[You can see the most current edition of this list at this link]
The Fall season is just about to kick off (you can see the full schedule at this link), so it’s time to update this list with the latest entries and status changes. There are 97 shows on this list including recently cancelled and ending entries. Around 90 of those are currently airing, returning, or upcoming through mid-season (I’m hedging on the actual number because some of these could get scrapped in production like NBC’s Emerald City which has been on and off for a couple of years). That’s up from the 86 we saw on the Summer list, and there’s so many shows here–some completely off the wall–that I might have slipped in a joke entry or two (call them out in the comments if you think you found them and no fair Googling). Still, I’m guessing that we are not going to get quite to the level of one hundred sci fi & fantasy shows because I believe that by 2017 that bubble from the Too-Much-TV era will start shrinking if not completely burst. But then there are still quite a lot of shows in the pipeline, so I could be proven wrong on that point. And I’m sure that there are some Fall or early 2017 entries that have not made it to the list yet because I have not heard official word or I just missed them. If you know of any discrepancies, go easy on me (this is a lot of shows to keep track of) and let me know in the comments below. (There is an expanded version of the list available in eBook format at this link.)
This list will help you keep track of what’s on, what’s returning, and what’s coming up through mid-season based on the information available so far. I give a brief description for each of the shows below plus comments on their current renewal / cancellation prospects. I’ve been dinged previously for my “negative” comments, but hey, I’m just telling it like it is. I’ve been tracking the standings of sci fi shows for years now and have a pretty darn good track record with my predictions. And with the current level of competition for scripted programming across all genres, it’s hard for any show to keep its head above water. You may not like the status I give to your favorite show or shows, but I’m not going to lie to you and tell you all of these shows will stick around for several years, especially in the current TV-overload environment.
The cancelled/ending shows that dropped off from the last list are Agent Carter (ABC), Containment (CW), Damien (A&E), Galavant (ABC), Limitless (CBS), Minority Report (FOX), Person of Interest (CBS), and Second Chance (FOX). The recently cancelled shows from Summer / Spring that are included here are Powers (PSN), Houdini & Doyle (FOX), Hunters (Syfy), Penny Dreadful (Show), Deadbeat (Hulu). Those will roll off with the next list.
You can click on the show links to the pages on our partner site CancelledSciFi.com to get more information as well as the season to date ratings and most recent status updates. You can see the Fall schedule of sci fi / fantasy shows at this link. You can follow what’s on each week with our Sci Fi TV Listings and be sure to follow us on Twitter (@SciFiTVSite) for the latest sci fi TV news and daily reminders of what is airing. So go through this list and start checking off what you want to watch and get the dates (where available) on your calendar. Because there is a ton of sci fi / fantasy airing at the moment, and it is becoming a monumental task to keep track of it all!
The Massive List of Currently Airing, Returning, and Upcoming Sci Fi & Fantasy TV Shows – Fall 2016 Edition
(There is an expanded version of the list available in eBook format at this link.)
(Sorted by Series Title)
The 100 (CW) TBD, 4th Season Airs Early 2017
About: A group of 100 wayward juveniles are sent to a nuclear war ravaged Earth from their refuge in space to determine if the planet is habitable once again.
Comments: It started off its third season with some of the best numbers it has seen in years, but those slipped off, especially after that controversial major character death. It is still well short of the 88 episode threshold the syndication market prefers to see, so this one has no guarantees that it will survive to a fifth season. But since it does air on The CW, it has a much better chance than if it was on one of the Big Four broadcast nets.
12 Monkeys (Syfy) Mon 9 PM, 3rd Season Airs 2017
About: Based on the Terry Gilliam movie of the same name, a man is sent back in time from a post-apocalyptic future to stop the outbreak of a virus that has wiped out most of humanity.
Comments: This show barely registered in the ratings during its first year, and slipped even further in its second year. It has developed some decent buzz in the sci fi community, but I’m betting that Syfy wants to see it build its audience in its third season.
Aftermath (Syfy) Tue 10 PM, 1st Season Premieres Sep 27th
About: A family struggles to survive after civilization is brought to an end apparently by supernatural means.
Comments: This post-apocalyptic series is a Canadian co-production and that partnership may help it to continue into a second season like we saw with Dark Matter and Killjoys.
Agents of SHIELD (ABC) Tue 10 PM, 4th Season Premieres Sep 20th
About: This spin-off from the Avengers movies follows the super-secret organization SHIELD which works to protect Earth from HYDRA and other dangerous forces
Comments: The fourth season renewal will get this show to a syndication friendly count of episodes (where it can really start to turn a profit), but if the ratings stay low then a fifth year seems unlikely. It is bringing in more Marvel characters such as Ghost Rider, so maybe the show is taking a stab at trying to revive itself and extend its run another year.
American Horror Story (FX) Wed 10 PM, 6th Season Premieres Sep 14th
About: A season long horror anthology with a different story arc each year.
Comments: Once a powerhouse series, it has slipped notably in the ratings the last couple of years. Its upcoming season looks like it will take a stab at linking together the previous seasons, and maybe that will act as its swansong seeing as it will have enough episodes for a decent syndication run by the end of this coming year.
Arrow (CW) Wed 8 PM, 4th Season Premieres Oct 4th
About: This series delivers a television adaptation of DC’s Green Arrow comic book character and brings in plenty more characters from the comics as well.
