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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.

Falling Skies Falling Skies is the best sf on tv this Summer, with likable characters and excellent special effects. I am disappointed that it, like all of the other alien invasion tv shows before it, doesn't seem to be going anywhere. I had high hopes, after the Season One Finale, that Season Two would up the ante, that we would see major changes in the nature of the conflict and that we would learn more about the aliens. Instead, at least so far, the aliens are essentially the Americans, making excuses for their invasion of a third world planet, and the 2nd Massachusetts is essentially the Viet Cong. I guess that makes the hero of the show like the Doonesbury character Phred.

The fourth season of Warehouse 13 and the second season of Alphas premiere in July.

SF on TV in July 2012

Sunday, July 1
Falling Skies "Young Bloods" by Heather V. Regnier
True Blood "We'll Meet Again" by Alexander Woo

True Blood Sunday, July 8
Falling Skies "Love and Other Acts of Courage" by Joe Weisberg
True Blood "Let's Boot and Rally" by Angela Robinson
Continuum "Time's Up" by Jeremy Smith and Jonathan Lloyd Walker

Continuum Sunday, July 15
Falling Skies "Homecoming" by Bryan Oh
True Blood "Hopeless" by Alan Ball
Continuum TBA

Sunday, July 22
Falling Skies "Molon Labe" by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
True Blood "In the Beginning" by Brian Buckner
Warehouse 13 Continuum TBA

Monday, July 23
Warehouse 13 "A New Hope" Season Four Premiere. Brent Spiner joins the cast.
Alphas "Wake Up Call" Season Two Premiere.

Sunday, July 29
True Blood "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Mark Hudis
Continuum TBA

Alphas Monday, July 30
Warehouse 13 "An Evil Within"
Alphas "The Quick and the Dead"

Coming up in August, the Season One Finale of Continuum, the Season Two Finale of Falling Skies, and the Season Five Finale of True Blood.

The number of people watching genre tv shows is falling drastically. Even the most successful, Once Upon a Time, dropped from 12 million to 9 million viewers, Touch from 12 million to 4 million. Falling Skies from 5 million to 4 million. Supernatural from 5 million to less than 2 million. Warehouse 13 from 3 million to less than 2 million. Alphas from 2 million to just a little over 1 million, and, weakest of all, Continuum from less than a million to less than half a million. The only genre shows to actually gain viewers are those on HBO. Game of Thrones and True Blood both started with about 2 million viewers and now have more than 4 million viewers.

Look for a crossover between Alphas and Warehouse 13 in August.

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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