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Once the Emmy winners are announced on Sept. 22, audiences will turn to their favorite network or streaming platform for new content and returning favorites this fall. Each night, new episodes will introduce audiences to fascinating narratives, characters and places that leave fans coming back for more. In short, the fall schedule has a lot to offer.
The Returning Veterans
Returning Sept. 18 is the latest season of the FX anthology series “American Horror Story: 1984.” The latest entry will play on audience nostalgia as an homage to the slasher films that dominated the ’80s. Sept. 24 on NBC will mark the fourth season of “This Is Us” as the story of the Pearson family enters new chapters- get your tissues ready. Devoted fans will also see the return of long-standing staples like FXX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” on Sept. 25 and ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” on Sep. 26. Then there are the final episodes of “Modern Family” (Sept. 25), “Empire” (Sept. 25) and “The Good Place” (Sept. 26), which all hope to go out with a bang. Finally, you can round out the week with a new season of “Saturday Night Live” on Sept. 28.
But why let network television have all the fun when there are exciting returns on cable and streaming as well? Netflix will capitalize on Olivia Colman’s Oscar win with the return of “The Crown” on Nov. 17.The actress steps into the shoes left by Emmy winner Claire Foy, who wore the first two seasons, as Queen Elizabeth II. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” aims to fight off more zombies on Oct. 3, as Amazon marches on with the third season of its acclaimed hit, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which returns Dec. 6. Finally, Showtime will bring back two staples of the network with “Shameless” and “Ray Donovan” on Nov. 3 and 17. With so many great shows returning, we wouldn’t want to forget about the newbies.
Fresh, New Offerings
HBO will begin the search for their “Game of Thrones” replacement this fall. The highly anticipated “His Dark Materials” and “Watchmen,” are both properties that have been adapted to the big screen but look to grow their story in the comfort of audiences’ homes, are the frontrunners so far. The most promising addition should be “Watchmen,” as it’s helmed by “Lost” and “The Leftovers” creator Damon Lindelof. Netflix, meanwhile, will take a stab at the fantasy genre with “The Witcher,” based on the popular book series. The newly formed Disney+ will take audiences to a galaxy far, far away with “The Mandalorian,” which will be the first real test for the streaming service. The new streaming shows don’t have a release date but will premier in the fall.
There’s also a slew of new shows coming to broadcast television. CBS will try to find a successor to “The Big Bang Theory” with “The Unicorn” on Sept. 26, starring Walton Goggins and Rob Corddry. NBC is picking up the tempo with “Perfect Harmony” on Sept. 26, with “The West Wing” alum Bradley Whitford. ABC will test the waters with another “Black-ish” spin-off titled “Mixed-ish” on Sept. 24. And the CW will expand their existing television universes with “Batwoman” and “Nancy Drew” on Oct. 6 and 9.
Overall, there is going to be plenty of television to watch this coming fall. The trick will be to find all the time to watch everything, both old and new shows.