13 Fall TV Pilots We Can’t Wait To Watch
Labor Day has come and gone and Pumpkin Spice Lattes have made their triumphant return, so you know Fall isn’t far off. And that means Fall TV is right around the corner. Are you ready? Have you been training? In addition to all the returning series, there are plenty of new shows premiering on both the major networks and cable channels, with a plethora of new stars to obsess over. Having a hard time choosing which pilots to check out? No problem. We’ve chosen the 13 new shows we’re most excited to see. So read our thoughts, watch the trailers, and mark your calendars. You might even find your new favorite show and make your old favorite show jealous. Scandal!
Sleepy Hollow – Premieres Monday, September 16 at 9 PM ET on FOX
This show is a contemporary retelling of Washington Irving’s classic story about Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. Here Ichabod is transplanted from the 18th century to modern day. The problem is that the Headless Horseman comes too. Ichabod then teams up with a young sheriff. Based on the trailer, the show promises an appealing mix of classic storytelling, supernatural themes, and humor. It looks like a fun ride.
Hostages – Premieres Monday, September 23 at 10 PM ET on CBS
This new drama has the feel of a suspenseful film. The story focuses on a doctor (Toni Collette) appointed with operating on the U.S. President. Her family is taken hostage by an FBI agent (Dylan McDermott — not Dermot Mulroney) who orders her to kill the president. The show has some great actors and promises a tense, cinematic viewing experience. Based on the trailer, it looks like the FBI agent’s character will be a little more complex than we might assume at first, which is always good.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Premieres Tuesday, September 17 at 8:30 PM ET on FOX
The James Franco roasters poked a lot of fun at this new Andy Samberg show, but it’s co-created by Michael Schur of Parks and Rec and The Office fame, and the full trailer shows a lot of potential. It’s about an immature NYPD detective (Samberg) who clashes with his strict new boss (Andre Braugher). A lot of people are also excited to see comedian Chelsea Peretti in a supporting role.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – Premieres Tuesday, September 24 at 8 PM ET on ABC
If you loved The Avengers or obsess over Joss Whedon’s vast TV repertoire, this show is probably high on your list of what to watch this Fall. It focuses on Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), who puts together a team to investigate the world’s superhumans. It’ll be interesting to see if this show can last without the actual Avengers being involved, but it looks like it carries over Whedon’s much-loved mix of adventure and comedy.
Trophy Wife – Premieres Tuesday, September 24 at 9:30 PM ET on ABC
This show could be hampered by a misleading title and iffy advertisements. But it was co-created by the very funny comedian Sarah Haskins, and the pilot — which you can watch online before it airs — shows a lot of promise. Malin Akerman is likable as a former party girl who marries a man with two very involved ex-wives and three kids. One of the highlights of the pilot is SNL alum Michaela Watkins, who’s hilariously harried as one of the exes.
The Originals – Premieres Thursday, October 3 at 9 PM ET on The CW, then moves to Tuesdays at 8 PM ET
Fans of The Vampire Diaries got a taste of this spin-off last season when The CW previewed it as a backdoor pilot. The show focuses on the Mikaelson siblings, aka the original vampires. Sure, there’s kind of an overload of vampires these days, but The CW never skimps on the soapy fun.
Super Fun Night – Premieres Wednesday, October 2 at 9:30 PM ET on ABC
We weren’t totally sold on Rebel Wilson’s new comedy when we first watched the trailer, but as we saw with Trophy Wife, advertising can be misleading, so we’re holding out hope. Plus, we admire the purpose behind the show. The series focuses on a group of friends who don’t get out much but decide to finally take the world by storm. Here’s hoping Rebel can make it work.
The Michael J. Fox Show – Premieres Thursday, September 26 at 9 PM ET on NBC
How can you not love Michael J. Fox? Even though naming a show after the main actor when he isn’t even playing himself should probably have ended with The Cosby Show, this one looks like a good’un. It revolves around a news anchor named Mike Henry who quit when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease but later decides to return to work. It’s nice to see that Fox is okay with joking about his condition, and he’s just so damn likable that resisting it is pretty much futile, at least for me.
Reign – Premieres Thursday, October 17 at 9 PM ET on The CW
This show examines the life of a young Mary, Queen of Scots in 16th century France. Knowing The CW, this show will blend period drama with an approach that appeals to modern teenagers. Hey, it doesn’t hurt to get a bit of a history lesson with your teen melodrama.
Dracula – Premieres Friday, October 25 at 10 PM ET on NBC
I was honestly ready to write this off for just being another addition to the vampire trend, but then I watched the trailer and I’m extremely pumped to watch. In this case the series is actually set in Victorian times, and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers seems to be the perfect choice for the creepy title role. The production value looks great, and there are moments reminiscent of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. It sounds weird to say that making it a period piece is a refreshing twist on the genre, but I like that we can get back to vampires’ roots a bit.
Masters of Sex – Premieres Sunday September 29 at 10 PM ET on Showtime
We were on board with this show as soon as we heard that Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen were involved, and once we watched the trailer we were obsessed. It’s the true story of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who researched sexual response in the 1950s. It promises a lot of battle-of-the-sexes banter — and it’s educational!
Hello Ladies – Premieres Sunday, September 29 at 10:30 PM ET on HBO
British comedian Stephen Merchant is often known as the guy who does stuff with Ricky Gervais, like The Office and Extras. Now he’s on his own with a new show about an Englishman who moves to L.A. and looks for the right woman. It promises lots of awkward, bumbling encounters carried by Merchant’s charm.
The Witches of East End – Premieres Sunday, October 6 at 10 PM ET on Lifetime
Considering that fact that the upcoming season of American Horror Story also focuses on witches, it seems to be a budding pop culture trend. This series is based on a novel by Melissa de la Cruz about a family of witches. It co-stars Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and it’s on Lifetime, so there’s a good chance it’ll be your new guilty pleasure show. In the midst of vampires and zombies, witches might be a nice change of pace.
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