Syfy's corporate cousin, NBC, has its own new show airing in the same time slot (Mondays at 9 ET), The Cape, a weird little number about a wrongly accused cop who puts on a magic cape and plays superhero in a crime-ridden city. The Cape is neither good nor bad (or perhaps, like the Nietzschean superman, beyond good and evil) but an uneasy mixture of mostly random plot developments married to aesthetic exercises in superhero mythology. It is probably no good sign that the third episode already has the magic cape's former owner returning to reclaim his wardrobe, or that the show's stars and producers promise that if only audiences keep watching eventually fun things will happen.
Finally, who would have thought that this season would bring us not one but two competing mystery series set in sinister boarding schools? Cartoon Network's Tower Prep, which last month ended its first season (and possibly only season, pending a renewal decision), was the better of the two series. The show centered on superheroes in training at a mysterious and isolated boarding school where they are held prisoner and all sorts of sinister sci-fi happenings are afoot. Nickelodeon's House of Anubis focuses on an American girl at a posh British boarding school who is investigating an ancient cult and implied human sacrifices conducted by the school's teacher-cultists. Neither show is as exciting as Harry Potter or as sappy as Never Let Me Go (apparently there was a boarding school theme over the past six moths...), but both are a bit more ambitious than most teen-oriented genre cable shows. Similarly, new channel The Hub's anthology series R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour tries to be The Night Gallery for teens, and though I have not watched the whole run, it seems to have better-than-average production values for another Canadian-American on-the-cheap series.