Ah, fall. Football, pumpkin lattes and the beginning of the fall television season. The new shows are upon us and, as usual, there is no shortage of rogue FBI agents, wacky but lovable families trying to find the perfect balance. Fear not. There are still a few showrunners out there willing to give us something different, if not original, but still interesting. Here are five that you should probably give a look to if you’ve reached your limit on the standard, predictable television fare.
The Tomorrow People - Based on the original British television series, this show follows Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell), a teenager who discovers that he is part of a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities – the next evolutionary leap of mankind. Since new is often considered a threat, Stephen and other like him are hunted by paramilitary group of scientists as they try to carve out what life means for them in this new, ever changing world. The Tomorrow People premieres Wednesday, October 9th at 9 on The CW.
Sleepy Hollow – A modern retelling of Washington Irving’s 1820 short story ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’, in which Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), thought dead, awakens in 2013 Sleepy Hollow… as does The Headless Horseman. The horseman picks up where he left off and Ichabod must partner with newly appointed and African American female sheriff Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), a circumstance that doesn’t sit well with Ichabod’s 18th century Colonial American world view. Sleepy Hollow premieres Monday, September 16th at 9 on FOX.
Dracula - Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the legendary vampire in this new take on Bram Stoker’s classic novel. This time Dracula is posing as an American who wants to bring modern science to Victorian London, but the truth is, he is after those who have betrayed centuries earlier. Dracula premieres Friday, October 25th at 10 on NBC.
Reign – Perhaps the most ambitious of the list, ‘Reign’ tells the story of Mary, Queen Of Scots during her teenage years. The story begins in 1557 France, where young Mary arrives, having been the Queen since her infancy, to secure Scotland’s strategic alliance by formalizing an arranged engagement to the French king’s son, something neither teenager is comfortable with. Reign premieres Thursday, October 17th at 9 on The CW.
Crossbones - Based on the book The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard, Crossbones explores the life of the infamous pirate Edward ‘Blackbeard’ Teach in and around the island of New Providence in 1715 Bahamas. Old ‘Blackbeard’ is played by the incomparable John Malkovich. ‘Nuff said. As of this writing, Crossbones does not yet have a premiere date, however NBC has made a straight-to-series commitment of ten episodes for the series.
Only time will tell if these shows will last the test of time, but at least they stand apart for the all too familiar recurrences seen on fall schedules season after season. So get ready. The fall and its impeding television season is upon us. What shows are you looking forward to?