10 Geeky New Shows to Get Excited for This Fall

Sunday, 07 August 2016 - 11:15AM
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Sunday, 07 August 2016 - 11:15AM
10 Geeky New Shows to Get Excited for This Fall
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It's hard to believe, but fall TV season is only a month away. Luckily, when summer is over we'll have a few consolation prizes: a bunch of exciting new sci-fi and comic book pilots. We've lost a few promising shows along the way, most notably Marvel's Most Wanted, and a couple of the biggest ones are midseason, such as Powerless and Riverdale, but there's still plenty to chew on for fall. Here are the eight most anticipated sci-fi pilots this year, vaguely in order from least to most exciting:


Aftermath focuses on the Copelands – Karen (Anne Heche) and Joshua (James Tupper) and their children – who battle for survival after civilization comes to an apocalyptic end. They're faced with both plague and the rise of supernatural creatures.
Premiere Date: September 27 on Syfy
We haven't seen much about this yet, so we can't really pass judgment. From what we do know so far, the cast is impressive, but the premise sounds like pretty boilerplate apocalyptic stuff, so it could go either way.


Goran Visnjic stars as a time traveling criminal who steals a time machine in order to change the course of American history and destroy the country. Charged with the job of traveling back in time to catch him are a team made up of a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a soldier (Matt Lanter) and a scientist (Malcolm Barrett).
Premiere Date: October 3 on NBC
The premise of this new time travel show sounds a little generic, with a trio of scientists trying to stop a criminal who stole a time machine and is wreaking havoc on history. But it sounds like it could be a lot of fun, and has been called a "hot pilot" at NBC for quite a while, so it's worth a try.


Young Angus "Mac" MacGyver creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government, relying on his unconventional problem-solving skills to save lives. A remake of the popular 1980s TV series.
Premiere Date: September 23 on CBS
It's hard to tell whether this will be a worthy reboot, since MacGyver could be very, very cheesy if it's not done right. But still, it's a classic franchise, and we could all use more optimistic sci-fi adventure in our lives right now.

Falling Water

Falling Water tells the story of three unrelated people who slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream. And the deeper they dig, the more they come to realize that the visions found in their common dream just might hold the key to the fate of the world.
Premiere Date: October 13 on USA
We have so many feelings about Falling Water. Its premise sounds intriguingly trippy, but also sounds like it could be cheesy as hell. Essentially, it could be terrible or the best new show of the season, depending on whether it's more on the Inception or Sense8 side of things.


Detective Raimy Sullivan discovers that she is able to speak to her deceased father Frank Sullivan by ham radio. They forge a new connection and work together on an unresolved murder case.
Premiere Date: September 23 on The CW
No one was really asking for a Frequency reboot, but against all odds, the pilot was well-acted, enjoyably twisty, and a ton of fun. It's not breaking any new ground, but it's definitely worth watching. Read our full review here

No Tomorrow

A risk-averse quality control assessor falls in love with a man who believes an asteroid will destroy the Earth in eight months.
Premiere Date: September 23 on The CW
It's difficult to tell whether this show is actually sci-fi or not, but this quirky romantic comedy is already getting plenty of buzz. Plus, the CW has been on a roll lately, with both geeky shows and shows with seemingly silly premises, like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Hopefully this show will be as geeky as The Flash (which serves as its lead-in on Tuesday nights) and as romantic and hefty as Jane the Virgin.


Set in a future where companies have seemingly unlimited power, Incorporated centers around Ben Larson, a young executive who risks everything to infiltrate the all-controlling corporate world and save the woman he loves. In the process, he will take on the entire system — with deadly consequences.
Premiere Date: November 30 on Syfy
Incorporated is clearly relying on a few corporate dystopia cliches (to say the least), but there's still a chance that it could be great. Especially with dream team Matt Damon and Ben Affleck behind the wheel, we could be looking at the next Mr. Robot.

People of Earth

A sitcom about an alien abduction support group. Wyatt Cenac plays a journalist who is skeptical of the abduction claims at first but comes to suspect that he's had his own close encounter.
Premiere Date: October 31 on TBS
Like Cenac's character, we were skeptical at first, but we were completely won over by the funny and unexpectedly poignant pilot episode. Read our full review here


Described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," the series tells the story of a futuristic theme park called Westworld.
Premiere Date: October 2 on HBO
No way around it: Westworld looks awesome. The ridiculously star-studded cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, and Thor: Ragnarok's Tessa Thompson, while the creative talent boasts big names like J.J. Abrams, Person of Interest's Jonathan Nolan, and up-and-comer Lisa Joy. Add to that the fascinating premise and the HBO pedigree, and we might just have a new favorite show on our hands.

Luke Cage

When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city.
Premiere Date: September 30 on Netflix
Scratch that: Luke Cage is going to be our new favorite show. Marvel/Netflix collaborations haven't let us down so far, and everything we've seen from the show so far makes it look both distinct from the rest of the Marvel universe and equally well-written and polished. Plus, we already know that we love Mike Colter as the Hero for Hire, so it's all downhill from here.
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