Next week is the unofficial start of the 2012 television season. Though many geeky sci-fi shows - like Lost and Heroes - became breakout hits for their networks, this season seems to lack much nerdy fare.
With that being said, here are the highlights from this year geekiest new shows on network television.
666 Park Avenue – Premieres on September 30th / WFTV – ABC
666 Park Avenue promises to be the spookiest New York address since that apartment building from Ghostbusters. An odd cross between Lost and Melrose Place, the tenants of this building each have a deal with the Devil and must pay the cost.
Arrow – Premieres on October 10th / WKCF – The CW
Arrow is promising to bring a Smallville twist to the story of Oliver Queen. But this is not the Green Arrow you may remember from Smallville. A retelling of Oliver Queen becoming the Green Arrow, geared towards the CW audience. So, prepare for a lot of brooding and longing gazes set to whatever current pop song teenage girls are fawning over. I hear, in the premiere episode, Green Arrow does a lip-synch of Call Me Maybe for Black Canary.
Elementary – Premieres on September 25th / WKMG – CBS
So, the story goes that CBS reached across the pond to tap Steven Moffat – showrunner for Dr. Who and the recent BBC adaption of the Sherlock Holmes story – to create an American version. He said no. So then CBS reached out to “anyone else” to develop their Sherlock Holmes adaptation, Elementary. Not exactly getting off on the right foot, but if this CBS drama can bring any semblance of the BBC modern retelling, it’ll be worth watching.
The Neighbors – Premieres on September 26th / WFTV – ABC
The only sitcom on this list, The Neighbors is trying to put a twist on the alien/fish-out-of-water trope that made 3rd Rock from the Sun a hit but moving a family into a neighborhood filled with aliens in disguise. The previews that I’ve seen look corny, but comedy is a matter of taste. Considering that it’s going to the family comedy demo, could prove very popular.
Revolution – Premieres September 17th / WESH – NBC
J.J. Abrams television shows have been hit-or-miss. For every Lost or Alias, there’s an Undercovers (which I liked) or Alcatraz (which I didn’t). Abrams is at it again with the much-hyped new NBC series Revolution, about a post-apocalyptic world where all electronic objects are obsolete. The pilot episode also brings movie veteran Jon Favreau in as director. I believe it was Felix Albuerne of the old Prime Time Geek podcast who brought this up once, and it appears that Revolution is going to suffer from it. For a gritty, post-apocalyptic world, everything about Revolution seems too clean (something that I appreciate The Walking Dead for). The characters seem like they just had a make-over but rubbed a couple of smears of mud on their face. Kind of takes you out of the situation. But if you want to get a head start on Revolution, the pilot episode is available now on NBC.com.