No, actually, it’s not too early to start thinking about the fall TV season. Entertainment Weekly certainly doesn’t think so. (Of course, this is also coming from the guy who has a modded 800GB HD DirecTivo, which is currently at 84% disk usage. I may be a little obsessed.)
I’ve mentioned before that I prefer “genre” TV, and I’ve recently developed a fondness for series that are just a little beyond normal—i.e., set in the present-day real world, with just one or two sf/fantasy elements to make things interesting. For example, House, which takes place in a parallel universe where the United States has universal health care and no patients ever ask how much all these crazy tests and procedures are going to cost.
These are the jokes, folks. Feel free to laugh.
Anyway. The EW viewing guide linked above lists thirty(30!) new shows in prime time, but I’m only going to talk about those which have genre elements.
Sam I Am (Monday, NBC) – Christina Applegate has amnesia! Yes, “the amnesia episode” is a long-standing TV tradition, but now someone has boldly gone and made an entire damn series out of this creaky premise! I have low expectations.
Journeyman (Monday, NBC) – That dude from Rome plays a time-traveling reporter who helps people. I think these comments from IMDb sum it up pretty well: “I liked this show before, when it was called Quantum Leap.” “It’s NOT Quantum Leap.” “It’s Voyagers!”
Cavemen (Tuesday, ABC) – Yup, those characters from the GEICO commercials have their own show. I’m dubious. I mean, I like the ads, and Phil Hartman’s Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer sketch was fun, but every damn week? I dunno.
Chuck (Tuesday, NBC) – “A computer geek morphs into the government’s most essential agent after downloading an entire server of secrets directly to his brain.” Uh, yeah: I liked this show better when it was called Jake 2.0. And I didn’t even like it that much then.
New Amsterdam (Tuesday, FOX) – NYC homicide detective happens to be immortal. And…? The promos I’ve seen are intriguing, but don’t tell much about where they intend to take this premise. I’ll watch.
The Reaper (Tuesday, CW) – 20-year-old slacker discovers that his parents sold his soul to the devil, and now he has to track down evil souls and send them to hell. Again, I liked this show better when it was called Brimstone, and that went away in a real hurry. (Let us never speak of GvsE. And no, Dead Like Me didn’t ring my bell. Mandy Patinkin can’t save everything.)
Pushing Daisies (Wednesday, ABC) – Dude can bring dead things back to life by touching them, but if he touches them a second time, they die forever. We’ve been seeing promos for this during the pre-show ads at AMC Theatres, and D thinks it’s doomed.
Kid Nation (Wednesday, CBS) – The only reason I mention this reality show is so I can say: I liked this show better when it was called “Miri,” and only lasted for one hour. Zing!
Bionic Woman (Wednesday, NBC) – The 500-pound gorilla. Really, is there anybody who isn’t going to watch this? And raise your hand if you’re also hoping for a Heroes crossover!
Moonlight (Friday, CBS) – I liked this show better when it was called Angel.
That’s the lot. Nothing much new, but some potential here and there. What I’m really waiting for is midseason, to see how badly FOX screws up The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Oh, I anticipate a train wreck of apocalyptic proportions, I do. Make me a liar, Fish!