Like any other year, the all-knowing executives in TV land have reconvened to introduce a whole new smack of programming for the fall—because, you know, we don’t have enough options already (for the third straight year, I will tell myself to start watching “In Treatment”). For those looking for something new (or new seasons of old favourites), check out the list below.
This Is Us
Tuesdays at 10pm – on NBC
At first glance, promos for this debut series seemed to read like a sappy, overwrought take on multiple existing series (i.e. the overweight couple afraid to take a chance on love – hello? Mike & Molly?), but critics and audiences have already fallen in love with the multi-layered, interwoven tales of a unique cast of characters each navigating their way through life on the verge of their 36th birthday.
Wednesdays at 8:30pm – on ABC
Meet ABC’s newest modern family. From the creators of Fresh Off the Boat, this hopeful sitcom stars Minnie Driver as the mighty mom to three precocious kids, one of whom just happens to have cerebral palsy. It’s one of many new series this season attempting to circumvent stigma by playing with a previously under-represented (or non-existent) theme or character. Don’t try looking for any pitying attempts at softhearted PC rhetoric; Driver’s hilarious Maya DiMeo will do anything for her brood, standing up to bullies and bigots with her trademark British wit and charm.
Sundays at 7:30pm – on FOX
The Belchers are back! Season number seven of this now classic animated sitcom, part of FOX’s Sunday animated lineup, looks outrageous as ever.
The Good Place
Thursdays at 8:30pm – on NBC
This promising new fantasy series, from the creators of “Parks & Recreation”, stars some heavy-hitting TV people. Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars”) plays Eleanor, a woman who is killed when a truck carrying a billboard for erectile dysfunction pills slams into her. Upon her ascent into heaven, she is advised by the almighty facilitator, played by Ted Danson, that she is going to the “good” part of heaven. The trouble is, Eleanor is not good—she just happens to share the same name as a woman who is.
American Horror Story: Roanoke
Wednesdays at 10pm – on FX
This past summer, EVERYBODY was talking about the next chapter of AHS. But this is nothing new. A longtime fan favourite, this FX series is famous for its consistency with master-class acting and buzzworthy plotlines. Despite the lukewarm response of last season’s hotel theme—notwithstanding 8 Emmy nominations and Gaga’s perplexing Golden Globe win—the anticipation for season six was hot. After a slew of teasers, the creators finally confirmed the return of many AHS alums, and a new, ghoulish theme based on the infamous Roanoke Colony disappearances.
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Looking to see what all the fuss is about? If you haven’t yet caught up with the dysfunctional Pfefferman clan, now’s your chance. Fresh off the heels of another successful run at the Emmy Awards (nabbing three statues, including Best Actor – Jeffrey Tambor), you can stream both previous seasons before tuning in for the premiere of number three.