British satellite broadcaster Sky has announced that a slate of new geek-friendly US shows will be launching on its Sky 1 channel later this year. The Flash, Forever and The Last Ship will all be coming to the UK shortly after their American airings.
The most exciting for comics fans will be The Flash, which spins off from the popular Arrow.Based on the super-fast DC Comics superhero, the series follows Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, a forensic scientist who gains his powers in the wake of a lightning storm. The pilot leaked online earlier this year and was well received by viewers, and an official screening at San Diego Comic Con enjoyed a similarly rapt reception. The first season seems set to be a “freak of the week” set up, with Flash tracking down other people who gained and are misusing powers, while delving into the mystery of who killed Barry’s mother as a child. In a nice homage John Wesley Shipp, who played the title character in the 1990 TV series, plays Barry Allen’s wrongly imprisoned father in this version.
Forever stars Ioan Gruffudd as Dr Henry Morgan, a medical examiner with a keen eye for detail — and an inability to die. Having walked the Earth for over 200 years, he’s no closer to understanding the cause of his immortality. Gruffudd has some superhero chops himself, having played Mr Fantastic, the elastic-bodied leader of the Fantastic Four in two movies. But judging from the trailer this seems to be going for more of a light comedy-meets-police procedural vibe.
Lastly, and getting slightly behind the times in the internet age, Sky’s acquisition of The Last Ship comes after the ten-episode first season has already finished airing in America, and the announcement that it has been renewed for a 13-episode second season. The show, starring Eric Dane and Rhona Mitra, follows the crew of an isolated US Navy guided missile destroyer after a plague has wiped out 80 percent of the world’s population.
More on the brink of apocalypse than post-apocalyptic, the tense series is produced by Transformers’ Michael Bay, and offers a surprising amount of explosive action and globetrotting as the crew seek safety and a cure.
Sky has yet to announce UK broadcast dates for any of the series, but Forever begins in the US on 23 September, while The Flashstarts on 7 October. Hopefully, we won’t run too far behind.