We’ve arrived at that time of year when it’s “out with the old and in with the new.” But the new, winter TV season demonstrates that the old can still be revitalized. There are some story concepts that never lose their adaptability. So, tune in to these shows to see familiar ideas spun into creative concepts:
Smash (premieres February 6, 2012 on NBC)
Music, theater and competition are popular components throughout network lineups. Smash presents the story of the development of a Broadway musical and all the drama involved on-stage and off.
Watch it for: Think of all the pieces and people involved in making a project come to life. What roles best spotlight your interests, experience and talents?
Awake (premieres NBC)
Living with dual identities is a frequent gimmick in modern television storylines, but Awake presents a scenario where a police detective lives dual realities. After an auto accident, the detective is unable to distinguish dream and reality: did his wife die and son live or did his son live and his wife die?
Watch it for: How often do you wonder how life would play out if an event had turned out differently? Awake presents an opportunity to evaluate how we react to our surroundings.
Jane By Design (premieres January 3, 2012 on ABC Family)
Another old stand-by from the storyline department is mistaken identity. The title character of Jane By Design is a high schooler mistaken as a full-time executive assistant at a top-tier fashion house.
Watch it for: If you were in Jane’s shoes how would you handle the pressure of school and work? Where would your dream job take you?