The geeks have inherited the earth. Or at least television.
In 2019, the number of genre TV shows airing or streaming will be in triple figures. Five of them debut this month:
–“Deadly Class” (Wednesday, Syfy): A street kid is inducted into a private high school, and finds he is still at the bottom of the social order. Worse, it’s a high school for assassins, where the knife in your back isn’t metaphorical. (The pilot was previewed in December.)
–“Kingdom” (Jan. 25, Netflix) Set in the royal court of medieval Korea, “Kingdom” is blessed with gorgeous costumes, exotic sets and sumptuous production values. Also, there are zombies. It promises to be the most beautiful apocalypse ever filmed.
–“The Passage” (Monday, Fox): Based on the Justin Cronin novel, this series features an entirely different vampire apocalypse than the ones seen on “Van Helsing” and “The Strain.” Please try to keep up.
– “Project Blue Book” (Tuesdays,, History Channel): This series adapts true stories from the Air Force’s famous series of investigations into UFOs. “X-Files” shenanigans ensue, transforming the lead investigator from a skeptic into a believer.
– “Roswell, New Mexico” (Tuesday, The CW): A woman returning to her hometown discovers her teenage crush is an extraterrestrial, just in time for an actual invasion. If that sounds familiar, it’s because this is the second time the “Roswell High” series of novels by Melinda Metz have been adapted for television.