As soon as Series 5 was reaching its watery conclusion, the green light had already been shone on this next run of BBC One's popular spy drama.
From the people that brought us Spooks and Life On Mars, you'd expect something pretty darn original.
Sam and Dean Winchester return for a third season as the brothers with a knack for invoking angry spirits that would be better kept under lock and key, as a death sentence hangs over one of them from the Season 2 finale.
Chuck crept under the radar in last year's US television season, which was beset by the writer's strike.
This television spin-off of one of the most popular science fiction film series of all time was always going to be an event (imagine if Aliens went on a television route after the second film rather than the other sequels and dire AvP movies).
Now this is what you expect retro TV to be like. Colourful, extravagant and gloriously camp in tone... but that’s enough about star Peter Wyngarde as Jason King.
Originally based on stories by Roald Dahl, few would have predicted the early 1980's success of Tales Of The Unexpected, which ran to a grand total of 112 stories.
This neat little spin-off is the collected form of the 3-4 minute long cartoon episodes that featured in the CBBC show Totally Doctor Who which accompanied the last series of the resurrected sci-fi classic.
In comparison to the likes of The Wire, The Shield and The Sopranos, 24 is beginning to look like a format that has had its time.