Fall TV Preview: Your Guide To New Science Fiction-Fantasy Shows

Agents of SHIELD cast photo

Every fall, television networks debut a ton of new shows. This year’s genre shows are loaded with supernatural spin offs and super hero dramas. Including lusty vampires, killer androids, telepathic mutants, and comic-book goodness. But which shows have what it takes to be a big hit? Here’s our guide to Fall 2013’s new science fiction fantasy television shows:

Almost Human

Premieres Monday, Nov 4 at 8/7c on Fox (Two episode premiere pushed back to Nov 17th and 18th)

Stars: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Lili Taylor

What’s it about?: Almost Human is a police procedural set in 2048 where cops are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. After nearly dying from a deadly attack on the police department, Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban) wakes up 17 months later from a coma … with memory loss and an ultra high-tech synthetic leg. (source: FOX)

Impression: Dammit, I’m a cop not a machine! Karl Urban, Star Trek’s Dr. McCoy, boldly goes to the small screen in “Fringe meets Total Recall 2070“. Urban is going to have to carry this show because the other half of this buddy cop duo has little on-screen presence. But’s there’s still potential; Star Trek’s Data proved that an android doesn’t need to emote in order to endear a generations of fans. If you’re looking for something to fill the void left by Fringe or simply love all things sci-fi, this show is for you.


Premieres Friday, Oct 25 at 8/7c on NBC (Ten Episode run)

Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw

What’s it about?: Set in Victorian times, the immortal Dracula, assuming the guise of American entrepreneur Alexander Grayson, is in London seeking revenge on those who cursed him centuries ago. His plans goes awry when he falls passionately in love with a woman (De Gouw) who might be a reincarnation of his deceased wife. (source: nbc)

Impression: While other vampire mythologies go the route of campy soap opera or teen romantic drivel, Dracula is a sophisticated erotic thriller. The look of the show is atmospheric, grand and gory which is exactly what a vampire show should be. Like many viewers, I’m personally vamped out but this promises to be a fresh take on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the most famous bloodsucker of them all. Oh and the trailer hypes it’s from the producers of Downtown Abbey and directors of The Tudors … if that means anything to you.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Premieres Tuesday, Sep 24 at 8/7c on ABC

Stars: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet

What’s it about?: Just in case you don’t already know … Marvel’s Cinematic universe expands to television with an hour-long live action series focusing on highly skilled, non-super powered agents who investigate the strange and unknown from across the globe. (source: ABC)

Impression: “Phil? Uh, his first name is Agent.” Coulson lives and he’s assembling a team of your soon-to-be new favorite TV characters! (*Update: weak characters) I’m cautiously optimistic because of what happened to Joss Whedon’s previous TV shows. The good news, it’s not on Fox – the network that horribly mismanaged Whedon’s Firefly and meddled with Dollhouse. If this show can deliver on adventure, zippy dialogue, lovable characters and satisfying stories each week, it will pave the way for Marvel’s next phase of TV shows.

Read about more new shows on page 2.


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Posted on September 7, 2013, in Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Television and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Almost Human is the one I’m most excited about. As a huge Fringe fan it is a must watch though the premise doesn’t sound nearly as cool as Fringe’s did. I’m looking forward to The Originals and Sleepy Hollow as well. I’ll probably give Marvel’s new show a shot, but have some movies to catch up with before jumping in I guess. I gave up on Once Upon a Time since it began to bore the crap out of me, so I don’t think I can jump into the new spinoff even if it sounds kind of neat.

  2. Only two of those I am not watching 😀

  3. Can’t wait for Drac and Almost Human. They look cool. Curious about Sleepy Hollow but I am not completely sold on it yet. Great post. Thanks!

  4. Almost Human and Agents of SHEILD are the new shows that I’m most looking forward to. Will be interesting to see what Sleepy Hollow and Dracula will be like as well.

  5. WOW, lots of great stuff this Fall! I’m curious about SHIELD, I hope it’ll keep my interest. I LOVE Karl Urban so I’m definitely gonna be watching Almost Human!

  6. Sleepy Hollows looks interesting…that one intrigues me the most

  7. If I had to Rank these shows in anticipation level here is where they would stand:

    1. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (surprise, surprise)
    2. Almost Human
    3. The Tomorrow People
    4. Once Upon A Time in Wonderland
    5. Sleepy Hollow
    6. Dracula

    As for Reviews I’d love to see: SHIELD is a must and a perfect companion to your excellent Arrow reviews. Regardless there sure are a lot of interesting new shows this season!

  8. Thanks! Looking forward to more sci-fi fantasy. That’s entertainment!

  9. So that is where Ealy started his career? I liked him in “About Last Night”, and can see a big future for the dude. Almost Human actually has an interesting premise!

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