It’s that time of the year when networks are finalizing their fall schedules, greenlighting a whole bunch of brand new TV shows that we will be looking forward to. As of writing this article 52 pilots have been ordered to series, including 13 that might be of interest to geeks and nerds everywhere. And although it seems (judging from past performance) that it’s more difficult for a genre show to remain on air for more than one season (on a big network especially), the fact that almost 25% of new orders have a sci-fi/supernatural twist allow for a sliver of hope.
Here are new TV shows that might interest you, listed by network they will air on.
The Whispers, starring Barry Sloane (Revenge), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Derek Webster (Revolution), Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Brianna Brown (Homeland).
It’s a drama telling a story of an alien invasion where the mankind’s enemies choose to take down humanity by possessing children’s bodies.
The Astronaut Wives Club, starring JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Once Upon a Time), Odette Annable (House), Azure Parsons (True Detective), Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey), Desmond Harrington (Dexter), Erin Cummings (Spartacus: Blood & Sand), Dominique McElligott (Hell on Wheels), Bret Harrison (Reaper), Aaron McCusker (Shameless), Joel Johnstone (The Newsroom), Kenneth Mitchell (Switched at Birth). The show will chronicle the lives of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo mission crews’ spouses.
Forever, starring Ioan Gruffudd (Ringer), Judd Hirsch (Numb3rs), Alana de la Garza (Law & Order), Joel David Moore (Bones), Barbara Eve Harris, Donnie Keshawarz. Gruffudd plays Dr. Henry Morgan, NYC’s star medical examiner, who studies the dead trying to find a key to unlock the curse of his immortality. At the same time he’s helping detective Jo Martinez solve their cases.
Galavant, starring Joshua Sasse (Rogue), Vinnie Jones (Elementary), Karen David, Mallory Jansen, Luke Youngblood (Community), and guest starring Timothy Omundson (Psych)
It’s a musical fairy tale about the handsome Prince Galavant and his quest for revenge over the king who stole his one true love.
Marvel’s Agent Carter, starring Hayley Atwell (Captain America). The show is set in 1946 and will focus on the story of Captain America‘s Peggy Carter, following her as she goes on secret missions for Howard Stark while adjusting to losing the love of her life.
Constantine, starring Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), Lucy Griffiths (True Blood), Harold Perrineau (Lost). Based on the characters in DC Comics’ stories about John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.
Emerald City is a midseason replacement with no cast currently attached to the project. It’s a dark reimagining of the classic tale of Oz where a headstrong 20-year-old Dorothy Gale is unwittingly sent on a journey that thrusts her into the center of an epic and bloody battle for the control of Oz.
The Flash, starring Grant Gustin (Glee), Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order), Danielle Panabaker (Shark), Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries), Candice Patton (The Game), Tom Cavanagh (Ed), John Wesley Shipp (the ’90s version of The Flash), Carlos Valdes. Guest starring Patrick Sabongui and Michelle Harrison (Emily Owens, MD). Based on characters published by DC Comics, a spin off from the CW’s hit series Arrow, the show tells a story of Barry Allen, who is given the power of super speed after a freak accident.
iZombie, starring Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time), David Anders (Once Upon a Time, Alias), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Alexandra Krosney (Last Man Standing), Nora Dunn (Entourage), Rahul Kohli. Based on the characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. A med student-turned-zombie starts working in the coroner’s office to get access to brains, food source she needs to maintain her humanity. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head that appear every time she eats someone’s brain.
The Messengers, starring Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill), Sofia Black-D’Elia (Gossip Girl), Joel Courtney (Super 8), Diogo Morgado (The Bible). When a mysterious object crashes down to earth, it causes an energy pulse that kills a seemingly unconnected group of strangers. In a surprisingly turn of events, they then awaken to learn that they are now responsible for preventing the impending Apocalypse.
Gotham, starring Ben McKenzie (Southland), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy), Jada Pinkett Smith (Hawthorne), Robin Lord Taylor (The Walking Dead), Sean Pertwee (Camelot), Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice), Erin Richards (Breaking In), David Mazouz (Touch), Camren Bicondova, Drew Powell, Cory Michael Smith
The show will explore the life of James Gordon, before he became Commissioner Gordon and met Batman and the villains who made Gotham City famous.
Hieroglyph, starring John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings), Max Brown (Beauty and the Beast), Reece Ritchie, Kelsey Chow, Condola Rashad, Caroline Ford, Antony Bunsee
A notorious thief is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah obsessed with maintaining power. He is forced to navigate palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers.
Scorpion, starring Katherine McPhee (Smash), Robert Patrick (True Blood, Last Resort), Elyes Gabel (Body of Proof, Game of Thrones), Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie), Jadyn Wong (Being Erica), Ari Stidham. The show tells a story of an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses as they form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age.
What shows are you looking forward to? Are there any we missed? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.