"Ravenswood" (ABC Family). "Pretty Little Liars" spinoff. Tyler Blackburn's Caleb Rivers is their point in common, moving from Rosewood, Pa., to the more ominously named city of the title. There will be a mystery, and talk of a curse, and some kids trying to get to the bottom of it all. It will probably turn out to be old Mr. Johnson who runs that spooky factory on the edge of town, but that is only a guess, and I am making it up anyway.
Friday, Oct. 25
"Dracula" (NBC). The names are the same, and the fangs look familiar, but that's about it in this steampunky 10-episode Anglo-American limited series. Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the titular bloodsucker, now with American accent and righteous agenda, doing war with ancient enemies, and the looming specter of Big Oil, which you could not have been expecting, in Victoria's London.
Tuesday, Oct. 29
"Naked Vegas" (Syfy). Reality thingamabob follows a group of Las Vegas artists (one from the Syfy makeup competition "Face Off") as they get people out of their dry clothes and into some wet paint. Keywords: zombies, pirates, steampunk, Penn, Teller.
Monday, Nov. 4
"Almost Human" (Fox). From J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman comes this thoughtful debate on questions of sentience and soul. Psych! It's a futuristic, mismatched-partners cop show, with robots: Karl Urban is your flesh-and-blood grump, Michael Ealy your emotional android. Lili Taylor and Mackenzie Crook help make sense of the dystopia.
"The Capones" (Reelz). Reality series follows some people related to Al Capone (but not "direct descendants" as advertised), who live together in a big house and work in a restaurant whose Yelp reviews I advise you to read before heading on over. Characters bear nicknames they possibly do not in life: "The Princess," "Madness Cherry Lips," "Sausage," "Toupee Lou," "Meatball." Bickering guaranteed.
Thursday, Nov. 14
"Ground Floor" (TBS). Skylar Astin is a big-deal banker, Briga Heelan the maintenance worker he sleeps with before he realizes she's … a maintenance worker. They have some things to discuss.
Saturday, Nov. 23
"Atlantis" (BBC America). The ancient lost continent of which Donovan sang ("my antediluvian baby" — come on, you remember — "way down below the ocean" — come on!) resurfaces in a 13-part fantasy drama from the people who brought you "Merlin," with Hercules, Jason, Medusa and Pythagoras (which one of these things is not like the other?) mixing it up in the days before even I was born.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
"Mob City" (TNT). Frank Darabont ("The Walking Dead") developed this fact-ish "event series" about Los Angeles cops and criminals in the days of Mickey and Bugsy, when City Hall was still the tallest thing around and they never carded my mother at the Bar of Music. (That last bit probably isn't in it.) Milo Ventimiglia fans, look!
"Kirstie" (TV Land). Reanimated Kirstie Alley (agree now that she is a great lady of comedy or we are done here) plays a Broadway star reunited with the insufficiently glamorous son she gave up for adoption. "Cheers" costar Rhea Perlman plays her best friend; Michael Richards, from another old NBC sitcom, her driver.