Misfits Guide to Fall TV 2009

How quickly time flies! Some summer shows aren’t even done and already we Misfits must look to the near future and the start of the Fall season.  New adventures of old favorites and the start of some potentially great new series are just around the corner. So close, in fact, that the first mini-series starts on Saturday. While we’ll be taking a closer look at some shows and networks next week, check out our handy, quick-reference guide to the 2009 premieres.

Series Debuts
September 9th
Destination Truth – 9pm (Syfy)

September 10th
Vampire Diaries – 8pm (The CW)
For those who are unaware, this series is based on the YA books of L.J. Smith that were published beginning in 1991. So shut it Twilight crazies. Two feuding, vampiric brothers – one remorseful, one decidedly not – are attracted to the same girl in a little town that has more going on than meets the eye.

Supernatural – 9pm (The CW)
The 5th and probable last season of the Adventures of the Winchester Brothers has them battling against recently risen Lucifer (Mark Pelligrino, who’s also Jacob on Lost) with the aid of renegade angel Castiel (Misha Collins) and other familiar faces. While Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) already dealt with being the one who broke the first seal, Sam (Jared Padalecki) will have to come to grips with breaking the last one and ushering in the Apocalypse. And that whole demon blood addiction.

September 12th
Robin Hood – 9pm (BBC America)
The last series of this Brit medieval actioner finally hits American Airwaves.

September 17th
Fringe – 9pm (FOX)
Any show that has the balls to fully embrace parallel universes is aces in my book.

September 21st
Heroes – 8pm (NBC)
Season four is somewhat ironically titled “Redemption.” A traveling carnival of powered folks (including Ray Park which I’m kind of excited about) who’s ringleader clearly has less than angelic intentions is a big part of this arc. Honestly, if they started killing off characters for real, I’d be cool with it. At this point, the only ones I think bear future exploration are Peter Petrelli, Hiro, and Sylar. Oh, and Noah Bennet and Angela Petrelli. Because they are the awesome.

The Big Bang Theory – 9:30pm (CBS)
Not sci-fi/fantasy, I know, but it speaks to geeks and some of you might be into it.

Castle – 10pm (ABC)
Also not sci-fi/fantasy but it’s Nathan Fillion! If you haven’t checked it out, it’s pretty darn enjoyable. I especially appreciate Castle’s daughter Alexis played by Molly Quinn. Not only is she absolutely charming, it’s so refreshing to have a smart teenage girl on TV free of stereotypical traits (especially petulance, lord I hate petulant teen characters…so lazy).

September 23rd
Eastwick – 10pm (ABC)
Rebecca Romijn, Jaime Ray Newman (Eureka, Veronica Mars), and Lindsay Price (Lipstick Jungle, Pepper Dennis which also starred Ms. Romijn) star as the trio of unknown-to-themselves witches who unwittingly summon devilish Darryl Van Horne (Paul Gross – Due South) to their previously sleepy town. This is the third attempt to serialize the John Updike novel. Also stars two of my favorites Matt Dallas (Kyle XY) and Sara Rue (Popular, Less Than Perfect).

September 24th
FlashForward – 8pm (ABC)
Everyone on the planet blacks out for 2 minutes, 17 seconds and experience a vision of their own futures in six months time. FBI agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) is actively investigating what caused the black out and if there’s a connection in people’s visions. The cast, which is impressive, includes John Cho (Harold & Kumar, Star Trek), Sonya Walger (Lost, The Librarian: Quest for the Spear), Gabrielle Union (Life, Bring It On), Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord of the Rings), and Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order: Criminal Intent). Seth MacFarlane will also have a recurring role. Yes. Family Guy Seth MacFarlane.

September 25th
Smallville – 8pm (The CW)
Brian Austin Green is playing “Metallo” this season, Callum Blue will play “Major Zod” (reportedly in a two season arc) and comic writer Geoff Johns returns to introduce the “Justice Society” (he wrote the “Legion” ep last season). Only one of these thing fills me with even the slightest bit of optimism.

Ghost Whisperer – 8pm (CBS)

Dollhouse – 9pm (FOX)
We’ll be taking a more in-depth look at the show but, suffice it to say, I’m looking forward to the second season. Notable guest stars/cast additions include BSG alums Jamie Bamber and Michael Hogan, Keith Carradine, Summer Glau, and Alexis Denisof (Buffy, Angel).

Medium – 9pm (CBS)
Patricia Arquette’s psychic show survived NBC’s schedule disemboweling by jumping to CBS, which will totally work out in her favor. Following Ghost Whisperer is probably the best thing for the series.

[FYI, Family Guy premieres September 27th. It’s supposed to be the Empire Strikes Back episode but double check your local listings.]

October 2nd
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – 8pm (Cartoon Network)
The adverts I’ve been seeing calls the second season “The Rise of the Bounty Hunters.” Innnnteresting. I dig the show overall and CG!Anakin is far less annoying than his live action counterpart.

Stargate Universe – 9pm (Syfy)
We’ll be taking a closer look at the latest SG spin-off. Fans were skeptical, even suspicious when the teasers started airing but the Comic Con footage appeased many. While I’m still leery about the whole “lost on a ship” bit, the cast alone is enough to get me to tune in.

October 6th
Scare Tactics – 9pm (Syfy)
Apparently somebody’s watching this.

October 9th
Sanctuary – 10pm (Syfy)
The very promising, cryptid-based series returns for its second season. The show will delve more into the past and personalities of Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) and Dr. Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne) as well as foil The Cabal’s plot to eradicate Abnormals.

