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Fall TV: The new TV sci-fi/fantasy shows

Published September 12, 2013 1:14 pm

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1. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

2. Sleepy Hollow

3. Dracula (Fridays, 9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5, Oct. 25): Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as Dracula, who is sort of a good guy in this incarnation. Well, as good as you can be when you sometimes rip open people's throats and drink their blood. In late 19th-century London, he's posing as an American industrialist out to destroy an evil cabal. But there are Dracula-ish touches, like the woman who seems to be the reincarnation of his late wife. It's hard to see this becoming a big hit, but it could develop a cult following.

4. Almost Human (Mondays, 7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13, Nov. 4): This is set 35 years in the future when crime has REALLY gotten out of control and cops are assigned robot partners. John Kennex (Karl Urban) stars as a cantankerous detective with an attitude; Michael Ealy plays his artificially intelligent partner, Dorian, who's sort of the more human of the two. There's a big conspiracy here — required in futuristic sci-fi shows — but the pilot is good and the show has possibilities.

5. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (Thursdays, 7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4, Oct. 10 ): At this point, we've only seen about half the pilot episode — and it looks like a trip. Alice (Sophie Lowe) is in a mental hospital, but she ends up down the rabbit hole trying to rescue her lost love, a genie named Cyrus (Peter Gadiot). It's gorgeous to look at and pretty much insane … in a good way. And it would appear the writers know where this one is going, as opposed to the scattershot second season of "Once Upon a Time."

6. The Tomorrow People (Wednesday, 8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30, Oct. 9): This might look like a bit of an "X-Men" ripoff, but it's actually based on a 1970s British TV series with the same title. Teenager Stephen Jameson (Robbie Arnell) doesn't understand why he's hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep. Turns out he's part of the next step in human evolution. The government doesn't like his kind, which leads to all sorts of conflict and mystery. It sounds sort of silly, but it could actually work. It's from the producer of "Arrow," which has done quite nicely for The CW.

7. The Originals (Tuesdays, 7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30, Oct. 3): Despite the title, this is the least original new show this fall — it's a spinoff of "The Vampire Diaries." Klaus (Joseph Morgan), the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, returns to New Orleans, the city his family helped build. He quickly runs up against other vampires, werewolves and witches and matches wits with his former protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), who is not a nice guy. Er, a nice vampire. Oh, and it turns out Klaus is about to become a father. If you aren't a "Vampire Diaries" fan, this will be difficult to understand.