Geeky TV: The New Season Fall 2012
Despite the way that new television debuts have now become year long, September is still the “new season” for the television networks. It’s when big name shows return, and new geeky shows boldly go where so many one season wonders have gone before. 😉
Let’s take a look at this season…
Arrow Wednesdays 9:00 PM on the CW
Debuts: October 10
Seen as the successor to Smallville, this is another DC comics hero given a reimagining. When you say “Green Arrow” to me, I always think first of the Green Arrow/Green Lantern rediscovering the meaning of life by road tripping arc…but I’m guessing GL won’t show up here. 😉
Beauty & the Beast Thursdays at 9:00 PM on the CW
Debuts: October 11
More Ron Perlman/Linda Hamilton than Disney, I think this one has a real possibility to find an audience. Kristin Kreuk (Lana Lang on Smallville) returns to the CW, and I think the dynamics of the show will appeal…I think many people may find it better than they expect, and that’s a good thing.
Elementary Thursdays at 10:00 PM on CBS
Debuts: September 27
A contemporary version of Holmes (I wrote a parody one of those myself, a while back (http://ilmk.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/doctor-watsons-blog-a-kindle-abandoned-chapter-1/), with the big promoted twist being that Watson is played by a woman. The creator has said something about how he thought that would irritate Holmes, but Holmes is irritated by life. Does it change the dynamic? We’ll see…certainly, in pop culture, a woman putting up with (and admiring, for that matter) an irritating jerk has a different resonance than a man doing so.
Hot Set Tuesdays at 10:00 PM on Syfy
Debuts: Tuesday, September 17
Competition reality show for production designers…sort of a companion piece to Face Off.
Last Resort Thursdays 8:00 PM on ABC
Debuts: September 27
While one could argue the geekiness of this, I think it will appeal to quite a few geeks…at least the premise. In a sense, it’s like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (with a rogue submarine crew), but I believe everything is supposed to be contemporary technology.
The Neighbors Wednesdays at 8:30 PM on ABC
Debuts: September 26
From My Favorite Martian to Mork and Mindy to the Coneheads to 3rd Rock from the Sun…aliens, they’re just like us. 😉 No matter how good this is, I have a tough time seeing it making it to a second season, but I would love to be wrong on that.
Revolution Mondays at 10:00 PM on NBC
Debuts: Monday, September 17
Quite possibly the highest profile of the new geeky shows, it has solid geek cred. Eric Kripke (Supernatural) created it, J.J. Abrams (Lost) is an Executive Producer, Jon Favreau (Iron Man) directed the pilot, and the cast includes Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost, V), Tracy Spiridakos (Being Human). It’s a post-apocalyptic series, after technology fails.
666 Park Avenue Sundays at 10:00 PM on ABC
Debuts: September 30
While this clearly a supernatural show, I’m not quite clear…is it a Fantasy Island/The Love Boat anthology/guest star series? Is it a supernatural soap (a…um…soapernatural show)?
Alphas Mondays at 8:00 PM on Syfy
Returned: July 23
Team of super-powered people, who don’t get along all that well…and there is a deep conspiracy.
Bones Mondays at 8:00 PM on Fox
Returns: Monday, September 16
Castle Mondays 10:01 PM on ABC
Returns: September 24
Doctor Who Saturdays at 9:00 PM on BBC America
Series (season): 7 (of the new version)
Returns: September 1
The seventh series (season) of the regenerated classic already started up on BBC America on September 1st, but geeks will count on it as it carries on. I thought last season’s The Girl Who Waited was great television, regardless of genre, and though we can always expect change in the Whoniverse, that bodes well for this season.
Ghost Adventures Fridays at 9:00 PM on The Travel Channel
Returns: Friday, September 14
Reality series in its seventh season…team of three takes on hauntings.
Ghost Hunters Wednesdays 9:00 PM on Syfy
Returns: September 5
Reality show that really led the way for paranormal reality shows.
Haven Fridays 10:00 PM on Syfy
Returns: September 21
Based on Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid, it’s about a strange town…
Long Island Medium Sundays 9:00 PM on TLC
Returns: Sunday, September 9
Reality show with Theresa Caputo, a medium
Paranormal Witness Wednesdays 10:00 PM on Syfy
Returned: August 8
Recreating reported events
Robot Chicken Sundays 11:59 AM on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim
Returned: September 9
Those are some of the highlights. I’m not including shows where the season is pretty much done by the first week of October, and I may add more shows (especially non-prime time shows). It’s also likely dates will change. Check
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This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.