Comments: The fifth season renewal came as expected and this show likely will stick around for at least another season or two beyond that before superhero burnout finally sets in.
Ash vs Evil Dead (Starz) Sun 8 PM, 2nd Season Premieres Oct 2nd
About: The unstoppable Ash (still played by Bruce Campbell) is back and kicking butt on the Evil Dead again.
Comments: Despite the low ratings, this is likely an inexpensive series to produce and Starz surely knows that Evil Dead fans will continue tuning in each year. Expect a few more seasons from this one.
Beauty and the Beast (CW) Thu 8 PM, Airing Final Season
About: A police detective falls in love with a former soldier who has been turned into a “beast” by government bio-engineering.
Comments: This show is finally coming to an end after four low-rated seasons. But it allegedly played well internationally and will likely live on in an encore run in global syndication.
Between (Netflix) Streaming, Completed 2nd Season, Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Announcement
About: A virus kills everybody over the age of 21 in a small town and the survivors are left to fend for themselves when the government cordons off the area.
Comments: Netflix has partnered with the Canadian City channel on this show which aired its second season in June. No word yet on whether it will return for a third year.
Black Mirror (Netflix) Streaming, 3rd Season Premieres Oct 21st
About: Netflix has picked up this acclaimed British sci fi / horror anthology series and will stream its third season in the States.
Comments: This show developed plenty of buzz through its first two seasons and Netflix has retained the original creative team. Maybe this one will finally give us the modern day Twilight Zone that we have been looking for.
Blood Drive (Syfy) TBD, 1st Season Airs 2017
About: In this Grindhouse-like series, the last good cop in LA must go on a cross-country race where the cars use blood for fuel.
Comments: This is in the cheesier vein of shows on Syfy like Z Nation and Wynonna Earp, but then those have been doing better for the network than some of its more sci fi oriented entries, so this one has a chance of finding an audience.
Braindead (CBS) Sun 10 PM, Airing 1st Season
About: In this satirical drama, the government has stopped working after aliens have eaten the brains of many of the members of Congress (no, this is not a documentary about the current state of the government).
Comments: This Summer series started with mediocre ratings and saw its numbers slip even further over its first season. The creators had a four-year arc planned out, but it looks unlikely they will see that realized.
Channel Zero (Syfy) Tue 10 PM, 1st Season Premieres Sep 27th
About: This season-long anthology series is based on the “CreepyPasta” stories making their way around the internet. The first six-episode season will be based on “Candle Cove” tale and the second will be based on the “No-End House”.
Comments: Syfy has already picked this up for two shortened “seasons” (the first will air in Fall and the Second in Spring), and it has a decent chance of surviving beyond that.
Cleverman (SUND) Wed 10 PM, 2nd Season Airs 2017
About: In this Australian import, human-like beings from ancient mythology must battle for survival in a world that wants to exploit and destroy them.
Comments: This show will live and die by its ratings in its home country and Sundance will likely continue to keep it going as long as it is airing overseas.
Colony (USA) Thu 10 PM, 2nd Season Airs Early 2017
About: A family must make difficult choices while living in a world under alien occupation.
Comments: This show can’t be counted as a hit for the USA network, but it developed some decent buzz in its first season run which will hopefully translate into higher viewership in its second year.
Daredevil (Netflix) Streaming, 3rd Season Streams early 2018
About: Based on the Marvel comic book character, this series follows the superhero Daredevil who is blind but who’s other senses are heightened to extraordinary levels.
Comments: The third season renewal for this show came as expected, but it will be 2018 until we see that. In the meantime, Netflix will be rolling out the other entries in its Defenders lineup of shows (Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the team-up series).
Dark Matter (Syfy) Fri 10 PM, Airing 2nd Season
About: Six people wake up on a starship with no memories of who they are or why they are there and they find themselves in the midst of a power struggle in their section of the Galaxy.
Comments: This series has not drawn huge ratings for Syfy, but it did better than the network’s Spring entries and it is part of a partnership with the Canadian Space Channel (as is Killjoys). It has a decent chance of coming back for a third season at this point. Update: This show has been renewed as expected.
Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency (BBCA) Sat 9 PM, 1st Season Premieres Oct 22nd
About: Douglas Adams’ famous detective who believes in the inter-connectedness of all things gets a new small screen adaptation on BBC America (the BBC tried this previously in Britain in 2010).
Comments: This one looks promising and it could survive on BBC America if it pulls in halfway decent viewership.
Doctor Who (BBCA) Sat 9 PM, 10th Season Airs 2016/17
About: The long-lived Timelord known as The Doctor travels through time and space facing off against threats to Earth and other parts of the universe and also changing his appearance from time to time.
Comments: This long-running show has wrapped up the ninth season of its 21st century revival and is headed into a tenth which will debut in 2017 (with a Christmas Special scheduled for December 2016).
Emerald City (NBC) Fri 9 PM, 1st Season Airs Early 2017
About: This series delivers a reimagining of The Wizard of Oz set in the modern world.
Comments: This one has been on-again and off-again since it was first announced in 2014, but it finally has a premiere date now (at mid-season on Jan 6th). I don’t like the trend across the broadcast nets of dumping genre reboots/revivals on Friday nights, though (CBS has MacGyver and FOX has The Exorcist slated for that night). These are all high-profile shows that could be off the schedule already be season end.
