Now, that’s more like it, Mr. Wayne. After a Summer wasteland of geeky TV programming, the Fall is back with a vengeance, and it all kicks off this weekend. Here’s the complete run down of all the shows we’re excited to see this September, October, and November:
When It Premieres: Saturday, Sept. 1st at 9pm on BBC America
Why We’re Geeked: Over the course of the past two years, “Doctor Who” has gone from geek, to nearly mainstream phenomenon, accounting for roughly 90% of all convention cosplay (estimated figures), and even taking over NYC’s massive Ziegfeld theater for the US premiere. Now, we’re getting the final five episodes featuring the hugely popular companions Amy and Rory, as well as thousands of Daleks, Weeping Angels, and – oh yes – Dinosaurs…on a spaceship?
When It Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 9th at Midnight on Adult Swim
Why We’re Geeked: The new season of “Robot Chicken” kicks off with a DC Universe Special, featuring the voices of Nathan Fillion, Paul Reubens, and even Megan Fox as Lois Lane. It’ll be like playing with your action figures, but much funnier!
When It Premieres: Monday, Sept. 17th at 10pm on NBC
Why We’re Geeked: We got a chance to see the original version of the pilot in San Diego, and it was surprisingly excellent – reminiscent of the late, great Firefly in its mixing of the Western and future/scifi genres. Plus, the new version of the pilot has “LOST’s” Elizabeth Mitchell in a key role, and we love us some Juliet.
PARKS & RECREATION
When It Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 20th at 9:30pm on NBC
Why We’re Geeked: Well, it’s probably the funniest show on TV right now, so there’s that. But more to our point, the romance between Amy Poehler and Adam Scott is probably the geekiest love story going on. We can’t get enough.
When It Premieres: Friday, Sept. 21st at 9pm on NBC
Why We’re Geeked: The first season was… Okay? But hey, the first season of “Buffy” was just okay, too. Hopefully the break has given this fairy tale action series a chance to fix problems, and take the concept to the next level, because we like the cast.
When It Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 27th at 10pm on CBS
Why We’re Geeked: Let’s put aside our, “They took our Sheeeeerlock” anger for a moment, and hope that this recasting of Holmes and Watson (with Lucy Liu as Watson no less) is actually exciting and fun. Heck, we’ll watch an episode just for Johnny Lee Miller as Holmes. Though he can’t come close to touching the Cumberbatch.
When It Premieres: Friday, Sept. 28th at 9pm on FOX
Why We’re Geeked: The last season. An apocalyptic premise, where the Observers have taken over. The best damn scifi TV show on the air making its last stand. We won’t miss a single episode.
ONCE UPON A TIME
When It Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 30th at 8pm on ABC
Why We’re Geeked: This was our guilty pleasure last year, a show so frequently terrible, so wrong-headed, and so often boring…Yet we couldn’t stop watching it, and maybe that’s because of our soft spot for the Disney Sunday Night Movies of yore. This season, with the premise blown up – magic exists in the “real” world, and everybody remembers they’re fairy tale characters – there’s a chance for some real exciting fun. Or, we could just keep hate watching it.
When It Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 30th at 8:30pm on FOX
Why We’re Geeked: This show has rapidly become the best animated show on TV, and this year Jon Hamm is guest starring as a talking toilet. So there you go, they made the best better.
666 PARK AVENUE
When It Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 30th at 10pm on ABC
Why We’re Geeked: Our reviewer seemed a little so so on the pilot shown at SDCC, but it shows promise – and the idea of Terry O’Quinn as the Devil/Landlord is just too much fun to not give it a try.
When It Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 3rd at 9pm on The CW
Why We’re Geeked: Last season’s “Leviathan” storyline might have been a little thin, but the show recaptured a lot of the fun lost in the previous season or two. And the finale was a corker of a cliffhanger, with Dean trapped in Purgatory, and monsters closing all around. We’re pretty sure he’s going to die, right? I mean, no of course not.
DR. HORRIBLE’S SING-ALONG BLOG
When It Premieres: Tuesday, October 9th at 9pm on The CW
Why We’re Geeked: The hit web series comes to TV, and if we somehow get every person in existence to watch it, I bet we could get a TV show out of it. Imagine both a “Dr. Horrible” TV series, and a Joss Whedon run “S.H.I.E.L.D.” series at the same time? I think I just wet myself.
When It Premieres: Wednesday, October 19th at 8pm on The CW
Why We’re Geeked: Weeeeeeeeeeell. We’ve seen the pilot. And it’s pretty terrible. BUT! Pilots are pilots, and series are another thing, and hopefully this can become less “Smallville” with way more murder, and instead become, I don’t know. Anything else? There’s some great guest stars coming up, including John Barrowman, so we’re more than willing to give it a second chance.
THE WALKING DEAD
When It Premieres: Sunday, October 14th at 9pm on AMC
Why We’re Geeked: The Governor. Michonne. The Prison. Sold.
When It Premieres: Friday, October 19th at 8:30pm on NBC
Why We’re Geeked: We’re cautiously geeked about this, as the whole cast is back, but without showrunner Dan Harmon. The cast and crew have constantly assured us everything is fine, but we’ll believe it when we see it.
FIREFLY 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
When It Premieres: Saturday, November 11th at 10pm on Science
Why We’re Geeked: Because we missed this exciting event at San Diego, but still get to see it on TV, with bonus footage filmed backstage. And because, “Firefly.” That’s why.
When It Premieres: Wednesday, November 21st at 9pm on Science
Why We’re Geeked: “FRINGE’s” John Noble hosting a weird science show? Done. Plus, Science has a way of making complicated subjects fun and accessible, so this should be a good one.
PUNKIN CHUNKIN 2012
When It Premieres: Thursday, November 22nd at 8pm on Science
Why We’re Geeked: Guys build gigantic catapults, and throw pumpkins as far as they can in this yearly competition, and it’s as awesome as you might expect; and because its Science Channel, there’s also a great deal of info on how and why the catapults work, too. So you get to see the smashy, but also, it’s good for learnin’. We smart.