Following up on Part 1 of our massive fall TV preview, here's Part 2: a complete look at all the shows that have been canceled or that ended, all the new and returning series that are headed your way in the TV midseason and beyond, and an overview of dozens of movies and miniseries in the works.
We've included sci-fi, fantasy, spy-fi and just about everything else that might be of interest to genre fans. As always, be very aware that spoilers abound.
Canceled and Completed Shows:
- 24, Fox
- Ben 10: Alien Force, The Cartoon Network
- Better Off Ted, ABC
- Day One, NBC - canceled before it ever aired
- Defying Gravity, ABC
- Dollhouse, Fox
- Eastwick, ABC
- FlashForward, ABC
- Ghost Whisperer, CBS
- Happy Town, ABC
- Heroes, NBC
- Legend of the Seeker, syndicated
- The Listener, NBC
- Lost, ABC
- Past Life, Fox
- Persons Unknown, NBC
- Saving Grace, TNT
- Survivors, BBC
Still waiting to be renewed or canceled:
- Drop Dead Diva, Lifetime
- The Gates, ABC
- Haven, Syfy
- Neighbors From Hell, TBS
- Warehouse 13, Syfy
- Unnatural History, Cartoon Network
Shows You'll See Midseason and Beyond:
Ashes to Ashes, BBC America - Season 3 TBD
The third and final season of this blast from the past has already been produced. No word on exactly when American audiences will see it on BBC America, but it's likely it will air mid-season-ish. Eight episodes have been produced. Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes star.
Here's a season-three promo:
Archer, FX - Season 2 premieres in January 2011
The funny, and very adult, animated spy series returns for a second season with 13 new episodes. The series follows the adventures of Sterling Archer, his overbearing mother and boss, Malory Archer, and his ex-girlfriend and current co-worker, Agent Lana Kane. The half-hour series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walter and Aisha Tyler.
Here's a promo from last season so you can get a taste of it:
Being Erica, Soapnet - Season 3 premieres in early 2011
In this time-traveling therapy series (just what you wanted to see, right?), Erica Strange gets to relive a past regret each week, thanks to her mysterious therapist, Dr. Tom. According to a SOAPnet press release,"Transformation is the big theme for Season Three, and we will see Erica emerge as a more confident woman who is on the path to forging a new identity." The series stars Erin Karpluk and Michael Riley. Thirteen episodes have been ordered.
Being Human, BBC America - Season 3 TBD
A third season is in the works, with eight new episodes, which will be filmed and take place in Cardiff. For the new season, expect more trouble for our inhuman heroes as Mitchell heads to "the other side" in an attempt to rescue Annie. Being Human stars Russell Tovey as werewolf George, Aidan Turner as vampire Mitchell and Lenora Crichlow as ghost Annie. Lacy Turner guest-stars as Lia in season three, a supernatural character.
Here's an interview with director Colin Teague about the upcoming third season:
Being Human, Syfy - Premieres in early 2011
The setup for this new series is going to sound familiar to the previous entry. A ghost, a werewolf and a vampire share a house and try to lead "normal" lives. In this American reimagining of the show, the 20-somethings "struggle to hide their dark secrets from the world, while helping each other navigate the complexities of living double lives and trying to be human." Thirteen episodes of the series have been ordered. Syfy's Being Human stars Sam Witwer as vampire Aidan, Meaghan Rath as ghost Sally and Sam Huntington as werewolf Josh. Lost's Mark Pellegrino also stars as Aidan's vampire mentor Bishop.
Camelot, STARZ - Premieres in Spring 2011
Expect lots of reimagining of the Arthur legend, and probably plenty of nudity, sex and violence (a la Spartacus) from this Starz show. The network is promising "a fresh approach to telling the Arthur story." The series stars FlashForward's Joseph Fiennes as the wizard Merlin, Eva Green as Morgana, Jamie Campbell Bower as Arthur and Tamsin Egerton as Guinevere. Ten episodes have been ordered.
The Cape, NBC - Premieres Midseason 2011
This superhero origin story follows "Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. He is forced into hiding, leaving behind his wife, Dana and son, Trip. Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City, Faraday becomes 'The Cape,' his son's favorite comic book superhero -- and takes the law into his own hands." Thirteen episodes of this new series have been ordered, which star David Lyons as Vince, Jennifer Ferrin as his wife Dana, and Ryan Wynott as his son Trip, along with Firefly'sSummer Glau, Keith David, Dorian Missick and TRON: Legacy's James Frain.
