TV Surf Report: Heroic & Fantastical Television On The Horizon



Santa Monica, CA — As Avengers: Age of Ultron pummels the domestic and international box office (“Hulk: Smash!”), Hollywood television executives are pondering which pilots to order to series.

Don’t think for a moment that they won’t be affected by Avengers’ global success, so expect Super Heroes & Fantasy to take over Television this next season, as well.  Super Heroes and Fantasy travel well, and studios want series they can sell across all territories.

ABC already has Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.  The CW has Arrow and The Flash.  Netflix has Daredevil.  NBC, CBS and Fox are getting into the Super Game, as well.

Here are the potential Fantastic Super Series flying your way:

  • Super Girl on CBS stars Melissa Benoist, Laura Bernanti, and Calista Flockhart in Greg Berlanti’s procedural hybrid series about Superman’s cousin. Series order.
  • Preacher on AMC.  Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark from Iron Man & Captain America!) stars in the Seth Rogen-produced adaptation of the Comic about a preacher who merges with an escapee from Heaven.
  • Atom is the next spinoff ordered to series on The CW again from Greg Berlanti (who also has a new series on NBC) starring Brandon Routh, Wentworth Miller and Victor Garber.  Arrow and The Flash have put The CW back on the demographic map.  Series has a new title, D.C.Legends of Tomorrow.  Ugh.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: The Animated Series on Disney Channel is the latest adaptation of the hit film/comic.


  • Minority Report on Fox picks up 10 years later from the Tom Cruise-starring film, and those adorable Pre-Cogs are on the run.  Likely future for Future Crime.  Steven Spielberg executive produces.  Wilmer Valderrama and Meagan Good star.  Series Order.
  • X-Men on Fox presumably remains on track to bring Xavier’s School for the Gifted to the small screen pending a deal between Marvel & 20th.  Evan Katz & Manny Coto executive produce.
  • The Frankenstein Code on Fox finds a morally corrupt ex-cop brought back from the dead to, um, solve crimes and face cancellation.  Howard Gordon (whom I love!) executive produces this Rand Ravich project starring Robert Kazinsky and Tim DeKay.  Series Order.
  • Lucifer on Fox is an adaptation of the Neil Gaiman comic which follows the Arch Angel in Los Angeles as he punishes criminals (writer stifles yawn at dull logline!).  Uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer produces and Len Wiseman directs.  Tom Ellis stars.  Joe Henderson executive produces.  Series Order.
  • Shannara on MTV has a 10-episode order with Smallville‘s Miles Millar & Al Gough writing and producing this adaptation of Terry Brooks’ books about a family that taps into ancient Magic.  More fantastical than super, I’ll grant you, but still mentionable.  Manu Bennett, John Rhys-Davis and James Remar star.
  • Heroes: Reborn on NBC has a 13-episode order.  Jack Coleman returns as HRG in Tim Kring’s re-boot that stars a bunch of new heroes featuring actors Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, and Masi Oka.
  • Emerald City on NBC is a series order for a Game of Thrones-style rehash of The Land of Oz in political turmoil.
  • A.K.A. Jessica Jones on Netflix has a 13-episode order for this Marvel Comics adaptation starring Krysten Ritter, Carrie-Anne Moss from Twilight’s Melissa Rosenberg.
  • Luke Cage on Netflix stars Mike Colter and is the third of Marvel’s four-series deal that also includes Daredevil (renewed for season two) and upcoming Ironfist.


  • The Magicians on SyFy stars Jason Ralph, Sosie Bacon and Stella Maeve in John McNamara & Sera Gamble’s adaptation of Lev Grossman’s trilogy about YA’s discovering their powers at a secret school in upstate New York.  Ordered to Series.
  • Krypton on Syfy is David Goyer’s latest prequel series that focuses on Superman’s grandfather’s fight to bring equality to the planet.  Warner Horizon TV & DC Comics hover closely protecting this property as they cull the DC Universe.
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead on Starz has a 10-episode order for this half-hour sequel from Sam Raimi starring Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless.
  • Dreadstar (presumbably on USA) from UCP and Benderspink is an adapation of the comic featuring the sole survivor of the entire Milky Way galaxy.


  • Electra Woman & Dyna Girl isn’t set up at a network yet, but that’s not stopping Sid & Marty Croft from re-booting this old chestnut that is to feature two stars of Social Media.  Fingers not crossed for a pickup.
  • Captain Cosmos at HBO from George R.R. Martin and Michael Cassutt tell the story of a young SF writer in 1949 at the dawn of the TV Age, writing stories no one else would dare to write…sounds promising even without direwolves!
  • MYST, the internationally popular fantasy game, is headed to Hulu with a script-to-series commitment.

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About Surfing Hollywood

Steve La Rue is an internationally recognized leader in Film & Television with 20+ years experience as a Development Executive championing such series as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Battlestar Galactica, and Farscape. He writes, blogs, and consults on All Things Entertainment from his home at the beach in Santa Monica, CA, where he balances his life by surfing every damn day.
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