Science fiction television shows are always a big deal on television, but the old and new science fiction television shows for the 2009-10 TV season will be especially noteworthy. Some old science fiction television favorites will come back for another chapter, or take their final bow. But some new science fiction television shows are set to become some of the most talked about new programs of the year.
To begin the 2009-10 TV season, science fiction will be well represented. Perhaps the most anticipated new science fiction television show of the year comes from ABC. Flash Forward shows what happens when the entire world blacks out for over 2 minutes, and gets to see the future six months from now – in some cases, a catastrophic future.
ABC is hoping to fulfill science fiction fans appetites before Lost comes back in 2010 – and not just with the Lost-esq title Flash Forward. In addition, Lost alumns Sonja Walger and Dominic Monaghan are starring alongside Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Gabrielle Union, Courtney B. Vance, Jack Davenport – and even Seth MacFarlene in a guest spot.
ABC is set to market Flash Forward heavily before it premieres on September 24, at 8 p.m. The CW doesn’t really need to do much to promote one of its new science fiction television shows. They just need to mention that it is about vampires, and people will come.
On the CW, vampires will get to be the network’s latest teen icons, on The Vampire Diaries. The title is self-explanatory, and the setup comes straight out of Twilight, as a normal human girl is the center of a teen vampire’s desire – while both aren’t fending off the vampire’s evil brother.
Like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries is based on a series of best selling books, and is adapted by formerly hot screenwriter Kevin Williamson, from Scream fame. Another Lost alumn, Ian Somerhalder, stars as the sinister brother. Vampire Diaries will first be read on September 10 at 8 p.m.
While these new science fiction television shows premiere, last year’s biggest new network sci-fi hits comes back to bend reality in its second season. J.J. Abrams’ Fringe premiered last year to much hype, then took until midseason to become a hit.
This year, Fringe officially moves into another dimension, as Agent Olivia Dunham comes face-to-face with Leonard Nimoy’s William Bell in his alternate universe Twin Towers office. The aftermath of that cliffhanger begins to unfold on September 17 at 9 p.m.
ABC’s second attempt this season at a new science fiction hit comes from an old sci-fi favorite, V. The Visitors return for another invasion on the remake of V, as humanity is again on the brink of giving itself to seemingly benevolent aliens.
The Lost influence this time is just limited to Elizabeth Mitchell as the Homeland Security agent who leads the fight against the Visitors. Other sci-fi veterans like The 4400’s Joel Gretsch and Firefly’s Morena Baccarin are also on board. The new V seeks to creep out a new generation starting on November 3 – two months earlier than first expected.
But the science fiction television event of the year, at least on network television, is the end of Lost. The end of an era finally comes in early 2010 – whether it is in an alternate reality where Oceanic 815 never crashed is unclear. With hints that dead favorites like Juliet, Daniel, Charlie, Boone, and maybe many more might be back, Lost could be taking a final victory lap with all of their dead friends. But will the real John Locke join them, despite having his form impersonated by a new enemy?
Science fiction television shows are set to cast a big shadow over the upcoming television season. New cult audiences are set to be formed, while established cult audiences prepare for remakes, new seasons, and one final bow.
Collider- “First Look At ABC’s FLASH FORWARD and V” www.collider.com/entertainment/tv/article.asp/aid/11939/tcid/1
The CW- “The Vampire Diaries” www.cwtv.com/shows/the-vampire-diaries
Connect With Your Teens- “Lost at Comic-Con: Top 10 Highlights” connectwithyourteens.blogspot.com/2009/07/lost-at-comic-con-top-10-highlights.html