|The CW's Tomorrow People|
In addition to the six genre shows scheduled for Fall, The CW has three (and possibly more as they are retooling their Wonder Woman pilot) waiting in the wings. The post-apocalyptic series The 100 has been picked up as has the aliens-among-us soap opera Star-Crossed. Both of those will hit the schedule a mid-season (perhaps after Beauty and the Beast and Heart of Dixie get cancelled). Also returning at some point will be spy fi entry Nikita which has been picked up for a shortened, six episode final season. All in all, The CW is definitely gambling high on genre appeal, even if it most of their entries do appeal to a younger-skewing crowd. But the general sci fi community should be able to find several shows they like among these offering, particularly Arrow, Supernatural, The Tomorrow People, and The 100.
I will be compiling the full schedule of genre shows for the Fall 2013 season shortly and also pointing out the shows that are in the best position in the new lineup as well as those that have hard times ahead based on these scheduling moves. Keep an eye out for that as well as my recaps from this past season.
Intelligence (CBS Mid-Season Entry)
INTELLIGENCE is a dramatic thriller starring Josh Holloway as a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel (Holloway) is the first human ever to be connected directly into the worldwide information grid and have complete access to Internet, WiFi, telephone and satellite data. He can hack into any data center and access key intel in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. Leading the elite government cyber-security agency created to support him is Director Lillian Strand (Marg Helgenberger), a straightforward and efficient boss who oversees the unit’s missions. Strand assigns Riley Neal (Meghan Ory), a Secret Service agent, to protect Gabriel from outside threats, as well as from his appetite for reckless, unpredictable behavior and disregard for protocol. Other skilled members of the Cybercom team include Chris Jameson (Michael Rady) and Gonzalo “Gonzo” Rodriguez (James Martinez), two resourceful federal investigators. The brains behind the design of the chip is Dr. Shenendoah Cassidy (John Billingsley), whose son, Nelson (PJ Byrne), is jealous of Gabriel’s prominent place in his father’s life. As the first supercomputer with a beating heart, Gabriel is the most valuable piece of technology the country has ever created and is the U.S.’s secret weapon. Michael Seitzman, René Echevarria, Tripp Vinson, and David Semel (for pilot) are executive producers for ABC Television Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.