Fall TV shows worth waiting for
Warning: Your television (or laptop screen) is about to be bombarded with everything from cyborgs to vampires to headless horsemen to Rebel Wilson. It is that time of year when over 120 different new and returning shows will try and vie for your attention amidst your busy school schedule. And with new shows in almost every genre, whether it be period horror or family dramedy, there truly is something for everybody.
To help you separate the promising titles from the muck, we have compiled a list of the best new shows you should check out this fall.
“Dracula” (airs Oct. 25 at 9 p.m. Central): Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, this drama reinvents the infamous blood-sucker while retaining the Victorian time period with the addition of a revenge-themed twist.
Why It Looks Promising: Anyone who has seen “The Tudors” knows Meyers can play misunderstood monsters in his sleep, and the trailer makes it seem like ”Dracula” is no exception. Plus, it’ll be fun to see how the classic story of Dracula plays out in a televised format.
For Fans Of: “Hannibal,” “The Tudors,” “The Walking Dead”
“The Blacklist” (airs Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. Central): James Spader returns to television in a drama where he plays a master criminal who turns himself into the FBI and strikes a deal: he will help them track down terrorists and other baddies only if he gets to work solely with a rookie agent.
Why It Looks Promising: Because it has an amazing concept reminiscent of “Silence of The Lambs.” And in a world full of too many versions of “NCIS,” “CSI,” and “Cold Case,” a crime drama with some originality for a change is well overdue.
For Fans Of: “The Following,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Bridge”
“Hostages” (airs Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. Central): Toni Colette and Dylan McDermott star in this drama about a family who is taken hostage by terrorists who order the surgeon mother set to operate on the president to assassinate him in the process.
Why It Looks Promising: The premise is intriguing enough, but add to that the impeccable Toni Colette and McDermott as a rogue FBI agent out to kill the president and this looks like it could be one of the best new dramas of the fall.
For Fans Of: “Homeland,” “The Americans,” “Person of Interest”
“Mom” (airs Sept. 23 at 8:30 p.m. Central): This Chuck Lorre sitcom follows a newly sober main character played by Anna Faris trying to put her life back together while dealing with her rebellious teenage daughter and an overbearing mother, played by Alison Janney.
Why It Looks Promising: The premise is a little “been there, done that,” but if anything you should give it a shot just because Faris is an incredible comedic actress who will hopefully bring her trademark humor and wit to the project.
For Fans Of: “Mike & Molly,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Two And A Half Men”
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” (airs Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Central): A spinoff of “The Avengers”, “S.H.I.E.L.D.” sees the return of Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) assembling a group of top-secret agents to help protect the earth from an array of dangers.
Why It Looks Promising: This one has the backing of “The Avengers” franchise and a huge push of credibility in the form of series creator – and “God of The Nerds” - Joss Whedon.
For Fans Of: Basically any Marvel superhero movie
“Super Fun Night” (airs Oct. 2 at 8:30 p.m. Central): Rebel Wilson stars in this comedy about three friends who have spent every Friday night with each other to stay inside in pajamas and play games. But after her boss invites her to a company party, the three gals decide to go out and see what they’ve been missing.
Why It Looks Promising: Reactions to the series have so far been surprisingly lukewarm. But I have faith that Wilson, who charmed us all in “Bridesmaids” and “Pitch Perfect,” can elevate this series to its true potential.
For Fans Of: “Cougar Town,” “Suburgatory,” “Happy Endings” (R.I.P.)
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (airs Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Central): With Andy Samberg in his first starring role in a series, “Nine-Nine” pairs his immature detective character with the new straight-laced captain of his precinct.
Why It Looks Promising: Judging from the trailer and pre-release buzz surrounding it, it seems like Samberg and a strong supporting cast have churned out one the best new comedies of the year.
For Fans Of: "Saturday Night Live," "Parks And Recreation," "30 Rock"
“Sleepy Hollow” (airs Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. Central): A new drama that whisks Ichabod Crane into the present where he works with a sheriff to bring down the headless horseman and other baddies.
Why It Looks Promising: A modern sci-fi/crime drama with a period twist involving horrific bad guys? Count me in! If the storytelling can keep up, viewers will hopefully keep flocking back to “Sleepy Hollow” for more.
For Fans Of: “Once Upon A Time,” “Fringe,” “The X-Files”
“The Tomorrow People” (airs Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. Central): A teenager learns that he is a part of an intensely secret group of people who possess supernatural powers in this teen sci-fi drama.
Why It Looks Promising: The CW is king when it comes to addicting guilty pleasure television, and this show looks like no exception. Plus, who doesn’t love a good superhero origin story?
For Fans Of: “Heroes,” “Smallville,” “Arrow”
“The Originals” (airs Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Central): This spin-off of “The Vampire
Diaries” follows the original vampire family, mixing familiar faces (Joseph Morgan’s
Klaus, Claire Holt’s Rebekah) and new ones (Phoebe Tonkin’s Hayley, Leah Pipe’s
Why It Looks Promising: “The Vampire Diaries” has been getting a little convoluted and repetitive as of late, and a change of pace and some fresh faces could greatly help recharge the franchise. Plus, the New Orleans setting and a fresh dose of mythology could make for a fairly interesting watch.
For Fans Of: “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Secret Circle,” “Pretty Little Liars”
“Masters Of Sex” (airs Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. on Showtime): This explicit period piece revolves around the lives Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, two pioneering researchers of human sexuality.
Why It Looks Promising: Besides starring the magnificent Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, the drama deals with themes of betrayal, jealousy, relationships, and more set against the sexual revolution. And isn’t it about time that a show tackles the topic of sex with intelligence?
For Fans Of: “Mad Men,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Tudors”
“American Horror Story: Coven” (airs Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. Central on FX): The third incarnation of the anthology series revolves around mostly female characters in different cities and spans from the 1830s to modern day.
Why It Looks Promising: Have you seen the cast? Patti LuPone, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Evan Peters, and the impeccable Jessica Lange. And anyone that has seen the first two incarnations of AHS knows that it never fails to deliver in scares, memorable characters, or pitch-black humor.
For Fans Of: “American Horror Story: Murder House”, “True Blood,” “American Horror Story: Asylum"
Keaton Bell is a University College freshman.