October 18th
The Venture Bros. – 11pm (Cartoon Network)
The adventures of sub-par scientist Dr. Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture, his cloned kids Hank and Dean, and death-dealing bodyguard Brock Samson triumphantly returns for its fourth season of mayhem and misadventures.

[The second season of the animated hit Batman: The Brave & The Bold kicks off in October as well. The Cartoon Network hit boasts several impressive guest stars including Neil Patrick Harris in the musical episode screened at Comic Con in July. When I know the date, I’ll let you know.]

November 3rd
V – 8pm (ABC)
When you talk about iconic moments in sci-fi TV, the original mini-series has got to be on the list. I was a little kid when I first saw bits of it and it freaked me out for two images: 1) the “people” masks being torn to reveal reptilian skin and eyes; and 2) that lady unhinging her jaw and eating that guinea pig. Big boots to fill but the cast is solid, stellar in some ways, and has good buzz.

November 7th
Legend of the Seeker – (Syndicated)
Another very promising that hit a speed bump in the middle of last season returns. Shirtlessness ahoy!

Mid-Season/2010
Better Off Ted – January (ABC)
The surprise renewal from last season, not because it’s not a fabulous show but because so many fab shows have been biting the dust lately.
Human Target – Jan. 17 (FOX)
Mark Valley stars as a man who ferrets out plots against his clients by putting himself in the cross-hairs of danger. Also stars Jackie Earle Haley and Chi McBride. Spartacus: Blood and Sand – Jan. 22nd (Starz)
Yes please.
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Caprica – Jan. 22 (Syfy)
The latest news is that James Marsters is joining the cast in at least a three episode arc as terrorist leader Barnabus Greeley. They’re just trying to make me watch, aren’t they?
Lost – Feb. 1 (ABC)
The 18-episode final season begins. I’m fairly certain they’re going to frag your mind.
Chuck – March 1 (NBC)
Kristen Kruek and Brandon Routh have nabbed recurring roles and I’ve never been resentful of the Winter Olympics until now.
Day One – March (NBC)
Producer/writer Jesse Alexander (Heroes, Alias, Lost) brings us the story of an apartment complex full of surviors of a global castrophe that reshapes the world. No really. Misfit favorite Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman) is also onboard to write and co-executive produce. Check out the trailer – oooooo!
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Futurama (Comedy Central)
It’s the show that will not die. It’s like Mumm-ra only way less scary.
Past Life (FOX)
This procedural mixes a little metaphysics in the mix as crimes are being solved using past life regression. Stars Brit Nicholas Bishop (Home & Away), Kelli Giddish (The Burg, All My Children), Ravi Patel (Easy Money), and Richard Schiff (The West Wing, Burn Notice).

The Sarah Jane Adventures will be back at some point for a second season and will feature a Doctor Who crossover.

Mini-Series & Movies
Riverworld – September 5th, 7pm (Syfy)
If you’re thinking, “Didn’t they already make a Riverworld movie?” you’d be absolutely right. The then SciFi Channel aired a production in 2003 but didn’t film past the feature-length pilot. Take two stars Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica, dollhouse) as an American war reporter who wakes up in the titular world. Also starring Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, ABC’s V), Peter Wingfield (Highlander: The Series, Sanctuary, 24, X2), and Alan Cumming (X2, Goldeneye, Tin Man).

Skyrunner – Soon (Disney XD)
Disney XD is continuing it’s attempt to dominate the “shows for boys” market with Skyrunners. Brothers Nick and Tyler (Kelly Blatz, Aaron Stone and Joey Pollari) find a living spaceship and uncover an alien plot of world domination. Because there’s always an alien plot for world domination. The character of Tyler seems to be the focus as he “begins to develop superhuman abilities” and must rescue Nick when he’s captured.

The Prisoner – November (AMC)
This trailer is full of win. Once the Brightcove links are working with our media plugin, I’ll put up one that doesn’t have French subtitles.
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Alice – December (Syfy)
Writer/director Nick Willing also directed Tin Man. I just saw a preview and it seems much more upfront with the fact that this is more of a continuation less than a genuine retelling. The four-hour mini stars Caterina Scorsone (Crash the Series, 1-800-Missing) as the lead, Tim Curry as the Dodo, Kathey Bates as the Queen of Hearts, and Colm Meaney (Lt. O’Brian in various Star Trek incarnations) as the King of hearts. Also stars Matt Frewer (Max Headroom, Eureka, Watchmen), Andrew Lee Potts (Primeval), Alessandro Juliani (Gaeta on Battlestar Galactica), and Harry Dean Stanton (Big Love, The Green Mile, Wild at Heart).

Syfy also has The Phantom coming up in 2010 that also serves as a backdoor pilot. Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars is currently projected to air in November on BBC America. There’s no word on when the two-part mega-specials where the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) takes his final bow before becoming the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) will premiere.

Your thoughts on the new season? Which shows are you most looking forward to? Are you as bitter about waiting for Chuck as I am? Speak to me peeps!

About Tamara Brooks

A few things I wondered about as a kid: Why didn't Wonder Woman punch more bad guys in the face on the tv show?; How does Superman flying around the Earth turn back time?; Could someone really catch bullets with their teeth?; Why didn't the liquid bits of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man cause 3rd degree burns on whoever it landed on? Because melted marshmallow is up there with molten hot lava.