Paranormal Picks 2013: New Paranormal and Speculative Fiction TV Shows For Fall

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Taking a break from checking out what’s new in the paranormal book world we are taking a look at what upcoming television show has us most excited. While there are some cool shows coming out this summer for the sake of narrowing the list down we stuck to the Fall 2013 season. Some of them are adaptations of books, spin offs, or just really cool ideas. We don’t know how many will last or if they will live up to their trailer’s hype but for now we can’t wait to see what these shows have in store this Fall!  Take a look and tell us what you are looking forward to seeing or what we missed.


Star-Crossed (CW)

Description: Passion and politics threaten the peace and an epic romance ignites between a human girl (Friday Night Lights‘ Aimee Teegarden) and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since.

Why I’ll be Watching:

It’s Roswell 2.0!  I don’t even have words to express my crazy fangirl obsession with the TV show Roswell (WB/UPN 1999-2002) about a trio of abandoned alien teens trying to hide out on earth.  It starred the most beautiful boy ever as the lead (Jason Behr) and the whole show was a deeply romantic and super interesting mystery that sucked in even SF-phobes like me.  Hats off to The CW for only taking a DECADE to decide this was a formula worth revisiting.  In Star-Crossed, the aliens aren’t in hiding, so that adds a very intriguing racism element, but the mixed species Romeo and Juliet type romance looks to be the core of the show.  Jason Behr may not be starring as the heartthrob alien, but Matt Lanter is proving that aliens can be just as sexy as any other supernatural in the new Star-Crossed trailer.

“Sleepy Hollow”(Fox)

Description: In this action adventure series, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) has been pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction, and teams with a contemporary cop (Nicole Beharie) “to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the Founding Fathers.”


Why I’ll be Watching:

So the idea of this show sounds ridiculous and totally unsustainable as a TV show.  I almost didn’t bother to watch the trailer, that’s how little interest I had in Sleepy Hollow.  Then I watched it and I took it all back.  This looks smart, and witty, and the production level is seriously impressive.  The big draw for me, however, is going to be Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane.  He has such conviction and unconscious charm.  In minutes I was completely sold on his historical authenticity and loved the interaction/chemistry he had with his modern day African American female partner (Nicole Beharie).  This is looking like there could be some slowly simmering romance and plenty of procedural goodness mixed in with tons of supernatural mystery.  I’m still not sure how they’ll transition beyond defeating the Headless Horseman, but however long it lasts, Sleepy Hollow is looking to be one hell of a ride.


“The Originals” (CW)

Description: The Originals will be The Vampire Diaries spin-off series produced by The CW. The episode which will air on April 25 will serve as a backdoor pilot for the potential spin-off.  The story will center around the The Original Family.


Why I’ll be Watching:

I’m a recent convert to The Vampire Diaries and it quickly became my guilty pleasure. I’m only now about halfway through season 2 so I doubt I catch up with the series before the debut of its spin-off The Originals. I’m not worried though since it isn’t like The Vampire Diaries is The Wire. Just the idea of a vampire show set in New Orleans sounds like all sorts of campy fun. I’m not that thrilled about the whole ‘saving the vampire baby’ part of the plot, but if they can pull it off (or at least be entertainingly bad) I’m in for at least the first season.

“Dracula” (NBC)

Description: Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars in this re-imagining of the classic story – this time, he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society.


Why I’ll be Watching:

Because my fiance has been obsessed with Rhys Meyers since The Tudors. Ok, ok, that’s not the only reason. I would have watched this plot if it was just about Rhys Meyers bringing technology to Victorian London. Toss in vampires and other paranormal stuff and I am completely sold. Seriously, if you haven’t seen the trailer for Dracula you need to go check out the video. I would to see this paired up with Grimm (another show I’m coming to late, but really enjoying), but I imagine NBC is going to give Dracula something better than a Friday night time slot.


“The 100” (CW)

Description: Nearly a century after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a spaceship sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing. Based on the forthcoming Kass Morgan book of the same name.


Why I’ll be Watching:

The 100 is actually based on a book that has yet to come out but if it is so awesome that the rights were optioned before anybody has even gotten excited about the book….it’s gotta be good. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to read it before the show comes on. Plus, who doesn’t want to see what the world will be like a hundred years after a nuclear war? The trailer makes it look equally terrifying and awesome, and there’s the bonus spaceship!

“Almost Human” (FOX)

Description: Almost Human is an action-packed police drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely connection is forged when a cop with an aversion to robots and a robot with unexpected emotional responses investigate cases in a brave new world.This J.J. Abrams buddy cop drama looks at what happens when the Los Angeles Police Department partners its officers with androids. John Kennex (Karl Urban) and Dorian (Michael Ealy) partner to fight crime in the year 2048.


Why I’ll be Watching:

One of my favorite sci-fi books, The Caves of Steel, features cop Elijah Baley paired with robot Daneel Olivaw in a future New York. Though that future was far more than 35 years away, I’m looking forward to the robots. There are so many different ways they can go, and from the trailer, it looks like they’ve got a few different personalities, but of course the main robot is the most human- so much to explore here!


“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (ABC)

Description: Spin-off of “Once Upon a Time,” focuses on Alice, who returns home to Victorian England telling stories about a strange new land she saw when she fell down a rabbit hole, but no one believes her – until she’s rescued by the Knave of Hearts and the White Rabbit, who take her back to the mystical place.


Why I’ll be Watching:

While I’ve had some issues with “Once Upon a Time” I’ve enjoyed the mythology of this world.  I want to give this one a try as I’ve loved most of the adaptations for “Alice in Wonderland” and the trailer looks wonderful.  Looking at the trailer kind of  reminded me of the recent and  very excellent book SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard (our review here) with the insane asylum and portals to Wonderland.

“Reign” (CW)

Description: The previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The secret history of survival at French Court amid fierce foes, dark forces and a world of sexual intrigue.


Why I’ll be Watching:

I love fancy period clothing (though these aren’t exactly accurate) and I’ve never seen anything featuring Mary Queen of Scots. I don’t know how long I’ll watch this for since it is on the CW and therefore it might play too fast and too loose with actual history for my tastes. Okay it might become one of my guilty pleasures what with the scandals, costumes, and the very pretty people. Note from Abigail: Anne of Green Gables fans – Anne Shirley (aka Megan Follows) is in this!


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” (ABC)

Description: Based on Marvel Comics’ secret intelligence organization that has appeared in countless titles, including Iron Man, Captain America and The Ultimates, since being introduced in the 1960s. The military law-enforcement agency’s moniker stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate, which also has evolved over time in the comics.


Why I’ll be Watching:

It’s almost cheating to try to list all the reasons I’ll be watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I have enjoyed Marvel’s movies of late, probably none more so than The Avengers.  Combining the ever loveable Agent Phil with Joss Whedon once more gives me something to do other than watch Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Avengers over and over again.  I have a problem and S.H.I.E.L.D. is definitely going to be the answer, I can’t wait!

What are you looking forward to?


2 Responses to “Paranormal Picks 2013: New Paranormal and Speculative Fiction TV Shows For Fall”

  1. Krista

    Wow, I thought Sleepy Hollow sounded dumb until I watched the trailer. Now I am very interested but I don’t see how they will make a series out of it unless they never take down the horseman.

  2. Dovile

    The plot to Almost Human has actually reminded me of an old show that I’ve almost forgotten, Total Recall 2070, which also had a human detectivework with an android partner. It was really good, even if it ended only after one Ieason. I’ll have to rewatch it sometime.