New fall TV shows to watch for at the Con

14 JUNE 2013

It's a cliche to say TV today is the new film - but it seems to be borne out by Comic Con, where the longest lines are usually for shows rather than movies. And sometimes the best TV panels can be the ones preceding the first season; they’re usually easy to get into, and you get to be one of the very first people to see the trailer and cast. I know my favorite True Blood and Walking Dead panels were the first ones. 

Below is a list of new fall/winter shows that are likely to show up in San Diego this summer. One or two might even be a Preview Night pilot.

Intelligence. Handsomest man ever Josh Holloway is a U.S. agent with a microchip in his brain that can access computers.

The Blacklist. James Spader is an ex-government agent fighting a clever terrorist.

The Originals.  A Vampire Diaries spin-off series. It's airing this fall before Supernatural.

Sleepy Hollow. This has been confirmed. It’s a “modern retelling” involving time travel and witches, with Ichabod Crane teaming up with a female sheriff to solve mysteries. I am not making this up.

Dracula.  This is set in 1890s London, so no modern anything here. Except for Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, who plays the fanged one himself.   

Rabbids. Based on the videogame.

Stan Lee’s Mighty 7.  God forbid Stan Lee have a project that doesn't have his name in the title. This isn't a show but an animated TV movie that could lead to a show; Stan Lee is a legendary superhero creator teaching a crew of alien prisoners and their jailers, who have crash-landed on Earth, how to work together and use their powers to be superheroes.

The Tomorrow People.  Based on a UK series, this is about "young people who represent next stage in human evolution." What a highly original premise. Not at all like X Men/Alphas/Heroes, I'm sure.  But it wins points for featuring the comely Peyton List from Mad Men. 

Agents of SHIELD. From Joss Whedon, Agent Phil Coulson puts together a group of agents from the worldwide organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D.

Helix. Syfy’s new baby, fathered by the creators of Battlestar Galactica. Expect it to get a huge push. Half-expect it to go the way of Caprica.

High MoonA lunar settlement discovers alien life on the Moon. Normally just the words “lunar settlement” would sell me but for some reason I keep picturing the Doris Wishman classic Nude on the Moon.

Almost Human. J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman bring you a violent sci-fi cop show.

Rumors we all wish were true, but probably aren’t:

Y The Last Man. Lately various Hollywood and comic book sites have announced that this was “moving forward” and a few people have hopefully suggested there will at least be news about it at the Con. As far as I know, it’s still stuck in debates over scope. 

American Gods. I know we’ve all been waiting for this to become our next HBO Sunday night obsession, but I think the most we can expect at SDCC is an announcement. Although even that is manna to thirsty Gaiman fans.

... And a rumor that just might be true:

American Horror Story
. It was inexplicably absent last summer, but word is that your favorite ghost/alien/nazi/slasher show might make an appearance next month.


  1. When do we find out for certain what the panels are?

    1. CCI won't announce the actual programming until 2 weeks before the Con (and they announce it on a day by day basis.) However, now is the time that studios start announcing their panels via press releases. I'll post whatever I hear on the 2013 page.