by Deborah Harter Williams
As a hint of spring hits the air, a bouquet of new TV shows hit the airwaves.
Prepare to be blinded by science…
Close Encounters (SCIENCE)
Premiere March 4 10:00 p.m.
Dramatic recreations and a few experts explore UFO’s that defy scientific explanation.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (FOX)
Premiere March 9 9:00 p.m.
The voyage continues. Picking up from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Sagan’s co-writer, collaborator and widow, Ann Druyan, teams with Seth MacFarlane for a 13-part series hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (SYFY)
Premiere March 25 10:00 p.m.
Creatures for fun and profit. Ten contestants compete for a $100,000 prize and the chance to work at Henson’s Creature Shop. An animatronics master, a designer, and mechanization, fabrication wizard consult, mentor and lend a hand.
And things that may not be what they seem…
Resurrection (ABC) Premiere March 9 9:00 p.m.
8-year-old Jacob wakes up in a China thousands of miles from home with no memory of how he got there. Immigration agent (Omar Epps) takes him home to Arcadia, where they discover an elderly couple, whose son, Jacob, died over 30 years ago. Though much older, Jacob recognizes them as his parents. The sheriff wants to know who this boy really is, as his wife died at the same time trying to save Jacob’s life. Will more dead people begin showing up in Arcadia? You betcha.
Preview March 10, 10:00 p.m./Premiere March 16 9:00 p.m.
A girl born with telekinetic powers – levitation, the ability to control nature and the ability to see the future – must learn to control them. But bad guys see possibilities in using her skills for their own gain and plan to kidnap her. The attempt is foiled by her protector (Delroy Lindo) and he enlists the help of an ex-con, wrongfully put on death row (Jake McLaughlin), to help. The three move from city to city trying to keep ahead of the villains, leaving remarkable changes in their wake. Also look for Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) in a recurring role to add to the sense of eerie. Trust the J.J. Abrams crew to bring an intriguing mix of science, adventure and character.
The 100 (CW)
Premiere March 19 9:00 p.m.
When nuclear Armageddon destroys civilization on Earth (don’t you just hate it when that happens?), the 400 inhabitants on 12 international space stations are the only human survivors. Three generations later their ranks have expanded to 4,000, and their resources have shrunk. They send 100 juvenile prisoners to Earth as guinea pigs to determine whether the planet is now inhabitable. Meanwhile in outer space the Ark’s Chancellor (Isaiah Washington) and his team face their own survival issues.
Based on upcoming books by Kass Morgan.
Look for some favorites in new roles…
Premiere March 16 10:00 p.m.
During a high school field trip the president’s son and his schoolmates are kidnapped. Gillian Anderson (X Files) plays the CEO of a major It corporation whose daughter is one of the captives. Her younger sister (Rachel Taylor) is an FBI agent on the case along with Lance Gross. Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding) is an ex-CIA agent with a grudge against the government and Mark Valley (Harry’s Law) plays the CIA chief.
Surviving Jack (FOX)
Premiere March 27 8:30 p.m.
It’s the 1990’s, and Joanne heads off to law school leaving husband Jack (Christopher Meloni – L&O: SVU) in charge of their teenage son. While ex-military and a successful oncologist, Jack’s parenting experience is marginal and minimal. The son is dealing with major transitions of his own, having grown 10” over the summer and starting high school. How much help Jack will be remains to be seen. Based on the book, I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern.
And the ever popular dream homes – DIY and Far North
American Dream Builders (NBC)
Premiere March 23 8:00 p.m.
Designer Nate Berkus hosts and judges. Twelve designer and homebuilder contestants compete. Each week one is eliminated until the last two left standing go head-to-head for the chance to turn one of their designs into a real Southern California home.
Living Alaska (HGTV)
Premiere March 23 7:00 p.m.
Carrying on the franchise that HGTV created, couples search for a home in Alaska.
* Beware Viewing Conflicts – On March 9 Cosmos on Fox premieres at 9 p.m. opposite Resurrection on ABC and by the 16 Believe will be shown Sundays at 9 p.m. on NBC. Prepare your TiVo and streaming strategies.
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