Here's a preview of The Cape:
Dead Set, IFC - Premieres Monday, Oct. 25, 2010
This one is actually coming earlier than midseason, but it is worth paying attention to if you like zombies. While AMC may have The Walking Dead, IFC's Dead Set looks at what happens when the contestants of U.K.'s Big Brother are unaware that there's a nasty zombie outbreak happening in the real world. Of course, they fall victim to the flesh-eaters as they get voted out of the house. The five-episode series, which airs over consective nights at midnight, follows one of the show's crew members, Kelly, as she decides to alert the housemates.
Here's a Dead Set promo:
Doctor Who, BBC and BBC America - Returns December 2010
A Christmas special and a season 6 and 6.5 are in our future. No word on what to expect except that the Christmas special is "snowy." Beyond that, executive producer Steven Moffat had this to say ... "Looking at the next series, I thought what this show needs is a big event in the middle. ... I kept referring to a midseason finale. So we are going to make it two series — seven episodes at Easter, building to an earth-shattering climax, a cliffhanger we could never normally do because it would be too long before it came back. An enormous, game-changing cliffhanger that will change everything. The wrong expression would be to say we are splitting it in two. We are making it two separate series." Doctor Who stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and opera star Katherine Jenkins. We'll also see a script in the sixth season from Neil Gaiman. (Also, check out our gallery that features 26 fun, candid and WTF images of Karen and Matt.)
Here's the season-five trailer, just to get you in the mood.
Eureka, Syfy - Returns December 2010
The big news is that Eureka has been picked up for a fifth season. But before we get to that point, there's plenty of season four Eureka to go. This December there will be a special Christmas episode, featuring Chris Parnell and Matt Frewer, who returns to the series as Taggert. And after that, there's the second half of season four. Guest stars coming up will include comic-book legend Stan Lee and Stargate Universe's Ming-Na.
Falling Skies, TNT - Premieres Summer 2011
Steven Spielberg's sci-fi drama stars ER's Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation), who become members of the resistance after an alien invasion. The series also stars Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Seychelle Gabriel and Will Patton. Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) wrote the pilot script based on his and Spielberg's idea. TNT has ordered 10 episodes.
Futurama, Comedy Central - Returns December 2010
Not only do we have a special Christmas episode to look forward to this year, but there's a seventh season of Futurama in the works. Regarding the Christmas episode, executive producer David X. Cohen had this to say: "Our holiday special is one of my favorites this year. We have not just evil Robot Santa, but we have frequent Futurama guest star Al Gore, back for his record-breaking fourth appearance, and also Coolio. So the classic combo of Al Gore and Coolio appearing in our holiday episode. And we'll get to see a little bit about the future versions of Xmas once again, as well as Kwanzaa and Robotica, which is a holiday Bender makes up every year to get out of work. And it's a musical, so it's got everything."
Game of Thrones, HBO - Premieres in Spring 2011
Said to be "The Sophranos with swords," this new HBO fantasy series is based on the best-selling novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin. Game of Thrones follows an epic struggle for power among noble families vying for control of the Iron Throne in the lands of Westeros. The series stars Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Peter Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and was created by David Benioff and Dan Weiss. Ten episodes have been ordered.
Here's a Game of Thrones preview:
Merlin, Syfy - Season 3 premiere TBD
While the third season of the British series is presently running in the U.K., we in the States will have to wait until next spring, most likely. When last we left Merlin, he had poisoned Morgana to save Uther and Camelot. In the new season it doesn't look like things are going to become any simpler for the young wizard as Uther risks everything to find the missing Morgana. Thirteen episodes are being produced.
Here's a preview of Merlin's third season:
Outcasts, BBC America - Premieres December 2010
Battlestar Galatica's Jamie Bamber stars in this new series from BBC America, set in the year 2040, when the human race leaves Earth in hopes of starting over on a new planet. "The series begins on the day the last known transporter from Earth arrives, prompting great excitement on the new planet - who is on board? Friends and loved ones? Important supplies and news from Earth? But also many questions - will the new people bring the problems of Earth with them? Will the mistakes that destroyed Earth be repeated? Will the arrival of a new, would-be leader rock the fragile and precarious equilibrium of the fresh, unified and courageous new world? And, most importantly of all, how is a new and better world created?" The series was created by Ben Richards (MI-5) and stars Eric Mabius, Liam Cunningham and Hermione Norris. Eight episodes have been ordered.
Here's a picture with Jamie Bamber from Outcasts:
Primeval, ITV1 - Season 4 premieres in Britain in January 2011
No word on when we'll see this British series in the States, but we will see it at some point. Two additional seasons are in production and set to premiere in Britain in January 2011. Season four will have seven episodes, and season five will have six. Andrew Lee Potts, Hannah Spearitt, Ben Miller and Jason Flemyng have returned to the once-canceled series, but Laila Rouass, who played Egyptologist Sarah Page, has quit the show. Three new regulars have joined the cast, including Alexander Siddig as scientist Philip Burton, Ciarán McMenamin as the new field leader Matt and Ruth Kearney as Jess, who runs the ARC Control Centre operations.
