8 New TV Shows That Are Coming Back This Fall
The networks have begun to unveil the cast of freshmen shows slated for return as the summer television season heats up. Here are the shows that have been announced so far, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Sidereel.
The Millers: Starring Arrest Development‘s Will Arnett as a local Virginia television reporter, the show depicts a hodge-podge of recently divorced people living together and driving their families nuts. This was a pretty safe bet — familial turmoil and Will Arnett are a winning combination.
Mom: Anna Faris is an alcoholic mom who decides to start life over in Napa, California’s vast wine vineyards (a logical decision.) Her mother, played by Allison Janney, is a recovering drug addict, and her daughter has just become pregnant. Faris is always charismatic, and the supporting cast is charming.
The Originals: This Vampire Diaries spin-off stars Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt, and Daniel Gillies as vampire siblings who have love affairs with werewolves and live in New Orleans. It’s a big hit with teenagers, like its predecessor.
Reign: A highly fictionalized rendition of Mary, Queen of Scots, played by Adelaide Kane that involves a lot of tangled love affairs and betrayal, all wrapped in an ominous premonition by Nostradamus. The CW has had success with historical fiction and messy romance dramas, and this combines the two deftly.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Probably the best new network comedy of the season, Brooklyn Nine-Nine won Golden Globes for Best New Comed and Best Actor in a Comedy for Andy Sandberg. Sandberg and Terry Crews (whose pectorals star in a wonderful series of Old Spice commercials) are great, and the cast of reoccurring characters features Stephanie Beatriz, Patton Oswalt, Fred Armisen, and Dean Winters.
Sleepy Hollow: A sleeper hit, this very loose adaptation of the classic story taps Tim Burton’s stylish black-comedy as well as American Horror Story. Pulpy and fun, the show greatly benefits from a great turn by Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane, the talents of Nicole Beharie, and an unabashed penchant for silliness.
The Blacklist: James Spader (soon to be Ultron in The Avengers sequel) elevates the show immeasurably with his well-calculated performance as a clever former government agent. Spader has been a great character actor for several decades, and his recent swell of popularity is long overdue.
Chicago PD: The cousin-program of Chicago Fire didn’t get very good reviews (TV Guide‘s Matt Roush called the show cartoo0nish), but enough viewers were drawn in to warrant a second season.