I love summer with the weather, food, beach, and the sun not setting until late. But I also love summer for the television. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like networks love to fill time slots with shows, new or returning, that have some sort of supernatural/sci-fi/fantasy element to them.
Last summer came the premiere of Teen Wolf on MTV, Alphas on Syfy, Falling Skies on TNT, and The Nine Lives of Chloe King on ABC Family. In summer 2010, The Gates premiered on ABC and Haven on Syfy. Before that were other summer-born shows such as Kyle XY (2006), Fear Itself (2006), Nightmares and Dreamscapes (2006), and Warehouse 13 (2009).
Just like characters in a horror movie, not all the shows survived. The Gates lasted only one season, probably partly due to the overextended, somewhat repetitious, story lines. The premise was intriguing: a gated community catered to supernatural individuals. There were vampires, werewolves, witches, and a succubus! I enjoyed the show, but by the end of the season I was hoping for more development in terms of the characters and the plot.
The Nine Lives of Chloe King was another show to get the axe according to my Google search. This was another show I liked, especially because Skylar Samuels (who played the succubus Andie on The Gates the summer before) was cast as Chloe King. I enjoy seeing how actors go from one supernatural character to the next, and I thought Samuels did a great job so I wasn’t sitting there watching Nine Lives thinking Chloe is Andie 2.0. Acting aside, I enjoyed watching the show for the story and when the last episode aired, it was clear there was potential for a second season. When I found out there wasn’t going to be a second season, I was disappointed. You just don’t end a series with a bunch of people lying on the floor and you don’t know if they’re dead or alive.
As for the shows that survived their first season of summer camp, I’d recommend checking them out because they’re worth a watch. One of the summer babies I’m addicted to is Teen Wolf. Ignore the title because it’s not based off the cheesy 1980s movie with the same name. Instead, it’s a dark, edgy teen drama about a boy, Scott, who gets bitten by a werewolf and consequently becomes one. The first season highlighted Scott trying to deal with his transition as well as navigating his relationship with new girl Allison whose family happens to hunt monsters, including werewolves. The show is currently in the second season which focuses on Scott and Allison struggling to keep their relationship together when her family has basically declared war against werewolves. The other characters are also dealing with the fallout from the events of the first season as well as the introduction of a new shape-shifter.
Whether you’re looking for a new show to get into, or missing one of the ones that won’t be returning, this summer is shaping up to be one for the supes.