The New TV Season for SciFi Fans [Summer 2011]

Spring is here even in the far North. The winter season is almost over, and some renewals has already been made. Fringe, Supernatural, Vampire Diaries has all been renewed but many of my favorites are still undecided. The Networks’ upfronts are scheduled for mid-May and then we will see. Check the progress on my “When is my favorite show coming back?” page. But this is about the upcoming Summer season. What can we expect this summer beside the usual reruns?

  • Science Fiction Series: 1 new and 4 returning
  • Urban fantasy/Supernatural: 2 new and 2 returning
  • Superhero: 1 new
  • Animated: 1 returning

The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC)
New Series – June 14

This is said to have a sci-fi backdrop but looks like pure urban fantasy about a young girl, Chloe King who dies only to discover that she lives again. Guess that’s were the nine lives comes in.  She is the protector of an ancient race hunted by human assassins for millennia. Corny? maybe, but the trailer looked like good fun. Chloe is played by Skylar Samuels (The Gates). It is based on the book series The Nine Lives of Chloe King by Liz Braswell.

Alphas (Syfy)
New Series – July 11 (12 episodes)

Five ordinary people becomes an extraordinary team of Alphas – imbued with hyper-normal mental and physical abilities. Working for the Defense Department they investigate cases involving other Alphas. Sounds familiar and the trailers so far was plain action. A less brainy Heroes? Personally I think the whole superhero thing has been overdone a bit but I will give it a try. It is summer.

Falling Skies (TNT)
New Series – June 10 (10 episodes)

People try to survive and fight back after an alien invasion that destroyed most of the human race. It is a rare bird – real scifi without supernatural elements, at least I hope so.  Good cast and a twist, the aliens kidnap teenagers and turn them into killing machines. This could be the really good.

Teen Wolf (MTV)
New Series – June 5 (12 episodes)

Another supernatural highschool show? Might be watchable but I doubt I get anything more than girls in short skirts out of it and while that might attract a younger audience but I want some fun too like in the original movie. This might get a bit teenage-angsty from the look of it. I will check out the first episodes but most likely just put them on a pile for a rainy day.

Primeval (Watch)
Returning season 5 – May 24 (6 episodes)

The new Primeval cast is light on the eyes. It is more than a bit cheesy but has a certain entertainment value. This season will focus more on Matt Anderson’s secret mission and Philip Burton’s true ambitions for Connor Temple and the ARC. It airs in a period with not much else on so I am game.

Futurama (Comedy Central)
Returning season 6 – June 23 (13 episodes)

This is the second part of season six. This is one of my favorite animated series and just right for some summer fun. It is a science fiction sitcom so we will have to take as it comes, prepare to be entertained. Bender and company are renewed for season 7 with at least 26 episodes to air in 2012 and 2013.

True Blood (HBO)
Returning season – June 26 (12 episodes)

My favorite non urban fantasy returns with witches and a nude Erik running in the woods. Freely built on Charlaine Harris’ fourth and maybe fifth Southern Vampires novels Dead to the World and Dead as a Doornail. Last season was a bit twisted and added some great new characters which of some will return this season.

Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz)
Returning season 4 – July 4 (10 episodes)

This year’s mysteries starts with the day no one dies. Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper are back and one of the season arc is about how they team up with CIA agent Rex Matheson and Ester, an analyst who has no idea what Torchwood is. It sounds a bit like they will take us back to the inter-personal drama that was so delightful the first seasons. This is a given watch for me.

Eureka (Syfy)
Returning season 4.5 – July 11

Eureka is a favorite. One have to embrace lighthearted fun when one finds it today. After Eureka’s time shift last season things continues to unravel. Add an astronomical accident, a race to go where no man gone before and dark forces. Sounds like the ordinary romp maybe with a bit of space adventure?

Warehouse 13 (Syfy)
Returning season 3 – July 11 (13 episodes)

I wonder if Wells will be back? Myka left the team last we saw them, but I am pretty sure she is back now or soon again. There is a new agent though, Steve Jinks played by Aaron Ashmore (Smallville), an ATF agent with an innate ability to detect when someone’s lying.  Another lighthearted show just right for me. Last year they did a crossover with Eureka. Will we get one with Haven this year?

Haven (Syfy)
Returning season 2 – July 15 (13 episodes)

The continued adventures of FBI agent Audrey Parker as she tries to uncover her past and deal with the supernatural mysteries of a little town called Haven. This season Audrey and her two men are joined by recurring guests Jason Priestly who will play Chris Weekly, a handsome but anti-social marine biologist who must deal with an affliction most would consider a blessing and Vinessa Antoine who will play Evidence “Evi” Ryan, a former con-artist and lover of Duke’s (Eric Balfour). This fun should hold a bit into fall and be back for a Christmas special.

That was all I got genre wise for summer. There are a few non-genre shows I will watch too. The Glades (A&E),  Switched at Birth (ABC), Covert Affairs (USA), Memphis Beat (TNT), Suits (USA), Wilfred (FX), The Great State of Georgia (ABC), Royal Pains (USA), Necessary Roughness (USA), Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) and The Closer (TNT) to name a few.

Which ones will you be watching?