2017 Fall TV Preview

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As summer movie season ends, fall TV begins, and they are the equivalent of each other in terms of blockbuster rollout. Television blockbusters naturally look a lot different, but this fall is also littered with potential awards contenders. The healthy mix of it all makes for perhaps the most diverse range of programming all year. Here are all the shows we’ll be covering through the end of 2017.


American Horror Story: Cult

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For a show coming out in just a couple weeks, we sure know very little about the Netflix hit, other than that it seems like BoJack hasn’t come home since his latest depression-fueled escapade. That doesn’t worry us though, as BoJack Horseman is coming off of one of the best seasons of all of 2016, and arguably one of the best seasons of an adult cartoon ever produced. (Sept. 8 on Netflix)


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Creator David Simon, of The Wire fame, returns to HBO for a series about the scummy Times Square environment that bore the porn industry in the 1970s. James Franco plays twin brothers, while Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a prostitute. HBO released the pilot on their streaming services early, so we already know that this drama gets off to a strong start. (Sept. 10 on HBO)


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As usual, we know almost nothing about the upcoming season of Comedy Central biggest hit. Heading into season 21, we do, however, know that the show will most likely drop the serialized nature it carried the past two seasons, after they incorrectly predicted the winner of the election last year, leading to their plans falling flat. (Sept. 13 on Comedy Central)


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How have we survived an entire summer without Abbi and Ilana? The NYC besties have certainly been missed these last few months, but their upcoming season looks like it will have been worth the wait. The show’s take on city life looks to be as wonderfully absurd as ever, and will now feature storylies set in the winter. With a roster of fabulous guest stars like Steve Buschemi, Ru Paul, Wanda Sykes, and Shania Twain, a poignant take on our current political climate (the President’s name will be bleeped out as if it were a curse word), and Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s ever-consistent chemistry, season 4 looks to be one hell of a time. It’s good to have you back, broads. (Sept. 13 on Comedy Central)


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Jill Soloway’s touching, poignant exploration of family dynamics and sexuality heads into its fourth season this fall. The awards darling had its most consistent season yet last year, leading us into what should be a batch of episodes bursting with confidence. The new season will see at least a few characters heading to Israel. (Sept. 22 on Amazon)


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Superheroes have become the trend that just won’t die, and with good reason. Legion, the first foray from the X-Men universe on the small screen, made major waves on FX this past winter. But now a more popcorn-y take on that world will hit FOX in the form of The Gifted, the story of a family with teenage mutants on the run from the government and prejudice. Bryan Singer himself will even direct the pilot. (Oct. 2 on FOX)


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David Fincher returns to the small screen for a small-time period crime story. Jonathan Groff (Looking) takes the lead on what looks to be Netflix’s grim version of Fincher’s own Zodiac and even Se7en. Netflix appears to be mighty confident with it as well, with the series already renewed for a second season. (Oct. 13 on Netflix)


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Probably the fall’s most widely anticipated return, Netflix’s Stranger Things will get a sophomore round just in time for Halloween. The trailers sure seem to indicate that things are only going to get weirder in Hawkins in 1984. But the biggest question on fans’ minds is, just how will Eleven factor into the new season? (Oct. 27 on Netflix)


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Just what is Dory going to do now that her life has finally become interesting? Charles Rogers and Sarah-Violet Bliss’ acerbic mystery-comedy returns this fall with its characters feeling more anxious than aimless. Last season ended with quite a bang, leaving Dory—the millennial Nancy Drew—with much bigger problems than she anticipated. Not much is known about the plot for season 2, but if the Hitchcock-inspired poster is any indication, there’s going to be quite a lot of trouble. Luckily for us, trouble is what this show does best. (Nov. 19 on TBS)


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If America’s horrific political intrigue isn’t enough for you, try mid-20th century English royalty! Okay, even The Crown isn’t as dramatic as the last year of US politics. In fact, it’s a lot prettier and more organized. But the big draw going into season two is that this will be Claire Foy and Matt Smith’s last season as the queen and king. (Dec. 8 on Netflix)


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Still without a premiere date, the final season of Star Wars Rebels looks to accomplish what its predecessor, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, wasn’t properly able to: end on its own terms. A few tidbits we know so far include the continuing war on Mandalore, the introduction Admiral Thrawn’s deadly assassin Rukh, and the eagerly anticipated return of Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice Ahsoka Tano, in whatever form that takes shape. (TBD on Disney XD)



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


By Matt Dougherty and Mike Papirmeister


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