FALL TV PREVIEW: 52 sci-fi midseason shows, movies and miniseries

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Dec 15, 2012

In the first two parts of our massive three-part Fall TV Preview, we delved into the past (Canceled Shows) and took a look at the present, or at least the near future (New and Returning Shows). However, there's more to come, folks.

From J.J. Abrams' latest mystery series (Alcatraz) to Syfy's Neverland to the return of Primeval, there's 52 Midseason and Beyond shows, Movies and Miniseries that will premiere within the next year. Add that to the 49 Canceled, New and Returning series, and we're up to over 100 shows we've covered, which should give you a good look at what's to come.

Of course, when it comes to developing TV shows and movies, anything can happen and schedules can change. However, the shows in this list are more likely to air than not.

So check out part three of our Fall Sci-Fi TV Preview to find out what Midseason and Beyond shows, Movies and Miniseries might be in your future:

Midseason and Beyond

Alcatraz, Fox — New in midseason 2012

J.J. Abrams' latest new series has a Lost-sized mystery at its core. The story follows San Francisco detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) as she tries to hunt down a killer, only to learn that the man was once an inmate of the infamous Alcatraz. The mystery begins when Rebecca discovers that the man vanished from the prison in the 1960s and has suddenly reappeared on the streets of San Francisco without aging a day. Rebecca quickly learns that the killer is just one piece of a much larger puzzle. Joining her on her journey is Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast Dr. Diego "Doc" Soto (Jorge Garcia) and the mysterious government agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill). Created by Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt.

Here's a preview:

Alphas, Syfy — Season 2 premieres in 2012

The freshman series hasn't even finished its run, but Syfy issued an early pickup for a second season of 13 episodes.

Archer, FX — Season 3 premieres in early 2012

After a three-episode arc that begins this week to close out season two, the super-cool animated spy series will return for a third season of 13 episodes next year.

Awake, NBC — New in midseason 2012

Jason Isaacs stars as a detective who finds himself leading a mind-bending double life when he regains consciousness after a car accident, only to find his wife has survived in one reality while his son has lived in another. Trying to keep the people he loves alive, he faces dueling realities in parallel worlds. The series also stars Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, Cherry Jones and B.D. Wong. Awake comes from 24's Howard Gordon and creator Kyle Killen.

Here's a preview:

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, Syfy — Premiere date TBA

This two-hour movie and backdoor pilot follows the action of Caprica and precedes the events of Battlestar Galactica. The series takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war as the battle between humans and Cylons rages across the 12 colonial worlds. Luke Pasqualino stars as Ensign William Adama, a rookie just out of the Academy who is assigned to the Galactica. Written by Michael Taylor from a story by David Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson and David Weddle.

Being Human, BBC America — Season 4 premieres in Spring 2012

The British original picks up season four right where season three left off, when Mitchell falls victim to a wolf-shaped bullet. Eight episodes have been ordered.

Being Human, Syfy — Season 2 premieres in the first quarter of 2012

Syfy has ordered another 13 episodes of the American version of this series. Actress Dichen Lachman joins the cast as a reclusive vampire.

Destination Truth, Syfy — Season 5 premieres early next year

According to Syfy, in the upcoming season, "Josh and team will lead viewers into a remote Transylvanian village on a hunt for vampires, explore the reportedly haunted Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala, and descend into one of the world's biggest caves in the jungles of Vietnam to search for phantoms. They'll also journey to Kazakhstan (a Destination Truth first). At the overwhelming request of fans, the team will also return to Romania for a return visit to a haunted forest, the site of their most terrifying investigation to date." Seven episodes have been ordered.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Cartoon Network — New in November

From creator Bruce Timm, the hero gets animated in the new series that has Hal joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect Guardian Space and the Green Lantern Corps from the evil Red Lanterns.

Here's a look:

Eureka, Syfy — Season five airs in the summer of 2012

While Eureka is still on the air finishing up its fourth season, this is the only series that manages to be on the canceled AND midseason list because the sci-fi series is set to return next summer for its fifth and final season. While no one's talking about what that season might bring, we do know that Syfy ordered one additional episode so the producers could give the series a proper ending. So we'll get 14 more episodes of Eureka next year before we have to say goodbye to this quirky little town.

Face Off, Syfy — Season 2 premieres in January 2012

Syfy fans helped choose the final contestant for the competition, which will undoubtedly feature more makeup artist drama and some cool creatures.

The Fades, BBC America — New series premiere TBA

This new series follows Paul (Iain De Caestecker), a teenager who is haunted by apocalyptic dreams. As if that isn't bad enough, he starts to see the spirits of the dead known as the Fades, and when one of them finds a way to be human again the fate of humanity ends up resting in Paul's hands. If he doesn't stop the dead from breaking back into the world and attacking people, it just could be the end of the human race. Created by Jack Thorne.

Here's a look:

Falling Skies, TNT — Season 2 premieres next summer 2012

The human freedom fighters continue their battle against the alien invasion, and we're guessing we'll find out what happens when Tom goes off with the big alien. TNT has ordered 10 episodes of "cable's #1 new series."

