Posted August 6, 2013 by Chaotica in TV

My Fall 2013 TV “To Watch” List


I have a lot of repeat series coming with me into this fall season, old standbys like NCIS, Hawaii 5-0 and Bones as well as newish friends like Person of InterestElementary, Chicago Fire and Once Upon A Time. I decided to take a look at what the networks have in store for us this Fall to pick out the ones that have caught my interest, and may cause me to shuffle things on my TiVo, or shove things off onto the cable provided DVR I have.

There are a couple of mid season replacements they currently have slated that seem interesting as well. However, given how fickle television executives can be, I’ll probably get into those later, just to be sure they’re still going to make it on air.

Without further ado, here is my fall 2013 TV to watch list!




The CW's "Sleepy Hollow"

Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” starring Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie

“Sleepy Hollow” on Fox, 9 P.M. Monday, starting September 16

Fox is calling this show a modern day twist on the classic story by Washington Irving, with Mison starring as Ichabod Crane. In this incarnation he is one of George Washington’s top soldiers during the Revolutionary War sent on a mission to take out a specific man. During battle, Crane finds and beheads the masked man with a brand of a bow on his hand. Injured, Crane dies and then wakes 250 years into the future. He finds himself helping Sleepy Hollow police detective Abbie Mills (Beharie) investigate the murder of her mentor along with a trail of murders committed by the Headless Horsemen, who time jumped with Crane. Apparnently there are also two covens of witches, one good who dumped the body of the Horseman, who is Death one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, into the river. When the Horseman was freed, with superheated axe that that cauterizes as it beheads, so was Crane. And apparently George Washington’s bible is important here too.

Given this rather ridiculous premise, I’m not sure if this is a train wreck in progress, or the most kitschy semi-brilliant idea that will strangely work after a few episodes.

I think I’m leaning towards train wreck.

NBC's "The Blacklist" starring James Spader.

NBC’s “The Blacklist” starring James Spader.

“The Blacklist” on NBC, 10P.M. Monday, Starting September 23

Raymond Reddington, one of the FBI’s most wanted, walks into the headquarters of the FBI and asks for the Assistant Director. This sounds like a terrible joke, but it’s how the official trailer for The Blacklist kicks off.  This man asks for one person only, Elizabeth Keene. Things quickly get very personal and ugly when Keene’s husband is tortured, Reddington escapes, and then sends someone to disarm the bomb attached to the kidnapped little girl’s backpack.

And that’s just the first name on his Blacklist.

James Spader brings a kind of smarmy smugness you can see in the limited clips in this preview alone that makes me want to catch this show.

Intelligence, on CBS, starring Josh Holloway

Intelligence, on CBS, starring Josh Holloway

“Intelligence” on CBS, 10pm. Monday, starting February 24

Welcome to the US Cyber Command and Program Clockwork. Instead of trying to create a more human artificial intelligence, the agency decided to give a human a little more artificial intelligence. They attached former Delta Force turned Agent Gabriel directly to the information grid. He can access everything; the internet, telephone, satellite. Secret Service Agent Riley Neal is assigned to protect Gabriel, which she objects to, finding it more important to protect the president than this project.

The neuroscientist behind the project, Dr. Cassidy  is  kidnapped. But what the government doesn’t know is that he made a second chip that the Chinese want to implant in one of their own.

Aside from the obvious sci-fi ooh factor, the notion of actually being directly plugged in to every piece of information is interesting. It’s based on actual technology that exists now, which makes it even more fascinating. I also like spies and pewpew smashy smashy. What can I say, I enjoy action!

“Almost Human” on Fox, 10p.m. Monday, starting November 4 

Karl Urban in "Almost Human"

Karl Urban in “Almost Human”

I readily admit to having a bit of a J.J. Abrams problem. I’ve watched Fringe, Alias, Person of Interest, Alcatraz, and of course the rebooted Star Trek movies. So when I heard he was about to kick off another show, I was very interested. My worry factor kicked up a notch when I saw it was on Fox, as they tend not to be very kind to most television series.

Almost Human stars Karl Urban, from the aforementioned Star Trek movies among other things, and Michale Ealy. It’s set 35 years into the future in 2048, where police officers are now required to be partnered with human-like androids.

John Kennex (Urban) is a cop who survived a catastrophic attack on the police department. He wakes up after being in a coma for 17 months remembering his partner was killed and his girlfriend left him after the attack. He has lost a leg, and now has a synthetic replacement. With depression, mental atrophy, PTSD and a bit more alphabet soup, he returns to work, partnered with a robot. After an “accident” with the first robot partner, Kennex is assigned to a flawed model, Dorian.

Why does this appeal? The obvious sci-fi elements of sentient AI, obviously. Also both Abrams and Urban have earned their worth in my eyes over a variety of projects. I have high hopes that this series will pan out. Here’s hoping Fox doesn’t pull the plug on it early on and give it a chance like they did for Fringe.

