Edgy, Updated Fantasy and Fairy Tales Are Our Fall TV Frontrunners

It’s the most magical time of the year again! Fall Premiere season!!!

The anticipation of all the fancy new shows to replace the ones that just didn’t survive the cutting block last year.

We have spent an inordinate amount of time watching every preview for every new show coming out this year. Not to mention extensive reading of synopses and IMDB pages and anything else we could find.

We love T.V.

Here are our top picks for the new hour-long dramas coming out this fall. We will be posting our top picks for the half-hour sitcoms and our most hated shows in both categories later.

(All the synopses you see here have been taken from the official network sites.)

Once Upon A Time


And they all lived happily ever after – or so everyone was led to believe. Emma Swan knows how to take care of herself. She’s a 28-year-old bail bonds collector who’s been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when the son she gave up years ago finds her, everything starts to change… (Storybrooke) is a place where magic has been forgotten, but is still powerfully close… where fairytale characters are alive, even though they don’t remember who they once were. The epic battle for the future of all worlds is beginning, but for good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell.

First Impressions:

This is our favourite of the new shows that are going to be starting this fall. The production value looks amazing, not to mention Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (the writers of Lost) are in charge of the storyline. It looks like it could end up being a major network version of Game of Thrones.


Sunday used to be reserved for The Wonderful World of Disney at the SurlyGurls households. Once Upon A Time seems like it could end up being the older evil-stepsister. We can’t wait to watch the premiere.

ABC Sundays

Premiere Date: October 23, 8 PM

Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Jared Gilmore.

Pan Am


Passion, jealousy and espionage… They do it all – and they do it at 30,000 feet. The style of the 1960s, the energy and excitement of the Jet Age and a drama full of sexy entanglements deliciously mesh in this thrilling and highly-original new series. In this modern world, air travel represents the height of luxury and Pan Am is the biggest name in the business. The planes are glamorous, the pilots are rock stars and the stewardesses are the most desirable women in the world. Not only are these flyboys and girls young and good looking, but to represent Pan Am they also have to be educated, cultured and refined.

First Impressions:

We’re hoping this will do for the 60’s what Mad Men did for the 50’s. Every time Whitney sees a preview it just makes her wish she was alive during the Jet Age – more than she usually does. Plus, Christina Ricci! We love her.


Despite the fact that Pan Am is stuck at 10 p.m. on Sunday nights we think this is going to be a fantastic show that people will love. The cast is gorgeous; the story line is intriguing and the producers and directors worked on wildly popular The West Wing and ER previously. Not to mention it’s following Desperate Housewives, which should work as a built in audience, especially since this is the last season for the Wisteria Lane ladies.

ABC Sundays

Premiere Date: September 25, 10 PM

Starring: Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner, Karine Vanasse, Margot Robbie.



Remember the fairy tales your parents used to tell you before bedtime? Well, those weren’t stories, they were warnings. Detective Nick Burkhardt thought he was ready for the grim reality of working homicide in Portland, Oregon. That is, until he started to see things… things he couldn’t quite explain. Like a gorgeous woman suddenly transforming into a hideous hag, or an average Joe turning into a vicious troll. Then, after a panicked visit from his only living relative, Nick discovers the truth about his visions: he’s not like everyone else, he’s a descendant of an elite group of hunters known as “Grimms” who are charged with stopping the proliferation of supernatural creatures in the world… While the Brothers Grimm wrote fairy tales that children have adored for generations, imagine if the villains were real, and Nick was the only one who could stop them.

First Impressions:

While Once Upon A Time makes the little girls inside of us squeal with joy, Grimm makes them want to throw the covers over their heads and hide. It’s like a procedural cop show for fantasy geeks. While we’re not as excited for this as Once Upon A Time, it is written by David Greenwalt (Buffy and Angel) and Jim Kouf (Angel) which could satisfy our Whedonverse cravings.


As long as they don’t fall into the Murder She Wrote formula – new victim, new bad guy, main character solves the case in an hour – this could be good. And to be fair, some of the fairytale villains are terrifying. The major problem for Grimm is going to be putting it up against both Fringe and Supernatural. There should be someone fired over in the programming department of NBC for that decision.

 NBC Fridays

Premiere Date: October 21, 9 PM

Starring: David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Russell Hornsby, Sasha Roiz.

Terra Nova


From executive producers Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga, René Echevarria and Aaron Kaplan comes an epic family adventure 85 million years in the making.
Terra Nova follows an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149, the world is dying… When scientists unexpectedly discovered a fracture in time that made it possible to construct a portal into primeval history, the bold notion was born to resettle humanity in the past – a second chance to rebuild civilization and get it right this time.

First Impressions:

We REALLY want this to be awesome. First of all, Andrea’s love of dinosaurs is staggering – seriously, she rivals most 7-year old kids. Second of all, Spielberg! Third of all, we’ve been hearing about it forever and the marketing material looks really impressive. Having said all of that, we still have this inkling that it’s going to be somewhat disappointing.


This show is on FOX. If it doesn’t bring in millions of viewers in the first 20 minutes of the two-hour premiere they are going to cancel that shit faster than an Ornithomimus can run. There is no way they are going to keep a show that clearly costs as much as Terra Nova does without seeing the ratings roll in.

FOX Mondays

Premiere Date: September 26, 8 PM – 2 hours

Starring: Shelley Conn, Christine Adams, Stephen Lang, Jason O’Mara.


Also, we have favourited all the previews for the above-mentioned shows over on our YouTube site – it will save you to trouble of hunting them all down.



About surlygurls

We’re two SurlyGurls brought together by a love of all things awesome and an equal hate of all things which are an affront to awesomeness everywhere.

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  1. I am not so sure about “Grimm.” It sounds kind of like a lame Supernatural rip-off.
    Terra Nova sounds interesting!
    Once Upon a Time…hmm…not sure….
    I am hoping that PanAm doesn’t turn out to be a prime-time soap opera. I bet Christina Ricci hopes that too!
    What are some of the shows from last season that have been cancelled?

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