Futurama, Comedy Central — Season 7A premieres next summer 2012

Twenty-six episodes of the sci-fi animated comedy are in the works, and they'll air over two years, 13 episodes in 2012 and 13 in 2013. So there's lots of future Futurama headed your way.

Game of Thrones, HBO — Season 2 TBA in 2012

While there's no word yet on when this hit HBO series will return other than sometime next year, fans will have another 10 episodes of drama to embrace.

How to Train Your Dragon, Cartoon Network — New series premiere TBD in 2012

This new animated series from DreamWorks picks up where the movie left off to follow the adventures of a young Viking and his unlikely friendship with a dragon he calls Toothless.

Lost Girl, Syfy — New series premiere TBA

This Canadian supernatural drama is about a bisexual girl named Bo who was raised by human parents but discovers she's a succubus. When she accidentally drains her first love of his life energy, she hits the road and learns that she's actually a member of the Fae race. In the pilot, Bo saves the life of a human girl named Kenzi, and they decide to open a Fae/human detective agency. The second season of Lost Girl is in production, and Syfy has acquired all 26 episodes.

Here's the intro:

Merlin, Syfy — Season 4 premieres early in 2012

Everyone's back for a fourth season as Camelot is on the brink of a Golden Age and Merlin is doing everything he can to make sure Arthur becomes the Once and Future King. Guest-starring this season are Nathaniel Parker as Agravaine, Gemma Jones as the mysterious Cailleach and Phil Davis as an old world circus master with a dark and sinister secret.

Monster Man, Syfy — New in early January 2012

This docuseries follows Clive Hall and his quirky Hollywood creature-making family. Six one-hour episodes have been ordered.

Primeval, BBC America — Season 5 premiere TBA

There's one final six-episode season left so far of rampaging creatures, anomalies and end-of-the-world possibilities. A movie has been talked about as being in the works, but there's no word that it's gone forward. So this just might be the end for our anomaly-hopping heroes.

Here's a look:

The River, ABC — New in midseason 2012

When a famed explorer goes looking for magic deep in the Amazon, he vanishes. Six months after his disappearance, his emergency beacon goes off and his wife, son and a crew go searching for him. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and created by Michael Green, this horror story stars Bruce Greenwood, Leslie Hope and Paul Blackthorne.

Here's a preview:

RL Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series, Hub — Season 2 premiere TBA

Eighteen episodes have been ordered of this live-action children's horror anthology series.

Sherlock, BBC — Season 2 premiere TBA in 2012

The awesome Benedict Cumberbatch returns for another oh-so-short season, with three 90-minute episodes. According to Mark Gatiss, the episodes will be based on the stories "A Scandal in Bohemia," The Hound of the Baskervilles and "The Final Problem," with creators Steven Moffat and Gatiss and writer Steve Thompson writing the episodes, respectively. Being Human's Russell Tovey will appear in the Hound of the Baskervilles story.

Spartacus: Vengeance, Starz — Premieres in January 2012

This sequel to Spartacus: Blood and Sand, starring Andy Whitfield moves beyond the arena as a new Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) makes lots of trouble after he and the other gladiators escape the gladiatorial training school. Whitfield dropped out of the role after a second bout with cancer, and just died this week at the age of 39.

Here's a look at the new season:

Stan Lee's Superhumans, History — Season 2 premieres sometime this year

Co-host and national treasure Stan Lee is once again in search of people with genetic mistakes that make them real-life counterparts to Lee's famous comic book characters.

Teen Wolf, MTV — Season 2 premiere TBA in 2012

The sexy werewolf teen story will return with a 12-episode order.

Touch, Fox — Premieres in midseason 2012

Kiefer Sutherland stars as Martin Bohm, a widower and single father of autistic 10-year-old boy Jake. Martin's struggles to connect with his son lead him to discover that Jake has an amazing ability with numbers, and discredited professor Boris Podolsky comes up with an unorthodox theory about Jake and his ability. The series comes from creator Tim Kring (Heroes), Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope. The series also stars Danny Glover, David Mazouz and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

True Blood, HBO — Season 5 premieres next summer 2012

Sookie will be back for a 12-episode fifth season of sex, blood and supernatural creatures.

Warehouse 13, Syfy — Season 4 premieres next summer 2012

Syfy's most-watched series ever has been given an early renewal for a 13-episode fourth season.

Wilfred, FX — Season 2 premieres next summer 2012

The hit series about a guy and his loyal neighbor's man/dog has gotten FX's highest first-season rating ever.

Movies and Miniseries

Stephen King's Bag of Bones, A&E — Set to premiere at the end of the year

Pierce Brosnan and Annabeth Gish star in this two-night event based on the Stephen King bestseller. The mini follows the story of bestselling novelist Mike Noonan (Brosnan), who struggles with grief after the death of his wife. After a dream inspires him to move to the couple's lakeside retreat in Maine, he finds himself in the middle of a custody battle, and he begins to have ghostly visitations and nightmares that lead him to the realization this his wife still has a message to give him.

Bigfoot, Syfy — Premieres in 2012

The Partridge Family's Danny Bonaduce and The Brady Bunch's Barry Williams face off in the hunt for the legendary mountain creature.

