September 24, 2011

Beyond Premiere Week 2011

There are quite a few shows premiering next week and later this fall, so—heads up—this is going to be a long post.

Sunday, Sept. 25:

Pan Am 9–10 p.m. (ABC)

Pan Am is a television series centered around the iconic airline Pan American World Airways during the 1960s. The period drama will focus on the pilots and flight attendants working for the world-famous airline in 1963. (via)
I like Christina Ricci. But that doesn't mean I will enjoy the show. It doesn't seem like my typical fare, but I will give it a chance. Could be interesting.

Monday, Sept. 26:

Terra Nova 7–10 p.m. (FOX) (Special two-hour premiere.)

The show begins in the year 2149, a time when all life on planet Earth is threatened with extinction (suggested in trailers to be due to dwindling worldwide air quality and overpopulation). In an effort to save the human race, scientists develop a time machine allowing people to travel 85 million years back in time to prehistoric Earth. The Shannon family (father Jim, his wife Elisabeth, and their three children Josh, Maddy and Zoe) join the tenth pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, the first human colony on the other side of the temporal doorway. However, they are unaware that the colony is in the middle of a group of carnivorous dinosaurs. (via)
I've been waiting for this show for what seems like years. It's been plagued with issues, but I think it's got a definite chance to be good. I mean, we all saw Stephen Lang in Avatar, right? So we already know part of what we're getting in to.

Hart of Dixie 8–9 p.m. (The CW)

The series follows Dr. Zoe Hart as she moves to remote Bluebell, Alabama, when there are no jobs available for her in New York. (via)
I feel similarly about this show as I do Pan Am. I like Rachel Bilson, but that doesn't mean this is going to be something I continue watching past the first episode. However, I can always use some realism in my life in between all the fantasy.

Saturday, Oct. 1:

Bedlam 9–10 p.m. (BBC America)

The series is based around an apartment block called Bedlam Heights, which was previously a mental asylum, and the strange hauntings that happen to those who live there. (via)
Young, lovely British people? Check. Supernatural business? Check. I'm so predictable.

Friday, Oct. 7:

Sanctuary 8–9 p.m. (SyFy)

I love the recent steampunk-ish business they've got going on in the series. Hollow Earth was so cool, and the idea that Magnus' father is some sort of demigod is quite interesting as well. I'm glad this show's been given a chance to grow and change, for the better.

Wednesday, Oct. 12:

Psych 9–10 p.m. (USA)

Psych, even when it makes me feel totally out of touch with pop culture (and that's hard to do!), is one of the smartest shows on TV. I'm so glad that Shawn and Juliet are officially together now, but let's get Gus a girlfriend, yes? He deserves it! Keep up the good work, guys.

Friday, Oct. 21:

Chuck 7–8 p.m. (NBC)

I hope this show's final season, since they know it's the final season, goes out with a super bang. The amount of guest stars I've seen being lined up for the season seem to hint that they're doing it loud and doing it big. I'll miss these guys when they're gone.

Grimm 8–9 p.m. (NBC)

Set in present-day Portland, Oregon, the series puts a new twist on the stories of the Brothers Grimm in which a homicide detective learns that he is a descendent of a group of hunters known as "Grimms", who fight to keep humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world. Upon learning of his destiny and that he is the last of his kind, he has to protect every living soul from the sinister storybook characters that have infiltrated the real world.
Sinister feel+Brothers Grimm+Portland=A show I'm definitely going to make time to watch.

Sunday, Oct. 23:

Once Upon a Time 7–8 p.m. (ABC)

The series is loosely inspired by the classic fairy tale stories except set in the present day, hence the series name. The stories hold a key to the mystery that will draw a bail bonds collector and the son that she gave up for adoption 10 years earlier to a New England town called Storybrooke, Maine. This town is actually a parallel world in which fairy tale characters look like normal people and don't remember their true identities or anything about their true lives. (via)
Fairy tales are quite popular fodder this season. A while ago, there was talk about adapting Fables, the fantastic graphic novel series, into a TV series ... I liked the idea, but I always have trepidations when things I like are mucked around with. This might be loosely based on the idea, what with having fairytale characters living in the real world. That's about as close as they get, however. Regardless, the show has a good chance of being interesting, especially with the whole, "they don't know who they are"underlying theme.

Thursday, Nov. 3:

Bones 9–10 p.m. (FOX)

Bones! Booth! Bodies! BABIES! That season finale threw all of us for a little loop. I'm looking forward to watching how it all plays out.

And here's a list of sci-fi midseason (and next year) shows and their premiere dates. New and noteworthy: Alcatraz (FOX) and Lost Girl (SyFy).

Thank you so much for sticking with me throughout this silly week. I hope you've found a new favorite show to make it all worthwhile!


  1. i'm really interested to see terra nova. i'm hoping jason o'mara is fantastic in this. i loved life on mars and was so disappointed that my father in law and i were the only people i knew who watched it.
    i may curl into a ball and cry my eyes out when chuck ends.. its not going to be pretty.
    on the other hand i'm so excited for bones my head may explode! and seriously their kid would have the best bone structure EVER!
    thanks for the recommendation on unforgettable. i actually enjoyed it. hopefully it can keep my interest.

  2. I don't want to wait so long for Bones.

    I might have to check out Bedlam, it sounds interesting.

    The pilot of Terra Nova was promising. I'm excited to see how that one goes.

  3. Looking forward to Terra Nova this week and Grimm and Once Upon a Time next month. When I checked out the link to mid-season, I was most intrigued by Alcatraz and Awake.

  4. Rebecca-I really loved the British Life on Mars, so it was kind of hard for me to get into the US version. And I'm glad you enjoyed Unforgettable!

    Jen-Me either, and I'm glad to hear you are interested in Terra Nova, too. Your interest tells me I will be interested as well. :)

    Mim-I think the fairy tale stories will be quite neat to see done in a different way. And I'll have to check out that link again, I think I skipped over Awake. :)