Hoping to revive the compelling government/extraterrestrial conspiracies that transfixed legions of X-Files fans in its heyday, this slightly tongue-in-cheek drama following two Secret Service agents debuts on the Sci Fi Channel on September 8. The Warehouse 13 is a top secret storage facility, not too dissimilar to the famed Area 51, where the two agents (played by Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly) uncover various supernatural artefacts and creepy relics collected by the US government – and search to uncover the truth. But is it out there?
Despite dodgy beginnings, the BBC's lavish production of the young wizard's early days notably improved during its debut year and hopes are high for less formulaic adventures this time around. All of the regular cast are returning to Camelot, but as before, the fun is to be had through 'guest star of the week' turns by a number of notable British thesps (and Will Mellor last year). Mackenzie Crook will play the creepy Cedric, Sarah Parish takes on the guise of a troll, Adrian Lester is the devious Myror and Charles Dance waltzes round as a sinister Witchfinder in future episodes. Fingers crossed that the mesmerising Katie McGrath is given more screen time as Morgana this year. We'll find out later this month.
The omens are good for this non-linear series billed as the new Lost. Five has already fast-tracked it for screening in late September barely a week after its Stateside debut. Then again, this is the broadcaster that commissioned Keith Chegwin's Naked Jungle. The premise of the show, created by Batman Begins writer David Goyer, revolves around a 17-second global blackout in which everyone experiences visions of their own future six months ahead – which are often startling. Can the future be changed? Packed full of twists, the focus is on the lives of Joseph Fiennes's FBI Agent Mark Benford and his surgeon wife Olivia – played by Sonya Walger, who is best known as Penelope Widmore from Lost.
The Sarah Jane Adventures
Bannerman Road is sure to be an exciting place for the third season of the Doctor Who spinoff, with K-9 lined up to play a semi-regular role and The Doctor himself turning up for Sarah Jane's wedding. Yet that pales into insignificance compared to the arrival of stiff-upper-lipped charmer Nigel Havers! There are plenty of returning baddies to contend with too, such as The Trickster, the Judoon and the Slitheen. Sadly, the series still hasn't been given an ideal Sunday teatime slot so that families can watch together, as its expected to air in its usual CBBC weekday place in mid-October.
Already with a sizeable cult following courtesy of internet downloads and its current showing on UK's FX channel, this superb vampire drama (a cross between Twilight and Twin Peaks) arrives on Channel 4 in October. Prepare yourselves for plenty of bloodsucking action, bizarre exorcisms, murder mysteries, shapeshifting and tangled romances. True Blood is set in a world where vampires are campaigning to be a part of mainstream society, with a synthetic blood substitute on the market to satisfy their cravings. But prejudices run rife in the show's backward town.
Now that the network interference that blighted the first season of Joss Whedon's show is out of the way, hopes are high that the Buffy maestro's true, undiluted vision can come to the fore. The narrative will follow on from the stunning first season finale, which saw Eliza Dushku's Echo captured by the devious fallen 'doll' Alpha. An impressive range of appearances from familiar faces are on the slate, including Jamie 'Apollo' Bamber, Michael 'Tigh' Hogan, Alexis Denisof from Angel and Summer Glau from Firefly/The Sarah Connor Chronicles, who is in a regular role. A double bill premiere commences the 13-episode season in the UK on October 20 on the Sci Fi Channel.
Doctor Who: The Waters Of Mars
The Cloister Bell is tolling for the Tenth Doctor, but ahead of his climactic Christmas Day battle with The Master, there's a chilling adventure on Mars to contend with. Veteran actress Lindsay Duncan will function as The Doctor's makeshift companion on a base that is under siege by several scary-looking humans possessed by some kind of water-borne evil. Fans of classic Who will surely be hoping for a shock appearance by the Ice Warriors who hail from Mars. This special is expected to air in November, with the 'Next Time' trailer sure to set tongues wagging…
It's make or break time for Tim Kring's superhero series, which has veered between the sublime and the ridiculous since its phenomenally successful first season. The aptly titled fourth volume 'Redemption' features an array of new faces, most notably Prison Break's T Bag, actor Robert Knepper as the villainous Samuel. Let's face it, Knepper was hardly going to play a good guy! Ghostbusters legend Ernie 'Winston Zeddemore' Hudson features as a detective, Darth Maul actor Ray Park plays a key part in the new story arc, while Rick Worthy will portray Matt Parkman's new copper partner and Madeline Zima is Claire's new roommate. However, given the ending of the third season, all eyes will be focused on whether Sylar will break free from Matt's spell of making him believe that he is the recently slain Nathan Petrelli. 'Redemption' is tentatively scheduled to air on the BBC in November.