Sherlock, PBS - Premieres Sundays, Oct. 24, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7
PBS's Masterpiece Mystery presents the American debut of this contemporary telling of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic. Created by Doctor Who's Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, a series of three 90-minute episodes (or maybe we should say movies?) feature Benedict Cumberbatch as a 21st-century Sherlock and Martin Freeman as his loyal friend, Dr. John Watson. First up is A Study in Pink on Oct. 24, which introduces the pair as they decide to share a flat and investigate a series of suspicious suicides. Then, in The Blind Banker on Oct. 31, Sherlock is hired by an old friend to investigate a bank break-in, which leads to murder. Finally, in The Great Game on Nov. 7, Sherlock is asked to look into the suspicious death of a government employee who was working on a defense project. A second series of three 90-minute episodes has been ordered.
Here's an awesome Sherlock preview:
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Starz - Premieres January 2011
This Spartacus: Blood and Sand prequel was made while the main show's star, Andy Whitfield, was recovering from cancer treatment. So to continue the story and keep the ratings alive until a second season could get into production, Starz decided to delve into the House of Batiatus in the days before Spartacus arrives with a six-episode prequel. The focus is on Gannicus, played by Dustin Clare, the first gladiator to become Champion of Capua. Spartacus stars Lucy Lawless, John Hannah, Peter Mensah and Manu Bennett return. Whitfield will also make a brief appearance.
Teen Wolf, MTV - Premieres in early 2011
It might seem odd that the creator of Criminal Minds is reimagining the 1985 Michael J. Fox teen/werewolf comedy Teen Wolf as a TV show, but when you remember it's from MTV, odd suddenly seems normal. The new version promises to be a mix of friendship, love, horror and high school. The story focuses on a teen outsider named Scott McCall who gets bitten by a werewolf and learns that his life will never be the same. Teen Wolf stars Tyler Posey as Scott, along with Crystal Reed, Dylan O'Brien and Tyler Hoechlin. Twelve episodes have been ordered.
Terra Nova, Fox - Preview in May 2011, premieres in fall 2011
From executive producer Steven Spielberg. Life on Mars' Jason O'Mara stars in this time-traveling series, which follows an ordinary family from a future when the Earth is dying. They travel back in time through a fracture in the space-time continuum to a prehistoric era with a group of settlers in hopes of saving the human race. Unfortunately, the lush land happens to have dangerous dinos and other prehistoric threats that the family and the settlers will be forced to deal with.
Torchwood: The New World, Starz - Season 4 premieres in Summer 2011
Thank you Starz! Not only is the cable channel bringing back our beloved Torchwood, but stars John Barrowman and Eve Myles (not to mention creator Russell T. Davies and exec producer Julie Gardner) are returning, too, for another grand adventure. In the fourth season, a CIA agent discovers a global conspiracy that will affect the entire human race and bring the Torchwood gang to the U.S. The key to unlocking the conspiracy lies within Torchwood, which was destroyed years before. Battlestar Galactica's Jane Espenson's been lined up to write about a third of the 10 episodes that have been ordered. And because this is on Starz, expect the envelope to be pushed.
True Blood, HBO - Season 4 premieres in Summer 2011
Yep, the series just finished its third season, but a fourth season is already in the works. According to creator Alan Ball, expect more witches and to learn where Sookie disappeared to. While we're certain we'll see the return of Russell Edgington, we're assuming we'll also find out if Sam shot his brother (unlikely), whether Tara will return, whether Crystal and Jason will get ever get together and whether Sookie will forgive Bill. Lauren Bowles, who plays Wiccan Holly Cleary, claims she will become a series regular next season.
Here's creator Alan Ball saying thanks to the fans for their support on season three ... and teasing out season four:
Warehouse 13, Syfy - Returns in December 2010
While Syfy's biggest scripted hit hasn't gotten a season-three renewal yet, it seems likely, and there's also a special Christmas episode that will air this December (on the same night as the Eureka Christmas special). In the holiday episode, Pete and Myka must hunt down a malevolent Santa who's terrorizing guest star Paul Blackthorne. Meanwhile, Artie and his estranged father, played by Judd Hirsch, reunite after 30 years.
