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TV preview: New sci-fy/horror shows to check out

By Sara Smith
The Kansas City Star
Extant
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Halle Berry stars in the CBS drama 'Extant.'

New scripted shows this spring and summer.

Sci-fi/horror/fantasy

PENNY DREADFUL: SHOWTIME, MAY 11 AT 10 P.M. Someone said, “Let’s get Dorian Gray, Dr. Frankenstein, some characters from “Dracula,” smash together their origin stories, and put them all together in Victorian London so they can fight evil with an explorer, a psychic and a mysterious American.” Sounds good. It has to be better than “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” especially with Timothy Dalton, Eva Green and Josh Hartnett.

THE LEFTOVERS: HBO, JUNE 15 AT 10 P.M. Tom Perrotta, writer of “Election” and “Little Children,” teamed up with controversial sci-fi producer Damon Lindelof for this character-focused adaptation of his book about the people who didn’t make the cut when the Rapture came. Now they’re hanging out in a suburb, clinging to normalcy after 100 people vanish toward heaven. With Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler and Christopher Eccleston.

DOMINION: SYFY, JUNE 19 AT 9 P.M. This supernatural drama, based on the 2010 fallen angel film “Legion,” imagines a future after the archangel Gabriel’s nearly successful attempt to wipe out humanity. The survivors build an empire on the ruins of Las Vegas (of course) and prove, once again, that wiping the slate clean doesn’t make people any nicer. With Anthony Stewart Head and Christopher Egan.

EXTANT: CBS, JULY 9 AT 9 P.M. In this futuristic thriller, Halle Berry is an astronaut who returns to Earth after a year in space with an unwelcome space parasite. With Camryn Manheim and Grace Gummer.

THE STRAIN: FX, JULY PREMIERE TBA

Guillermo del Toro’s horror series, based on the three books he wrote with Chuck Hogan, follows a heroic CDC scientist (Corey Stoll of “House of Cards”) as he leads the fight against a bad outbreak of extra-nasty mutant vampires who look like they were conceived by Guillermo del Toro. With Sean Astin, Regina King and Mia Maestro.

LEGENDS: TNT, AUG. 20 AT 9 P.M. After lasting only one season on “Game of Thrones,” Sean Bean places himself in peril once more, this time in a tense spy thriller from Howard Gordon, co-creator of “Homeland.” The premise – that Bean’s deep-undercover FBI agent can physically transform himself into different people with distinct personas – sounds a lot like “Quantum Leap” minus the drag. With Tina Majorino, Ali Larter and Morris Chestnut.

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