Fall is every TV lover’s favorite season because it’s when the networks pull out their big guns. There are tons of new dramas, comedies, procedurals, and supernatural shows coming up in 2018; here are some of the most promising.
For those who wish Gossip Girl ditched the subtext…try You (Sept. 9, Lifetime)
You features Penn Badgley as a man who stalks a woman on the internet and molds himself into her perfect man until she falls in love with him. Though that does sound like the central, albeit hidden premise of Gossip Girl, You is a more frightening take on the dangers of having one’s entire life splashed all over the internet. Badgley’s character’s overt attentions may to be find love, but the whole “definitely starts murdering people to get what he wants, also what he wants is a human woman who deserves agency” thing is a lot.
For a show that’s about friendship and heartbreak…try A Million Little Things (Sept. 26, ABC)
A Million Little Things is coming for This Is Us‘s “Most Likely To Make You Cry” crown. It tells the story of a group of friends who are thrown back together after one of them, the one who seemed most “perfect” dies by suicide — maybe. The show is about adult friendships and grief…and also the possibility that their friend was actually murdered.
If you’re looking for an updated throwback…try Murphy Brown (Sept. 27, CBS)
Murphy Brown is back! The OG investigative journalist and her crew at FYI are returning in a revival about Murphy and working in the chaotic post-Trump media era. Candice Bergen will return as Murphy in a new job as an anchor on a morning show, surrounded by members of the original cast and a few new faces to round out the show staff. It looks to be a hilarious peek into what it’s like to work in news when the truth feels like a matter of debate, with a large helping of that Murphy Brown charm.
For those who like a little heart and thinking about life’s unknowable truths…try God Friended Me (Sept. 30, CBS)
God Friended Me asks the real questions: what if God was on Facebook? A man who comes from a religious family but runs an atheist podcast (yeah, he’s one of those) has his life turned upside down when someone claiming to be God friends him and uses the social media platform to guide him into serendipitous encounters with people who need help. Is it really God? Is it an elaborate prank? Gotta watch to find out.
For history nerds that can’t deal with another period drama…try The Romanoffs (Oct. 12, Amazon)
Despite the title, this Amazon series is not actually about the doomed Russian imperial family. Rather, it’s about people in the modern day who think they’re descended from those Romanoffs. It has a knockout cast, with Aaron Eckhart, Cristina Hendricks, Andrew Rannells, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, and more. And it’s made by the creators of Mad Men.
If you’re a Fukunaga fan, or an Emma Stone Fan, or a Jonah Hill fan…try Maniac (Sept. 21, Netflix)
Cary Joji Fukunaga returns to TV (kind of) with this Netflix streaming series about two subjects in a medical trial that claims to cure mental illness. Emma Stone and Jonah Hill are both A-List movie actors who have joined the Netflix family to star in this series, which looks to be a trippy, darkly beautiful, and distinctly Fukunaga-style look into the inside of the human mind.
If you miss Jim Carey and want to watch a man descend into madness…try Kidding (Sept 9, Showtime)
Welcome back, Jim. Kidding is a Showtime series about a Mr. Rogers–type actor whose children’s television show has given him a benevolent image to uphold, and the emotional toll it takes on him to uphold his on-screen personality in the face of him being a flawed human. From early looks and reviews, Kidding may be one of those “Sunday night shows” that the discourse demands people watch.
If you like Riverdale and also cannibalism…try The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Oct. 26, Netflix)
There is no trailer available for the spooky Riverdale spinoff starring Archie Comics’ Sabrina, but the show looks to be a much darker take on the character compared to the beloved Melissa Joan Hart series. Based on the comic series of the same name, The Chilling Adventures will dive harder into the Satan-worshipping (and human flesh–eating) element of Sabrina’s dark powers.