With the end of summer comes the start up on television’s fall programming. While we’re excited to see favorites like Empire, How To Get Away With Murder, and Scandal return, there’s a few new television shows that you might want to keep on your radar before the start of the 2015-2016 fall season.
Here’s a few shows that everyone is buzzing about on the upcoming fall line up.
1. Heroes: Reborn
Okay, so we might be cheating with this one, but technically it’s still a brand new show. From the creative mind of Tim Kring, the mastermind behind the original Heroes series, comes Heroes: Reborn. The NBC show is a 13-episode mini series reboot that will look into the untapped stories of every day heroes. Back when the original show premiered in 2006, TV hadn’t yet started to explore superheroes, or at least it hadn’t become so saturated. The only other show close to it was CW’s Supernatural. Today we have CW’s Arrow, Gotham, Agents of SHIELD, and Agent Carter.
So, it will be interesting to see what Kring cooks up, now that we have a very strong voice for telling specific arcs about ordinary people with larger than life stories. Although the show is a reboot, fans of the original series can expect one favorite to return, as Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman) will be part of the series.
The summary for Heroes: Reborn is as follows:
“A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.”
The show airs on Thursday, September 24 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
2. Scream Queens
Ryan Murphy has proved that he has a specific voice that works very well in telling all genres in television. First he got the attention of critics with his sexy show Nip/Tuck, and then he moved on to his satirical and often heartfelt musical show Glee, and then impressively made an about face to craft one of the best show’s in the horror genre with American Horror Story. Now, Murphy has combined two genres he’s excelled at to create Scream Queens. The show stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, and Abigail Breslin, which proves to be awesome casting right out the gate. Mixing a legend and iconic scream queen Curtis, with modern hopefuls like Breslin and Roberts appeals to both demos that the show is going after.
Back in August Curtis, who stars as a ruthless dean, had a few words to say about the new show, which sees her in the genre after a 20-year hiatus.
“We say what people think. The show strips away, it flays the imagined behaviors of human beings. It actually shows what I think people are, which is inherently dark, inherently unhappy, inherently frustrated human beings who are trying so desperately to hold it together. Everyone here is wearing a mask, and this show peels off those masks each week and it’s brilliant.”
The show airs Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. on Fox.
3. The Muppets
What’s better than the Muppets? Getting to dive into a meta world of the Muppets in a stylized mock documentary show, that’s what. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a wholesome show that brings families together, which also pins itself on nostalgia. For generations people have been enjoying the Muppets, and now we get to enjoy them on a weekly basis once again. If anything the Muppets have always been able to distinguish a witty tone that combines pop culture and that familiar family feel.
Having the Muppets return to television seems like an absolute no-brainer since they did so well at the box office with their two rebooted films The Muppets (2011) and Muppets Most Wanted (2014).
Although the brand has had success in recent years, they’re not exactly sticking to what they know. As a shock to many, it was announced in August that Kermit and Miss Piggy broke up after four decades together. So, if they’re willing to get rid of their golden couple there’s no telling how the show will shake things up.
The show airs Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
4. Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris
As far as variety shows go, Neil Patrick Harris might have actually found one that sticks. Harris, who has already shown America that he can sing, act, dance, and rock at hosting award shows, is putting all of these talents together. Not only are we going to get to see Harris dazzle the audience on a weekly basis, but he’s also going to incorporate pranks, stunts, and maybe a bit of magic too.
According to its official synopsis, here’s what fans can expect from the Tony Award winning jack of all trades.
“Anything can happen on “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” which will feature appearances by A-list stars, stunts, comedy skits, incredible performances, mini game shows, audience giveaways and hidden camera pranks.
Based on the wildly popular British hit “Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” this genre-busting format and its fearless star will make for one of the best nights ever on TV, week after week.”
The show airs Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. on NBC.
Right after Bradley Cooper’s stardom in the Hangover series, the actor decided to switch gears and star in the indie cerebral drama Limitless. Now, Cooper is making his return to television in a guest arc on the show, based on the premise of the film. The show, which is described as a “visually creative action thriller” is about a man who stumbled upon a drug that allows him to use 100% of his brain for good. As far as television shows go, it’s highly stylized one that pins itself on a high concept. People are either going to check out early, or it’s going to become a phenomenon and attract millions of viewers. We can totally see this show becoming the next big water cooler show. Bradley Cooper eye candy doesn’t hurt either.
While Cooper played the lead in the film, he’s taking a step back for the television show. Instead, he’ll be reprising his role as Eddie Morra, while Jake McDorman will star in the show.
The show airs on Tuesday, Sept.22 at 10 p.m. on CBS.
Here’s a few other shows to keep on your radar: Supergirl (CBS), The Grinder (Fox), The Player (NBC), Angels From Hell (CBS).
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