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Must-See Genre TV

Thank goodness the summer is over! We finally have an excuse to stay indoors, away from the burning orb in the sky, and huddle for entertainment in front of the television. As far as genre shows are concerned, the Fall 2013 season begins tonight*, and I’m super excited about some of the new series. In fact, I’ve been so eager for some of the new shows that I made myself a list of the premiere dates and times back in July. Lucky for you, I’m a benevolent minor deity blogger so I decided to expand the list to include all of the scifi, fantasy, and geek-friendly shows and share the whole caboodle with you.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to…

[Photo by Kevin Dean]

Sleepy Hollow

Fun, right? I have high hopes for Sleepy Hollow and I’m keeping my fingers crossed Fox doesn’t cancel it after a handful of episodes ’cause, you know, that’s what Fox does. (OK. That’s not totally accurate. The network did right by Fringe, but Fox still has a pretty crummy track record when it comes to supporting and promoting its genre shows.)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

THE RETURN OF JOSS! Yes, boys and girls, Joss Whedon of Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc. is back on the small screen with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Despite the clunky title, I’m guessing this is going to be one of the most popular series of the new season. S.H.I.E.L.D. will be a companion piece to The Avengers film franchise and feature the very much alive Phil Coulson (man, Nick Fury is a tricksy one, isn’t he?) as well as a handful of new-to-us agents. Oh, and one more thing, GUNN’S BACK! J. August Richards played one of my favorite characters on Angel and I’m stoked Joss has brought him on board.


On to the controversial (not really) section of my post, Dracula. I’ve read a lot grumbling online from Stoker purists who aren’t pleased with the direction the new limited series seems to be taking. It’s just a little too sparkly and not enough murderous monstery for their tastes to which I say pfft! I like the Nikola-Tesla-with-fangs feel to it. Sure, the show could turn out to be a huge heap of awful, but I’m definitely looking forward to its premiere in October.

The Witches of East End

Finally, The Witches of East End. This was going to be the part where I declared I definitely would not be watching this occult effort from Lifetime because I hated the book on which it’s based. I was so peeved I had wasted my time and hard earned birthday Barnes & Noble gift card on the novel by Melissa de la Cruz when I read it. The characters in The Witches of East End were flat and cliched, the story was filled with giant plot holes, and the twist felt like the worst ending in a Choose Your Own Adventure book. So obviously, I was going to warn you stay clear of this one.

Then I watched the trailer.

And, well, I could see it turning into a guilty pleasure. It has a Practical Magic meets Charmed feel to the 30 second spot and I can’t believe I’m actually going to give a chance.

If none of these are to your liking, don’t worry. The Fall prime time line up is chock full of scifi, fantasy, and geek friendly tv shows this season. Here’s the schedule:



8:00pm  Bones - Sept. 16 on Fox
        Almost Human -  Nov. 4 on Fox
9:00pm  Sleepy Hollow - Sept. 16  on Fox
        Beauty and the Beast - Oct. 7 on The CW
10:00pm Castle - Sept. 23  on ABC


8:00pm  Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Sept. 24 on ABC
9:00pm  Supernatural - Oct. 8 on the CW
        Ravenswood - Oct. 22 on ABC Family
10:00pm Person of Interest - Sept. 24 on CBS


8:00pm  Revolution - Sept. 25 on NBC
        Arrow - Oct. 9 on the CW
        The Tomorrow People - Oct. 9 on The CW
10:00pm American Horror Story - Oct .9 on FX


8:00pm  The Vampire Diaries - Oct. 3 on the CW
        Once Upon a Time in Wonderland - Oct. 10 on ABC
9:00pm  The Originals - Oct. 3 on The CW
10:00pm Elementary - Sept. 26 on CBS


8:30pm  The Neighbors - Sept. 20 on ABC
9:00pm  Grimm - Oct. 25 on NBC
10:00pm Dracula - Oct. 25 on NBC
        Haven - Sept. 13 on Syfy




8:00pm  Once Upon a Time - Sept. 29 on ABC
9:00pm  Drop Dead Diva - Oct. 6 on Lifetime
        The Walking Dead - Oct. 13 on AMC
10:00pm Witches of East End - Oct. 6 on Lifetime

The only question now is what are you gonna watch? Let us know in the comments!

*Weeeeell, technically it started last Friday with Haven. Details schmetails, people.

About Megan S. (2 Articles)
Megan is the Editor-in-Chief for Stellar Four, a site dedicated to celebrating the girlie side of science, science fiction, and fantasy. And, while she's been paid throughout her career to write all sorts of official sounding reports, legal notifications, speeches, and press releases, she's never been as happy as she is now writing for free about her latest geek loves. Get your nerd on with Megan on Stellar Four, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook!
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