Erasers Edge (AMA) TBD, 1st Season Airs Late 2016 / Early 2017
About: Part-time race car driver, part-time nuclear physicist, part-time rock singer and full-time supernatural eradicator, Malcom “Eraser” Michael discovers he may be the chosen one to lead the battle against a sinister cabal trying to take control of the world with the help of ancient and powerful supernatural beings. Or are they actually aliens from another dimension?
Comments: This highly anticipated series is finally on the schedule after a few hiccups along the way and should rock-and-roll itself to some decent ratings number for the fledgling AMA network.
The Exorcist (FOX) Fri 9 PM, 1st Season Premieres Sep 23rd
About: This series is a reboot of the 1973 movie and the original novel about a priest that performs exorcisms on possessed people.
Comments: The Friday night scheduling for this show seems a bit odd, but NBC previously found success with their supernatural series Grimm, so perhaps FOX is trying to tap into that audience.
The Expanse (Syfy) TBD, 2nd Season Premieres January 2017
About: Based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey, this show follows the power struggles between Earth, Mars, and the settlers that have taken up residence in the Asteroid Belt.
Comments: The linear viewing for this show was low, but apparently the digital viewing picked up some of the slack. Plus it has a financing deal that helps cover pricey production costs. But at some point I’m thinking Syfy is going to want to see that more people are watching in order to justify keeping it around.
Falling Water (USA) Thu 10 PM, 1st Season Premieres Oct 13th
About: Three unrelated people make contact through dreams and realize they have been called together for a bigger mission.
Comments: This one comes from Walking Dead alum Gale Anne Hurd and should have a chance of attracting an audience on USA.
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) Sun 9 PM, Airing 2nd Season (Renewed for a 3rd)
About: This prequel series to The Walking Dead follows a group of survivors during the early days of the zombie virus outbreak.
Comments: It returned from its second season hiatus at series low levels, but it is still one of the most watched shows across the cable and broadcast networks. It is safe for now but we may be seeing the first signs of the zombie rot setting in.
The Flash (CW) Tue 8 PM, 3rd Season Premieres Oct 4th
About: This spin-off from Arrow brings DC’s the Flash to television and expands on the Arrow-verse established in the parent series.
Comments: As expected, this show raced into a third season renewal. And a fourth season is all but guaranteed since that gets it through the syndication stretch, meaning that it has met the episode count that the syndication market prefers for an encore run.
Frequency (CW) Wed 8 PM, 1st Season Premieres Oct 5th
About: This reboots the 2000 film of the same name and follows a woman who discovers that she can talk to her deceased father in the past using his old ham radio.
Comments: How this idea will translate into an ongoing series remains to be seen. But since it airs on the Happy Net–The CW–which likes to renew (almost) all of its shows, it has a chance of surviving.
From Dusk Till Dawn (El Rey) Tue 9 PM, 3rd Season Premieres Sep 8th
About: Based on the feature film of the same name, a Texas Ranger chases down the notorious Gecko brothers and their hostages and stumbles upon a vampire conspiracy in a desert bar.
Comments: This original series on Robert Rodriguez’s fledgling El Rey network has not drawn high viewership but has worked its way through two seasons with a third on the way. How much longer it will stick around likely depends on the viability of its network.
Game of Thrones (HBO) Sun 9 PM, 7th Season Airs Summer 2017
About: Based on George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books, this adult fantasy series follows the power struggles in the land of Westeros.
Comments: This show’s numbers were up year over year in its sixth season, one of the very few to accomplish that in the current ratings-pocalypse environment. Season 8 has been confirmed as the show’s last, but HBO is currently mulling the possibility of a spin-off series.
The Good Place (NBC) Thu 8:30 PM, 1st Season Premieres Sep 19th
About: In this sitcom, a woman dies and goes to the “good place” but realizes there may have been a mistake because she was not a very good person in life.
Comments: Last season’s afterworld-linked comedy Angel from Hell didn’t last long on CBS, and NBC has been having a hard time re-establishing itself on Thursdays. But maybe the star power of Kristen Bell and Ted Danson will draw in some viewers.
Gotham (FOX) Mon 8 PM, 3rd Season Premieres Sep 19th
About: This Batman prequel series follows a younger Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon before they assume their iconic roles from the comics.
Comments: This show’s numbers were down notably during its second season, but then so were almost all of the shows on FOX. It still got the third season renewal which gets it into the syndication stretch–meaning that it is close to meeting the episode count that the syndication market prefers for an encore run–and all but guarantees it a fourth year.
Grimm (NBC) Fri 8 PM, 6th Season Airs Late 2016 or Early 2017
About: Police detective Nick Burkhardt finds out he is one of a long line Grimms that protects humanity from the creatures of mythology known as Wesens.
Comments: This show slipped to all-time lows in its fifth year and was looking iffy even for a Friday entry. The renewal fever infecting the broadcast networks this last season kept it alive, but as expected NBC has announced this coming year as its last. Still, it will have had a decent run of over 120 episodes and a chance to go out on its own terms which is more than many shows have had in the current crunch of the Too-Much-TV era.
