Five US shows about to hit UK screens

Alicia Kortendick picks the best American TV shows that are about to land in Britain for the first time...



This new American drama series is set in the country music industry in Nashville, Tennessee. It stars Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) as ‘Queen of Country’ Rayna Jaymes, whose popularity comes under threat from rising teen starlet, Juliette Barnes (Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere) – the industry’s flavour of the month. The pair share the same record label, but when music bosses suggest Rayna opens for Juliette in an attempt to boost her ailing fanbase, the two women clash as plans go ahead for a joint tour. Add Rayna’s husband’s decision to stand for Mayor of Nashville to her growing fears that Juliette will steal her treasured country crown, and you have a fiery diva drama hit. Nashville premiered in America in October of 2012 and is set to begin on More 4 tonight.


Like Goodfellas? Then Vegas – an American period drama from the same writing team – is one for you. It’s set in the casino capital during the 1960s and stars Michael Chiklis as Chicago mobster Vincent Savino who moves to the city to set up the Savoy Hotel and run his own gambling industry. After the local sheriff goes missing, cattle herder Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid) fills his position and is soon breathing down the neck of the gang lord and investigating his dodgy dealings. Vegas premiered in America in September 2012, but UK viewers don’t have long to wait, with the series set to debut on Sky Atlantic at 10:00pm on February 14.

Parks and Recreation

This comedy is set in the parks department of a fictional town in Indiana. Doesn’t sound too promising, but the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated sitcom is already in its fifth series over in America. Amy Poehler stars as Leslie Knope, the ambitious deputy director of the Pawnee parks department whose ultimate goal is to become president of the United States. She tries to do as much as she can for her small town, but her boss Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) is staunchly anti-government and determined to thwart Leslie’s enthusiastic efforts. The show is filmed in a mockumentary style and co-stars Anziz Ansari, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza, Paul Schneider and Chris Pratt. Intrigued? Check it out for yourself when it comes to BBC4 later this year.

The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project’s star and creator Mindy Kaling is being tipped as the new It-girl of comedy, following in the hugely successful footsteps of Tina Fey and Lena Dunham. The talented actress got her first big break writing and appearing on the US version of The Office, but it’s her starring role as Mindy Lahiri in this Fox comedy that has got the TV industry talking. The show’s eponymous central character is a skilled obstetrician/gynecologist who, after a series of hilarious disasters in her personal life, decides it’s finally time to grow up. Co-starring Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, and Zoe Jarman, the first series follows her haphazard attempts to balance her professional and personal life and has been picked up by Channel 4 to air sometime in 2013.


It’s been nearly three years since JJ Abrams’ series Lost departed our screens, but the Star Trek Into Darkness director may soon have yet another hit on his hands in Britain. Set in a world where every single piece of technology has mysteriously blacked out, dystopic adventure thriller Revolution has enjoyed impressive viewing figures during its first season. In a post-apocalyptic American landscape, reduced to empty dust-filled cities and ruled over by militia fighters, ballsy young Charlie Matheson (Being Human’s Tracy Spiridakos) must help rescue her kidnapped brother. She treks to Chicago to seek out her estranged former-Marine uncle and, together with a rogue band of survivors, they set out to take down the dominant militia, solve the mystery of why the power failed and re-establish the United States of America once and for all. The series was picked up by Sky 1 and will air in the UK later this year.