It’s almost September, which means that a new television season is starting. Most season premieres in the U.S. are happening in the next couple of weeks, so it’s time to set your TIVOs and DVRs. Considering all the junk on television there is to wade through, here’s a look at the daily schedule for shows that might be a little more geek-inclined – though we can’t vouch that they’re not junk. You’ll just have to watch and see what you think! Additionally, if you don’t have cable, a lot of these can be seen on Hulu the day after they’re aired; and if you’re not in the U.S… well, just have a look at the titles and keep them in mind for when they show up.
- Returning shows: Chuck and Castle (which as essentially a cop procedural might not be so geeky as the others, but gets extra points for starring Nathan Fillion)
- The Event. NBC’s synopsis for this new show is “A suspense-filled journey where the answers only lead to bigger questions.” Gosh, that’s helpful. What we know is that the pilot involves a government conspiracy, a kidnapping, and an assassination attempt. And that a “shock-and-awe” moment points to a science fiction twist. NBC has been insisting until it’s red in the face that this is not just another FlashForward. I guess we’ll see.
- Hawaii Five-0. Okay, all I’m going to say about this is that it features Alex O’Loughlin (Moonlight), Daniel Dae Kim (Lost), and Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica). Maybe enough of a geeky reason to at least give it a shot.
- Returning shows: Glee gets a shout-out because we’ve written about it, though at this point you probably either love it or just want to stop hearing about it. Stargate: Universe and Sanctuary are the only SyFy originals starting up for fall (though keep in mind that Eureka has some episodes left as well).
- No Ordinary Family. A typical American family gets superpowers. I can appreciate simple concepts! Plus it stars Julie Benz (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dexter). It’s gotten some pretty good buzz so far, including that it’s “family friendly,” so take that as a good thing or a bad thing.
Wednesday is apparently the gaping void of geek TV. Though you should definitely watch Modern Family, which just took home an Emmy. Oh, and South Park! And a slew of police procedurals.
- Returning shows: The Big Bang Theory – the best half hour of geekdom on TV in my opinion – has moved to a new night, and is up against Bones and The Vampire Diaries (granted, potentially very different demographics here). Fringe is returning after a fantastic cliff-hanger, and of course everyone’s wondering how The Office is going to send off Michael Scott.
- $#!* My Dad Says. Yes, that is how it is spelled. Yes, it is a show based on a Twitter feed. Yes, it is starring William Shatner. I don’t really know what else to say. It’s either going to be hilarious or a train wreck.
- Outsourced. This is a TV adaptation of a film I’ve seen that was… cute. I’m hoping the series is moving away from cute – i.e., not a sitcom-sized romcom. Again, this could either be great or a train wreck depending on how the subject matter is treated. The obvious jokes will fall flat fast.
- Nikita. A rogue assassin in heels! What could possibly go wrong? Judging from the heat the show has gotten already from complaints over some racy posters, I think I know what direction they’re headed in.
- Returning shows: Supernatural has moved to a new night as well, and let’s hope it’s not the Friday night death toll. This is Smallville‘s last season, so let’s hope it goes out with a bang and not a whimper. And Medium is still on CBS and alive and kicking
- Nothing new… because as well all know, Friday night is a ratings wasteland. No one would ever start a promising new show in a Friday timeslot! Oh, wait, unless you’re FOX and you’ve got something by Joss Whedon.
I have to say, this year there isn’t anything I’m hugely excited about. But that’s probably good, because too much TV rots your brain, right?