"Helix" (Syfy, January 10)
Do you like "The Thing"? "Andromeda Strain"? "Sphere"? Syfy is sure hoping so, because Ron Moore's new drama plays out like a hybrid of several virus or contained-outbreak dramas that you've known and loved in the past. Billy Campbell plays the leader of a CDC team investigating a particularly virulent pathogen on the loose in a remote facility at the Arctic Circle. The two-part premiere airing on January 10 is a little scary and it's just fresh enough to attract some attention, even if it's not as fresh as it might have been if original pilot director David Slade ("Hannibal") hadn't exited the project shortly before production.
- Daniel Fienberg