Hey people, have you noticed? The TV networks are trying very hard (again) to capture your valuable TV viewing time! Ugh, my PVR will be working overtime yet again! I love watching new shows that have a great premise (see my preview of last year’s new shows (click here).  Out of the 24 new shows this fall, here are my recommendations of 2014-2015 TV season that you should sacrifice your valuable time to:

  • 2014-z_nationZ Nation – ZOMG, watch the trailer now! No, it’s not a Walking Dead ripoff, really! A band of survivors try to transport a man who has been bitten eight times by zombies but remains alive.  He is the only hope for a cure but has to be transported from New York to California   (Fri Sep-12, 10:00pm, SyFy, see the awesome trailer) – onomeister says “MUST-SEE”
  • 2014-madam-secretaryMadam Secretary – Tea Leoni is the new Secretary of State who is a former CIA analyst that cannot be micro-managed by all the White House aides but does well to juggle her job and personal life (Sun Sep-21, 8:00pm, CBS, see trailer) – onomeister says “BORDERLINE”
  • 2014-GothamGotham – Based in the early years before Batman, this is about pre-Commissioner Jim Gordon who is a detective fighting crime. He will also be crossing paths with the people who will eventually become Batman, Catwoman, the Riddler, Poison Ivy and the Penguin (Mon Sep-22, 8:00pm FOX, see trailer) – onomeister says “MUST-SEE”
  • 2014_scorpionScorpion – This is cool: A procedural based on a true story of a group of eccentric, poorly socialized geniuses who band together to fight high-tech criminals (Mon Sep-22, 9:00pm, CBS, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • 2014-foreverForever – A detective story of a medical examiner who has been around for over 200 years but keeps dying and coming back to life naked. Yes, naked (Mon Sep-22, 10:00pm, ABC, see trailer) onomeister says “BORDERLINE”
  • 2014-gracepointGracepointDoctor Who‘s David Tennant stars in this highly anticipated murder mystery mini-series (filmed in Victoria, BC!) and features 2 Oscar-nominated actors Nick Nolte and Jackie Weaver as well as Emmy winner Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)  (Oct-2, 9:00pm FOX, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • 2014-star-wars-rebelsStar Wars Rebels – Did you know that the Rebels team is in close contact with Abrams’ Episode VII crew? Meaning that this animated show could provide a sneak peek at the future Star Wars films! The premise is a sidestory revolving around the events that lead up to Star Wars IV: A New Hope where Darth Vader assigns the “Inquisitor” to hunt down the last remaining Jedi (Features the original voices of “Lando” – Billy Dee Williams and “C-3PO” – Anthony Daniels) (Fri Oct-03, 9:00pm, Disney X.D, see trailer) onomeister says “MUST-SEE”
  • 2014-the-flashThe Flash – A spinoff from The Arrow, based on the DC comic, the pilot has already been highly touted as the season’s best new drama. Wow! (Tue Oct-07, 8:00pm, CW, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • 2014-ConstantineConstantine – Inspired by the DC comic book, the hero is fighting to save the world from demons and rescue his own lost soul from a hellish homeland (Fri Oct-24, 10:00pm, NBC, see trailer) onomeister says “BORDERLINE”
  • 2014-State_of_AffairsState of Affairs – After a four year absence from TV, Emmy award winner Katherine Heigl returns as a CIA briefer for a black female president in this spy-drama (Mon Nov-17, 10:00pm, NBC, see trailer) onomeister says “BORDERLINE”
  • 2014-ascensionAscension – Wow, this trailer is amazing! Slated as a 6-hour miniseries, this sci-fi is about a 1963 covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard a starship to populate a new world (stars Battlestar Galactica‘s Tricia Helfer, ie. “Six”) (Nov-24, 9:00pm, SyFy, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • 2014-fresh-off-the-boatFresh Off the Boat – It’s the ’90s and 12 year old, hip-hop loving Eddie just moved to suburban Orlando from DC’s Chinatown with his Asian parents. It’s culture shock for his immigrant family in this sitcom about pursuing the American Dream. This is the first network sitcom in 20 years to feature an Asian American family (2015, ABC, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER” (but a “MUST-SEE” if you’re Asian like me!)
  • 2014-wayward-pinesWayward Pines – A mystery drama with 4 Oscar-nominated actors: Matt Dillon,  Juliette Lewis and Terrence Howard, and Oscar-winner Melissa Leo, it feels like Twin Peaks, but different. The trailer is very intriguing! (2015, FOX, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”)
  • 2014-agent-carterAgent Carter – Set in the Marvel comic world of Captain America in the 1940’s, Agent Peggy Carter is trying to balance administrative work with going on secret missions for Howard Stark (Iron Man’s father) in the wake of losing her love, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (2015, ABC, see trailer) onomeister says “BORDERLINE”)

onomeister’s 2013-2014 sophmore Must-sees: The Blacklist 9/22, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 9/28, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 9/23, MasterChef Junior 11/07.

Other airing Must-sees:  Person of Interest, Arrow, Walking Dead, The Last Ship, Sons of Anarchy, Bones, Game of Thrones, Parks & Recreation, Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Big Bang Theory, Once Upon A Time, Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards, Vikings, Fargo, Helix.

