The New TV Season for Science Fiction Fans (Fall 2010)

Time to have a look at the upcoming Fall season for genre fans and It looks better than last year.

In chronological order.

Nikita [New]

I must say that’s one insane chair and it is probably like the action in this remake of Nikita.

When she was a deeply troubled teenager, Nikita (Maggie Q) was rescued from death row by a secret U.S. agency known only as Division, who faked her execution and told her she was being given a second chance to start a new life and serve her country. What they didn’t tell her was that she was being trained as a spy and assassin. Throughout her grueling training at Division, Nikita never lost her humanity, even falling in love with a civilian. When her fiancé was murdered, Nikita realized she had been betrayed and her dreams shattered by the only people she thought she could trust, so she did what no one else before her had been able to do: she escaped. Now, after three years in hiding, Nikita is seeking retribution and making it clear to her former bosses that she will stop at nothing to expose and destroy their covert operation.

Read more inNikita Series Premiere [New This Fall]

Premieres: Thursday, September 9 (CW)

Vampire Diaries [Returning]

Picking up on the same night as last season’s finale, Elena  arrives home to a nightmare as she discovers Uncle John’s and Jeremy’s fate. At the hospital, Sheriff Forbes is comforted by Matt , Bonnie  and Damon while she waits to hear if Caroline will survive the car accident. After a confusing conversation with Elena about the night’s events, Damon is the first to realize that Katherine has returned. Katherine’s arrival sends Stefan and Damon on a path to find out what she wants, why she’s back, and how much of a threat she is to the people they love. Meanwhile, still reeling from his father’s death, Tyler is surprised when his charming and mysterious uncle, Mason Lockwood, arrives to console the family.

There will be werevolves …

This is a show I record and watch later when the season is over. But I am not sure I will do that this season. I want to know what happens.

Extended Vampire Diaries promo with a shorter Nikita promo at the end

Premiere: Thursday, September 9 (CW)

Merlin [Returning]

It has been a year since Lady Morgana disappeared and no trace of her has been found when season 3 begins. She returns under mysterious circumstances and soon the king is having hallucinations; an old enemy attacks and Arthur has to take charge.

Merlin starts to suspect Morgana but she and her evil sister are to fast for him. They capture him and bind him with magic. In desperation he calls the great dragon.

Merlin is a great series and 13 new episodes is better than usual for a BBC production.

Premiere: Saturday, September 11 (BBC One)

Lost Girl [New]

A new sexy supernatural drama about Bo, a Succubus who feeds on the sexual energy of humans. She is the Girl Next doors until she drained her boyfriend to death in their first sexual encounter. Now she has hit the road alone and afraid. Bo’s succubus nature tangles her in a sexy, romantic love-triangle with Dyson, a shape-shifting homicide detective, and Lauren, a human doctor who has found a way through science to help give Bo the sexual self-control she’s been aching for. With the help of her human sidekick, Kenzi, and Dyson, a sexy police detective, Bo takes on a challenge every week helping a Fae or human client who comes to her to solve a mystery, or to right a wrong.

Another supernatural show with nudity and sex is my first thoughts but I can live with that. The concept sounds interesting with a Succubus and the Fae but this in-between kind of detective series have been done before with various degrees of success. Blood Ties where Peter Mohan was Executive Producer comes to mind. It was cheesy but had a certain appeal. The crew and cast make this look like Mutant X the reunion. Cheesy with sex and nudity, count me in but I don’t expect high quality.

Read more about it in my Lost Girl post.

Premieres: Sunday, September 12 (Showcase, Canada)

The Event [New]

What if there was a cover-up so big that even the President was on a need-to-know basis? And what if some average guy stumbled upon the truth – a secret so powerful it could literally change the course of humanity? You think that guy would stand a chance of survival?

The buzz at Comic Con was very positive and that talk for the Event but on paper it looks like yet another fast paced action adventure with character development be damned. Some sources that saw it at Comic Con have said the pilot was fun to watch but all over the place and we have to wait on episode two to get any answers. Much rides on the characters and how much fun it will be to watch. I will give the Event 3-5 episodes to convince me. I am looking forward to check it out but it’s nothing I jump up and down for.

The event is SPOILER! [an alien invasion] at least according to nymag.

Read more in my The Event post

Premiere: Monday, September 20 (NBC)

Chuck [Returning]

Chuck will take up his father’s secret work, whatever that is and to search for his mother who will be played by the iconic Linda Hamilton. He promised Ellie to stop being a spy after he stopped Shaw so he has to keep it a secret from her and probably even from Sarah at first. Morgan is the first one he is going to involve according to sources inside the show.

There are many awesome new and returning guest stars lined up. Dolph Lundgren and Olivia Munn will guest star in the premiere.

Read more about the new season in my Chuck Season 4 post.

