Fall Preview New Shows
Ash vs. Evil Dead
StarzPremieres: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9:00 PM
Grab your boomstick and give us some sugar, baby, because the hilarious horror antics of the Evil Dead are back in this 10-episode series from original director Sam Raimi, producer Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell. The story picks up 30 years after the events of Army of Darkness and follows Campbell’s heroic Ash as he battles a new Deadite threat. Along for the ride this time are Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo and Jill Marie Jones.
The Bastard Executioner
FXPremieres: Tuesday, Sep. 15 at 10:00 PM
From the mind of Kurt Sutter, whose violent and bloody Sons of Anarchy ended its seven-year run on FX last year, comes this new bloody period drama about a broken knight in King Edward I’s charge who puts down his sword only to be forced to pick up the violent and bloody executioner’s ax instead. Starring Lee Jones, Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy) and Stephen Moyer (True Blood), The Bastard Executioner might be SOA in period clothing, but who’s going to complain about that?
IFCPremieres: Thursday, Oct. 1 at 10:00 PM
Created by Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti, IFC’s first ensemble comedy follows a group of friends who are bonded together by their totally irrational obsession with men’s hockey, specifically their league team known as the Chubbys (seriously). Cast members include Lindsey Broad (The Office), Chris Distefano (Girl Code), Mark Gessner (Orange Is the New Black), Ruy Iskandar (Gotham) and Andrew Schulz (Guy Code). Several well-known comedians and actors make an appearance in the first season, including The Sopranos‘ Steve Schirripa, Breaking Bad‘s Mark Margolis and even Jim Breuer.
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris
NBCPremieres: Tuesday, Sep. 15 at 10:00 PM
If there was ever a person suited to bring back the variety show, it’s Neil Patrick Harris. The Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor is a singer, dancer, magician and just generally a doer of funny things. Based on the popular British series Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Best Time Ever features appearances by stars, stunts, comedy skits, incredible performances, mini game shows, audience giveaways and hidden camera pranks. If you can think of it, it’ll probably pop up on this hour-long series.
NBCPremieres: Monday, Sep. 21 at 10:00 PM
You know that recurring dream where you wake up naked in Times Square? Well, that really happens to Thor‘s Jaimie Alexander in this new drama from Arrow and The Flashexecutive producer Greg Berlanti. Alexander’s character takes the nightmare to a whole new level, though, when she discovers her body is covered in intricate tattoos and she has no memory of how she got there or who inked her up like a gas station bathroom.Strike Back‘s Sullivan Stapleton appears as the FBI agent who follows the clues from her tattoos to reveal a larger conspiracy, the truth about her identity and hopefully, if he’s lucky, who to call for a good time.
Blood & Oil
ABCPremieres: Sunday, Sep. 27 at 9:00 PM
Don Johnson won’t be getting Blood & Oil all over his Miami Vice linen clothes in this dirty series about a modern-day oil boom in North Dakota. Johnson plays an oil tycoon who’s the antagonist to ambitious young couple Billy (Chace Crawford) and Cody (Rebecca Rittenhouse), who do everything they can to break off a little piece of that oil pie for themselves. Will everything of theirs — including their marriage — stand up to the challenge?
NBCPremieres: Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 10:00 PM
The newest spin-off in Dick Wolf’s popular Chicago franchise, Chicago Med stars Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss and Yaya Dacosta. It follows the day-to-day activities of one of Chicago’s busiest and probably most dramatic hospitals, if we’ve learned anything from medical dramas. The series will draw inspiration from topical events as the doctors, nurses and cafeteria staff forge relationships in, out and probably around the emergency room. And yes, you can expect to see Chicago’s hunkiest firefighters and top-notch lawmen swing through its doors on a semi-regular basis.
CBSPremieres: Wednesday, Sep. 30 at 10:00 PM
Marcia Gay Harden stars in this medical drama about an emergency room in Los Angeles that’s overcrowded, understaffed and under-equipped. But the doctors get it done, because this is a television show! Based on Ryan McGarry’s award-winning documentary of the same name, Code Black also stars Luis Guzman, Raza Jeffrey, Benjamin Hollingsworth and Bonnie Somerville.
