Returning TV Shows, Fall / Winter 2014
The time has come to look ahead to the coming Fall of 2014 – to see what we can expect from our favourite TV shows, learn about new series that may catch our interest, and grieve for the loss of so many others. Let us start with the good news and see what we can expect from our joyously renewed friends.
Returning TV Series
Arrow: Premieres Wednesday, Oct. 8 on The CW / CTV
Oliver was nothing more than a vigilante the first year, but the second season showed him rise to be a fantastic hero. Let's just hope Oliver and his friends don't let their guard down too much.
Beauty and the Beast: Fall on The CW / Showcase
Love it or hate it, this supernatural crime drama is returning for more forbidden romance and secret agendas.
Bitten: Early 2015 on Space / Syfy
The war between the Mutts and the Pack are far from over. In fact, they only seem to be escalating.
Doctor Who: Premieres Saturday, Aug. 23 on BBC / BBC America / Space
This series is actually returning this summer, but will definitely run into the fall. With a new Doctor who is destined to lead the series on a darker path, there won't be a shortage of fans returning to watch the latest adventures. Who knows, maybe fans who left during Matt Smith's era will return too.
Elementary: Premieres Thursday, Oct. 30 on NBC / GlobalTV
The ending of the last season was almost heart-breaking. With the break-up of Watson and Holmes, and his new job, this third season will certainly be quite different.
Grimm: Premieres Friday, Oct. 24 on NBC / CTV
Still awestruck from the season finale? Well, prepare for even more on the way. But, without his powers, will this be the same Grimm that fans have come to love?
Haven: Premieres Thursday, Sept. 11 on Syfy / Showcase
Could the fifth season of Haven be it's last? With this newest season being split into two 13-episode segments, it sure looks like a possibility.
Lost Girl: Premieres Sunday, Dec. 7 on Showcase
With the heart-stopping deaths in season 4, Lost Girl will certainly take a different path this year. Just how far will Bo go to bring back the one she loves the most?
Marvel's Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.: Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 23 on ABC / CTV
The freshman season wasn't without hiccups, but it still more than proved itself by the season finale. So, what can we expect from the next season? More HYDRA, and lots of character changes. A certain movie will likely have a tie in, too.
Murdock Mysteries: Premieres Monday, Sept. 30 on CBC
If you haven't been watching this series, you have been missing out on one of the best murder mystery on TV at this time. After seven seasons of wild adventures, who knows what new cases are in store for this invention-creating detective.
Once Upon a Time: Premieres Sunday, Sept. 28 on ABC / CTV
Loved the move Frozen? You're going to love the news that the next season is revolving around it. The Ice Queen cometh!
Orphan Black: Spring 2015 on BBC America / Space
With the loss of their two greatest adversaries, the clones might finally begin to unravel more mysteries that plague them, and fix their health problems. Sadly, the military is likely going to be the next great conflict for them to overcome.
Sleepy Hollow: Premieres Monday, Sept. 22 on FOX / GlobalTV
The first season of Ichabod Crane's adventures in present day was certainly far from sleepy, and with the Apocalypse gaining speed it is unlikely this next season will yet another wild ride. Of course, there is that nasty cliffhanger that they will need to deal with.
Supernatural: Premieres Tuesday, Oct. 7 on The CW
Ten seasons in and about to deal with one of the darkest twists yet – Demon Dean. With the elder brother riding the dark-side, the coming season is guaranteed to be very different, as long as it isn't just a repeat of Sam's darker deeds years ago.
The 100: Premieres Wednesday Oct. 22 on The CW
The premiere season may have arrived late in the year, but this second round of survival is coming much, much earlier. Renewing its spot after Arrow, we will finally find out what happened to the survivors after that adrenaline-filled finale.
The Blacklist: Premieres Monday, Sept. 22 on NBC / GlobalTV
Liz and Red's escapades into the realms of the criminal underworld has been a mixed bag so far, but it's obvious that Red has been keeping his best secrets hidden. What sort of new trouble will these two get into, and what consequences will arise because of it?
The Originals: Premieres Monday, Oct. 6 on The CW
Werewolves are in control and Klaus is crippled – not a good time to be in New Orleans. How will the Mikaelson's retaliate to their new nightmare? All is known is that will be bloody.
