Set your DVR's: we've got the entire schedule of can't-miss science fiction and fantasy television. The good news is, fall TV offers more of Fringe's red-haired alternate Olivia Dunham. Plus rogue spies, weird conspiracies, superpowered families... and the Walking Dead.
RETURNING: The Vampire Diaries
What's happening this season: Sounds like this season it's the same old, same old for the vampire brothers with magical accessories that allow them out into the sunlight. Love, brood, love, make a bad situation worse with their vampirism, brood, love, end up having to work together... even though they hate each other! Gasp. Oh, and there's going to be werewolves.
When: September 9th 8/7c, Thursday
What's happening this season: This brand new reboot of much beloved femme fatale character La Femme Nikita. The sexy spy main character is being played Maggie Q, whom you may remember from Mission: Impossible III. The premise of this new reboot seems similar to the past seasons, Nikita is a sexy spy, who wears sexy outfits and kicks a lot of ass, sexily. Whether or not she's been brainwashed in this particular television show still remains to be seen. All we know is, this once deadly weapon of the government is "going rogue." That is literally the synopsis: "La Femme Nikita goes rogue." But we're a sucker for girls who kick ass, so we're in.
When: September 9th 9/8c, Thursday
RETURNING: Venture Brothers
What's happening this season: The boys are back in town, with a brand new episode called, "The Diving Bell VS. The Butterglider" and we're already laughing. Nothing we write will ever be as funny as this show, so we've just decided to post the new season trailer above, enjoy.
Where: Cartoon Network
When: September 12th, 11PM [Sunday]
RETURNING: Clone Wars
What's happening this season: It's the third season of the Clone Wars and somehow trainee Jedi Ahsoka Tano is still alive! How much longer can she last? This season not only do we get to meet Darth Maul's brother, hilariously named Savage Opress, but Tano starts having premonitions, and rumor has it the Mandalorians will be back. But really the whole world is just holding its collective breath for the eventual demise of the adorable baby Jedi.
Where: Cartoon Network
When: September 17th, 8/7c [Friday]
What's happening this season: the Buy More blew up and Chuck's dad died. To make matters even worse, Chuck promised to give up being a spy forever. How long do you think he can keep that promise? Considering the Buy More is going to be reopened as a wholly owned CIA front company, probably not that long.
When: September 20th at 8/7c [Monday]
What's happening this season: While it's not really hard science fiction, the science in House is worthy enough (and bizarre enough) to warrant a mention here. Plus it's House — he's amazing. This year, Amber Tamblyn is joining the cast as the new "13" now that Olivia Wilde is gone. And if you remember the cliffhanger from last year, we'll probably be seeing a lot more love between Cuddy and House. Will these two crazy kids ever make it work? But one thing we do know for sure is, it's never Lupus.
When: September 20th at 8/7c [Monday]
NEW: The Event
What's happening this season: Possibly the most anticipated series this year, and there's a reason people are starting to call this show the new Lost, because it's complicated. We saw the pilot at San Diego Comic Con, and it blew us away. Here's the official synopsis:
The Event is an emotional high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter, The Class), an Everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his fiancee, Leila (Sarah Roemer, Disturbia), and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history. Sean's quest will send ripples through the lives of an eclectic band of strangers, including: newly elected U.S. President Martinez (Blair Underwood, Dirty Sexy Money); Sophia (Emmy Award nominee Laura Innes, ER), who is the leader of a mysterious group of detainees; and Sean's shadowy father-in-law (Scott Patterson, Gilmore Girls). Their futures are on a collision course in a global conspiracy that could ultimately change the fate of mankind.
When: September 20th at 9/8c [Monday]
What's happening this season: J.J. Abrams new dramedy Undercovers features a retired spy couple who are now living the simple life in the suburbs. Sadly minivans and rose gardens just can't hold a candle to "sexpionage," secret identities and jumping out of planes. So naturally, the two reboot their marriage by getting back into the old spy game. This series actually looks like it's got a lot of heart, so we're rooting for this seemingly softer Alias-type show. And hoping Abrams adds more "spy-fi" elements like insane gadgets and weird McGuffins soon.
When: September 22 [Wednesday]
What's happening this season: We cannot WAIT to find out what's going to happen to Olivia this year after last season's cliffhanger left her abandoned in the mirror-verse. Will her evil half destroy Peter and Walter? Is her other half even really that evil? From the latest season promo, it doesn't look like our Olivia is taking the switcheroo lightly. Here's to more Fringe, and to Olivia shooting first and asking questions later.
When: September 23rd at 9/8c [Thursday]
What's happening this season: The psychic detective — not the fake ones, the REAL psychic detective — will wake up in the middle of the night after having a murder vision. She will then solve said murder in a timely manner with minimal deaths.
When: September 24th [Friday]
What's happening this season: Is Clark's secret safe with Lois... Yes. Will Chloe and Oliver ever be together... No, probably not. But there's no time to waste — this season's big villain is Darkseid. It's the final season of Smallville, probably, so who will live and who will die?
When: September 24th at 8/7c [Friday]
What's happening this season: We're not sure how Supernatural can top last year's holy fireworks, but it certainly seems like they're going to try. Sam's back from hell and ready to get back into the demon fighting with Dean. But is Dean retired? We'll see. Plus whatever happened to their half brother Adam, who also took a trip to hell with Sam? Hopefully we'll find out this season.
When: September 24th at 9/8c [Friday]
NEW: No Ordinary Family
What's happening this season: A family vacation gone wrong. After a mysterious plane incident, a suburban family gets super powers. Think of it as a live action Incredibles. Hopefully this season will manage to be half as enchanting as the Pixar movie.
When: September 28th 8/7c [Tuesday]
RETURNING: Stargate Universe
What's happening this season: Note the big date change. We left Destiny in the throes of a hostile Lucian alien take over. Many characters were considered dead, or dying. Presumably we'll pick up right where we left off, with a gun pointed at the face of our fearless leader, Young. Let's hope these two races can learn to work together or there's not hope for this crew's "destiny."
When: September 28th 8/9c [Tuesday]
What's happening this season: Also moving to Tuesday nights. Syfy promises that Dr. Helen Magnus and her crew will face "a host of new and daunting abnormals, embark on adventures with both new and familiar faces and unravel some of the secrets woven through the Sanctuary's rich past." And Caprica's Polly Walker will guest star for a two-episode arc.
When: September 28th 10/9c [Tuesday]
NEW: The Walking Dead
And then there's possibly the most long-awaited television show premiering this fall: AMC's adaptation of Robert Kirkman's classic comic. The Walking Dead will be six episodes of zombie mayhem and apocalyptic action. Police officer Rick Grimes wakes up in a world that's falling apart, and searches for his family. We can't wait to see what Frank Darabont does with this zombie classic.