So summer is almost over (thank goodness), and fall is just around the corner. While some will simply be content with the leaves changing colors and watching the kids go back to school, the rest of us will be wondering what the new fall TV season will bring. It’s always hard to pick which shows to invest our precious time in, never really knowing which ones will survive and which will succumb to the inevitable (and sometimes too early) end that all television programs must suffer. To help with this process, here are five new shows which seem to be the best offerings of the new season.
Thursdays at 8 p.m. on The CW (Local WNAB Channel 58)
Premieres on September 9
Starring: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca
For those who haven’t seen any of the past versions of this show, which include the movies La Femme Nikita, Point of No Return, and the 90’s era USA series, the story revolves around a strung out female junkie who is recruited into a secret school for assassins and then rebels against those who turned her into a killing machine. The new series promises scantily clad women, ninja fights, secret killer training, double crosses, and global conspiracies, all of which should make for a television show that is fun and easy to watch without being pretentious.
Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO
Premieres on September 19
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Gretchen Mol
Any show that promises a combination of Martin Scorsese and Prohibition-Era gangsters has to be good, right? The show is set in New Jersey just as Prohibition banned alcohol throughout America, and Buscemi plays Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, the unofficial ruler of all things illegal taking place in Atlantic City. The outlawing of alcohol will be the show’s catalyst, and it will allow legendary gangsters such as Al Capone and Lucky Luciano to be actual characters in the series.
Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on FOX (Local WZTV Channel 17)
Premieres on September 21
Starring: Will Arnett, Keri Russell, David Cross
A show from the creator of Arrested Development and starring two of its stars (Arnett and Cross) should pull in quite a few viewers from the get go, but hopefully, this show will actually be good enough actually be good enough to keep them around. Running Wilde will follow the strange exploits of spoiled billionaire oil heir Steve Wilde, a bad man with a good streak, as he tries to revisit a relationship with an old flame, environmentalist Emmy Kadubic, a good woman with a bad streak. The series will be narrated by Emmy’s young daughter Puddle, who has taken a vow of silence and sees her mother’s new relationship as a chance to escape the third world jungles they’ve been living in.
No Ordinary Family
Tuesdays as 7 p.m. on ABC (Local WKRN Channel 2)
Premieres on September 28
Starring: Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Kay Panabaker
Despite the recent failures of other superhero based shows (we’re looking at you, Heroes), the positive vibes being put out by this new series seems almost too good to pass up. Thanks to The Shield and Dexter, there’s a lot of love out there for the series’ stars Chiklis and Benz, and hopefully the experience from their stints on those shows will translate to something worthwhile here. The show centers around a normal family who, after taking a trip together, begin to develop superpowers. Faster than you can say The Fantastic Four, this family is forced to work together to figure out the secrets behind their newfound abilities.
The Walking Dead
To be determined on AMC
Premieres sometime in October
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden
This new series from Frank Darabont, the director of The Shawshank Redemption, originates from simply brilliant source material, as it is based on the Robert Kirkman’s comic of the same name, a shocking and engaging account of a group of survivors trying to survive following a full blown zombie outbreak. With the source material to delve into, Darabont at the helm, and AMC’s recent track record of knowing good drama (Breaking Bad and Mad Men specifically), there is no reason why this shouldn’t be the breakout new series of the year.