Forget typical shows that go bump in the night. There’s a crop of new and not-so-new shows this fall that are sure to make your skin crawl.
Thanks to the beautiful witches, scary mass blackouts, sexy young vampires and gorgeous aliens, you will be at the edge of your seat – and covering your eyes with terror – in September. Now, check out the most promising supernatural series of the bunch.
Premise: Based on the book and the Jack Nicholson/Cher/Michelle Pfeiffer film, ‘The Witches of Eastwick’, the series follows three lonely women looking to spice up their lives – but who end up with supernatural powers and a dangerous new man in their life. A handsome devil of a man. In more ways than one.
Stars: Sara Rue, Paul Gross, Maggie Friedman, Rebecca Romijn, Jaime Ray Newman, and Lindsay Price.
Here’s Johnny: Paul Gross pulls off an incredibly believable Jack Nicholson. But don’t let the 80’s hair that Paul sports in the pilot fool you. It’s only temporary. “No, the thing is, when we shot the pilot, I couldn’t cut my hair because I was going to do a feature, and it had to be longer,” he said. “Then I don’t know
how it got all puffed up like that. And I remember stepping out of the trailer, saying, “I think this looks kind of retarded.”
Creepy Factor: The three ladies say goodbye to their mundane lives and transform into sexy, spirited, independent women who just happen to be able to control thunder – and the minds of men.
Showrunner Maggie Friedman on why the show is different from ‘Desperate Housewives’: “I mean, obviously we wanted to appeal to a similar audience, and it’s a show about women. It’s a show about empowerment. It’s a show about friendship. But we feel like it’s very different from “Desperate Housewives.” And we were actually very conscious, and ABC wanted us to be conscious, of not trying to copycat or do things that they had done. We are definitely our own world, our own universe. It’s a very unique show that,
hopefully, will appeal to the same people, because that’s a good show.” Watch out for the witches on September 23rd on ABC.
Premise: Based on the original 80’s series of the same name, but updated to a “post 911 world,” according to executive producer Scott Peters. The show follows the events leading up to and following the day a race of very pretty aliens land on earth and scare everyone half to death. And then the world falls in love with the creatures and their new culture – at their own risk.
Stars: Scott Wolf, Morena Baccarin and Elizabeth Mitchell
Familiar Lizard Skin: Although the storyline is the same as the original, don’t expect this to be the same old tale. Peters says they wanted to tell a story that was already out there, but then “leap forward in very quick manner so that we don’t sort of build and build and build to something that people already know. Hopefully, we do it in an artful way and in a twist-filled way that will make folks who haven’t seen the show before jump a little bit. Our cast jumped, which was awesome.” One thing that will possibly remain in the new incarnation of the series? The alien’s lizard skin!
Playing The Hot Alien: How did Morena Baccarin get into her alien character? By channeling politicos. “I think I just am trying my best to be as trustworthy as I can be and to be what I would like somebody to be like if they were to come down to Earth,” she said. “And I think there’s an aspect of politicians in that because you need to embody what everybody of every nationality and need wants to see and at the same time you have your own agenda.”
An Updated ‘V’ For The Post-9/11 Set: “The original series, to me, felt very much like a military show almost,” said Jeffrey Bell. “It was a resistance and gun fights, and there was a very clear and present enemy…you know, it was the Cold War. It was the Nazis, whoever it was. And post-9/11, that’s not who our enemy is anymore. There is no other single threat. It’s terrorists, and it’s the guy across the street or the woman next door, and who do you trust?” he said.
Why you should watch: Rat-eating aliens! Will the updated alien species do as their 80’s counterparts did and eat rats? Maybe! “We would be morons if we didn’t find…a way in the series to pay homage,” said Bell, with Mitchell adding, “you found like the prettiest girl you could possibly, and you’re going to make her eat a rodent!” referring to Baccarin. The series premieres November 3rd on ABC.
Show: ‘Vampire Diaries‘
Premise: Forget those wimpy glitter-emo-vamps from the movies. These sexy vampires are a bit darker than their tween-dream counterparts. The show follows two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon, as they fight for the love – or neck – of the high school heroine Elena. Stefan is in love with the girl because she reminds him of a long lost love from 100 years back. A woman Damon tried to steal away.
Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder
Who Will Elena Pick?: Both vampires are strikingly handsome and rugged, but just one will steal Elena’s heart. “Stefan is the man who tries to reach out to her soul, and he cares about her, and he takes care of her,” said Nina Dobrev (Elena), “whereas Damon has that bad-boy quality, and every girl likes a bad boy, at the end of the day.”
‘Twilight’ This Ain’t: Producer Kevin Williamson explains why this isn’t just a Vampire ripoff. “The premise is the same: you know, girl meets vampire,” he says. “…When [I] read the first book, I was like, “No way. This is Twilight. But when I got to the second book, you start to realize, ‘Boy, this is a fork in the road.’ It really does separate. So we’re getting to that fork in the road really quick. And we’re really sort of telling the story about a small town and all the sort of evil that’s sort of — this darkness that sort of lies underneath this town and how this vampire comes to town and…stirs it all up.”
Why you should watch: Sexy Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is the evil vampire brother intent on mucking up his brother’s life – no matter the consequences. But although he’s dark, he’s not very brooding. “Oh, he tap dances through life,” said Williamson. “He’s like, “Oh, let’s kill this person.” I mean, he is the guy who likes to feed. He wants to go out and he is a predator and he enjoys it.” Get sucked in September 20th on the CW.
Premise: A smoking hot FBI agent, a crazed scientist and his brooding son investigate supernatural phenomena in this J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek and Alias) series.
Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Kirk Acevedo, Jasika Nicole
Where We Left Off: Olivia (Torv) has been taken into a different dimension, while Peter (Jackson) was actually a Peter from that other dimension. What’s coming up in the second season? “It takes place predominantly over here, says showrunner Jeff Pinkner. “But what’s happening over there is impacting what’s happening over here.”
Why you should tune in: Because you wouldn’t expect anything less from the folks behind ‘Alias’. Plus Anna Torv reminds us so much of Agent Scully…
Check out the season premiere September 17th on Fox.
Show: ‘Flash Forward‘
Premise: The world is thrown into chaos when time stops for two minutes, smack in the middle of the day. The twist is that during that time, the people of earth catch a glimpse of their future, while all hell breaks loose in the streets.
Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, John Cho, Jack Davenport
What happened?: Why does the populace get temporary amnesia? Show creator David S. Goyer explains when – and if – we’ll find out: “By the end of the first season, most of the questions raised in the pilot, including the one you see at the very end, will be answered. The overarching sort of cause of why the blackout happened, that will be — that’s kind of like our background radiation mystery of the whole series.”
Boo Factor: When the massive blackout happens, expect lots of accidents and gory deaths; bodies thrown out of cars, bodies of surfers drowned in the ocean, bodies electrocuted in the streets, 800 planes dropping from the sky. The streets are bloody, and it’s a zombie-like scenario, except with no zombies in sight.
Why you should watch: To find out what really happened on that fateful day. Come back in time on September 24th at ABC.