Dungeons and Dragons 4 (working title), Syfy — Premieres in Sept. 2012

In a magical kingdom, a princess and her knight become reluctant heroes.

The Good Witch's Family, Lifetime — Premieres Saturday, Oct. 29

Catherine Bell and Chris Potter return for the fourth movie in Hallmark's highest-rated original movie series.

Ghoul, Chiller — Premieres the 4th quarter of 2011

Based on the horror novel by Brian Keene, Chiller's first original movie follows a group of friends who try to stop whoever or whatever is behind a series of disappearances in their town. Ghoul stars Nolan Gould and Barry Corbin.

Gretl, Syfy — Premiere TBA

Shannen Doherty stars in this Syfy Original Movie about a witch hunter named Hansel who travels to the village he lived in as a child to kill the witch who he believed killed his sister. However, Gretl (Doherty) is alive, but no one is safe in this reboot of the classic tale.

Jersey Shore Shark Attack, Syfy — Premieres in 2012

A hungry shark (or sharks?) vs. vacationing Jerseyites.

The Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas — Beginning Nov. 12

A host of holiday-themed movies (14 originals!) and specials once again takes over the Hallmark Channel this year. On the Santa front there's: Mistletoe Over Manhattan, starring Tricia Helfer, about what happens when Santa considers retirement; Cancel Christmas, starring Judd Nelson, about what happens when Santa Claus tries to save Christmas from children who've become too greedy; Annie Claus Is Coming to Town, featuring Vivica A. Fox, about what happens when Santa's daughter takes her first trip away from the North Pole; and A Case for Christmas, starring Dean Cain, about what happens when Santa gets sued for ruining Christmas. Hallmark will also offer up some animation with Jingle All The Way, based on Hallmark's Jingle, the Husky Pup; and Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas, which has the pink kitty and a green bunny starring in their first half-hour special. And in Angel Duty, a high-powered event planner is put on "Angel Duty" after a car accident as part of her last task on Earth, before she can pass over to heaven.

Morlocks, Syfy — Premieres Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9 p.m.

Stargate Atlantis' Robert Picardo and David Hewlett star in this takeoff of The Time Machine, about what happens when the title mutants from the future get their hands on a time machine from the past and travel to the present day.

Here's a preview and a sneak peek:

Neverland, Syfy — Premieres Sunday, Dec. 4, and Monday, Dec. 5

Syfy's latest miniseries is a prequel to the classic Peter Pan from writer/director Nick Willing (Alice, Tin Man). The sweeping tale follows Peter (Charlie Rowe) from the turbulent seas of pirates in the Caribbean to the back alleys of Dickensian London and stars Rhys Ifans as James Hook, Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell, Anna Friel as Captain Elizabeth Bonny, Bob Hoskins as Smee and Raoul Trujillo.

Here's a look:

The Philadelphia Experiment, Syfy — Premieres in 2012

The X-Files Nicholas Lee, Sanctuary's Emilie Ullerup and Malcolm McDowell star in this Syfy Original Movie, which revisits the Philadelphia Experiment, a government attempt to create a cloaking device for a warship during World War II. When a secret government research project revives the original experiment, a deadly hole in the fabric of time brings back the original ship that disappeared during the first test in 1943. Unfortunately, the experiment also brings about destruction to the 21st century. The film also stars Michael Pare, Sanctuary's Ryan Robbins and Gina Holden.

Remains, Chiller — Premiere TBA

Another original from Chiller, based on the graphic novel by Steve Niles and Kieron Dwyer about the survivors of a zombie apocalypse who face off against the undead, who grow stronger, smarter and more aggressive as the survivors take refuge in a vacant casino. Remains stars True Blood's Grant Bowler, Fringe's Lance Reddick, Miko Hughes and Tawny Cypress.

Roswell, Syfy — Premieres in June 2012

Syfy fans and fans of IGN.com's B Movie Mogul project decided they needed more Roswell on their Saturday nights. In the movie, 65 years after the UFO crash in Roswell, another ship comes to rescue their people ... and continue their mission to invade Earth.

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun (working title), Syfy — Premieres St. Patrick's Day, Sat., March 17, 2012

When an evil leprechaun who's been imprisoned in the roots of an old oak tree is accidentally set loose on St. Patrick's Day, he goes hunting for the descendants of the people who originally imprisoned him, to take his revenge.

Snowmageddon (working title), Syfy — Premieres in Dec. 2011

A title that had to happen! This Syfy Original involves a mystical snow globe that makes very bad things happen in the real world when it is shaken.

Zombie Apocalypse, Syfy — Premieres Saturday, Oct. 29, at 9 p.m.

Ving Rhames and Taryn Manning star in this Syfy Original Movie about what happens months after a zombie plague has wiped out 90 percent of the American population. It follows a small group of survivors who fight their way cross-country to a rumored refuge on the island of Catalina. Co-written by Brooks Peck.

Check out the rest of our Fall TV Preview: Part one covers New and Canceled Shows and part two delves into Returning Shows.

What midseason shows, movies and minis are in your future?

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