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Walkers, Clones, And Cosmos: What To Look Forward To In Spring Sci-Fi TV

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WDeadThe Walking Dead (AMC, Feb. 9)
When AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead returns for the second half of its fourth season, the series may be in as good a spot as it’s ever been. The first portion of the year wasn’t spectacular, but with the exception of those standalone Governor episodes, and the flu story that went on for far too long, it’s been solid, and more importantly consistent.

After the kerfuffle at the prison left the group beaten, bloody, splintered, and down a few key members, The Walking Dead is poised to get into some meaty storylines. From the addition of new cast members, as well as what producers have said, it looks like we’re going to be following the arc from Robert Kirkman’s comics as close as we ever have. Scattered to the wind as they are, each splinter of survivors will have their own weight to bear. Carl (Chandler Riggs) is going to have to take care of his father Rick (Andrew Lincoln), who is in even worse shape, mentally and physically, than usual. I really, really, really hope they stay away from the whole dead wife on the phone thing from the comics. They tried that, and it failed miserably. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Beth (Emily Kinney) gave to cope with not only the loss of their father, but watching him get beheaded. We’ll see if Glenn (Steven Yeun) can help, or if he’ll fall to pieces, too. Michonne (Danai Gurira), well, it looks like she’s going to be alone, again, hacking zombies apart with her katana, you know, the usual.

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Star-Crossed And The 100 Images Show Off The CW’s Latest Sci-Fi Series

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StarCrossed1-sJokes about The CW’s endless parade of teenage angst and improbably beautiful people, you have to respect the network’s commitment to genre programming. From The Vampire Diaries to Arrow to that Beauty & the Beast remake I guess somebody must be watching, The CW’s lineup is chockablock with fantasy, science fiction, and superheroics. The network has two more science fiction projects set to debut in the near future: Star-Crossed, which premieres on February 17, and The 100, which arrives on March 19. Now The CW has released some high-quality stills from both pilots. (You can click the images for larger versions)

Appropriately enough for a show that’s bowing just after Valentine’s Day, Star-Crossed is essentially your basic Romeo & Juliet story but with aliens. In the vein of Alien Nation or District 9, Star-Crossed has alien visitors crash land on Earth. During the hectic aftermath, a young girl named Emery (Aimee Teegarden) meets an alien lad named Roman (Matt Lanter). He’s soon dragged off with the rest of his people and herded into internment camps. The main story picks up 10 years later, as the alien Atrians are being integrated into human society. Naturally, Roman and Emery cross each other’s path again, and romance ensues. You can see stills from Star-Crossed above and below, as well as a teaser trailer for the show.

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2014 Midseason TV Premiere Guide: What’s Coming Back When?

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AhumanWe’re in the midst of the holiday doldrums when it comes to TV, so unless you’ve had a serious craving for Christmas specials or the odd marathon, your choices have been limited. (Then again, I’m sure a lot of you have been like me — using the barren TV landscape as an excuse to binge-watch stuff on Netflix.) Thankfully, the winter break is about to be broken, with shows returning or premiering beginning next week. So settle into the comfy chair and pull up that DVR menu, it’s time to schedule the next few months of TV sci-fi.

Thursday, January 2

Community (NBC, 8/7c)
Okay, okay, so Community isn’t really science fiction. But it is hilarious, and since creator Dan Harmon has returned to the show, we can now recommend it again in good conscience. Besides, it’s delved into alternate realities and was nominated for a Hugo, so that puts it right inside our wheelhouse.

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The 100 And The Tomorrow People Trailers Show Off The CW’s New Sci-Fi Series

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This fall we’ll be getting a lot of promising science fiction shows such as Almost Human and Believe. Surprisingly, the network with the most new sci-fi shows is easily the CW. We’ve already gotten looks at these sci-fi outings, including Star-Crossed, but now the CW is giving us a closer look at The 100 and The Tomorrow People.

First up, The 100. The show’s premise sounds good on paper, but, just based on the extended trailer above, the execution may leave a lot to be desired. After a nuclear apocalypse, the world’s population was killed off, except for the people on 12 orbiting space stations. The 12 space stations combined into one working civilization, called “The Ark.” After three generations, population control has become a problem, so the Ark’s leaders decide to send 100 juvenile prisoners to the Earth’s surface to see if our planet is once again fit for human habitation.

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Star-Crossed Trailer Mixes An Alien Invasion With Teen Romance

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Along with The Tomorrow People, Star-Crossed is one of the new science fiction offerings from the TV network The CW this fall. While The Tomorrow People seems to be a lighter American version of MisFits (it’s actually based on another cult British series), Star-Crossed is an alien invasion/anti-segregation allegory with a teen romance angle at its center. It almost has a Twilight/The Host kind of vibe to it, mixed in with a little bit of Roswell. Let’s hope Star-Crossed turns out more like the latter than the former.

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The CW Greenlights Three Sci-Fi Series, Passes On One More

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When the 2013-2014 television season premieres this fall, the airwaves are going to be heavy with science fiction. Specifically, there will be a great deal more genre fare for younger audiences, as the CW has given the go-ahead for a trio of new sci-fi series aimed at teens. The network has picked up The 100, Star-Crossed, and The Tomorrow People. On the other hand, network execs have decided to pass on a second pilot for the Hunger Games-esque series The Selection.

Based on an upcoming series of young adult books, The 100 is the story of a human society that, following a destructive nuclear war, took to living in space. That’s a similar premise to both Oblivion and Elysium. After a while, 100 juvenile delinquents are sent back to determine if it’s yet possible to re-colonize the surface of Earth. You also hear echoes of After Earth in this. The series stars Kelly Hu from Arrow and Henry Ian Cusick from Lost.

Formerly known as Oxygen, Star-Crossed is, as you might infer from the title, the story of a troubled young romance. In this case, the couple is a human girl and an alien boy, so the plot may involve actual stars eventually. Despite a society where aliens and humans are becoming integrated, there are still various hurdles of intolerance for the budding romance to overcome. Most of the aliens are fresh out of internment camps, which is a wound that probably still stings. I imagine that could breed some resentment. Matt Lanter (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Friday Night Lights’s Aimee Teegarden are the stars, presumably the Romeo and Juliet characters.