2016 Fall TV Preview

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Fall TV is right around the corner, bringing with it shows we already love and a bunch of new ones we hope to fall in love with. Being a small operation, we only cover a handful of shows, but this fall we’ve chosen an interesting variety of shows. Here are the 15 shows we’ll be covering this fall.



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Stephen Falk’s gleefully twisted rom-com is back for another round of crazy antics and sharp takes on modern love and dating. The show’s revelatory exploration of Gretchen’s clinical depression is still a major plot thread for season three, with Orange is the New Black‘s Samira Wiley playing her new therapist. From the trailer below, it looks like we’re in for another season that’s both totally wild and achingly honest. (8/31 on FXX)


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One of the most promising new shows this fall is part of FX’s new comedy lineup. Donald Glover returns to TV after a writing stint on 30 Rock and starring in Community for a semi-autobiographical series about two cousins navigating Atlanta’s rap scene. For Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, the series seems like the most natural step for his hopefully young career. (9/6 on FX)


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Louie may be on an extended hiatus, but the void looks to be filled with Better Things, a comedy from Louis CK and, more importantly, Pamela Adlon. Playing a single mother and Hollywood actress, Adlon looks to put a female perspective on Louie‘s unique brand of comedy. (9/8 on FX)


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Season 20. I know, I know, Simpsons did it. But The Simpsons haven’t maintained their high quality standard nearly as well as South Park has. Season 19 employed a long-form serialized story across the whole season that breathed new life into the series. It was one of their best seasons. And now, two full decades of South Park are to be celebrated. (9/14 on Comedy Central)


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Thanks to an unfortunately late premiere last year, Transparent missed a lot of critical acclaim last year simply by premiering when most critics had already written and posted their top 10 lists. But the groundbreaking series was a strong as ever in season two, delivering the single best TV episode of 2015. It’s only made us anticipate season three even more. (9/23 on Amazon Prime)


Photo Credit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDk4Aupwe1AStar Wars Rebels

Disney’s ploy at world domination continues on the small screen this fall with season three of Star Wars Rebels. After the explosive, devastating season two finale, the show picks up with Kanan blind and Ezra harnessing his Jedi abilities, but also succumbing to manipulation from Darth Maul. Expanded Universe fans got their way as well, with Grand Admiral Thrawn making his debut to the series. It’s still a great time to be a Star Wars fan. (9/24 on Disney XD)


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Marvel’s Netflix series move from Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem when Jessica Jones’ boyfriend gets his own series this fall. The man with impenetrable skin looks to boast the same innovative action and aesthetic of Daredevil, one of the more unique Marvel efforts. But this is a fun character who can absolutely carry his own series under the right direction. (9/30 on Netflix)


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Woody Allen’s much-hyped TV series is finally making its debut this fall. Not much is known about the 60’s-set show, except for its all star cast, which includes Miley Cyrus, Elaine May, Michael Rapaport, Becky Ann Baker and, of course, Allen himself. If the trailer is any indication, the show will most certainly be looking at the cultural events of the 60s through Allen’s signature worldview. (9/30 on Amazon)


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HBO’s long-gestating sci-fi western will finally hit the small screen this fall. Reports of a troubled production have left audiences skeptical, but with Jonathan Nolan behind the series, and a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, and Tessa Thompson, this is a new series to keep an eye on. (10/2 on HBO)


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While The CW’s other DC superhero shows faltered last spring, Arrow reminded us why the whole universe exists to begin with, closing its consistently solid fourth season with some great episodes. Heading into season five, we’re looking at a much smaller Team Arrow to start with, a mysterious new big bad, and the final year of the flashbacks. Should be an interesting season. (10/5 on The CW)


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It’s ironic that this new show from Catastrophe‘s Sharon Horgan is about a couple going through a separation, because there is truly no better marriage than HBO and SJP. Still, those expecting a carbon copy of Carrie Bradshaw might want to look elsewhere. Parker stars as Frances, a woman looking to make a clean break from her failing marriage and to start her life anew. With Horgan’s ace comedic writing and a cast that also includes Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, and Jermaine Clement, this is one show not to miss this fall. (10/9 on HBO)


Photo Credit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mirror_(TV_series)Black Mirror

One of the most thought provoking sci-fi series in recent memory finds a new home this fall when Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror brings six brand new episodes to Netflix. Little is known about the new season, but one thing we do know is some of the guest directors and writers, including Joe Wright, Michael Schur, Rashida Jones, and Dan Trachtenberg. (10/21 on Netflix)


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Though this story has already been shown on the big screen, Lemony Snicket’s best-selling novels are much better suited to an episodic format. The details that we have on the series so far are slim, but exciting. Neil Patrick Harris will be taking over the role of Count Olaf, while relative newcomers Louis Hynes and Malina Weissman will play Klaus and Violet Baudelaire respectively. Snicket (real name Daniel Handler) will also be writing several of the scripts for the first season, meaning this show will most likely feel closer to the books than the 2004 film did. How fortunate for us. (TBD on Netflix)


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The third season of Adult Swim’s time and space bending animated comedy is shrouded in secrecy thanks to the season two finale’s dour cliffhanger. But we do know that, with 14 episodes, season three will be the longest for Rick and Morty yet. While there’s no trailer, the few teases that have been released indicate the show hasn’t lost any of its spunk for the new season. (TBD on Adult Swim/Cartoon Network)



What shows are you most excited for this fall? Let us know in the comments below!


By Matt Dougherty and Mike Papirmeister


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