I love this time of the year, the flowers are blooming, the sun is out, everything is winding down because it’s almost the end of the year, and of course all my shows are returning.
But the season that the Americans call ‘Fall’ also comes with an array of new shows, some great, some not so great. A couple of years ago I got invested on a whole slew of new shows and was greatly disappointed when most of them got cancelled, it did a number on my trust issues.
New shows also have a hard time getting renewed because they have to gain a large traction of viewership without an established fanbase, which is why so many networks have gone for proven trends, spinoffs and reboots, at least then they have a foundation with which to build upon.
I watched a ton of trailers of the new shows and these are the ten I’m most excited for (one already started but I haven’t watched it yet so I’m adding it to the list). As I say in all my TV talk, this is of course, my subjective opinion.
- 1. Ten Days in the Valley
- This trailer alone had me so hooked, I wanted to watch every subsequent episode so I could know what happens next. A thriller starring Kyra Sedgewick about a television producer whose daughter goes missing in the night and the mystery that then forces her work life and home life to collide. This will air on ABC in the U.S. on 1 October 2017 and in South Africa on M-Net (Channel 101) on 2 October
2. The Punisher
I fell in love with the ruthless Frank Castle when he appeared in the second season of Daredevil and the announcement that he was getting his own spinoff made me even more excited. In the series, Frank discovers a conspiracy taking place in New York’s underworld. The Punisher will stream on Netflix sometime before the end of 2017.
- 3. The Gifted
- Another Marvel slip in is The Gifted is connected to the Fox/X-Men film series. It stars Amy Acker and Stephen Moyer as two ordinary parents who discover that their children have mutant abilities and go on the run where they meet a community of underground mutants who have to fight for their lives. The Gifted will premiere on FOX on 2 October 2017.
4. The Mayor
This is the sitcom I was most looking forward to. A struggling hip hop artist runs for mayor to promote his mixtape and wins. It stars Marcel Spears, Lea Michele and Yvette Nicole Brown, and looks relevant and extremely funny. The Mayor will premiere on ABC on 3 October 2017.
On the Netflix side of things, one of the most compelling trailers I watched was for Mindhunter which revolves around two FBI agents in 1979 who interview imprisoned serial killers in order to understand how they think and using that to solve other crimes. Mindhunter will stream on Netflix on 13 October 2017.
6. Alias Grace
Another Netflix addition, Alias Grace is adapted from a Margaret Atwood book (just like The Handmaid’s Tale) but based on the true story of Grace Marks, a housemaid who was imprisoned in 1843 for murdering her employer. Grace says she has no memory of the incident and ten years later, Dr. Simon Jordan helps her to remember her past. Alias Grace will stream on Netflix on 3 November 2017, and will premiere on Canada’s CBC on 25 September 2017.
7. Law & Order: True Crime
The first installment of Law & Order: True Crime will focus on the Menendez brothers who were tried on national television for brutally killing their parents. This series is a dramatization of the case that transfixed the American audience. It stars The Sopranos’ Edie Falco as Leslie Abramson, the defence lawyer who represented the brothers. Law & Order: True Crime will premiere on NBC on 26 September and in South Afric a on M-Net (Channel 101) on 28 September.
8. The Alienist
This star-studded psychological thriller is set in 1896 in New York City where Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Bruhl), a criminal psychologist, and a newspaper illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) is called upon to investigate a series of murders of boy prostitutes in secret. Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning), a secretary at the police headquarters joins them to help them solve the mystery. The Alienist is set to premiere on TNT sometime in 2017.
9. White Famous
I love comedy. I love good comedy, I love bad comedy, I even like shows that are about comedy. Which is why I’m excited for White Famous, which stars former SNL-star Jay Pharoah and based on the life of Jamie Foxx (who also serves as the executive producer) and about a young comedian crossing over into commercial success. White Famous will premiere on Showtime on 15 October 2017.
- 10. The Deuce
- This one is already two episodes in so I’m a little late to the party, but I haven’t seen it yet so it still counts on the list for me. The Deuce is about the rise and legalization of the porn industry in the 1970s and 1980s. It stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal. It is currently on HBO.
Holler at me what new shows you are excited for or enjoying? I’m keen for even more recs.