Ready for 2014 Rock Paper Watchers? To celebrate the new year, we are releasing our “Can’t Miss This List” so you know our picks for upcoming shows, movies, albums, and books. Check back tomorrow for our top 2014 movie picks!
Airs January 12, 2014 on HBO
True Detective is a new HBO drama about Louisiana State Police Detectives Martin Hart and and Rust Cohle. In 2012, they are brought in for separate interrogations about a murder case they solved in 1995. As they narrate their story, each detective is pulled back into the case as questions begin to arise about the outcome of the peculiar murder.
Reasons to Watch: Reason #1 = The cast. The detectives are portrayed by Matthew McConaughey (Cohle) and Woody Harrelson (Hart). Enough said. Michelle Monaghan also stars as Maggie, Detective Hart’s wife. By the looks of the trailer, they all put on riveting and gut-wrenching performances. Reason #2 = The writing. True Detective was written and created entirely by Nic Pizzolatto. Pizzolatto is best known for writing two episodes of AMC’s cop-drama The Killing, including Season 1’s shock-filled finale. The Killing is one of my favorite television shows (and one of the most underrated IMO) so I was thrilled to learn of this connection. After conducting a little research, I discovered that Pizzolatto actually quit working for the series because he didn’t like “serving someone else’s vision.” With True Detective being his first major solo project, I’m thrilled to see what this young and innovative writer has to offer.
Airs January 20, 2014 on Discovery Channel
Klondike is an upcoming historical mini-series by the Discovery Channel. The six episode long series is the network’s first-ever scripted drama. It follows two childhood best friends, Bill (Game of Throne‘s Richard Madden) and Epstein (Augustus Prew), in the late 1890s as they flee west in pursuit of gold. Their journey leads to a land full of undiscovered wealth, but surrounded by unpredictable weather and dangerous characters, including greedy businessmen and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their land.
Reasons to Watch: Richard Madden, hello! Also, the production details of the series hint at great action scenes. For example, over the course of 55 days, the actors faced severe conditions. From freezing temperatures, to high altitudes; Madden and Prew literally hung off the side of a mountain for 16 hours straight for one scene. That’s dedication.
Orphan Black – Season 2
Airs April 19, 2014 on BBC America
Season 1 was a whirlwind. At the season’s end, all of our favorite clones were forced to choose sides after meeting Rachel, their fellow clone and child of Neolution. Cosima discovered that the clones are property, owned by Neolution leading to Sarah’s decision to ignore Rachel’s threats in the greatest diss of all time, “Up your’s ProClone!” Cosima followed suit, but her illness will be front and center in Season 2. Allison, on the other hand, agreed to cooperate with Neolution. What does this mean for her relationship with the other clones? Viewers can look forward to getting to know Rachel and the world of Neolution, as she takes the place of Season’s 2 “Big Bad.” Suit’s Patrick J. Adams will be joining the cast in a very secretive guest spot, as well as Nashville’s bad boy (and the new Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones) Michiel Huisman.
Reasons to Watch: More clones! We’ve already seen Tatiana Maslany play seven (YES, SEVEN) clones and the creators promise there will be more. Also, I’m going through Felix withdrawals.
Airs Spring 2014 on Showtime
Penny Dreadful is an upcoming pyschosexual horror series that will weave together the origin of literary horror characters, including Victor Frankenstein, Frankenstein’s monster, Dorian Gray, and Count Dracula, in Victorian London.
Reasons to Watch: Y’all, I have a confession to make. I used to be IN LOVE with Josh Hartnett. I remember seeing Pearl Harbor and The Faculty and thinking he was going to be my first kiss. Like seriously. So naturally with Hartnett cast as the lead in Penny Dreadful and perfectly positioned for a career comeback, I’m all in!
