Thursday, August 28, 2008

New Fall Science Fciton TV Programs

From the sf/fantasy blog what's on tap for Fall 2008 in sci-fi and fantasy TV.
  1. Fringe: Premiere: Sept. 9. Airs: Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox. Described as a cross between The X-Files, Altered States, and The Twilight Zone. Called in to investigate the grisly flesh-eating bacteria deaths of everyone aboard an arriving flight, the main character Olivia, is forced to investigate the "fringe" sciences and soon suspects that the airplane deaths were just a part of a larger, sinister secret.
  2. Knight Rider: Premiere: Sept. 24. Airs: Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC. Mike Tracer, a 23-year-old ex-Army Ranger becomes the driver of the AI-fitted car, KITT. The news series is trying everything it can to distance itself from the 1980s campy series of the same name and has been reinvented as an action series showcasing the new KITT, which NBC touts as "absolutely the coolest car ever created."
  3. Life on Mars: Premiere: Oct. 9. Airs: Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC: After a car crash, a cop suddenly finds himself in 1973, causing numerous clashes with the 70s cops as he tried to keep doing his job.
  4. Sanctuary: Premiere: Oct. 3. Airs: Fridays at 9 p.m. on Sci Fi. Sanctuary started life as eight independently produced webisodes created by Damian Kindler. The Victoran-era-set Sanctuary stars Stargate veteran Amanda Tapping as Dr. Helen Magnus, whose father introduced her to the study of strange and magical beings on Earth. Aiding her are psychiatrist Will Zimmerman, her ex-lover John Druitt, who's from the far future who also has the ability to manipulate spacetime and teleport.
  5. True Blood: Premiere: Sept. 7. Airs: Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO. Anna Paquin stars as a telepathic waitress in this fast paced vampire drama. The show's name comes from the vampires all drink a Japanese synthetic blood mixture called Tru Blood. Some of the tension comes when Anna's character becomes involved with 173-year-old Bill which doesn't please either the mortal or vampire communities.
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