Guardians of the Galaxy (DXD) TBD, 2nd Season Airs Fall 2016
About: This animated spin-off from the movie and comics continues the adventures of the space-bound heroes
Comments: The overnight ratings in the 18-49 demo were not great for this show, but animated entries live and die just as much by their merchandising as their viewership. Expect this one to stick around as long as Disney wants to keep producing episodes (and the toy sales remain good).
Houdini and Doyle (FOX) Mon 9 PM, Cancelled
About: Infamous escape artist Harry Houdini teams up with author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to investigate X-Files type mysteries at the turn of the century.
Comments: This show sunk quickly in the ratings during its run on FOX and didn’t do much better across the Atlantic where ITV aired it, making it yet another one-season-and-done casualty of the Too-Much-TV era.
Humans (AMC) TBD, 2nd Season Airs Early 2017
About: Androids known as “synths” have become commonplace and work in servile roles for humans. But one group is expanding beyond their original purpose and becoming self-aware.
Comments: This co-production between AMC and the British Channel One pulled only moderate ratings in the States but performed very well overseas. It is currently in production on its second season which will bow in early 2017.
Hunters (Syfy) Mon 10 PM, Cancelled
About: Based on the Whitley Strieber novel Alien Hunter, this series follows a secret government organization hunting what they believe are aliens.
Comments: This show barely registered in the ratings during its first year and quickly become another one-season-and-done casualty of the Too-Much-TV era.
Incorporated (Syfy) Wed 10 PM, 1st Season Premieres Nov 30th
About: From executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, this series is set in a near-future dystopian world where corporations have unlimited power.
Comments: With the high-profile names of this show’s producers, I’m thinking its chances of lasting into a second season are pretty good.
Into the Badlands (AMC) Sun 10 PM, 2nd Season Airs Early 2017
About: In this martial arts drama, Sunny is the regent and protector of one of the seven barons that holds power in a post-apocalyptic world.
Comments: This one performed especially well with The Walking Dead as its lead-in and still managed to post decent ratings when it flew solo. If it can hold steady when it returns (in 2017) then perhaps it could stick around for a few years.
iZombie (CW) TBD, 3rd Season Airs Early 2017
About: Olivia “Liv” Moore is part zombie and receives flashbacks when she eats the brains of the corpses at the morgue where she works. She uses this knowledge to solve crimes.
Comments: The numbers remained low for this one, but it is likely an inexpensive entry and it airs on the Happy Net which likes to renew (almost) all of its shows. Since the buzz remains good for the show, maybe it can stick around for another year or so.
Jessica Jones (Netflix) Streaming, 2nd Season Streams in late 2017 / early 2018
About: Based on the Marvel comic book character, this follows a one-time superhero who now works as a private investigator.
Comments: This is part of Netflix’s Defenders series and Jessica Jones will recur in the other entries in that series (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders) and return for a second season of her own show at some point in late 2017 or early 2018.
Killjoys (Syfy) Fri 9 PM, Airing 2nd Season
About: This show follows a group of interplanetary bounty hunters known as Killjoys who try to do their jobs and remain impartial amidst the ongoing power struggles in their system.
Comments: Like Dark Matter, this show is produced through a partnership between Syfy and the Canadian Space Channel. Its U.S. numbers have been low, but it has performed better than the network’s Spring entries and has a decent chance of returning for a third season. Update: This show has been renewed as expected.
The Last Man on Earth (FOX) Sun 9:30 PM, 3rd Season Premieres Sep 25th
About: In this sitcom, small group of people have survived a plague that has wiped out most of humanity. But can they survive living with each other?
Comments: It survived for a third season, but likely because it is not too expensive and FOX wanted to maintain a good relationship with its executive producers (Phil Lorde and Chris Miller) who are developing other projects for the network. Whether it can stick around for a fourth season at these ratings levels remains to be seen (and no, it is not close enough to the syndication stretch to earn the fourth year guarantee).
The Last Ship (TNT) Sun 9 PM, Airing 3rd Season (Renewed for a 4th)
About: After a virus wipes out most of humanity, the USS Nathan James is the last surviving U.S. naval ship and it carries the cure and the hopes for rebuilding civilization.
Comments: This show saw a notable slip in its ratings during its third season, but it had some scheduling issues and also had to contend with pretty stiff competition. TNT gave it the greenlight for a fourth season, but don’t be surprised if that or maybe a fifth year is its last.
The Leftovers (HBO) Sun 10 PM, 3rd (and Final) Season Airs Fall 2016
About: People mysteriously disappear across the planet and the survivors must deal with the repercussions and implications of this global event.
Comments: This show pulled mediocre to low numbers throughout its first two years, but HBO saw fit to give it a third and final season to wrap up its storylines.
Legends of Tomorrow (CW) Thu 8 PM, 2nd Season Premieres Oct 13
About: This spin-off from Arrow and The Flash finds time traveller Rip Hunter recruiting a diverse group of superheroes and villains to defend against threats to Earth and the multiverse.
Comments: Considering how expensive this show must have been in its first season, I’m thinking The CW execs would have preferred to see higher ratings. But it airs on the Happy Net that likes to renew (almost) all of its shows and it is also part of the Arrow-verse. Expect some changes in its coming season, though, to keep the costs down.
