US Autumn Preview: Narcos, Longmire, Minority Report and CSI

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Even though we’ve had a busy summer, there’s always a palpable tang in the air when the autumn looms into view. It’s when the big networks, from all over the world, release their big, new series. Even though this blog is ostensibly a UK-based crime drama concern, TV is such a global phenomenon these days, we get our fair share of US, Scandinavian and European hits to devour (as well as stuff from Netflix et al). But it’s still the US we look first to, only because we know the majority of the series will make their way over to the UK. So it is worth having a look at what’s coming out this autumn, if only to be primed and ready for its UK arrival. Have a look at our autumn guide after the jump.

Before we get to all the promising new stuff, we must mention all the returning series – those reliable stalwarts that seemingly go on for months and months. There’s series eight of Castle, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Gotham, Law & Order: SVU, The Blacklist, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, Chicago PD, Bones and Elementary. Which, for most people would be enough.

But there’s also lots of interesting new stuff. Take a look and see if anything takes your fancy…

Public Morals
US network: TNT
This started in the US yesterday. Edward Burns writes, directs, executive produces and stars alongside Michael Rappaport and Elizabeth Masucci in this powerful police drama that takes us into the seedy, gritty streets and bright, seductive lights of 1960s New York. The series centers on Terry Muldoon (Burns), an officer of the Public Morals Division, which investigates vice crimes in the city. Many of Muldoon’s fellow cops in the division walk a thin line between morality and crime as vice-related temptations threaten to snare even the best of officers, including Muldoon’s partner, Charlie Bullman (Rapoport). As Muldoon watches the Hells Kitchen streets where he grew up devoured by an escalating war within two factions of the Irish-American Mob, he becomes more determined than ever to fight back against the city’s dark underbelly so he can provide a safe place where he and his wife, Christine (Masucci), can raise their family. For me, this is a must-watch.

Narcos
Premiere date: 28th August
US Network: Netflix
The true story of Colombia’s infamously violent and powerful drug cartels fuels this gritty new gangster drama series. Yes, that means Pablo Escobar. This is being rolled out globally, so UK viewers will be able to watch from the 28th of this month.

Longmire (Series 4)
US Premiere date: 10th September
US Network: Netflix
One of the most underrated crime dramas on the box, this Wyoming-set police yarn has been picked up by Netflix after it was cancelled by its US network, A&E. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s based on the Walt Longmire novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson, this contemporary crime drama stars Australian actor Robert Taylor in the title role, the charismatic and dedicated sheriff of Absaroka County. Longmire patrols the county with a brave face and sense of humour, but deep inside he hides the pain of his wife’s recent death.

Minority Report
US Premiere date: 21st September
US Network: Fox
We’ve already carried a few news stories about this futuristic cop show, based on the Steven Spielberg movie. It’s set 10 years after the events that took place in film, but instead of Tom Cruise attempting to prevent crimes before they occur, it’s Meagan Good who’s serving up her own brand of justice as Detective Vega. Could be great; could be awful.

Blindspot
US Premiere date: 21st September
US Network: NBC
This sounds ridiculous but intriguing at the same time. Like bacon bits on a donut. The series focuses on a mysterious tattooed woman (Jane Doe, played by Jaimie Alexander) who has lost her memory and does not know her own identity. The FBI discovers that each tattoo contains a clue to a crime they will have to solve.

Rosewood
US Premiere date: 23rd September
US Network: Fox
This glam-looking series centres on the brilliant Dr Beaumont Rosewood J (Maurice Chestnut), the top private pathologist in Miami. As owner of one of the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art independent labs in the country, he finds the secrets in bodies that others usually miss. Despite being constantly surrounded by death, Rosewood is obsessed with life and savours every moment.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
US Premiere date: 27th September
US Network: CBS
I include this because on the 27th September, the daddy of the enormo-franchise is grinding to a halt with a feature-length movie. It’s confirmed that the much-missed William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger will be back.

Quantico
US Premiere date: 27th September
US Network: ABC
The series follows a group of young FBI recruits, all with specific reasons for joining as flashbacks will detail their previous lives, battling their way through training at the training academy in Quantico, Virginia. However, the series will reveal in a flash forward twist that one of the recruits, once they graduate from the academy, will be suspected of masterminding the biggest terror attack on New York City since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

CSI: Cyber
US Premiere date: 4th October
US Network: CBS
With the end of the original CSI this autumn, we’re getting series two of the franchise’s newest (and now only) instalment. Although we haven’t had series one yet in the UK (come on Channel 5, pull your finger out), series two starts in the US in October. Remember, it stars Patricia Arquette and James Van Der Beek, so it’s worth a look-see.

Wicked City
US Premiere date: 27th October
US Network: ABC
This really intriguing-sounding series follows a unique case set in a noteworthy era of LA history (so mixing true crime and drama), starting with a murder case from 1982 centred on the rock ’n’ roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed to solve a serial murder case.

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