With US shows such as Lost, 24 and Flash Forward now finished, there’s now a definite gap in the geek television schedule. Thankfully, there are a few new genre entertainment shows on the horizon which may be of interest. Here’s a brief look at five shows due to air in the US this autumn…
No Ordinary FamilyNetwork: ABCGenre: Drama/Superhero
Starring The Shield’s Michael Chiklis, No Ordinary Family introduces The Powell family who, after their plane crashes into the Amazon River during a family holiday, acquire a strange set of paranormal abilities. Written by Smallville’s Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin, No Ordinary Family looks like a cross between Heroes and a family relationship drama.
The CapeNetwork: NBCGenre: Drama/Superhero
Another superhero/drama mash-up, The Cape stars Australian actor David Lyons as a cop framed for a series of murders and then left for dead, before transforming himself into The Cape of the title.
Perhaps more action-oriented than No Ordinary Family, The Cape’s premise isn’t exactly original, but executed well, could provide an entertaining slice of post-Heroes genre television.
Hawaii Five-ONetwork: CBSGenre: Crime drama
A second attempt to bring a fresh series of Hawaii Five-O to the small screen (a pilot was made for CBS in 1996 with Gary Busey and Russell Wong in lead roles), this reboot stars Australian Alex O’Loughlin (best known for his role as Kevin Hiatt in The Shield) and Scott Caan, son of James. Like the original series, which began in 1968 and ran for twelve years, Hawaii Five-O 2010 follows the fortunes of an elite task force as they combat crime in Hawaii’s Aloha State.
UndercoversNetwork: NBCGenre: Action/Drama
Created by JJ Abrams, who also co-writes and directs, Undercovers is a spy drama starring former fashion model Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who played Tish in Doctor Who, and has been described as a mixture of Mr & Mrs Smith, The Bourne Ultimatum and hoary television series Hart To Hart.
NikitaNetwork: The CWGenre: Drama/Thriller
Based on Luc Besson’s 1990 film of the same name, Nikita stars Maggie Q as the assassin and spy of the title. The Canadian La Femme Nikita marked the first adaptation of Besson’s movie for the small screen, which ran for four and a half seasons before its cancellation in 2001. Like the original French film, Nikita is a former criminal who, having been spared the death penalty, is employed by the government as a deadly assassin.