Premieres: Monday, September 20 (NBC)

Undercovers [New]

What is it with NBC and spy shows? Do they need another, they have Chuck. It looks like fun CSI-level scifi action.

Outwardly, Steven Bloom and his wife, Samantha, are a typical married couple who own and operate a small catering company in Los Angeles – with help from Samantha’s easily frazzled handful of a sister, Lizzy. Secretly, the duo were two of the best spies the CIA had ever known, until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired.

When fellow spy and good friend Leo Nash goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms are reinstated by boss and agency liaison, Carlton Shaw  to locate and rescue Nash. Following leads that take them to cities spanning the globe, Steven and Samantha quickly realize that perhaps this supercharged, undercover lifestyle provides exactly the kind of excitement and romance that their marriage has been missing.

Premiere: Wednesday, September 22 (NBC)

Fringe [Returning]

A little Fringe science is never a bad thing. I am a big fan of this show. At the end of season two the team returned to their original universe. But they don’t know they have the wrong Olivia with them. I am all psyched about having another Fringe team to get to know now.

The first half of the new season will be every other episode in the alternative universe. It starts with Olivia imprisoned in the other universe. Spoiler fairies also told me that it will take until the mid season finale before Bolivia will be unmasked.

New this season is Amy Madigan in the pivotal role of Olivia’s mother. And in episode 2 a powerful female government agent becomes and adversary to the Fringe team for 3-4 episodes.

Read more in Fringe Season 3 [New This Fall]

Premiere: Thursday, September 23 (Fox)

$#*! My Dad Says [New]

$#*! MY DAD SAYS (pronounced “Bleep My Dad Says”), based on the popular Twitter feed by Justin Halpern, stars Emmy Award winner William Shatner as Ed Goodson, a forthright and opinionated dad who relishes expressing his unsolicited and often wildly politically incorrect observations to anyone within earshot. Nobody is safe from Ed’s rants, including his sons, Henry, a struggling writer-turned-unpaid blogger; and Vince, the meek half of a husband/wife real estate duo with domineering Bonnie. When Henry finds he can no longer afford to pay rent, Ed reveals a soft spot and invites Henry to move in with him. Henry agrees, knowing that the verbal assault will not abate and now there will be no escape. Describing their father/son relationship is tricky, but Ed will easily come up with a few choice words.

Thursday, September 23 (CBS)

The Big Bang Theory [Returning]

I can’t wait on the return of ‘Beautiful Minds’. They left us a real cliffhanger last episode – Sheldon meets a girl!

TBBT used to light up My Mondays but this season it moved to Thursdays.

In the premiere The Robotic Manipulation – Penny finds herself along for the ride on Sheldon’s first date ever; while Wolowitz finds a new use for a robotic arm.

Premiere: Thursday, September 23 (CBS)

Supernatural [Returning]

The sixth season of the show will focus on the brothers’ relationship. The season will steer towards the format of the early seasons with “lots of meat-and-potatoes closed-ended episodes, and…a season-long story arc to weave in”. Heaven and Hell are now in “complete disarray”, forcing Sam and Dean to reunite to “beat back the rising tide of creatures and demon-spawn” that “roam across a lawless and chaotic landscape”.

Misha Collins will return as series regular Castiel, as will Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer. Mitch Pileggi will make multiple appearances as Sam and Dean’s grandfather. The recurring role of Christian, the maternal cousin of Sam and Dean, was given to Corin Nemec; he is described as “capable, calm under pressure, and very good at his job”. Kim Rhodes will return as Sheriff Jody Mills, as will Fredric Lehne as Azazel.

Premiere: Friday, September 24 (CW)

Medium [Returning]

Medium is kind of solid entertainment and I like Allison and her normal family with normal family problems. Beside all the supernatural stuff. Medium returns with a ‘Freaky Friday’ premiere this year.

I usually watch this as a filler when I have time.

“Bring Your Daughter to Work Day” – When they have the same dream about a missing homeless man who is the subject of Allison’s most recent case, Bridgette and Allison swap personalities, causing mayhem at home, at school and with the investigation.

Premiere:Friday, September 24 (CBS)

Smallville [Returning]

Time for the final season of Smallville, or so they say.

“Season 10 promises the classic reuniting of the timeless romance between Clark and Lois, and brings Clark face-to-face with his destiny as he overcomes his final trials and forges the iconic identity that will be known for all time.”

There will be lots of characters from the previous nine seasons coming back for a session.

Smallville is a show I usually record and watch when the season is over.

Premiere: Friday, September 24 (CW)

No Ordinary Family [New]

This looks like extra cheesy entertainment and I love Michael Chiklis.

