Trailer Talk: The Most Anticipated New & Returning Shows of FALL 2015

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After an eventful summer of amazing movies, both massive and smaller scale, the movie season starts winding down while the Television season starts ramping up. Fall 2015 will see a plethora of new and returning TV shows. Ranging from a variety of superhero and even movie adaptations onto TV, Fall 2015 will  also have a huge number of returning series continue their impressive runs. Be sure t let me know which is your favorite among the list of shows below.

So let’s take a look at The Most Anticipated New & Returning TV Shows of Fall 2015.   


Series Premiere: September 21, 2015 (FOX)

The successful Steven Spielberg directed Tom Cruise starrer ‘Minority Report’ is being adapted into a Television series on FOX. Serving as a direct sequel to the events of the film, the TV Show will see a world where Pre-Crime, the police division with the ability to predict and arrest people prior to them committing crimes, has been disbanded. The series centers around one of the people with gifts to see the future, and he helps a Police Detective solve crimes, while trying to find his purpose in the world.

The premise of the show definitely lends itself to good procedural TV. However, if Fox was going to order a series where a police officer has a partner with unique abilities to help solve crimes in the future, why did they ever cancel ‘Almost Human’?!


Series Premiere: September 21st, 2015 (NBC)

Jaimie Alexander (‘Thor‘) stars in a brand new Series about an unknown woman found by the FBI with no memory of herself, but with Tattoos all over her body. The mystery of her origins deepens as they discovers the crimes they are solving are somehow connected to each tattoo on her body. The premise seems simple enough, but also nothing new. We’ve seen similar concepts in shows like ‘John Doe‘ and even the meaningful Tattoo concept was done in ‘Prison Break‘.

Series creator is Martin Gero, known for his work on the ‘Stargate‘ franchise. Which may be the only glimmer of hope for the continued survival of this show, which feels very weak to begin with. 


Series Premiere: September 22nd, 2015 (CBS)

Based on the 2011 film ‘Limitless‘ starring Bradley Cooper, the show starts off after the events of the film, working as a direct sequel. Cooper’s character is also a recurring character, guiding the new character through life as he discovers a miracle drug that allows him to become super smart and experience life from completely new senses; or introducing him into it for his own nefarious purposes, as the Trailer suggests. 

Being the 2nd show on this list created as a sequel to the movie, ‘Limitless’ (My Review here) certainly has a lot more weight behind it than ‘Minority Report‘. The makers of the film have a direct hand in this show, as some episodes are directed by Marc Webb (‘The Amazing Spider-Man‘) and the series is produced by the same team, including the film’s director being involved as well. The show looks interesting and definitely will have a newer story to tell, weaving in the best elements from the movie.


New Series Premiere: September 24th, 2015 (NBC)

A series about superheroes with much potential, running at a time right before the superhero movie craze took over, the original ‘Heroes’ was doing amazing things with its story lines and narrative. However, the show fell victim to the network’s model of a series, with long drawn out emotional arcs that were unnecessary, a faux stylized look to the show that didn’t resemble it’s tone, and season wide story arcs that were interrupted with a Writer’s strike and other production hinderances.
A sequel to the original airs as ‘Heroes Reborn’ and acts as an event miniseries that introduces a new threat, new characters and a new plot to reconnect the past stories with a new generation. Familiar faces also return, notably Noah Bennett, (Jack Coleman) Mohinder Suresh, (Sendhil Ramamurthy) Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) and others. Unfortunately, the best part of the original series, actors Milo Ventigmilia, Hayden Panetierre and others will not be returning for the sequel.


Series Premiere: September 27th, 2015 (ABC)

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra debuts in her own new Series about new FBI trainees who come under fire after a terrorist attack causes one of them to be the prime suspect. Chopra is leading the ensemble cast that includes mostly new faces but with writers whose credits include ‘Gossip Girl’.

The series, without divulging much details, seems to be more about terrorism and law enforcement, but one wonders how much this show would be able to push the envelope regarding these topics on a large network, given that other shows are dealing with the same topic in a more graphic manner on cable channels like ‘Homeland’. For more details on ‘Quantico’ take a look at my in depth Trailer analysis here.


