SMALL SCREEN: Kyle Wells

TV columnist Kyle Wells previews what hits the small screen this fall, including the Victoria-shot Gracepoint

First of all, in reference to my column from last month, it’s clear nobody should ever listen to me for advice on what the Emmy winners will be. It’s also clear you should never listen to the Emmys for advice on what the best TV shows are. That’s all I have to say about that.

This is a good news column though, because the fall TV season is upon us and that means a whole load of new shows for us to love and loathe. What fun.

Superheroes don’t always do as well on the small screen as they do in cinemas, but Gotham, premiering Sept. 22 on CTV, looks like it could be an exception. It’s about the early days of the famous bat-infested city and about a young Jim Gordon, then a detective. Sure it’s the same Batman origin story we’ve seen a couple of times by now, but it’s a new angle and the show actually looks pretty atmospheric and tense.

The Affair has a great cast (Dominic West, Joshua Jackson) and a great trailer, and looks like a pretty intense and compelling adult drama about love, lust, infidelity and, gasp, murder. It premieres Oct. 12 on Showtime.

Of the comedies, Marry Me looks like it has the most potential, based primarily on who’s involved. As everyone knows, Happy Endings is one of the best shows untimely cancelled in recent years, and this new show is not only from its creator (David Caspe) but it also features one of its best stars, Casey Wilson. Let’s hope magic strikes twice and this time it sticks.

Is there anything more thrilling than seeing a movie or TV show set in a location you know? I don’t think so. Oh, the joy I felt when I realized parts of Bates Motel were filmed in Horseshoe Bay. Delightful!

Well, we’ll all be feeling that together as Gracepoint finally comes to our homes Oct. 2 on Global. This is the American remake of the British series Broadchurch, once again starring David Tennant, but now with an American accent and solving a crime in California.

Only as we Victorians know, California this is not. The show was filmed over a series of months earlier this year around the Victoria area, primarily in Oak Bay. Many locals here had a chance to meet cast and crew and watch much of the filming. Now we get to see how it all turned out, and there’s actually a good chance it turned out pretty well, considering the success of the source material and early word on this remake.

Here’s hoping Season 2 will be start filming here soon.

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