The Librarians (TNT) Sun 8 PM, 3rd Season Premieres Nov 20th
About: The Librarians stand watch over the Library which houses many powerful mythical/supernatural artifacts.
Comments: While this one is not a huge ratings gainer on Sunday nights, it has developed a loyal following and it has done well enough for TNT against stiff competition. If it can hold mostly steady, consider a fourth season a good bet.
Lucifer (FOX) Mon 9 PM, 2nd Season Premieres Sep 19th
About: Based on the DC/Vertigo comic of the same name, Lucifer gets bored with Hell and decides to take up residence in–where else?–Los Angeles.
Comments: This show started strong with The X-Files as it lead-in, but saw its numbers drop off, especially when Gotham took over the lead-in hour. It got the second season renewal nod, but that was partly because FOX has space to fill on its schedule with American Idol not coming back. It is bringing in some big guns with Tricia Helfer and Michael Imperiolli joining the cast, so maybe it will gain back some of its early audience.
Luke Cage (Netflix) Streaming, 1st Season Premieres Sept 30th
About: This series is based on the Marvel comic book character who receives incredible strength and unbreakable skin from a scientific experiment.
Comments: This will be the third entry in Netflix’s Defenders series which also includes Daredevil, and Jessica Jones as well as the upcoming Iron Fist and team-up series.
MacGyver (CBS) Fri 8 PM, 1st Season Premieres Sep 23rd
About: This spy fi series reboots the 80’s original with a younger (20-something) MacGyver setting up an organization designed to solve problems and prevent disasters.
Comments: This is as close as CBS will come to sci fi for its Fall 2016 schedule and it seems that they are already putting the odds against it with its Friday night scheduling. Can young MacGyver devise a gimmick to defeat the Nielsens?
The Magicians (Syfy) TBD, 2nd Season Premieres January 2017
About: Based on the Lev Grossman novel of the same name, this series follows a young man who attends a college of magic in the modern world.
Comments: The ratings were not spectacular for this show, but it was the second highest rated original series on Syfy over the past year and it developed some decent buzz. If it can just hold steady, then a third season looks like a sure thing.
Making History (FOX) TBD, 1st Season Airs Early 2017
About: Another upcoming series from executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, this comedy follows three people traveling to different points in time.
Comments: Yet another of upcoming time travel-themed shows, this one is not scheduled to bow until mid-season.
The Man in the High Castle (Amazon) Streaming, 2nd Season Streams Late 2016
About: Based on the Phillip K. Dick book of the same name about an alternate timeline where the Axis powers won WWII and split up the United States in a joint occupation.
Comments: In its first season, this was Amazon’s most streamed original series ever. A second season is on the way, though unfortunately some creative differences have led to Frank Spotnitz stepping back as the showrunner. Hopefully that won’t result in a drop in quality for the show.
Midnight Texas (NBC) TBD, 1st Season Airs Early 2017
About: This show is based on the supernatural soap opera book series of the same name written by True Blood‘s Charlaine Harris.
Comments: NBC is obviously hoping this one will become their True Blood. It will debut at mid-season.
Mr Robot (USA) Wed 10 PM, Airing 2nd Season (Renewed for a 3rd)
About: An anti-social man who is also a computer genius gets involved with a revolutionary (some say terrorist) hacker group.
Comments: This show’s numbers have been down in its second season, but it continues to register well in the social nets and draw attention from Emmy voters. USA renewed it for a third season as expected, and it will likely stick around for a few more years.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Netflix) Streaming, 11th Season Premieres Fall 2016
About: This is the Kickstarter-funded new season of the much-beloved sci fi riffing show.
Comments: Netflix will air the season that was pre-funded through the Kickstarter campaign, but there is no word yet on if they are onboard for more seasons.
Once Upon A Time (ABC) Sun 8 PM, 6th Season Premieres Sep 25th
About: The small town of Storybrooke is the modern day home of many characters from fairy tales and mythology (and Disney movies).
Comments: It received its sixth season renewal despite the continued drop in its ratings. But it is still one of the higher rated broadcast net shows on Sundays and Disney will likely keep it around a few more years to continue running its stock of characters through the storylines.
The Originals (CW) TBD, 4th Season Airs Early 2017
About: In this spin-off from Vampire Diaries, the original vampires find themselves in a power struggle with opposing vampire clans, werewolves, witches, and more throughout New Orleans.
Comments: The fourth season renewal for this show was expected because that gets it to the episode count sufficient for a syndication run (where shows really turn a profit). But it was at all-time ratings lows (in part due to its move to Fridays) and this coming year could be its last. It is currently scheduled to return at mid-season.
Orphan Black (BBCA) TBD, 5th (and Final) Season Airs 2017
About: A woman finds that she is one of several clones and is drawn into a conspiracy involving the reason she and her “sisters” were created.
Comments: The numbers slipped pretty low for this show in its fourth season, but BBC America decided to give it a fifth and final year to wrap up its storylines.
Outcast (MAX) Fri 10 PM, 2nd Season Airs 2017
About: A man tries to discover why people close to him have been the victims of demonic possession. This series is based on the comic book of the same name by Robert Kirkman (creator of The Walking Dead).
Comments: This numbers were pretty low for this show in its first year, but the network showed its commitment to the Robert Kirkman property by renewing it before its first season even aired. Whether they will stick with it if the numbers stay low next year remains to be seen.
