While most fans brave long lines at Comic-Con to see their favorite actors from long-running television series, there’s a contingent of new shows at the convention that have the potential to be the next hit series.
While these shows may not be filling Hall H to capacity any time soon, here’s five new offerings with panels at Comic-Con that we’re looking forward to the most.
With Fox losing mega-dramas 24 and House in recent years, the network is in need of a flagship series to go along with reality stalwart American Idol. That series may just be The Following. Kevin Bacon arrives in primetime as an FBI agent who gets pulled back in the game to find a serial killer (played by James Purefoy of Rome fame). Said serial killer has recruited others to carry out his murders for him. This new series looks gritty, suspenseful and downright visceral; I’d expect nothing less from executive producer Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries).
While NBC has definitely done the “save the world” thing before to mixed results (read: Heroes, The Event), Revolution has two things working for it: J.J. Abrams and Giancarlo Esposito. The former is, of course, responsible for amazing television dramas like Lost and Fringe and he has another unique idea in store for us : a post-apocalyptic world where electricity has mysteriously disappeared. As for Esposito, anyone who has seen Breaking Bad or films Fresh and King of New York knows that he does the villain thing really, really well. Look for him to be the star of this new series. Oh, I lied, Revolution has a third thing going for it: Jon Favreau directed the pilot.
In just six episodes, Tron: Uprising has cemented itself as the best figment of the Tron franchise, no small feat considering that 1982’s Tron is a cult classic and 2010’s Tron: Legacy raised the bar for visual style. The Disney XD animated series stars Elijah Wood, who lends his voice to the hero Beck, a renegade who is inspired to lead a revolution on The Grid.
If DC is ever going to get to a Justice League movie going, they’ll need to make their more ‘obscure’ heroes a little bit more popular. Since Wonder Woman was a no-go and Aquaman will stay within the realm of Entourage, we’ll be happy to settle for Arrow. While Green Arrow technically was in Smallville for three seasons, he always played second fiddle to Clark Kent. This new series scraps that character (as well as the camp of Smallville) and opts for a more serious, dour tone.
Freeze turkeys! Michael Jai White is back to reprise his role as Black Dynamite, one he played to hilarious results in the 2009 film. He’s sticking it to the Man like only he can. This new series looks outrageous and boasts an impressive roster of voice talent: White, Byron Minns, Tommy Davidson and Kym Whitley, all the preceding reprising their roles from the film.