Fall TV preview: Suspense-filled autumn ahead, some comic relief

With fall nearly upon us, leaves will change color, apples will be picked and television will cease to be a mundane mix of overplayed reruns and shows that make you wonder what you’re doing with your life (Looking at you “Treehouse Masters.” What are you doing on Animal Planet anyway?). Fall is always the best time of the year for television as it brings a healthy dose of premieres to satiate your boredom.

“The Bastard Executioner”
Premieres: Sept. 15, FX
From the mind of Kurt Sutter, creator of the FX hit “Sons of Anarchy,” comes a new show aimed at the “Game of Thrones” audience. Set in the Middle Ages, “Executioner” tells the story of a former knight seeking vengeance. The show promises to live up to the “Sons of Anarchy” legacy of pushing the envelope of how violent a show on basic cable can be.

“Minority Report”
Premieres: Sept. 21, FOX
Set 10 years after the Tom Cruise sci-fi movie of the same name, “Minority Report” picks up the torch, ready to explore the possibilities of a futuristic world where a select few receive visions of crimes before they are committed. Think “NCIS” meets “That’s So Raven” sprinkled with a little extra science fiction for good measure.

“Blindspot”
Premieres: Sept. 21, NBC
A woman is found in Times Square with no recollection of her past and mysterious tattoos covering her body. With a relatively simple premise that holds plenty of opportunities for plot twists, “Blindspot” could be the type of show that holds audiences’ interest for a very long time.

“Limitless”
Premieres: Sep. 22, CBS
A small screen spin-off to the 2011 feature film starring Bradley Cooper, “Limitless” follows Brian Finch as he is introduced to the mysterious wonder drug, NZT, and all its benefits. “Limitless” features its original star, Cooper, in a recurring role which lends credibility to the show and makes it worth at least one curious viewing.

“The Muppets”
Premieres: Sept. 22, ABC
It’s “Muppets” meets “The Office” in the first ever “adult” Muppets Show. In a new contemporary, documentary style, “The Muppets” ventures into unchartered territory by exploring the never before seen personal lives and relationships of everyone’s favorite childhood puppets.

“The Player”
Premieres: Sep. 24, NBC
“The Player” is an action-packed thriller set in Las Vegas that follows former intelligence officer, security expert and all around badass, Alex, as he’s plunged headfirst into a shady underground gambling ring where the wealthy place bets on his ability to stop high-stakes crime. Also, Wesley Snipes is one of the main characters. Who doesn’t love Wesley Snipes?

“Ash vs Evil Dead”
Premieres: Oct. 31, Starz
A new TV series set 30 years after Sam Raimi’s cult horror hit series “Evil Dead,” “Ash vs Evil Dead” sees the return of Sam Raimi as a writer/director as well as Bruce Campbell returning to reprise his role as the iconic Ash Williams. It will be interesting to see if the TV series can capture the same perfect mix of horror and comedy which made the original films such big hits.

“Master of None”
Premieres: Nov. 6, Netflix
“Master of None” is a brand new Netflix original series written and starring comedian Aziz Ansari. The show is Ansari’s personal project, based heavily around his own personal and professional life as a 30-year-old actor living in New York City.

“Into the Badlands”
Premieres: Nov. 15, AMC
If you have ever wondered what “Django Unchained” would be like if it were set in a post-apocalyptic world and replaced all the guns with kung fu, then AMC finally has a show for you. A mighty warrior and a young boy journey through a dangerous feudal land while searching for enlightenment and good ratings.

One thought on “Fall TV preview: Suspense-filled autumn ahead, some comic relief

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this article. Each of Jack’s capsules provides the reader with insights and descriptions that will allow that person to start their viewing season without a lot of research on their own part. Also, how can you not like a review that combines references to “Treehouse Masters” and “That’s So Raven”?

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