Upcoming Movies and Miniseries:
8th Voyage of Sinbad, Syfy - Premiere TBD
In their quest to find the golden head of the Colossus of Rhodes, Sinbad and his crew end up on an island where the Minotaur protects a treasure. Sinbad and his men are forced to battle the creature and its minions to get the treasure and survive. Manu Bennett stars.
51, Syfy - Premiere TBD
When the Air Force decides to show a few select reporters exactly what's in Area 51, one of the base's secret "long-term visitors" decides it's a good time for an escape for him and his fellow alien captives ... along with getting in a bit of revenge. Bruce Boxleitner stars as a military hero nearing retirement. 51 comes from Dark Films and Syfy, and was directed by Jason Connery.
Ben-Hur, ABC - Premiere TBD
A four-hour, $22 million miniseries remake of the 1959 film about "a wealthy Jewish youth in the time of Jesus Christ -- who is seeking revenge and reclaiming his identity after being betrayed by his friend, Messala." The mini stars Joseph Morgan as Ben-Hur, Emily VanCamp plays his love interest Esther, and Stephan Campbell Moore takes on the role of Messala. The film also stars Smallville's Kristin Kruek, Ray Winstone, Hugh Bonneville, Doctor Who's Alex Kingston, Lucia Jimenez, Miguel Angel Munoz, Marc Warren, Art Malik and James Faulkner. The script was written by Alan Sharp and directed by Steven Shill.
Coma, A&E - Premiere TBD
Robin Cook's best-selling novel is adapted as a miniseries this time, and it comes from über-executive producers Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and David W. Zucker. The medical thriller follows "a doctor who discovers that something sinister is going on in her hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table." Michael Crichton wrote and directed the 1978 film, Coma, which starred Genevieve Bujold and Michael Douglas.
Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle 2, Hallmark - Premieres Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 at 9 p.m.
At the financially troubled Finley's Department Store no one can quite remember who hired Emily Merkle, aka Mrs. Miracle (Doris Roberts), but she works in the toy department. Thanks to her illustrious spirit, gloom and misery are driven away, proving that miracles really do happen every day, especially on Christmas.
Firebreather, Cartoon Network - Premiere TBD
The Cartoon Network's first original CG animated adventure follows the story of Duncan Rosenblatt, a typical high school kid who happens to have a fire-breathing monster for a father. Worse yet, his dad informs him that he is destined to protect the Earth.
Fossils (working title), Syfy - Premiere TBD
Eureka's Colin Ferguson is back to direct another Syfy original after his successful Lake Placid 3. In Fossils, when a novelty store owner accidentally brings three dinosaur fossils to life, the gigantic dinos begin terrorizing the town and the local university. It's up to the sheriff and the townspeople to battle the beasts and save their town. Fossils is a UFO International production and stars Raoul Trujillo and Steven Brand.
The Good Witch's Gift, Hallmark - Premieres Saturday, Nov. 13 at 9 p.m.
This is the third entry in the The Good Witch series, and it again stars Catherine Bell in the title role. Cassie Nightingale is happily running her successful Middleton boutique and is engaged to Sheriff Russell (Chris Potter). While the sheriff is desperately trying to find just the right gift, there are only two weeks till Christmas. He decides to give Cassie a family for Christmas and suggests they tie the knot on Christmas Eve. As usual, things don't go as planned, and it will be up to Cassie to infuse a bit of magic to make sure everyone has a very special Christmas.
The Lost Future, Syfy - Premiere TBD
It's a post-apocalyptic world where people and animals have devolved back to the Stone Age. With the human race left to try to survive in isolated tribes, they battle terrible beasts that carry a mysterious and deadly illness. A group of wise men know that the knowledge to defeat the illness lies in artifacts known as books. They have found one man who knows how to read, so now the quest is on to defeat a warload who rules the city where the books are located. Then they can attempt to restart civilization. Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings) stars in this Tandem Communications GMBH production.
Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Syfy - Premieres in 2011
It's a musical blast from the past as 1980s pop singers Debbie Gibson (Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus) and Tiffany (Mega Piranha) co-star, along with the Monkees' Micky Dolenz in this Syfy monster mash. In the film, "there's a crisis in the Florida Everglades as giant pythons are threatening the alligator population." Gibson's animal rights advocate, who's been freeing illegally imported exotic snakes from pet stores into the Florida Everglades, is at odds with Tiffany's overzealous park ranger, who's struggling to protect her beloved alligators and employing dangerous methods to do so. We're guessing it also has something to do with a mega python and a really big gator. The first woman to direct a Syfy movie, Mary Lambert, helms the project, from Naomi Selfman's script.
Here's a mega-food-fight sneak peek:
Monsterwolf, Syfy - Premieres Saturday, Oct. 9, at 9 p.m.
