, Leslie Odom Jr, Tommy Savas

 

The CW

The Flash

LOGLINE: Barry Allen was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West, the father of Barry’s best friend, Iris. Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along. Barry’s latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator, created by visionary physicist Harrison Wells and his S.T.A.R. Labs team, who claim that this invention will bring about unimaginable advancements in power and medicine. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, many lives are lost and Barry is struck by lightning. After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again – the accident has given him the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion – and not everyone is using their new powers for good. In the months since the accident, the city has seen a sharp increase in missing people, unexplained deaths and other strange phenomena. Barry now has a renewed purpose – using his gift of speed to protect the innocent, while never giving up on his quest to solve his mother’s murder and clear his father’s name. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash. Based on characters published by DC Entertainment.

CAST: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin

 

What do you think about these new shows from CBS, NBC, and The CW?

 

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Daren W. Jackson

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Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.