Besides ratings juggernauts like “The Walking Dead”, “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood” have you been scratching your head on where have all the good genre shows gone? You know vampires, aliens, fantasy and sci-fi shows that used to flood the airwaves. Who is vying to be the new “X-Files” or “Buffy”?
This fall we will see 14 new genre shows flood your DVR. A new renaissance is around the corner and every network is risking it all on the wave. (Watch for more on these shows on this blog)
While we wait for the influx of new blood, which genre shows are still on TV? And which are worth your time catching up on this summer? So let the countdown begin!
Actors: Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Green and Mia Kirshner.
Best Episode: Pilot episode
Most Similar to: “Earth 2” and “Babylon 5”
Why Watch it: This is the first series to be launched with a tie-in multiplayer videogame. Does this mean the series is more engaging or entertaining? No. The series screams potential but so far the series writers seem to be treading water and are buried in the concept. Nothing is really happening. Syfy has greenlit it for a second season which is not surprising since they canceled “Stargate: Universe“, “Eureka” and torpedoed “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” to get this show onto the network. If it doesn’t hurry up and find a bold new direction this series might be Syfy’s costliest mistake yet.
Title: ONCE UPON A TIME
Actors: Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parilla, Josh Dallas and Robert Carlyle.
Best Episode: “The Shepherd”
Most Similar to: Family version of the comic-book “Fables”.
Why Watch it: “Once Upon a Time” was a guilty-pleasure for me in the first season as each episode was a new spin on classic fairy tales. The Prince Charming episode was one of the best of the series. But with season 2, the series stumbles like a lot of shows. The town of Storybrooke lost it’s wonderment and all we wanted was more time in the fantasy land. New characters there even made it harder to be interested in the modern day town. Next fall the series will see an expansion with a sister series “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” which from the preview looks really, really intriguing. Could this ounce of new blood bring back freshness to the main series? Let’s hope so.
Actors: Billy Burke, Elizabeth Mitchell, Giancarlo Esposito, Zak Orth and Tracy Spiridakos
Best Episode: “Kashmir”
Most Similar to: “Jeremiah”
Why Watch it: Eric Kripke, creator of “Supernatural”, always has something up his sleeve. Lots of people bash this show but it was the network who really almost killed the show. The near six-month gap between halves of the season blew the legs out from under the show. The second half had plenty of payoffs and even built on the show’s core mythology. We learned just how much of an anti-hero Miles Matheson really is. I think for people who haven’t watched the show, this is perfect for a DVD or Netflix marathon. It holds up and screams potential which NBC has honored with a second season.
Actors: Jensen Eckles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins and Mark Shepherd.
Best Episode: “Swan Song”, “Born Under a Bad Sign“.
Most Similar to: “Kolchak” and “Route 66”
Why Watch it: I put this staple genre show at #7 because I think the best episodes are behind us. Let’s face it Sam & Dean’s journey needs to come to an end. Each have died and come back how many times? The emotional resonance of the bromance is even becoming tiresome. We need a solid season coming in season 9 with a wrap up that finally ties up this long journey. The show is a great marathon show but with late renewals I am afraid we aren’t going to get a just ending.
Title: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
Actors: Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley and Candice Accola.
Best Episode: “Lost Girls”
Most Similar to: “Buffy” and “Twilight”
Why Watch it: This is the CW’s biggest series. It has all a CW fan would want. It feels like the show has been on forever even though it’s only been on half as long as people think. That is saying something. We are tired of the concept. With the introduction of the vampire “Originals”, series just became incestuous. And the show’s momentum seemed lost. When you tie the whole Vampire myth to just 4 individuals you kind of limit the show’s long-term potential. The good news going into Season 5, this fall, is that VD will have a chance to rebuild itself. The spin-off “The Originals” finds Klaus and company leaving the show. So can the main show survive without the “Originals”?
Come back tomorrow to witness the top five. Does your show make the list?
- Nina Dobrev Reveals Her Favorite ‘Vampire Diaries’ Episode (hollywoodlife.com)
- ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Season 5 Spoilers: New Episodes Will Go ‘Somewhere Huge,’ Says Kat Graham (latinospost.com)