Midseason TV: Hudson Valley stars light up the small screen
If you're looking for something new to watch, midseason TV shows began airing in January. From comedy to drama to reality TV, many of those series were either filmed in the region or feature stars with Hudson Valley connections. Here's a look at the midseason shows with local ties, in order of their premiere date.
"Deception" on NBC: This crime thriller already aired its first episode Jan. 6 and airs regularly at 10 p.m. on Mondays. A family murder mystery in which NYPD detective Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good) investigates the murder of her close friend by going undercover at the home of her wealthy family, the series features Victor Garber, who once called Highland Falls home, as the family patriarch. The drama filmed scenes around Hastings-on-Hudson in November.
"Kroll Show" on Comedy Central: Rye native Nick Kroll, best known for his role on the FX series "The League," is headlining his own sketch comedy series, which satirizes pop culture. The show premieres at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
"The Following" on Fox: If you thought you spotted Kevin Bacon in Westchester County last year, your eyes were not deceiving you. The star filmed his new drama in Bronxville in August and in Mount Pleasant in October. Bacon, in his first starring television role, plays a former FBI profiler who is drawn out of retirement when the serial killer he put behind bars escapes from prison. The show premieres at 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21.
"The Taste" on ABC: In this cooking competition series, four culinary stars, including Culinary Institute of America graduate Anthony Bourdain, evaluate contestants based on a single bite of their food in a blind taste test. Based on his stint as a guest judge on "Top Chef," Bourdain should bring his signature sardonic wit to "The Taste" judges' panel. The series premieres at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
"House of Cards" on Netflix: Netflix, the company known for allowing users to rent or stream movies and TV shows online, is now producing its own content as well. It has a slate of original shows premiering in 2013, including "House of Cards," starring Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and Bedford native Kate Mara (sister of Oscar nominee Rooney Mara). The series, based on a British drama by the same name, focuses on a power-hungry politician (Spacey) who aims to be elected president by any means necessary. Mara co-stars as a Washington reporter desperate for a big scoop. "House of Cards" will debut Friday, Feb. 1, on Netflix, with all 13 episodes from the show's first season available for view via Netflix's online streaming service.
"Monday Mornings" on TBS: Ving Rhames, who attended Purchase College, stars in this medical drama based on a novel by CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The show centers around several surgeons based in Portland, Ore., struggling to balance their professional careers and personal lives, with Rhames playing the hospital's trauma chief. "Monday Mornings" premieres at 10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4.
"American Idol" on Fox: The granddaddy of all reality competition series returns this season with new faces on the judges' panel, including former Bedford resident Mariah Carey. With her well-publicized feud with fellow judge Nikki Minaj, there's sure to be drama both onstage and offstage this season. "Idol" has other connections to the Hudson Valley: Former judge Kara DioGuardi grew up in New Rochelle, and past local contestants include season 2 third-place finisher Kimberley Locke (a former North Salem resident) and season five hopefuls Becky O'Donohue (formerly of Dobbs Ferry) and Brenna Gethers (formerly of Mount Vernon). "Idol" premieres at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
"Community" on NBC: The cult comedy was supposed to return to the airwaves last fall, but its premiere date got pushed back to midseason, not exactly a good indicator of the show's chances for renewal. The show also suffered from behind-the-scenes drama because of cast member Chevy Chase, whose clashes with the cast and creative team -- including former executive producer Dan Harmon -- made headlines during the show's run. Chase, a Bedford resident, has left the series, but will appear in all but two episodes of the 13-episode fourth season. "Community" premieres at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7
"All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" on NBC: The reality series returns with its first all-star season with celebrity millionaire Donald Trump -- a graduate of the New York Military Academy in Cornwall-on-Hudson -- again overseeing the competition. All of the celeb contestants have competed on previous seasons, including Stephen Baldwin, an Upper Grandview resident who recently made news after getting arrested for allegedly failing to pay taxes. The series premieres at 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 3.