While it's no longer 2011, it's still the 2011-12 TV season, and I wanted to remind you of two promising shows that premiere tonight. (Reminder, the times below are CST.)
Alcatraz 7-8 p.m. (FOX)
When San Francisco Police Department Det. Rebecca Madsen is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to Jack Sylvane (Jeffrey Pierce), a former Alcatraz Island prisoner who died decades ago. Given her family history—both her grandfather and surrogate uncle were guards at the prison—Madsen's interest is immediately piqued, and once an enigmatic, government agent Emerson Hauser tries to impede her investigation, she is doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast Dr. Diego "Doc" Soto to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. (via)J.J. Abrams shows are (almost) always intriguing, particularly when they have a supernatural/inexplicable event bent.
Lost Girl 9-10 p.m. (SyFy)
The series follows the life of a succubus named Bo as she learns to control her abilities, help those in need, and discover the truth about her origin. (via)This Canadian show is already well into its second season up north, and good things have been said about it. I first heard about the show when I was working on Morning Spoilers for io9, and have been looking forward to getting to watch it.
The Finder, 8-9 p.m. (FOX), a spin-off of sorts of Bones that had a back door pilot in during Bones' season 6, premiered last week.
The spin-off series is based on The Locator series of two books written by Richard Greener. The main character of Walter is described as an eccentric but amusing recluse in high demand for his ability to find anything. He is skeptical of everything—he suffered brain damage while overseas, which explains his constant paranoia—and known for asking offensive, seemingly irrelevant questions to get to the truth. (via)I think the premise is interesting, and Michael Clarke Duncan is awesome, so I'll keep watching. I'm not totally hooked, however, so I hope it picks up. (For anyone that watched last week, did Willow remind you of any other troubled blonde girl from another TV show?)
Syfy's special effects makeup reality show Face Off also premiered last week. Colt and I like watching, for the final "runway" shows. All the silly angst and the expository stuff is kind of just fluff for us. (We're not really fans of reality ... can you tell?)
Will you be checking out these shows?