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Fall TV Preview

Green Arrow leads the charge of new fall shows

By Rob Vaux     September 05, 2012
Source: Mania.com

Interesting bit of trivia: the tradition of premiering new shows in the fall began as an advertising tie-in. Detroit released its new car models every autumn, and a brand new show would give them an ideal opportunity to show off their wares. A lot has changed since then (just ask Detroit) and television has become a rotating series of season premieres instead of an all-or nothing glut every September.  Nevertheless, some traditions die hard, and as we bid farewell to the summer shows, let’s take a close look at the new crop of fall series rising up to take their place. We’ve broken down the prime-time genre shows premiering between now and New Year’s Day below by new series and returning shows, along with a brief description of each. (For the sake of my sanity, I am ignoring reality shows. Syfy will have a lot of them. They will suck.)


New Shows

666 Park Avenue (ABC, premieres Sept. 30)

This soapy new entry about an exclusive Manhattan apartment building possessed by a demonic entity has “guilty pleasure” written all over it. It’s based on a novel by Gabriella Pierce and features Lost’s Terry O’Quinn. Huzzah!

Arrow (The CW, premieres Oct. 10)

DC is officially getting its ass kicked on the big screen by arch-rival Marvel, with its lone trump card (Christopher Nolan) moving on for other projects. This gritty new take on Green Arrow represents their best bet to get back in the game.

Beauty and the Beast (The CW, premieres Oct. 11)

The CW revamps the old Ron Perlman/Linda Hamilton show about a noble monster living in the sewers and the beautiful woman he loves. Smallville’s Kristen Kreuk stars in the Hamilton role.

Elementary (CBS, premieres Sept. 27)

Move over BBC: CBS is stealing your idea! Sherlock Holmes gets another modern-day update, this time moving to New York and with a female Watson (Lucy Liu) to share in his adventures. They have a VERY big shadow named Benedict Cumberbatch to outrun.

Last Resort (ABC, premieres Sept. 27)

ABC enters Tom Clancy territory with the story of a U.S. submarine that refuses to fire its missile without confirmation, then ends up on the run from its own government. Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman star.

Revolution (NBC, premieres Sept. 17)

I have to say, I am very skeptical of this post-apocalyptic series, involving a new Dark Age rising after every electrical device in the world shuts off. A small group of people set out in search of answers, hoping to turn the power back on and thus restore civilization.


Returning Shows

American Horror Story (FX, returns Oct. 17)

Everybody died in the finale last year, but is that stopping this show? The second season picks up with a whole new cast of characters… including Jessica Lange, who was in the first season but plays an entirely different character here. Everyone clear? Good.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, returns Sept. 27)

Sheldon and the gang are back for more nerdy excesses in the biggest comedy on television. There will presumably be another passel of sci-fi references, guest stars and general zaniness to keep its viewers giggling.

Burn Notice (USA, returns Nov. 11)

Burn Notice ran in the summer, but it returns from hiatus in November to finish off its season.

Dexter (Showtime, returns Sept. 30)

The continuing adventures of everyone’s favorite serial killer ended on a doozy of a cliffhanger last year, as Dexter’s sister Debra stumbled upon him butchering the Doomsday Killer like a hog.  Season Seven apparently kicks off a two-season arc, with Ray Stevenson joining the cast as a Russian mobster who arrives in Miami looking for one of his (dead) associates.

Doctor Who (BBC America, returned Sept. 1)

The Energizer Bunny of science fiction cranked up its seventh season (or 26th, depending on how you count)  again this past Saturday. Matt Smith continues his yeoman work as the good Doctor, while Karen Gillian and Arthur Davill will appear in the first handful of episodes before being replaced by a new companion.

Fringe (Fox, returns Sept 28)

Fox renews Fringe for a fifth and final season, giving fans a chance to say good-bye and the Fringe team an opportunity to bow out with grace.

Haven (Syfy, returns Sept. 12)

Will Audrey Parker finally get to the bottom of her connection to Haven? Will Duke avert his increasingly certain doom? Will we finally find out what the heck it is about this little Maine town that brings out the Freakazoid in everyone? Ah to hell with it: bring on the Troubles!

Nikita (The CW, returns Oct. 19)

Nikita’s proving as tough to kill as its titular character, who returns for a new round of covert ops and shadow games. She and her pals finally killed Percy and took over Division at the end of last year. This season, we’ll presumably see what they do with their newfound power.

Once Upon a Time (ABC, returns Sept. 30)

The surprise ABC hit ended last year with Rumplestiltskin unleashing a toxic cloud of pure love on the town of Storybrooke just as its citizens recovered their lost memories. We get to see how they deal with it this year.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Cartoon, returns Sept. 29)

The fifth season of the terrific animated series promises to move the story closer to the events of Revenge of the Sith… which suggests that the producers have a viable end-game in mind. That may spell bad things for a certain spunky Jedi girl, who shall remain nameless here.