The Powells are about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim and Stephanie’s relationship lacks the spark it once had, and their family life now consists of balancing work and their two children, leaving little time for family bonding. During a family vacation set up by Jim in an attempt to reconnect, their plane crashes into the Amazon River. But this is where the fun starts for the Powells, as they soon discover that something’s not quite right. Each of them now possesses unique and distinct superpowers. But saving and savoring their family life will be equally important, as they try to find purpose for their new powers and embark on a journey to find out what defines and unifies them. The Powells are a totally relatable family who happen to be a little bit amazing.

Premiere: Tuesday, September 28 (ABC)

Stargate Universe [Returning]

Those three are going to be joined by Lt James and at least one Lucian hottie (Elli’s new love interest) for season 2 of SGU.

Destiny isn’t just out there to boldly go where no Ancient has gone before. It  has a destination of cosmic importance, so important that it overshadows the desire for the crew to get home, and that by fulfilling this new mission, it may in fact allow them to get home.

At least the first episodes will be dark for Young and the original crew of destiny. Young goes to a dark place before emerging stronger. The young members of the crew has to step up and take more responsibility.

Dr. Rodney McKay and Richard Woolsey from SGA will make an appearance. Robert Knepper (Heroes, Prison Break) and Julie McNiven (Supernatural, Mad Men) will guest star as members of the Lucian alliance.

Premieres: Tuesday, September 28 (Syfy)

Sanctuary [Returning]

The giant earth shattering spider slash hot indian chick cliffhanger of last season will get its resolution soon.

Looks like the new season will center around the search for a lost city Dr. Helena Magnus father left clues about.

It is conveniently paired with SGU this season.

Premiere: Tuesday, September 28 (Syfy)

Human Target [Returning]

It looks like they listened to me last year, they needed more females.

Picking up from the heart-pounding first season cliffhanger, Season Two of Human Target kicks off with a bang as Chance and Guerrero race to rescue their kidnapped associate, Winston. Vowing to retire from the security business, Chance is lured back to work by billionaire philanthropist Ilsa Pucci (new series regular Indira Varma), who needs his protection after the mysterious murder of her husband. While on assignment, the team encounters Ames(new cast member Janet Montgomery), a beautiful, chameleon-like thief who has a past connection to Winston.

Based on the DC Comics comic book and graphic novel, Human Target is a full-throttle action drama centered on a unique personal security expert hired to shield those in danger from an imminent threat that cannot be solved through normal means of protection.

Premiere: Friday, October 1 (Fox)

The Walking Dead [New]

The Walking Dead is a six-episode series based on the comic book written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics.

The Walking Dead tells the story of life following a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, traveling in search of a safe and secure home. Andrew Lincoln (Love ActuallyTeachersStrike Back) will portray the lead role of Rick Grimes while actor Jon Bernthal (The PacificThe Ghost Writer) will portray the character Shane, who worked with Rick in the police department before the zombie disaster. Other cast includes Laurie Holden (The Shield), who plays Andrea, one of two sisters who join the survivors of the zombie plague, Steven Yeun as Glenn, an expert scavenger and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), who plays Rick’s wife Lori.

Also looks promising and I know there are many fans out there waiting for this one.

Premiere: October 31 (AMC)

Outcasts [New]

This is the one new series I am absolutely most excited about. It has been portrayed as something of a western in space and that got my juices flowing plus it is a British/American production which hopefully mean there will be some mighty unexpected stuff happening here.

A group of courageous pioneers face a unique opportunity: the chance to build a new and better future on another planet. Outcasts is an epic new eight-part drama series created by Ben Richards for BBC One/BBCA.

They are led by President Tate and his core team of Stella, Cass and Fleur – they took charge and settled here first alongside Expeditionaries Mitchell and Jack.

They are a diverse group of individuals who left their old lives behind in extraordinary circumstances; promised a second chance at life they created a society, far away from their home, friends, family… and their pasts.

Settled in the town of Forthaven on Carpathia, they are passionate about their jobs, confident of their ideals and optimistic about the future. They work hard to preserve what they’ve built on this planet they now call home, having embraced all the challenges that come with forging a new beginning.

The planet offers the possibility for both corruption and redemption; while they try to avoid the mistakes made on Earth, inevitably our heroes cannot escape the human pitfalls of love, greed, lust, loss, and a longing for those they’ve left behind.

As they continue to work and live together they come to realise this is no ordinary planet… is there a bigger purpose at work? Mystery lurks around them and threatens to risk the fragile peace of Forthaven.

We meet our characters at a moment of incredible anticipation, they’ve lost all contact with Earth but the arrival of the last known transporter signals fresh hopes and dreams. Will Stella’s husband and daughter, who she heartbreakingly left behind, be on board? Why does Tate seem anxious about one particular passenger, Julius Berger? Most nerve-wracking of all, will it land safely and bring a fresh perspective on the new world with it?

Premiere: October/November (BBC, UK), December 5 (BBCA)

That was all for now. I will update this with Midseason series like The Cape and V later. Do you have any other genre show to recommend?