Sci Fi TV Premieres This Week: The Walking Dead, Black Mirror, Dirk Gently, Rocky Horror, and More

By | October 17, 2016

the-walking-dead-neganFour more shows have their debuts this week, plus a remake of a classic midnight movie. Most anticipated among the week’s premieres is AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 7 bow on Sunday where we will finally learn which of the main characters fell to Negan’s bat (and showrunner Scott Gimple promises we will find out in that episode). Also this week, Black Mirror moves to Netflix, FOX remakes The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has it bow on BBC America, and The CW’s Vampire Diaries starts its final season.

You can see the full listings for sci fi & fantasy shows for the week at this link.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again: Premieres Thursday October 20th on FOX at 8 PM EST
Here’s the official synopsis:
FOX is doing the Time Warp, with a brand-new production of the 1975 cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” A reimagining of the original movie, the two-hour event follows sweethearts JANET (Victoria Justice, “Victorious”) and BRAD (Ryan McCartan, “Liv & Maddie,” “Heathers the Musical”), who stumble upon DR. FRANK-N-FURTER’s (Emmy Award-nominated actress Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black”) bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious mad-scientist, is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of ROCKY HORROR – a muscle-bound specimen created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires. Actor and singer Staz Nair (“Game of Thrones”) will star in the role. Also featured in the event are “American Idol” alum Adam Lambert as EDDIE, Reeve Carney (“Penny Dreadful,” “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark”) as RIFF RAFF, Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford (“Sylvia,” “You Can’t Take It With You,” “Masters of Sex”) as COLUMBIA, Christina Milian (“Grandfathered”) as MAGENTA, Ivy Levan as USHERETTE, Tony Award winner Ben Vereen (“Pippin”) as DR. EVERETT SCOTT and Emmy Award nominee Tim Curry, the original Frank-N-Furter, as the show’s CRIMINOLOGIST NARRATOR.

Vampire Diaries: Season 8 Premiere is on Friday October 21st on The CW at 8 PM EST
Here’s the official synopsis for the first episode of the eighth season (which will be the show’s last):
Months after Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) mysteriously vanished from the Armory vault, Stefan (Paul Wesley) tirelessly pushes forward with their search, while Bonnie (Kat Graham) struggles holding onto hope that they will be found. Meanwhile, a dangerous encounter with an unexpected visitor leaves Caroline (Candice King) and Alaric (Matt Davis) fearing that someone – or something – may be targeting their family. Finally, after following some mysterious clues, Stefan realizes that whatever has a hold of his brother may have a more damaging grip over him than he could have ever imagined.

Black Mirror: Season 3 Premiere is on Friday October 21st on Netflix, All episodes will be available
This acclaimed sci fi / horror anthology series has aired two seasons of three episodes each in Britain and now moves to Netflix with the same creative team for a six-episode third season. The first two seasons are currently available on the streaming service.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Series Premiere is on Saturday October 22nd on BBC America at 9 PM EST
Here’s the official synopsis of the show:
Corpses—cops—trap—cult—assassins—Pararibulitis—vampires—lottery ticket—kitten—corgi—EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED! Welcome to the world of BBC AMERICA’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency; a trippy mystery that thrusts a reluctant sidekick into the bizarre world of an unconventional detective who believes in the interconnectedness of all things. When washed-up rocker Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood) stumbles upon the murder scene of a millionaire, all hell breaks loose. Eccentric detective, Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett), wholly believes they’re destined to untangle the peculiar events surrounding the mystery together, whether Todd likes it or not! A collection of wild and dangerous characters’ further infiltrate and complicate their world, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth.

The Walking Dead: Season 7 Premiere is on Sunday October 23rd on The CW at 8 PM EST
Here’s the official synopsis for the seventh season:
Up until this point, the survivors have lived through conflicts… Disease, hunger, scores of the undead, tragedy, betrayal, and unthinkable loss. Through this, they’ve become formidable. Powerful. Unstoppable. To start Season 7, that power is taken away. They had found safety and stability. They had created a home. They thought the world was theirs. They thought they knew the world. They were wrong. The first half of Season 7 sees the group fractured, broken, bereaved, and picking up the pieces while living under the thumb of oppression. Negan will have successfully brought the survivors under his control, brutally convincing them to live under his rules with a deadly and horrific example of what happens if they don’t. Other characters are unaware of what’s happened, but have become separated from the group either by incident or choice — they will learn that they can’t escape this new turn of their world, either. This half season is about these characters starting over. The overall theme of the season is beginning again. The world isn’t what they thought it was. It’s bigger and it’s even more dangerous.

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