Supernatural (The CW, returns Oct. 3)

They said it would be gone a couple of seasons ago, but the Winchester brothers just won’t stay down.  Showrunner Jeremy Carver claims to have a new arc planned this year that will take the show to the end of Season Ten. Time will tell how they do.

Touch (Fox, returns Oct. 26)

Kiefer Sutherland and Fox have had a long and fruitful relationship, and they see no need to stop it just because that ticking clock on 24 has stopped. His supernatural drama about a very special little boy returns for a second go-round this fall.

The Vampire Diaries (The CW, returns Oct. 11)

Y’all enjoy it. It’s the bestest show ever for anyone who’s never actually heard another vampire story. No, Twilight doesn’t count.

The Walking Dead (AMC, returns Oct. 14)

The prison looms… and The Governor stands ready to make life for Rick Grimes and his friends that much more hellish. Look for Michael Rooker’s triumphant return as one-handed redneck Merle Dixon this year. 


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Hobbs 9/5/2012 6:05:15 AM

The way you describe Revolution sucks, turn the power back on to save civilization?  I hope that's not really the premise.  This is the only new show I'm interested in seeing.

Ten seasons for Supernatural, wow.  I think it should have ended with season five but hey they'll be able to say they lasted as long as X-Files and were just as bad as X-Files at the end.

Wiseguy 9/5/2012 6:32:33 AM

This list makes me realize how little serialized tv I watch.

Walking Dead is the only thing I watch without fail. Star Wars I try to catch and American Horror Story left me a bit "meh" so this season is still up in the air

Will probably give Arrow a shot but everything else bears no interest


CaptAmerica04 9/5/2012 8:14:21 AM

 If "Arrow" is DC's best bet to save itself in the face of the Marvel onslaught... then they should just go ahead and sell the rights to all Justice League characters to Marvel right now.  That show looks AWFUL, and is a COMPLETE contradiction to everything that Marvel has shown to be the keys to great comic properties on a big or small screen.  (You know, things like: costumes, super powers, faithfulness to source material, etc.)

karas1 9/5/2012 9:01:21 AM

Hobbs, I'm really enjoying Supernatural.  They have been coming up with creative ways to continue the story and it hasn't bored me yet.

jedibanner 9/5/2012 9:16:00 AM

Really, they are making an American version of Sherlock???? It cannot beat the original which is so well written and acted, no interest in this whatsoever.

CaptAmerica04, Arrow is a cool show to watch (saw the pilot at the Fan Expo in Toronto). They are going a bit more mature and the tone was different then the Smallville series.

They are obviously going a bit further from the original comic character but it's the Green Arrow, not Superman...it's about a guy who shoots arrow so, they seemed to keep that in mind and just bring lots of different stories so on that one, I am interested in trying this new show for sure.

Revolution, saw the pilot also and this one is a bit more for ''tweens'' IMO...the young girl in the show is just very annoying and following the usual ''angry teen who needs to avenge something with attitude while being remorsfull and intraverted'', been there done that. MINOR SPOILER: what bugged me about the show is that they skipped the years where things blacked out, it jumps 15 years in the future (but rest assure, they go abck and forth from the time it happened to their present time but still). It's obvious they will do ''flashbacks'' in the show which in a way didn't feel too original and may be the undoing of the show, again, IMO.


DarthBob 9/5/2012 9:35:25 AM

This list is why I don't watch very much TV; it's mostly garbage.  I'll be watching football, Who and Walking Dead and that's about it.  Poor Gus got whacked on BB then reincarnated on Revolution; this series looks downright awful.  Might try to catch Arrow if there is some positive buzz after the show airs.

@hobbs...X-files was great television then something happened with the writing and the show just fell off a cliff; I guess they just ran out of good ideas.  The last handful of episodes were almost unwatchable.

ztigr 9/5/2012 10:34:50 AM

 How can Grimm not be on this list?  Its a damn good show.

jedibanner 9/5/2012 1:14:34 PM

Damm Darthbob....nice picture.

phantomx69 9/5/2012 1:47:43 PM

arrow has no super powers, he is a vigilante, and marvels movies suck, and they don't stick by source material, captain america running around with out a mask , hawkeye they never attempted to conceal his identity, iron man revealed himself to everyone, please modern drivel.

phantomx69 9/5/2012 1:50:14 PM

where is PERSON OF INTEREST, only the best show on tv , CBS gets it the rest of the networks don't, arrow was almost at CBS wish they would have gotten it.

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