It’s been 10 long years since Felicity left our lives forever and took Noel Crane (Scott Foley) and Ben Covington (Scott Speedman) with her. Since then, we’ve been secretly — OK, maybe not so secretly — hoping for Scott Speedman to return to our TV screens on a weekly basis. No offense to the other Scott, but Speedman always had our hearts.
Well, it looks like the TV gods have finally answered our call (now if only they’d bring back Malibu Shores)! Scott Speedman stars in the new drama Last Resort as XO Sam Kendal, who suddenly finds himself in charge of a submarine after his captain (24‘s Andre Braugher) disobeys a direct order from the U.S. government. And as if that isn’t enough to pique your interest, the creators of Last Resort have stuck our eye candy on a beautiful tropical island with lots of irresistible women, where there should plenty of opportunities for gratuitous shirtless scenes. Don’t believe us? We went straight to the source (we’re really connected here at VH1) to get the lowdown on Speedman’s shirtless-ness. “We, by no means, wish to be just a political thriller. You know, in terms of love, romance, sex, all of that is part of the DNA of the show as well,” show creator and executive producer Karl Gadjusek told us in a conference call. So what about the shirtless-ness? Will Scott Speedman be shirtless? “Yes, I guess he will.” YES! YES! YES!
The air is crisper and cooler; it’s a little darker when I leave the office, and the public pools are closed. I’m always of mixed emotions when we think about the end of summer, until I remember that my DVR will soon be filled with new imaginary friends and enemies. Of course, I’m also happy to see the old ones return — and you should totally have your TV locked on VH1 at all times — but I thought I’d take a second to tell you about the top 10 new shows I’ve had a chance to check out and am already either totally hooked on, or willing to ask out on a second date. Beginning with my favorite…
No one does TV pilots like J.J. Abrams. And for this one, the Lost/Alias/Felicity/Fringe creator teamed up with Iron Man director Jon Favreau and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, so it’s no wonder it looks and feels like a movie more than an hour-long drama. I am already totally hooked on the quest of a girl named Charlie whose father maybe probably knew why all the power in the world went out 15 years ago, especially because her quest involves finding her uncle Miles, who happens to be played by Billy Burke. Also, there’s some kickass, Lost-ian world-building for good measure. Premieres Monday, September 17, at 10 p.m. on NBC.
What the Critics Say: “Favreau brings a lot of strong energy to Revolution, giving appropriate weight to moments like that opening sequence and delivering action that is more notable and big than is normal for network TV – a sword fight Miles has with multiple foes is incredibly fun and cool, and instantly helps Burke (bringing the right world-weary vibe to the proceedings) establish that yes, the dad from Twilight can play a kickass hero.” — IGN
The Mindy Project
Mindy Kaling won fans and fame playing cute in front of the camera and smart behind the camera on The Office. Now we get to see her meld those qualities more smoothly (again in front of and behind the camera) in a way that will have many ladies nodding their heads as much as we’re rolling on the floor laughing. Her character, OBGYN resident Mindy Lahiri, aspires to live in a romantic comedy — and succeeds in at least getting to part in those movies where she dates the wrong guys, gets in hilariously slapstick disasters and shows how much pluck and ingenuity she has when it really counts. Not life-changing stuff here, but totally endearing entertainment. Premieres Tuesday, September 25, at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.
What the Critics Say: “It warms me to the the cockles of my heart to see a female protagonist on television who is not white or movie star skinny looking hot, banging babes, making mistakes, and being hilarious, and I can’t wait to see the rest of what Mindy has in store for us.” — Crushable