So many awesome shows, so little time…

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Did you miss the 2014 Oscars on TV? Had no idea of this year’s critically-acclaimed films? Any of these nominated movies worth your time? You only know the one in space with Sandra Bullock? Don’t worry, onomeister is here to help you get educated with all the movies that were nominated for Best Picture that are worth your precious viewing time. With this knowledge, you will be able to debate with your work colleagues at the next water-cooler meeting!

Best Picture nominees:

  • Gravity – In 2013, Spielberg’s Lincoln garnered the most nominations. This year, it is Oscar-winning Best Director Alfonso Cuarón‘s epic space flick (it tied with American Hustle with 10 nominations, and Gravity ultimately won the most awards with seven). If you like thrilling heart-pumping action and have not seen this yet, it is one of those must-see action movies of all time! Unlike Apollo 13, this one has less “Rah, rah, USA” and more about how to survive if you get stuck in space with little chance of staying alive. I cannot wait to watch this again on HD blu-ray!
    • Didya know: The opening scene is a single continuous shot lasting 12 minutes long.
    • HIGH recommendation
  • Captain Phillips – From the director that made the Bourne Ultimatum & Supremacy, comes this real life portrayal of the 2009 hijacking of a cargo ship by Somali pirates. This is not just another movie about a true-to-life event, director Paul Greengrass and actor Tom Hanks recreate this action thriller and both did a great job. Oh, and the bad guy was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
    • Interesting Fact: Since the 2009 attack of the ship, other pirates have attempted to hijack the same container ship four times, failing each try.
    • HIGH recommedation (if you are an action fan)
  • American Hustle – Wow, it has only been a year since Silver Linings Playbook and the same director (David O. Russell) is at the top again! This 70’s mob film you will want to see just for its acting and its all-star cast. The plot, however, is either ‘loved it’ or ‘hated it’: The casual movie-goers found it boring, but the critics loved the character development and the all-star acting. Basically, don’t expect Goodfellas.
    • Funny Fact: Robert De Niro (in a small uncredited role) did not recognize Christian Bale on the set even after they were introduced to each other, and had to ask the director who he was.
    • MEDIUM recommendation (HIGH if you like all-star casts)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street – Why does it seems that every movie that Leonardo DiCaprio does is highly-acclaimed? (he’s been in seven Best Picture nominated movies, and his third Best Actor nomination) This Martin Scorcese-directed film is based on a real-life securities fraud that occurred in the 1990s. Many have said that this is DiCaprio’s best performance ever, and that this is Scorcese’s best film since Goodfellas (Warning: this film is definitely not for the timid due to strong sexual content and drug references).
    • Fun Fact: Watch for the kissing scene between DiCaprio and Joanna Lumley (who plays a grandma hustler) – DiCaprio was so nervous that it took 27 takes to get it just right.
    • HIGH recommendation (VERY HIGH if you are a Scorcese fan)
  • Dallas Buyers Club – Wow, Matthew McConaughey comes out of nowhere and steals the show (and a Best Actor Oscar!), as well as Best Supporting Actor nod to Jared Leto. Now everyone will want to watch this to see what the fuss was all about. McConaughey is a hustler who works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he himself is also diagnosed with the disease.
    • Interesting Fact: The script was shopped around since the 90s, rewritten 10 times, and rejected 87 times by various studios.
    • HIGH recommendation
  • Nebraska – About an old alcoholic father who travels from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to collect a million dollar lottery win. Many say Bruce Dern gave the performance of his life as the father. This film is slow paced which may turn off some viewers but a very character-driven movie so worth watching for the acting.
    • Best Scene: Don’t spoil yourself by watching the hilarious scene before the movie: The cemetary scene with the complaining wife.
    • MEDIUM recommendation
  • Her – Oscar-nominated  Joaquin Phoenix plays a lonely divorcee who falls in love with a futuristic operating system. A very interesting love story based in the near future, this film won Best Original Screenplay for Spike Jonze (who also was nominated for Best Director in 2000 for Being John Malkovich)
    • Interesting Fact: The voice of “OS1” is none other than Scarlett Johansson (no, not Apple’s Siri).
    • HIGH recommendation
  • Philomena – Nominated for four Oscars, a heart-wrenching story based on true events about good versus evil where a mother, Philomena, searches for her son who had been taken by Irish nuns decades ago. Be ready, this film is an emotional roller-coaster.
    • Interesting Fact: Judi Dench, after this Best Actress nomination, has now scored seven acting nominations, all of which have come since she turned 63. No one else has scored anywhere near as many after the age of 60.
    • MEDIUM recommendation
  • 12 Years A Slave – The ultimate winner of this year’s Oscars’ Best Picture, and for Best Supporting Actress, Lupita Nyong’o, this film is a must-see if you are a movie fan. A film based on a true story about slavery in pre-American Civil War, many have used ‘epic’ and ‘tour-de-force’ to describe it. Be ready, this film is dark and will rip your heart out. Watch for Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, and Paul Giamatti to appear.
    • Funny Fact: Taran Killam often impersonates Brad Pitt on Saturday Night Live comedy skits. Though both actors appear in this film, they never meet or work together in the film.
    • VERY HIGH recommendation