CWPremieres: Monday, Oct. 19 at 8:00 PM
The CW’s only new series this fall, this new comedy with musical elements hails from Rebecca Bloom who stars in the hour-long series as Rebecca Bunch, a determined (and possibly crazy) young woman who gives up her partnership at a law firm in Manhattan to move to West Covina, Calif., in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness with an ex-boyfriend. Remember when we said she might be crazy?
TBSPremieres: To Be Announced
From former Daily Show correspondents Jason Jones and Samantha Bee comes this new family comedy about a couple (Jones and Justified‘s Natalie Zea) and their two young kids (Ashley Gerasimovich and Liam Carroll) as they embark on a disastrous road trip to Florida. If that sounds a lot like the plot to National Lampoon’s Vacation, that’s because it sounds a lot like the plot to National Lampoon’s Vacation.
ABCPremieres: Friday, Oct. 2 at 8:30 PM
Community‘s Ken Jeong, who was once a real-life doctor, can now say he plays a doctor on TV. Jeong stars as the titular character, a great physician who lacks bedside manner and a husband and father of two who drives everyone up the wall. The multi-camera comedy should be a good fit on Friday nights, where it will be paired with Last Man Standing. Suzy Namamura, Tisha-Campbell Martin, Dave Foley, Jonathan Slavin and Albert Tsai also star.
Fear the Walking Dead
AMCPremieres: Sunday, Aug. 23 at 9:00 PM
Don’t call it a prequel! It’s a companion series. Set during the time Rick Grimes was in a coma, the L.A.-set Fear the Walking Dead will show what happened when the zombie outbreak first began. But don’t expect the same harrowing tales of survival from its wildly successful cousin; this drama will focus on a family unit and the problems it has with an outbreak backdrop. Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, and Frank Dillane star.
Flesh and Bone
StarzPremieres: Sunday, Nov. 8 at 9:00 PM
From Breaking Bad writer and executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett (you have her to thank for “Ozymandias”) comes this eight-part drama about the demanding world of professional ballet. Starring Sarah Hay (Black Swan) as Claire, a self-destructive ballerina navigating the dysfunction and glamour, Flesh and Bone depicts a dark and gritty world under the lights of the stage. Professional ballet dancers Irina Dvorovenko, Sascha Radetsky (Center Stage), Raychel Diane Weiner and Emily Tyra make up the rest of the main cast.
FOXPremieres: Tuesday, Sep. 29 at 8:00 PM
It’s time to finally take down your Teen Beat John Stamos poster from your bedroom wall because Stamos is a grandfather! At least he is in this new single-camera comedy, in which Stamos plays a playboy restaurateur who finds out that he not only has a son, but his son also has a daughter. Old-man-changing-diapers hilarity ensues! Rounding out the cast are Josh Peck, Paget Brewster and Christina Milian.
FOXPremieres: Tuesday, Sep. 29 at 8:30 PM
Rob Lowe can’t stay off TV for too long! He headlines this comedy about an actor on a popular legal TV drama who returns to his small-town home to work in his family’s real-life law practice with his brother (Fred Savage), despite only knowing law from the scripts of TV. What could go wrong? Umm, lots. But maybe that small town will teach him a thing about humility. Hey, this writes itself.
Hand of God
AmazonPremieres: Friday, Sep. 4
Ron Perlman stars in this new hour-long drama from Bet Watkins (Burn Notice) as a morally corrupt judge who comes to believe that God is speaking to him through his son—who’s on a ventilator—and is compelling him to follow a path of vigilante justice. As long as that voice doesn’t tell him to buy a motorcycle and move to Charming to take over as the president of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, then we’re all good here. Dana Delany, Alona Tal, Julian Morris and Garret Dillahunt also star.
