The upcoming Fall TV season is promising to be a hectic one with several returning favorites (like The Vampire Diaries and Downton Abbey for those lucky enough to not have to wait until January) and of course all the new pilots picked up to be finally judged and possibly discarded if no one tunes in (or so the Nielsen viewings claim). And since there are SO many new programs beginning this season, I thought I would make a list of the ones I find have the most potential for weekly building obsessions.
Keep in mind that I am mostly talking about the genre and Period shows (or ones with a strong romantic bent), programs that are likely relevant to this site. If you think I left out one of vital importance, then just let me know. I might just adjust my list.
Without further ado, I give you our guide to new Fall Television, organized by network.
Be sure to stay tuned in for our reviews soon after they air.
GUIDE TO NEW FALL TV
The Show: Dracula
Premiere Date: Friday, October 25th
Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors and The Mortal Instruments), Jessica De Gouw (Arrow), Katie McGrath (Merlin) and Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones).
Why you should tune in: Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula (I smell a new Byronic Hero)….Oh, and it’s from the producers of Downton Abbey.
It’s the late 19th century, and the mysterious Dracula has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He’s especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night – useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: he hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan… until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.
The Show: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Premiere Date: Tuesday, September 24th
Starring: Ming-Na (ER and Eureka), Clark Gregg (as the same awesome Avengers role), Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker (Coronation Street and the underrated The Fades), Brett Dalton (Killing Lincoln), and Chloe Bennet (Nashville).
Why you should tune in: From Joss Whedon who brought us The Avengers (of which this is a spin-off), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, and Firefly.
Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.
The Show: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Premiere Date: Thursday, October 10th
Starring: Sophie Lowe, Peter Gadiot, Michael Socha (from the UK’s brilliant Being Human), Naveen Andrews (Lost), Emma Rigby (Hollyoaks), the voice of John Lithgow (Third Rock from the Sun) as the White Rabbit.
Why you should tune in: From the creators of Once Upon a Time, Sayid from Lost is one of the stars, and it’s a love story. Also, the show looks to be more self-contained than Once Upon a Time’s many stories and characters.
In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice (Sophie Lowe) tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah smoking caterpillar and playing cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she’s seen during this impossible adventure. Surely this troubled girl must be insane and her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything. Alice seems ready to put it all behind her, especially the painful memory of the genie she fell in love with and lost forever—the handsome and mysterious Cyrus (Peter Gadiot). But deep down Alice knows this world is real and just in the nick of time, the sardonic Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) and the irrepressible White Rabbit (John Lithgow) arrive to save her from a doomed fate. Together, the trio will take a tumble down the rabbit hole to this Wonderland where nothing is impossible.
The Show: The Crazy Ones
Premiere Date: Thursday, September 26th
Starring: Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
Why you should tune in: Robin Williams and Buffy on the same screen.
Academy Award winner Robin Williams returns to series television in THE CRAZY ONES, a single-camera workplace comedy about a larger-than-life advertising genius whose unorthodox methods and unpredictable behavior would get him fired… if he weren’t the boss. Simon Roberts is the head of a powerful agency, with the biggest clients and brands in the world, but even more important to him is having his daughter Sydney by his side. As his partner, Sydney is Simon’s exact opposite – focused, organized and eager to make a name for herself, but also too busy parenting her father, which she’d resent if he wasn’t so brilliant at what he does. Joining them in the firm are the dashing and talented Zach; art director Andrew, who’s as hard-working as he is neurotic; and the beautiful and deceptively smart assistant Lauren. With his team and his daughter behind him, Simon continues to set the advertising world on fire, and it looks like they are definitely buying what these crazy ones are selling.
The Show: Sleepy Hollow
Premiere Date: Monday, September 16th
Starring: Tom Mison (Lost in Austen), Orlando Jones (MADtv), Katia Winter (Dexter), Nicole Beharie (The Good Wife), and John Cho (Star Trek) as a guest star.
Why you should tune in: From the people who brought us Star Trek and Fringe, a unique concept, conspiracies, a great leading man, and the potential to become a cult classic before it even begins. This may be the one I am looking forward to the most.
Ichabod Crane wakes up from the throes of death 250 years in the future to find the world on the brink of destruction and learn he is humanity’s only hope.
The Show: Almost Human
Premiere Date: Monday, Nov. 4
Starring: Karl Urban (Star Trek and Lord of the Rings) and Michael Ealy (Common Law)
Why you should tune in: Um, Karl Urban, Sci-Fi from J.J. Abrams, the executive producer of Fringe, strong visual effects, and Karl Urban. For those who want something romantic, there is possible potential with a young female detective (Minka Kelly from Friday Night Lights). Crossing fingers. There are other promising female characters as well with the fabulous Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under) also starring.
The new series is an action-packed police procedural set 35 years in the future when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.
The Show: The Originals
Premiere Date: Thursday, October 3rd (Airs on Tuesdays after the premiere)
Starring: Joseph Morgan (The Vampire Diaries, Immortals, and Mansfield Park), Daniel Gillies (The Vampire Diaries, Saving Hope, and Bride and Prejudice), Claire Holt (The Vampire Diaries), Phoebe Tonkin (The Secret Circle), and Charles Michael Davis (Grey’s Anatomy).
Why you should tune in: An entire show dedicated only to Klaus, Elijah, and Rebecca from The Vampire Diaries. I’m sold. Plus, I love the New Orleans setting. It’s very Interview with the Vampire.
Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart. When Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he returns to the city his family helped build. Klaus’ questions lead him to a reunion with his diabolical former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic vampire who has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans. Determined to help his brother find redemption, Elijah follows Klaus and soon learns that the werewolf Hayley has also come to the French Quarter searching for clues to her family history, and has fallen into the hands of a powerful witch named Sophie. Tensions between the town’s supernatural factions are nearing a breaking point as Marcel commands his devoted followers and rules with absolute power. For Klaus, the thought of answering to his powerful protégé is unthinkable, and he vows to reclaim what was once his — the power, the city and his family. While they wait to see if their sister Rebekah will leave Mystic Falls and join them, Klaus and Elijah form an uneasy alliance with the witches to ensure that New Orleans will be ruled by THE ORIGINALS once again.
The Show: The Tomorrow People
Premiere Date: Wednesday, October 9th
Starring: Peyton List (Mad Men), Luke Mitchell (H20: Just Add Water), Robbie Amell (Revenge), and Mark Pellegrino (Lost).
Why you should tune in: Mark Pellegrino plays the villain (so good in this kind of role), from Phil Klemmer (wrote for Veronica Mars and Chuck), Greg Berlanti (Eli Stone, Arrow, and Everwood) as well as Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries and Kyle XY), and it just sounds downright fun. Plus, who else needs something to fill their Alphas void?
They are the next evolutionary leap of mankind, a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities — the Tomorrow People. Stephen Jameson stands at the crossroads between the world we know and the shifting world of the future. Up until a year ago, Stephen was a “normal” teenager — until he began hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep, never knowing where he might wake up. Now, Stephen’s issues have gone far beyond the usual teenage angst, and he is beginning to question his sanity. In desperation, Stephen decides to listen to one of the voices in his head, and it leads him to his first encounter with the Tomorrow People — John, Cara and Russell — a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation and telepathic communication.
The Show: Reign
Premiere Date: Thursday, October 17th
Starring: Adelaide Kane (Teen Wolf), Toby Regbo (One Day), Torrance Coombs (The Tudors”), Megan Follows (Anne of Green Gables), Alan Van Sprang (The Tudors), Celina Sinden, Caitlin Stasey, Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader), and Jenessa Grant.
Why you should tune in: It’s refreshing to see a Period Drama on the CW. Also, it’s starring Anne Shirley.
With danger and sexual intrigue around every dark castle corner, Mary [Queen of Scots] rallies her ladies-in-waiting – Greer, Kenna, Lola and Aylee – and steels herself, ready to rule the new land and balance the demands of her country and her heart.
The Show: The Paradise
Premiere Date: Sunday, October 6th
Starring: Joanna Vanderham (Dancing on the Edge), Emun Elliott (Game of Thrones), Matthew McNulty (Lark Rise to Candleford and Misfits), Ruby Bentall (Lark Rise to Candleford), Elaine Cassidy (A Room with a View and Harper’s Island), and Sarah Lancashire (Lark Rise to Candleford, Coronation Street, Doctor Who, Wuthering Heights, etc.).
Why you should tune in: I confess. This aired a year ago in Great Britain and I watched it. I couldn’t wait a WHOLE year for this to turn up in America. But for those who didn’t cheat like me, you MUST tune in for The Paradise. It’s romantic (extremely though it takes a few episodes), from the creator of Lark Rise to Candleford, heartwarming without being light in theme, has a fabulous cast, and much superior to the similarly themed (yet insufferable and putrid) Mr. Selfridge.
This adaptation of Emile Zola’s beloved French novel is a rags-to-riches story of a young woman seduced by the dangerous charms of the modern world set against the Victorian splendor of a British department store.
The Show: Witches of East End (A new addition to this list)
Premiere Date: Sunday, October 6th
Starring: Julia Ormond (Sabrina, First Knight, Legends of the Fall), Mädchen Amick (Mad Men), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (American Horror Story), Rachel Boston (In Plain Sight), Eric Winter (Moonlight), Daniel DiTomasso (CSI), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy) and Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways).
Why you should tune in: From Maggie Friedman who gave us the all too short-lived Eastwick, Julia Ormond is the actual star of this Charmed like genre fest, and the pilot is directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls). I’m sensing some fantastic dark humor coming our way. Not to mention that the synopsis is so alluring that I aim to go out and find Melissa de la Cruz’s books this series is based on. Perhaps I’m just intrigued by the shy librarian…
Inspired by Melissa de la Cruz’s New York Times best-selling novel, “Witches of East End” centers on the mysterious Beauchamp family: free-spirited artist Joanna (Ormond) and her two grown daughters, wild-child bartender Freya (Dewan Tatum) and shy librarian Ingrid (Boston), both of whom are unaware that they are gifted (and cursed) with a magical birthright. Freya is recently engaged to the man of her dreams, wealthy playboy Dash Gardiner (Winter), but when she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Dash’s troubled, enigmatic brother Killian (DiTomasso), bizarre occurrences begin to manifest in her life. Meanwhile, Joanna’s long-estranged sister Wendy (Amick) shows up with a warning that could change the Beauchamps’ fate forever, forcing Joanna to reveal to her daughters that they are, indeed, immortal witches who possess great untapped powers. With their idyllic small-town life now turned upside down, and a formidable and ancient enemy intent on ending the Beauchamp family line, will Freya and Ingrid be able to accept their true potential before it is too late?
What new show are you looking forward to? Sound off below…
Featured image at top – Sleepy Hollow. Photo: FOX
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