Fall is fast approaching and that means a whole host of new shows to keep us entertained. There’s a little something for everyone: comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, action, etc. Here at Nerdgeist we covered the promos for these shows a few months back. If you missed those articles then be sure to go check them out. Despite all the excitement at the prospect of new series’ to become addicted to we understand that there are a lot of shows and not enough time to watch them all. So we’ve prepared a list of the 8 we think have the most potential and that you can’t afford to miss.
- Quantico (ABC)
What’s it about: Follows the lives of FBI recruits who are training at the Quantico base. Unbeknownst to them is that one of the trainees is masterminding the biggest attack on New York since 9/11.
Why you should watch it: One of our favourites of Upfronts week, Quantico has been in our heads as “the show we must watch” for a few months now. The whole concept is interesting and the promo was action packed and entertaining. Lead actress Priyanka Chopra looks set to be not just a great heroine but a compelling character as well. As for the rest of the cast we’re excited to see more of their characters’ back stories as well as trying to guess who is responsible for the terror attack. A mystery, a thriller and a drama all packed into one, Quantico is one not to miss.
Premiere date: 10pm Sunday 27th September (USA)
- The Player (NBC)
What it’s about: After the murder of his wife a former military operative turned security expert is drawn into a dangerous game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of biggest crimes imaginable happening.
Why you should watch it: This one really piqued our interests during Upfronts week. Just for concept alone we expected Blindspot to kill it in the promo battle but whilst Blindspot fell a little flat, The Player really stole the show. Full of action and interesting characters, the trailer set the bar high for the pilot. The pilot was shown at SDCC and while we weren’t there to see it, we did hear good things coming from audience members. Plus with Wesley Snipes playing a surprisingly stoic role and Philip Winchester doing what he does best as the action hero, The Player is set to make Thursday nights a little more entertaining.
Premiere date: 10pm Thursday 24th September (USA)
- Scream Queens (Fox)
What’s it about: The lives of those on a college campus are threatened by a series of gruesome murders.
Why you should watch it: The numerous teasers and official trailer for Scream Queens had already gotten us excited. Then we attended the panel at SDCC and things got amped up even further. The promo got the balance of horror and comedy just right and the show itself promises to do the same. Emma Roberts is perfectly cast as the bitchy sorority president Chanel, perhaps drawing inspiration from her AHS: Coven character Madison Montgomery. Also Lea Michele as Hester, neck brace and all, is just plain hilarious. With original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis joining in on the fun, the show is set to be Fox’s newest hit series.
Premiere date: 8pm Tuesday 22nd September (USA)
- The Muppets (ABC)
What’s it about: A more adult version, it follows the personal lives and relationships of The Muppets.
Why you should watch it: Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know The Muppets are coming back in a big way. First there was the hilarious trailer shown at Upfronts week, then the devastating announcement that Kermit and Miss Piggy had split up, followed by the numerous promo videos with celebrities. The most hilarious of these obviously being Miss Piggy ogling Nathan Fillion. They even showed a 10 minute episode at SDCC which was of course met with a highly positive response. All of this has given us some serious Muppet Mania, and we’re looking to spread that joy. Tuesday nights are going to be a lot more fun with The Muppets on our screens.
Premiere date: 8pm Tuesday 22nd September (USA)
- Heroes Reborn (NBC)
What it’s about: Carrying on 5 years after the original series ended, people with extraordinary abilities or EVOs as they’re now called are being hunted due to a terrorist attack blamed on them. New heroes and old heroes must come together to save not only themselves but the whole of mankind.
Why you should watch it: Not just for fans of the original series, Heroes promises to deliver a show good enough to stand alone and entertain new viewers. Judging by the trailer we saw at SDCC Heroes Reborn looks set to fulfil that promise. There were too many exciting moments to list but seeing Hiro Nakamura ready to fight with his samurai sword was a definite highlight. Heroes was always a character driven piece and Reborn is no different. We’ve already been introduced to several of these new characters, most interesting being Zachary Levi who is playing against type as EVO hunter Luke Collins. If you’re still not sold, or like us you just can’t wait for the show to start, there’s a downloadable app where you can view exclusive scenes and watch the prequel series Dark Matters.
Premiere date: 8pm Thursday 24th September (USA)
- Minority Report (Fox)
What’s it about: 10 years after the end of Pre-crime Dash, one of the Pre-cogs, is struggling to lead a normal life whilst having visions of the future. Determined to use his gift for good he pairs up with a cop to stop crimes before they happen.
Why you should watch it: We got to see the first 20 minutes of the pilot of Minority Report at SDCC and honestly it did not disappoint. . The promo for Minority Report had a cinematic feel about it, and the pilot continued this. First things first we need to mention the epic tech used which we were told by the panellists would only get better. If you’re a gadget geek you’ll love it, they’re really playing up to the whole futuristic setting and the equipment matches. Secondly from what we’ve seen of the characters we’re already highly interested and invested. Stark Sands is fantastic as the heroic yet childlike pre-cog Dash and Meagan Good kicks some serious ass as feisty cop Lara. Our only complaint is that they only showed half of the episode. Although, this might have been a smart move as it’s just increasing our excitement for its premiere date this September.
Premiere date: 9pm Monday 21st September (USA)
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
What’s it about: A successful young woman gives up her job in Manhattan and moves to West Covina, California to follow the man she’s in love with…..despite the fact that they’re not together.
Why you should watch it: Now that Glee has ended there’s room in our TV schedule for a camp musical comedy show and that space might just be filled by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Definitely the most unique trailer we saw in Upfronts week, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend stood out from the comedy crowd. It was quirky, charming and at times a little insane (just like its lead character Rebecca Bunch) but remained completely entertaining throughout. Cosmopolitan magazine listed creator and star Rachel Bloom a comic to watch in 2014, and we would agree. If you want something fun and light hearted then this is the show for you.
Premiere date: 8pm Monday 12th October (USA)
- Wicked City (ABC)
What’s it about: Set in 1982 against a backdrop of sex, drugs and rock and roll, the LAPD are on the hunt for a pair of serial killers.
Why you should watch it: There’s been promising signs of the quality of this show already with ABC announcing it as the highest testing pilot of 2015 among millennials. But we could have guessed that from the fantastic promo that was probably amongst our top 3 favourite trailers of Upfronts week. The creepy thriller vibe the trailer and particularly lead actor Ed Westwick gave served to really set the tone of this show. Both Westwick’s and Erika Christensen’s characters are very interesting, and we’re excited to watch how their stories unfold. There’s something very different and unique about Wicked City and we can’t wait to see more in the pilot.
Premiere date: 10pm Tuesday 27th October (USA)