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

Once Upon A Time in Wonderland

Premieres Thursday, Oct 10 at 8/7c on ABC

Stars: Naveen Andrews, Peter Gadiot, John Lithgow, Sophie Lowe

What’s it about?: “Wonderland” is a spin-off of ABC’s modest hit show Once Upon A Time and the Lewis Carroll classic. In Victorian England, Alice is in a mental institution for believing that the imaginary world of Wonderland is real. Fortunately, she escapes down the rabbit hole with her companions the Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) and the White Rabbit (voiced by John Lithgow). (source: ABC)

Impression: If the producers keep their word that this will be a filler free season, telling a complete story in 13 episodes, this fairy tale drama could be a hit. The contrast between the cold, dreary institution and the colorful, fantastical Wonderland looks great. One of the perks of a show on Disney’s ABC is the rights to use many rich characters in their catalog such as Jafar, better known as Aladdin’s villain. It’ll be interesting to see what Lost’s Naveen Andrews does with this role. And replacing Paul Ruebens aka Pee Wee Herman, who was originally cast as the voice of White Rabbit, is the award-winning John Lithgow. Oh just give him the Emmy already.

The Originals

Premieres Thursday, Oct 3 at 9/8c on CW (moves to Tuesdays on Oct 8)

Stars: Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Charles Michael Davis, Claire Holt

What’s it about? In this Vampire Diaries spin-off, Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, and his immortal siblings (Elijah & Rebekah) set out to restore their family’s power and influence in their former hometown of New Orleans. When Klaus’ onetime fling is revealed to be with child, Elijah realizes that the Original family has been given a second chance at humanity and redemption. (source CW)

Impression: Transitioning from Vampire Diaries’ big bad to compelling protagonists is no small feat. The challenge each week is in creating a believable threat or dilemma for the virtually unkillable Originals. The siblings might just be their own worst enemy until they learn to work together. The premiere is the is same story are the back door pilot but from the perspective of fan favorite Elijah. The unborn baby story arc is trite but with enough twists perhaps the show can pull it off. When The Originals airs on its regular competitive Tuesday time slot without Vampire Diaries as a lead in it could mean trouble for this rookie series.

Sleepy Hollow

Premieres Monday Sep 16 at 9/8c on FOX

Stars: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones

What’s it about? In this supernatural mystery thriller, Ichabod Crane alongside the Headless Horseman from centuries past are resurrected in present day Sleepy Hollow. The resurrected rider is the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and it’s up to Ichabod to protect not only the town, but the world.(Source: Fox)

Impression: The premise is preposterous but before anyone writes this show off, the buzz among TV critics is that the pilot is the best of the new fall shows. Naturally, Ichabod is a fish out of water in modern times which is charming but can also become a tiresome gag. The writers do have plans on how they can sustain this show through multiple seasons but let’s not put the cart before the horse. The pilot needs to establish why a reimagining of Washington Irving’s classic short story is worth tuning in week after week. Stranger things have happened, this could be a sleeper hit.

The Tomorrow People

Premieres Wednesday Oct 9 at 9/8c on CW

Stars: Robbie Amell, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell

What’s it about? A super hero drama about advanced humans with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation and telepathic communication. Stephen Jameson (Amell) is a teenager who’s hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep – waking up in stranger’s bed. Enter the Tomorrow People, an outcast group of young super powered humans who try to recruit Stephen in their fight against Ultra, paramilitary scientists who view the rival species as a threat to humanity. (Source: CW)

Impression: Mutants with emerging super powers is a recycled premise. In fact, CW’s The Tomorrow People is a remake of a British television series from the 70’s which was rebooted in the 2000’s. However, with creative input from Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow) this show might just avoid the pitfalls of TV shows about superheroes. Lead actor Robbie Amell is a little mature to be playing a high school student but his heart-throb looks will attract CW’s female demographic just like his cousin, Stephen Amell, did on Arrow. With Arrow as its lead in on Wednesday nights, The Tomorrow People could be a solid hit for CW.

Tell me what new show in any genre are you most excited for? Which new sci-fi fantasy show would you most be interested in reading reviews on?

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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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