Outlander (Starz) Sun 9 PM, 3rd Season Airs 2017
About: A nurse from 1945 is drawn back in time to 1743 Scotland where she becomes involved with the power struggles of that age.
Comments: This much-lauded show is not pulling Walking Dead or Game of Thrones level ratings, but it is registering well with its target audience and Starz has renewed it through its fourth season.
Penny Dreadful (SHOW) Sun 10 PM, Ended
About: An explorer, a gunslinger, and a medium deal with supernatural characters inspired by famous works of fiction such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Comments: The Season 3 finale, which turned out to be this show’s series finale, took everybody by surprise. But apparently Showtime decided this one was too expensive to keep going at the viewership levels it was delivering. It did at least wrap up its major storylines, but I’m sure fans of the show would have prefered it to stick around for another season or two.
People of Earth (TBS) Mon 9 PM, 1st Season Premieres Oct 31st
About: In this sitcom, a journalist investigates a support group for people who claim to have been abducted by aliens.
Comments: Sci fi and sitcoms don’t always mix well, but FOX’s The Last Man on Earth has survived into a third season, so this one may have a chance as well.
Powerless (NBC) TBD, 1st Season Airs Early 2017
About: Based on the comic book of the same name, this sitcom is set in the DC Universe and focuses on an insurance company that handles the claims of superhero-related damages.
Comments: This show could be a ton of fun and is currently scheduled to bow at some point during mid-season.
Powers (PSN) Streaming, Cancelled
About: Based on the comic book of the same name, this show follows a special police force that monitors the activities of superpowered humans.
Comments: The Play Station Network’s first stab at original programming has ended somewhat abruptly, leaving fans of this show hanging. Whether producers will try to shop it around to other venues remains to be seen, but with the current glut of scripted shows, they may not find many buyers.
Preacher (AMC) Sun 10 PM, 2nd Season Airs 2017
About: Based on the DC/Vertigo comic of the same name, a preacher finds himself possessed by a supernatural power and he sets off on a journey to find God.
Comments: The ratings results for this show’s first season didn’t come close to Walking Dead levels (which airs on the same network), but it still did decent for a cable entry these days. And it did develop some good buzz which could help it build its audience in its second season.
Salem (WGN) TBD, 3rd Season Premieres Oct 2016
About: This supernatural series focuses on the events from the titular 17th century Massachusetts town that led to the infamous witch trials.
Comments: This WGN scripted original has barely registered in the ratings but apparently has international financing to help keep it afloat. How long that will keep it going remains to be seen.
Saving Hope (ION) Tue 11 PM, 5th Season Airs Late 2016 / Early 2017
About: A doctor at Hope Zion Hospital (played by Stargate: Sg-1 alum Michael Shanks) falls into a coma but he can see and talk to the spirits of other comatose patients as well as the deceased.
Comments: NBC dropped this one after one low-rated Summer run, but Canadian CTV kept it going and now ION is partnering on the show. That US network is currently airing the show’s first four seasons on Tuesday evenings as a run-up to the debut of its fifth year in late 2016 / early 2017.
Scream (MTV) Mon 10 PM, Completed 2nd Season, Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Announcement
About: A continuation of the feature film franchise of the same name, this show follows another series of murders in the town of Lakewood.
Comments: This show has not attracted very high linear viewing through its first two seasons, but it has demonstrated “stickiness” in the social nets which is important to its younger-skewing network. At this point, it looks like it has a decent chance of surviving to a third season.
Scream Queens (FOX) Tue 9 PM, 2nd Season Premieres Sep 20th
About: This season-long anthology series focuses on (mostly female) characters being terrorized by a serial killer in different locations, such as a sorority house and a summer camp.
Comments: This highly anticipated show from the creators of American Horror Story generated pretty tepid ratings but demonstrated “stickiness” across the social nets, leading FOX to renew it for a second season. Seeing as it will likely also get tacked on to the AHS syndication package, the network is guaranteed to make money on it, but may not keep it around for a third year.
Sense8 (Netflix) Streaming, 2nd Season Streams 2017
About: Eight people across the world find themselves telepathically linked and also in danger from a group who sees them as a threat.
Comments: The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski teamed up on this Netflix original which has received mixed (often polarizing) reactions from critics and viewers. But it has received a second season order which will stream at some point in late 2016 or early 2017.
Shadowhunters (Freeform) Tue 9 PM, 2nd Season Airs Early 2017
About: This is based on The Mortal Instruments series of books by Cassandra Clare about a group of demon hunters.
Comments: This series performed well enough for Freeform (formerly ABC Family) and it is likely not to expensive to produce. The built in fanbase from the books apparently responded well to the show and could help carry it into a third season.
The Shannara Chronicles (MTV) Tue 10 PM, 2nd Season Airs Early 2017
About: Based on the Shannara series of books by Terry Brooks, it follows a group of humans, elves, and other fantasy creatures who must work together to protect the Four Lands from the threat of the Demon World.
Comments: The ratings for this show’s first season were not great, especially considering that it was likely an expensive show to produce. But it had very good delayed viewing gains (which the cable channels pay more attention to) and it likely has international financing / partnerships to help defer the costs. Whether that will carry it into a third season remains to be seen.
