My Fall 2013 TV Schedule: Cable Networks + Wrap Up

My Fall 2013 TV Schedule: Cable Networks + Wrap Up

And now, for my final 2013 fall TV schedule post, cable network shows and a wrap up/summary of ALL THE SHOWS (and there are a lot).

Now, it used to be that the cable network shows I watch (I tend to stick mainly with USA Network and SyFy these days) mainly confined themselves to summer runs, but lately they’ve been mixing things up a bit. Although SyFy’s Warehouse 13 is wrapping up its fourth season in the next few weeks and USA Network’s Graceland will be starting in early June (and therefore mostly likely will be finished before things get going in the fall), Covert Affairs and Suits (both on USA Network) don’t start until mid-July, and will therefore still be going for at least a couple weeks into the beginning of the fall season, even though USA will likely split their 16-episode seasons into two 8-episode arcs. As such, I put them on my fall schedule grid just to help keep me aware of the potential for DVR conflicts (I can only record four things at once). Then USA’s White Collar and SyFy’s Haven are both being held until the fall – and I can’t actually properly put them on my schedule yet, because neither network has actually announced what day/time they’ll be airing on/at yet. *sigh* Don’t they know some of us are OCD enough to thinking about this stuff already?!

Anyway, the only new show in all that is:

Graceland (USA Network, Thursdays 10/9c, starts June 6th)
I was interested in this even before I realised Aaron Tveit (Enjolras in Les Miserables) is in it, because I liked the concept of a bunch of undercover federal agents of different flavors sharing a house, especially knowing that it came from Jeff Eastin, the creator of White Collar. And then I recognised Aaron Tveit and that sealed the deal, because he’s fantastic and I definitely look forward to having him on my TV every week. As far as I can tell, the show was commissioned for a ten-episode first season (don’t quote me, I could be wrong), so with a June 6th start date Graceland actually won’t conflict with fall TV this year, but if it performs well and gets renewed, it could definitely get thrown into the mix next year in such a way that it might.

After all is said and done, when you factor in White Collar, Haven, Covert Affairs, and Suits, there are 42 shows on my Fall 2013 TV Schedule, which is about 39 hours of viewing time (with commercials). Now, Covert Affairs and Suits will both be dropping off fairly quickly (unless USA decides not to split up their seasons for some reason this year), and I won’t necessarily hold on to all of the new shows – or even all of the returning shows. Chicago Fire is good but it’s already been a casualty of the size of my schedule once, for example. Then there’s shows like ABC’s Betrayal, which I’m not entirely sure I’m going to like but am going to try anyway just in case.

One thing I’m kind of excited about this year is the proliferation of genre shows. Although the success of Lost inspired a mini-boom of sci-fi conspiracy shows the year after it premiered, none of them were as successful as Lost was, and the fad passed fairly quickly. The success of shows like Once Upon a Time and Grimm combined with the way audiences have been showing up for movies like The Avengers and Star Trek Into Darkness seems to have made an impression on people. Even CBS, bastion of cop and lawyer shows (although I will fight anyone who tries to argue that NCIS is “just another procedural cop show”), tested the sci-fi waters over the last couple years with Person of Interest and seems to be jumping in with Intelligence. Over on FOX, Almost Human is futuristic sci-fi with a philosophical bent (remind you of anything?), and Sleepy Hollow is fantasy/horror with a twist of historical conspiracy. ABC, already embracing fantasy with Once Upon a Time, not only picked up a spinoff of that show but brought Marvel to network television with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (COULSON LIVES!). Then there’s their metaphysical mystery midseason series, Resurrection. NBC, whose roster already included dystopian sci-fi (Revolution) and fantasy/horror (Grimm), added some historical fantasy/horror in to their mix with Dracula, plus historical fantasy with Crossbones and a metaphysical mystery of their own (with bonus government conspiracy) in Believe. The CW, already deep in genre territory with shows like The Vampire Diaries, Beauty and the Beast, and Arrow is adding in more of the same plus some additional sci-fi (and a tiny bit of historical fiction) with shows like The Originals, The Tomorrow People, Reign, Star-Crossed, and The 100.

It’s a lot of genre shows, is what I’m saying. And there are a lot of really talented people in those shows, and most of them are even on networks where people occasionally actually get nominated for awards! (Not that I’m bitter about the fact that neither Nina Dobrev nor Ian Somerhalder will ever get recognition for the amazing work they do on The Vampire Diaries or anything, nope. Not at all.) Which still doesn’t mean that anyone on a genre show will get nominated for anything even if they are on a network that isn’t the CW; for some reason the people who hand out awards in Hollywood still seem to think quality work is never done in genre productions. Which is ridiculous; I can’t count the number of times Chris Pine had tears welling up in my eyes during Star Trek Into Darkness, for example. And I’m bitter about Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder’s award chances for a reason.

Still, I’m hoping that such a huge surge of genre television indicates a groundswell of support, if you will, for work in this category. I think really cool stuff can be done here, and it’s nice to see that a whole bunch of it is being tried this year. I hope it goes well.

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