Sci-Fi Fodder

The Sci-Fi Calvalry!

Last week, I was bemoaning the fact that there just is not that much Sci-Fi left on the schedule right now. In this post, I am going to stop bellyaching and look forward to the possibilities of the new season!

io9.com had a good preview of the new shows that may make it to the airwaves this year. Here's the rundown by network, with my thoughts of quality and survival:

--- TNT ---

TNT has already authorized 10 episodes of this Steven Spielberg series, which will star Noah Wylie and Moon Bloodgood. The story is really about the survivors of an alien invasion fighting back against the invaders. I'll be in. The only drawback that I can see is that Moon Bloodgood has been a 'Typhoid Mary' of Sci-Fi series lately (see "Journeyman", "Daybreak"). This could be the one that breaks her string of bad luck.


--- The CW ---

La Femme Nikita

The CW, strange as it sounds, is one of the bastions of Sci-Fi programming at the moment. They seem to be running with the idea, picking up this remake of the 1997 series of the same name (and a couple of movies prior to that). Maggie Q will be the lead spy. I can see this working out ratings-wise, although I am only moderately excited about the show.

Betwixt

Based on the novel by Tara Bray Smith, this show is about about three Oregon teenagers who find out that they are 'changelings'. It's being written by the "Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants" author Elizabeth Chandler, so it will be very....CW. Still, might be something to check out and watch with the wife.


--- FOX ---

Torchwood

Yup! They are going to make an American version of the acclaimed British "Doctor Who" spinoff. The original creator, Russell T. Davies, has moved to the US, so this has a great chance of being great. "Torchwood" will be one of my most anticipated new shows this season...if FOX allows it to prosper, which we know they probably won't.

Terra Nova

Spielberg is working for FOX too! This concept is about a family from the future who travels back in time to the era of the dinosaurs. I am sure the special effects will be awesome, but I am meh on the concept. When more news surfaces about the plot, I'll be better equipped to make a judgement on the show.


--- NBC ---

Undercovers

J.J. Abrams is back again with another spy show, this time about a team of married spies. The article is just guessing that this will have a Sci-Fi theme; however, with Abrams, it is a pretty good bet that there will be an underlying steath plot that will involve something supernatural. I typically enjoy Abrams work, so I will give it chance.

The Cape

The article notes that this show will have a "comic book sensibility," which is usually enough for me. Not a lot of information is available so far, however, the plot is reported to center on a former cop who becomes a superhero to clear his name. I am genetically predisposed to watch this...but I don't have high hopes.


--- AMC ---

The Walking Dead

I would not have expected AMC as a distributor of Sci-Fi TV. But, "The Walking Dead' sound very promising. It's based on the comic by from Robert Kirkman, in which a policeman leads a group of survivors to safety during a zombie apocalypse. I expect this to be very, very good.


--- ABC ---

Gates

"Gates" centers on a big-city cop who becomes the chief of police in a small planned community. Of course, there is a secret - and the secret is this town is full of vampires (or "vampire-like creatures", as the article states). I read it as a darker copy of SyFy's "Eureka", with vampires. I like "Eureka", so if this is done right, it could stick.

No Ordinary Family

ABC is getting derivative. "No Ordinary Family" is the story of a family that discovers that they have superpowers. It stars Michael Chiklis ("The Shield") and Autumn Reeser ("Entourage"). It sounds like "Heroes", but only focusing on one family. I have no idea how this will play out, but there is potential there with the good cast.


--- SyFy ---

Being Human

SyFy is remaking the British drama "Being Human" (remaking the Brit dramas is a theme this year). The story centers around a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost that share a house. "Being Human" has garnered some very good reviews, so I will be interested in watching this one.

Haven

"Haven" is based on a Stephen King novella "The Colorado Kid". The story centers on a town where people with supernatural abilities have migrated for generations because it mutes their powers, allowing them to lead normal lives. However, their powers (or curses)start coming back, so an FBI agent is brought in to help rein them in again, while untangling the mysteries of Haven. Thirteen episodes have already been ordered, and SyFy seems very excited about it.

Riverworld

I remeber watching some of this miniseries a long, long time ago. However, this is not related to the 2003 mini-series, other than sharing the same source material (of Philip Jose Farmer's book). The first episode date has been announced (Sunday April 18), and this new mini-series may spawn a full thirteen episode series. Tahmoh Penikett ("Battlestar Galactica", "Dollhouse") and Laura Vandervoort ("Smallville", "V") star, so I like the cast.


--- HBO ---

A Game Of Thrones

I really, really want to see this one. HBO is adapting the classic George R.R. Martin novels into a new series, starring Sean Bean and Jennifer Ehle. The plan is for *seven seasons* (one for each planned book in the series, even though he hasn't written them all yet). The must be pretty confident if they are planning for a run that long! HBO has a great track record in creating long-running dramas - and I can't wait for this one.


--- The Final Analysis ---

Sci-Fi TV is not dead yet! There are some decent prospects out there for the 2010 season. I expecially like the fact that all of the major networks (except good old CBS, who hates us) have offerings.

I am most interested in FOX's adaptation of "Torchwood", AMC's "The Walking Dead", and, of course, HBO's "The Game of Thrones". It could be a revival year for Sci-Fi if a few of these shows can live up to the quality standards expected by Sci-Fi fans.