Season 3 Premiere: September 29th, 2015 (ABC)

After a revamped Season two that helped establish the show in its own right, ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ returns with a Season 3 that is said to be following story lines from the comics. Season 2 saw some pretty great original characters evolve into ones from the comic book world such as Daisy (Chloe Bennett). Now, the new season will see her develop into a complete super hero character, with others along for the ride. With the Season ending on a cliffhanger last season, the resolution of everything is highly anticipated.


Season 2 Premiere: October 9th, 2015 (HBO)

HBO’s keeps chugging along with innovative and original shows. ‘The Leftovers’ provided a gripping and harrowing story of a certain portion of the world ‘s population disappearing in one day, that spawned major loss, religious turmoil and upheaval in peoples’ beliefs and acceptance of reality. The show follows characters such as a small town Sherriff and others dealing with the aftermath of the mass disappearance.

It’s hard to see where the story lines are going after an emotionally draining Season 1. The show is created and run by Damon Lindelof (‘Lost‘) and was one of the better cable TV shows of last season.


Season 2 Premiere: October 6th, 2015 (CW)

The best debut season of any Television show last season was ‘The Flash‘. Being one of the most faithful comic book adaptations on TV, the show was able to entertain, innovate and keep audiences on their toes with nary a moment of complaint. Crossing over and creating a comprehensive universe with ‘Arrow‘, the show about a speedster fighting crime, while dealing with his own demons from the past and future (literally) makes ‘The Flash’ an interesting show for both new and hardcore audiences.
After a cliffhanger ending to Season 1, Season 2 will see even more introduction of the comic book universe onto the small screen. With newer characters and villains being introduced, the 2nd Season of ‘The Flash’ continues to be quite possibly the most anticipated show of Fall 2015.


Season 2 Premiere: October 6th, 2015 (CW)

Surprisingly, a cheeky and teen-like show about an undead girl helping the police solve crimes by eating brains, became widely successful for The CW last season. With enjoyable performances and interesting storylines, ‘iZombie‘ was entertaining and was able to sustain itself enough to warrant a 2nd Season.


Season 4 Premiere: October 7th, 2015 (CW)

After a fledgling Season 3, one of the darker superhero TV shows returns with promises of improving itself from the issues of the last season.  Season 3 of ‘Arrow‘ saw a division between fans of the gritty realism and ones of the emotional drama that the show moonlights as. The more action elements of the story were traded in favour of relenting to audience wishes of seeing more relationship angles between the main character of Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity. While that aspect of the show isn’t the only thing to blame, show runners and the star himself promise an improved show for Season 4.


Season 6 Premiere: October 11th, 2015 (AMC)

‘The Walking Dead’ continues to be a juggernaut for high octane drama on TV. Season 5 ended with a massive change in the status quo of things, and the downwards spiral for the main characters, especially Rick (Andrew Lincoln) continues with Season 6.
Season 6 sees the return of a familiar character from Season 1, and has the survivors dealing with a more natural enemy than the Walkers: the hierarchy of a somewhat civilized society. The show keeps increasing the antes, and has finally gone into newer territories than the fledling 3rd and 4th seasons, getting back to the spirit of what the show was built to be.


Series Premiere: October 26th, 2015 (CBS)

Yet another superhero show is set to debut on TV with DC leading the charge on it. ‘Supergirl‘ features a world where Superman already exists, and how his cousin fits into it. The story will introduce some new elements into the genre on TV that havent’ seen before and fan are very curious to see how it’s all going to play out. Take a look my indepth reaction to the initial 6 minute preview here.


Series Premiere: October 31st, 2015

 Reprising his role from the cult 80’s hit series of films, Bruce Campbell returns in the continuation of the ‘Evil Dead’ series created by Sam Raimi. The director of the original ‘Spiderman‘ films, Raimi was launched to fame with this series, and since has honed his skills in horror and filmmaking. Campbell and Raimi’s relationship can be traced from the franchise through the decades from ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ to Campbell’s cameos in the ‘Spiderman‘ movies. 
Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ continues the story from the films with a brief refresher, as seen in the trailer, and maintains its trademark humour and deadpan comedy. Campbell hasn’t missed a beat, and the show fully acknowledges his age and the time passed between the show and film series.

While this wasn’t a comprehensive list of all TV show new and returning this fall, it’s in line with the shows that are and will be covered on this site. 

Which is your most anticipated show of Fall 2015? 
Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @theshahshahid

Shah Shahid

Entertainment Writer | Film & TV Critic | Bollywood Blogger | Host of Split Screen Podcast | Proud Geek Girl Dad


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