At first glance, the new fall TV season doesn’t seem to offer much new or original in the horror/thriller genre. Instead, most of the excitement comes from returning favorites. Nevertheless, Downright Creepy would be remiss if we didn’t at least provide a basic preview of what shows to expect, when they premiere, and how much we are anticipating them.

COMIC BOOK SHOWS

GOTHAM

The first of 3 series based on comic books or comic book characters, Gotham, premieres on September 22 on Fox. This one focuses on young detective, James Gordan, and begins in the time period when Bruce Wayne’s parents were murdered. Supposedly, the series will deal more with Batman’s future rogues gallery than on the future Batman himself.

Sounds Like: This could be a fresh, exciting take on the Batman universe… but we’re skeptical.

Anticipation: 4 (out of 5 Creepy Kids)

THE FLASH

Next up is The Flash, which premieres on October 7 on The CW. Grant Gustin (Glee) plays Barry Allen, a brilliant yet geeky CSI investigator who wakes from a 9-month coma to discover he has the power of super speed.

Sounds Like: Arrow. However, if it sustains the same quality, that’s not a bad thing.

Anticipation: 4 (out of 5 Creepy Kids)

CONSTANTINE

Finally, we have Constantine, which premieres on October 24 on NBC. Based on the Hellblazer series, this is the riskiest of the 3 new comic book movies. It’s hard to imagine how a network will bring a character to life who is anything like the literary demon hunter and master of the occult, John Constantine.

Sounds Like: A disaster waiting to happen. However, NBC made Hannibal a hit.

Anticipation: 3 (out of 5 Creepy Kids)

 

THRILLER SHOWS aka PROCEDUALS

SCORPION

We saw the pilot for Scorpion at Comic-Con earlier this year and didn’t much care for it. However, after reading our complete review here, feel free to catch the premiere September 22 on CBS and make up your own mind.

Sounds Like: It’s going to be horrible, but also horribly entertaining.

Anticipation: 1 (out of 5 Creepy Kids)

FOREVER

Premiering on the same day (September 22) on ABC is Forever. Ioan Gruffudd stars as a New York City medical examiner with remarkable observation skills that come from a long life… he’s inexplicably immortal. So, while he’s solving cases, he’s also trying to figure out that little mystery.

Sounds Like: Quincy meets A Gifted Man.

Anticipation: 1 (out of 5 Creepy Kids)

STALKER

In Stalker, premiering October 1 on CBS, Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott play detectives who investigate stalking incidents for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD.

Sounds Like: CSI: Los Angeles meets Criminal Minds.

Anticipation: 1 (out of 5 Creepy Kids)

GRACEPOINT

The 10-episode Gracepoint, premiering October 2 on Fox, is the most promising of the new thriller shows, but even it is a remake. David Tennant recreates his role from Broadchurch as a detective who has just arrived in Gracepoint to fill a high position in the town’s police force and is thrown into a media frenzy resulting from the homicide of a young boy on the beach.

Sounds Like: Well, Broadchurch.

Anticipation: 4 (out of 5 Creepy Kids)


SCIENCE FICTION

ASCENSION

There’s only one new Science Fiction show this fall and it’s a 6-hour “event” on Syfy that doesn’t premiere until November 24. We attended the Ascension panel at Comic-Con this summer and it sounds like it might be interesting. Read our report here, then tune in yourself to see if we’re right.

Sounds Like: Battlestar Galactica meets Mad Men, sort of.

Anticipation: 3 (out of 5 Creepy Kids)

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RETURNING FAVORITES

Since there’s not that much to anticipate, here’s a rundown of when some of our old favorites return:

Already back – Haven

September 22 – The Blacklist

September 23 – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Person of Interest

October 1 – Criminal Minds

October 2 – The Vampire Diaries

October 6 – The Originals

October 7 – Supernatural

October 8 – Arrow and American Horror Story: Freakshow

October 12 – The Walking Dead

October 22 – The 100

October 24 – Grimm

 

Continuing an interesting trend of the last few years, the lineup for early next year’s “midseason” shows seems to offer more to come in the way of genre programming. These are the shows that replace all the new fall shows that will be cancelled, so who knows, we may yet see some of them before year’s end. And when we do, you can read about them right here…

 

 

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