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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.

Shelock Best bet for genre tv in May is the second season of Sherlock, which aired in the UK in January. All three episodes come to PBS in May. On the other hand, if you are willing to wait until May 22, you can get whole series on DVD and Blu-ray. It's not really science fiction, but it feels like it is. By all accounts, the second season is as good as the first season and, like the first season, the first and third episodes are much better than the middle episode. The same three writers worked on the second season as the first, Steven Moffat, who also wrote Doctor Who and The Adventures of Tin Tin, Mark Gatiss (the one many people don't like), and Steve Thompson.

May also sees season finales of The Vampire Diaries, Fringe, Once Upon a Time, Grimm, and Supernatural.

SF on TV in May 2012

Thursday, May 3
Touch 'Zone of Exclusion'
The Vampire Diaries 'Before Sunset', story by Charlie Charbonneau & Daphne Miles, teleplay by Caroline Dries

Friday, May 4
Grimm 'Happily Ever Aftermath'
Fringe 'Brave New World (Part One)'
Supernatural 'Reading is Fundamental', by Ben Edlund

The Vampire Diaries Sunday, May 6
Game of Thrones 'The Old Gods and the New', by Vanessa Taylor
Once Upon a Time 'An Apple as Red as Blood', by Jane Espenson & David H. Goodman
Sherlock 'A Scandal in Belgravia' by Steven Moffat

Thursday, May 10
Touch 'Music of the Spheres'
The Vampire Diaries 'The Departed', story by Brett Matthews & Elisabeth R. Finch, teleplay by Julie Plec, Season Three Finale

Touch Friday, May 11
Grimm 'Big Feet'
Fringe 'Brave New World (Part Two)', Season Four Finale
Supernatural 'There Will Be Blood', by Andrew Dabb & Daniel Loflin

Sunday, May 13
Game of Thrones 'A Man Without Honor', by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
Once Upon a Time 'A Land Without Magic', Season One Finale
Sherlock 'The Hounds of the Baskerville', by Mark Gatiss

Fringe Monday, May 14
Eureka 'Jack of All Trades'

Thursday, May 17
Touch 'Tessellations'

Friday, May 18
Supernatural 'Survival of the Fittest' by Sera Gamble, Season Seven Finale
Grimm 'Woman in Black', Season One Finale

Supernatural Sunday, May 20
Game of Thrones 'The Prince of Winterfell', by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
Sherlock 'The Reichenbach Fall' by Steve Thompson, Season Two Finale

Monday, May 21
Eureka 'Worst Case Scenario'

Thursday, May 24
Touch TBA

Game of Thrones Sunday, May 27
Game of Thrones 'Blackwater', by George R. R. Martin

Monday, May 28
Eureka TBA

Thursday, May 31
Touch TBA

The season finales of Touch and Game of Thrones air in June, after just 13 episodes of Touch and ten of Game of Thrones. Fringe has been renewed for a short 13 episode fifth and final season. The 13 episode season, with every episode shown three or four times, may become the new standard. If viewers are content to watch the same shows over and over, why spend the money to make more? True Blood will begin a 12 episode series in June.

SyFy has decided not to make a television series out of Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, but will air the pilot and may follow up with a direct to web series.

Copyright © 2012 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. Visit his web site at

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