Fall is fast approaching which means the start of school, football, and most importantly new TV programming. With the success of SDCC, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Avengers this summer, many networks are jumping on the Sci-Fi bandwagon by incorporating some new genre programming into their fall lineups. Here are 4 new genre shows coming this fall season:
Premieres Thursday,September 27at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
Produced by: Shawn Ryan, Karl Gajdusek, Martin Campbell and Marney Hochman
Andre Braugher stars as Captain Marcus Chaplin who, while 500-feet below the ocean floor, finds himself torn between loyalty to his country and his morals in this new Lost meets Band of Brothers genre show from ABC. When the order comes through the submarine’s radio to completely wipe out the entire nation of Pakistan using nuclear weapons, Captain Marcus Chaplin demands further confirmation on the rash order, which results in his demotion as leader of the U.S. ballistic missile submarine “Colorado.” When XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) is hastily put in charge and faced with the same trying decision he also refuses to launch the bomb; causing a domestic attack on their submarine. Led by Chaplin and Kendal the crew, declared traitors by their homeland, find themselves on a foreign island where they find new life, romance, conflict, and the seemingly impossible task of clearing their names so they can return home to America.
Mondays, 10:00 p.m. on TNT (premiered July 9)
Produced by: Ken Biller, Mike Sussman and Eric McCormack
Veering far from his Will and Grace days, Eric McCormack is peculiar neuroscience professor, Dr. Daniel Pierce. His job at the FBI is solving intricate cases in TNT’s new genre show “The Protagonist.” On the surface, Pierce appears to be a genius investigator. He has in-depth knowledge of human behavior and an unbelievable understanding of the human brain and how it interacts with people’s emotions. While blessed with a brilliant mind, the doctor struggles with hallucinations and paranoia brought on by his schizophrenia. These hallucinations are a blessing and a curse for the doctor. Sometimes, they allow him to reach conclusions that the average mind cannot comprehend but they also cause him to act in strange and even dangerous ways. While his disease makes it hard for him to establish close friendships and romantic relationships, he has a few people that remain by his side. His former student and FBI agent Kate Moretti (Rachel Leigh Cook) looks beyond his idiosyncrasies and consults with him for many of her cases. Max Lewicki, (Arjay Smith) his teaching assistant, also helps the doctor by trying to keep him out of trouble and focused on his scholarly duties. TNG star LeVar Burton plays Dean Haley, Pierce’s long-time friend and associate.
Premiers Monday, September 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC
Produced by: Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Jon Favreau (pilot only)
In a country that relies as much on electricity as it does oxygen, NBC’s new genre show Revolution reveals a dark America, where all of the technology—from computers and televisions to transportation and lights—has been mysteriously switched off forever. The drama follows Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos) whose life is again turned upside down when her brother, Danny (Graham Rogers) is kidnapped by the local armed forces. Following the last instructions from her dying father, Charlie needs to reunite with her Uncle Miles (Billy Burke) to find Danny. Together, with a group of survivors, they set out to save her brother and start a revolution to reclaim America and solve its blackout mystery.
Series Premiere Wednesday, October 10, 8:00 p.m. ET on the CW
Produced by: Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter
Based on the popular DC Comics series Green Arrow, the CW’s new fall genre drama, Arrow shows the reverse affects of the popular “deserted island” premise. Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns home from living on a lost island in the Pacific for five years after a brutal shipwreck. Oliver tries to go back to his normal life as his loving sister Thea, (Willa Holland) doting yet secretive mother Moira, (Susanna Thompson), and good friend Tommy (Colin Donnel) celebrate his homecoming; but his time on the island has changed him forever. Unbeknownst to his family and friends, he creates the persona of ‘Arrow’ to restore the family name, fight crime and revitalize his hometown of Sterling City. Much like Bruce Wayne, Oliver, with his loyal driver and bodyguard John Diggle (David Ramsey) by his side, plays the part of carefree billionaire playboy by day and vigilante by night.
With these 4 new fall Genre shows, and even more debuting this winter Do No Harm Zero Hour and The Following. Genre programming could be replacing the music-themed shows as the new hit series category. Could a Genre Glee club be in our future?
Stephanie Caldwell is from Salt Lake City and writes for CableTV.com. She is a sci-fi geek who can’t step away from the TV.