2014 Fall TV Preview

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Fall TV is just around the corner and we’ve got old and new shows that we’ll be covering over the course of the season. The list below showcases all the series we’ll be covering here at The Filtered Lens. As always, the critics will review each episode of the season and then a full season review once the show ends. If any of the shows below have you racing home from work to park yourself in front of the TV, keep it here for all your opinions and general coverage.


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Veronica Mars fans have some homework to do. Even the most fervent followers of the beloved teen sleuth show might not be familiar with the tone of this new webseries. Showrunner Rob Thomas likens this meta-spinoff more to his other cult favorite Party Down. The show will follow Mars actor Ryan Hansen as he tries to mount an offshoot series centered around his character Dick Casablancas. Plenty of the original cast are set to make cameos—yes, Kristen Bell included—and there’s sure to be plenty of self-referential humor. What more could a Marshmallow ask for? (Sept. 16 on CWSeed.com; online only)


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The Batman mythos are getting a make over this fall. The story of Gotham follows a young Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) as he attempts to liberate the famous city from the crime its citizens are drowning in. The pilot will focus on the murder of Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) parents. But this isn’t just a Batman origin story. Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, and Poison Ivy have been heavily advertised as well. For that alone, Gotham should be on any Bat-fan’s radar. (Sept. 22 at 8pm on FOX)


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As usual, while we would love to tell you all about the upcoming season of South Park, which will be big number 18, we know nothing about what’s coming. Comedy Central doesn’t know what’s coming. Hell, Matt Stone and Trey Parker might not even know what’s coming. It is true that the show is well past its prime. That said, anyone who played The Stick of Truth, the exceptional video game based on the show released earlier this year, knows that the creative juices are still flowing. Here’s to Season 18! (Sept. 24 at 10pm on Comedy Central)

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In a world with two Dragon Tattoo movies and a Spiderman reboot, it’s hardly surprising that FOX is remaking the BBC’s stellar Broadchurch for American TV. It’s safe to say this small-town mystery is in good hands, however, with original series creator Chris Chibnall behind the wheel again, and David Tennant reprising his lead role. Newcomers Anna Gunn, Jacki Weaver, and Nick Nolte should bring an exciting change of pace, but one thing’s for sure: if Gracepoint is anything like its predecessor, you won’t know whodunit until the very end. (Oct. 2 at 9pm on FOX)


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Ready for the new generation of Star Wars? Disney has owned Lucasfilm for almost two years now, and Rebels is our first real peak at how they will be approaching the franchise. Based on what we know, this could be a new hope for fans disappointed by the prequels. Run by Dave Filoni, one of the brilliant minds behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Simon Kinberg, writer of X-Men: Days of Future Past, this series isn’t messing around. The visuals are inspired by artwork developed before the first film hit theaters in 1977. The characters are fresh and there is a larger emphasis on humor. All signs point toward the Force being strong with this one. (Oct. 3 at 9pm on the Disney Channel; the premiere will also be available on the WATCH Disney XD’s app on Sept. 29; after the premiere, the show will air weekly starting Oct. 13 at 9pm on Disney XD; complicated, I know)


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Of all the major award winning shows on the air right now, Homeland has probably had the strangest trajectory. Going into its fourth season, we’re essentially getting a reboot. With Brody killed in the Season 3 finale, Carrie will be spending the bulk of the season on the field in the Middle East. With Saul’s role unclear at the moment, there is plenty of room for new dynamics and characters to enter the picture. One of those is House of Cards‘ Corey Stoll, who plays a CIA chief stationed in Pakistan. Welcome to the new Homeland. (Oct. 5 at 9pm on Showtime; two-hour premiere)


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Perhaps the buzziest new pilot of the fall, The Flash looks to be taking everything that works about Arrow and running with it. Grant Gustin reprises the role of Barry Allen from his guest appearance on Arrow last year for a new series about the fastest man alive. Looking to be more of an out-and-out superhero series than its Dark Knight fueled mother, The Flash looks to be the fall’s most fun new show. (Oct. 7 at 8pm on the CW)


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Arrow has really developed into something special on the CW. Becoming the best superhero series likely ever, the third season already had a ton to look forward to. Roy is in full Arsenal gear. John Barrowman is officially a series regular as Malcolm Merlyn, who looks to be training his daughter Thea Queen this season. Oliver and Felicity may strike a romance. To top it off, we know Ra’s al Ghul will take the forefront as Season 3’s big villain. Throw in a crossover with The Flash here and there and it’s a great time to be a DC fan on television. (Oct. 8 at 8pm on the CW)


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Season 4 of the most successful horror series in ages is headed to the carnival for star Jessica Lange’s supposedly final season in the anthology. That said, many other AHS alums are back, including Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, and Emma Roberts. As usual, we know very little about the overall plot, aside from the setting, but the short teasers for the season have been incredibly unsettling. (Oct. 8 at 10pm on FX)


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Aaron Sorkin’s critically divisive fantasy drama will end this fall with a six episode third season. With the Season 2 finale taking place on Election Night in 2012, these final six episodes have their pick at what recent events the show can cover before we fade to black. No matter how you feel about Sorkin or the series, The Newsroom has certainly been a significant piece of television over the past three years. The brilliance of Jeff Daniels’ performance is much less debated, and I for one am excited to see where Will McAvoy’s story ends. (Nov. 9 at 9pm on HBO)


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Proof that nothing is really ever off the table with HBO is coming with the return of The Comeback nine years after its cancellation after one season. Lisa Kudrow returns as former TV it girl Valerie Cherish for an eight-episode second season that sees the actress now starring in a HBO drama (how meta). It’s also been confirmed that Malin Akerman and Kellan Lutz will reprise their roles. While it’s just six episodes for now, HBO is supposedly open to the idea of future seasons. I do want to see that. (Nov. 9 at 10pm on HBO)


Keep it here for reviews of all these shows. Happy Fall TV Season!


By Matt Dougherty

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