Outlander – follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Dr Who – A mainstay of sci-fi viewing this summer/fall will of course be Doctor Who. Peter Capaldi’s Doctor makes his debut this month, and everything we’ve seen leads us to believe this is going to be the darkest season yet. His loyal assistant, Clara, laments that she “doesn’t know who the Doctor is anymore,” as he descends into a calculating misanthropy. Capaldi has stated in interviews that the series will have a “bit more gravity” than in previous years: “Some situations are a bit more sombre and I think there are more rooted dramatic scenes.” But he also clarifies, “We still blow a lot of shit up. That’s very important…”
INTRUDERS – is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. A contemporary, chilling, paranormal tale set in the moody Pacific Northwest, INTRUDERS spins a fascinating and complex web of drama. As strange, apparently unrelated events start happening, multiple story-lines — a missing wife, an assassin covering his crimes, a child on the run — begin to intertwine to reveal a conspiracy that will forever change our understanding of human nature. New BBC AMERICA Original Supernatural Series INTRUDERS
From Writer & Executive Producer GLEN MORGAN (The X-Files) Based on MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH’s novel THE INTRUDERS
Gotham – Based upon characters published by DC Entertainment and produced by Warner Bros. Television, GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. Starring Ben McKenzie (“Southland,” “The O.C.”), Donal Logue (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”) and Jada Pinkett Smith (“The Matrix” films, “HawthoRNe”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which was directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” franchise, “Nikita”). John Stephens will serve as an executive producer on the series.
Sleepy Hollow – Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).
Forever – Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four, Hornblower) stars as Dr. Henry Morgan, a New York City morgue worker who has an interesting secret. He may seem perfectly normal, but he is, in fact, 200 years old. That’s because Morgan has been gifted (or cursed) with the power of immortality. He can die, but he doesn’t stay dead for long. Though immortality may seem like a blessing to many, after 200 years Morgan has had enough. Part sci-fi, part crime thriller, Forever is an interesting concept, and with a leading man like Gruffudd, it may have enough to succeed.
Star Wars Rebels – Fans have been slow to warm to the idea of Star Wars Rebels, but with every new piece of footage we see, the more we’re convinced this is going to be a thoroughly entertaining show. The fact that Rebels is canon should be enough to bring in a big audience of Star Wars fans, but if that’s not enough to pique your interest, watching the birth of the Rebel Alliance and witnessing the pretext to the original Star Wars saga is a pretty mouth-watering prospect.
Flash – One of the most anticipated shows of the year, Flash will hope to feed off of the brilliant reception garnered by CW’s Arrow after Grant Gustin was introduced as Barry Allen (The Flash) midway through the show’s second season. Fans at Comic Con’s Hall H were treated to a screening of the show’s pilot episode and there was nothing but good words to be heard afterwards. Episode 8 The Flash and Arrow season 3 will be a special 2 hour crossover episode, but Central City will be touched by Starling City before that when Felicity Smoak pays a visit to catch up with Barry.
Arrow – It’s normally the second season of a show that’s regarded as the tough one, but season 2 of CW’s Arrow didn’t struggle one bit when it aired last year. Gaining momentum as well as a legion of new fans, Arrow has become one of the hottest properties in genre television, and it shows no sign of slowing down. With the announcements that Season 3 will see Ra’s Al Ghul and Wildcat emerge onto the scene as well as higher profile roles for Felicity and Laurel, it’s hard to imagine Arrow not improving on last season’s performance.
Constantine – This, Ladies and Gentlemen, is a show worth staying in on a Friday night for. NBC’s ambitious attempt to bring the beloved DC Comic to the small screen has everything it takes to be a hit this Fall. Fans at Comic Con were treated to a screening of the pilot and the reaction was on the whole pretty positive. Matt Ryan won particular praise for his portrayal of an inherently troubled John Constantine, but it’s going to take more than one man’s performance for this show to succeed. NBC’s decision to have the titular character do away with his famed penchant for tobacco was derided by fans, proving to NBC that when it comes to adapting a title as adored Constantine, you must remain faithful and you certainly can’t half arse it.
Ascension – “In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, a mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.” The official premise for SyFy’s new space thriller would suggest the network is returning to a tried and tested formula with Ascension…the fact that they have cast Battlestar Galactica alum, Tricia Helfer, in a major role would seem to confirm that notion.