Sci-Fi TV Series: Midseason 2011-2012

Upcoming TV Series - Fall 2012:

- Comedy, Drama and Sci-Fi

TV Series - Summer 2012:

- Drama, Comedy and Reality

TV Series - Spring 2012:

- Comedy, Drama and Sci-Fi

Other Midseason 2011-2012 series:

- Drama, Comedy and Reality

As before, I have been looking out for upcoming TV Series. In this Hub, I discuss the upcoming science fiction and supernatural shows that will premiere in Midseason 2011-2012. I have included a synopsis and a preview for each of them, plus my thoughts on the shows. Finally, I’ve included a list of Do's and Don'ts.

You can find newer shows to the right, that premiere for instance in the summer or fall of 2012. Follow this link to find out how the shows listed below have done in the ratings and whether they got cancelled or renewed for a second season:


‘Awake’, also known as ‘REM’, is an NBC science fiction crime series starring Jason Isaacs (‘Harry Potter’). The show will premiere in March 2012, with the exact date still to be announced. The theoretical issue of quantum immortality, dying in one reality but staying alive in another, is taken on in this show, with one person able to cross over to the other reality by falling asleep. Like ‘Alcatraz’, ‘Awake’ was one of the eight ‘Most Exciting New Series’ at the 1st Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

Update: After moving 'The Firm' to Saturday nights, NBC announced that 'Awake' will premiere on March 1st, in the Thursdays 10/9c timeslot.

After a tragic car accident involving police detective Michael Britton (Isaacs), his wife Hannah (Laura Allen, ‘The 4400’) and son Rex (Dylan Minette, ‘Prison Break’, ‘Lost’), Britton starts to live in two separate realities. In the one reality, his son died in the car crash, but his wife survived. When he falls asleep, he wakes up in the other reality, where his son survived the crash, but his wife did not. To better grasp what this constitutes, you should watch the preview below, because that makes things a lot clearer.

Not willing to let go of either of his loved ones, Britton starts living a double life, in each reality dealing with other work partners and problems following the death of either Hannah or Rex. To keep track of which reality he is currently in, he wears a red rubber band when he is in the Hannah-reality, and a green one when he is in the Rex-reality. Then, he starts noticing strange connections between the two realities.

The premise of this show looks very promising, and the preview seems very intriguing already. I’m wondering whether the series will just revolve around Britton switching reality and his coping with that, or that we’ll really get some answers to how this is possible. Either way, I’ll definitely be watching.


On one of her murder cases, SFPD detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) finds a fingerprint that leads her to Jack Sylvane (Jeffrey Pierce), a long dead Alcatraz inmate. Madsen is immediately interested, as she has two former Alcatraz guards in her family, and once government agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill, ‘Jurassic Park’) tries to impede her investigation, she gets even more committed to find out what is going on. Madsen teams up with Dr. Diego ‘Doc’ Soto (Jorge Garcia, ‘Lost’), an Alcatraz expert and comic book writer. They find out that Sylvane is not only still alive, but he is terrorizing the streets of San Francisco. And if that is not enough, it turns out that he is not alone.

‘Alcatraz’ is the second J.J. Abrams show premiering in the 2011-2012 season after CBS’s ‘Person Of Interest’. The show will premiere on Monday January 16th, 2012 with a 2 hour episode at 8/7c on FOX, before assuming it’s regular timeslot at 9/8c on January 23rd. In June 2011, ‘Alcatraz’ was one of the eight ‘Most Exciting New Series’ at the 1st Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

Watching the preview, this is indeed an exciting new series, definitely one I’m looking forward to watch. Just from the preview, I’m already dying to know what this government agent Hauser knows, where those inmates have been all those years and what they are being set up to do.


On February 7th, paranormal/adventure/horror series ‘The River’ premieres in the 9/8c timeslot. For the first season of this Steven Spielberg produced series, 8 episodes have been ordered. The show stars Bruce Greenwood as Dr. Cole, Leslie Hope (‘24’) as his wife and Paul Blackthorne (‘24’) as Dr. Coles ex-producer. ABC and NBC got in a bidding war for ‘The River’ in September 2010, with ABC eventually out-bidding NBC.

Dr. Cole is a famous explorer, who entertains millions of kids with his nature show. Six months ago, he disappeared during an expedition in the Amazon trying to find ‘magic’. Lincoln, Dr. Cole’s son, has a troubled relationship with his father, but is now finally ready to bury the past. Just then, Cole’s emergency beacon goes off. Reluctantly, he joins his mother’s rescue expedition, which they fund by agreeing that Cole’s ex-producer films the search to make a documentary out of it.

For the horror series this is, the surrounding story is quite elaborate. Because of that, the show might attract a broader audience. The documentary style filming adds to the horror, which make the show a little less watchable for the average person. The so-called ‘magic’ that the crew finds seems a little weird to me, and the success of this show depends on the depth that this ‘magic’ has (are they just weird attacking monsters, or is there more to it?) and the balance between the adventure and expedition part and the horror and magic part. However, if you dig horror or other creepy shows, it’s worth trying this one out.

