It’s been a long hiatus, but Sci-Fi TV is back with a look at the latest in sci-fi and genre television, including Doctor Who and first looks at Arrow, Wizards vs. Aliens and J.J. Abrams’ new show Revolution. All that plus much more, including news on a possible Jericho return and the latest images and video previews.
GENRE TV NEWS – 2012/2013 Network TV Season: New, Renewed & Canceled
Here’s a quick breakdown of what genre TV shows have been renewed, canceled and what’s new for the upcoming 2012/2013 Broadcast TV season. Please note that this year’s network upfronts take place starting next week. Having said that, here’s the current “early” look at what’s in store for the 2012/2013 TV season:
Returning: NBC’s “Grimm” has performed pretty well on Friday night’s and has been picked up for a second season.
Ending: The network canceled freshman drama “Awake”, while “Chuck” went off the air earlier this year after its fifth and final season.
New: NBC currently has two new genre shows planned for next season; the Jekyll & Hyde-like medical drama “Do No Harm” and the J.J. Abrams-produced drama “Revolution”:
Cast: Alana De La Garza; Michael Esper; Mousa Kraish; Phylicia Rashad; Ruta Gedmintas; Steven Pasquale
Drama about a brilliant neurosurgeon who wrestles with his dangerous alter-ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life.
Cast: Giancarlo Esposito; Andrea Roth; Anna Lise Phillips; Billy Burke; David Lyons; Graham Rogers; J.D. Pardo; Maria Howell; Tim Guinee; Tracy Spiradakos; Zak Orth
Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously – and unbeknownst to her – had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future. From director Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2″) and the fertile imaginations of J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Person of Interest”) and Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”), comes a surprising “what if” action-adventure series, where an unlikely hero will lead the world out of the dark. Literally. The series stars Billy Burke (“The Twilight Saga”), Tracy Spiridakos (“Being Human”), Anna Lise Phillips (“Terra Nova”), Zak Orth (“Rome + Juliet), Graham Rogers (“Memphis Beat”), J.D. Pardo (“A Cinderella Story”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”), David Lyons (“The Cape”), Maria Howell (“The Blind Side”), Tim Guinee (“Iron Man”) and Andrea Roth (“Rescue Me”). Kripke, Abrams, Favreau and Bryan Burk (“Lost,” “Star Trek”) serve as executive producers. “Revolution” is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Favreau.
Returning: FOX picked up “Fringe” earlier this week for its fifth and final season (a 13-episode pickup) and more recently announced that the Kiefer Sutherland drama “Touch” has been renewed for a second season.
Ending: FOX canceled both of their high-profile projects “Alcatraz” and “Terra Nova” after lower than expected ratings.
New: FOX does not have any new genre programming on their slate for the next season at the moment
Returning: ABC renewed the hit Sunday night fairy tale drama “Once Upon a Time” for a second season. The show is this TV season’s top-rated freshman drama (more about “Once Upon a Time” below).
Ending: ABC canceled “The River” after just one season on the air.
New: ABC currently has one new genre project on their 2012/2013 schedule, “666 Park Avenue”.
- “666 Park Avenue”
Cast: Vanessa Williams; Terry O’Quinn; Rachael Taylor; Dave Annable; Erik Palladino; Helena Mattsson; Mercedes Masohn; Robert Buckley; Samantha Jade Logan
If you could make one wish, what would it be? And what would you do to get it? At 666 Park Avenue, all of your dreams and burning desires can come true: wealth, sex, love, power, even revenge. But just be careful what you wish for, because the price you pay… could be your soul. Welcome to The Drake, the premiere apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Owned by the mysterious Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn – Lost) and his sexy wife Olivia (Vanessa Williams – Desperate Housewives), The Drake is home to dozens of residents who are unaware they’re living in the dark embrace of supernatural forces. They think their dreams are all coming true, only to find they’ve been lured into making, what feels like, a deal with the Devil. When a young Mid-western couple – Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor – Charlie’s Angels, Grey’s Anatomy) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable – Brothers & Sisters) – is hired to manage The Drake, they soon discover that evil, obsession, and manipulation has a home. Allow yourself to be seduced by 666 PARK AVENUE, and unravel the mysteries of this devilish new drama from Alloy Entertainment (Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars) and executive producers David Wilcox (Fringe, Life on Mars), Leslie Morgenstein (Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries) and Gina Girolamo (The Secret Circle, The Lying Game).
