New Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV Shows This Summer

Summer has arrived, and when it comes to television, it's not just about reruns anymore.  The summer TV season is loaded with interesting new shows that should attract audiences, especially if they're fans of science fiction and fantasy.  Here are some of the ones that grabbed my attention.

Alphas - The first season of Heroes proved that episodic television about superpowered good guys and bad guys could be exciting, but since then no show, Heroes included, could recapture that initial magic.  Now, the Syfy network gives it a try.

Falling Skies - Produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Noah Wyle, this TNT show about an alien invasion attempts to breathe new life into a tired cliche.

The Nine Lives of Chloe King - The advertising for this new show based on the book series by Liz Braswell caught my eye.  It tells the story of a girl with cat-like powers who is chased by assassins.  Will it be a hit like ABC Family's previous speculative fiction show Kyle XY?

Outcasts - This BBC import about colonists trying to survive in a harsh new world didn't work well in the U.K., but I'll give it a shot here.

Teen Wolf - Technically this reboot of the cult movie series debuted in late spring but the bulk of its run will be during the summer.  It's on MTV and I'm not sure what it has to do with music, but if you like werewolves, check it out.

Torchwood: Miracle Day - This series, from the makers of Doctor Who, has been hit or miss for me, but last season's "Children of Earth" saga earned critical raves.  Let's hope "Miracle Day" can offer the same high quality.

Wilfred - This quirky little show on FX deals with a guy, played by Elijah Wood, who bonds with a neighbor's dog, whom he sees as a man dressed in a dog costume.  Weird, wacky, and possibly wonderful.

In addition to all those new series, a bunch of favorites are returning this summer with new episodes, including True Blood, Warehouse 13, Eureka, Haven, and others.  By all means, go outside and enjoy the summer weather, but when you're ready to kick back and unwind with some escapist entertainment, you have a nice selection of shows to choose from.