Tele-Tuesday: A New Year Full of the Paranormal

We briefly discussed how the supernatural is taking over the world, the world of television that is, last week in our Why It’s Worth a Watch review of the SyFy network’s Being Human.

Blame it on this love for the paranormal, but we announce with excitement that there’s not only one, or two, but three new science fiction shows airing on not one, or two, but three different networks in the next few weeks.  Not all three are one hundred percent supernatural, but all three have the crucial element of sci-fi – leaving the audience believing in fantastical events, whether realistic or not.

*****

Lost Girl

What if we made a habit of waking up next to dead lovers?

That’s the story of Bo’s life (Anna Silk), her life as a succubus.

Lost Girl follows Bo as she attempts to control her power and balance her supernatural and human lives.

Bo works alongside a combination of supernatural beings and human friends: Kenzi (Ksenia Solo, Life Unexpected), Bo’s best friend and scam artist with many “street” talents; Dyson (Kristen Holden-Reid, The Tudors), a police detective and a wolf shape-shifter; Lauren (Zoie Palmer), a human doctor with valuable knowledge of the supernatural Fae organization, an organization that we can only assume is a supernatural council of sorts; and Trick (Rick Howland), the owner of a town pub where good and bad, supernatural and human, mingle.

Looks like Bo can hold her own, succubus or no succubus

Lost Girl has aired in Canada for the past few television seasons, and has been renewed for a third.  The SyFy network recently acquired the rights to air the first two seasons, and the series premiered last night.

But don’t worry; if you missed the pilot episode, you can catch the encore presentation this Saturday, January 21st at 10pm CST. 

Lost Girl airs on SyFy’s Monday night’s 9pm CST time slot following Being Human.

*****

Touch

He’s back… Jack’s back…only this time not as our beloved Jack Bauer.  Instead, Kiefer Sutherland returns to the Fox network as Martin Bohm, a single father to an autistic and mute son.  A son (Jake, played by David Mazouz), who despite his lack of verbal communication and social skills, possesses a greater ability – the ability to see things that no one else can and communicate solely by using numbers.

Touch also stars the great Danny Glover as Professor Arthur Dewitt, an expert who will help Martin better understand Jake, even if his methods are a bit unorthodox.  It is crucial that Martin establish a better relationship with his son and build a solid home, since social worker Clea Hopkins (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Undercovers) is watching his every move.

Touch premieres on Fox, January 25th.

*****

The River

The River has been described as a paranormal, action-packed, and adventurous program, that also falls into the horror, mystery, and fantasy genres.

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

The series follows the friends and family members of Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood, as they search for any signs that the famous television personality and wild life expert survived his last voyage into the Amazon.

Desperate for the opportunity to search for their loved one, the doctor’s wife (Tess, played by Leslie Hope, 24) and son (Lincoln, played  by Joe Anderson, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2) agree to allow Dr. Cole’s former producer (Clark, played by Paul Blackthorne, the great Harry Dresdon from The Dresdon Files) to join and film the expedition “documentary” style, in exchange for his funding of the trip.

The search team also consists of: Lena (Eloise Mumford), a valued resource; Emilio (Daniel Zacapa), the mechanic; and Captain Kurt (Thomas Kretschmann), a bodyguard.

Will the team discover the truth behind Dr. Cole’s disappearance, or will they too fall victim to The River?

The River premieres on the ABC network February 7th.

*****

What do you think – did you catch the pilot episode of Lost Girl?  Do you plan to watch Touch or The River?  Which show has the most promise and why?  I’d love to hear from you!

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30 Responses to Tele-Tuesday: A New Year Full of the Paranormal

  1. Emma says:

    oh great, just what I need. More tv shows to watch 🙂 Will have to fit them in somewhere betweenThe Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, The Walking Dead, Falling Skies, Supernatural, Being Human and on and on

    • LOL – sorry, Emma! If it makes you feel any better, I also watch The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, The Walking Dead, Falling Skies, Supernatural, Being Human, and so on…and on….

      I don’t know what I’d do without my DVR! 🙂

  2. Jeff says:

    I recorded Lost Girl. The River certainly looks interesting. If I watch it, I’ll likely be alone. Hadn’t thought much about Touch.

    • We recorded Lost Girl and just watched the premiere episode the other night. I’ll need to watch more before I’m completely sold, but I like the direction. Her friend Kenzi was probably my favorite…

      We will definitely check out The River (love Paul Blackthorne) – the commercials look really mysterious… We’ll watch at least the pilot episode of Touch, if only because it’s Kiefer. After 24, I would think he wouldn’t settle for just any TV show…

      Thanks for stopping by, Jeff!