NBCPremieres: Thursday, Sep. 24 at 8:00 PM
A reboot of NBC’s Heroes, this new series is exactly like the old one only with less Milo Ventimiglia and more Zachary Levi. And although Peter Petrelli won’t be back, some other familiar faces will make appearances, including Jack Coleman as H.R.G., Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman and Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura, among others. But what is this new chapter in the Heroes story about? Following a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, that left the city decimated, those ordinary folks with extraordinary abilities are blamed. Most have gone into hiding or are on the run, but something tells us they won’t stay hidden for for long, because otherwise WTF is the point of this show?
Into the Badlands
AMCPremieres: Sunday, Nov. 15 at 10:00 PM
A martial arts drama feels like the natural successor to award-winning dramas like Breaking Bad and Mad Men, right? Well, OK, maybe not. But AMC thought it sounded like a good idea, because this six-part drama is the network’s newest endeavor. Created by Smallville’s Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, the series follows Sunny (Daniel Wu), a warrior embarking on a spiritual journey across a dangerous area known as the Badlands, a place where the strongest and most brutal have risen to wealth and power. Aramis Knight, Marton Csokas, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark and Orla Brady also star.
Life in Pieces
CBSPremieres: Monday, Sep. 21 at 8:30 PM
A fantastic cast highlights this multi-generational family comedy that’s told from the point of view of every family member. Babies will be born, kids will go to college and sitcom situations will go down at funerals. Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Colin Hanks, Zoe Lister-Jones, Angelique Cabral, Thomas Sadoski, Betsy Brandt and Dan Bakkedahl star.
CBSPremieres: Tuesday, Sep. 22 at 10:00 PM
You thought the movie was OK, now see the television show based on the OK movie! This thriller stars Greek‘s Jake McDorman as a man who takes a drug that gives him access to 100 percent of his brain, meaning he’s gifted physically and intellectually. Naturally, that makes him the perfect person to solve crime! Jennifer Carpenter, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Hill Harper co-star. Bradley Cooper, the star of the original 2011 film and executive producer of the series, will recur and reprise his character.
Master of None
NetflixPremieres: Friday, Nov. 6
Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) stars in this new comedy that was partly inspired by the actor’s standup. Co-created by former Parks writer Alan Yang, the 10-episode series follows the adventures of Dev (Ansari), an indecisive 30-year-old actor in New York who is loosely based on Ansari. Each episode is a rumination on a single topic, from the elderly to travel to food. Guest stars include H. Jon Benjamin, Claire Danes and Noah Emmerich.
FOXPremieres: Monday, Sep. 21 at 9:00 PM
Set 15 years after the Tom Cruise film of the same name, Minority Report follows a pre-cog — psychics who have the ability to predict the future — named Dash who uses his ability to stop crimes with the help of a detective. But Dash must do all he can to keep his abilities secret as there are people out there who want to detain pre-cogs and do all sorts of bad things to them, like poke their brain or open them up to see what makes them tick. Stark Sands stars as Dash, with Meagan Good on board to play his partner.
ABCPremieres: Tuesday, Sep. 22 at 8:00 PM
Everyone’s favorite (or at least top 10) puppets are coming back to television, but this time, they have even more sass. This new version of The Muppets is presented as a modern-day documentary catching us up with Kermit, Miss Piggy and everyone else as they go on with their professional (running a late-night show) and personal (puppet romance!) lives. ABC is pitching this as a more adult version of The Muppets that’s still good for kids of all ages. The Big Bang Theory‘s Bill Prady will run the show.
NetflixPremieres: Friday, Aug. 28
Inspired by real events, this new drama from Elite Squad producer Jose Padilha has aGoodfellas vibe to it and tells a raw, gritty story that chronicles the rise of cocaine drug cartels and the efforts by law enforcement to stop them. The series’ 10-episode first season is about notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), the one-time leader of the Medellin Cartel. Boyd Holbrook stars as the American DEA agent Steve Murphy and Game of Thrones‘ Pedro Pascal as Javier Peña.