Slasher (Chill) Fri 9 PM, Completed 1st Season, Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Announcement
About: This is a season-long horror anthology series (following the same format as American Horror Story) that offers up a different psycho-killer each year.
Comments: The ratings have not been great for this one thus far, but that’s to be expected because of the network it airs on. Chiller is producing it in partnership with the Canadian Super Channel which could help carry it into a second season.
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) Fri 9 PM, 4th Season Airs Early 2017
About: Ichabod Crane is revived in the modern world to do battle with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Comments: This show received a fourth year renewal nod despite historically low ratings (even for a Friday show) and the fact that many of the its fans didn’t even want it to come back after that major character death in the season finale. FOX claims that it plays well globally, though, and decided to keep it going for another year. Whether it can survive beyond that remains to be seen. It is currently scheduled for a mid-season return.
Son of Zorn (FOX) Sun 8:30 PM, 1st Season Premieres Sep 11th
About: From executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, this series focuses on the cartoon Barbarian named Zorn who tries to reconnect with his human son.
Comments: This show gets sandwiched between FOX’s Sunday night solid performers The Simpsons and Family Guy and has a decent chance of surviving in that timeslot.
Star Trek Discovery (CBSAA) Streaming, 1st Season Streams Early 2017
About: This will continue the Star Trek franchise on television and it will be a prequel to TOS with some familiar characters and alien races showing up in the first season. It will debut on CBS in 2017 then be available on that network’s streaming service CBS All Access.
Comments: Some are annoyed about the fact that they will have to pay for CBS All Access to get this show, but then we pay for shows like Daredevil on Netflix and The Man in the High Castle on Amazon. And much better that this one is on the streaming service than the sci fi-averse CBS broadcast network.
Star Wars Rebels (DXD) Wed 9:30 PM, 3rd Season Premieres Sep 24th
About: In this animated series, a group of rebels fights against the Empire in the time between the events of the Episode III and Episode IV movies.
Comments: The overnight ratings in the 18-49 demo were not great for this show, but animated entries live and die just as much by their merchandising as their viewership. Expect this one to stick around as long as Disney wants to keep producing episodes (and the toy sales remain good).
Stitchers (Freeform) Tue 10 PM, Completed 2nd Season, Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Announcement
About: A woman finds that she has the ability to be “stitched” into the minds of people who have recently died and uses this to investigate their deaths.
Comments: This show pulled pretty low ratings in its first season and slipped even lower in its second year. I’d say its chances of making a third season do not look good at the moment unless it has significant international financing / partnerships backing it.
The Strain (FX) Sun 10 PM, Airing 3rd Season
About: Based on the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, this show follows a group of people trying to keep a vampire plague from spreading across the world.
Comments: This blend of science fiction and the supernatural pulled decent ratings for FX in its first year, but it dropped notably in its second. It still got a third season pickup, though, and it may manage to survive through a four to five season run as that has become typical for cable genre entries of late.
Stranger Things (Netflix) Streaming, 2nd Season Streams in 2017
About: This supernatural series set in the 1980’s stars Winona Ryder and centers around a boy that mysteriously disappears.
Comments: This show is one of Netflix’s most-watched originals according to numbers released by the SymphonyAM measuring service and it has developed plenty of good buzz during its first year The second season renewal announcement came as no surprise.
Supergirl (CW) Mon 8 PM, 2nd Season Premieres Oct 10th
About: This series brings the DC comics character of Supergirl to the small screen and during its second season it will be merged in the Arrow of CW shows.
Comments: It got the second season renewal nod, but it took a move of networks (The CW), a move of shooting location (Vancouver), and some additional cost-cutting. But then The CW knows how to make superhero shows, so this one is now better positioned for success going forward.
SuperMansion (Crackle) Streaming, 2nd Season Streams Early 2017
About: In this stop-motion superhero parody series, aging hero Titanium Rex (voiced by Bryan Cranston) and his has-been team known as The League of Freedom struggle to stay relevant in a changing world.
Comments: This one has flown under the radar so far, but it is a ton of fun and Crackle will likely keep it streaming as long as they continue to get the name recognition from Bryan Cranston.
Supernatural (CW) Thu 9 PM, 12th Season Premieres Oct 13th
About: Sam and Dean Winchester are hunters doing battle with supernatural forces that threaten humanity.
Comments: This one got the twelfth season renewal nod and has set the longevity record for U.S. genre shows, leaving Stargate: SG-1 and Smallville in the rear view mirror at ten seasons each. And who knows, at its current rate, Supernatural may keep going for 20 seasons or more!
Teen Wolf (MTV) TBD, 6th (and Final) Season Airs Late 2016 / Early 2017
About: This more dramatic take on the 80’s feature film comedy follows a teenage boy who gets bit by a wolf and drawn into the world of supernatural creatures.
Comments: The numbers were definitely down for this show in its fifth season, and MTV has announced its sixth season as its last. That’s not surprising as it will have more than enough episodes for a decent syndication run by that point and it will also get the chance to go out on its own terms.
The Tick (Amazon) Streaming, Pilot Available for Viewing / Voting
About: This live action reboot of Ben Edlund’s comic book character the Tick has a whole new cast but most of the same creative team that worked on the 2000 short-lived FOX series (and Patrick Warburton onboard as executive producer).
