Fall 2015 TV Preview

The Muppets

In The Muppets Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the gang return to the screen in a more adult-targeted comedy. The show follows the ‘real’ version of The Muppets behind the scenes a of a talk show. Conservative groups in the U.S. have already called for a boycott against the new show. One Million Moms advised everybody to avoid the “new, perverted nature” of the program. Based on these statements the new Muppets promises to be quite entertaining. The audience seems to think the same; the show premiered with solid ratings, fulfilling everyones dreams of finally hearing Kermit crack those dirty jokes.

Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. on ABC

Quantico

Quantico, named after the site of the FBI’s training academy in Virginia, follows a group of trainees who have just joined the Bureau. As the group helps uncover the background of a disastrous terror attack, they have to rely on everything they have learned in their training to prevent a future disaster. The show cleverly integrates cutbacks and training exercises with the story of an ongoing investigation. The plot revolves around recent graduate Alex, played by Priyanka Chopra, who previously enjoyed massive success in India’s Bollywood industry. Overall, the show looks to be a solid crime series.

Sundays at 10:00 p.m.on ABC

Fargo

For the second season of Fargo, viewers will be treated to an entirely new storyline. While the show is still set in the American Midwest, the new season takes place in 1979. Looking at a younger version of the law-abiding patriarch played by David Carradine in the first season, Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson) has just returned from Vietnam and is now in charge of solving murders committed by the local mob. On top of that, Solverson will also be responsible for the protection of Republican Presidential hopeful Ronald Reagan, who visits the town on the campaign trail. Most importantly, the show is still written by Noah Hawley and the Coen Brothers are still executive producers, so there should be no reason for season two not to gain the critical and popular acclaim of its predecessor.

Returns to FX on Oct. 12

Scream Queens

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, co-creators of Glee and American Horror Story, are back at it again this fall with Scream Queens—a college campus horror-comedy that focuses on a cult-like sorority and the murderous shenanigans they always seem to get themselves in. Half blood bath and half satire,Scream Queens is bolstered by a cast of familiar faces: Jamie Lee Curtis as the cynical dean of students, Emma Roberts as sorority dictator, and a host of others including Ariana Grande, Keke Palmer, Lea Michele, and Nick Jonas. Scream Queens promises to be a typical Ryan Murphy creation: A coming of age story that is equal parts bizarre, gruesome, and ridiculous.
Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on FOX

Bob’s Burgers

Emmy award-winning Bob’s Burgers is back for its sixth season this fall. The show picks up again with the beloved Belcher family—Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene, and Louise—running their burger joint despite a continual series of mishaps. This season, viewers can expect such incidents as Tina riding a horse for the first time, Bob getting glued to a toilet, and Gene leading a hunt for a two-butted goat. Ranked by TV Guide as one of the top 60 cartoons of all time, Bob’s Burgers continues to set itself apart for a winning combination of hilarity and good nature.
Sundays at 7:30 p.m. on FOX

Master of None

Comedian Aziz Ansari is on top of the world right now. In a year that has already seen him release a bestselling book and a stand-up special to a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden, he continues to rise by creating and starring in a new series on Netflix. /Master of None/ combines the theme of his book—romance in the modern world—with a fictionalized account of his earlier life as a struggling actor in New York City. While that may sound like the least original premise in television history, Ansari has always had an interesting take on well-worn material, looking at familiar subject matter from an outsider’s perspective.
The entire first season is on Netflix

Flesh & Bone

This new miniseries looks at the gritty underbelly of the modern competitive ballet scene. Shot on location in New York City, the show is visually stunning, with gorgeous Manhattan rooftop shots and highly kinetic filmmaking in dance segments. The fact that it’s only eight episodes means it will be able to tell a self-contained story without having to cater to audience ratings across multiple seasons. Under the direction of Moira Walley-Beckett, former producer and writer of Breaking Bad, the show looks to be more Black Swan (2010) than Swan Lake.
Premieres Nov. 8 on Starz

Nathan For You

One of the most intensely bizarre shows in television history, Nathan for You is a mash-up of an uncomfortably intimate character study and reality show. It follows Canadian comedian Nathan Fielder as he tries to help small businesses with off-the-wall ideas. For instance, an attempt to help a failing coffee shop spiraled into the" Dumb Starbucks" phenomenon. What elevates the show, however, is how Fielder himself deals with these experiences, presenting a version of himself that is hilariously desperate to make some kind of human connection, no matter how artificial it may be. This arc lends a connective thread to otherwise unrelated events, and creates a legitimate sense of pathos in this otherwise silly comedy.
Returns to Comedy Central Oct. 15

The Leftovers

Taking place in a world where two per cent of the world’s population suddenly vanishes without explanation, The Leftovers was one of the best shows on TV last year, using its premise as a conduit to meditate on faith, family, and loss. Entering its second season, the series transports the bulk of its main cast to Miracle, Texas, a fictional town that didn’t lose a single citizen in the ‘departure.’ This seems like fertile thematic ground, where the emotionally damaged main cast can be juxtaposed with a group of relatively normal people.
Returns to HBO Oct. 4

Jane the Virgin

Following an insanely confident first season, Jane the Virgin returns for a second round with a lot of expectations to live up to. The show, which follows a young woman who accidentally gets artificially inseminated, was somehow able to maintain a breakneck pace across 22 hour-long episodes. On top of that, it was able to deftly blend broad telenovela-esque plot elements: Secret twins! Insane coincidences! Long-lost relatives! With low-key character moments that kept the show emotionally grounded, no matter how ridiculous the plot could get in a given week.
Returns to CW Oct. 12

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