Foxtel’s New US Shows – The Flash, Jane The Virgin and more …

jane the virginFoxtel have picked some of the most hyped US shows, including the Arrow spin-off The Flash, Jane the Virgin, fresh Off The Boat and the Steven Soderbergh directed drama The Knick.

Here are all the shows and the dates so far.

THE FLASH – December, fast-tracked over summer.
The show will be based on the DC Comics character Flash (Barry Allen), a costumed superhero crime-fighter. It is a spin-off to Arrow, existing in the same universe. After witnessing his mother’s murder, and his father wrongly accused, Barry Allen is taken in by Detective West and his family.
As Allen enters adulthood, he becomes a brilliant, yet socially awkward, forensic scientist for the Central City Police Department, whose obsession with his tragic past causes him to become an outcast among his peers. Allen tries to uncover the truth about his mother’s murder and clear his father’s name, which leads him to Harrison Wells’ particle accelerator. When the accelerator causes an explosion, Allen is struck by lightning, and enters a coma for nine months. When he wakes up, he discovers he has the ability to move at superhuman speeds.
Starring – Grant Gustin (Glee) and Candice Patton (Entourage).

JANE THE VIRGIN – December, fast-tracked over summer.
A loose adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen. Set in Miami, the series will detail the surprising and unforeseen events that take place in the life of Jane Villanueva, a hard-working, religious young Latina woman whose family tradition and a vow to save her virginity until her marriage to a detective is shattered when a doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during a checkup. And to make matters worse, the biological donor is a married man, a former playboy and cancer survivor who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works, but was also her former teenage crush.
Starring – Gina Rodriguez (The Bold and the Beautiful), Andrea Navedo (Law & Order) and Brett Dier (Ravenswood)

A mysterious object crashes on earth and a group of unconnected strangers die from an energy pulse it emits, but then re-awaken to find out that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending Apocalypse.
Starring – Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Dylan McDermott (Hostages), John Corbett (Sex and the City) and Penelope Ann Miller (Mistresses)

PENNY DREADFUL – November 6 at 7.30pm
The title refers to the penny dreadfuls, a type of 19th-century cheap British fiction publication with lurid and sensational subject matter. The series draws upon many public domain characters from 19th-century Irish and British fiction, including Dorian Gray from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mina Harker and Abraham Van Helsing from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Victor Frankenstein and his monster from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Starring – Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor), Timothy Dalton (License to Kill) and Billie Piper (Doctor Who)

Loosely based on the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang and his book Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir. It is the first Asian-American television situation comedy since Margaret Cho’s All American Girl. The story follows the story of Eddie Huang’s Taiwanese family[8] as they make their way from Washington DC to Orlando, Florida to open up a steak restaurant during the 1990s.
Starring – Randall Park (Veep), Kimberly Crandall (ER) and Constance Wu (Covert Affairs).

In her sixth year of law school, Cristela is finally on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is more ambitious than her traditional Mexican-American family thinks is appropriate. She’s stuck straddling the old culture she’s trying to modernize at home with her working-class family and the modern world she’s trying to embrace in her professional career. Breakout comedian Cristela Alonzo stars in this hilarious comedy about laughing your way down the path to the new American dream.
Starring – Cristela Alonzo (Sons of Anarchy), María Canals Barrera (Wizards of Waverly Place) and Andrew Leeds (Bones).

RUSH – November 5 at 8.30pm
Dr. William Rush is not your average on-call doctor. He’s not attached to any hospital, he’s highly discreet no matter what the ailment as long as the client can pay his cash-only premium and the doctor can party with the best of them. He has no desire to change his life or how he lives it, until an old flame and his conscience begin to stir things up.
Starring – Tom Ellis (Merlin), Larenz Tate (Rescue Me) and Erica Cerra (Smallville)

THE LEFTOVERS – October 14 at 8.30pm
Based on the novel of the same name, The Leftovers takes place three years after the October 14 global “Rapture”, known as the “Sudden Departure”, which caused the unexplainable disappearance of 140 million people, 2% of the world’s population. The story focuses primarily on the Garvey family and their acquaintances in the fictional town of Mapleton, New York. Kevin Garvey is the Chief of Police.
Starring – Justin Theroux (Parks and Recreation), Amy Brenneman (Private Practice), Christopher Eccleston (Heroes) and Liv Tyler (Armageddon).

Based on the novel, The story focuses on a middle-school math teacher Olive and her relationships with Henry which spans 25 years.
Bill Murray (Ghostbusters), Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under)

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, it looks at the professional and personal lives of Dr. John W. Thackery (played by Owen) and the staff at a fictionalized version of the Knickerbocker Hospital (“the Knick”) in New York during the early part of the twentieth century.
Starring – Clive Owen (Closer), André Holland (1600 Penn) and Jeremy Bobb (Hostages)

THE DIVIDE – November 11 at 8.30pm
An exploration of morality, ambition, ethics, politics and race in today’s justice system as viewed through the eyes of an impassioned case worker and an equally passionate district attorney whose views vary.
Starring – Damon Gupton (Rake USA), Marin Ireland (Homeland) and Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation)


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