The Affair

8 Returning Fall Shows…

I say this every year but, as someone whose favorite season is Summer, the only good thing about the start of Fall for me is the new TV lineup. The full list of everything I am watching will be posted here once shows start to premiere, but the following is my list of returning shows I am most excited about.

1. You’re the Worst
Season 2 premieres September 9th on FXX, stars Aya Cash, Chris Geere, Desmin Borges and Kether Donohue. I missed the first season when it originally aired on FX, but caught up in *one day* thanks to Hulu because it is just that good. The show has been referred to as an “anti-rom-com,” and this season Jimmy and Gretchen are actually living together, so there is no way that will go well. It should be another hilarious season!



2. Empire
Season 2 premieres September 23rd on Fox, stars Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Grace Gealy, Kaitlin Doubleday, Ta’Rhonda Jones and Gabourey Sidibe. Not only did the audience continue to grow in size with each episode of the first season, the show also just kept getting better and better. I am very excited too see what happens with the Lyon family in season two. I also just really need Cookie back in my life.



3. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Season 3 premieres September 29th on ABC, stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Brett Dalton, Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood, Henry Simmons and Luke Mitchell. The first half of the second season started out really strong, but then they introduced us to the Inhumans and it started to get a little muddled. I still really enjoy the main characters and feel like they cleaned things up a bit in the finale, so I am interested to see where season three takes us. I mean, what the heck happened to Simmons?!



4. The Affair
Season 2 premieres October 4th on Showtime, stars Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney, Dominic West and Joshua Jackson. The story seems simple: two married people start to have an affair over one summer in the Hamptons. However, this particular story was presented in such an interesting and complex way. The first season gave us two perspectives, but in season two the cheated-on spouses are also getting their points of view told, which should add some great intricacies. That also hopefully means more Joshua Jackson, so I am definitely on board.

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8 New Fall Shows…

There are actually quite a few new shows that I am planning to check out this fall, and even more that are premiering mid-season, but these are the ones about which I am most excited.

1. Red Band Society premieres September 17 on Fox, stars Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Wilson Cruz, Griffin Gluck, Jordi Palacios, Charlie Rowe, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Brian Bradley, Ciara Bravo and Zoe Levin. Based on the Spanish series “Polseres Vermelles,” this is a high school drama told through the eyes of a group of teenagers who meet as patients in the pediatric ward of Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles. I was really excited when we screened this show at the ATX Television Festival in June and I am still really excited to see it this Fall. It could make me cry a lot, but it also seems to have plenty of light-hearted moments to keep things balanced and fun.



2. Gotham premieres September 22 on Fox, stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Sarah Essen and Sean Pertwee. Centered around Commissioner James Gordon when he was only a rookie detective, this is the origin story of the city of Gotham. Meet Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle and Oswald Copplepot before they become Batman, Catwoman and The Penguin. It surprises even me that I watch so many shows based on comic books, considering I have never actually read any of them, but I am intrigued by the look of this show and by the great cast.



3. How to Get Away With Murder premieres September 25 on ABC, stars Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Katie Findlay, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGory, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber and Liza Weil. A group of law students use what they learn from their criminal defense professor to cover up their own real life mistake. Shonda Rhimes’ shows usually do not disappoint (at least not at the beginning) and Davis is a phenomenal actress, so I am interested to see where this show takes us. Also, it is based in Philadelphia and the pilot was filmed in my hometown, I am excited to see how many landmarks I recognize.



4. The Flash premieres October 7 on The CW, stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanaugh, Jesse L. Martin and John Wesley Shipp. A spin-off of The CW’s Arrow, this is the story of scientist Barry Allen after a freak accident that gives him the power of super speed. If Arrow is any indication, I think this show is going to be a great ride.

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