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Supernatural Crime-Solvers Are So Hot Right Now

Back when I was trying to guess which fall pilots would get picked up by the networks, I was smart enough to see that cop shows and paranormal phenomena were among the year's major trends. Too bad I didn't realize they were going to smoosh together into one big trend: the supernatural crime-solver show. Four such series are already in the pipeline for the new TV season, and this week, NBC bought the rights to a fifth.

This new one doesn't have a title yet, but it apparently ignited a fierce bidding war between networks who wanted to claim the spooky dramedy for themselves. Variety calls it "a police procedural with a hilariously horrifying twist that follows a team of regular cops dedicated to busting vampires, zombies and other criminal demons." Hmm, sounds a whole lot like "Reaper," if the guy from "Reaper" were a cop.

In addition to those two, we also have:

  • "Moonlight," a CBS drama about a vampire-slash-private investigator who uses his powers to work outside of the law.
  • "New Amsterdam," the Fox show — which recently got bumped to midseason — about an immortal detective who uses his numerous lifetimes worth of experience to solve murders.
  • "Pushing Daisies," the ABC procedural-with-a-twist about a guy who can bring people back from the dead long enough to learn what they remember about their killers.

Yep, NBC's new purchase means all five networks will have a supernatural crime show in the pipeline for the new TV season. It's almost enough to make me long for the good, old-fashioned, and downright earthly detective work of "CSI" or "Law & Order."

Photos courtesy of CBS, The CW, ABC, Inc. and Fox

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EatYourVeggies EatYourVeggies 10 years
More sci-fi is nice, but none of these appeal to me. I think Supernatural is a great show- by far the best thing on that craptastic CW.
kaelye kaelye 10 years
I am glad they are trying to bring in more sci-fi to major networks.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
They all sound stupid to me. Yet, I'm a die-hard X-Files freak.
dkdc77 dkdc77 10 years
this is ridiculous - at least three of those shows are complete Buffy/Angel rip-offs - and on major networks. I agree with SoftRockStar - bring back Angel (and buffy and firefly and any show Joss decides to write).
SoftRockStar SoftRockStar 10 years
BOO! Bring back Angel!! Or at least, if you want a cop procedural/paranormal show, give Detective Kate Lockley(Elisabeth Rohm) a show!
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
they all sound like very "addictive TV" type shows Buzz!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Interesting trend. New Amsterdam and Pushing Daisies hold the most interest for me so far, though I'm not sure I'll stick with them.
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