Three new fantasies, one of which already premiered, are preparing to unleash their full force of awesome. Well one can hope. Science-fiction TV is usually king when it comes to staying power, and sometimes the fantasy that is shown fails before it can truly move on. Not because the writing is abysmal, but because of days airing or timeslots you know will not be seen by anybody (i.e. Legend of the Seeker).
But with the recent success of Game of thrones and the still successful Supernatural, a great fantasy genre story can work and win with an audience if all the ingredients are there, such as time slot, the day it airs and of course great writing.
The first up is American Horror Story which already premiered to mix reviews. It is more gothic than horror and would definitely fall into the realm of Dark Fantasy. The show skips from one scene to the next, is overtly sexual, and very, very crazy. The reason I call it gothic, because it has an old creepy house, a daughter who is dark in the sense she is a cutter, the father cheated on the mother, and the mother is trying to cope with it all after having lot a baby. Then you have the cast of creepy characters that add to the element of Victorianesque Goth. This show may be too much for some people, while others will eat this show up. If nothing else it is definitely different. It has a Wednesday time slot at 10pm and while it is on FX, the slot should be ok to keep the ratings. What may cancel the show is the way it is edited.
The second show premiering this month is Once Upon a Time, a modern retelling of Snow White. Basically everyone from the Snow White world is magically transported to the modern world where they’ve forgotten who they were. With a Sunday time slot, this show should have a chance to succeed, couple that with the dark fantasy element, then you have a clear winner indeed.
The last show to premiere this month is Grimm, a show that considers the idea that all the fairy tales we’ve heard as children are actually real, and not as cookie cutter as they seem. The show is about a detective whose family legacy is to protect humanity from the things that go bump in the night. This show will be a police procedural with a supernatural bent, making it something new and a bit different. What will hurt Grimm is the time slot. It could not have been put in a worse one. It is in direct competition with Fringe and Supernatural, both of which have very strong followings. If nothing else the show should have came on 8pm or 10pm to give it a fighting chance. While it has a familiar name attached to it (Buffy/Angel Greenwalt ring a bell) the show will suffer.
By the way if you follow @GrimmNBC on twitter you have a chance to catch the first episode before it airs on 10.28.11, which may help sway you to watch or at least DVR the show.
And just recently, Fox is delving back into fantasy (i.e. Tru Calling) with a show called The Magicians, the so called Harry Potter for adults. It is a book that got rave reviews, and the show is still being worked on, you know the concept/script/actors and such, but this is a step in the right direction.
What do you think? Will you watch these shows? Do you think these shows will last? Or is it a waste of time to even start yet another new show?
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