Comments: Amazon has released the pilot for viewers to watch and vote on whether it should continue as a series.
Watch it at this link and cast your vote!
Time After Time (ABC) TBD, 1st Season Airs Early 2017
About: Based on the book and movie of the same name, Jack the Ripper steals H.G. Wells’ time machine and the author must pursue the killer into the future.
Comments: Yet another of upcoming time travel-themed shows, this one is not scheduled to bow until mid-season.
Timeless (NBC) Mon 10 PM, 1st Season Premieres Oct 3rd
About: Created by Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan, a team of time travelers must stop a man who is attempting to change the course of history.
Comments: This show gets the coveted post-The Voice timeslot on Mondays which gives it a decent of surviving into a second season.
Vampire Diaries (CW) Fri 8 PM, 8th (and Final) Season Premieres Oct 21st
About: Teenager Elena becomes involved with two vampire brothers, one of which denies his nature the other of which embraces it.
Comments: Once the flagship show of the younger-skewing CW network, this one has since grown long in the tooth and has lost much of its audience. Not surprisingly, The CW announced this show’s eighth season as its last, but at least it will get the chance to wrap up its storylines.
Van Helsing (Syfy) Fri 9 PM, 1st Season Premieres Sep 23rd
About: Vanessa Helsing takes up the mantle from her famous ancestor when the vampire-pocalypse (a different one from FX’s The Strain) overtakes the Earth (whether supernatural hunter Wynonna Earp stops in for a visit remains to be seen).
Comments: This has less of a sci fi bent and is more in the vein of Syfy’s cheesier entries like Z Nation and Wynonna Earp (as well as the upcoming Blood Drive. But then those have been doing better in the ratings than some of the network’s sci fi entries, so Van Helsing has a chance of surviving to a second season.
The Walking Dead (AMC) Sun 9 PM, 7th Season Premieres Oct 23rd
About: Based on the comic book series of the same name, Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in the zombie-pocalypse and he must make hard choices to keep his people alive.
Comments: Currently the top rated scripted show on all of television, this one is still a powerhouse in its sixth season. But don’t be surprised to see the numbers slip some in its seventh season, especially after some of last year’s controversies. But I still expect it to remain at the top of the ratings for scripted shows for another year or so before the zombie rot starts setting in.
Wayward Pines (FOX) Wed 9 PM, Completed 2nd Season, Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Announcement
About: After an accident, a federal agent finds himself trapped in the mysterious town of Wayward Pines from which there appears to be no escape.
Comments: This show pulled decent ratings for a Summer entry in its first year, but slipped in its second season. M. Night Shyamalan has a three season arc planned for the show, and there is still a chance the FOX will let him have one more year to wrap things up.
Westworld (HBO) Sun 9 PM, 1st Season Premieres Oct 2nd
About: This show is a reboot of the 1973 film of the same name (based on a Michael Crichton novel) about a theme park populated with realistic robots.
Comments: This show has had some hiccups in production, but is on pace now for its Fall 2016 debut. It has stirred up some good early buzz and has a decent chance of surviving to a second season since it airs on one of the pay channels.
Wynonna Earp (Syfy) Fri 10 PM, 2nd Season Airs 2017
About: This supernatural / western show is based on the comic book of the same name about the titular character (a descendant of Wyatt Earp) heading up a special unit known as the Monster Squad.
Comments: This was the highest rated of Syfy’s Spring entries, though that’s not saying much considering the low linear numbers that channel has been seeing of late. But the network has typically been giving shows two seasons to prove themselves, and that will keep this one going into 2017.
The X-Files (FOX) Sun 9 PM, Completed 1st Season, Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Announcement
About: Mulder and Sculley are back in this revival series as the X-Files are reopened for the 21st century.
Comments: A lot of people tuned in early for this one, but the numbers dropped steadily throughout its six-episode run. Still it did well enough to justify coming back for a second revival season, though that will apparently be delayed to the 2017-18 season to work into the schedules of Duchovny, Anderson, Carter, and the rest.
Yor, Hunter from the Future (TV) TBD, 1st Season Airs 2017
About: Reboot fever continues as this highly underrated early 80’s sci fi / fantasy classic finally gets the treatment it deserves. Original actor Reb Brown is onboard as an older Yor recounting the classic adventures of his younger self played by genre veteran Matt Vogel.
Comments: The sci fi community has been clamoring for more adventures of Yor for years and the TV network is finally making that happen. Its debut is not set yet, but expect plenty of people to be watching when this one hits the small screen.
Z Nation (Syfy) Fri 9 PM, 3rd Season Premieres Sep 16th
About: In a world overridden by zombies, one man has survived bites from the undead and may be the key to saving humanity.
Comments: The numbers for this show slipped in its second year, but it was still higher rated than any of Syfy’s other original series over the past year. Considering this is an inexpensive series to produce, it has a decent chance of surviving into a fourth season.
Zoo (CBS) Tue 10 PM, 2nd Season Premieres June 28th
About: A group of specialists is pulled together to investigate aggressive animal behavior which is occurring throughout the world.
Comments: The numbers for this show have been down during its second season, but apparently the deal CBS has with Netflix (that service streams the episodes after they have aired live) was lucrative enough to keep it going into a third season.