Here’s some TV Series suggestion. They’re from UK and Canada so, when time will come for an all-American remake, I will say: “I’ve seen it already!”
MISFITS (2009 – present)
Misfits is a British series about a bunch of young outsiders forced to work in community service program because of some minor offences. One day, during a sudden and very weird electric storm, they get supernatural powers. What’s the difference from Heroes? Everything, luckily. They’re everything but heroes, first of all: most of them are thugs and hooligans. Basically, they’re charmingly bad to the bone. Funny thing is that everyone’s superpower is like a “bad version” of his/her own personality. Simon is a classic mister Cellophane… and his superpower is invisibility. Not that anyone sees him anyway. Kelly just cannot understand other people… so she gets telepathy. Curtis was a promising sport star, before falling into drugs… Now he’s a time manipulator. Alisha is just so hot and so sexy… Her “superpower” is to make those who touch her skin go into a sexual frenzy towards her. And Nathan… Well, Nathan is the character everyone will fall in love with. But I will not tell which is his superpower, because you’ll have to wait till the end of season one. As I said, they’re not heroes. They just try not to make a mess with those superpowers. Btw, awesome opening credits song by The Raptures, Echoes. Season 3 opening next month.
“We’re young. We’re supposed to drink too much. We’re supposed to have bad attitudes and shag each other’s brains out. We were designed to party. We owe it to ourselves to party hard. We owe it to each other. This is it. This is our time. So a few of us will overdose, or go mental. Charles Darwin said you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. That’s what it’s about – breaking eggs”
ALMOST HEROES (2011 – ????)
I gotta be honest about this one: it is not such a must see as Misfits. But it’s fun, it’s nerdy and it’s just 8 episodes, 20 minutes each. This is enough for me to make it a “filling-spare time” series. This one is Canadian and is about two brothers who inherits a comic book store from their recently dead father.One of them, Pete, worked there already. And he’s a huge nerd, needless to say. The other one, Terry, returns to his hometown after dropping out business school at Harvard. He’s handsome , smart and decides to put a coffee shop inside the store, which is deep in debt. The result is a mix of The Big Bang Theory (because of the nerdity) and Scrubs (because of hilarious daydreams and nonsense situations). Nothing new, But funny nevertheless.