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Genre TV: CBS, The CW and Fox’s Fall Lineup

Continuing our look at the upcoming Fall TV genre offerings (see ABC’s Fall Lineup), today we’ll look at CBS, The CW (nice name), and that bastion of genre programming on TV, Fox. While NBC and ABC are loading up on new genre shows, both CBS and The CW only have one, while Fox is tempting early cancellation with two.

Moonlight (CBS)

Premier: 09/28/2007

They Say: “Mick St. John is a private investigator who has truly seen it all after being bitten by his vampire bride 60 years ago. He now lives between two realities, fighting his adversaries among the undead while being in love with a mortal woman. St. John must cautiously balance these two lives before they clash, proving that life’s gravest dangers are found in the moonlight.”


We Say: I don’t know, there’s nothing here that really appeals to me: it’s a drama with vampires. The whole ‘vampire who protects mortals’ has been done before, if not on TV. Nice to see CBS on the cutting edge.

Reaper (The CW)

Premiere: 09/25/2007

They Say: “For the first 20 years of his life, Sam wondered why his parents went so easy on him. Whether it was school, sports or career choices, Sam’s mom and dad always let him get by with the least possible effort. As a result, Sam skipped college, took a dead-end job and now wastes endless hours playing video games. Everything in his slacker world changed the day Sam turned 21 and discovered the ungodly reason his parents let him slide: they sold his soul to the devil before he was born.”


We Say: Another comedy about death, this time in the form of a bounty hunter for Satan. Hmm, saying it that way makes it sound kinda interesting. The trailer is somewhat amusing, but how long can they stretch this idea out? Does anyone think long term for a show?

The Sarah Conner Chronicles (Fox)

Premier: 2008

They Say: “At the end of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” Sarah vanquished the liquid metal Terminator sent from the future to kill her teenage son, John. Sarah and John now find themselves alone in a very dangerous, complicated world. Fugitives from the law, they are confronted with the reality that still more enemies from the future, and the present, could attack at any moment.”

Video: Thanks to Fox’s aversion to actually building any momentum for this show, I could only find the following trailer, which is in a foreign language. Russian, I think, or something like it.

We Say: Zander ditches his indestructible girlfriend (Claire) for an indestructible machine (Summer Glau). Tough choice for him. Could be good, could be awful. I’ll watch at least once.

New Amsterdam (Fox)

Premier: 09/25/2007

They Say: “In 1642, John Amsterdam, then a Dutch solider in the colony of New Amsterdam – later to become New York City – stepped in front of a sword to save the life of a Native Indian girl during a massacre of her indigenous tribe. The girl in turn rescued Amsterdam, weaving an ancient spell that conferred immortality upon him. Amsterdam will not age, she told him, until he finds his one true love. Only then will he become whole and ready for mortality.”


We Say: Can anyone say Highlander? Except, instead of the Kurgen killing off immortals, its ‘one true love’. Seriously, how long can that conceit keep this show going? It seems to me that finding this one true love would be the final episode of the series, with the ones before focusing on his life leading up to his discovery. That sounds more interesting than focusing on modern day New York.

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3 Comments on Genre TV: CBS, The CW and Fox’s Fall Lineup

  1. All salute Major Suckage! I guess peace, prosperity and progress are obsolete now. The future is a nightmare, so stock up on your shampoo, paper towels and processed food products today!

  2. “Moonlight” looks like a cross between “Angel” and “Forever Knight“.

  3. Isn’t “Reaper” just a thinly disguised rehash of “The Collector”?

    I also worry “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” is going to turn out to be a more violent version of the “Starman” tv series – instead of government bad guys chasing the alien and his half-human son across the country while dad and the boy develope a family bond, might we see terminators chasing paranoid mom & Jonnyboy hither and yon while Sarah & momma’s boy bond – except with a cute terminator in tow and maybe a little mom-doesn’t-like-the-new-girl-I-hang-out-with tension. This show could get repetative and boring real fast.

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