In The Great Gatsby, Jordan Baker says, “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
This may not be true for most people but it definitely is for the big television networks. Fall is the time of the year those TV execs can forget about last season’s stinkers (I’m looking at you How to Live with Your Parents) and put the good shows that just didn’t quite make it behind them (sniff, I’ll miss you, Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B). But what can we expect to be playing on our TVs this fall?
Luckily for you, I took one for the team and watched countless trailers just so you don’t have to. Here are 8 of the best television shows, new and old, that will be gracing our screens this season.
Starring James Spader as a fugitive wanted by the FBI, the show follows a criminal as he surrenders himself to the police in order to catch some of the world’s most dangerous criminals. Of course, there’s a catch: he only wants to work with one person, Special Agent Elizabeth Keen (played by Megan Boone). Why? I guess we’ll have to find out!
Premieres September 23 on NBC and CTV.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
A spin-off of ABC’s hugely popular Once Upon a Time series, OUATIW tells the tale of Alice, a young girl from Victorian London who begins to tell a tale of the mysterious Wonderland. Like Once Upon a Time’s Henry, the adults around her think she’s insane but the audience knows otherwise. Like the original, expect the show to be filled with as many characters and allusions (particularly to Disney stories and LOST), so try not to miss an episode.
Premieres October 10 on ABC and CTV.
Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.
Probably the most anticipated show of the season, Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. is set in the Avengers universe. Created by Avengers director (and Buffy genius) Joss Whedon and his brother Jed, the most exciting thing about this show is that it follows Agent Phil Coulson, who was widely believed to be dead at the end of the film. Those waiting patiently for the next Marvel Universe movie will be sure to love this one.
Premieres September 24 on ABC and CTV.
This is on my “Must Watch” list purely out of the excitement over Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ (The Tudors, Bend It Like Beckham) return to television. I want it to be a sleeper hit because a) it’s about vampires, a perpetual crowd pleaser, without being a silly teen drama, b) the premise seems really smart, and c) have you seen Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ face?!
Set in Victorian London, Dracula poses as an American business man in order to enact revenge on those who betrayed him centuries earlier. Along the way he meets and falls in love with the woman he believes is the reincarnation of his wife. Phew! Expect this to either be a big hit or cancelled by January. While the outlook seems bleak due to its thankless Friday night time slot, we’re crossing our fingers to be this year’s breakout hit.
Premieres October 25th on NBC and Global.
Glee is one show that I have watched every week since its inception. I love this show and it has always been there to help me feel better about myself. I’m both anticipating and dreading its return as the show prepares to move forward without its late star, Cory Monteith. This season’s third episode is a must-see as it will be a tribute to the late actor and his character Finn Hudson.
Glee returns September 26 on Fox and Global.
The Vampire Diaries
I don’t actually watch this show but the kids on the internet tell me that it is VERY popular and I trust the internet. Catch the Salvatore Brothers’ return to TV a little bit earlier, as parent channel The CW moved up the premiere date.
Returns October 3rd on MuchMusic and The CW.
When we last saw the gang, they ruined Cece’s wedding but Nick and Jess finally, finally became a thing. I, for one, can’t wait to see what they get up to as a couple.
Returns September 17 on Fox and Citytv.
The Mindy Project
The Mindy Project was my favourite new show last year and I can’t wait to see what my soul mate/spiritual BFF Mindy Kaling has in store for her characters this season. I also can’t wait to see her rock a pixie cut wig — the result of Mindy (the character) cutting off all her hair in an effort to win back her boyfriend, Pastor Casey (as played by Workaholics‘ Anders Holms). Added bonus: James Franco has a cameo this season!
Returns September 17 on Fox and Citytv.