10 New TV Show Premieres to Watch in October
There are plenty of exciting new shows coming to TV this fall. October is bringing a whole mix of new shows to the small screen, from original digital series like Casual and Red Oaks to the newest superhero entry Supergirl to the latest horror series Ash vs Evil Dead. With so many varied shows coming our way, you’re sure to find one that fits your preference. Here are 10 television series premieres to watch out for this month.
1. Benders, October 1
The IFC comedy series centers on a team of friends who are bonded by an irrational obsession with their men’s hockey team, The Chubbys. While their hockey skills may be limited, their passion is not, as evidenced by the chaos that their devotion to the game causes in their everyday lives. Andrew Schulz, Mark Gessner, Chris Distefano, Ruy Iskandar, and Lindsey Broad star in the hockey-themed series, which is produced by actor Denis Leary. The series airs on Thursday nights at 10 p.m. ET on IFC.
2. Dr. Ken, October 2
Ken Jeong stars in this ABC sitcom as Dr. Ken Park, a frustrated physician who struggles to balance his demanding career with his family life and marriage, all of of which can be difficult — especially considering his wife is a therapist. Suzy Nakamura, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Dave Foley, and Jonathan Slavin all co-star on the show, which Jeong also writes and produces. The series will air on Friday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET.
3. Casual, October 7
The new comedy series centers on Valerie, a newly divorced single mother, and her bachelor brother, Alex, who find themselves living under one roof again. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating while also raising her teenage daughter. Michaela Watkins, Tara Lynne Barr, Frances Conroy, Patrick Heusinger, Alisha Boe, and Nyasha Hatendi star in the series, which is executive produced by director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno). The show’s 10-episode first season will stream on Hulu every Wednesday, starting this month.
4. Supermansion, October 8
Crackle’s stop-motion action-comedy series centers on a grouchy, inappropriate, aging superhero, Titanium Rex, and his has-been super squad, known as The League of Freedom, as they struggle to stay relevant in a changing world. Bryan Cranston voices the character of Titanium Rex. Seth Green, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Jillian Bell, Nick Kroll, and Chris Pine are also part of the star-studded voice cast. The show airs its first three episodes on October 8 and the rest of its 10 episodes on a weekly basis starting on December 17.
5. Red Oaks, October 9
The comedy series from Amazon Studios is set in the summer of 1985 and centers on 20-year-old David Myers (played by Craig Roberts), who takes a job as an assistant tennis pro at the predominantly Jewish Red Oaks country club in New Jersey between his sophomore and junior years of college and tries to figure out what kind of life he wants to lead. Jennifer Grey stars as David’s mother Judy while Ennis Esmer plays David’s boss at the country club, Nash. The pilot for the show premiered last year and received positive reviews, leading the series to get green-lit for a full season that airs this month.
6. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, October 12
The CW’s upcoming musical comedy-drama stars Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch, a single woman who has never been able to get over her high school boyfriend, Josh, since he dumped her in 2005. Ten years later, she spots Josh in New York City and decides to restart her pursuit of him. When he tells her that he is moving to West Covina, California, Rebecca decides to move there as well, hoping that it will give her a fresh start and bring her closer to the still-elusive Josh. The show will air Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.
7. Truth Be Told, October 16
The NBC series is loosely based on the life of creator and executive producer DJ Nash. The comedy takes a look at the life of two couples from different backgrounds: a college ethics professor Mitch (played by Mark-Paul Golsselaar) and wife Tracy (Vanessa Lachey), who share a four-year-old daughter Sadie, and Mitch’s best friend, Russell (Tone Bell) and his new wife, Angie (Bresha Webb). For the couples, no topic is off-limits. The show will air on Friday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET.
8. Supergirl, October 26
CBS’s new superhero entry stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El, who was taken in by the Danvers family when she was 13 after being sent away from Krypton. Now 24 years old, she’s working at a media company and hiding her powers — until an unexpected disaster hits, forcing her to embrace her abilities and setting her on a journey of heroism. Calista Flockhart, Chyler Legh, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood, and Jeremy Jordan also co-star in the series. Supergirl will start airing on Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET.
9. Wicked City, October 27
The upcoming procedural drama is set in 1980s Los Angeles and focuses on two LAPD detectives as they search for a pair of romantically-linked serial killers (reminiscent of Doug Clark and Carol M. Bundy) terrorizing the Sunset Strip. Along the way, they form alliances with journalists, drug dealers, and club-goers. Ed Westwick, Erika Christensen, Jeremy Sisto, Taissa Farmiga, Gabriel Luna, Karolina Wydra, Evan Ross, Jaime Ray Newman, and Anne Winters co-star in the show. The new ABC series will air on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. ET.
10. Ash vs Evil Dead, October 31
The forthcoming horror comedy TV series is set in the Evil Dead franchise and serves as a sequel to The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness. It stars Bruce Campbell reprising his role as Ash Williams from the Evil Dead films and video games. After spending the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead, Ash is forced back into action when a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind. Jill Marie Jones, Ray Santiago, Dana Delorenzo, and Lucy Lawless also star. The show airs on Saturday nights at 9 p.m. ET on Starz.