TVWriter™ just got its paws on this geeky delight – all the news that’s fit to post about science, fiction, fantasy, and even horror shows that are coming to our small screens in 2016. So, geeks that we in fact are – here ’tis:
by Caroline Preece
The world of TV has never been so crowded and, at the same time, geeks have never had it so good. As saturated as the big screen is with superhero films and sprawling shared universes, that mentality has well and truly bled onto the small screen too.
So there’s a lot of comic-book adaptations coming up in 2016 from Marvel, DC and others, but genre TV is represented across the board with science-fiction, fantasy and horror represented at pretty much every network and cable channel in the US.
Here’s some of the geek TV that will be making its way to us from the US next year.
AKA Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Part of Netflix’s own connected slice of the MCU, there has been a lot of confusion over when we might get to see AKA Jessica Jones. It was originally set to follow Daredevil’s first season in 2015, but delays have seen it pushed back to an undetermined date, most likely in 2016.
Veronica Mars’ Krysten Ritter takes the titular role, a heroine who stops being a superhero and starts her own detective agency while suffering from PTSD. There, she begins to help other superpowered heroes, meeting eventual love interest Luke Cage (Mike Colter) in the process.
Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Eka Darville (The Originals), Erin Moriarty, Wil Traval and Rachael Taylor will also star in the 13-episode series.
There’s a lot to look forward to with this one, as it’s a rare female-led property from a studio so-far notable for their lack of ‘diversity’. It also strays from the norm in other ways, and will be therefore be an interesting cog in the machine.
Beyond (ABC Family)
ABC Family isn’t the first place you’d expect to find quality genre fare, with the network trying and failing to recreate the success of Pretty Little Liars for the past six years. They have, however, renewed Stitchers for a second season, and will try try again in 2016.
Beyond will follow a young man (Burkely Duffield) who awakes from a coma after 12 years and discovers he has supernatural abilities that connect him to a conspiracy. Jordan Calloway, Dilan Gwyn (Da Vinci’s Demons), Romy Rosemont, Michael McGrady and Jonathan Whitesell also star.
Heroes’ creator Tim Kring’s name is on this, as is Once Upon A Time In Wonderland’s Adam Nussdorf – giving you some idea of the tonal blend this might be going for.
A Carlton Cuse project with a Lost alumnus in the lead to boot, your reaction to USA’s Colony will likely depend on your experience with the former.
The 10-episode series is set in a near-future society in which Los Angeles is occupied by aliens. Some residents have chosen to live and collaborate with the visitors, while others fight against them and suffer the consequences of their rebellion. The show’s protagonists are a family torn between the two.
Josh Holloway will play former FBI agent and head of said family Will Bowman, who is forced to work with the new alien government, while The Walking Dead’s Sarah Wayne Callies has been cast as his wife Katie. Amanda Righetti, Pete Jacobson and Alan Neustaedter also star.
Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal will write and executive produce the show, with Academy Award-winning director Juan Jose Campanella helming the pilot. Click here to watch the trailer.