It's definitely a time for change on the genre TV scene. Spring and summer shows have begun their invasion, while fall dramas are either wrapping up their seasons or getting the boot from their networks. This week we added Awake, which premiered to so-so numbers, to our list, and said goodbye to A Gifted Man, which ended its run on a high but may be facing cancellation very soon.
Even though the pickings are a bit slim this week, we still have Fringe, which continues to get its freak on as Lincoln takes a trip to the Altverse, Grimm gets romantic and things get dicey as Michael tries to stay Awake.
The midseason shows are out in force, and some are handling their schedules better than others. Alcatraz ended last week on a very low note, and now it's Touch's turn to hemorrhage viewers on Fox. Over on NBC, Awake is engaged in a similar struggle. But there's at least one show with no worries: Game of Thrones.
Two more shows closed out their seasons this week, and both Being Human and Lost Girl managed to close out their season with a numbers boost. On HBO, Game of Thrones continued to dominate, and on Thursday night Touch got a viewership spike while Awake kept struggling to find more viewers.
Since launching in March, the dual-reality-meets-cop-show series Awake has been hurtling its star between two separate but seemingly real universes. But in our universe, NBC has now decided whether to give the series a second season.
Think all the finales are over? Think again! NBC's Awake finishes its season (and its entire story) and Game of Thrones goes to war in its penultimate episode, which you've just got to know means that people are going to die.
All the fall shows are done for the year, and many of the spring shows are bowing out to make way for summer programming, but that doesn't mean we don't have stuff to talk about. This week, Awake ended its run with a boost, while Game of Thrones took a hard fall against the NBA Finals on Sunday night.
Everyone's already looking ahead to the season premiere of Game of Thrones Sunday, but there's lots of other genre TV out there worth considering too. Many of the shows we've been following all year are moving into their final weeks fighting for as many viewers as possible, while others are simply trying to stay afloat.
Despite learning harsh lessons this year with The Cape and The Event, NBC has once again picked up new shows firmly entrenched in sci-fi and fantasy for the 2011-2012 television season. Two winners of the pilot pickup lottery are Awake, an Inception-esque thriller formerly called REM, and the fairy tale-themed Grimm.