Sci-Fi and Drama TV Series: Spring 2012

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As usual, I have been collecting upcoming TV series. For the Spring 2012 season, not that many shows are premiering, so I decided to bundle the Sci-Fi and Drama series for once. I discuss the upcoming shows with a synopsis and if available, a preview. Finally, I give my opinion on the show and at the end of this hub, you'll find a list of Do's and Don'ts.

Now that these shows have premiered, you can find out here how they are doing in the ratings and whether they are going to get cancelled or renewed:

Sci-Fi and Supernatural

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‘Touch’ marks Kiefer Sutherland’s return to a TV series, while earlier stating that he didn’t want to star in another series after finishing ‘24’. The show also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (‘Undercovers’), Danny Glover (‘Lethal Weapon’) and David Mazouz. In a special preview event, FOX aired the series premiere of ‘Touch’ on January 25th; the regular airings will commence on March 19th at 9/8c.

Martin Bohm (Sutherland) has lost his wife in the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. Ever since, he has been struggling to raise his mute and possibly autistic son Jake (Mazouz). Child Services, represented by social worker Clea (Mbatha-Raw), are threatening to institutionalize Jake, because he keeps climbing cell phone towers. However, with the information Martin gets from a professor he visits on the matter, he and Clea find out that Jake has the mathematical ability to see how everything in life is connected, and can thereby predict the future.

‘Touch’ is a little weird, yet very ambitious and intriguing. After seeing the pilot, there are still a lot of questions unanswered which might be able to help determine whether to watch some more episodes or not. However, this is a show quite unlike any other show on TV right now, and just because of that, I recommend to at least watch the premiere. Also, you can find additional information on the show in my review of the pilot episode.

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Scandal

'Scandal' is formerly known as 'Damage Control', and created by Shonda Rhimes ('Grey's Anatomy'). According to Rhimes, the main character is partially based on George W. Bush press aide Judy Smith. The show premieres on April 5th, at 10/9c on ABC.

When the President of the United States has a problem, who is he going to call? He’ll call Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). She is a former media consultant for the President who has now started her own law firm, but she seems to have failed to sever all ties from her former employer. Putting big trust in ‘her gut feeling’, she makes problems go away. It seems however that she and her staff are unable to fix their own problems.


Somehow, this story just doesn’t seem that interesting to me. Perhaps it’s the not knowing what type of problems the main characters will have. The story seems to center around these people and their personal lives a lot, but to me this doesn’t seem evident from the trailer. However, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In my opinion, this series will be much more interesting if the main focus is put on the cases Olivia will work on. If you’re into series revolving around personal drama’s however, this series might just be what you’re looking for.

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On Sunday, April 15th at 10/9c, Robert DeNiro executive produced cop drama ‘NYC 22’ will premiere on CBS, after ‘CSI: Miami’ ends its run. The show, formerly known as ‘Rookies’ and ‘The 2-2’, revolves around six diverse NYPD recruits. The show is created by Richard Price (‘The Wire’) and stars Adam Goldberg, Leelee Sobieski (‘Deep Impact’), Stark Sands (‘Six Feet Under’), Judy Marte, Harold Moore and Tom Reed as the six rookies.

The trainees include Jennifer, a former college volleyball star and marine; Ray, a former police news reporter with many sources; Tonya, who comes from a family with a criminal history; Ahmed, born in Afghanistan; Kenny, a fourth generation cop; and Jayson, a former basketball legend. The series will follow them on their path from newbies to experienced cops.

Apart from the above information, there is nothing known about the show. There is no preview available, and there is no more specific information about the premise, except that the show follows the rookies. Clearly, solely based on this, I won’t be able to tell you whether you should watch or not. Stay tuned, as I’ll update this page as soon as any more information will be revealed on ‘NYC 22’.

Update: Although the series has been stated to be a drama series, this preview definitely gives off a comedic vibe. I don't expect the series to be all fun and games though, I think they just took the funny parts from the series to make this preview. I'm definitely excited about this series, however. It's basically 'Rookie Blue', but in the US.

Which of these shows do you like best?

  • Touch
  • Scandal
  • NYC 22
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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

Hey Robin it looks like Scandal might be good. Shonda Rhimes seems to have a foot in at ABC like Chuck Lorre at CBS. The question is how good will it be? It sounds interesting but with the concept of not holding it together sounds somewhat like the Good Wife so we'll see. Great as always!


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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Shonda Rhimes has, I think, an entire leg in at ABC! ;) And who can blame them after her creating Gray's Anatomy and Private Practice.

Scandal looks quite intriguing, though because it's not a Fall show, there is not as much marketing for the show. So there is a lot less information about the show than would be the case with a Fall debut. As with so many things, we'll just have to wait and see how plays out.


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Looking forward to NYC 22, no aliens in this one so hopefully it will last more than one season!


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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

And neither are there dinosaurs ;) The only thing I fear for NYC 22 is that it is too average, that it doesn't stand out of the other million cop shows and dies a silent death.


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

That's true. Well, look how well Law and Order has done, and that's what, over 10 seasons? The writers will really have to be on their game. Holding thumbs for this one :)


kthor 4 years ago

need to watch touch


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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Kthor, I agree. Touch is a great show and people should really watch the pilot to see for themselves. After that, they can always decide to stop watching.


AussieGuy 4 years ago

I watched the preview pilot episode of Touch and thought ok this is like the Bruce Willis movie Mercury Rising without the bad guys but the storyline took the whole episode to get to the point where it made sense and yes I liked Touch and will give the second episode a try.


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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Hi AussieGuy, I haven't seen the movie Mercury Rising, so I wouldn't know. I really agree with you that it takes a while before it all makes sense. However when it does, it seems great and I hope the next episodes will be as good as the first.


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Avery Yates 4 years ago

quote : "no aliens in this one" .... come on ..

Aliens , fantasy , space , interplanetary exploration near and far future are all fantastic concepts..

What we can't stand is bad acting , papier machée sets ,costumes made out of toilet rolls and washing powder boxes , cheap effects , human looking aliens so they cost 0 to implement ..

Sci-fi has been mistreated and misused these past two decades .. it's time to give it the respect and budget it needs to be any good.

Writers like Alastair Reynolds , Peter F Hamilton etc etc have created concepts and worlds for us who can be spectacular to look at if implemented correctly ..

A good story is a start , good technical direction so cosumes and decor look functional in their role just as much as the actors , not especially colourful or styled . A story that has a beginning a middle and an end before filming starts so people can die along the way for example , also making complex intrigue possible , no open ended bull with a hasty final episode when it's time to chuck out the series.. game of thrones shows it is possible !

Do sci-fi right or don't do it at all , it's gotten enough of a bad name already.


suilliam 4 years ago

do u are anyone know of an upcoming are re aing time travel tv show. in the preview they are holding a metal sphere that has a piece missing in there hand while looking out at a body of water and the quote is something like would you leave everything and go back in time to change your destiny. previews aired roughly 5months ago( I believe for space channel canada based sci fi ) if u could help id appreciate it.


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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Hi Avery,

Sorry for the late reaction. I appreciate that you are a fan of 'true' science fiction with aliens, space exploration etc. However, others are of course entitled to not like those things.

I agree with you, the acting, the sets and the story can make or break any TV show (no matter what genre). A good example of this is Terra Nova, which had a great concept, but lost all interest because of the worst execution and the focus on the teenage family drama aspect.

However not all true sci-fi series are that bad, as HBO's Game of Thrones and TNT's Falling Skies show.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

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