With the state of science fiction on television recently one might be down on the prospects for compelling sci-fi TV. However, not all is lost there are some new and returning science fiction TV this summer to look forward to.
Outcasts – June 18 on BBC America
Although this series has already aired on the BBC in February, it will be premiering on BBC America this summer. Set in 2040 the drama follows the trials and tribulations of settlers to a newly found planet after Earth becomes uninhabitable. This show seems quite promising and hopefully offers some exploration and the human condition tested when it is outside its comfort zone. Outcasts has a ensemble case including Eric Mabius from Ugly Betty and Liam Cunningham from Clash of the Titans.
Falling Skies – June 19 on TNT
The survivors of an alien invasion must band together to attempt to mount a resistance. Perhaps not the most original concept, but underdogs struggling to combat a superior alien race is a old sci-fi standby that usually means plenty of action and the overcoming of petty “human” differences. Created by Steven Spielberg and Robert Rodat it stars Noah Wyle from ER and Colin Cunningham from Stargate.
Futurama – June 23 on Comedy Central
Returning for the second half of the revived season the series will continue to follow the adventures and mishaps that befall the employees of an intergalactic delivery company called Planet Express. The animated series stars Billy West, Katey Sagal and John DiMaggio and was created by Matt Groening.
Torchwood – July 8 on STARZ
The series returns for season 4 subtitled “Miracle Day” to a new station and a new country. What is left of Torchwood Cardiff crosses the pond to team up with some outstanding actors to discovery why suddenly no one on Earth can die. The ten-episode arc promises to raise the bar and the stakes for the Doctor Who spin-off. John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) and Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper) are back plus Mekhi Phifer from ER, Bill Pullman from Independence Day and Lauren Ambrose from Six Feet Under.
Eureka – July 11 on SyFy
America’s smartest little town returns for the second half of season 4. The show centers on a small town full of geniuses whose technological experiments more often than not go horribly awry. Cleaning up their messes is the town’s trusty, outside the box thinking, sheriff Jack Carter played by Colin Ferguson. The incidents never fail to be both life threatening and hilarious at the same time. It also stars Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton and Erica Cerra.
Warehouse Thirteen – July 11 on SyFy
Season 3 returns to answer some dangling questions, more unusually artifacts and a new face to the team. The always quirky show follows a secret government team that track down and retrieve dangerous paranormal objects. The team is comprised of Pete Lattimer played Eddie McClintock and Myka Bering played by Joanne Kelly. The objects are kept secure at a massive warehouse under the watchful eye of caretaker Artie Nielsen played by Saul Rubinek. It also stars Allison Scagliotti and CCH Pounder. Plus, Aaron Ashmore joins the cast this season.
The rest of the shows on the list are light on science fiction, but with the lack of pure sci-fi, they are certainly welcomed.
Alphas – July 11 on SyFy
A group of individuals with brain anomalies who have developed special skills are recruited to form a unique group to solve crimes. The crew is lead by Dr. Lee Rosen played David Strathairn from the Bourne Ultimatum. Hopefully this superhero show fairs better than other recent attempts. It also stars Warren Christie from October Road, Malik Yoba from Defying Gravity, and Laura Mennell from Watchmen.
Haven – July 15 on SyFy
Returning for season 2 the show follows FBI Agent Audrey Parker played by Emily Rose as she uncovers mysteries about herself and the disturbed coastal town of Haven. Caught up in the mysteries is local town detective Nathan Wuornos played by Lucas Bryant and local entrepreneur Duke Crocker played by Eric Balfour.
What shows are you planning on watching this summer?