Returning: CBS renewed the J.J. Abrams-produced drama “Person of Interest” for a second season
New: CBS has no other genre projects currently planned for next season.
Returning: The CW has renewed three of its genre shows: “Supernatural” (Season eight); “The Vampire Diaries” (Season four) and “Nikita” (season three).
Ending: Meanwhile, “The Secret Circle” and “Ringer” have both been canceled after just one season on the air.
New: The CW currently has two genre projects planned for next season:“Arrow” and “Beauty and the Beast”.
Cast: Stephen Amell; Colin Donnell; Colin Salmon; David Ramsey; Jamey Sheridan; Katie Cassidy; Paul Blackthorne; Susanna Thompson; Willa Holland
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.
- “Beauty and the Beast”
Cast: Kristin Kreuk; Brian White; Nicole Gale Anderson; Max Brown; Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello; Austin Basis.
Detective Catherine Chandler is a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective. When she was a teenager, Catherine witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen. Catherine would have been killed too, but someone – or something – saved her. No one has ever believed her, but she knows it wasn’t an animal that attacked the assassins…it was human. Years have passed, and Catherine is a strong, confident, capable police officer, working alongside her equally talented partner, Tess. While investigating a murder, Catherine discovers a clue that leads her to a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller, who was reportedly killed by enemy fire while serving in Afghanistan in 2002. Catherine learns that Vincent is actually still alive and that it was he who saved her many years before. For mysterious reasons that have forced him to live outside of traditional society, Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years to guard his secret – when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Catherine agrees to protect his identity in return for any insight he may have into her mother’s murder. Thus begins a complex relationship between Catherine and Vincent, who are powerfully drawn to each other yet understand that their connection is extremely dangerous for both of them.
Check back next week for a more detailed look at what’s new next season, including on the cable networks.
MORE GENRE TV NEWS
Damon Lindelof thinks Lost could return one day
Although it’s been off the air since 2010, but “Lost” co-creator (and current “Star Trek” writer/produce) Damon Lindelof still thinks ABC could bring the show back one day…he just won’t be involved with it [via Variety]:
“It’s been two years (since the series wrapped) and we told the story we wanted to tell…I do feel like the world has not seen the end of ‘Lost,’ but I’m not going to have any involvement,” he said.
Lindelof added that he would be ok if someone else decided to revisit the series.
Report: Netflix considering bringing back Jericho
Speaking of shows returning, could “Jericho” be brought back from the dead yet again? According to TVGuide, Netflix has approached CBS about reviving the short-lived drama which went off the air in 2008:
Repeats of Jericho remain popular on Netflix’s on-demand service, even four years after the show’s cancellation. Insiders say Netflix execs would love to emulate the revival of Fox’s Arrested Development, which is expected to return on Netflix with new episodes in 2013, seven years after the show ended its run.
Talks are still in preliminary stages, and insiders warn that it’s too soon to celebrate, as there are still many hurdles to overcome before a deal is struck. Making it financially viable for both Netflix and CBS may be the biggest challenge of them all.
Interestingly, TV Guide notes that CBS boss Leslie Moonves may have hinted at a return back in February when while at an investor conference revealed the network was in discussions with Netflix about possibly doing a show together…now it’s believed he was in fact referring to “Jericho”.
Jennifer Morrison teases Once Upon a Time season finale + previews
Top-rated drama “Once Upon a Time” concludes its first season on Sunday with the episode “A Land Without Magic” and producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz teased the “game-changing” finale in an interview with EW. Here are some excerpts:
KITSIS: What we’re trying to do with some of this fairy tale stuff in the finale is kind of twofold, which is fill in a few of the blanks that we set up in the pilot this year, but also hopefully surprise you with something new about that story that you didn’t know.
HOROWITZ: If last week really focused on Snow White’s side of the story, this week will focus a lot on Prince Charming’s side of the story.
KITSIS: We don’t want to anticipate what the audience is going to think or how they’re going to take it, but we can speak to how we as writers have approached it and what it’s done for us, and for us, it is a big game-changing kind of thing in terms of how we approach the show.
