It’s that time of year where we get a good look at what’s going to be on TV come fall. And we’ve got some things rising from the dead, some obvious done deals, and some things wavering on the bubble. It’s a good time to be a superhero or a Muppet, though.
Deadline’s got a solid report of everything being presented, but here are the highlights for us genre fans.
- Already getting great receptions are ABC’s latest incarnation of a Muppet show, The Muppets; Fox’s Minority Report; and the CW’s Arrow-Flash spinoff, which has a sizzle reel ready to go. Super Clyde, CBS’s show about a sad sack who gets an unexpected windfall and decides to use it to be a superhero and has been kicking around since 2013, is apparently a 2015 frontrunner.
- On the bubble are Fox’s Frankenstein (no, not the British, Sean Bean-starring one, the other one); NBC’s Warrior, about a heroine who “works undercover with physical and spiritual guidance from a mysterious martial arts master” and has magic elements to it; CBS’s Angel From Hell, with Jane Lynch as a maybe-guardian-angel-maybe-just-delusional woman; and the CW’s epidemic show from The Vampire Diaries’ Julie Plec, Cordon.
We’ll likely be finding out the official orders for these shows very soon, but it seems to be the usual mix of spinoffs/reimaginings with a few original ideas thrown in for good measure. Honestly, CBS’ supernatural comedies are the most surprising trend on the list. We haven’t had a good, fully comedic genre half-hour in a while. Here’s hoping they’re actually worth it. And that the new Super Clyde team of Charlie McDermott (Clyde) and Mark Addy (the Alfred-style butler) can live up to the names that had those roles the last time that show was around: Rupert Grint and Stephen Fry.
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