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.
The dead return to walk again...The Walking Dead, that is. The horror series returns for the second half of its second season picking up right where it left off. We'll also get to see the two-hour premiere of Steven Spielberg's The River, and Amy Archer guest stars on NBC's Grimm.
It's been a slow build for ABC's new midseason horror series, The River, but the people behind it are already working up plans for future seasons. If creator Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) is to be believed, the show could feature a different location and storyline each year - a structure popularized recently by FX's hit American Horror Story.
Ever since 1999's The Blair Witch Project captivated audiences, filmmakers have been obsessed with using that shaky, documentary style to give their genre projects some juice, like the recent superpowered teens flick Chronicle and TV's The River. But has it worn out its welcome?
It seemed to be a week of low numbers across the board for the 22 shows we follow. Once Upon A Time took a leap, but Alcatraz continued to drop viewers and The River had a dismal second week on the air.
We had a lot of shows to track this week, but the one everybody seemed to be watching was The Walking Dead. With its second season finale, the show once again entered the ratings record books, thoroughly dominating Sunday night.
In its pursuit to become a purveyor of original content, the streaming powerhouse seems to be positioning itself as the savior of doomed genre TV. Even while it's in discussions to pick up Fox's Terra Nova, Netflix is zeroing in on ABC's Amazon-horror show as well.
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.
Bummer! Guess we're never going to know how V's dramatic cliffhanger—in which Anna blissed out the human race—is going to turn out. In a flurry of programming activity, ABC canceled V, but picked up modern fairy tale Once Upon a Time and The River for their 2011-2012 television season.
Fairytales are coming back bigtime. NBC just announced the addition of the modern fairytale procedural, Grimm, to its schedule, and now as expected, ABC is adding its own take on modern fairytales with Once Upon a Time.
Want to get a look at the new ABC shows? After ABC announced its 2011-2012 television schedule yesterday, they've now posted trailers for Steven Spielberg's Amazon horror story, The River, and Lost's Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis modern fairytale, Once Upon a Time.