My Most Anticipated SF&F TV Series This Fall

Fall TV 2013
While this is a fantasy book blog, I love the genre in TV and movie format as well! Since the new TV season is almost upon us, I thought I’d make a list of the speculative fiction TV series that I’m most eagerly awaiting. I’m pretty excited, and also very happy to see so many interesting debuts this fall! In fact, only one of my picks on this list is a new season of an already established show. So, without further ado, here we go!

All the images in this post are from the official promo materials (photos & trailers), from sites linked below.

Maija’s Top 5 Science Fiction & Fantasy TV Series Fall 2013

1. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Premieres on Tue, September 24th
Check out the trailer | Visit the official site

Agent Phil Coulson puts together a small team to tackle S.H.I.E.L.D’s as yet unclassified cases.

There’s no question about this: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is by far my most anticipated TV series this fall. I love Whedon’s Avengers, as well as almost everything else he does. I also love the character of agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) in all of the Marvel movies he’s been in. I just can’t see how this series could go wrong!

Some genre favourites whom you might recognize
– Created by Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, The Avengers, need I list more?), Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog)
– Ming-Na Wen (Stargate Universe, Eureka, Mulan)
– Ron Glass (f***ing Shepherd Book from Firefly!)
– J. August Richards (Angel)

2. The Legend of Korra, Book 2: Spirits
Premieres on Fri, September 13th
Check out the trailer | Visit the official site

In the first season Avatar Korra moved to Republic City to train her bending. Now Korra must face new threats as the worlds of Spirit and Man collide.

The only continuing series that landed a place on my list! The series is set in the same world as Avatar: The Last Airbender. I love traditional animation, and the animation in this series is top notch! The Avatar cartoon franchise has some of the most gorgeously animated action scenes that I’ve ever seen, and The Legend of Korra really brings them to the next level. The bending magic is so well integrated with the fighting moves, I am in awe whenever I watch this.

If you missed the first season (and live in the U.S.), you can watch all the episodes on Nickelodeon’s website, here!

3. Dracula
Premieres on Fri, October 25th
Check out the trailer | Visit the official site

Dracula arrives to Britain posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring electricity to Victorian London. His interest in modern science hides his darker motive, a quest for revenge on those responsible for his immortality.

Vampires. Period costumes. Victorian London. Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The plot almost seems like a mix between Dracula and The Count of Monte Cristo. I think this could turn out to be a visually stunning, wonderfully atmospheric, darker series, but it might just as well go wrong and turn out boring or just about sex=vampires. I’m hopeful, though!

Some genre favourites whom you might recognize
– Executive producer Daniel Knauf (Carnivale)
– Katie McGrath (Merlin)
– Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian remake)

4. Almost Human
Premieres on Mon, November 4th
Check out the trailer | Visit the official site

In this police procedural set in the future, police officers are partnered with highly evolved androids. Detective John Kennex finds himself being forced to team up with an android despite his strong aversion to them.

Hey, supernatural cop shows, what’s not to love? Androids are awesome, Karl Urban is very good at playing disgruntled, and the trailer makes it look great. I don’t really have anything else to say about the matter. (It’s on Fox, though, a channel that has a track record for cancelling genre shows.)

Some genre favourites whom you might recognize
– Creator J.H. Whyman (Fringe)
– Karl Urban (The Lord of the Rings, Dredd, Star Trek)
– Lili Taylor (The Haunting, Hemlock Grove, The Conjuring)
– MacKenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones)

5. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Premieres on Thurs, October 10th
Check out the trailer | Visit the official site

In Victorian London, doctors aim to cure young Alice, who claims to have visited a fantastical land. She escapes from her treatments, tumbling back into Wonderland.

I have to admit that I’m not a fan of Lewis Carrol’s classic, Alice in Wonderland, nor am I quite up to date with the parent series, Once Upon a Time (I’m halfway through season 2). Yet I still eagerly await this series! You want to know why? One word: Jafar. He’s my all-time favourite Disney villain! I have no idea what he’s doing in Wonderland, but I don’t even care. And while the trailer makes the show look a bit sappy, and the whole deal with the doctors reminded me of the awesome Return to Oz movie, I’m just very interested to see what the show is really like. Can it bring me another much-loved character like Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Glass?

Some genre favourites whom you might recognize
– Naveen Andrews (Lost)
– Michael Socha (Being Human UK)
– Voice of John Lithgow (Third Rock from the Sun)

Other Fall 2013 debut series that might interest a SF&F viewer

These didn’t make it to my Top 5, but might be of interest to some of you!

  • The 100 – A giant space station called The Ark sends a group of teen delinquents down to Earth in order to determine whether the planet is livable again after the nuclear war
  • Intelligence – a cyborg agent action/adventure with Josh Holloway (Lost) and Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time)
  • The Originals – The Vampire Diaries spin-off about a vampire family in New Orleans (sound familiar?)
  • Reign – a period drama about Mary, Queen of Scots with Adeleide Kane (Teen Wolf)
  • Sleepy Hollow – a modern day re-telling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • The Tomorrow People – young people with superpowers, based on a British series, featuring Mark Pellegrino (Supernatural, Being Human US)

What TV series are you waiting for this fall?


2 thoughts on “My Most Anticipated SF&F TV Series This Fall

    • I’ve seen the first two episodes of SHIELD. While I do like it, the characters didn’t instantly win me over like in many other Whedon’s works. It feels a bit like a procedural police show with a team of specialists, but maybe like in those, the relationships and personalities in the group will have to have time to grow on you. I was expecting to insta-love it, but that wasn’t the case…

      I love Coulson and how the Marvel universe is present in the details, but still hope for something MORE! I’m staying positive that it will happen and the series win me over completely a bit later.

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