20 New TV Shows Premiering in October
Fall is in the air, which means audiences have a whole slew of new shows to look forward to in the coming weeks. There are several highly anticipated comedies and dramas set to make their debut over the course of the month, including Hugh Laurie’s latest TV gig on Hulu and the long-awaited Westworld on HBO. Below, check out 20 new TV shows premiering this October.
1. Versailles, October 1
This period drama stars George Blagden as the 28-year-old King Louis XIV of France who travels to Versailles in 1667 as a trap to keep the nobles of Paris under his control, and gradually make the castle a gilded prison. The show, which previously aired on the UK’s BBC Two and French premium channel Canal Plus, will air stateside on Ovation on Saturday nights at 10 p.m. EST. [Correction, 9/21/16: An earlier version incorrectly stated that ‘Versailles’ was produced by BBC Two and Canal Plus. ‘Versailles’ was produced by Capa Drama, Incendo Productions and Zodiak Fiction.]
2. Westworld, October 2
Based on the 1973 film of the same name, HBO’s long-awaited sci-fi thriller tells the story of a futuristic theme park called Westworld. The show, described by the Hollywood Reporter as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,” features a star-studded ensemble cast, including Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, and Thandie Newton. Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Rodrigo Santoro, and Sidse Babett Knudsen co-star, among others, while J.J. Abrams will serve as an executive producer.
3. Conviction, October 3
The ABC drama stars Hayley Atwell as Hayes Morrison, a brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former president, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of LA’s newly created Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU). The CIU is tasked with reexamining cases that involve a credible suspicion of wrongful conviction. Upon taking the job, Hayes must work with a team of lawyers, detectives, and forensic experts to identify wrongfully convicted cases. The show will air on Monday nights at 10 p.m. EST.
4. Timeless, October 3
The NBC time traveling drama follows a mysterious criminal played by Goran Višnjić, who steals a secret machine with the intention of destroying present-day America by changing the past. Now, the fate of the country rests entirely in the hands of Professor Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer), Delta Force veteran Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter), and Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett), the engineer behind the time travel project who is reluctantly forced to pilot the prototype machine. The show will air Monday nights at 10 p.m. EST this fall.
5. No Tomorrow, October 4
Tori Anderson stars as Evie Callahan, a risk-averse quality-control assessor who falls in love with Xavier Holliday (Joshua Sasse), a charming, free-spirited man who lives his life to the fullest because he believes that mankind only has eight months and 12 days to survive until a runaway asteroid hits the planet. The two embark on a quest to fulfill their individual bucket lists in the remaining time, leading to comedic and poignant results. Jonathan Langdon and Sarayu Blue also co-star in The CW series, which is set to air on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. EST this fall.
6. Frequency, October 5
Based on the New Line Cinema film of the same name, The CW drama stars Peyton List as Detective Raimy Sullivan, a female police detective who discovers she is able to speak via ham radio with her estranged father, also a detective, who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder, but unintended consequences of the “butterfly effect” wreak havoc in the present day. Riley Smith, Devin Kelley, and Anthony Ruivivar co-star in the series, which will air Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. EST this fall.
7. Divorce, October 9
Sarah Jessica Parker returns to HBO in this new comedy created by Catastrophe’s Sharon Horgan. The show stars Parker as Frances, a woman who abruptly begins to reassess her life and marriage, discovering along the way that making a clean break is harder than she thought. Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Sterling Jerins, and Tracy Letts will co-star in the series.
8. Insecure, October 9
Co-created and co-written by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, HBO’s upcoming eight-episode comedy series looks at the friendship of two black women and their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations. Rae will star in the show while also working as an executive producer. Melina Matsoukas will direct, while Prentice Penny (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will act as showrunner.
9. American Housewife, October 11
Formerly entitled The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport, this family comedy stars Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, “a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three who raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Conn., filled with ‘perfect’ mommies and their ‘perfect’ offspring.” The show, written by Sarah Dunn (Spin City), will join ABC’s Tuesday night comedy block this fall, airing at 8:30 p.m. EST between The Middle and Fresh Off the Boat.