Check out the rest of the interview here. Star Jennifer Morrison also teased the “game-changing” finale, telling TV Guide: It’s so massive and so game-changing…I mean that in the best way. I read the season finale and went, ‘Oh my God! What is going to happen?!’,” Morrison said, while adding that the storytelling and characters will remain the same, but that “thematically, there is going to be such a drastic shift that it will be a whole new adventure”. “A Land Without Magic” airs Sunday night at 8PM ET on ABC.
Promotional stills for episode 1×22 – “A Land Without Magic” [more at TVLine]
Promo for “A Land Without Magic” [YouTube]
Sneak peek for “A Land Without Magic” [YouTube]
The Walking Dead begins production on season 3
“The Walking Dead” began production on its third season this past Monday, and comic creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman sat down with AMC to discuss the upcoming season. Here are some excerpts from their Q&A:
Q: With the evil Governor in the picture, does that mean the humans are the bigger threat this season?
A: The plan was always to evolve naturally into a place where the zombies essentially become a manageable threat. You know the rules. You know how to deal with them. To a certain extent they become something to not really be scared of unless you mess up. Humans, however, do not follow any rules and will always do something that surprises you and are capable of doing things far worse than trying to eat you…We’re definitely going to be seeing a lot of horrible things.
Q: This season has got so many exciting story lines…
A: When you think about The Walking Dead comic series, you think about oh, the stuff they with did the Governor, the stuff they did with the prison and Woodbury and Michonne. And that’s really a lot of the stuff that people remember the story for and that’s stuff we haven’t even gotten to in the TV show yet. So as much as people love the show, and as high as the ratings are, and as cool as the show is, I feel like we haven’t even gotten to the good stuff yet. This season is absolutely going to blow people away.
After 6-episode and 13-episode first and second seasons, respectively, “The Walking Dead’s” upcoming third season will run 16 episodes. For his part, Kirkman is just fine with that: “I think the more the better, and I think it’s a lot of fun. We are going to get to tell bigger stories, and tell more stories, and get into the characters a lot more.” Check out the rest of the Q&A here.
UK GENRE TV NEWS
BBC announces new Zombie series In the Flesh
And in the UK, the BBC has picked up a 3-part zombie drama called “In the Flesh”. The drama series will air on BBC Three and run for 3, 90-minute episodes and follow the same format as BBC’s “Sherlock”. Here’s the plot description via Den of Geek]:
“[In the Flesh] begins after the Zombie Uprising has been quelled by the Human Volunteer Force and life is starting to return to normal. Any surviving zombies have been captured, medicated, held in an NHS holding facility in Norfolk and are being slowly re-integrated back into society, with the help of contact lenses and cover up mousse. The story follows teenager Kieran Walker and boldly goes where no zombie drama has gone before.
No word yet on if/when the show will come to BBC America
First Look: BBC’s Wizards vs. Aliens from Russell T. Davies
And in other UK genre TV news, here’s our first official look at actors Scott Haran (Benny Sherwood) and Percelle Ascott (Tom Clarke) in the upcoming BBC series “Wizards vs. Aliens” from Russell T. Davies:
BBC has also released the official plot synopsis which you can check out below:
Tom Clarke is a seemingly ordinary boy who loves football. He lives with his dad Michael and grandmother Ursula in an ordinary house in an ordinary street – but there’s something different about Tom. He has an astonishing secret – his family are Wizards! When the alien Nekross arrive on Earth hungry for magic, there’s big, big trouble in store for all wizardkind.With the help of his friend and science super-brain Benny, Tom must stop them – but will these two unlikely heroes succeed, or will the Nekross devour all the magic on Earth with disastrous results for the whole planet?
Steven Moffat discusses new Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman
As previously reported, current “Doctor Who” companion Amy (Karen Gillan) will be leaving the Doctor this season, and BBC announced that actress Jenna-Louise Coleman (pictured above) will be arriving as the new companion during the Christmas special. Showrunner Steven Moffat teased Coleman’s arrival on the show in an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, explaining what will be different and what makes a “good” companion [via Blastr]:
“I’ll answer you in the show about how it’s going to be different. But because it is going to be different. It’s going to be a shock, I think. In terms of the companions all being ‘the same’—that’s not as phony or artistically crap a thing to say as it sounds.
