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 continue!
Actors: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, John Diggle, Susanna Thompson and Willa Holland.
Best Episode: “Sacrifice”
Most Similar to: “Smallville” and “Batman Begins”
Why Watch it: Arrow is unique in that it can appeal to hardcore comic fans as well as newbies. The writing is smart and liberating. Amell’s performance as the titular hero is also a continued work in progress. His acting as the hero is perfect but the strain comes when he tries to be the hero’s alter-ego Oliver Queen. The character’s internal struggle as well with the actor’s exploration really accents the character but does keep you wondering if the Amell just doesn’t have the range or this is all built in. Arrow miss stepped during the middle of the season but really kicked into high-gear with the last three episodes. The brilliant finale held no punches and will bring the audience back for Season 2 in droves.
Title: FALLING SKIES
Actors: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Collin Cunningham, Drew Roy and Sarah Carter.
Best Episode: “A More Perfect Union”
Most Similar to: “War of the Worlds” and “Battlestar Galactica”
Why Watch it: “Falling Skies” really needs to be compared to BSG. It is basically BSG except set on Earth. Rebels trying to takedown an alien race. The series deals with family, the stress of survival, horrific odds, experimentation and the power of humanity. Falling Skies does fall apart when it strays from the formula and with the ludicrous “alien baby” plot in season 3 you have to wonder if the show has gone off the rails. I am still keeping the faith and hope that it finds it way back. I also hope we haven’t seen the last of Cochise.
Title: TEEN WOLF
Actors: Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Crystal Reed, Holland Roden and Tyler Hoechlin.
Best Episode: “Fury”
Most Similar to: “Buffy” and “Vampire Diaries”
Why Watch it: When the idea surfaced that they were gonna remake the Michael J Fox 80’s comedy as a series for MTV I cringed. I remembered the ultra silly cartoon based on the movie. But really this series is only a remake in name only. You could also say the same for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer“. If anything Teen Wolf is following in Buffy’s footsteps. You have the Scooby Gang, the supernatural, the humor and potential for lots of stories. The series is in season 3 but we really aren’t seeing any deep character development. It needs to evolve more especially with the universe, writers and characters already assembled. I enjoy the show immensely and I think the depth in the show’s mythos could come from the “druid” angle. But we also need more character arcs for the Scoobies.
Actors: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch and Silas Weir Mitchell.
Best Episode: “Organ Grinder”
Most Similar to: “Buffy″ and “Forever Knight”
Why Watch it: “Grimm” is my favorite show on TV. Why? Because the writing, character development, creativity and devotion is unlike anything on TV right now. It is continually surprising me. Especially for a network series. It has lots of influences from other sources but this time it comes across as utterly original. I also like where the series is going and there is no stopping just how far this universe could evolve. The creatures hiding among us and the European connection are an excellent way of generating stories. I also like that they have finally cured Juliette and now maybe they can make her a valued member of the team.
Title: DOCTOR WHO
Seasons: 7 (33)
Actors: Matt Smith, David Tennant, Billie Piper and Karen Gillan.
Best Episode: “Blink”
Most Similar to: “Doctor Who″
Why Watch it: Really who else could be #1 on this list. The longest running sci-fi TV show of all time, that will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year, really has no sign of slowing down. The idea of a main character that can die and regenerate as a new actor is just plain genius for the writers, producers and actors. It allows for an infinite amount of material. The show is a factory of sci-fi genius. Matt Smith’s departure is going to be bittersweet when you kind of hoped he would have tied Tennant’s 49 episode turn as the Doctor. But with the debut of a new Doctor right around the corner the show really shows no sign of slowing down.
- Top 10 Genre Shows Part 1 (moviesoothsayer.wordpress.com)
- TNT’s Falling Skies Renewed for Season 4 (tvline.com)
- A Broken “Arrow” (cwphilly.cbslocal.com)
- The Destructive End of “Arrow” Season 1 (filmforest.wordpress.com)
- Stephen Amell: Modern Day Sexy Vigilante in Arrow (pinkfoxpatrol.blogspot.com)
- Lisa Steinberg: The Buffy Effect (huffingtonpost.com)
- Life Inside The Whedonverse (buzzfeed.com)
- ‘Buffy’: It was 10 years ago tonight… (popwatch.ew.com)
- Joss Whedon: 20 greatest moments from ‘Buffy’, ‘Firefly’, more (digitalspy.co.uk)