No, not the inter-tubes, but the original boob-tube, as the Fall TV schedule begins. One aspect of the programming that’s been apparent for years: sci-fi is so mainstream these days, it’s hard to separate it from the rest. In fact find me an angsty teen drama that doesn’t have a ghost, vampire, or paranormal twist… Please.
And while we don’t spend as much time watching these days, there are a number of sci-fi flavored TV shows we’re looking forward to or will at least give a chance. Some returning, some new. The will go on the DVR, and some will make our cut while others won’t be able to command our short attention span. Here they are:
- The Walking Dead, AMC, Sundays, begins Oct. 16th. By far our most anticipated return and favorite show from last season, the wife and I will watch in rapt horror. How will the characters deal with a new round of post-apocalyptic Zombie drama? Where will the shows writers diverge from the comic book series? Who will survive for the next season?
- Terra Nova (New), Fox, Mondays, begins Sept. 26. Survivalists from a bleak future travel back in time to re-colonize in prehistoric times. Dinosaurs, time travelers, yes.
- The Big Bang Theory, CBS, Thursdays, Sept. 22. Technically not sci-fi, but with a definite sci-fi feel, looking forward to another season of the geek geniuses and their sitcom hijinks.
- Metalacalpyse, Cartoon Network, Sundays, winter. This, along with the Venture Brothers is probably our favorite Adult Swim show. Required viewing for lovers of epic metal with that brutal mythic/ironic feel.
- Super Hero Squad, Cartoon Network, various. This is a favorite to watch with the kids. We appreciate the humor and self-parody of mighty Marvel Characters, as wall as a running plot familiar to true comic book fans.
- Grimm, (New), NBC, Fridays, Oct. 21. This show has a detective from a long line of supernatural hunters up against a variety of mythical creatures living among us. X-Files and Hellblazer vibe here.