“What is the base group of people who would run away with the Doctor? They’re all going to be a bit mad. A bit dislocated. Not happy with where they are. Are they yearning for outer space? They’re going to be people who feel like they can take on the Doctor, who’s quite an intimidating sort of person. So, they’re going to be feisty—they’re going to be all those things. He sort of defines the people who are going to travel with him. The distinction comes very much from the various actors and actresses. So, you know, they’re the ones who create the differences between them. But you are always going to have the same sort of person, just because it’s the same man choosing them, and it”s the same person being chosen.”
“Doctor Who” season 7 will premiere this fall, airing 5 episodes plus the Christmas special and then return in early 2013 with eight more episodes. You can keep up with the latest season 7 information here.
PREVIEW Videos & Images
Promo for “Two Birds” [YouTube]
Sneak peek [YouTube]
Watch another sneak peek here
Promo for episode 5×05 – “Jack Of All Trades” [YouTube]
Season two preview [YouTube]
Promo for episode 7×01 – “The Bots and the Bees” [YouTube]
Promo for episode 7×02 – “A Farewell to Arms” [YouTube]
Promo for episode 1×21 – “Big Feet” [NBC]
Person of Interest
Promo for the season one finale – “Firewall” [YouTube]
Promotional stills for episode 7×22 – “There Will Be Blood” [more at KSiteTV]
Promo for “There Will Be Blood” [YouTube]
Clip for “There Will Be Blood” [YouTube]
Promotional stills for episode 1×10 – “Tessellations” [more at SpoilerTV]
Promo for “Tessellations” [YouTube]
Concept art [StitchKingdom]
Season two trailer [YouTube]
Watch another trailer here
Season five poster [ComingSoon]
Season five clip “Eric and Pam” [YouTube]
Promotional stills for episode 2×03 – “Alienated” [more at KSiteTV]
Promotional stills for episode 2×04 – “Salvage” [more at KSiteTV]
- New “True Blood” castmember Scott Foley (Patrick) will spend most of the season with ex-Military buddy Terry: “Most of the time we are out in the greater 50 states tracking down other members of our platoon trying to get some closure to this event that happened over in Iraq” Foley revealed… [TVLine]
- …In other news, here are the titles for episodes 1-3 of the new season: “Turn! Turn! Turn!”; “Authority Always Wins” and “Whatever I Am, You Made Me”. [SpoilerTV]
- “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat revealed that the upcoming season will feature “the most Daleks we’ve had on screen ever – but they will be from every era, quite deliberately. We’re calling them in from everywhere! All of them! Even the Special Weapons Dalek. They’ll all be there…” [via BlogtorWho]
- The second season of “Sherlock” debuted to 3.2M viewers on PBS this past Sunday. [PBS]
- NBC has picked up David Schulnder’s Jekyll & Hyde-like medical drama “Do No Harm” to series. Steven Pasquale stars “as a brilliant neurosurgeon wrestling with his dangerous alter-ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life.” [Deadline]
- NBC has canceled the low-rated rama series “Awake”. [the live feed | THR]
- “Nikita” creator Craig Silverstein revealed that The CW renewed the show for a third season. [Twitter]
- Check out these “Game of Thrones”-inspired beer logos. [more via Huffington Post]
- The second season of the the FX horror anthology series “American Horror Story” is set in at a mental institution for the criminally insane and a casting sheet has leaked online highlighting some new roles. [Shock Till You Drop]
- …Meanwhile, James Cromwell has joined the cast of the series. He’ll play Dr. Arden at the previously mentioned institution for the criminally insane. [the live feed | THR]
- Erica Luttrell will be reprising her role as Val in the upcoming third season of “Lost Girl”. [SpoilerTV]
- Mia Kirshner and Fionnula Flanagan have joined the cast of the upcoming Syfy near-future series “Defiance”. [Deadline]
- Bree Williamson has joined the cast of “Haven”. She’ll play psychiatrist Dr. Claire Callahan in the Syfy series. [Syfy]
- Syfy has signed four actors for the network’s 90-minute pilot “Rewind”: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jennifer Ferrin, Robbie Jones and Keon Mohajeri. The four join Shane McRae in the action thriller which “revolves around a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who must use untested technology to travel back in time to alter past events in order to change the future and avoid a devastating terrorist attack.” [Syfy]