Fall TV Preview: Your Guide To New Science Fiction-Fantasy Shows
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:
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.
Posted on September 7, 2013, in Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Television and tagged Almost Human, Dracula, Fall 2013 TV Previews, Joss Whedon, Karl Urban, Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, Sleepy Hollow 2013, Television program, The Originals, The Tomorrow People. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.