Masters of Sex – Season 2
Airs Fall 2014 on Showtime
We know that Masters of Sex Season 1 just finished wrapping up, but we can’t help but be excited for the shows sophomore season. In the season finale, Dr. Master’s entire professional and personal life begins to unravel and the only person he wants to turn to is Virginia (Lizzy Caplan). After a few drinks, Master’s show up at Virginia’s door soaked from the rain and finally lays his feelings on the line.
“I have nothing to offer you except maybe the truth: I finally realized that there is one thing that I can’t live without — it’s you. You.”
Reasons to Watch: In its freshman season, Masters of Sex racked up 2 Golden Globe nominations. One for best drama, and the second going to Michael Sheen for Best Actor in a Drama Series category. I’m still rolling my eyes at the fact that Lizzy Caplan got shafted (ha-ha) for her portrayal of Virginia Johnson in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category. Between the story, the acting, the costumes and that ending…that ending is enough to leave us yearning for more.
Homeland – Season 4
Airs Fall 2014 on Showtime
I have a confession, my confession is I jumped onto the Homeland wagon a little late. In fact, I didn’t binge watch Season 1&2 until right before the Season 3 premiere. The worst part is, it’s literally filmed out behind my apartment. I mean, I could probably start my own “Homeland” set tour company at this point.
After binge watching of Season 1&2, my feelings towards all the characters were pretty cemented. I wanted Carrie and Brody to be together, to have that happy ending, but as Season 3 started up I realized thats not what needed to happen, this show is not about happy endings. The show is at its best when the storyline sticks to Carrie and her obsessive need for the chase with the CIA, which is what I hope Season 4 is going to set up for us. If you haven’t watched the season finale of Season 3, shame on you, I’m going to ruin it for you.
- BRODY DIES
- CARRIE IS MEGA PREGGO & MEGA DEPRESSED
- SAUL IS MIA IN THE MEDITERRANEAN (NOT WITH THE CIA) EATING BAGUETTES
- CARRIE IS MOVING TO ISTANBUL (MAYBE) WITH BRODY’S SOON TO BE GINGER BABY
- QUINN IS STILL HOT
- CARRIE HAS WICKED STAR DRAWING SKILLZ
Reasons to Watch: For obvious reasons, what Homeland needs in Season 4 is a Renaissance. With Carrie moving to Istanbul as a station leader, Quinn, Max and Virgil are sure to be in tow. Of course a big piece of the puzzle that will be missing in said gang will be Saul. Mandy Patinkin is a phenomenal actor and outside of Quinn (hot), my favorite part of the show. I do hope the writers find a way to incorporate him into show in a way that makes sense next year….or possibly just bring him back into the fold of the CIA. So why should we watch? No more Brody, no more complications. During the season finale, it became pretty clear that they are going back to the basics. Carrie and the gang, doing what they are good at, catching the bad guys.
Airs 2014 on AMC
“Turn” tells the story of Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), a New York farmer who bands together with a circle of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, George Washington’s ring of American spies who ultimately help America defeat the British in the Revolutionary War. The show is based on the true story told in “Washington’s Spies” by Alexander Rose.
Reasons to Watch: Since my focus in college was Colonial America, I’m thrilled about the storyline and historical content. But I’m also intrigued to see how non-history loving audiences will receive the show. As much as I want it to be great, Turn has potential to be a train wreck. It doesn’t help that the story is based on a war of which the outcome is already known. So why should you watch? It’s on AMC. It’s potential to be bad is just as great as it’s potential to be phenomenal, considering the channel’s recent track record (i.e. Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Hell on Wheels). And who knows, you might even enjoy getting a fun history lesson because, let’s admit it, you don’t remember learning about The Culper Ring in elementary school.
House of Cards Season 2, Netflix available February 14th
Orange is the New Black Season 2, Netflix available TBD
Looking Season 1, HBO airing January 19 at 10:30pm
Boardwalk Empire Season 5, HBO airing Fall 2014
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond Season 1, BBC America premieres January 19 at 10:00pm