Spring 2012 genre TV listings

I’ve participated in conversations on EnWorld.org and elsewhere about what television shows we’re currently watching. Before I discuss this season’s best programs, here’s an overview of the schedule.

Note that in some cases, shows that are in the same time slot may not be on during the same months because of cable station counterprogramming. Still, my DVR keeps busy!

One of TV's latest animated superhero shows
Young Justice


-11:00 a.m., Disney XD: Ultimate Spider-Man (animated superhero; new) ***

-11:30 a.m., Disney XD: The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (animated superheroes; canceled?) ***

-8:00 to 11:00 p.m.: Pathfinder/Skype: “the Vanished Lands” (heroic fantasy teleconferencing game

And Josh C.’s Spelljammer: “the Show Must Go On” (space fantasy miniseries, using Skype/Google+, an online dice roller, and FATE 3e Legends of Anglerre

-9:00 p.m., PBS: Masterpiece: Mystery/Sherlock (Holmes) ***

Dropped: Once Upon a Time (supernatural drama, **), The Borgias (historical melodrama, **)

Coming soon: Tron Uprising (computer-animated cyberpunk)


-6:00 to 10:30 p.m.: FATE 3e “Vortex” (space opera campaign

-And Jason E.R.‘s “Glassworks” (superhero miniseries, using Cortex: Marvel Heroic Roleplaying

-9:00 p.m., SyFy: Warehouse 13 (supernatural conspiracy) **

-10:00 p.m., SyFy: Alphas (metahuman procedural) **

-10:00 p.m.: ABC: Castle (comedic mystery) ***

Canceled/dropped: Heroes, The Cape, Lost Girl (metahuman melodramas, **), Terra Nova (time travel, **)


-8:00 p.m., Cartoon: The Looney Tunes Show (animated comedy) ***

-9:00 p.m., USA: White Collar (sleuth/caper) ***

-10:00 p.m., History: Top Shot (marksmanship) **

Canceled/dropped: No Ordinary Family (metahuman melodrama, **), V (alien conspiracy reboot, **), Memphis Beat (sleuth, ***), Homeland (thriller, ***), Kung-Fu Panda: the Series (animated martial arts comedy, ***)


-7:30 to 8:30 p.m. (not including travel): historical weapons classes at Guard Up! 

-9:00 p.m., TNT: Leverage (do-gooder capers) ***

-10:00 p.m., USA: Psych (comedic sleuths) ***

-10:00 p.m., Science Channel: Ridley Scott’s Prophets of Science Fiction (genre biographies) ***

-10:00 p.m., Food: Man vs. Food Nation **, Cooking: Bitchin’ Kitchen ***

Canceled/dropped: Reaper (supernatural slacker comedy, **), Eastwick (supernatural soap, **), Flash Forward (conspiracy drama, **), Undercovers (espionage/action; **), Human Target (action; ****), American Horror Story (horror, **), Transformers: Prime/G.I. Joe: Renegades (animated action, **)


-9:00 p.m., CBS: Person of Interest (technothriller) ***

-10:00 p.m., NBC: Awake (parapsychology drama; new) ***

Dropped/canceled: Nikita, Charlie’s Angels (espionage/action) **


-8:00 p.m., Cartoon: Star Wars: Clone Wars (computer-animated space opera) ****

-9:00 p.m., Fox: Fringe (speculative conspiracy) ****

-9:00 p.m., NBC: Grimm (supernatural procedural) ***

-10:00 p.m., SyFy: Sanctuary (cryptozoology drama) **

-10:00 p.m., Starz:, Spartacus: Vengeance (sword-and-sandals) ***

Canceled/dropped: Chuck (espionage comedy ***), Batman and the Brave and the Bold (***), Fantastic Four, Wolverine and the X-Men, and Iron Man: Armored Adventures (animated superheroes, *), Stargate Universe (space opera, **), Merlin/Camelot (Arthurian, **), Smallville (metahuman melodrama; ***), Pillars of the Earth (historical miniseries; ***), Sym-Bionic Titan (animated kaiju; ***), Torchwood (speculative conspiracy **), A Gifted Man (supernatural drama), Magic City (Miami noir **)


-9:30 a.m., Cartoon: Thundercats (animated) ****

-10:00 a.m., Cartoon: Green Lantern (animated superhero) **

-10:30 a.m., Cartoon: Young Justice (animated superheroes) ***

-10:30 a.m., CW: Phantom Gourmet/NECN: TV Diner (local food) ***

-11:00 a.m., Nickelodeon: Avatar: the Legend of Korra (animated fantasy; new) ***

-9:00 p.m., BBC America: Doctor Who (time travel) ****

-10:00 p.m., BBC America: The Graham Norton Show (talk) **

-11:00 p.m., VH1 Classic: That Metal Show (talk) ***

Canceled/dropped: Legend of the Seeker (syndicated fantasy, **), Robin Hood (historical action, **), The Super Hero Squad Show (Marvel heroes, **), Being Human (BBC/NBC supernatural melodrama ***)

Coming soon: Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles, How to Train Your Dragon: the Series