The Vampire Diaries: Premieres Thursday, Oct. 2 on The CW
The sixth season will follow their journey back to each other as they explore the duality of good versus evil inside themselves on their quest to reclaim their home.
New TV Series
Agent Carter: Premieres Winter 2014 on ABC / CTV (Fills in for Agents of SHIELD during its break)
A Captain America spin-off! It's 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life.
Constantine: Premieres Friday, Oct. 24 on NBC / GlobalTV
With the success of comic-book TV series lately, it makes sense that the iconic demon-hunter wouldn't be far behind. With the popularity of other Supernatural TV series, this one should definitely be a hit, as long as the Friday-night timeslot doesn't hurt it too much.
Forever: Premieres Monday, Sept. 22 on ABC / CTV
Looking for a new police procedural with a twist? Forever follows Detective Martinez and Henry, an immortal who is always reborn when he reaches 35 years of age, as they solve cases in New York City. It's difficult to tell if this will be a hit or a miss, but it is rare to see police procedural go down without a fight.
Galavant: Premieres Winter 2014 on ABC / CTV (Fills in for Once Upon a Time during its break)
Once upon a time, the dashing hero, Galavant, lost the love of his life, Madalena, to the evil King Richard. Now, our fallen hero is ready to take revenge and restore his "happily ever after." But it won't be without a few twists and turns along the way. A live-action fantasy musical might be the bravest thing ABC has tried yet... Will it pay off?
Gotham: Premieres Monday, Sept. 22 on FOX / CTV
Don't let the title confuse you, this is not a new Batman TV series. In fact, Batman will never appear in it as it takes place when Bruce is just a child. Gotham is a new Police Procedural that follows the fictional Inspector Gordon as he fights crime in Gotham the only way he can.
Intruders: Premieres Saturday, Aug. 23 on BBC America / Space
A paranormal drama is based on Marshall Smith's novel "The Intruders" taking place in the American Northwest where the deceased begin to return. No, this isn't a zombie series, thankfully. The creators promise a complex conspiracy story that will forever change our understanding of human nature. If true, this might be the next huge hit since Orphan Black premiered.
The Flash: Premieres Tuesday, Oct 7 on The CW / CTV
Arrow's first spin-off is likely going to turn heads, and with the popularity of the DC universe, this might just be the new series to watch. I don't think anyone expects this series to be gone in a blink of an eye.
Ended or Cancelled TV Series
Of all the series that received the axe, this futuristic police drama was the most unexpected. Was this another example of FOX cutting fantastic science-fiction series, or just that it was too expensive for television?
Okay, I doubt anyone was expecting this one to return since the finale didn't even get to air in North America.
The first season was a bit too slow for most viewers, even though those who stayed on were treated with many fantastic surprises. Sadly, this vampire love story will not be returning to continue its tale. At least it had a semi-decent ending.
After years of below acceptable ratings, Nikita's adventures have come to an end. At least we got an ending that most of us can accept and cheer for.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
While the original series is still going strong, this spin-off landed flat on its face right out of the gate and just couldn't pick itself back up.
You can't say they didn't try. The first season had many negative reviews, but even thought the second season was better, it still wasn't enough to ward off the executioner.
Yet another forbidden love story ended before it had the time to blossom. Was it the alien story that viewers didn't like, the age of the characters, or the lack of chemistry that killed this series?
After two seasons, ABC has decided not to renew the alien-filled comedy. While this will be a greatly missed series, the mistakes that plagued this series during the first and part of the second season is undoubtedly the cause of its downfall. Is the end of the sitcom really upon us?
The Tomorrow People
With all the hype, and the prime location of following Arrow, this was one series many people expected to survive. I guess that move to Mondays half-way through the season proved that it couldn't survive on its own.
We knew the last season would be the end way before it arrived, yet the news still doesn't make it easy to swallow. The quality of that final season didn't help though.
The lack of information surrounding the future of this wildly craved series is disturbing. There was no sign that the series was in jeopardy, yet months after the third season ended there's still no announcement of when, or if, we will continue to see this time-travelling story unfold.