The Fall 2007 TV season is almost upon us. This is the first post in a series that will examine the genre offerings of the major TV networks, as well as cable networks. First up is ABC and its slate of genre related programming. ABC has a few new and interesting genre shows this season, and I’m already discounting the sure-to-be-excreble Cavemen. First up, Eli Stone.
Premier: Mid Season
They Say: “Now, instead of defending evil mega-corporations, he’s fighting for the little guy in his law firm’s new pro-bono department. As for those visions, his doctor thinks it might be an aneurysm, just like the one that tortured his father. But Eli sees a greater possibility, a destiny to become a spiritual prophet.”
We Say: I’m not quite sure what to make of this one. It seems to be a ‘rogue who turns out to have a heart of gold’ type story. And the addition of George Michael is rather….creepy. It does seem kinda humorous. I may tune in to see what this is like, but I’m not expecting to stay. And do we really need another law centered show, even if it is funny?
Masters Of Science Fiction
They Say: From an earlier post here on SF Signal – “The show, hosted by Stephen Hawking, boasts a star-studded lineup of stars and a quite an impressive list of writer credits, too. Unfortunately, the show has had a spotty production record.”
We Say: As one of the few new, truly science fictional shows on the slate this year, I’ll definitely watch this one. And it will most likely make the DVR list as well, if for no other reason than to see how well Hawking can act.
Premier: Sometime in September
They Say: “Ned, a mild-mannered baker of fabulous pies, discovered his gift as a child. Now he puts his gift to good use, working with his only friend, a private investigator, to crack murder cases by asking victims to name their killers. But the tale gets complicated, as all tales do, when he saves his childhood sweetheart and she miraculously stays alive. Each week, she encourages him to use his powers to solve mysteries and help others. Life would be perfect, except for one cruel twist: if Ned ever touches her again, she’ll lose the life he gave her, for good this time.”
We Say: Whoa, I’m getting a really strong Big Fish vibe from the scenes of Ned as a child, which isn’t necessarily bad. The thing that worries me about this show is its attempt to mix humor with raising the dead, then killing them again. It’s an interesting conceit for the stories, but can they use it with the humor and not come across as being crass? And whats more, how long can they do the whole “They can’t each other” thing before it gets old? At some point, they have to move on. Hell, an accidental stumble could mean the end of Ned’s girlfriend. I’ll at least tune in to see this.