10 New Fantasy and Sci-Fi TV Shows Every Writer Needs to Watch

IO9 Heading for new fall lineupJoining the already successful (*take a deep breath for this long list*) Revolution, Person of Interest, Once Upon a Time, Beauty and the Beast, Arrow, Grimm, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Walking Dead, etc. etc. are 10 more must-see fantasy and sci-fi TV shows that genre writers can’t wait to click to on their remotes. Here’s the lineup in order of premier date of the 10 brand new series that promise a great fall season.

Sleepy Hollow (Fox Sept. 16) Rip Van Winkle meets Highlander — This looks very Elementary-esque in that Ichabod Crane comes back to complete George Washington’s mission while solving crimes in present-day Sleepy Hollow.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC Sept. 24) Avengers meets Heroes — Marvel’s weekly saga of the Avenger backstory led under Agent Philip Coulson of the same movie (now we know why he had to die in the theater–boo woo)

The Originials (CW Oct. 3) — Child series of Vampire Diaries that follows the ever-popular and always-changing psyche of Klaus, the original Vampire. True Blood, watch out. The Originals is in your backyard–New Orleans.  The big question for this series–can Klaus be redeemed?

Witches of East End (Lifetime Oct. 6) Groundhog Day meets Secret Circle — Based on the international bestselling YA book series Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. Yet another terrific and popular YA writer put to film.

The Tomorrow People (CW Oct. 9) Heroes meets Alphas meets Percy Jackson — Okay, this sounds like a lot of other coming of superhuman age shows out there.  Hopefully we’ll see something new.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC Oct. 10) — Once Upon a Time (parent) meets Shutter Island — A psychological take on the classic tale of Alice’s underground that promises to be darker, and dare I say better, than its parent.

Reign (CW Oct. 17) Merlin meets Robin Hood — A Camelot-ish tale with an evil queen and Sheriff of Nottingham-like evil/bad dude character, I think.

Dracula (NBC Oct. 25) — True Blood meets Sherlock Holmes — Set in Victoria, England this Dracula is the monster you hate to love. Looking forward to Jonathan Rhys Meyers in this devilish role.

Almost Human (Fox Nov. 4) — Six Million Dollar Man meets Starsky and Hutch (If you’re too young to know these shows, then you’ll just have to watch and see what these 70’s hits were all about–high-tech and hilarious!)

Atlantis (BBC America Nov. 23) Hercules meets John Carter — Tale of a young man who travels through a gate to Ancient Greece only to become the hero we all now know as Jason the Argonaut.

Click the headline above for a complete list of new and returning shows for this fall at io9.com.

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