The cast of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on ABC, 8.pm Tuesday, starting September 24

If there is one guy that can compete in my obsessive department with J.J. Abrams, it’s Joss Whedon. Between Buffy, Angel, Firefly, The Avengers, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible, Serenity, and Titan A.E., I probably have racked up a comparable number of couch riding hours with Joss as I have with J.J.

Coming this fall to ABC is a series that centers on the peacekeeping organization that seems to mostly get lip service in the Marvel superhero movies. They have said there will be as much synergy as they can allow with the upcoming Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and I wager Iron Man 3 and Avengers: Age of Ultron. It will be a tricky dance with one of the cast members, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), being dead in the movie universe. Joss Whedon has said “We will be dealing with the issue, obviously… It will be drawn out over several episodes.”

Joss is a big fan of bringing back actor’s he’s previously worked with, and does it with J. August Richards, from Angel, in an important role in the pilot. The team’s goal is to investigate strange occurrences in a world where superheroes and villains are starting to emerge.

The show will highlight the plain Jane humans in the Marvel universe, who don’t get to come forward as much in the movie series. The pilot did air at Comic Con, so it’s probably on the web somewhere, but I’m going to try to hold off until September to catch it. Welcome to level 7. Don’t touch Lola.

The cast of CW's "The Originals"

The cast of CW’s “The Originals”

“The Originals”, on CW, 9.pm. Tuesdays, Starting October 3 

A spin-off of the series The Vampire Diaries, The Originals focuses on the original vampires that all modern day vampires are descended from. The series will be set in New Orleans, and star Joseph Morgan as Klaus, a werewolf-vampire hybrid.

One of the more common themes coming out after the pilot’s premiere at Comic Con was that if you haven’t watched The Vampire Diaries and caught all of the build up and back story from that series, you’re probably going to be lost from the get-go with The Originals.

The series has witches, werewolves and vampires, which makes it pretty good fantasy fare for the nerdy among us.

If you’re interested, you can catch the full pilot episode up on The CW’s site right now.


The cast of the CW's "The Tomorrow People"

The cast of the CW’s “The Tomorrow People”

“The Tomorrow People”, on CW, 9p.m. Wednesday, starting October 9

The next evolutionary leap of mankind, The Tomorrow People are born with paranormal abilities. Stephen (Robbie Amell) was a normal teenager until a year ago when he began hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep. Thinking he was insane, he listens to one of the voices in his head and finds John (Luke Mitchell), Cara (Peyton List) and Russell (Aaron Yoo), who have similar abilities to his own.

They are being hunted by a paramilitary organization known as Ultra. The head of the group, Dr. Jedikiah Price (Mark Pellegrino), offers Stephen a normal life at the expense of turning in the others.

Personally, this really feels like a lousy rip off of X-Men. It doesn’t even seem particularly interesting on paper, and the preview video doesn’t really help it much either.

There’s a possibility it could pan out, some of the writers on staff have some pretty good pedigree.

I’ll probably give it a chance, mostly because I just don’t know how to say no to sci-fi. I always hope it’s good no matter what.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Sophie Lowe as Alice in Once Upon A Time in Wonderland

“Once Upon A Time In Wonderland”, on ABC 8p.m. Thursdays, Starting October 10

Given the success of the original “Once Upon A Time” it’s not overly surprising that Disney is going to try to roll the dice again on Wonderland. The series will take place in the same universe as the present-day Wonderland we’ve already seen, but there will also be flashbacks to pre-Curse Wonderland.

The co-creators of the show are calling it a “psychedelic romance” that is trippy, weird and intense. It follows as you would expect a young Alice in Victorian London talking about her experiences in the rabbit hole. She falls in love with a genie (Peter Gadiot) while there, but when she returns, people proclaim her mad and try to find a way to cure her by making her forget everything. Of course, before that happens, the Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) and the White Rabbit (John Lithgow) save her from her fate.

This is intended to be a closed ended story according to the creators, but if the spin-off gets enough fans, they may have future tales to come.

I’m willing to give it a shot, but in a lot of respects, Alice in Wonderland has been done to death recently, so it will be difficult to come up with some kind of fresh take on things.

Jonathon Rhys Meyers as Alexander Grayson, Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby in NBC's "Dracula"

Jonathon Rhys Meyers as Alexander Grayson, Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby in NBC’s “Dracula”

“Dracula” on NBC 10p.m. Fridays, Starting October 25

It’s the late 19th century, and Dracula has arrived in London posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He has a particular interest in electricity, which will brighten the night for someone who has so long been trapped in the darkness.

Of course, there are other reasons for his travels, namely, revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries ago. Things seem to be going well, until he runs into Sabrina Murray who appears to be the reincarnation of his late wife.

I do so love a good tale about vampires, and Bram Stoker’s is classic. This series is being worked on by the people behind “Downton Abbey” and “The Tudors” so it is highly likely to draw in that crowd at a minimum.

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This of course isn’t a comprehensive listing of every show that is new this upcoming season. It is mostly focused on the sci-fi/fantasy angle, which I typically find appealing.  Hopefully my fall 2013 TV to watch list has helped you create one of your own. Enjoy!