Summer television is always fun (and if you did not watch The Bold Type, you should get on that), but I am very excited for my Fall shows to return. Here are the ones that I am most excited about.
1. Outlander, season 3 premieres September 10 on Starz, stars Sam Heughan, Caitroina Balfe, Tobias Menzes, Sophie Skelton, and Richard Rankin. At the end of season 2, Jamie was about to head into the Battle of Culloden, so he sent Claire and their unborn child back through the stones, where she was reunited with Frank. I have read the third book, I know what is going to happen (for the most part), and I am still so excited for this to start. Each season the story and performances get better and better.
2. The Good Place, season 2 premieres September 20 on NBC, stars Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, and Manny Jacinto. If you did not watch the first season of this show, go do it immediately. It is hilarious. I have now watched it three times. I do not want to ruin anything for anyone who has not watched it, but I am very excited to see how they move forward going into season two. I also just need more Janet in my life.
3. Lethal Weapon, season 2 premieres September 26 on Fox, stars Clayne Crawford, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp, Kevin Rahm, Michelle Mitchenor, Jordana Brewster, Johnathan Fernandez, Richard Cabral, Dante Brown, and Chandler Kinney. I have to admit, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the first season of this show. I figured it would be a pretty cut and dry cop show, but it was a lot more fun. I am very much looking forward to more adventures with Riggs and Murtaugh.
4. Lucifer, season 3 premieres October 2 on Fox, stars Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Rachael Harris, Kevin Alejandro, D.B. Woodside, Aimee Garcia, Tricia Helfer, Scarlett Estevez, and Tom Welling. Last season ended with Lucifer waking up alone in the desert having had his wings restored. The new season will pick up right where we left off. Lucifer is trying to figure out how he got his wings back, a human Charlotte is putting her life back together, and newcomer Marcus Pierce shows up as a Lieutenant in the LAPD. One of the reasons that I love this show so much is that it really leans in to the ridiculous premise of a crime-solving demon. What can I say? The Devil is charming and sexy.
5. Jane the Virgin, season 4 premieres October 13 on The CW, stars Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Ivonne Coll, Jaime Camil, Justin Baldoni, Yael Grobglas, and Anthony Mendez as the narrator. This show just generally makes me happy. With last season’s time jump, I was not sure what was going to happen, but the episodes continued to be fabulous. Season 3 ended with Xiomara and Rogelio FINALLY getting married, but Darcy is also pregnant with Rogelio’s child. Luisa has discovered that Rafael had been written out of their father’s will and wants ownership of the hotel. Anezka is holding Petra at gunpoint. Oh yeah, and Jane just happened to reconnect with her first love, Adam. Now, if Jane’s new guy messes things up for her and Rafael, I may have to fight someone (#TeamRafael), but I guess I will just have to wait and see what happens. As long as the narrator is there to keep me informed, all will be well. No season 4 trailer has been released, so here is a scene from the season 3 finale.
6. The Shannara Chronicles, season 2 premieres in October on Spike (season 1 aired on MTV), stars Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Aaron Jakubenko, Marcus Vanco, Malese Jow, Vanessa Morgan, Gentry White, Caroline Chikezie, and Desmond Chiam. Season 2 picks up a year later with The Four Lands in chaos. The re-appearance of magic has everyone scared. An organization called The Crimson is hunting down magic users, using fear and intimidation to create discord among the races. Critics did not love the first season, and it did have its flaws, but it is visually stunning and just a really fun fantasy show.
7. Shameless, season 8 premieres November 5 on Showtime, stars Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Jeremy Allen White, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Kenney, Ethan Cutkosky, Brenden Sims, Shanola Hampton, Isidora Goreshter, and Steve Howey. It amazes me that people are still not watching this show. The Gallaghers are one of my favorite TV families. They are funny and resourceful. They deal with real-life issues of poverty, drug use, sexual discovery, and mental illness. This show is so good, season after season, and you are missing out.
8. Vikings, season 5 premieres November 29 on History stars Katheryn Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgård, Alexander Ludwig, Clive Standen, Alex Høgh Andersen, Jordan Patrick Smith, Marco Ilsø, Peter Franzén, Jasper Pääkkönen, Moe Dunford, Kris Holden-Ried, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. I do not think that enough people are watching this fantastic series. Just when I think they could not possibly do anything else to surprise me, they kill off another lead character (because they are Vikings, duh) and take the story in a whole new direction. I am very excited for Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ new warrior bishop, and the challenges he poses to Ivar and the vikings of Kattegat.