It’s shaping up to be a fun fall for sci-fi fans, but which shows are going to be the true must-sees once the season begins?
We already know you’ll be watching Joss Whedon’s Avengers spinoff Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. over on ABC (and if you’re not, what’s wrong with you?), but that’s not the only awesome sci-fi series on the way.
So, out of the dozen or so new shows in the works, which three are guaranteed to have a spot on our DVR?
Almost Human, Fox
Regardless of the fact that it went out on its own terms, the folks at Fox broke a lot of hearts when they pulled the plug on Fringe. To make it up to us, the network has been kind enough to greenlight Fringe producers J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman’s new future-set buddy-cop series. Wyman’s tenure calling the shots for Fringe accounted for some of the show’s strongest episodes, and he seems right at home pulling the strings for Karl Urban’s cop with a chip on his shoulder, teamed up with a human-like android.
The premise is ripe for a good twist on the cop-show genre, and with Abrams and Wyman, you know they’ll build a dense sci-fi world that will be a blast to visit on a weekly basis.
Tomorrow People, The CW
Of all the broadcast nets, hardly any are betting bigger on sci-fi this fall than The CW. The network has four sci-fi series on the way, and this one is arguably the most promising. Based on a late '70s U.K. series about young people with special powers, this Heroes-esque project sounds like X-Men meets Push.
Oh, and guess who’s starring? Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural, Revolution) and Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), along with a few others (including Arrow star Stephen Amell’s cousin Robbie Amell). Behind the scenes, Arrow producer Greg Berlanti is calling the shots, which is a very good thing. This one could be a surprise hit and rise above the glut of genre programming hitting The CW this fall.
Sleepy Hollow, Fox
Fox decided to go with some bankable producers on this one and greenlit Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman’s (Star Trek, Amazing Spider-Man 2) modern-day imagining of the classic headless-horseman tale. Bringing a colonial-era Ichabod Crane to the present day is a risky pitch, but the trailer does a solid job of establishing the premise and mixes some Patriot-esque action with a modern-day cop drama. It’s a little awkward, but it works.
With these two former Fringe producers at the helm, it should hopefully be able to build a believable supernatural mythology to carry the concept.
Which shows are on your must-see list for the fall?