NBCPremieres: Thursday, Sep. 24 at 10:00 PM
Philip Winchester stars opposite Wesley freakin’ Snipes in this new Las Vegas-set action series about a former military operative and current security expert who’s drawn into a high-stakes game in which a bunch of wealthy jerks bet on his ability to stop crimes before they happen. You can probably think of it as Strike Back: Las Vegas but with fewer explosions, more Snipes and some truly ridiculous, convoluted scenarios.
TNTPremieres: Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 10:00 PM
Yeah, see? This 10-episode series chronicles crooked cops in 1960s New York City and the cop (Edward Burns) who tries to clean things up. In addition to Burns, who created, wrote and directed the series, Michael Rapaport and Elizabeth Masucci star, and Steven Spielberg will executive-produce.
ABCPremieres: Sunday, Sep. 27 at 10:00 PM
Let’s just call this one How to Get Away with Terrorism, because this twisty ensemble thriller has a lot in common with ABC’s big hit from last fall. A new incredibly attractive (obvs) class of FBI recruits at Quantico all joined the FBI for different reasons, which will be shown to the audience via flashbacks. But the real interesting part? One of the recruits — we don’t know who — is responsible for the biggest domestic terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. Let the twists begin! Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin, Johanna Braddy and Graham Rogers star.
FOXPremieres: Wednesday, Sep. 23 at 8:00 PM
The latest brilliant medical mind on television who has a problem is Morris Chestnut, who plays the titular Rosewood. And his problem? He’s endlessly optimistic and loves life. Annoying! But his real problem appears to be legitimate medical issues, which leads him to live every moment like it’s his last. (YOLO!) As Miami’s top pathologist, he’ll help a skeptical cop (Jaina Lee Ortiz) solve the murders that the Miami PD can’t.
FOXPremieres: Tuesday, Sep. 22 at 8:00 PM
The latest idea to crawl out of Ryan Murphy’s brain is an anthology comedy-horror series that’s one of the hottest tickets of the year. Season 1 will be set in the ripest of horror settings — a snooty sorority — when the school’s new dean demands that all potential sisters must be accepted in the pledging process. Oh, and a serial killer is on the loose murdering at least one character in each episode. Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Nasim Pedrad, Oliver Hudson, Keke Palmer and Ariana Grande highlight the impressive cast
CBSPremieres: Monday, Oct. 26 at 8:30 PM
Add CBS to the list of networks riding on the cape of the superhero phenomenon, as Melissa Benoist suits up as Superman’s cousin in this lighthearted drama. Come for bubbly heroine Kara saving National City from disaster, stay for the Devil Wears Pradawork environment with Kara’s nightmare boss Cat (Calista Flockhart) and wardrobe changes. Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood, and Chyler Leigh also star.
Truth Be Told
NBCPremieres: Friday, Oct. 16 at 8:30 PM
Formerly known as People Are Talking, this new hangout comedy is about two couples who over-analyze and obsess about everything as if they’re the heir apparent to Dawson Leery. Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash) stars as Mitch, a college professor (LOL) who’s married to Vanessa Lachey’s (Dads) Tracy. Meanwhile, Tone Bell (Bad Judge) and Bresha Webb (Hung) portray their BFFs and neighbors, Russell and Angie. You can probably expect a lot of talking that doesn’t really say much.
ABCPremieres: Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 10:00 PM
Anthologies, period pieces and murder dramas are all the rage, and ABC smashed ’em all together in Wicked City. Set in 1980s Los Angeles, the first season is all about a detective (Jeremy Sisto) chasing down coupled-up serial killers (Ed Westwick, Erika Christensen) who prey on young women. Enjoyment tip: Try not to think about how half the cast wasn’t even born when the series takes place.
TBSPremieres: To Be Announced
Ever wish Lost wasn’t so serious all the time? This comedy takes a similar premise but makes it funnier (and probably easier to follow). When a plane crashes on a remote island, two buddies who were nobodies in civilization get a chance to lead a diverse group of survivors in a world where there’s no WiFi, fast food or Facebook. Zach Cregger, Ginger Gonzaga, Jessica Lowe, Asif Ali and Ally Maki star.
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