Although the list is a bit shorter than the Fall 2013 television season preview list we released last year, some great new fantasy and science fiction shows are hitting the airwaves this Fall or during the 2014/2015 Midseason! It is curious that most of these shows fall under the science fiction category, but we all know speculative fiction shows are in danger more often than not. After all, from last year’s fourteen new shows, only six survived, and one still hangs in the balance.
Constantine (Horror / Drama) – NBC, Premiering October 25th
Based on DC Comics Vertigo’s Hellblazer, this series will focus on John Constantine, a man struggling with his faith who is haunted by the sins of his past. He is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from a gathering supernatural threat. The directors have said they intend on staying more faithful to the original comics than the 2005 film.
Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) will star as John Constantine, Charles Halford (Agents of SHIELD) as Chas Chandler, Constantine’s oldest friend, and Angélica Celaya as Zed Martin, an artist who will join Constantine in some of his battles. The series is written by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (Nolan’s Batman trilogy), and the pilot is directed by Neil Marshall (Black Sails).
The series will premiere on October 24.
Galavant (Comedy / Musical) – ABC, Premiering Midseason
With the success of Once Upon a Time, lighter themed fantasy shows are trying to emerge. In this case, Galavant is a musical about a dashing hero who is after his “Happily Ever After” by getting revenge on the evil King Richard, who stole the love of his life, Madalena. But as you can see in the trailer below, not even the characters take themselves seriously.
Galavant is played by Josua Sasse (Rogue), King Richard by Timothy Omundson (Psych), Madalena by Mallory Jansen (Young & Hungry), and Isabella by Karen David (Pixelface). Alan Menken (Aladdin) and Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid) will produce the series and all the musical composition, while Chris Koch (Malcolm in the Middle) will direct it.
The series will debut during the 2014 / 2015 midseason as the fill-in for Once Upon A Time.
Emerald City (Already Cancelled)
Emerald City, a TV show based on the Wizard of Oz universe, was cancelled by NBC before it hit television.
iZombie (Crime / Comedy) – CW, Premiering Midseason
This is a loose adaptation of the DC Comics Vertigo series of the same name. A medical student who becomes a zombie joins a Coroner’s Office in order to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat so that she can maintain her humanity. With every brain she eats, she also inherits their memories, so she must also solve their deaths with help from the Medical examiner and a police detective.
Rose McIver (Once Upon A Time) will play the main character, Liv Moore, and she will be joined by Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), and David Anders (Heroes). Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) developed the series.
The series will premiere mid-season.
Z Nation (Drama) – SyFy, Premiered September 12th
Three years since a zombie virus devastated the United States, a group must transport the only person who hasn’t been infected from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. His antibodies are the world’s last best hope for a vaccine. However, he harbors a dark secret that threatens them all.
Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty) will play the group’s leader, Kellita Smith (The First Family) a soldier, DJ Qualls (Supernatural) is a computer hackers who joins them, and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies) as the survivor.
It will premiere September 12.
The Flash (Drama) – CW, Premiering October 7th
Based on the DC Comics’ character of the same name, this series is a spin-off to the current Arrow. Barry Allen is a forensic scientist for the Central City Police Department, and he’s still obsessed with finding his mother’s killer. He is struck by lightning when a particle accelerator explodes; when he wakes up nine months later he discovers he has the ability to move at superhuman speed, but he’s not the only one with newfound powers.
Barry Allen is played by Grant Gustin (Glee) and his best friend, Iris West, by Candice Patton (The Game). The series is directed by David Nutter, who directed the famous Game of Thrones episode “The Rains of Castamere”.
It will premiere on October 7.
Forever (Crime / Drama) – ABC, Premiering September 23rd
Dr Henry Morgan is a star medical examiner who is also immortal. He studies the dead to solve criminal cases, but also to solve the mystery of his inexplicable immortality. This is a procedural, with a new case every week, with the overall story arc of Henry’s secret.
Ioan Gruffudd (Ringer) plays Dr Henry Morgan, Judd Hirsch (Numb3rs) his best friend and the only person who knows about his secret, and Alana de la Garza (Law & Order) will be the detective that works with the main character.
The series premieres on September 23 (after a small sneak peak on the previous day).
Gotham (Drama) – FOX, Premiered September 22nd
Based on DC Comics’ Batman characters, the story will follow Detective Gordon’s first weeks at Gotham, as he meets Bruce Wayne, a child who just lost his parents, and a lot of other well-known characters as they start their paths to become Gotham’s greatest villains, or heroes.
Ben McKenzie (The O.C.) will play the detective, and Donald Logue (Vikings) joins him as his partner. Sean Pertwee (Elementary) joins them as Alfred Pennyworth.
The first episode will air on September 22.
The Last Man On Earth (Comedy) – FOX, Premiering Midseason
In the year 2022, after an unknown event wipes out the entire population of Earth, Will Forte plays a man who is searching the entire United States for any signs of other living humans. The series was created by Will Forte (Saturday Night Live) himself and directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie).
It is set to premiere during midseason in 2015.
Marvel’s Agent Carter (Drama) – ABC, Premiering January, 2015
Based on the short-film of the same name, the story follows Peggy Carter in 1946 as she balances working for the Strategic Scientific Reserve and the secret projects with Howard Stark. Hayley Atwell (The Pillars of the Earth) will reprise her role as Agent Carter, as will Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Howard Stark.
The series will debut in January 2015 as the mid-season fill in for Agents of SHIELD. It was created by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The First Avenger).
The Messengers (Drama) – CW, Premiering Midseason
When a mysterious object crashes on Earth, a group of unconnected strangers die from the energy pulse it emits. They re-awaken to find out they have been deemed responsible for preventing the incoming Apocalypse.
The series will count with Diogo Morgado (The Bible) as The Man, and Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill) as Vera Ivanov. It is set to premiere in 2015, during mid-season.
Star Wars Rebels (Action /Animated) – Disney Channel, Premiering October 3rd
After Star Wars: The Clone Wars was cancelled, Disney is giving us a new animated TV show. Set 14 years after Revenge of the Sith and 5 years before A New Hope, Rebels takes place during an era when the Galactic Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights while the rebellion is taking form. The series follows a motley group of rebels that band together aboard a freighter starship called the Ghost.
It was developed by almost the same time as The Clone Wars, with Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman. It will premiere October 3 with a 1-hour special, and continue on October 13.
The Whispers (Thriller) – ABC, Premiering Midseason
Soo Hugh will co-produce this series with Stephen Spielberg (E.T.), and it is based on the Ray Bradbury short story “Zero Hour”. The story explores what happens when an alien race from another world begins a mysterious and quiet takeover of Earth by using the most unlikely and unsuspecting inhabitants on the planet – the children.
Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), and Barry Sloane (Revenge) are part of the cast.
This will debut as a mid-season entry.