It’s my absolute favorite time of the year. September brings the beginning of the Fall season! Sweaters, boots, scarves, and coats line the shelves in the stores. Starbucks brings out their Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Pinterest is filled with pumpkin recipes and the many colors of fall. But my favorite thing that September brings is the return of our favorite TV shows and some exciting new ones!
I am a self admitted TV junkie. September through November is booked weekly with what I will be tuning in and DVR-ing to watch. For me, it begins in May with the networks releasing their fall schedules. I begin sifting through them eager to read the premise for the new shows to come and find where my old shows are being placed in the week. Then July comes around and Comic Con comes to town! With the convention transforming into a pop-culture hub, the networks find an audience to test pilots of the anticipated shows and share some details (and sometimes clips) of the new seasons as well. As an annual Comic Con attendee, I make an effort to sit in on the panels I am most excited for and find the details of the one’s I missed live on the internet throughout the week. Then the anticipation climbs as I wait for the longest 2 months to get reacquainted with old familiar characters and meet some new ones and decide if they are worthy of my time.
So as the years progressed and the networks have become more frivolous with their cancellations, I have been more selective of the shows I get excited and root for. In no particular order, here are the top 5 new shows I am looking forward to seeing this season:
1. Sleepy Hollow (FOX)
Premieres: Monday, September 16 @ 9pm
This one may be personal for me as I have loved the Legend of Sleepy Hollow ever since I was a kid! At its core, Sleepy Hollow is based on a story that has been giving adults and children nightmares for centuries, but this version takes it into new and exciting directions not seen in previous incarnations. Tom Mison stars as Ichabod Crane in this modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic short story. Frozen in time for 250 years, Crane awakes to partner up with Sleepy Hollow’s sheriff Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by evil forces, including Death, aka the Headless Horseman, who’s also one of the four horseman of the apocalypse! A brilliant spin weaving American History, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and the Book of Revelation from the bible, this show looks to reinvent the supernatural genre that has become tiresome as of late.
2. The Blacklist (NBC)
Premieres: Monday, September 23 @ 10pm
NBC’s intriguing new crime drama sounds like a familiar Silence of the Lambs plot, but added twists and less violent killings will probably secure a larger audience to follow along. James Spader returns to TV as Raymond “Red” Reddington, a top fugitive on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. He strikes a deal with the FBI: He will help them take down super-criminals on a blacklist who have thus far evaded capture, but he has a list of his own demands and one of them is he will only work with rookie agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). The show reads like a psychological thriller more than your average crime dramas currently on tv, but it’s the intelligence behind James Spader‘s character that has me intrigued and will probably keep me guessing.
3. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
Premieres: Tuesday, September 24 @ 8pm
Not going to lie, Avengers may have been the best movie I saw last year. So I may be a little biased with this choice, but who doesn’t love some seriously entertaining Super Hero stories? Then you add the talented Joss Whedon to the mix and the action and comedy grounds this new show which I assume will be a huge hit. Clark Gregg reprises his Avengers role as Agent Phil Coulson, who assembles a team of top-secret agents to handle strange new cases. Set in a world of Super Heroes and aliens, the show will center on the very human agents who speak to the human condition and prepare to tackle the unknown and yet to be classified cases. The only way this show will not do well is if the stories are not thought through to meet an overall arc of a season and the action comes off too campy. I know I will give it a try.
4. American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
Premieres: Wednesday, October 9 @ 10pm
Ok, so this technically isn’t a new show, but with the anthology series the story is new each season, so I get a break on including it as a “new show”. This season is set in the iconic New Orleans in both modern day and the 1830’s and will tell the secret history of witches and witchcraft. With attacks beginning to escalate on witches in modern day, protection will be taught to the young girls who attend a secret school with the Supreme Fiona played by Jessica Lange and her daughter Cordelia played by Sarah Paulson. The 1830’s New Orleans will involve a war between some historical New Orleans figures (Particularly the Voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau and the notorious slave serial killer, Madame LaLaurie). With cinematic powerhouses Angela Bassett, Jessica Lange, and Kathy Bates playing the 3 lead witches, what isn’t there to be excited about?
5. Dracula (NBC)
Premieres: Friday, October 25 @ 10pm
This one has a well known (Not to mention GORGEOUS) star in the lead. A re-imagining of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the horror thriller stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as America’s Original Vampire who comes to London posing as American entrepreneur, Alexander Grayson, who wants to introduce Victorian society to clean energy. Dracula’s real intentions are to seek revenge on the secret society who cursed him, the Order of the Dragon. Along the way, he falls in love with Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw), who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. I know what you’re thinking… The vampire trend is so old and tiring! But remember, this is the original story that introduced us to the hypnotic world of vampires. As an added twist, Van Helsing is assisting our vampire in his revenge against the Order of the Dragon. I do not expect this show to go far with a Friday death slot and the age of anti-vampire voices, but it should be a fun story to watch. Especially with it premiering the weekend before Halloween. Give it a chance, but don’t go into it with high expectations.