The new season starts with another three fairy tale stories.
Each decade or so, the television stations will launch a set of new shows that all follow a similar pattern. It’s as if they come in bunches. In the late 90’s there were several shows that were based on aliens. There was X-files, The First Wave, Roswell, Stargate. Then in the late 00’s there was the time of the procedural police shows, like CSI, CSI-Miami, CSI-NY, Numbers, Cold Case, NCIS, Criminal Minds and so on. It was also the time of medical shows like House, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. Then came the mixed series, a savant of some kind helps solving crime – Castle, The Mentalist. Well it seems like this decade has started with fairy tales for adults. This year marks the return of Grimm and Once upon a time, but there are further new releases of Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast (based on the 80s show rather then the book), which makes 4 shows dealing with fairy tale characters, these shows are not about the supernatural, like Supernatural , Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf or Fringe (this year will be it’s last season), rather they follow the lore or the Happily ever after and find out what happens when there are no happy endings. That is not to say that the other shows have disappeared, there are still lots of new shows, there are those about the police shows like Elementary, or dealing with the secret lives of people as Scandal and Revenge. there was show in summer about aliens – Falling Skies, a few new medical shows, The Mob Doctor, Emily Owens, M.D. , Animal Practice. A few new comedies and even shows about a superhero (The Arrow). Now which of these shows will be able to stand up to the returning popular shows we will have to wait and see. Because even though a show is popular, such as Awake was last year does not mean it will survive to a second season.