New Fall Dramas: September 2015

New Fall Dramas: September 2015


Hand of God looks too preachy, even without the God angle. Code Black acts like ER was never on the air. I watched all those seasons of the show, so I think I’m good there. Blood & Oil could be horrible, but since Revenge is off the air, I will see if this will fill that void. Also, Indian Summers seems intriguing because I like the class war intrigue involving the British.

Note: Since I read many different television critics, I thought I would add to each show a sense of what critics generally think about what they have seen so far from these shows, which in most cases is only the pilot episode.


Hand of God


Premieres: Friday, September 4, 2015 on Amazon Prime Video

Cast: Ron Perlman, Dana Delany, Andre Royo, Alona Tal, Julian Morris, Garret Dillahunt, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Julian Acosta, Hunter Parrish

Creator: Ben Watkins

A judge thinks that God is speaking to him through his comatose son and telling him he needs to exact vengeance on those that put his son in that state.

Critics’ Take: It has been compared to the Kelsey Grammar show Boss, but not in a good way. It wants to be profound, but comes across as taking itself too seriously and ends up being laughable.


Blood & Oil


Premieres: Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 98c on ABC

Cast: Don Johnson, Chace Crawford, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Delroy Lindo, Amber Valletta, Scott Michael Foster, India de Beaufort

Creator: Rodes Fishburne, Josh Pate

In North Dakota, oil is found and making millionaires every day since there aren’t enough people there to lay claim to it yet. A young couple come into town and try to take advantage of it while running into some pretty powerful oil tycoons that have lived there for years.

Critics’ Take: Critics that were hoping it would be a good nighttime soap in the style of Dallas or Dynasty ended up disappointed. It seems to fall more in the range of Revenge, which was over the top, but also kept me watching.


Indian Summers


Premieres: Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 9/8c on PBS

Cast: Julie Walters, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jemima West, Nikesh Patel, Roshan Seth, Lillete Dubey

Creator: Paul Rutman

Set in 1932 in Northern India at the end of British rule over the country, the British are governing in the tea plantations over a summer. It shares viewpoints from both the British upperclass and the Indian servants that want their independence.

Critics’ Take: Very reminiscent of Downton Abbey with the class struggles taking place in India, but while some critics have grown bored with Downton Abbey, they were fans of this show.


Code Black


Premieres: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 10/9c on CBS

Cast: Marcia Gay Harden, Luis Guzman, Melanie Chandra, Harry Ford, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Raza Jaffrey, Bonnie Somerville, William Allen Young

Creator: Ryan McGarry

An LA county hospital ER deals with craziness on a daily basis.

Critics’ Take: It’s a retread of ER set in another city with nothing original to make you want to start watching it in case you are missing watching ER.

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