If you've ever read my column before, you know what a big fan of science-fiction and fantasy television I am. I have loved it since my first experience with it at the age of six, watching "Star Trek" on NBC.
So I may come as a bit of a surprised that I can't find anything to get me charged up about the new shows this seasons. And believe me, I've tried.
I watched the trailers, read the news releases, and even paid attention to all the casting spoilers released this year, and ‘I got nothin'.' None of it drives me to want to watch.
The new NBC series "Revolution" premiered this week, and I have it sitting on my TiVo, waiting for me to watch. I thought about it, but I just don't have any interest. If you don't know, the series is about an event that causes all electricity to stop working. It sounds pretty ludicrous. They probably have an explanation of some sort that will probably take years to unveil, since everyone wants to be the next "Lost."
After sitting through "Lost," I don't know if I want to do it again. It didn't work last season with "The Event" and I don't see it happening this year. I give all new genre series a chance, so I will watch this eventually, just not sure when.
Coming this fall from ABC are "666 Park Avenue" and "The Neighbors." One is about a building with supernatural happenings, and the other about a gated community where everyone, except the new family, is an alien (the space kind, not the illegal kind). They both feel so familiar.
Maybe that is because I watch so much genre programming. As I tell others, I should look at what they do with the concept, not the concept itself. I'm just having a hard time doing so.
The CW is also bringing us a couple new shows this fall, "Arrow" and "Beauty and the Beast." From all I have seen on these two, they feel like typical The CW fare. I don't know if I can do that one more season. I realize I am not the target audience for The CW programming.
But if they don't want me to watch, quit trying out genre shows I feel compelled to check out. Last season "The Secret Circle" had some interesting stuff behind it, but it was witches. Everyone know witches can't survive on network television. None has since Samantha Stevens twitched her nose.
I am really hoping I will watch these series and something will grab me and fire me up for the current crop of shows. I can't get by on just "Supernatural" this fall.
Please, let me know your thoughts and feelings about the new series the networks will reveal to us in the coming weeks. Are you excited? Or like me, indifferent.
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