The 2012-13 season is all but over (Revolution has its finale on Monday and Hannibal will wrap up later in June) and it's time for the networks to start rolling out their Summer lineup. This used to be the time when the cable channels would beef up their genre programming, and we still see some of that with the returns of Teen Wolf, Falling Skies, and True Blood. But it appears that Syfy has no original programming planned for their usual July start (they have a couple of cast-offs that begin in June), and the broadcast networks seem to have mostly given up on original genre programming in the Summer (though CBS does have one offering, with possibly a second from NBC), mostly using it now for burn-off runs. You can see the full schedule of genre shows (as it currently stands) at this link, and following are my thoughts on how these shows will fare in the ratings. (And for a look at the Fall schedule, go to this link.)
In the Flesh (BBC America, Thursdays 10 PM EST, Premieres June 6th): This British zombie series is likely looking to capitalize on the current popularity of AMC's mega-hit The Walking Dead, though it offers its own twist with the zombies live amongst humans. The first season already aired over in the UK and a second season has been ordered there.
Sinbad (Syfy, Saturdays 9 PM EST, Premieres June 8th): This British made retelling of the Sinbad legend has already been cancelled overseas, though apparently Syfy decided to pick up the twelve episodes produced to pad out their schedule with alleged "original" programming.
Primeval: New World (Syfy, Saturdays 10 PM EST, Premieres June 8th): Another cast-off, this Canadian spin-off of the British Primeval series was already cancelled up north. So along with the network rejects (see below), we can call Summer Saturdays Sci Fi Burn-Off Night.
Falling Skies (TNT, Airs Sundays 9 PM EST, Season 3 Premiers June 9th): This alien-invasion series had a lot of sci fi fans grumbling about it through its first and second seasons, but it still ranks as TNT's highest rated original drama. Plus, they are already prepping for Season 4, so unless it has a major drop-off in the Nielsens, expect it to return again next Summer.
True Blood (HBO, Airs Sundays 9 PM EST, Season 6 Premieres June 16th): This vampire melodrama may be getting long in the tooth (though I thought Season 5 had its moments), but it still draws a big audience over to pay channel HBO. Consider it a lock to come back for a seventh season.
Futurama (Comedy Central, Airs Wednesdays 10:30 PM EST, Season 7.5 Premieres in June): This animated sci fi comedy returns to air out the second half of its seventh season at some point in June, but then that's it. Comedy Central has announced the will not be continuing it beyond that. I hear there is a fan movement to get it moved to another network, though, so the story may not be over yet.
Siberia (NBC, Airs Mondays 10 PM EST, Premieres July 1st): The details on this show about a reality series gone wrong are still a bit sketchy, but it sounds like it could have some horror/sci fi elements as part of its premise. Sounds interesting, but the lack of promotion makes it seem more like a cast-off show. I'll tune in to check it out, but I don't expect an extended run from this one.
Network Burn-Off Shows: The broadcast networks cancelled several genre shows this last season and most will get their burn-off runs on Saturdays this Summer such as 666 Park Ave (ABC), Do No Harm (NBC), and Zero Hour (ABC). The CW's Cult will air out its episodes on Fridays, though. Check the schedule at this link for times and premiere dates, and don't expect that any of these shows will make enough ratings noise in the hot months for their networks to reverse their cancellation decisions.
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