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Do's and Don'ts

After reading these synopsises, watching the previews and listening to the rumors, here are the Do's and Don'ts for the Midseason 2011-2012 Sci-Fi TV series:



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Will McAllister 4 years ago

Hey could you tell me the list for the eight ‘Most Exciting New Series’ at the 1st Critics’ Choice Television Awards. I am so looking forward to Alcatraz because i was in love with "Lost" and i will tune into "Awake" because the plot is eye catching. It is a toss up for "the River" because of a couple reasons. 1. The documentary style is not really appealing for this show unlike "The Office" which i actually just started watching. 2. I don't know how i feel about the plot. Because we only have the trailer to base our opinion by. It's hard to say if I will tune in or not. and the third reason is there is so many tv shows out there and its almost impossible to check all of them out. Anyway thanks for the update on some of the shows of 2012:)

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jessramblings 4 years ago from New Jersey

I'm probably gonna check out all three. They all seem to be pretty interesting. May be tough for certain ones because of timing and competing with other shows that started in the fall. This is a great preview! Thanks for the tips and trailers =)

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Will, the list of 8 most exciting new series is: Alcatraz, Apartment 23, Awake, Falling Skies, New Girl, Ringer, Smash, Terra Nova.

Of these shows, Alcatraz and Awake are listed above, and Apartment 23 and Smash will be featured in my other Hubs on the Midseason 2011-2012 series (which I'm still working on..). All other shows have already premiered. Other nominees and awards at the 1st Critics' Choice Television Awards are listed here:'_Choice_T...

I agree on the reasons you give about The River. It sounds ok, but it really has to stand out to make it through the season and to a renewal.

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Jess, I'm glad you like my Hub. I hope that you'll enjoy watching those shows and that you'll return to read my reviews on those shows and tell me what you thought of them!

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jessramblings 4 years ago from New Jersey

I can't wait to read your reviews on them. And thanks for the follow back!

The Fastionista 4 years ago

Sci-fi is one of my guilty pleasures, so it's good to hear the synopses on these - thanks for the info and your "dos and don'ts" - very helpful! Voted up and interesting.

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Fastionista, you're welcome! I hope you enjoy watching these shows when they come out. Thanks for reading, commenting and voting!

Will McAllister 4 years ago

I am also hearing positive reviews on the new show "Smash" so i will definitely tune in for the pilot. These three you listed above, are they the most interesting to you or did you just pick three to review, because i found a a lot of other shows that may or may not be a success.

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Hi Will,

The three shows I have listed above are the science fiction and supernatural shows that are set to premiere in midseason. You are right that 'Smash' is premiering in February, though that one is not a science fiction series. Since I've been overly busy lately, I haven't gotten to finishing my Hub on upcoming drama series. However, I'm working on it right now, and I can promise that it'll be published today or at the latest tomorrow!

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Paul Bisquera 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Great hub Robin! Will using your hubs as a reference for my entertainment website. Thanks and I am a fan of yours!

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Thanks Paul! That is very flattering! I look forward to hearing more from you and I hope you keep enjoying my hubs!

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khmohsin 4 years ago from London,UK

Fantastic Hub!

mkbee 4 years ago

I'm hooked on all three shows--what a great season for sci-fi fans.

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Khmohsin, thanks!

Mkbee, I agree! All three have things that I'd like to change, but overall these are great shows.

Knifey 4 years ago

how are any of these scifi? they just seem like fantasy. terrible time to be alive for real scifi fans with no shows that contain the name "star" in the title. *sob*

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cherlame 4 years ago from Seattle

So far I've seen Awake and The River. Both superb shows and very addicting.

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Knifey, I agree that they're not sci-fi in the strict sense. I using the term sci-fi here as a broad term including fantasy shows and supernatural shows etc., simply because the name of this hub would become way too long if I tried to name it all.

If you're a real sci-fi fan (as you put it yourself), I think you might like 'L5', a crowd-funded project. Sure, the CGI isn't really great, but you can look past that. Here's a write-up by a fellow hubber about 'L5':

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Cherlame, Awake and The River are great shows indeed. I'm really looking forward to the next episodes of Awake, and I'm really curious how The River's season will end (there are only two episodes left, I believe).

Make sure to read my hub on cancellations and renewals for midseason to know what will happen to these shows! You can find a link in the blue box at the top of this page.

Abdulkareem 4 years ago

Hi Robin, you've left out one of the most promising of sci fi tv series ie Touch.

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Robin Oatley 4 years ago Author

Hi Abdulkareem,

You're right that Touch isn't on here, though since it premieres on March 22nd I have listed it as a Spring series! I agree it is a little on the edge, but I felt it didn't really fit in Midseason, that already started in January. Here's the link:

Thanks for reading and pointing out possible errors! :)

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Thief12 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

The River was pretty bad. I gave up after the 2nd or 3rd episode. But I still can't understand why Awake wasn't given a chance. That show was great and intriguing.

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Robin Oatley 3 years ago Author

Hi Thief12,

Yes, The River was indeed pretty bad. I did watch all of the episodes, but I can assure you that they didn't really get any better. It was just a weird show that was definitely not a good fit for broadcast television.

Awake was indeed great and intriguing. And everyone agrees with us. But still, nobody was watching the show at the time. Where were all these fans when it mattered?

Thanks for reading and commenting!

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