10. Falling Water, October 13
USA’s upcoming supernatural drama follows the story of three unrelated people, who slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream. As they delve deeper into the meaning behind their connection to each other, they realize that the implications are much larger than their personal agendas. Lizzie Brochere, Will Yun Lee, and David Ajala co-star in the series, which airs Thursday nights at 10 p.m. EST.
11. Goliath, October 14
Formerly entitled Trial, the upcoming legal drama stars Billy Bob Thornton as a “down-and-out lawyer who seeks redemption.” His one shot depends on getting justice in a legal system where truth has become a commodity, and the scales of justice have never been more heavily weighted toward the rich and powerful. The series is described as “the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st-century American legal system.” William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello, and Molly Parker co-star in the show.
12. Haters Back Off, October 14
The upcoming half-hour comedy series starring Colleen Ballinger as her character Miranda Sings. The series centers around “the oddball family life of Miranda Sings, an incredibly confident, totally untalented star on the rise who continues to fail upward by the power of her belief that she was born famous — it’s just no one knows it yet.” The show was developed by Ballinger and her brother, Christopher Ballinger, together with showrunners Perry Rein and Gigi McCreery.
13. Berlin Station, October 16
Epix’s new spy series stars Richard Armitage as Daniel Miller, a newly-appointed CIA officer recruited to be an undercover spy in the Berlin bureau. He is tasked with finding the mole within the agency who’s been leaking classified intel. Richard Jenkins, Rhys Ifans, Michelle Forbes, and Tamlyn Tomita co-star in the 10-episode freshman season.
14. Eyewitness, October 16
USA’s adaptation of the Norwegian crime thriller follows two innocent teenaged boys who bear witness to a shooting in a forest and barely escape with their lives. Desperate to keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the perpetrator, they remain silent but soon learn that what has been seen cannot be unseen. The 10-episode freshman season airs on Sunday nights 10 p.m. EST.
15. Graves, October 17
The upcoming Epix comedy is a political satire that centers on former U.S. President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte) who has an epiphany two decades after leaving office, realizing that some of his policies have brought damage to the country. He embarks on a quest to right the wrongs just as his wife, Margaret Graves (Sela Ward), decides to follow her own political ambitions and pursue a career in politics. Skylar Astin, Heléne Yorke, Chris Lowell, and Callie Hernandez co-star in the 10-episode freshman season.
16. Chance, October 19
Over three years after the conclusion of House, Hugh Laurie is officially returning to TV drama with Hulu’s latest promising entry, Chance. Based on Kem Nunn’s novel of the same name, the upcoming series will star Laurie as Dr. Eldon Chance, a forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption, and mental illness. After an ill-advised decision over a patient who suffers from multiple personality disorder, Eldon finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a ruthless police detective.
17. Man with a Plan, October 24
CBS will bring Matt LeBlanc back to TV with this multi-camera sitcom. The show will star the Friends alum as a father charged with caring for his kids when his wife goes back to work. LeBlanc will also executive produce the series, which will be penned by That ’70s Show duo Jeff and Jackie Filgo. The comedy will air Monday nights this fall at 8:30 p.m. EST, after the conclusion of Thursday Night Football.
18. The Great Indoors, October 27
CBS’s multi-cam comedy, from Tosh.0 co-creator Mike Gibbons, centers on an adventure reporter who is forced to adapt when he is made the boss of a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine. Joel McHale, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chris Williams, Shaun Brown, and Christine Ko will co-star. Gibbons (who previously produced The Late Late Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show) will write and executive produce the project, which will air Thursday nights at 8:30 p.m. EST this fall.
19. Pure Genius, October 27
Written and executive produced by Parenthood’s Jason Katims, the new CBS medical drama follows a young Silicon Valley tech titan who enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting-edge, “new school” approach to medicine. Dermot Mulroney, Augustus Prew, Reshma Shetty, and Brenda Song co-star in the series, which airs on Thursday nights at 10 p.m. EST after football ends in mid-October.
20. People of Earth, October 31
TBS’s upcoming comedy, created by David Jenkins, centers on a support group for alien abductees and its various members. The 10-episode freshman season co-stars Wyatt Cenac, Ana Gasteyer, Oscar Nunez, Michael Cassidy, and Alice Wetterlund. Luka Jones, Brian Huskey, Nancy Lenehan, and Tracee Chimo round out the cast.
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