Star Trek's Robert Picardo and Jason London (Wildfire) star in a film about Native American animal spirit called the Kachinawaya that protects Indian lands from invaders. It's unleashed after a drilling crew begins blasting near a small Louisiana town. Monsterwolf is an Active Entertainment production.
Here's a Monsterwolf sneak peek:
Morlocks, Syfy - Premiere TBD
Stargate Atlantis's David Hewlett stars in this Time Machine takeoff, about what happens when an experimental time machine opens a window into the future and those mutated Morlock freaks use the opportunity to come to the present and do very nasty things.
Neverland Syfy - Premieres in 2011
The latest miniseries from writer/director Nick Willing (Tin Man, Alice) will take on Peter Pan. The four-hour miniseries stars Rhys Ifans as James Hook, Pushing Daisies' Anna Friel as Capt. Elizabeth Bonny, Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins as Smee and Charlie Rowe as Peter Pan.
The Night Before the Night Before Christmas, Hallmark - Premieres Saturday, Nov. 20, at 9 p.m.
Jennifer Beals and Rick Roberts play a couple with busy jobs and two kids, Hannah and Toby. When Santa crash-lands on their roof and hits his head, he gets amnesia. With Santa's journey around the world about to be canceled, Toby begs his family to get into the holiday spirit and help Santa remember.
The Other Side, Syfy - Premieres in 2011
When a device is created that can glimpse into alternate universes, a malfunction sends a group of observers into a nightmarish new universe. The travelers must use their ingenuity to survive and attempt to find a way home. From RHI Entertainment and Syfy, The Other Side was written by Douglas G. Davis (Carny).
Red, Syfy - Premieres Saturday, Oct. 30, at 9 p.m.
Dr. Horrible's Felicia Day plays Virginia Sullivan, a descendant of Little Red Riding Hood. She brings home her fiance to introduce him to the family and the family business of werewolf hunting. Kavan Smith and Stephen McHattie also star.
Here's a Red preview:
Red Faction: Origins (Working Title), Syfy - Premieres in March 2011
Based on the video game, this two-hour live-action movie and backdoor pilot follows the lineage of rebel hero Alec Mason and the Mason family. The story is set between the Red Faction Guerrilla and the upcoming Red Faction Armageddon video games. Twenty-five years after Alec Mason led the Martian Colonies to freedom and subsequently saw his wife murdered and his daughter kidnapped, Alec's last surviving son, Jake, searches for his sister. Just as a powerful new enemy tries to take over the planet, Jake finds her, only to discover that she's a soldier for the bad guys. He must discover a way to stop the enemy's overwhelming forces and save his sister. From THQ Inc. and Syfy.
Roadkill, Syfy - Premiere TBD
This co-production from RHI Entertainment and Syfy is about a group of friends who end up on an RV road trip on their way to their high-school reunion. However, their cross-country adventure lands them at the receiving end of a Gypsy curse that brings a giant flesh-eating bird of prey to life. The script was written by Rick Suvalle.
Scream of the Banshee, Syfy - Premieres in 2011
This Syfy orginal stars Lauren Holly and Aliens' Lance Henriksen in the story of an archaeology professor who digs up a dangerous artifact and accidentally unleashes a terrifying creature that can kill with its bone-splitting scream. From After Dark Films.
Secrets in the Walls, Lifetime - Premiere TBD
Star Trek Voyager's Jeri Ryan stars in this ghost story about a mother of two who comes to believe that her dream home is haunted. The film also stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Kay Panabaker and Peyton List, and was directed by Christopher Leitch from a script by William Penick. From RHI Entertainment.
Here's a preview of Secrets in the Walls:
Sharktopus, Syfy - Premieres Saturday, Sept. 25, at 9 p.m.
You just know a movie called Sharktopus had to come from Roger Corman. Eric Roberts (Heroes) stars in this film about a research scientist (Roberts) and his scientist daughter who develop the ultimate secret weapon ... Sharktopus. Yes, it's half shark, half octopus and all killing machine. When the electrical implants that control the beast are damanged, Sharktopus decides to chow down on the population of the resort beaches of Mexico. The film was produced by Roger and Julie Corman and directed by Declan O'Brien.
Here's a killer Sharktopus preview:
Something to BE Thankful For, Hallmark - Premieres Saturday, Nov. 6, at 9 p.m.
Faye Dunaway stars in this film, which follows an ambitious attorney named Claudia (Daphne Zuniga) who meets a stranger named Gina (Dunaway), who claims to be a transpersonal psychologist who can allow her clients to see how the other half lives. When Claudia hits her head, she wakes to find herself in an an alternate reality as a wife and mother of two, and things get complicated.