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IT’S that time of the year when your head gets dizzy just thinking of all that needs to be done. And TV offers the perfect escapism from, well, flatlining from the sheer exhaustion of it all.
And M-Net Series Showcase’s line-up for next month includes an exciting mix of new series, returns of favourites and one comedy that’s having its final run.
Screening closely to the US airing times, Sleepy Hollow, a fantasy mystery drama which is touted as a modern retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a short story from the 1820s written by Washington Irving, is bound to appeal to viewers.
The clashing of past and present ideals puts a nice spin on things. But, for me, the selling point of this series is that it was conceived by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the dynamic writing duo behind Transformers, The Island, Star Trek and the TV series, Fringe) as well as Phillip Iscove and Len Wiseman.
The story begins with Ichabod Crane, who had “died” during a mission in 1781, awakening in present-day Sleepy Hollow, New York. As disorientating as the experience is, he isn’t the only blast from the past – the Headless Horseman has followed suit, too.
With the Horseman embarking on a nightly killing spree, Crane grudgingly teams up with Lieutenant Abbie Mills to stop him, especially after he murders the sheriff.
With Crane still adjusting to the new time zone, he also has to get his head around the benefits of the new time period, such as the weaponry and easier access to information.
This show airs on October 14 at 7.30pm.
Next is Twisted, and as the title suggests the plot is laden with curve balls.
This teen mystery centres on Danny Desai, who is released from juvenile detention after five years for murdering his aunt. He returns home to Green Grove, New York, and tries to rekindle his former friendships. But the death of a classmate makes him the perfect prime suspect.
Fuelled by the injustice of it all, especially when his pleas of innocence fall on deaf ears, he decides to takes matters into his own hands and clear his name. This also airs on October 14, at 8.30pm.
For some relief from all that intensity, Dads is a comedy about two successful best friends who are enjoying their stable lives – until their fathers move in. That is a no-no when you are in your mid-thirties.
But the comic relief stemming from them having their lives thrown into disarray is hilarious.
Catch it on October 22 at 7pm.
Another family-friendly offering is Camp, which boasts an array of rich and dysfunctional families. It airs on October 9 at 7.30pm.
For those wondering what Eva Longoria has been doing since Desperate Housewives, she ventured into executive producing.
Her latest venture, along with several co-executive producers, is Devious Maids, a comedy drama by Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives). The series focuses on four Latina maids working in the homes of Beverly Hills’ most affluent families.
The twist? The arrival of a newcomer seeking answers to the death of a maid.
Looks like Cherry’s remained on familiar territory by exploring the darkness and danger in suburban heaven. Airs on October 27 at 6.30pm.
Season four of the brilliantly written gangster-riddled series Boardwalk Empire starts on October 10 at 9.30pm.
The final season of The Office starts on October 14 at 7pm – and there is a very interesting bromance between Andy Bernard and Darryl Philbin.
Lastly, there is a second season of The Mindy Project, which follows a 30-something Indian female doctor meandering through love’s tricky tests in a quest to find The One.
While this isn’t a novel plot per se, I think the writing is ingeniously funny. It starts on October 24 at 7pm.
And that, folks, is the viewing menu so best you book your spot on the couch!