2015 Fall TV Preview

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There is an upside to summer ending and everyone heading back to school. All our TV is coming back! There are a ton of shows new and old that we’ll be obsessing over for the coming months. We’ve counted 13 that the writers at The Filtered Lens are especially excited about. Ranging from superheroes to pop divas, this fall’s lineup is certainly one of a kind. Here are the shows we can’t wait to watch this fall.

 

South-ParkSouth Park

Ready for Season 19? As usual, we know nothing about what this season is going to be because it’s possible Matt and Trey don’t either. But all you really have to do to get excited for South Park this year is watch the news. The only way the show can fail this season is if we go 10 episodes without Donald Trump showing up once. (Wednesday Sept. 16 at 10:00 on Comedy Central)

 

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Network comedy has gone downhill with shows ending, getting cancelled, or just getting bad over the past few years. But you can’t deny the charms of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the rest of their troupe. Shot as a parody of Modern Family and other mockumentary series, The Muppets has a chance to break the molds and reflect on current television better than any other network comedy on the air. (Tuesday Sept. 22 at 8:00 on ABC)

 

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One of the reasons the Scream film franchise is so successful is because it realized that horror movies don’t have to just scare the living daylight out of you—they can also be a little fun. Scream Queens, the latest creation from Ryan Murphy, aims to capture this electric mix of funny and frightful, while also paying homage to classic slasher films of the 80s. Featuring a plethora of talented actresses, a few pop stars, and, of course, real-life scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, this new series looks to be a sly, winking take on the horror genre. In short, it’ll be totally killer.  (Tuesday Sept. 22 at 8:00 on FOX)

 

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“Let’s take one more stab at this thing,” said the NBC executives that are now scraping the bottom of the barrel for shows. Well, let’s see if an era where superheroes are more popular than ever allows this show to be what it always wanted to be. A bunch of people are returning, but we also have Zachary Levi as a new villain. NBC is calling this a miniseries for now, but we’ll see f it lasts or, more surprisingly, goes past one season. (Thursday Sept. 24 at 8:00 on NBC)

 

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After the major comeback that was season four, Homeland is once again rewriting the game by jumping forward two years and setting the entire season in Germany. Carrie is out of the CIA, but that’s not going to stop her from butting heads with Saul. The fifth season is said to deal with ISIS as well, putting an even more current spin on things. (Sunday Oct. 4 at 9:00 on Showtime)

 

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Season two of the divisive HBO series changes the game. The characters are all moving to a new town in Texas, getting out of Long Island and away from the GRs that caused the town to get burned down. The cast got an overhaul in what is a presumably an attempt to put this series more in the critical eye. (Sunday Oct. 4 at 9:00 on HBO)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3107288/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Flash

Marvel may be king at the movies, but DC owns the television landscape. That hold became a lot more official last year when The Flash spun off from Arrow and managed to be vastly different in tone but still of the same world. For the second season, expect a lot more time jumping and parallel universes. Then there’s also the mysterious return of Tom Cavanagh. (Tuesday Oct. 6 at 8:00 on The CW)

 

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Season four of Arrow is definitely the most interesting start to a season for the show yet. How will Oliver return to the life of a superhero after he defeated Ra’s al Ghul? It looks like he’s going to officially adopt the Green Arrow title, fulfilling the superhero story of the comics. We’ve also got Diggle in a new suit. It all comes at a time when Arrow could use a major mixup. (Wednesday Oct. 7 at 8:00 on The CW)

 

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Ryan Murphy may be starting a new, sort of similar show on FOX, but American Horror Story is moving full speed ahead anyway. Jessica Lange is gone, but Lady Gaga is in. The tone of the season is said to be most akin to the first season. After Freak Show disappointed, it’s definitely time to go back to the basics. (Wednesday Oct. 7 at 10:00 on FX)

 

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As this summer’s special movie event showed, season two of Rebels looks to be bigger and better in every way. Darth Vader himself is going after the band of rebels, while his former padawan Ahsoka Tano brings them closer to what will eventually become the Rebellion. With The Force Awakens on the horizon, Rebels can only contribute to the building hype surrounding Star Wars. (Wednesday Oct. 14 at 9:30 on Disney XD)

 

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With a number of DC shows already on the air sharing the same universe, Supergirl is in a peculiar spot. It’s from the same producers and creator as Arrow and The Flash, but is for now being kept separate from her DC brothers. But the show still has a lot of promise, putting a feminist spin on superheroes before the big screen versions get a chance to catch up. (Monday Oct. 26 at 8:00 on CBS)

 

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One of 2014’s most celebrated shows returns very late this year for its second season. With it being so far away, we know very little about what’s to come for Transparent, but we do know Maura will supposedly be less of a lead character this time around, giving way for her children to take center stage. As great as Jeffrey Tambor’s performance was in season one, it was the kids who made the show great. (Friday Dec. 4 on Amazon Prime)

 

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Marvel will continue to push its television universe this fall with its second Netflix series, Jessica Jones, the story of a former superhero turned private investigator trying to rebuild her life. Following the well-received Daredevil will be tricky to pull off, but with Breaking Bad‘s Krysten Ritter as the lead, this might be the studio’s first truly marvelous series. (TBD on Netflix)

 

What other shows are you looking forward to for the fall? Let us know in the comments!

 

By Matt Dougherty and Mike Papirmeister

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