  3. Lol, I’m with Emma. My mom and I have just been discussing which shows we’re *not* going to continue watching.

    The River sounds weird. Almost like a cross between The Lost World and Lost. I’d be interested in Lost Girl. (Whoa, too many repeats of that word.) It sounds like Richelle Mead’s Succubus series. Too bad it’s on a cable network. 😦 I have neither cable nor Netflix. However, I have gotten pretty good at finding alternative sources online. I FINALLY got to see the season finales of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles (stupid TNT for locking their online episodes). And now I’m veering off topic, so adieu.

    • Which shows you’re NOT going to watch? What did you decide?

      I LOVE The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles – the season finales of both were great. I tear up at the thought that we only have like six episodes left of Brenda Leigh, but I can’t wait to see how they wrap up the series. I hope they don’t forget about the rapist she wasn’t able to put away…

      Are you going to watch the spinoff starring Captain Rader and most of the rest of The Closer cast? It’s called Major Crimes and is supposed to be darker than The Closer….I’m definitely in!

      Thanks for stopping by, Angela!

  4. Tiffany, would you please stop giving me more shows to watch? LOL. All three of these sound good, but I’ve already missed the pilot of Lost Girl. I’ve read books that involve a succubus or an incubus, but I never thought I would see that on TV. 🙂

    I may just have to check these out!

  5. Jillian Dodd - Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos says:

    I agree with Angela. The River sounds really good. And I loved 24, so I’ll probably have to watch Touch too!

  6. The River and Lost Girl sound interesting. Not sure when I’ll fit them in. Great post because I would have missed these. 🙂

  7. Wow – they all sound amazing and here I was just thinking about scaling BACK tv to write more. LOL!! I might have to watch Lost Girl and the Touch for “research” purposes. LOL!

  8. Shannyn says:

    As I’ve said before, you keep adding to my DVR list and it isn’t good. Well, the shows are good, but there are only so many hours in a day. I caught Lost Girl and I think I’ll stick with it, at least for awhile. It didn’t make me say “Wow! I gotta keep watching this,” but it was good enough that I’ll go back for at least another week or two then decide.

    The River is not for me. Touch might be, but it looks like it might be a little on the depressing side, so maybe I’ll wait until reviews come in on that one.

    • I feel the exact same about Lost Girl after watching the premiere, Shannyn. It wasn’t great to where I was jumping up and down for next week’s episode, but the general idea has quite a bit of potential. Luckily, it’s on SyFY and they tend to give their programs a bit more of a chance than the basic networks…

      Plus I love the idea of a succubus on TV. Did you watch The Gates? Another good show that was dead in the water after the first, short season. The Gates had a young succubus…

  9. Piper Bayard says:

    Here you are, Tiffany, making me wish I had cable, again. I will be looking forward to Touch and The River on the regular channels, though. Thanks for helping me sort the diamonds from the trash.

  10. Amanda Rudd says:

    I’ve seen previews for Lost Girl and I’m mildly curious but a little wary at the same time.

    And OMG! Paul Blackthorne is in The River??!!! I wasn’t really at all interested before, but that fact all by itself might be enough to make me watch it!!!

  11. Julie Glover says:

    It’s a Paranormal Palooza! Maybe I can catch up on Lost Girl and Touch later. They sound more like my fare than The River. Thanks for the heads-up, Tiffany!

  12. Catie Rhodes says:

    I’d sort of like to see Lost Girl. I like the title almost as much as I like the description. Since I can, I’ll probably also DVR The River. We liked Lost, and this sounds sort of like it. Alcatraz is currently waiting to be watched. I usually let two episodes pile up so we can really get into the story. Thanks for #TV tips. 😀

    • I thought the title of Lost Girl was a bit misleading at first… Loving Lost Boys as much as I do, I thought maybe she was a vampire. BUT, I’m okay with her being a succubus. There aren’t many (if any) of those on TV right now.

      Letting episodes pile up on the DVR is the best way to watch new series, IMO. We may not have given Grimm as much of a chance if we had watched a new episode each week. But because of a Saturday morning marathon, we both love it!

      Thanks for stopping by, Catie!

  13. Stacy Green says:

    Gah, you’re killing me. More shows I’d like to watch. We still have to watch Alcatrez from last night. I do think Lost Girl and The River sound interesting. Thanks!

  14. I watched the first episode of Lost Girl tonight. I’m not sure if I liked it or not. I’ll give it another few episodes before I give up on it. I’m picky about my faerie lore and stock characters don’t impress me.

    • Same here, Buffy. We’re going to give Lost Girl a few more weeks before rendering a verdict….

      Thanks for stopping by!

      • Did you see the second episode? I like what the did with the will o’ the wisp character, but I hated the sex to heal nonsense at the end of the episode. It was just lazy writing. There had to be a more inventive way to get the two in bed with each other.

  15. Looks like a pretty durn good lineup. 😀

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