Monday, September 29, 2014

An onslaught of new season TV billboards fill the L.A. skies in September 2014...

The new Fall TV line-up hit the skies of L.A. hard this month, with not just returning favourites, but a whole batch of brand new shows, most of which are doomed to failure is history is anything to go by. With all these billboards, this time of year must be a real boost for the outdoor advertising industry and it's not bad for fans of TV either.

TV billboards
How to Get Away With Murder series premiere billboard
One of the most eye-catching ads for the debuting shows was this striking red, black and white creative for Shonda Rhimes new law drama starring Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder.
Giant Scorpion series premiere billboard
Over on CBS they are hoping that their think tank of super-geniuses would attract viewers in Scorpion, which has the coolest name and this giant-sized billboard on the side of the Mondrian Hotel to kick things off.
Giant Survivor's Remorse gold foil billboard
Speaking of super-sized ads and Starz was one of the only channels to do something unconventional with their ad for their new comedy Survivor's Remorse, which had these shiny gold foil basketball shoes and logo embellishments to help catch your eye.
The Flash series premiere billboard
Comic books are still providing inspiration for TV as well as on the big screen as The CW's Arrow gets a spin-off with a new incarnation of The Flash, although it's not the first time DC Comics scarlet speedster has had his own series. I really enjoyed the 90's series with John Wesley Shipp, so I hope this one with Grant Gustin as 'Barry Allen' has the same spark.
Gotham series premiere billboard
Another DC Comics inspired show is Gotham, a Batman prequel show, following a younger 'Commissioner Gordon' as a rookie detective in a corrupt Gotham City. I thought the pilot showed promise, but I think it could also very quickly become just another police procedural show if they don't up the fantastical elements.
Gracepoint series premiere billboard
The highly-acclaimed British drama series Broadchurch as the death of a young boy in a sleepy seaside town gets a remake on Fox with Gracepoint. With a new name and two extra episodes the series sees David Tennant reprise his role as the experienced detective assigned to the case, with Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn as the local cop who helps him solve the murder case where everyone is a suspect.
Dead Again series premiere billboard
Over on A&E their new crime series Dead Again will reopen closed homicide cases for investigation by a crack team of experts and I like how this series premiere billboard flips the text upside-down to mess with our perspective, it's simple but effective.
NCIS: New Orleans series premiere billboard
If a L.A. spin-off wasn't enough already, NCIS welcomes another sibling series with Quantum Leap's Scott Bakula in charge of NCIS: New Orleans.
Stalker series premiere billboard
And the new crime dramas keep coming with the new Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q show, Stalker, about all those creepy folks with unhealthy obsessions about other people. It'll be interesting to see whether this show has scope beyond its 'stalker' premise as it could become a bit repetitive after a while.
Red Band Society series premiere billboard
Over on Fox they are serving up a dash of Glee teen relationships and mixing in the medical drama with Red Band Society, which stars Octavia Spencer as a no-nonsense, but caring nurse in charge of a pediatrics ward.
Transparent series premiere Amazon billboard
With new original content providers like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, there's even more chance for more diverse programming like the new dramedy, Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender parent coming out to his grown up L.A. family.
Black-ish series premiere billboard
As you can se there are lots of new dramas to choose from this Fall season and there are just as many new sitcoms and dramedies, although ABC's Black-ish undoubtedly has the worst name for a show this season.
Bad Judge series premiere billboard
We've not really seen much of her since she left Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, but Kate Walsh is back to helm another show and this time she's a Bad Judge, not a surgeon. A party animal by night and a law-dealing judge by day seems a bit of a stretch for a series though.
Selfie series premiere billboard
Meanwhile Selfie is a modern day update of My Fair Lady, with John Cho's marketing consultant helping a social media addicted Karen Gillan with a new image. This may have been an interesting movie premise, but I think they'll struggle with it as a series.
Marry Me series premiere billboard
Marry Me stars Casey Wilson and Ken Marino as a couple who experienced a botched marriage proposal and so are waiting for when the time is right to pop the question again.
A to Z series premiere billboard
Whilst A to Z is another NBC relationship sitcom, which follows Ben Feldman's 'Andrew' and Cristin Miloti's 'Zelda' from them getting together to their eventual break-up. Sounds like it's doomed from the beginning.
Mulaney series premiere billboard
Probably one of the dullest billboards for a new sitcom this month was for Mulaney, which stars stand-up comic John Mulaney. His life may be a joke, but this creative isn't funny at all and doesn't really tell you anything about the series, just like its title.
Tim Eric Bedtime Stories series premiere billboard
Bringing the freaky eyes to comedy this Fall is Adult Swim's new series, Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories, which is a parody of many horror anthology series with the comedy duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.
Deliverance Creek TV movie billboard
Over on Lifetime, Deliverance Creek was an original TV movie from the mind of Nicholas Sparks, starring Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose as a widowed mother during the Civil War out to protect her family from the corrupt bank that runs her town. This was thought to be a backdoor pilot for a possible future series if successful.
Houdini History mini-series billboard
This Labor Day Adrien Brody did his best escapologist impression as infamous illusionist and performer 'Harry Houdini' in History's mini-series event.
BoJack Horseman series premiere Netflix billboard
BoJack Horseman sounds and looks like the weirdest bit of animation on TV at the moment and it stars a washed up horse actor (voiced by Will Arnett) whose career peaked too soon and now sits in his plush Hollywood pad complaining about everything. Sounds surreal.
Utopia series premiere billboard
In the world of reality television, Utopia follows a group of individuals who quit their everyday lives to start their own civilization and live together isolated from humanity for a full year (aside from the camera crew of course).
Matador series premiere billboard
And finally I really lied the vibrant colour of this wall mural for El Rey Network's Matador, which stars Gabriel Luna as 'Tony Bravo', a DEA Agent who goes undercover at a professional soccer team to find out if the club's owner is corrupt.

And there you have it, not all, but a big majority of the new shows hoping to capture an audience and secure more episode orders, maybe even a full season, and definitely trying to avoid cancellation (although I think I can guess the freshman shows which will fall first).

Be sure to also check out this Fall season's returning TV show billboards and check out Daily Billboard for all the latest series coming to a small screen near you soon.

What will you be watching this Fall...?

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