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by Rick Norwood

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Ratings are based on a four star system.
One star means that the commercials are more entertaining than the program.
Two stars watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars is good solid entertainment.
Four stars means you never dreamed television could be this good.

V The creators of V and FlashForward hoped the shows would come back strong after their long hiatus, and ABC gave them a lot of ad play, especially during Lost. The viewers weren't buying.

Smallville and Fringe have been renewed and will return in the Fall.

There are a lot of genre shows airing in April, including the season and probably the series finales of V and FlashForward, and the return of Riverworld, which last aired as a made for tv movie in 2003. I suspect it will be years before there are this many genre shows on the air again.

SF on TV in April 2010

Thursday, April 1
FlashForward "Better Angels"
Fringe "Peter"

Friday, April 2
Smallville "Escape", by Geneviere Sparling
Stargate Universe "Space (I)" by Joseph Mallozi

Tuesday, April 6
Lost "Happily Ever After"
V "Pound of Flesh", by Byron Balasco and Timothy J. Lea

Fringe Thursday, April 8
FlashForward "Queen Sacrifice"
Fringe "Olivia, In the Lab With The Revolver"

Friday, April 9
Smallville "Checkmate" by John Chisholm
Stargate Universe "Divided (II)" by Paul Mullie

Tuesday, April 13
Lost "Everybody Loves Hugo"
V "John May" by Gregg Hurwitz, Season One Finale (7 of 7)

Thursday, April 15
FlashForward "Let No Man Put Asunder", by Seth Hoffman and Quinton Peeples
Fringe "White Tulip"

Smallville Friday, April 16
Smallville "Upgrade" by John Landis and Julia Swift
Stargate Universe "Faith" by Carl Binder

Saturday, April 17
Doctor Who "The Eleventh Hour", by Steven Moffat, Season Five Premiere

Sunday, April 18
Riverworld by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, writer for Star Trek and The Dresden Files.

Tuesday, April 20
Lost "The Last Recruit"

FlashForward Thursday, April 22
FlashForward Season One Finale

Friday, April 23
Smallville "Charade" by Holly Henderson and Don Whitehead
Stargate Universe "Human" by Jeff Vlaming

Saturday, April 24
Doctor Who "The Beast Below" by Steven Moffat

Lost Tuesday, April 27
Lost "The Candidate"

Thursday, April 29
Fringe "Overture"

Friday, April 30
Smallville "Sacrifice", by Bryan Q. Miller and Walter Wong
Stargate Universe "Lost" by Martin Gero

Coming in May are the season finales of Smallville, Lost, and Fringe. In June, there will be the season finale of Stargate Universe. Eureka will be back in July. And The Phantom is coming to SyFy. Press releases describe The Phantom as a "comic book" character, evidently being unfamiliar with the comic strip. (Comics Revue, which I edit, is serializing the classic Phantom story "The Return of the Sky Band" in color.)

Copyright © 2010 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon.

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