It’s September and the start of TV season. Many US hit sci-fi and fantasy shows are coming back for their next installments (and inaugural debut’s) and here are my top five series to watch out for.
US Broadcast: FOX, 23 September
UK Broadcast: Syfy UK, 20 October
Starring: Geena Davis, Ben Daniels, Brianne Howey, Alfonso Herrera, Hannah Kasulka
The Exorcist is another film (and novel) in line to be remade into a TV show. Following the failure of ABC’s Damien (The Omen 1976) and the cancellation of A&E’s Bate’s Motel (Psycho 1960) many are sceptic about another horror classic making its way to the small screen.
Unlike some supernatural horrors which focus on cheap shocks and thrills, The Exorcist plays to its themes strengths and plays the subtle horror to a tee. In an age where most horror/supernatural fanatics have seen it all and are not so easily scared, the first episode brings about an eerie atmosphere that makes you hope that the show will continue with this quality throughout the season.
When you see one of Angela’s (Geena Davis) daughters jump out in a dark attic, possessed and doing the famous spider walk, you are shocked and marvelled at the same time.
At first we are led to believe that it is a modern re-imagining of the classic horror story set over forty years from the movie, but hold out until episode five and everything changes. Writer and creator Jeremy Slater fought with FOX to not make this a complete remake of the film.
Slater told FOX that, “You have this name recognition. People will tune in so you can tell this brand new story with brand new characters, set it in the same world. The same basic universe so that you are not writing the original story out of existence, you are not saying it never happened, it is just a continuation of the same universe.”
The series is confirmed as a sequel to the original film, although we are still not aware if the films sequels fit into the new continuity.
US Broadcast: The CW, 13 October
UK Broadcast: E4, TBC
Starring: Jared Padaleki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and Mark Sheppard
It can be hard for a TV show to continue after 11 season and also keep up the quality of writing but as it has shown in the past, Supernatural beats the odds.
After 11 years of monster hunting and fighting the next biggest bad, the Winchester brothers bring the story telling back a couple of notches with the resurrection of the long-dead mother, Mary Winchester (Samantha Smith). Going back to basics seems to be the theme of this season and the nostalgic feel of the shows first two seasons is brought right in with the focus on family and of the hunt for the arch angel Lucifer.
Because what do you do when you fight of God and his sister? Executive producer Bob Singer pointed out that, “You don’t get bigger than God, we can’t top all that. We’ve introduced the British Men of Letters, they’ll be part of what we’re doing. And we’ve still got Lucifer out there, so there’s a hunt for Lucifer.”
Season 11 left of with Sam Winchester (Jared Padaleki) being shot in the leg by a new character in the form of a British Men of Letters. Staff writer Andrew Dabb teased fans at San Diego Comic Con that Sam is initially in trouble and Dean (Jensen Ackles) is extremely anxious to save his brother. Dabb said, “As this thing becomes more personal, and we come to understand the British Men of Letters and their point of view, our guys will have different reactions.”
Sam and Dean always agree on the right thing to do but what each thinks is right might not always be agreed upon by the other.
US Broadcast: The CW, 4 October
UK Broadcast: Sky1, 25 October
Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanaugh, Jesse L. Martin and Keiynan Lonsdale
The Flash left us on a big cliff-hanger last season. Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) decided to say screw it to the rules and go back in time to save his mother from being murdered and subsequently stop his father from being murdered in the future.
What would happen next? Flashpoint. It was confirmed that the alternate reality that The Flash had made by disrupting the natural order of things is one of the comic books biggest storylines and opening up the TV universe which includes The Arrow, Super Girl and The Legends of Tomorrow to the multiverse. Something that only Marvel have done on the silver screen. It is easy to say that DC Comics know how to sell their TV shows.
Season 3 begins with Barry living his dream life and no longer having to be the hero now that Kid Flash aka Wally West (Keiyan Lonsdale), has taken that spot. But it wouldn’t be a TV show if everything was fine and dandy. Soon disaster strikes and Barry must decide if he wants to continue to live in an alternate universe or return to his life as the Flash.
Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed that in Season 3, “Barry will mature in a big way. He will now face the consequences of his actions and becomes an adult. Barry will realize that people make mistakes and as adults, people have to face the ramifications of their actions.”
There are major ripple effects of Barry’s time in Flashpoint and one is of new character Julian Albert (Tom Felton). There is plenty of mystery hidden behind this character that you can’t help but think he is the new big bad. Once Barry ‘fixes’ the timelines this new person pops up that he doesn’t know but everyone else has known Julian for months. It’s fair to say Barry is wary of this forensic scientist who is now technically his senior at work.
Season: 6 (Final)
US Broadcast: MTV, 15 November
UK Broadcast: None
Starring: Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Holland Roden, Shelley Hennig and Dylan Sprayberry
Concluding after six season, MTVs Teen Wolf is going all out to make it a memorable exit. Season six will provide a fitting end to Scott (Tyler Posey), Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) and the other Beacon Hills pack fates.
Series creator Jeff Davis confirmed that there will be returning characters this season leading to speculation that fan favourite Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin) will make an appearance but who else could be returning? Apart from Kira Yukimura (Arden Cho) who barely made it out alive last season and Derek, most of the former cast members characters are very much dead. So, unless flash backs are on call this season, resurrections or hallucinations may be on the plate.
There are three main things that will be wrapped up on the show before it ends. Scott’s storylines, Beacon Hills latest big bad and the Stiles/Lydia (Holland Roden). Jeff has suggested that Stiles and Lydia will finally hook up.
Wrapping up Scott’s storyline, viewers can expect to see a different version of the teen wolf this season. Tyler said in a recent interview, “He’s rebuilt. Everything that happened in season 5 made him stronger so when season 6 comes up, he’s got a good head on his shoulders, nothing bad has happened in Beacon Hills lately, so he’s feeling confident about that. He’s in a pretty good place.”
However, nothing stays quiet in Beacon Hills for long and soon enough the teen pack will be up against the latest villain who is even nastier than the Beast of Gévaudan. The Ghost Riders will appear as soon as the first episode airs and Stiles is first in line to be kidnapped. What will further shock viewers is that no one will remember him and this will set up the season main arch.
People go missing and nothing is a miss as the Ghost Riders erase them from existence so it will be a challenge for Scott, Lydia and the rest to find Stiles and the other who have been pulled out of reality.
American Horror Story
US Broadcast: FX, 14 September
UK Broadcast: Fox TV, 16 September
Starring: Kathy Bates. Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Chloë Sevigny, Denis O’Hare, Cheyenne Jackson, Angela Bassett and Lady Gaga
American Horror Story is one of those shows that like to keep it fresh each season. Roanoke keeps in with this theme but will also look to past seasons to continue to tie up the TV universe together.
Unlike previous season which stuck to common genres of horror like house horror, vampires, asylums and witches, this season is based on the Roanoke colony, an American colony who went missing in the late 16th century.
For the viewers who have stuck out all six seasons, this season will take on the ‘show within a show’ format that will hopefully shakeup it from its traditional format. But what might please them even more is resonating feeling that this season eludes to a more mature version of the first seasons murder house theme. If the trailer is anything to go by.
Not much has been eluded to the shows format other than the theme. Co-creators Ryan Murphey and Brad Falchuck have been keeping fans in suspense since May but Brad kindly revealed at San Diego Comic Con this summer that the season is divided into three parts, he said: “It’s like [episodes] 1-5, 6-9, and 10 is its own thing.”
“Even though the subject matter has gotten out, it’s irrelevant because nobody gets what we’re doing,” continued Brad. “No matter what you think it is, it’s not that. Then, episode 6 comes and you’re like, ‘Wait! What happened?’”
Episode six is set to shake up the season more and make you rethink what you have been watching already. Ryan said, “You’ll see starting in episode six, the show has a huge turn and the thing that you think you’re watching is not what you’re watching. It’s a hat on a hat on a hat on a hat that we’ve had to protect.”