Geeky TV show preview

Here's a preview of all things geeky on TV this fall.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

New shows:

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC): Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), who appeared in several of the Marvel-based movies leading up to last summer's "The Avengers", get top billing as the leader of a team of government agents that get to continue the investigations of the super-hero and paranormal goings on in this new Marvel universe. It's a geek's dream - super-heroes, aliens, and Joss Whedon (he's the executive producer). What will be interesting is to see how much of the movie-based universe and characters enter into the show (sweeps?).

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow (Fox): Like last year's "Elementary", in which we got a modern-day version of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, this drama transports Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman to the modern world. Crane has to stop an impending apocalypse, and one assumes that the Horseman isn't interested in helping.

The Tomorrow People

The Tomorrow People (The CW): A revival of a British science-fiction series, this show features a group of super-humans being hunted by scientists (boo, science!). This being The CW, all of the super-humans are young and attractive and will likely have a bunch of love triangles.

Dracula

Dracula (NBC): If you love vampires, why not go with the original, although we're not in modern-day times, but Victorian London. But there is a new premise - this time, Dracula is posing as an American while fighting against a group called the "Order of the Dragon." Wait, so Dracula's the good guy now?

Almost Human

Almost Human (Fox): Robots! OK, Android. In this science-fiction drama, we get Karl Urban (Bones on the new Star Trek!) as a detective who hates technology being paired up with an android (played by Michael Ealy). Wacky hijinks and crimes being solved galore!

Hello Ladies

Hello Ladies (HBO): Any fans of the British show "Extras" or "Life is Short" (as well as guest appearances on "The Office") should recognize Stephen Merchant. In this show, Merchant plays a web designer "looking for love in all the wrong places" - basically, Los Angeles. Merchant's geeky delivery should be recognizably uncomfortable for geeky viewers.

Arrow

Returning shows

Arrow (The CW): In its second season, the Green Arrow drama will see additional DC Comics-based characters enter this TV universe. According to Entertainment Weekly, we'll finally see the beginning of the "Black Canary" storyline.

Big Bang Theory

Big Bang Theory (CBS): TV's biggest geek show returns for another season on Sept. 26, with all sorts of new story lines and situations for the gang to contemplate. Seriously, if you haven't heard of this show by now, you're not a fan of TV.

Revolution

Revolution (NBC): For those post-apocalyptic, "Why did the power go out again?" fans of this show, the second season returns on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Elementary

Elementary (CBS): The show's second season continues to expand the Holmes-based universe featuring characters that book readers will recognize, including Inspector Lestrade and Sherlock's brother, Mycroft. Not to be confused with the BBC's "Sherlock", which does similar things with a modern-day Holmes but with different results.

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time (ABC): The third season continues its threads of having fairy-tale (and Disney-owned) characters appearing in the modern world. Entertainment Weekly says the modern "Ariel" will be showing up this season (Gee, timed for the Blu-ray release of "The Little Mermaid"?).

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead (AMC): The latest season of this post-apocalyptic, comic-book based show kicks off on Oct. 13.

The Vampire Diaries

Other geek-related offerings:

The Vampire Diaries (Oct. 3): The fifth season of this CW supernatural-and-teen-based drama continues the stories based on the L.J. Smith book series of the same name. If you love "Twilight", you're probably watching this series too, in which a teenage girl falls in love with a 163-year-old vampire.

The Originals

The Originals (Oct.3): It's a one-two punch for Vampire Diaries fans, as this spin-off begins its run this year. Set in New Orleans, this series will focus on the Mikaelson siblings, also known as the world's "original vampires." Also features a hybrid, known as part vampire, part werewolf, so there you go.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast (Oct. 7): The second season of this series is "loosely inspired by the 1987 CBS series", focuses on a detective who falls in love with a "beast" (in this case, a doctor who was part of an experimental supersoldier program), who protects her when she's in danger.

Supernatural

Supernatural (Oct. 8): The 9th season of this drama will continue on Oct. 8 on the CW. It features two brothers who help hunt down demons, ghosts and other supernatural monsters.

Grimm

Grimm (Oct. 25): NBC's foray into fairy-tale monsters and the detective who has to hunt them down will go into its third season. It's a cop show, but with monsters.

Community

Community (NBC): No air date yet, but Season 5 of this meta-geek comedy features the return of the show's creator, Dan Harmon. Check for this midseason.